Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Blocks 8 & 9

Here are the final two blocks, blocks 8 & 9.  Now onto the pieced blocks, the machine applique, and the swag border.  I'm happy with how the blocks are turning out.  I'm excited to finish it so I can hang it in our entrance-way.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Block 7

I feel like I should start a count down - I'm getting close.  This is block 7 - only 2 more to go.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Block 6

Here's Block 6 - slightly modified from the original pattern.  Can you find the 4 changes?

Before I finished this block I thought I'd post pictures of the way I prep my blocks when doing fusible. 

This picture is of the 4 remaining blocks all drawn on the fusible - the first step.  I've drawn whatever pieces would fit within the outline of the house base and those that wouldn't fit are placed in a baggie marked with the block number.

The picture below is of the second step that I do - cutting out the centers of the larger pieces so that the fabric won't feel stiff on the finished quilt.  I do that as I'm ready to work on a block and before I fuse them to the fabric.

The next picture is of the 3 remaining blocks - centers haven't been cut out of the larger pieces for these blocks yet - I'll do that as I start to work on each block.  This helps space out my scissor cutting so I don't get a sore hand from the repetitive motion.

You can also see how I wrap my bias stems around a cardboard roll so that they hold their shape.  I made a lot of 1/4" bias stems but, as you can see, most have already been used.  It's time to make enough to get through the last 3 blocks so I don't have to stop and do that later.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Blocks 4 & 5

Two more houses to add to the collection.


Guess you can tell what I'm calling my quilt.  I plan to make a few more variations to the pattern as I make my quilt.  You'll have to see if you can tell what they are.  Of course, I may slip and give them away or here's a picture of the original quilt.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Blocks 2 & 3

Here are blocks 2 and 3 for my Home Sweet Home quilt:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Home Sweet Home Quilt - Block 1

I finally got back into my sewing room a few days ago - on Thursday.  I hadn't sewn since early May when they found my husband had advanced cancer in his prostate.  The stress of the unknown seemed to impact my creativity.  He's now passed the half way mark in his treatments and is doing well.  We also had relatives staying with us for about a month - that made quite a big impact on my sewing too.  Now that things are calming down around here, I'm finally back in my sewing room. 

On Friday I started selecting fabric for a new project - a Home Sweet Home quilt (Blackbird Designs).  It's an adorable house quilt.  Some of the gals on the Quilting Forum are each working on one and encouraging each other as a group.  When my friend Kim forgot her book at my house, and I had a chance to look at it a little bit closer, I decided to join them.  I worked on the 1st block yesterday.  Here's my block #1:

Even though I love to do needle-turn applique, I already have a number of that type project going, so have decided to do machine applique on this one.    I will probably save the machine applique until the end - but not sure about that yet.  I considered doing a blanket stitch by hand, but after giving it a try, I decided I don't like the look.  Now I need to rip out what I started using that method - maybe tonight while watching TV. 

I have all of the background fabric cut and ready, the bias stems made and waiting, and the fabrics kitted together for each block.  I plan to have fun with these darling blocks and go at a comfortable pace.  This will be a nice leisurely project to ease back into quilting.

It would be nice to embellish the blocks with some embroidery too.  My friend Misha from the Forum posted some picture examples so we could all drool dream about touches like that for our quilts.

Just a little bit more news since I've been away so long.  On Thursday I pulled out my "A Tisket-A Tasket Basket" quilt (Bunny Hill) which is very near completion.  It needs the embroidered border sewn on and the corners embroidered.  Then the final red border can be added and it will be ready to quilt.   Toward the end of the morning, I got a call from my friend Bobbi.  She invited me over to select some applique projects our friend Marty, who passed away, had started.  I'm beyond happy to give them a good home.  I'm very excited about a block of the month project that was there, the Fruit Basket quilt.  There's a drawing of the quilt lay-out, but it's missing most of the patterns, and monthly fabric kits.  I got on the internet to see what it's supposed to look like and I think I can draw what's missing.  There were also several Hawaiian quilts that Marty had started.  I'll be very excited to work on those - they'll be looooong projects though.  There was also a darling appliqued angel quilt that only needs about a day or two to finish, a fused floral wall hanging that may also only take a few days, and a darling Noah's Ark applique wall hanging that Bobbi asked me to finish for her.  I've pulled the fabric for it and will give it top priority since Bobbi was so kind, and generous to think of me, and send such lovely projects home with me.