Friday, July 31, 2009

Homespun Flowers

I have everything all neat and tidy in my sewing room again. All the fabric is sorted, folded and put away. I actually had twice that much, but had put some away already. I should have a finished quilt top to show you by Monday.
In the meantime, after spending hours at a sewing machine (for the past ?? days), I decided to take a break from hand quilting in the evening. I am at a place on the pink and brown that is a great stop/start point. Plus, I will be a hand quilting fool once the baskets get into the hoop next needs to be done by Christmas! So, I pulled this top back out.......and spent the evening watching "Fly Me To The Moon" with the family, while doing some hand applique on the border.I put my case of threads right next to me as there are so many colors going into this border.
So far, only 3 flowers done. All the flowers will be plaid with gold centers and there will be many leaves going around that vine. I love this quilt and plan to hang it in my entryway when it is done. It is quite large....83x83. It tells the story of the Underground Railroad. If you look closely at the quilt, you will see a basket block. Yep, that is where I got the pattern for the "Basket Case". I have actually used many patterns from this book over and over again. It is an Eleanor Burns book called "Underground Railroad Sampler".
I wanted to share a new-to-me site called
There are wonderful quilting blogs listed there to go through for inspiration.
Speaking of inspiration, I will be holding a workshop at my church tomorrow afternoon on the Home Management Binder/Box. Pray for me....I am not a "get-up-in-front-of-people" kind of girl.


Crispy said...

Love the sampler quilt Bren and that applique border is going to be wonderful.

I MUST have that thread case. Where did you find it? My thread is in a small 3 drawer case and is always a jumbled mess.


Donetta said...

Love love love that quilt!
That must have the most wonderful story for each block I would love to have you explain the blocks significance. Was the fence marking the block/clue?

Meggie said...

That beautiful quilt is gorgeous. It is going to be spectacular when you get the applique finished on the border.
You will be a star, just trust yourself!
Hugs & many XXXXX

The Quilting Pirate said...

What a wonderful way to spend the evening! Beautiful top! I love the homespun flowers!

Linda said...

I love the name you've given the basket quilt, makes me giggle. I'm sure you'll do just fine today. Just think of it as sharing one of your ideas, rather than a lecture.

Sweet P said...

The quilt is beautiful and I love the applique flowers.
Good luck tomorrow. I'm sending positive thoughts your way.

Niki RuralWritings said...

I love the quilt, I'll have to see if the library has that book.

I'll keep you in prayer, but I KNOW you will do just great. The anticipation is worse then actually doing it, you know.

Have a blessed weekend

Copper's Wife said...

I'd forgotten your underground railroad quilt. It's beautiful, Bren. Can't wait to see it finished and hung in your entry way.

Best wishes for your talk this afternoon.

One Christian Mom said...

That quilt is beautiful! You always do such outstanding pieces. How did your workshop go? I pray it went well. God Bless!

Mrs Quilty said...

I love that quilt! And the appliqued flowers are beautiful! Where did you get that case for your thread? It's such a great thing for keeping them all neat and tidy! Good luck on your talk!! You'll do wonderful!

Love Bears All Things said...

I know that applique on the border is tedious. You are such an inspiration.

Mama Bear

Solstitches said...

The quilt top is gorgeous. Those are the kind of colours that really appeal to me - love the border.
What a great thread box that is.