Monthly Archives: April 2014

Happy Easter Everyone

flower basket quilt square

This table runner perfectly compliments our spring and Easter table.

The center squares were pieced together quickly by following  a pattern I found in a quilting magazine.   The pattern is no where to be found now, however ,  I found one similar and posted the link below.

The flower basket pattern set on point with triangles running down the long sides of the table runner looks festive.    I found the fabric as a fat quarter bundle   at PSQ quilt shop, then matched the backing fabric from the same line.  The fabric and backing sat in a “to do” pile for quite a while before I finished the runner, but I’m  pleased with the results.
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This table runner waits patiently in a cabinet until April.  Our pastel Longaberger Easter basket matches perfectly.  This year I decided to use tea cups for mini Easter baskets. Each cup holds one egg filled with candy treats-so cute and keeps the number of calories down- only one egg per person!
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free pattern from McCalls patterns!

 http://www.mccallsquilting.com/patterns/details.html?idx=8046

Great find at the Antique Market

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It finally feels like spring today!  The robins are chirping and it is nice enough outside to wear a light jacket!

I decided to do a little window shopping at a local antique market, and found this little lovely.

Antique appliqué

I was able to haggle a bit and got a 25% discount- it is a cute hand applique flower with machine stitched border and quilting.  I (GASP) laundered it to try to remove some yellowing in the white background and freshen it up.  I’m happy to say t made it through the ordeal quite well- no fraying or loose seams!

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You can see the amount of stitching from this view of the back.   Really a cute find- I’d love to find out if anyone has an idea about the age or value on this one- let me know!

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My latest stitching crave

Recently, I have been reading blogs, articles and web pages about English paper piecing. I love the idea of having a portable quilting project, and fortunately for me , found the perfect book at my local quilt shop and was smitten.

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Our quilt shop had some pre-packaged fabric selected for making some of Lucy’s blocks- so need I say more…. I bought a package of fabrics.

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The colors are warm and subtle- not the brights that I have been working with recently. I like the options with the patterned fabric – the right position of the template can change the look of the finished block. This is nice for creating a kaleidoscope effect when the pieces are joined to make a block.
English paper piecing does require paper templates, and I found a package of many, many honeycomb templates for the blocks in the book. They also have the traditional hexagon templates as well.

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The process starts with cutting strips, then smaller pieces which are sewn on to a paper template. Be sure the fabric piece is large enough to leave a 1/4 inch fold on to the back of the template. When stitching this small patch to the paper, it is important to use a sharp needle. I also felt that a strong thread would be a good choice, so I purchased some silk thread for this project. The covered paper pieces are then pieced together to form a pattern. This particular square is a replication of one of Lucy Boston’s crosses.

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The individual honey comb shapes are sewn together from the center of the quilt square out to the edge. Each honey comb piece snugs next to another, and is stitched along the one inch edge. The stitches are small and invisible when the square is completed.

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As you can see from the picture, the paper backing stays on until the quilt top is finished. This adds a level of stability to the project.

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I just need to add these last pieces to my block to finish the first of what will be MANY needed for a quilt top. Not sure yet how big this finished project will be, but until it is done, it will fit nicely into a little box just the right size for holding all of my supplies.

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I keep this on the side table next to the couch in our living room. It holds the paper templates, silk thread, sharp quilting needles, fabric strips, small scissors and of course the completed honeycomb pieces.