Welcome blocks

There is a quilt in Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book that I love with trees, houses, and “Welcome” blocks. I have posted the houses and the trees that I made and now I am working on the “Welcome” blocks.  They are 6-1/2 inch blocks with 37 pieces – teeny tiny pieces.  I have to be very slow and careful in order to get the size right and the block reasonably straight.  All the fabric is picked out – nice and scrappy – but I have only made five blocks so far and I need 18.  If I can manage two a week then I will have them done sometime in late September!

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Quilted Lindsay’s quilt

Lindsay made this classic quilt a long time ago and was going to hand quilt it – but life got in the way.  Children, work, and a very busy schedule prevented her from even beginning the quilting process.  So the top languished in her sewing room for years.  When I was asking my Bee friends for quilts that I could use for practice, she handed this quilt over to me.  It languished on my shelf for a long, long time, but I finally felt confident enough to try some “custom” digital quilting.


I will finish up the binding (the hand-sewing part), wash the quilt as it has gotten dusty over the years, and happily hand it back to her.  Hope she likes it !!!!


Today I was determined to make the next five blocks assigned for the Moda Building Blocks class from my local quilt shop. Even though I have done some of the hardest ones, these were not all that easy.

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The smaller blocks are #25, #36, #43, and #45.  The big block is #9.

I’m usually organized and neat when I sew, but today I didn’t want to take the time to re-fold and put things away, so I have this mess to clean up tomorrow.

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Challenging block

Today I made Block #22 of Moda’s Modern Building Blocks.  It is a 6-1/2 inch block with 42 pieces.  I took my time, measuring and re-measuring each little piece.  I’m pleased with how it came out.  Another lesson learned – taking the time to be extra precise really helps!

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The colors in this pictures are all wrong……..the fabrics really do go together even though they seem to clash in this photo.  Please note that I worked hard to get those directional dots all going the same way !!!!!

Stoneywalk Lane

The houses and trees are sewn together to form my Stoneywalk Lane.

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Next I need to make sixteen 6-1/2 blocks – the Welcome block – from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book.  I made one test block today.  These blocks will take a while to finish up.  First of all, I have to plow through my scraps to find combinations I like.  Next, the pieces are small and many, and I will need to take my time so that they are accurate and square!

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Those points could very easily get cut off in the seams.  One block a week?????

Five more houses !!!

it was a quiet day at home and I was able to make five more Farm Houses.

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I sure enjoyed digging through my scraps and putting these charming little houses together.  Tomorrow I hope to add the trees and start picking out scraps for the Welcome blocks.  A Lori Holt quilt in progress………….

Four Houses constructed

From Lori Holt’s book, Farm Girl Vintage, I made some farm houses……….  First one is the Bear’s house..

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And of course the Quilter’s house with the sewing room upstairs…..

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Finally, do you remember the song, “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?”……..well the next house has some cats for sale so please sing “How much are those kitties in the window?”.

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