Wilhemina Marie is going to Paducah!

Alice named her Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt Wilhemina Marie, after her mother.  She wanted me to quilt it with the original patterns which I did and I also added some here and there in a similar Naif style to keep the quilting even.  It was accepted to the 2015 AQS show in Paducah!  Congratulations Alice!

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Proof of My Insanity

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Like a lot of quilters, I have a hard time throwing out scraps.  I have a couple of large bins to prove it!  Some scraps are kept segregated, like Amy Butler and sock monkey, and of course all of my Lancaster type reds, greens, yellows and cheddars.

For Christmas last year I asked for this book.  There are many blocks with tiny little pieces so I thought it would be a good use of those scraps:

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This morning I finally had a chance to play a bit and make my first block!  Only 136 more to go!

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I am also making progress on Block 1 of Minick and Simpson’s Austin Bluebird Sampler.  http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/2014/06/austin-bluebird-sampler.html    I don’t usually like samplers, but this one really appealed to me, so much so that I actually bought the kit for it!  I have been very pleased with the kit so far, it’s a wonderful change to actually have fabric left over!

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I am also making progress on the first of nine blocks in a sweet applique quilt that I am using almost 100% feedsacks for:

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Workwise, I am busy quilting several of last year’s Sue Spargo BOM, In Full Bloom, but Sue has asked that we refrain from publically sharing any pictures until she has published the pattern.  I did do a few more Bird Dance quilts before starting on the IFBs, here’s a quick peek at some of them:

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A few weeks before Valentines I was surfing fb on a Sunday morning, as you do, and I saw the cutest little pomegranate quilt called Love Apples by Jo Morton.  As luck would have it, Jo herself was online and told me which book the pattern was in.  It is in her latest book For All Seasons, and was also published in Quiltmania.  I set to work on it as soon as I received the book, and here is my version – I do think it is possibly the fasted I have ever completed a quilt in, at least in recent memory:

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We are under yet another Winter Weather Advisory – March is coming in like a lion!  After enduring the second coldest February on record, I am looking forward to spring!