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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hope this posting finds you all well and happy and having a wonderful holiday season. 
No posting about quilts this time.  I am working on some things, but they are sort of on hold for the holidays.  Always lots to do and I get slower doing it every year. 
May good things come your way this holiday and in 2011.
Sheila H.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Petite Prairie Journal #2

Here is the second block in the series.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Miniature Mariner's Compass Blocks

Here's some little blocks I have been piecing.  They are a Mariner's Compass variation.  Each block has 31 pieces.  The fabrics in the background are being auditioned for the block background.  I am not sure if I want to use prints or something plain to put around the compasses to make a square block.  Plus, I am not sure exactly how I want to set them into a square.  Do I want to applique the compasses down to the background, or do I want to cut a circle in the square and applique it to the compass?  Probably the latter, but it will require some experimentation.  They will probably get set aside for awhile, while I mull it all over. So, don't hold your breath waiting to see a finished quilt of these blocks.  Sometimes it takes me awhile to get it all figured out.  The fabrics are from the 1870's.  One of them fell apart while I was sewing it.  The large points are madders and the black that is nearly always used with the copper color is always fragile, due to the iron mordant that was used to set the dye.  It is always risky business to use antique fabrics, but they give such a special look to the finished quilt.  The blocks are hand pieced, as this quilt will be in the Portfolio Series.  Till next time.....