Monday, November 28, 2011

Vintage Quilts and More

I've been out of town two weekends in a row visiting with family; both mini-vacations along with Thanksgiving were a lot of fun, but it sure feels great to be back home! My Grandmother (who I was able to visit on our first trip) let me take some of her family quilts home for a little while so I can photograph and document these precious family heirlooms.  Actually,  I'm having fun just looking at the 1930's (and earlier) fabrics, but I do plan to record the block and quilt sizes soon so that I can eventually replicate these quilts.

This red, green and white quilt made by one of my great, great grandmothers has always been one of my favorites. I have many memories of this quilt since my Grandmother brought it out each year at Christmas.  Although my Grandmother used it and displayed it each year, the condition of this quilt is wonderful--it has been beautifully loved and preserved!

I just might have to make my own version of this quilt sometime soon!

I was also able to bring home some vintage Ball canning jars with the gorgeous aqua tint.  My Grandmother just happened to have some of these sitting around, and I was happy to receive them! The jars look terrific on my kitchen counter along with some old family stoneware I display there . This is my favorite little corner of the kitchen's pretty amazing to think that things I find so beautiful were also used and love by my grandmothers!

And now for some giveaway winners...congratulations to Lori who won the Green Fairy Quilts giveaway and to Tricia who won the It's Sew Emma pattern collection giveaway!  I'll be e-mailing you both to get your mailing addresses!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

November Blogger's Block of the Month

I have 6 blocks now in my Blogger's Block of the Month collection! Do you notice the two new blocks? This month Stephanie designed the "November Split Star" to add to the mix!

It's a fun block!  Find the tutorial here on Stephanie's blog!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's Sew Emma Giveaway

Kimberly at TheFatQuarterShop is giving away a set of amazing "It's Sew Emma" patterns.  To find out all about this giveaway:

Note: comments left on this post will not be entered into the giveaway.  Make sure to click the link above to find out about and enter the giveaway.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Blogger's Block of the Month

Have you been following along with Jackie's Blogger's Block of the Month?  I finally got a chance to catch up on my blocks!

This was the September block that I designed (find the tutorial here). Since the blocks finish at 8'' I'm making two of each so I'll have a larger quilt. I have decided to use fabrics from my Japanese fabric "stash."

This is the October block, designed by Vicki (tutorial here).

And here they are together!  New blocks are posted on the 25th of each month...check back on Friday for my blocks and a link to the tutorial!

The Green Fairy Quilts jelly roll/charm pack giveaway is still open, too...find out all about it here!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Green Fairy Quilts Giveaway

How about a giveaway?! Green Fairy Quilts is having a giveaway for readers of my blog!  To find out details and to enter to win a charm pack and jelly roll of  Chemistry by Cosmo Cricket for Moda....

                           GO HERE!

Note: Comments left on this post will not be eligible for the giveaway.  Please click the link above to find out about the giveaway and to leave a comment! 

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Farmer's Wife Friday

I had a chance to work on some Farmer's Wife blocks this week...had a lot of fun making these! First up is block #87, Star Gardener.  I eliminated some of the half-square triangles as shown in the book and substituted flying-geese blocks.

This is certainly a new favorite--block #27, Darting Birds. It took just a minute for me to pick out the cute birds in this block!

And here is block #53, Jackknife--an especially fun block in these Christmas prints!

 Here are the this weeks Christmas version blocks together; I've decided to make this quilt a twin, so on I go...unless I change my mind before next week. I have 50 blocks and could make the lap-sized quilt now.  But I'm having so much fun sewing with the bright colors that I think I'm going to keep going on this one!

And here are my Fig Tree versions...Star Gardener again.

Those adorable darting birds...

And Jackknife.

I'm having so much fun with these quilts...and I love seeing all the different versions being made, too!

I've got two nice-sized stacks of blocks.  I'm trying not to think about the fact that if they were all in one fabric way I'd have enough for a queen-sized quilt by now.  Have a wonderful weekend...and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (Ruby Edition)

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Work in Progress

Most of my "works in progress" for the next month or so will be Christmas gifts.  But I have one work in progress that I keep coming back to; I've decided I want to get this finished up before the end of the month.  Because I love it.  And because I can't wait to see what it will become! The blocks are made with left-over pieces from my Swoon quilt, made with the first Denyse Schmidt fabric collection for Joann's.

Although I thought about just making a wall-hanging with my star blocks, I've decided to use fabrics from the second Denyse Schmidt Joann's collection to make alternating blocks. I really want this to work up into at least a lap-sized quilt. I hope to make a few blocks today and come up with a plan.

Yes, I really ♥ heart ♥ these blocks!

You can still enter the Modern Blocks book giveaway, too...I'll keep it open until the end of the week.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Building (And a Modern Blocks Giveaway)!

After Carrie  posted this amazing pattern for a lumbar pillow made with just five house blocks from her "Full House" pattern, I had to get started making some Christmas houses!  I just need to quilt this up and make it into a pillow now!

Then I felt a bit bad about not finishing my original "Full House" quilt, so I hurried and finished that!

I love the "Full House" made with Carrie's 9 Dots fabric!

If you've just been to Carrie's know why I had to make a Countdown to Christmas house, too...I haven't decided yet whether this will become a big pillow, a small pillow...or another full-sized Schnibble.


Plus, my copies of  Modern Blocks arrived today: Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers (for more information on this book see my post here).  And this means I can give away a copy!  Just leave a comment on this post, and you'll be entered to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Farming with Quilt Blocks

I have more Farmers Wife Blocks to share today! It seems like the hardest part about working on this quilt is figuring out which block to sew next--I love them all!

First up (and this is one of my favorites) is Block #39, Friendship. This block seemed destined to be made in my California Girl scraps.

And here is block #29, Economy!  I used Strawberry Fields for this one.

And Block #35, Flower Basket (fabric is California Girl).

Here is Friendship in Flurry.

 Flower Basket in Flurry,

 And Economy in Flurry. Three more Flurry blocks and I can make the lap quilt...but I'm wavering now...if I just make 36 more blocks I can have a twin-sized quilt.  Decisions, decisions.  I just might not be ready to stop making the Christmas blocks; it's so fun to sew these blocks using the bright colors.  I guess I'll have to decide pretty soon--we'll see.

Do you ever just love the back of a block?  For some reason I thought the back of the Friendship blocks was picture worthy--

Today is the first day of a four-day weekend for me.  First up is to straighten up the sewing room, and then I'm starting on some Christmas gifts!  What are you working on today? Does anyone have some great ideas for handmade gifts?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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