Tattered Garden



May all your ups and downs be with a needle and thread!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Flags of the American Revolution

A group of quilters are sewing along with Lori from Humble Quilts to make the quilt Flags of the American Revolution from the book with the same name.


The first installment was to be the eagle.   I did manage to get the eagle stitched but not the setting triangles and stars.


I am linking up with Lori.  She is showing some great pictures of what others have made.   It’s always fun to sew along with others and see how they interpret the pattern.
Happy stitching,
Nancy

Monday, August 4, 2014

Noah and Matilda Months 6 and 7





Blocks for month Six.









Blocks for Month Seven






I have finally finished all my Noah and Matilda blocks .  Well, not really as the next set just came out .
It was the grapes that did me in this month.  They are so tiny about 1/4” and it took me a while to decide how I wanted to make them.  Dawn discuses several ways on her blog Collector with a Needle and I really like the way she did hers but just couldn’t get it to work for me .
I usually make my circles using the little perfect circles from Karen Kay Buckley but I didn’t have one small enough so I just had to needle turn them.  They are not all perfect as you can see but they will do.
Another thing that slowed me down - after getting last months patterns with the purple grapes I decided I really didn’t want to have blue in my quilt so I went back and redid all the blocks with blue.    I did leave the little blue bird.  Just couldn’t make myself change that little bird.
I like my blocks much better now.


I have really enjoyed making these little blocks. Each months set seems to hold a new appliqué challenge for me .
Have a great stitching day,
Nancy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Christmas in July- just barely


This pattern is called Christmas 101 and is from the Jan Patek book Country Quilts.  
This is a great book with lots of Primitive patterns.


This is also a Jan Patek pattern  Santa Clause Lane which  I won in a giveaway on Lavender Quilts back in  August of 2012. 
The tops have been pieced for some time and I finally got them quilted and off my UFO list.
It was my plan to have quilts to hang for Christmas when all the family was still coming to my house for Christmas dinner.  Well, time has moved along and we now all get together at my Daughters house.
I have become very lax in my seasonal decorating  maybe these will inspire me to do more.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fresh Laundry - My Retreat Quilt

This past May I went on a quilt retreat with 5 ladies from my small quilt group.  You know you always need something mindless to sew when you are sewing with a group of friends because with all the conversation it’s hard to concentrate on anything complicated.

 This was a free jelly roll pattern called Fresh Laundry by Liz Katsuro found here.  I already had the black and white jelly roll so I just cut a bunch of white 2.5 inch strips with my Go cutter and was good to go.


Yesterday I finally found time to put the binding on.  I have started stitching most of my bindings by machine using the method shown here.  There is just not enough time for me to stitch them all by hand and for quilts that will be washed a lot I think it makes a stronger edge.

While looking around YouTube the other day I ran across this Video called
"Quilt Binding, The final connection”.  It was something new to me and I thought some of you might be interested in seeing it.
That’s all for today.
Happy stitching,
Nancy

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Benjamin Biggs and a new toy



Blocks six and seven the  latest blocks for the Benjamin Biggs quilt.


All my blocks together.  I really think I need to invest in a new camera or better lighting because the fabrics don’t seem to look their best in these pictures.



I also discovered a new tool which I hope will make squaring up all these blocks a little easier.  It’s Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Adjustable Square.  I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t give an opinion on how well it works.  I am hoping it will take some of the fear I have about squaring blocks away.
Here’s hoping you find some time to stitch today,
Nancy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chester Criswell

I have gotten a little behind posting about my Chester Criswell blocks so I thought I would do a little update


Block 21 Mary Trayner


Block 22 Jesse Jackson Smith


Block 23 Mary Watkins
Block 23 is the last block for this year so I tried to organize a little and see what I had.  I have been working on this quilt for two years now just using reds and greens from my stash of reproduction fabrics and different patterned cream background fabrics.  I have begun to worry that maybe I was ending up with just a great hodgepodge of colors that might not all go together so well.
It’s not too easy to tell by looking at these pictures but I think I can make it work if I mix things up a bit and spread the colors around.



Some of the blocks in this quilt were repeated and I might just take the duplicates out so it would not be quite so large because 37 blocks plus this large center block which is the size of 4 of the smaller 12 inch blocks tends to make a very big quilt.  
Tell me do I really need to continue on for another year?


Happy stitching,
Nancy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Timeless Reflections Gift



I was lucky enough to win these lovely fabrics from Kyle at Timeless Reflections.  Don’t the go well with my Auntie Green quilt.


Thanks Kyle,
Nancy

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sawtooth Medallion


Sawtooth Medallion  is a pattern from the book  
A Treasury of Scrap Quilts by Nancy J Martin.  
It was one of my first attempts at needle turn appliqué.


I finished the top at least 6 years ago if not longer and put it away until I became a better long arm  quilter.  Well, I have finally figured out you don’t become a better quilter by absorption or by buying books and tools.  
You actually need practice.


Having finally come to this conclusion I decide to just get busy and quilt some of the many tops I have stored away.
So just pretend you are on galloping horse when you look at this one.
Happy stitching,
Nancy

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day Everyone!


I looked all through my quilts and this is the only patriotic one I could come up with.  
It's a little pattern from Diane at Butterfly Threads.  It even comes with a tiny little tumbler template.


Diane has this picture posted today  and it’s much clearer than mine.
Happy 4th!
Nancy

Monday, June 30, 2014

Auntie Green’s Progress


I have been struggling to keep up with the monthly Auntie Green BOM shipments from Homestead Hearth.  I still have this months to stitch which is all that intertwining brown vine and I am really not looking forward to this because it is so boring.
Fitting the vine on the fabric that was left was a struggle for me and I ended up having to remove some pieces and rearrange them.
If anyone out there reading this decides to make this quilt I would recommend marking the vine placement before you start the floral appliqué in the corners then there shouldn’t be a problem.

I think I need to put it back up on the wall and take another look because looking at this picture that top right corner looks way off.
If you hear a  LOUD noise it will be me screaming if I have to do that vine over.

Have a great week and happy stitching,
Nancy

OK, no screaming necessary.  It was just my fabulous  picture taking skills.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Encouraged to Post

I met with my little quilting group last Thursday and was told they had all seen enough of Chester Criswell's Block 20 and would I please post something new.  So today I thought I would update things a little and put up some pictures of the little quilts I have finally gotten around to finishing.




This first one was made from a bunch of waste triangles I had left over from other quilts.  The little half square triangle blocks are 1 inch finished.

This little quilt was made from some left over Drunkards Path blocks.




Spring Nine Patch and Simple Shoofly are two I made from Temecula Quilt Company’s 2013 monthly Mini program.


And this is what happens when you wait too long to post about something.  I can’t remember where this pattern came from any one have an idea?


I believe this one came from Quilts by Cheri but am not sure and when I checked her blog most of her pictures were just black boxes with a triangle and an exclamation point in them.  I wonder what’s up with that?


This last one I made for Lillian’s little 4 year old pre-school class to give to their teacher as an end of the year gift.  Each child (with the help of their mother) chose a special word they thought described their teacher and made a 12 inch hand print block. I put them together in a wall hanging.  From what I have heard it seemed to go over well.
Happy Stitching,
Nancy


Monday, April 28, 2014

Chester Criswell



  Block 20 Margaretta Harris’s Block

I decided to use the quick, fabric wasting method to make my Chester Criswell block this month.  Since I have more fabric than time.
First I  printed 4 copies of the pattern, reversed two and taped them together to make a complete pattern.  Then I traced the whole pattern onto freezer paper.  I then ironed this to another piece of freezer paper to make it sturdier. So I could turn the edges.


Since there were no connecting lines in the pattern I made sure to put some registration marks so I would be able to line the pieces up again once cut apart.


After cutting the pattern out I ironed two pieces to one piece of fabric and two on another.


I had previously marked the pattern on my background with a blue wash away marker and was careful to include the registration marks.  Difficult to see in the picture but they are there.


I then turned the edges with my starch and little iron.  Placed them on the background and stitched.
I have never done  back basting but I think it would be a good method to use for this block.
With back basting it could be done from one piece of fabric without all the waste.
Happy Stitching,
Nancy

Friday, April 25, 2014

Decisions



This has been the decision I have had to make lately.  I have chosen stitching since there seems to be so much of it I need to get completed.


This is block four of the Benjamin Biggs quilt.  I added a little pink to see if I could brighten things up a bit.


Then the next four blocks of Noah and Matilda
I like all those green grapes and the little flower pot.




I want to make some of the quilts from Di Ford’s new book Primarily Quilts.


 So I ordered some lovely Chintz fabric from Betina in the Netherlands.  They ship quickly and are so nice to deal with.



I have also been stitching on my Auntie Green and Chester Criswell but no new pictures of these.
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.
Happy stitching,
Nancy