Labyrinth top

I finally trimmed the rest of the threads on The Splendid Sampler – or at least as many as I’m going to trim – haha!  I learned something obvious about quilting from this that probably sounds dumb to anyone who’s been quilting for a while.  I’ve always pulled the threads up from the bottom…when I…

Block 100 – Centered

I did it!  100 blocks!  And this one wasn’t as easy as it looks, thanks to 3/4″ squares in the light blue corners.  I thought for some reason that Pat had the last block so I figured it would be applique but this one is actually by Kate Spain. I wonder how many dies I…

Snail’s Trail

This lap sized quilt has had as many twists and turns as the pattern has in it.  My original plans, months ago, were to make this for a completely different occasion and individual.  While I was buying the fabric, another woman mentioned that she had made the storm at sea version that uses snail’s trail…

Block 94 – Skyscrapers

I learned my lesson from the other day – I’m getting ready to hand sew around the edges of this one.  This was a really quick block which worked out well since that left me plenty of time to work on several things today. I used a pale blue fabric for the background.  Every time…

Block 89 – From Colorado To The MidWest

Whew!  I am way behind in blogging and in reading everyone else’s blogs.  January is always a really busy month between birthdays, starting work again after the holidays and so forth. I think I have all of the setting blocks sewn now for the Splendid Sampler layout.  I’m ready to start moving blocks into real…

En Provence Semaine Cinq et Six

In all the merriment of the holiday season, I forgot to post pictures of week 5 for Bonnie Hunter’s En Provence mystery quilt.  They’re easy enough to combine with this week though – 64 half square triangles; neutrals with dark purples. This week’s sets are quarter square triangles.  I saw that at 6 this morning…

BSQ 7 – Beggar’s block

I’ve gone back and forth a few times about how to title these blocks.  I think I’ve finally decided on BSQ (short for Bible sampler quilt) then the number it is in the book and then the name of the actual block. I’ve actually made more than what I’ve posted here so far – surprise,…

Quatrième semaine de En Provence

One of the offspring had day surgery this morning bright and early – we left the house at 6am and didn’t get home until almost 1pm and then I played the part of nurse off and on the rest of the day.  I really had no expectations of making any headway with week 4 of…

Greek blocks

The Splendid Sampler is winding down with just 14 blocks to go.  Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt is fast and furious, running only through sometime in January typically. I’m finishing up the last 2 blocks for Leah Day’s quilt-as-you-go.  I learn a lot from these large groups so when Amy Ellis started a group to make…

October was a very good month

Wow, today was full of great surprises from start to finish.  Amy Ellis posted that we were ready to start the next block for her quilt sampler.  This month is for large 18″ Greek cross blocks.  I spent most of my  lunch hour picking out fabric and finished one block before I had to get…

Block 82 – Under the Apple Tree

I was thinking this afternoon as I finished this up I didn’t know why it took me so long to finish this block.  But then I remembered that I was busy quilting 3 tops with my Avante when this one came out so I put it off on purpose. I cut each of the pieces…

Maybe Storm at Sea?

I am absolutely not planning to start sewing this anytime soon – and by soon I mean tomorrow – haha! No seriously, I won’t be sewing this in the near future; I have the final machine quilting block coming out on Thursday.  That same day is a Splendid Sampler block, and Amy Ellis has said…