Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Amish Circle Quilt Block #121 - "Reunion"

Block # 121 -
"Reunion"

Started on:
9-3-11

Completed on:
9-16-11

Technique:
Raw edge applique'

   I can not believe this block is number 121 of 121!  And this is another one of my favorites!  I know, I say that quite often!  I like this one so much though that I've already made and completed another one as a wall hanging that is displayed in my quilt room.

   Driving through Kansas back in March, we located the Amish district near Haven, KS.  We saw them driving their buggies on the roads, we saw many of their homesteads, and we saw some of the local businesses that are based around them as well.  We saw a family stopping to get a newspaper.  I took some photographs but it was snowing most of the time so that complicated the picture process.

   While I will most likely post some updated on this quilt and its completion later, this is technically the last post on the blocks of this quilt.  I want to thank Rosemary Youngs, the author of the book I followed for this project, first, for her creativity and her love of quilting and the Amish ways.  I also want to thank her for her advice, instruction, and overall support during this long process!

   If you happen across my blog while working on your own Amish Circle Quilt, I would love to offer advice and help as you navigate your way through the lovely, charming blocks of this amazing quilt.

   Future posts on this blog will be documenting my journey with my Dear Jane quilt that I recently began!

   Blessings y'all,
   Lesa

Monday, April 29, 2013

Amish Circle Quilt Block #120 - "Signature Sunflowers"


Block # 120 -
"Signature Sunflowers"

Started  on:
9-3-11

Completed on:
9-16-11

Technique:
Raw Edge Applique'

   This was another one of my favorite blocks!  I love sunflowers and brown eyed Susans.  The idea of having some of these with my friends' signatures in the middle makes me feel very happy!

   I wish more of my friends were into quilting!  I would totally host a quilting retreat and bring them in from all over the country! Actually, while I do love the idea of running away from home to go quilt somewhere for a weekend or month, whatever, I actually prefer the idea of kicking everyone else out of my house and staying here to quilt.  See, I don't suffer from the affinity to take care of household needs when I can be sewing.  So, I could easily stay home and have fun.

   This is my next to last block post!  Wow!

   Blessings y'all,
   Lesa

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Amish Circle Quilt Block #119 - "Square in a Square"

Block # 119 -
"Square in a Square"

Started on:
9-19-11

Completed on:
9-21-11

Technique:
Paper piecing

   When I began this project, I had never even tried paper piecing.  This piece was one of my favorites that I finished during the building of all these blocks.  My brain wiring doesn't naturally process flipping pieces over and accounting for any strange type angles.  However, this block was mostly straight forward triangles and I did a lovely job.  (Ha!  If I do say so myself!)

   I currently have so many projects in the works.  Once I finished blogging about these blocks, I'm not sure how long it will take be to do the sashing and cornerstones.  A lot of the fabric is already cut so that is helpful.  But trying to figure out what projects to give priority to is difficult for me!

   Two more after this and this series of posts will be done!  It's been a fun journey.

   Blessings y'all,
   Lesa

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Amish Circle Quilt # 118 - "Making Apple Butter"

Block # 118 -
"Making Apple Butter"

Started on:
9-3-11

Completed on:
9-17-11

Technique:
Piecing and Raw Edge Applique'

   Another one of my favorite blocks!  I don't think  I've ever had apple butter.  I've certainly never participated in a community size apple butter making frolic.  

   I love apples!  Apples are one of the only fruits I actually like.  The kids and I make a killer apple pie.  A-a-apple was one of their units as they went through Kindergarten (homeschooled).  We bought so many different kinds of apples and tasted all of them.  I love Fuji and Gala and the kids love Honeycrisp now.  Of course you have to use Granny Smith for pie!  Apples were a great part of our homeschool.

   I think this fall we will try to make it to an apple orchard.  I've put it off too long!

   Blessings y'all,
   Lesa

Friday, April 26, 2013

Amish Circle Quilt #117 - "Double Nine-Patch"

Block # 117 -
"Double Nine-Patch"

Started on:
10-15-11

Completed on:
10-15-11

Technique:
Piecing

   The letter that goes with this block talks of the girls hand piecing blocks for quilts.  I have to admit that if I had to hand piece blocks, I probably wouldn't be so into quilting.

   Hand quilting, now I enjoy that although I have very limited experience.  I can't make myself take that long to complete a project.  I can get so much more done by machine quilting.

   However, I am seriously considering hand quilting my Dear Jane quilt that I recently started.  For some reason it feels like it would be paying homage to Jane and all of her hard work if I sacrificed the time it would take to hand quilt my version of her quilt.  We'll see.  

   I love my sewing machine and am happiest when I'm sitting there stitching.  So, to each her own.  We're all creating in our own special ways.

   Blessings y'all,
   Lesa

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Amish Circle Quilt Block #116 - "Roadside Stand"

Block # 116 -
"Roadside Stand"

Started on:
9-3-11

Competed on:
9-17-11

Technique:
Raw Edge Applique'

   I love these highly detailed applique' blocks.  They are filled with personality and a bit of whimsy thrown in for good measure.

   If I was Amish, I think I would be one of the women who run a roadside stand.  As previously established I probably wouldn't have great produce to sell, but baked foods, crafted items and homemade gifts?  I could certainly make a go of it with such products!

   I wish there was an Amish community closer to me.  The nearest one is about 4 hours away but it is very small still and I've never noticed such stands around there.

   I long to write letters to an Amish woman of my age.  I'd like to tell her about my life and learn about hers.  I'd like to share secrets and recipes and discuss our faith.  I'd like to weigh all of our differences and discover in what ways we are alike.

   There is a blogger out there who actually makes fun of those of us who would like an Amish pen pal of sorts.  I liked that person and their blog until I read their thoughts on that.  I guess if I had visited with Amish people all over the country and had many Amish friends, I could make fun of others who wished they had similar opportunities.  But then, I'm not a jerk!  So, I wouldn't.

   I hope your day is filled with peace and I hope your little corner of the world is sunshiney and blissful today!

   Blessings y'all,
   Lesa

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dear Jane Journey Post 7

This post includes blocks A-10, B-1, and B-6

   I've made a little progress on my Dear Jane since I last posted.  Not a lot mind you, but some.  My kids had a crazy day yesterday with co-op classes and choir dress rehearsal and choir concerts.  So I have been in total Mom mode and not had much time to sew.

   However, I did manage to get made a tool / accessory I needed to help me with my Dear Jane Journey.  Below you'll find pictures of it.  I'm rather proud of myself.

From Art to Heart book, Sew Necessary, by Nancy Halverson:

Inside:

And if folds up neatly to this:
   If the colors seem a little mis-matched, that's because, well, they are.  I used fabrics from my Dear Jane quilt plus others that I had scraps of that I had really loved.

Now, onto more "pressing" matters ... my Jane ...

Block A-10 - "Which Points West":

I pieced A-10 together with the center brown square (2 1/2"), 7/8" inner border, and 1 3/8" outer border which I mitered on the corners.  Yay me.  I was so proud to do that and love how it turned out!

I used my previously disclosed method for making the applique' pieces and then hand stitched them on!

Let me just say WOO HOO that completes row A!

Next comes 
Block B-1 - Batchelor Buttons:


I lightly pressed diagonal creases into this one to guide my button placement.  I used my same old same old method for making applique' pieces and then hand stitched them on.  Not too shabby!

Last one I can report on today is
Block B-6 - "Wild Goose Chase":

   (Left) This is how I started after I cut the foundation pieces apart.  I think I segmented mine a little differently than the other trailblazers I've been following.

(Below) After paper piecing the first four parts:

(Below)  Inner square is complete and more paper pieces have been assembled.  Now on to foundation piecing these sections together! 
















Below is the final, finished product.  I really like how this one came out.  And I am very pleased that this pink contrasts as well as it does with the cream background.  It's like I'm figuring this whole quilting thing out!


Blessings y'all,
Lesa - Jane, (17 blocks, 0 triangles, 400 pieces)


Amish Circle Quilt Block #115 - "Flower Path"

Block # 115 -
"Flower Path"

Started on:
10-15-11

Completed on:
10-15-11

Technique:
Paper piecing

   A flower garden?  I am so awful with flowers.  I am so awful with gardens.  A flower garden?  Forget about it!  

   I appreciate flowers in others' yards.  I appreciate the variety with which God has blessed us.  I just don't feel He has called me to contribute to this particular aspect of beauty on His earth.

   I was noticing yesterday how many people have tulips blooming in their yards.  Tulips are one of my favorites.  Their bright, bold colors add so much to yards all over the valley here.

   And I even have some beautiful one popping up in our flower bed in our front yard, but alas, I cannot take any of the credit for those.  Creative, green thumbed peoples who lived here before us planted bulbs that come back every year.  I haven't managed to kill them or harm them yet so I guess that's something.

   Take a moment to look at the simple blessings blooming around you today!

   Blessings y'all,
   Lesa