Friday, April 24, 2015

Ohio Collection Quilt Update

Here are all of my Ohio Collection blocks to date.  The blocks are from the Ohio Collection book by Anita Shackleford with substitution blocks from Album Quilts of Ohio's Miami Valley by Sue Cummings.  


I haven't accomplished a lot of sewing this week, but I did the Double T block.  I love to draw in Electric Quilt and print out paper piecing patterns whenever I can.  The default block size is 6 inches.  I completed the 6" block on the left, and then I checked the Ohio Collection book.  The block was supposed to be 12", and that explains why it looked so out of place to me.  So I redid the block to finish at 12", and the smaller one will go into my orphan block collection.

After returning from The Jane Stickle Retreat in Shipshewana, I had some catching up to do here at home.  And, as you are reading this post I am on the way to the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah.  This is my birthday month, and so far it has been just great with a trip to the Chicago show, and 6 days in Shipshewana and now two days in Paducah.  


While I was at the retreat in Shipshewana, a couple of the girls were starting the Little Gem sew along with the Temecula Quilt Company.  Since they sold the 1" Jewel paper pieces at Yoders, I decided to buy a couple of packages and join in.  These will work nicely with hexagons, and I think they will add interest to a hexagon quilt.  


The other bloggers that are working on the Ohio Collection quilt are:
You can stop by their blogs to see their Ohio Collection blocks.  

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shipshewana Retreat Photos


We had a great time at the Jane Stickle Quilt Retreat last week.  I've been trying to get all of my Shipshewana photos in one place where you can view them if you choose.  I'm using Shutterfly. Since I'm the originator of the blog, I can't see what this is going to do when I publish it.  So if this takes too long to load or does something else, would someone please email me or post a comment so that I know?  Thanks.  Here are the photos.  Below where it says Click here to view these pictures larger, that takes you to my Loose Threads Photo page.  There is a link there to view slideshow, and the photos will be full screen  (I think).




I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Ohio Collection Quilt Update

I'm still in Shipshewana at our quilt retreat, and I've done a bit of stitching. 

Here are my latest Ohio Collection blocks. This shoe with flowers was designed by Karen at Log Cabin Quilter blog. I appreciate Karen sharing her patterns with me. The red on my flowers bled some so I have to work on that when I get home. 
This is Star and Princess Feather from Anita Shackleford's Ohio Colkection book.  Both blocks are hand appliquéd. 

Br sure to visit the other bloggers that are working on their version of this quilt:
Karen -Log Cabin Quilter
Lori - Humble Quilts
Nancy -  Tattered Garden
Cathy - Big Lake Quilter

I've also finished two more 3/4" hexagons. 

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Retreating in Shipshewana

I arrived in Shipshewana, Indiana, on Tuesday for our semi annual quilt retreat at the Farmstead Inn. I've done some shopping, eating, and talking. I took a few photos today when I walked over to Yoders Department Store. Some photos are blurry, but you can see all of the fabric temptation. 

There are so many solid colors here that it's hard to choose. This beautiful table makes me smile each time I see it. 


There are lots of jello rolls, charm packs, layer cakes, and other precuts. 
Fabric.....

This quilt kit can be yours. I love all of those half square triangles. I'd probably change the center 


More solids...


And even more

 

It really is a bit overwhelming. 




I think I bought the pattern for this quilt several years ago. 

This photo is blurry, but I love these hexagons. This quilt is set like my Road 66 quilt with the tiny diamond path. 


They have a ruler for everything.
A cart of pillows for sale 
I've spent some happy hours in this gazebo with friends. 
The horse and buggies are everywhere. 
It's fun to walk around Shipshewana because you see things like this. It made me laugh.  My first thought was .....there's free manure everywhere. 

Hope you are finding some time to stitch today. 
 
Thanks for stopping by for a visit. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Design Wall Madness

This is what my design wall looks like this morning.  I have parts of about six projects in the photo below including some Ohio Collection blocks, a Smitten block, and some orphan blocks that I'm putting together.   I've worked some on all of these in the last week.

This center block is something that my daughter did about 15 or so years ago.  Neither of us can think of what this was called.  There was a book and a ruler, and the quilter appeared on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson.  My daughter thought this was something she wanted to try, so we bought all of the supplies.  She made this block, pieced one of my Dear Jane blocks and did a couple of other blocks over the years.  That was her venture into quilting.  Now she is an avid knitter.  The points on this block are dimensional.  She did the block, but I did the applique center over again and appliqued the circle onto the green background.  There are several layers all stitched together that couldn't be cut away, so there was a lot of bulk.   Does anyone know the name of this block?  I know it looks like a dahlia block, but the technique had a name?   I think this would be a great center medallion for a quilt, don't you?  



Right now I feel like the inside of my brain probably looks just like my design wall.  It looks like I should focus, but this way there is a choice of what to work on whenever I go into the sewing room.


I hope you're finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ohio Collection Quilt

This is the start of my quilt from the Ohio Collection quilt book by Anita Shackleford.   I'm also using the Album Quilts of Ohio's Miami Valley as inspiration for this quilt and to replace some of the blocks from the original quilt.  The original quilt has 12 log cabin blocks sewn together in groups of 4.  I've ended up making 10 blocks because that was the number of centers that I cut.  I'm not sure if I will use all of them in the finished quilt.



I first saw this quilt on Karen and Lori's blogs.  They have started their quilts so I decided to join in. 


I did the applique' on the flower below on the bus trip to the Chicago Quilt Show.  


I made the Drunkard's Path block on the left first and decided I couldn't live with it in this quilt, so it is in my bag of orphan blocks.  I like the all blue block much better with the rest of the blocks.



Some of these blocks are pretty large, but I think part of the charm of this quilt is the different size and variety of the blocks.  I might remake some of the stars and do two smaller blocks instead of one larger one.  Not sure yet.



Here are the two books that I'm using for inspiration.



I hope you are finding some time to stitch today! 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Easter

 Hope everyone had a Happy Easter.  I meant to post this yesterday. I made this lamb cake for Easter dinner dessert.  The lamb pan was my mother-in-law's, and it brought back a lot of memories of past Easter dinners when she always made lamb cake.  My daughter decorated him.  We had so much fun making him that we kind of hated to cut into him.  


I've been cutting fabric today for a few different projects.  Someone commented about the little quilt behind the lamb cake when I posted him on Facebook yesterday.  I'll get a better photo of the quilt and a tutorial in another post.  The little quilt is just something easy that I made up.  

Meanwhile, I found a bag of 3 1/2" squares and decided I would make a few of the stars in Barbara Brackman's Stars in a Time Warm sew along.  Here is my first star.  


I hope you find some time to do a little stitching today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

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