May 24

America the Beautiful-trees, barns, Bounty & fences

I am late posting these blocks although we have been working steadily away at our project. We have been cutting kits and then sewing, so sometimes it takes a while before blocks actually get put together, but we are a little over halfway done now. We worked on the Schoolhouse block together, then did the bell applique as homework. It took a while for us to remember to bring the blocks back for photos, so we finished these a couple months ago. It lives in the upper left directly under the Flag block. We each chose different fabrics for the barns and adjoining tree, and even though they are different, they are all very cute! Don’t you want to attend one of these little schoolhouses?
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May 13

Ode to the 1930’s Blocks #20-22

These are the first of the 6″x6″ blocks and a little variation in seam allowance on these small ones makes a big difference when they are all sewn together. We made Card Tricks on a day in late February then chose fabric and made kits for Dutchman’s Puzzle and Grandmother’s Choice. We sewed these up in April after everyone returned from being out of town on different weeks in March. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13

First 2016 reading challenges completed

I have completed my first two reading challenges of the year and am making good progress on the others. I enjoyed the Full House Challenge and won the drawing for the Jan-Mar review period, probably because I had so many reviews posted during that time. Thanks to Book Date for the win; I used my Amazon gift card to buy some short stories in beloved series as well as a new book.
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Feb 29

Ode the 1930’s-Blocks #18 & #19

These are the last of the 9″x9″ blocks and then we go to even smaller! February gave us the opportunity to get some serious work done in cutting blocks and finishing them up. And to give some perspective, there are 36 “blocks” listed in the pattern, although the last three are the same 3″ blocks, making multiples. But I am ready to say we are halfway done with the quilt top, excluding the borders. Whoopee! Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 26

America the Beautiful-barn & trees

After taking a break from our quilt group during the holidays, we were back going in strong in January and got two blocks done on the America the Beautiful quilt. We wanted to tackle a building and not leave them all to the end, so we began with the barn. Our individual tastes are totally on display here in our fabric choices for the barns and adjoining trees. ShaRee and I used the same fabric for the roof and silo, but varied on the barn and door, while Terry went her own way with red and browns. We all used a sky background fabric, but as usual, my choice is a little more bold. We all loved our own tall trees, but then loved each other’s trees when we saw them done. Those same tree fabrics may make appearances elsewhere in all our quilts! This block goes in the lower right corner of the quilt above the fields of amber waves. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 17

Ode to the 1930’s-blocks #16 & #17

Once the holiday hiatus was over, 2016 started out with more quilt group activities. In January we got two more blocks done on this quilt. Block #16 is Flower Basket and has an applique handle on a white triangle that is then pieced to the rest of the basket sections. Then the leaves and flowers are appliqued on top to make a 9″ x 9″ block. ShaRee and Terry picked the same fabric, but I had to be different and went with green and orange instead of green and pink. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 23

Riedel Fascination reading challenge sign-ups 2016

It’s here! February approaches and it’s time to sign up for Carolyn’s reading challenges. In order to allow us time for fun during the holidays rather than posting challenge stuff, she runs her challenges from February to February. I really like this because the end of the year seems hectic to me with all the end of the year posting. If it’s a limited challenge and I finish early, I try to post during the year, but many that I sign up for go the entire year, causing a last-minute flurry. So this one can be enjoyed until the end of January! This year I am again repeating The Gentle Spectrums games A & B, and adding the Mystery and new Celtic Coasts, bringing my total to 17 for the year. This is a new personal high and I am very selective in what I choose, but it might be overwhelming. We’ll see. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 23

Gentle Spectrums 2015 wrap-up

January is almost over and I’m posting my wrap-up for this challenge because I don’t think I’ll be adding anything to it in the next week. Carolyn is a fun host and I have enjoyed being a part of her community. Here is my reading for this year and look for my sign-up post for her 2016 adventures! Read the rest of this entry »

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