Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Old Couch Quilt....Pineapple Blossom

 I don't think I ever blog about this quilt.  I made it in 2005 or 2006.  It is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter.  I started following Bonnie's blog when several people at the guild I belonged to showed quilts made from her patterns

It was the first time I really did scrappy and I put in black sashings to break up the blocks.  I mostly had brights but tried to include all types of prints.  It was fun but a little stressful not in the construction, but in all the fabrics.  I was tired of it and add a striped print into the black border to try and make it look like I worked more than I really did (ha!) because I just want it finished.  

I had mixed feeling about this quilt but it has been used for years in my living room.

I quilted it on the grace frame and it's my first or close to my first quilted on a frame quilt.  It has clear thread on top and black on bottom.  I tried to use one of those stick down papers and follow the lines for quilting.. it has tension issues with black thread poking up from the bottom.  One thing to realize is no matter how problematic it may have seemed at the time it has been used for 14 years or more and no one noticed or mentioned the quilting.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Two Quilts Finished

 Both Brick House Quilts are done.  Measuring approximately 48 by 72 I quilted them one after the other.

As I wrote before some straight lines and swirls in the first one.

The second one was quilted with swirls

Here's another pic of the first.

Monday, June 15, 2020

2nd Brick House

I finished the 2nd one.  Still happy sewing simple piecing. This one is 48 x 72 also. I thought about combining the 2 into 1 bigger quilt but I think the size is going to work well as a lab quilt for my recliner.

The 2nd quilt? I don't know where it will go but I enjoyed making it.

I had a packaged king size batting so I bought a  wide back fabric.  I will be able to load and quilt both quilts with some left over.  Piecing a backing uses up old fabrics, but I also enjoy the ease of wide backing fabric.

I tried straight line quilting and it was boring so the first quilt has a few straight lines and a lot of fat curls.  I used 60 wt glide thread.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Brick House Top

I think I've made the Brick House quilt as big as it's going to be.  The color cheers me.  I am going to quilt it and use it at a lap quilt in the living room.  I got the free pattern  (from  and she quilted at least one of  hers with straight lines. I liked that look and  I am debating how I want to quilt mine.  I need to make a backing.  It's 48 x 72.  I have another row and 1/2 done and a bunch more blocks.  I am going to continue and make another one but it will go back to leader/ender status.  Absolutely simple piecing and I am not stressing about what is fabric next to what.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Brick House Quilt

Piecing soothes me.  I am so sad with the virus, the senseless deaths, prejudices and now the riots.  The color of your skin is just a matter of your ancestry - nothing else - we are all humans.

I saw this scrappy quilt on a blog I like to read - joscountryjunction

Jo explains how she was given the blocks and how to make the quilt.  She calls it Brick House.

I finished my Scrappiness top and started this as a leader / ender project.  I've got 200 of the little blocks made and started putting them in rows.  I have spent some time  just sewing these - they jumped up from L / E status because I was having fun.  I do have a lot of projects, and ideas so they may shift to the back burner again but I think it's pretty.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Another Round on the Medallion

I put shoo fly blocks in this round.  I am not sure what I'll do next - it will have white background because I am low on the light green.  I am undecided on  whether to make it into a rectangle or keep it square.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Labyrinth Walk Quilt

I have a nephew who is a wonderful helpful man.  He is 10 years younger than my son and he was there and supportive when Paul passed.  We visited Chicago 2 years ago had a great time in large part thanks to his assistance.  I decided then that I wanted to make him a quilt.

I started this last year.  The pattern is Labyrinth Walk by Christopher Florence.

sorry it looks crooked here - it's taller than my holders!