Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Grandmother's Flower Garden

Grandmother's Flower Garden parts

See.... I really AM working on a GFG quilt! These still have the paper and basting stitches. I'll leave those in place until I have at least a row done.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

30s Dresden Plate

I had always wanted a quilt of my own done in the 30s style colors and fabrics, so I finally made the decision to make one! This is my happy place!! Would I do anything different.. maybe here and there, but I am quite content with the way it turned out in general.

Friday, January 18, 2013

CWR Sampler

Civil War Reproduction Fabric scraps
I had some left over HSTs and scraps from other CWR projects, so I put them into a sampler.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dresden first ten blocks

Not a great photo, but this shows that I have ten of the dresden blocks hand appliqued now, so I'm making progress!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Another Hidden Wells finish

First of all, I want to say that I detest this new thing where my blog makes me go to picasaweb to load my photos THERE before I can load them HERE!  Okay, enough whining.. on with the show...

This is another flimsie that I finally finished quilting and binding. It's a Hidden Wells, and done with a combination of patriotic fabrics and pinky shades... I make quilts for girl soldiers too, so this was appropriate! *grin*

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Dresden Plate

A new project! As many of you know, I seldom do anything but straight stitch piecing. I don't usually do curves, and almost never do applique work. However... a friend gifted me with some 30s style FQs, and I found that I could no longer resist the urge to make a classic style quilt with them. After giving it some thought, I decided to do a Dresden Plate (modified to have pointy tops like a fan) which meant... TA DAH.. biting the applique bullet. Here's a block I have finished, and the rest are assembled and waiting for the hand applique. Hopefully I'll have a finished quilt in a month or so.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Teal And Purple Curved Log Cabin

Teal And Purple
Curved Log Cabin

A dear friend sent me a bag of strips last year. She had intended to make a curved log cabin quilt in controlled scrappy colors of teal and purple, but for personal reasons decided she didn't want to make this particular quilt after all. I got the top made within a few days of receiving the strips, but I am just now finished with the binding, etc. And I have to say, I really love this quilt. Thank you, my friend!
Happy Quilting!
Jean MaDan

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Day

Modified Bear Paws
I got a GO! for Christmas, so to see if the cuts were accurate, I used some "uglies" from my scraps and made a modified version of Bear Paws. (By the way, the cuts are VERY accurate, and I LOVE my new toy!!) This made a very cute baby size quilt. Yes.. it truly is cuter in person than it shows in the photo! LOL!

Everyone that ever quilted has at least one embarrassing piece of junk. This one was mine. Or at least, one of my worst! I put this together MANY years ago.
The original premise was not bad... I would use some orphan blocks etc., in patriotic colors, add a nice pp center and some border stars, and have a neat looking vet quilt in the end. Well, I used some really bad fabric I guess, because it has smudges of red going onto the white areas. I hope those will wash off, but there's no telling for sure, so it will NOT go out of my house.
Secondly, since I had already decided that the bad red fabric made it junk anyway, that I would try an accessory that came with the used longarm I bought around that time. (Note to self.. if the words "how hard can it be?" come out of your mouth, it will be VERY hard!) So, I quilted circles.... sort of... and badly! I put that accessory away in a closet after that and haven't touched it since! What a MESS! The quilt also got tossed away in the closet, and I never bothered to put binding on it till today. And the only reason it got finished today, was that John asked if I had a junky quilt that he could have for Sophie (his little dachshund) since she was always cold. I remembered this quilt, so I got it out and put the binding on it for her to use. It was so cute... she immediately burrowed under it and laid down with just her nose peeking out! Made us all happy, so it was worth it. LOL