Sunday, June 22, 2014

July BOM block posted early!

I have had the whole month of June off and let me tell you, it has been productive. It has been rehearsal for retirement, and shown me that when that pesky day job is out of the way I really can get a lot done!  :-)

So among the things I have accomplished with my time off -- getting some quilts finished and drawing a lot more designs.  First, here is the July free Block of the Month - a little early - posted and ready to download on the BOM page (see the tabs at the top).

This is one of my favorite blocks, and it goes with so many of the other designs.  It really makes a great alternate block, and has such a fun and feminine look.

I am working on another BOM for my quilt guild and really enjoying it.  It is in art deco style applique florals, and so far it is going well.  As a sneak peek, here is the first block.

Its a bit different from my usual thing!  But I am having a blast doing these.

I finished a baby quilt for one of my son's friends who just had a baby.  This is a design she picked out and I made it up.  It was sew simple and fun to make.

This is the first quilt I have done on my new Martelli long arm machine.  Worked great and sooooo easy to use.  It is a sit down machine and the circle you see hanging on the arm slides down and sits on the fabric.  The gripper on the back holds onto the fabric and the knobs on the top make it easy to move.  I even did all the stitch in the ditch with it.  It was actually easier and just as accurate as my domestic for stitch in the ditch.  Go figure!

This is a version of my Vintage Sampler quilt that they did as a BOM at my LQS. They just did 30 of the 42 blocks, and all in 30's fabrics.  I designed a special setting and border for it, and now it is hanging up in the shop, and patterns for it are selling well.  The sample was done with hand blanket stitch around all the applique. Faith Gordon made this one and did a fabulous job!  Can't wait to see it quilted.

I also got my vintage sampler back from the quilter.  WOW did Brenda do a great job on it.  But then, she always does.  I just have to put the binding on and finished the block embellishments. I will post a picture as soon as I can get someone to hold it up for me!  hahaha.

Its sunny and hot here in Kansas today.  Kitties are curled up on the chair next to me, and last night I got to baby sit my adorable grandbaby. He was 5 months old yesterday and we had some serious "Grandma Time!"  Love that little cutie to bits.

Keep stitching!


  1. Your Vintage Sampler looks great! I've never seen a Martelli long arm machine - thanks for sharing. I'm thinking of getting a sit-down machine one day soon, so I'll check out the Martelli machine too :) My favorite design is the one with the red flowers - I like the butterfly-looking motifs that result in the corners :)

    1. Love the idea of using blocks for table runner etc. Never thought of that. Duh!!!! Am definitely going to try that. Also love the mod looking block. Hope you publish something like that. Thank you for all you do for giving to us as free. Is there going to be a bonus block for July? Your grandson is beautiful. Enjoy. I have a 3 yr old and love her to death. They grow to fast.

    2. Thanks for your comments Shirley. The bonus block for July will go out in my newsletter this weekend.

  2. Love, love, love your art deco block!

  3. I really like the vintage sampler, but I think I will make one similar to the second quilt. The red flowers really pop!

  4. Of the July patterns above, I like your red "Castile Cherries" design best, too...but nothing here beats your new Art Deko flower, except that cutie pie pictured at the end of the post, of course!
    I´ve only got 8 more of the Vintage Flowers Blocks to go, WILL finish soon and sooo looking forward to seeing your own finished!
    Happy summery days and hugs, Bobbi

  5. I'm having one heck of a time finding the bonus blocks. Is this not your newsletter? Is this a blog? And then why am I not getting the newsletter? Hmmm, It's most frustrating.

  6. P>S> Love the Fiesta de Fores designs

  7. I love the art deco block. Very very nicely done.


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