Saturday, October 31, 2015

Oh boy. What a day!!!!

I know it is a day late but I did get there.
I managed to come home a day early from a business/holiday week away.
So what's a girl to do. SEW SEW SEW.
I did the rest of my Freedom Street.
Here is my row for October.

Now, I have laid out all my blocks in the Americana AUSTRALIANA quilt.
I know I have some more piecing to do when I get to the end. I will make them fit my measurements somehow.

Here is my Spring Garden rows all together

Oh looking at the time for your part of the world I think it is still October JUST.......


Row 5 Church - Kris' Americana

I managed to finish the church with minutes to spare.  Good thing we are turning back our clocks tonite!

Cathy - Freedom Lane

This is just a quick post to show what I've finished so far on my Freedom Lane.  I forgot to bring grey fabric with me visiting family so the graveyard will have to come when I get home.  I'll finish it and get a better pic and post again.   Thanks so much Deana!  Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Freedom Lane

This row took  the longest so far but it was well worth it.  I had to redo the cemetery since it would not fit into my other rows. I am only doing a sample quilt.  And that took some doings.  Other than the church front I am pleased with the outcome, but after making three church fronts I opt to keep the last one. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Spring Row 4 from Nancy

The pieced block in this row is really pleasing and easy to sew. I re-sized the watering can (it's watering can #3) to about 75% of the original pattern. Still need to determine whether I want to use black buttonhole stitching along the applique edges, or to use clear thread to sew the watering can. I don't always have good luck with clear thread, so we'll see. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October Row

I've had the blocks done and the row sewn together for a couple of weeks now, but somehow just haven't managed to get the watering cans done.  I don't think I like applique ;)  It seems to be something I put off consistently.  I think I'm going to have a lot of 'finishing' to do with this quilt :)  It looks pretty on my design wall and adds to the morning smiles when I come into my fun room.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Backtrack to Americana Row 4 - Finished Scott's vignettes

So hey!  After a month of intimidation, I knuckled down this past weekend and got Scott's deployment vignettes all cut out and fused! Like many other quilting tasks in the past, it turned out to be far easier than I'd feared. Very silly to not have done this before now. 

And now I can put all my scraps in my 8 new sorted bins and put them away for a while. I'll tackle all the detail stitching on this in January.  :)
Here is my schoolhouse for the Americana quilt!  Wish there were more time in a day.  This was a fun block to make!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

What I was able to accomplish for this month

I am going to applique a flag onto the school pole.
Still picking out fabric for the watering cans.  I won't have any more time to sew this month.  I have big hopes for sewing during the winter weather and getting all caught up with the details and the rest of the blocks.  

Judi's Spring and Americana Blocks

Not sure where the month went, but this is all I will get done on these rows for now.
Americana School and house.

And some parts of watering cans. I tried to make gray squares look like stepping stones.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Blocks finished

I decided my neighborhood needed more houses, so I added an extra one. Still undecided about church cemetery but I absolutely love all the other buildings.

 I decided :) 
This isn't the best picture, but the row is put together. I'm still debating on more embellishing, but I have time for that. What a fun row this was to do.

Kat's Americana Row 5 - Church

I've just finished the church block for Americana Row 5.  It didn't come out the greatest.  I don't do well with little pieces unless it's paper piecing ............ whine whine  lol

I have been exceptionally busy this month with commitments for a church bazaar happening this weekend  and responsibilities for the quilt club.  I don't expect to get the remained of the row done this month.

I have been enjoying seeing what you all are doing with this row --  such creativity!! Love it.

Kat in Indiana

I have done some....

Well there have been some great blocks and rows done so far this month. Good on everyone that is participating.
I love the inspiration and reminder to get mine done too.
I have had a busy month. Been sick, grandsons birthday ( of course I made a quilt ), other sewing, holidays and catching up with my rows.....
As I keep saying, I am altering my row width to suit the Aussie Hero quilts I make which are only 42" wide.... So some adjustments are needed.

Here is my churn dash and watering cans..
I love the red flowers and am happy with this row. It went together well.....

Then I started on my Freedom Street.
My Chapel is done.

 I do hope to get the school house and cemetery made. I think they will make it up enough to fit my width... Not sure if I can squeeze it in though...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lynette's Freedom Street

I love this row! 

It's all fused (except the flag, which will get hand-appliqued during evening TV time).

Oh, I did change it from a pieced row to a fusible applique row since the personalized row for Scott above it is all fusible applique. 

First I cut out some newsprint to the finished row size. Then I painstakingly drew out Deanne's design. I made some minor adjustments: First, I wanted to put in some horses that were on one of my scrap fabrics, so I took out the cute cemetery and shifted things a bit to leave a hillside for them on the house end. I think I added in the tire swing? and the bench? but maybe they were already in the pattern? Also, when I saw Ann's finished row, I thought, "how cool - she added a street in there, too." When I was drawing out the row, though, I figured out that it was just her flooring at the bottom of the row photo.  lol  :)   But I did add a street in, because I really wanted to use some cobblestone fabric in my FQ stash.

When I had my drawing finished in pencil, I went back over it with a Sharpie, purposefully getting a bleed-through to the back side. That provided me with the reverso pattern to trace for the fusible pieces. 

Then I created this astonishing explosion when I emptied out my scraps bin, pulled out three left-overs boxed from McKenna Ryan projects, and brought out any potentials from my FQs and yardages stash. 

Did I say I love this row? Frustrating to work in this mess, but so much fun to see it pull together. 

I had this terrific stone-looking fabric for the church, with a subtly-sparkly gold for the roof. The windows are supposed to channel a stained glass look, but, well - - -  I think they're cool, anyway.

The flag came from some Marine Corps scraps, and is the absolute perfect scale for this scene!  Also found a fantastic metallic copper print for the schoolhouse bell.

The house was fun. The fabric in the windows - at the time, I thought it was a great interest point for some funky curtains or something. Now, I think it's a little busy. But it's still fun, too. 

The horses: most excellent success. 

I should have waited to prep my trees and bushes until after I'd settled on my hill fabrics. There's not good contrast with some of the bushes in particular (although it's a little better in real life than these photos). Also, before I added the cobblestone street along the bottom, I decided I liked it better without that element after all. But I had already fused everything else to the background, and things were sitting too high to not have the road. So I put it in. Still, all in all I'm super happy with how this played out when I'd finished the fusing. 

All this row needs is the stitching. . . or maybe I'll just do it during the quilting stage. 

Thanks for all your work in sharing this QAL with us, Deanne! With the personalizing I've done so far, I'm appreciative of your time and effort. And I'm so looking forward to the next parts being done straight from the pattern again!!!  lol

Saturday, October 17, 2015

I did the schoolhouse block and that is as far as I will get this month. I am at my daughter's as she is scheduled to have a baby on Monday. I will be taking charge of the 5 year old and the almost 2 year old twins. So, not much sewing time for a few weeks. Cute row, though. It is one of my favorites. Lucy

Fun school block!

For this month, I picked the school block because I wanted to use some fun fabric and that seemed to be the perfect block to use them up!

Very fun and easy block,

I am looking forward to next month patterns!


Churn dash and watering cans

This was a really fun row to assemble and stitch.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Here is part of my watering can row.  Lovely pastels.  I have 4 blocks done, but ran out of the pink leave fabric, so I need to pick another fabric to finish the row. I'll probably take apart these three & alternate the blocks. Figure I'll post it for now.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dorine's October Row

I have finished the October row.  I'm not sure I like it.  I think I didn't use subtle enough colors in the background and it seems awfully busy.  I'll see how I like it with the other rows and, if it is still too much, I may redo it.  Anyway, here it is.

I curled the petals of my daisies with a curling iron, and I like the effect.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Freedom Row Complete

This past week I have spent at the sewing machine, but got the entire row finished. Each block had it's own challenges, and since the quilt is a throw instead of a queen, modifications had to be made also. I chose to use the flags from a fat quarter, so appliqued them on. I love how it all turned out.



 Village House

Freedom Row

Friday, October 9, 2015

House row finished!

I absolutely love this row. It was a lot of work but well worth it.

I still have to find some patches for the flags that I will sew on to the two flag poles.
I decided to applique my tomb stones since that is easier for me. I still need to embroider some names and dates on them.

I love how my church came out and the mountains behind it.
I would like to put some climbing roses on the house furthest to the right, and some flowers in the window boxes. Not sure how I will do that yet.

This has inspired me to do an all houses quilt that I have been putting off.

My absolute favorite row so far. I can see the quilt coming together.