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Block 1 and 2 - The Easiest Ones

The first block is a 9 inch Nine Patch made of 5 dark squares and 4 light squares.  The squares are cut 3 1/2 inches.

The top block is the reproduction one.  The background fabric with the squiggle shape is very close to the print in the original block.  The red print in the original is more exciting but I couldn't find a similar fabric.  The modern version of the block uses a similar color scheme.  The birds shouldn't be upside down but the save on the rotate doesn't take.


The second block is a 10 inch uneven Nine Patch.  The center is 5 inches square (cut 5 1/2) and the corners are 2 1/2 inches square (cut 3).

The original block was made of fabric that resembles nothing on the market today and the fabric used was somewhat similar, color wise, to the original.  The light was a light blue and the dark a little lighter gray.  Both fabrics have large polka dots.  For the modern block I used a similar color scheme again.  I'm trying to have fun with the modern blocks.
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Reproducing a Quilt

I've been given a hand pieced coverlet (not quilted).  I'm not sure how old it is but I plan on finding out more about it (it did come with some family information).

It is a sampler - every block is different.  Some of the blocks are simple, basic blocks, others are more difficult to piece and some are like nothing I've seen before.  I've never seen a quilt with blocks set the way these blocks are.

The blocks are made of mostly brown, red and pick fabrics with some blue, black and yellow.  The background is a surprisingly bright blue.

I've decided to make my own copy of the quilt.  Actually I'm going to make two.  I've learned that if I'm making a sampler it's almost as easy to make 2 of every block if I'm chain piecing so that's what I'm doing.

For the first copy I've been collecting reproduction fabrics.  For many of the fabrics in the quilt I've managed to find fabric that is nearly identical.  Other fabrics have no modern equ…

Feathers and Fans Tablecloth

I found this interesting tablecloth at an estate sale a while ago.  I've never seen a design like it before.


Eventually I made a chart, adapting it to a smaller rectangle with a frame, and I'm about to stitch my version of the feathers and flowers.




Pioneer Sampler Redo

I first did this quilt in the late 90's.  It was my first quilt with a shape besides a square.
At the time "Quilt in a Day" was on PBS early on Saturday mornings.  I was amazed at how simple the complicated blocks were to piece and it gave me confidence to try a more complicated quilt.  As, I remember, the show was of star blocks.  I found that book at the quilt store but I liked the Pioneer Sampler better.
My first pioneer sampler was made with 30's style fabric I purchased on sale.  I liked the fabric when I saw it and was afraid if I didn't get it I would never be able to find any again.  I'm happy to report that 15+ years later you can still get 30's fabric - so much for it being a fad.  The quilt lived on the couch and was used when watching TV on cold nights.  I don't even have a picture of it any more.
I still use the techniques from the book for piecing half square triangles and flying geese.  The calendar pages in the books were filled with …

Columbine Pincushion

I made my first pattern based on a scanned photo with the help of software.  This hardy columbine was burned to the ground, quickly grew back and was flowering within a month.
The first step was to crop the photograph and brighten the colors.  After importing into PC Stitch, I spent hours tweaking the number of stitches and colors trying to come up with a stitchable pattern.   The software couldn't deal with the center of the flower (the yellow part) at all and I had to manually fix it.  Except for the yellow, the colors all came from the software and they are perfect.  Every shade of purple I have was used.
With too few colors it was an unrecognizable blob and with too many colors the pattern was impossible.  I ended up manually reducing the colors until I thought I could handle stitching it.  I was tempted to give up, but I loved how the pattern was turning out so I kept at it.
I think that there are still too many color changes, but the pattern is small so I started stitching …

Do Overs

Starting over means re-doing some of my projects.  A lot of the projects that I've done I don't want to do over.  Some turned out not to be the worth effort and others were not fun at all.  There's also a feeling of "been there, done that".    I've also discovered that I enjoy the act of creating more than the results sometimes.
My first do over was this penstemon I designed a while ago.  It's small and simple and only 2 colors.  I'll eventually be restitching many of my own designs.  Luckily, I still have the charts even if I no longer have the item or pictures of the item.
My second do over is actually actually stitching something for the third time!

After the second stitching, I'd had enough.  But, I was given the 2010 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue with the pattern and that was a sign that the reindeer needed to be stitched again.  Hopefully, that's it.
My last do over represents all the EGA seminars that I attended over the years.

This…

Starting Over

Kaffe Fassett started his autobiography "Dreaming in Color" like this:

As I set in my studio surrounded by my creative material - fabrics, yarns, paper prints, shelves of books, and collections of decorative objects - I can't help but reflect on the path that led me here.


In mid-June, after the Black Forest Fire, I was looking at the remains of almost everything and I've been following a different path ever since.  All the sudden the blog turned out to be unimportant.  But, it also turns out to be all I have left of some items.  My laptop survived, but none of the backups.  So I have some recent pictures.

Because of amazingly generous family and friends (and friends of friends and strangers), I've started recollecting creative materials and I need to keep track of what I make.  So, here are some of my first steps after the fire.

At first, I was too numb and shocked to do much, but slowly, I've started stitching and being creative.  I still don't have too …