Quilting : 1857 Album & Shenandoah Botanical

I pieced a backing for my 1857 Album quilt top this week as well as sewing several pieces of batting together. Then I created the quilt sandwich using basting pins.

This top is comprised of some of the 1857 blocks; not all. It’s a nice long couch quilt size.    It’s going to go down to my middle son’s house and get lots of use in their living room.

I began tying it with crochet cotton.

My supervisor, Kanga,  was nearby, as usual.

I had at least 1/4 of it done, freeing up basting pins, because I also wanted to get back to some hand quilting, since Scrappy Granny has been out of the hoop for awhile now.

I had purchased the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album quilt pattern from the Virginia Quilt Museum, and participated in a sew-a-long for awhile.  Dawn and Doreen host this and there are many ladies who continue on creating all of the blocks, and some others are just beginning. If you are unfamiliar with this, you can visit the blog HERE.

As for me, I appliqued 6 blocks to result in a nice couch sized top. Here it is from February 2016. If you ever wonder if time flies, just dig out a quilt project that you are finally going to quilt and finish! :)

Pin basting started….

I recently posted about the resurfacing on my street, and all of the noise and vehicles.  They tore it up first, and by Tuesday they were creating the new surface.

It is all done now and peace and quiet has returned :)

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Warm & Cozy : Applique and Quilting

After the gas and water line issues on Friday ( previous post ) and it being so very cold outside, I was happy to stay indoors on Saturday. It seemed so peaceful and quiet after hearing the banging and clanging of construction equipment for several days.

With great appreciation for the utility workers who must brave all sorts of weather to provide us with running water and heat, I enjoyed the warmth and coziness of my little bungalow on Saturday.  I settled in to work on some applique and quilting.


On Friday evening, I had prepped some pieces that were initially sketched out on freezer paper. On Saturday I worked on getting a start on those. These will go onto the sides of the flower basket medallion center. The center is from Kim McClean…the rest will be MYdallion :)

These don’t look very pretty right now…just the baskets and a partial on the stems is sewn down.  After this, I will start on one with the other being put away. They can be similar but not the same…I will just play around with birds, berries, and leaves …


I hadn’t planned on this. I had planned on starting the next Elizabeths’ Pride block. I had it traced out on freezer paper. I had planned on appliqueing a few more little baskets…they were already prepped.  If you are a quilter you know how it goes though, sometimes. As the mood strikes and time allows…

Meanwhile, I almost always join in with others at Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching…and whether I am in the mood to applique or not, there is always a quilt in the hoop…


Occasionally Kanga Kitty the inspector comes around.  ” Are you STILL quilting Stars and Spools? I thought that you wanted to finish it in December? You need to get a move on but scratch me first:)


Do you have a helper or inspector in your family? :)

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