Thursday, February 24, 2011

Five Baskets and a Heart

It's 13" x 18" and while I have no idea when I made the top or where the pattern is from, I just love it.

And in between coughing and naps and watching the little wild birds gobble up bird seed and watching snow fall and making chicken noodle soup, I've finished two more doll quilt tops, both made of a mix of brights and Kaffe Fassett fabrics, and begun a primitive applique one to remind me that it will someday again, be spring.

Hourglass Quilt Finished!

Another little quilt pieced from blocks made by my husband's great-aunt. The quilt is about 10" x 12". I especially loved one block where, twice, she pieced fabrics together in order to make pieces large enough for her to use. It's hard to see; I took a couple of close up photos to show you. It's the block in the upper left hand corner.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Four Patch Quilt

This quilt was made from some blocks pieced by my husband's great aunt. I chose those which had my favorite fabrics. The quilt is 15" x 15".


I've been sick all week and haven't gone to work and the weather folks are predicting snow for this afternoon, followed by more snow on Thursday and Friday. I've been spending all this extra free time working on doll quilts. Well, in between coughing spells, reading, and taking naps.

I'll make a pan of cornbread this morning and then put a pot roast in the oven early in the afternoon, catch up with all the laundry, and wash my hair. I like to be prepared; there's always the possibility of the electric going out. We have plenty of wood for the fireplace and, of course, lots and lots of quilts to keep us warm.

As for the doll quilts, I've finished three, except for the bindings which I hope to do today, begun two more, and have plans for at least one other. I'll put photos up as soon as they're finished. If it snows, there should be plenty of light to get some good photos.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Five Baskets and a Heart

I found this little fragment while cleaning out a closet. It's a bit wonky, so I'm going to take it apart and re-sew some of the blocks. I think it'll make a very nice doll quilt when I'm done.

Preparing to Make More Doll Quilts

I'm not working today and I may not be tomorrow either as the weather forecasters are predicting ice and snow. I'm spending some time quilting a full size four patch quilt pieced by my husband's great-aunt Clara.(see my other blog, All the Rest of My Life for a photo of that).

I also found some blocks in her scrapbag and plan to use these to make a couple of more doll quilts.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I finished my little Valentine's Day quilt and am very happy with how it turned out. It is 16 inches square and fits very nicely on this table as a topper.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Abe!

Today is Abe Lincoln's birthday and, to celebrate, I made a little log cabin doll quilt. It's 14 1/2" x 21 1/2". It's cloudy here today and probably will be for the next few weeks and that makes it hard to get a good photo. This is the best I could do.

Make sure to read today's post on Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War Quilts blog. It provides a good history lesson and has photos of some wonderful log cabin quilts!

I've finished the top for my Valentine's Day doll quilt. I used the four hearts I'd previously appliqued and surrounded it with hourglass blocks. It will be 16 inch square. I plan to hand quilt it this week-end.

Looking forward to March's doll quilts, I've considering using some blocks found in Aunt Clara's scrapbag. That bag is never ending! I thinking of using a stack of little four-patch blocks made of feedsacks or a stack of hourglass blocks made of shirtings and fabrics from the 1920's. I'll put up a photo of these when the sun finally decides to show its face again.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

And the Winners Are.....

Giveaway 4 Heartsdesire
Giveaway 5 Country Log Cabin Quilter
Giveaway 6 Frummie
Giveaway 7 Heirlooms

Congratulations! Again, I had my husband choose the winners by drawing numbers. He's getting good at this!

My apologies for the extensive delay to announce the winners. Life has gotten extremely busy the past few days and I'm ashamed to say I just forgot. Me bad. I don't even have the excuse of having to deal with snow. It's cold here (in the 20's), but clear and sunny.

I have e-mailed the winners and am awaiting their mailing addresses to send them their goodies!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Oh! I'm in Love!

I was just looking at the Blackbird Designs blog and they have a free pattern for an Antique Fair Baskets quilt. I can see making the blocks smaller for a doll quilt.

And Blackbird Designs is having a giveaway for two layer cakes of their Antique Fair line with Moda Fabrics so go over there right away and sign up!

February's Doll Quilts

I've finished a log cabin doll quilt top made of brown and red scrap fabrics and I hope to have the chance to quilt it this week-end. In the meantime I've begun a Valentine doll quilt. I'm making it up as I go along and so far I have four appliqued hearts.

I'm working on some other projects this month. I'm knitting socks (see Knitting Only Socks) and hats, both adult and children's sizes, for charity (see Knitting for Peace). I also want to finish hand-quilting a Snowball quilt pieced by my husband's great-aunt Clara and you can read about the progress I'm making on this blog, All the Rest of My Life.

If you haven't already guessed, I compartmentalize. In some ways it's easier and in others, more complicated. But there it is.