Monday, February 20, 2017

Two more blocks

Here's another Stonefields block. Now I have two versions of this block.

And here's another Stonefields block. The instructions call for three versions of this block.  I went a bit lively for this one.

And here's Molly helping me sew the binding on the yellow and green checkerboard quilt.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Another Stonefield block

Here's the most recent addition to the Stonefields quilt (by Susan Smith).

And here is my progress so far.

And as I was assembling the blocks, Molly was trying to launch a sneak attack. Here she is looking quite nonchalant. As you can see, the design wall is showing the stress from her regular ascents. But you can also see that it has a simple construction using PVC pipe, bungee cords and flannel.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Teal Lion

Here's a teal lion to add to the pride. And yes, he is very proud to join the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge's February celebration of blue-green or green-blue.

And I'm sure that some of you might be a bit alarmed about lions living in the same sewing room as the sheep.

But no worries. Given the sheep are wearing their winter coats, they are much larger than the lions, so the lions keep a respectful distance.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Baby quilt and Stonefield

Here's a second baby quilt waiting for its binding.

And the Stonefield star block is finished. It has a lot of layers. I cut away some of the extra fabric, but there is still quite a fabric mountain left with this piling on applique technique.

And here is the pink sunrise that greeted us this morning.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Checkerboards and Snowballs

Here is the green and yellow checkerboard quilt. Yes, layered and quilted in one day.

Here is the quilt back.

I know you are wondering how I could get so much done given how meticulous my quilting assistant is. Well...we're having a new roof put on the house and apparently that much noise causes quilting assistants to hide. At least for the morning. Buddy stays hidden all day, but Molly has become more brave and comes out at noon.

I will let you decide what she thinks is worse...the roofers or my willingness to engage in unsupervised quilting activities.

I also used Molly's absence to get a full shot of my grandmother's snowball quilt.

Here's a close-up.

And here are the red fabrics in the quilt. The fabric in the lower right hand corner is a bit different than the rest...a slightly heavier fabric and a beige background.  It seems like it might have been used for home decoration although it is more lightweight than what would be used today.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

More Stonefields

Today was a Stonefields quilt kind of day. I cut my base block a bit larger than necessary before sewing the layers of applique on top.  I will cut the base down to the correct size later.

In many cases, Susan Smith's instructions call for multiples of the same block. In this case I made one that was cute and another one designed to lay back and fade away. Not everyone gets to be a star.

And speaking of stars...most of the blocks in the Stonefields quilt are made from stacking simple shapes on top of each other. This one stacks circles and stars.

 Molly prefers more sophisticated shapes with a feline nature that suggests curiosity and questioning authority.

Monday, February 13, 2017

En Provence Finale

Here is my version of Bonnie Hunter's wonderful 2016 mystery challenge En Provence.

Of course, one of Bonnie's key requirements for fabric selection was the inclusion of cat fabrics.

I will expect extra credit for including TWO cat fabrics.

But Molly expects to win the GRAND PRIZE for "best creative use of the En Provence quilt top." 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Slow and Fast

I really liked the 16 patch rainbow quilt that Cathy at  Crazy at Design made. I had lots of 2.5 inch squares in rainbow colors cut for another project, so I stole some of them to make this baby quilt (40 by 40 inches). And so I'm linking to Oh Scrap, so you can leap over there if you would like to see other scrappy projects.

I also appliqued the mini hexagon units to their patchwork block for the Stonefields quilt by Susan Smith.

There were two of them. These were my little bits of slow stitching and so I am linking to Kathy's Slow Sewing Sunday.   Walk over to enjoy other wonderful hand sewing projects.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Turquoise sheep

Although we are minutes from Valentine's day, we are celebrating blue-green and green-blue all February for the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. This turquoise sheep had no problem dressing for both occasions.

And yesterday I finished the hexagon units that I need for my next Stonefields quilt blocks. They have a finished height of two inches and will be appliqued to a pieced block.

Thursday, February 9, 2017


The Pigs in a Blanket quilt has been sent off to the MidAtlantic Quilt Festival, so now its time to do something besides the finishing touches on that quilt. I have been feeling a bit intimidated by the next step in the Stonefields quilt, so I decided to push forward on that.

As you can see from the photo, the instructions call for two simple flower sets from hexagons where the finished size of each hexagon is just a tad over 1/2 inch. The quilt instructions come with a set of those tiny paper hexagons neatly packaged in a plastic bag and taped to the instructions. Of course, Molly helped me by stepping on the bag and getting the bits of tape on her back paw. With much vigorous shaking, she not only got the bag off her foot, but also scattered the tiny paper pieces all over the floor.

I did fussy cut hexagons from novelty fabrics so I could feature tiny creatures. One set features pigs, parakeets and a rabbit. The Other has a bunny, sheep, a camel, an elephant and a clown.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Molly and the Snowball quilt

Molly is dismayed that inappropriate kitten pictures were published without authorization in yesterday's blog.

To prevent such illegal behavior, she has destroyed an offending conduit. This is the second keyboard she has punished.

Oops. This might be another unauthorized photo.

This is an official photo of Molly. It shows her hard at work.

And here is a wider view of the Snowball quilt that my grandmother made. This quilt was made for my aunt Sally (her daughter) and includes some of her childhood dress scraps.

Some of the fabrics, like the one above, look a bit more worn and faded than others. So I'm guessing that this is one of the dress fabrics.

 This is another fabric that I suspect was a dress fabric.

This is the weirdest fabric and I suspect it comes from a flour or sugar sack.

And I love this little novelty fabric. Well, at first I loved it because of the cat playing the violin. But then Molly pointed out that the cat's feet are deformed and that made me feel rather sad. But this definitely looks like many of the available reproduction fabrics.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

One Year Later

Not much quilting going on today, so I thought we should celebrate an anniversary of sorts. Yes, we are marking the date when Molly and I lost our carefree all-girl hangout life.

Molly and I were quite happy to sleep in and snuggle every morning.

But a year ago, we had to spring Buddy (then Typhoon) out of the slammer after he failed his socialization for adoption. We are still working on his socialization. Molly works the hardest at teaching him that life is not fair. She thinks its better to show, not tell.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Two blocks

The Stonefields quilt by Susan Smith comes as a BOM (block of the month). I have all twelve months but I am making them in order. The blocks I showed yesterday are all for the first month. And this block is the last block of that set.

Each block looks a bit silly all by itself, but they play very well together.

And I decided to try and make the circle of squares block that Kathy from Kathy's Quilts is making for the RSC challenge. I wanted to make a smallish block and the one I made is six inches finished. The white squares are one inch finished and are made from 1.5 inch strips. And yes, this means the centered squares have outside strips that finish at 1/2 inch but are made from one inch strips.

If I increase the size of the finished white squares to 1.5 inches, the finished block size grows to 9 inches.

This is the fabric I've chosen for the quilt sleeve for Pigs in a Blanket. And yes, the piglet quilt is going to be shown at the Mancuso MidAtlantic Quilt Festival.

This shows the front of the quilt, the back and the pig fabric for the quilt sleeve.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


I enjoy browsing Supergoof's blog and it's there that I fell in love with the Stonefields quilt by Susan Smith.  So yes, I have decided to make one for myself, using a similarly soft palette.

The applique designs are especially forgiving. And it means that I can participate in Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday.

And here are four stars where I could highlight some fun novelty fabric.