3/27/12

Making Progress

Yesterday, I was off to a good start on adding the borders to Home is Where the Heart Is.  The first border is on.  That would be the tan border at the top and left side of this image.  The quilt is large, and so I'm only showing this little bit.


As long as I was taking pictures, I thought I would show you some of the blocks closer up.  These are some of my favorite blocks and details on the quilt.  This one is the July block.  I imagine it isn't more 4th of July related so that this quilt would appeal to people from all nations, and not just the good ole' USA.


The nose on the pig was supposed to be applique, but I got in my head that it would be cuter with a pink button for a nose.


This next one is for May.  I used a black and white striped fabric for the bees and then went over the white stripes with a permanent yellow marker to make them yellow and black.


I like these little flowers.  They were made by cutting circles, and then folding in corners, and then folding the corners to the center.  The sewn on button holds the whole thing in place.


This is February's block.  Lots of hearts!


I love the expressions on the people and critters in this quilt.


And I like the hearts for smoke from the chimney.


This is June's block:  a wedding, of course.


I like the detail in her bouquet made with French knots.


So with the first border sewn on, I started on the log cabin blocks for the second border.  This is what a pile of 64 log cabin blocks looks like.  Of course, I still need to be adding more logs onto these.  This is as far as I got with them yesterday.


I'm hoping I'll get all the blocks made today.  I like the fabrics they provided for the rest of the "logs".


Finally, I traced out the eighth block for the Mr. Bear quilt.  It's a little faint, but she's sitting in a big easy chair reading a book to Mr. Bear.  Mr. Bear has his reading glasses on.  Cute.


This is the eighth of nine embroidered blocks, and so I'm getting close to having this one finished.  Since I'm doing a block a month, I should be sewing the borders onto this one at the end of April.  

I like breaking my projects into monthly increments.  With each month, every project feels fresh and new again because I'm excited to see what the next portion will look like.  It means I have a lot of projects going at once, but it's my schedule.  In other words, I'm not on a schedule.


13 comments from clever and witty friends:

WoolenSails said...

You really keep busy, love the little touches you added to your piece, love the nose.

Debbie

SweetPepperRose said...

You're as busy as those super cute little bees you made :) Wow you are so talented! And I love the pink button for the piggy's nose! Nice touch. And smart to use the yellow marker for those bees. LOVE the little flowers with buttons.
JoAnn

Mrs.Pickles said...

those are just lovely lovely blocks!

Michelle said...

That looks like such a fun quilt - love the beehive!

Rachel said...

Love that pig nose! You already know I love the whole quilt...LOL...

Sally James said...

This quilt is so cute. Can't wait to see what it looks like when it's finished.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

All your blocks are wonderful and the little pigs nose worked out perfectly. Thank you for sharing so much of your work.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Well, I'm a button lover, so just the cutest nose - a lovely flower centers. Another fun quilt so close to finished. Wow, and almost into a done on a second, too.

Loretta said...

Your blocks are beautiful...I love the expressions on the pets face...Sooo cute! Great Job! Hugs

PJ said...

Those are such cute blocks. Nice.
Love the Redwork too.

Denise :) said...

Barbara, I'm so glad you shared close-up looks at this quilt -- these blocks are just perfectly darling! I think my favorite was the bride, with her French knot bouquet. What a darling quilt this will be, finished!! :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Really is sooo cute! I love the little redwork block as well. What is the background called?

quilt happy said...

i love any thing christmas