Sunset - June 2, 2020

Sunset - June 2, 2020

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sewing Needle vs. Trowel...

Looking back over my recent posts, it has been a long time since anything substantially "quilty" has been shared. Probably because garden trowels, seed packets and work gloves have been a major part of each day.

It has also been ages since any finished quilt has been shared and sad to say, it is going to be a while before that happens. But today, allow me a break from the gardens and let's talk quilting. While visiting other blogs, I have come down with a case of "finish envy." Judy over at Shade Tree Quilting has been setting land-speed records with her completed quilts and Kathy at Inspired By Antique Quilts - well - I don't think she ever sleeps and is always sharing her newest creations. Be sure to visit some of the other quilty blogs on my sidebar to the right...have added a few more lately, mostly applique, Civil War, reproduction quilt lovers, like myself. 

So what has been going on in the sewing room...mostly a mess! But I pledged a while back to Showing the Process. Making slow progress on my Canadian Rose Summer quilt (and here it is mid June- was supposed to be on our bed by now!)
Looks washed out - hard to photograph.
Lots of 1/2 square triangles being made - and these are finished to 2 3/8" so have to piece them the old fashioned way - 2 triangles at a time and just keep feeding them through chain-piecing. About 192 of this particular size.
Also have started strip piecing my 1" reds & greens with the shirting background - using this stack of reds and greens 
and need a whole bunch of little nine-patch variations to make this quilt...they will finish to 1 1/2".
From left to right #1 - need 288/ #2 - need 214/#3 need 191
Only need to make 287/213/190 more...and since I have all the other shirting squares and rectangles cut - it won't take long at my dreams...

And still keeping up with Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilt weekly blocks. 
These are from the last 2 weeks - # 24 & #25.

And in the quiet evening hours, I continue to do applique on the Beyond the Cherry Tree focused on this project - it is one of those that has "taken on a life of it's own." Another block has been completed (still undecided about the embroidered stems - have done half way around and will sit on the rest for awhile) and I am prepping the next one - I dream of cherries constantly!
 This is my favorite light box to use for transferring patterns - it is an old paper testing box from Weyerhaeuser. They used to do quality control testing on new paper runs and when it became obsolete they were literally getting ready to throw it out...Mr. Outback rescued it and put it on top of an old desk in our basement. It weighs a ton and is huge...I love it!!
I will close for today with something my friend, Connie, made for me...isn't this the cutest tea towel? Love the watering can, love the colors and love the ruffle! Anyone even thinking of using it to dry dishes in this house is in big trouble...
Thanks so much for dropping by today and sharing this little bit of quilting time with me. I so enjoy your company! Have a great week and keep those creative hands busy...


PS - Our Mr. Bear dropped by a few days ago - he says "howdy."
The bluebird house is about 5 feet from ground level. Mr. Bear is a nice size.


  1. WOW! All that a Canadian Rose Summer Quilt that looks very good to me! Hard to balance needle and trowel. I'm having the same problem at the moment! Have a great week, TO!

  2. Hi Pat, Such a great post - you have so much on your plate! Love all the quilt projects (and I know what you mean regarding 'finish envy'). I have a few of my own I need to make time for, but the garden calls - and it is such a short growing season. These next few rainy days might allow me to get at some of that sewing, tho.

  3. The Canadian Rose is just a beautiful quilt! I'll bet you'll have it on your bed in no time. It's hard to fit everything we want to do into one day - even if it's the longest day of the year!

  4. The Canadian Rose is wonderful - you have also been making very good use of your time my friend. Good for you. Thanks for the link up - since I cannot pack up another thing as the storage locker is full, I will just work in my room. Too hot to do much more - oh poor me! Judy C sends her very best

  5. Hi Pat
    Thanks for stopping by the porch party today. It looks like you're busy doing all kinds of projects! Good for you.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  6. Hi Pat, thank you for taking time out of your busy!! days to visit my blog. I love to come to yours and see what you have been making. Talk about finish envy, I have beginning envy. One day I will start quilting but for now I will just come by your blog and drool. Do you have a napkin......

  7. It's summer, why would you want to spend time indoors?

    Get back into the garden, woman!

    Only joking, I know how much you love your quilting and what marvels you achieve.

  8. :o) I really want more "days off" to work on some quilting! You area keeping busy! I have a little itty bitty scrappy nine patch that is one of many in my UFO group!

    Enjoy your beautiful summer days under the beautiful blue skies! (of courses, be sure to keep a good distance between you and Mr. Bear!) My dad had a relative to yours right up against his huge, thick plateglass window that is in his dining room...He was peeking in, but got surprised when he noticed my dad on the other side of the window...and off he ran! ...the bear, I mean, not my dad ;o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I have that "you know what" completed :o) Will let you know more later. Have a wonderful weekend!


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