Thursday, January 16, 2014

McCall's Quilting - Fancy Flowers

Have you been following the McCall's Quilting Quilt Along called Fancy Flowers? This project is an appliqué method used by Erin Russek of One Piece at a Time. This one has been fun for me as I learned a new appliqué method. The YouTube videos are great! Check it out if you have not already done so, the lessons are all available until some time in March. Here is my version of the project, all done except the quilting and binding. I am going to hand quilt this, so may be awhile before you see the final quilt. I want to have it ready for Spring.

I have also been busily working on my Patchwork of the crosses blocks and have pictures to show of completed blocks. Hope you enjoy them and if you get inspired to do one yourself using English Paper piecing and need a template to print your own paper foundations! let me know and I will be happy to send you a .pdf version I developed. I will need your email address though so I know where to send it.

Thanks for stopping by, Teresa

Friday, January 3, 2014

Gifts of Grace Quilt

Happy New Year to all my blogging buddies. I hope your Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year holidays have been wonderful. It has really been that long since I last posted!
Over the holidays, I finished my Gifts of Grace quilt. The stitchery in this quilt is from a 2010 block of the month offered by Val Laird on her blog. She has the pattern for sale now if any one is interested in purchasing one. Check out her BLOG as she has some really lovely patterns to choose from.
The blocks are based on the Bible verse Galations 5: 22-23.
Here is my version of the quilt. My setting is quite different from the design of Val Laird. I hand quilted the top, which only seemed right considering all the hand work in the stitched and appliquéd blocks. I have close ups of each block at the end of this post if you are interested.

(Blogsby is not cooperating with me and I could not get it to upload the close up of the Kindness block which is the wheelbarrel block. Unfortunately my patience is wearing thin, and before I lose my joy and peace, I will just leave it as is.)

I do need your help with getting out quilting marks. I used General's Sketch and Wash marking pencils to mark my quilting lines. For the most part it washed out great. But after two machine washings, I can still see some of the markings shadowing my quilting. Anyone know how to get these markings out?
Thanks for any helpful advice you have to offer!