Thursday, July 28, 2011


I finally have my "Sherman's Tulips" quilt top to the quilting stage.  As I'm a hand quilter, that's always the longest part of the job.  I love the way it looks, though, and I hope to be able to make myself stick to it and get it finished in a reasonable amount of time.  By Thanksgiving, maybe?  Anyway, this is where it is right now.  It's basted, and the stitch in the ditch diagonal straight quilting is done, as well as several of the blocks.  Since it's on point, I was concerned that it wouldn't be flat, but there doesn't seem to be any extra waviness.   So far, I love it. 

I'm still trying to catch up with the Civil War blocks, and I'm trying to get at least one done each day.  I've completed 21, and 30 have been posted on Barbara Brackman's blog.  I just love them, and though my intention was to use up some of my leftover Civil War repro fabric, I have bought several new pieces, and can't seem to keep from looking for more.  There is a quilt shop in my area that has a big selection of  CW fabric, and I love to add to my stash.  Here are some of my latest attempts. 

I even had the same fabrics for this one as those in the block she had posted.

And this one is so pretty.  Since I'm making mine as 12 ince blocks, I've had to redraft a few.  With this one I just figured out the math and cut it out.  As I was completing it, I realized that I hadn't made any mistakes, the corners matched and I hadn't cut off any of the points.  I was really pleased with myself.  So I finished it up, ironed it, and put it on the pile.

Can you believe it?  A full inch smaller than the rest!!  As the saying goes, pride goeth before a fall.

Look at the goodies that came my way this week.  I'd sort of forgotten that I had participated in this, but it was to swap 125 red 5 inch squares with Sewmanyways.  I'm not sure what I'll be doing with them, but aren't they pretty? 

I've just passed my 2 year 'blogaversary', so I guess it's time for a giveaway.  Next post!!


Barb said...

Your quilt is just all of your civil war blocks!

Belinda said...

Great quilt, and oh yes, will be just fantastic after you finish the HAND QUILTER!! I too am a hand quilter, in fact the hand applique quilt I am working on I am trying to hurry it up so I can GET TO the HAND quilting part!!!
I also LUV LUV your West Virginia star!

Pip said...

Love your CW blocks, you will be all caught up soon, I made my Seven Sisters a bit too small, so I'm going to put a small border on it or leave it out.

Anonymous said...

Loved catching up with your posts....CW blocks are lovely...I am enjoying being part of it...with my Dear Jane quilt..some of the blocks were small so I added a border the same colour as the background...when it is together it should blend in...Warm Regards, Lyn

Janet, said...

You should be proud of yourself. Your quilting is beautiful!

searchfamilies said...

Your work is beautiful as ever
Hugs Janice

Tonya said...

love those blocks, did you post the giveaway and I missed it?

Vicki ♥ said...

Your blocks are the colours! Your quilt is going to look stunning. Hugs Vicki x