Sunday, February 6, 2011

Snow, Snow and more Snow and Sewing

Where did that week go?  I've been stitching whenever I can and I managed to get my Quilted Village top put together. I used the freezer paper and glue technique when I machine appliqued the blocks so I spent the best part of two evenings getting the paper out. Maybe it wouldn't have been such a job if the glue hadn't been there for several years. :-) This is the Quilted Village in pieces.

And here is the top sewn together. Now to decide on how to quilt it. The first part of the week I was housebound because of the weather. We had snow and wind and school was closed for two days. I got a lot of sewing done. There is some advantage to living in Iowa!! Here is another quilt that I have been working on for a couple of years. I had the sashing and borders machine quilted and I have been hand quilting the pieced & appliqued blocks. On Thursday, I went shopping with some of the gals and I got fabric for the binding on this one. It was a nice sunny day but very, very cold but it was nice to get out of the house and get some fresh air.  I also got the shirting fabric that I wanted for the scalloped border on the Dear Jane quilt. I think the shirting will be nice instead of the plain muslin that I was going to use. What do you think? I still plan to work on a couple of the corners and see if I can improve on them before I add this last border but I have to get my nerve up to mess with them again.  aaaagh!I haven't shown you the little embroidered basket blocks that I have been working on. They are so much fun to make. I took my patterns and had them reduced as I wanted to make a small quilt, perhaps doll cradle size. The blocks will finish at 6" so it will be small. I wanted the quilt to have a Victorian feel to it and have been looking for sashing fabric for a while. I think I found one that will really look good. It's a mottled lavender, pink and blueish and really brings out the mottled colors in the background fabric of the baskets. I will embellish the baskets after they are quilted, however, I have beaded one of them. I couldn't stand to wait until it was quilted to see what they would look like embellished. Here is the one that I beaded, I don't know if you can see it that well or not. The picture doesn't do justice to the beads tho.
Well, I think I have just about brought you up to date on my sewing activities for the week. (although I haven't mentioned the Redwork that I'm doing) That will be saved for a later date. The Super Bowl will start in a couple of hours and I am not a very good football fan. But I have been invited to my daughter's house and I will go, just so I can be with family and all the action.  I hope you are having a 'Stitches" kind of day. Until next time......


  1. Love the baskets! Are those antique patterns? What size were they originally?
    Will you use the Quilted Village on a tabletop? You've been busy!

  2. I love the quilted village ... I have been lovely. Is part of the center as you did? I have the fabric and but I'm a little confused on how to make the center and the birds with silk ribbons. Let me know something. Thanks and best regards. My email is