Sunday, March 27, 2011

C'mon spring!

I've seen beautiful pictures of spring flowers and sunny days on a few different blogs, but we're sure behind here! We've had a little sun here and there, but it's still cold and mostly gloomy days for us here. To add insult to injury, now I'm coming down with a cold. Argh! Ah well, I guess that will keep me home working on this quilt that I need to get done. I'm making good progress. I was kind of freaked out at the thought of hand quilting a king sized quilt, but it's not so bad. I try to not pay too much attention to how much I've done each day, so when I spread it out on the floor once a week or so I can really see some progress. I'm about 3/4 done with the blocks, and then have the border to do. I've also been making some of these little cuties. The pattern is from Raggedy Old Annies, I think she's the cutest Annie I've ever seen! I have to warn you, though, that I think you'd need some experience in making dolls to use the pattern. The patterns are just adorable, though, and she's got a variety of different Annies. My 3 year old granddaughter came over and saw one of the doll bodies that I had started, picked it up and announced, "That's mine!", so I guess I'd better make her one, ha! My mom wants one, too, so I guess Raggedy Ann appeals to all ages. Guess I'd better get quilting, but later I'm going to be looking at some blogs for more signs of spring!

Sunday, March 06, 2011


Keep those months coming, we're getting closer to the ones I like! I'm so winter weary, at least today the sun is shining, which has been a rare thing around here lately.

This is the latest block I've finished from Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilts blog. I'm still a couple of blocks behind, but I'll get caught up soon. I love these fabrics, can't wait to see the quilts that end up getting made from this project.

I've been spending a lot of time lately working on this batik quilt. It's a king size quilt, it was machine pieced and I'm hand quilting it now. Gone are the days when I could quilt as long as I'd like, now if I work too long I pay for it with a lot of arm and shoulder pain, stupid arthritis! Still, I'm making pretty good progress on it. Still haven't had a chance to hang it up and get a good picture, but with a little more sunshine peeking through, maybe I'll get around to that soon.

This sweet little block is something I found at an antique store in Shipshewana recently. We finally were able to make a trip down there, I was having withdrawls! This block and the next one were $1, my big purchases of the day.

Unfortunately it looks like someone washed this block, the outside edges are frayed and the fabrics are all wonky and won't iron down. Still, it's interesting. It was apparently meant to be a single block, judging from the yellow center block, but I've never seen a hexagon quilt made with such a large block. Here's a close up of the fabrics, aren't they great?

Time to head outside and help with firewood, hope you're all having a great day!