Heart & Home: Next Comes the Borders

Heart & Home Quilt

Hours and hours have been invested in my Heart & Home Quilt  by Heart to Hand Patterns I’ve been watching the twelve blocks as they evolved from a pattern in an envelope to fully developed 14 1/2″ square quilt blocks complete with hand applied embellishments.  All twelve blocks are pretty enough to stand on their own yet even more beautiful when combined together.

The Last Stitch was Applied

Late this afternoon I finished the last bit of hand stitching.  Next each of the twelve quilt squares were assembled and stitched into four rows.  The rows were then combined to form a quilt top.  After carefully pressing the entire project I grabbed the quilt, my camera and headed upstairs to take some photos.

The Reveal

I am so proud to share with you my fabulous Heart & Home Quilt top


along with a closeup of one of my favorite squares.


I Can’t Wait

Now I can’t wait to get busy sewing the borders and finally quilting the whole thing on my long arm quilt machine.  This is going to be a spectacular quilt.

I Am Linking Up

It’s Wednesday so it’s time to link up with Freshly Pieced.  I’m so honored to share my post with the other WIP updates.  Make sure you pay a visit to

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

and check out the other wonderful projects.

P.S.  If you are interested in reading about the history of this quilt, browse through my categories and look for Heart and Home under the Quilts I Have Made section.

Two New Quilts to be Quilted

Do you ever feel like your project has become so much a part of your daily routine that you will be sad when it is finished?  That’s how I feel about my Heart & Home quilt by Heart to Hand from Acorn Quilts.  I’ve been slowly plodding away making progress on my quilt.  Because it was intended to be a BOM (Block of the Month) project I guess it’s not unusual that I am still not finished.  Since last week I have been able to cut out the applique pieces for the remaining blocks seven through twelve plus those destined for the borders.  I’ve also lined up the foundation fabrics for each of the blocks and begun piecing them together.  If this were the only project I were working on I most likely would be finished by now.  But because I sandwich its progression in amongst everything else my Heart & Home quilt lingers on.  Here is my most recent photo.

Since last Wednesday I have also taken on two small quilting projects.  The first one is this sweet little hand-made wall hanging constructed by my youngest daughter’s mother-in-law.  She had originally tried quilting it on her own but was dissatisfied with the results so she removed all of the stitching.  My mind has been going crazy day-dreaming about which free motion stitch patterns to use.  Take a look at the quilt.

The second quilting project arrived yesterday.  My oldest daughter stopped by with my youngest granddaughter Miss M to deliver this modern quilt.

She’s been exploring the world of quilting searching for her own direction.  My daughter has dabbled with traditional as well as paper-piecing.  Paper piecing has turned out to be her favorite.  While this quilt is not paper-pieced this is her first completed wall hanging.  She has decided to free-motion quilt her smaller projects on her own leaving the larger ones for me.  We briefly discussed her wish list for the free-motion quilting.  With a visual picture painted in my mind she left her quilt in my possession.  This too should be well under way by next week.  Be sure to stop next week for updates.

I am linking up with Freshly Pieced.

Home Sweet Home

My schedule the past several weeks has been packed with far to many non-quilting tasks.  Not having time to fan the flames of my sewing desire has been very frustrating.  This week I FINALLY had time to sit down and nurture the passion within me.  Loads of progress was made on my Heart and Home Quilt from Heart to Hand.  Take a look . . .

Images from Block Three

Block Number Three All Finished

Row Number One Is Now Finished!  Here’s Blocks One, Two and Three

With all but a few hand-stitching items left on row one, I decided to get started on row two.  This week I traced and cut out all of the pattern pieces for blocks four, five and six.  Pictured here are stacks of leaves as well as two tree trunks.  As you can see there are quite a few.  Between blocks four and six I cut out 78 of them.  I didn’t mind doing it though.  I expect by next week to have these three blocks finished as well.  Let’s hope I’m successful.

This quilt is such a joy to work on.  Watching it unfold and blossom has been so exciting.  The more sections I finish the more I crave the opportunity to continue.

Well that’s my WIP update for this week.  I’d show you my list of WIP projects but not much has changed so I’ll omit that for now.

I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced.  Peek in on her blog to catch up with my fellow quilters.  Have a great week!

New Projects

July has been an absolutely crazy month.  Between the 4th of July, vacation as well as a weekend family camping trip we’ve hardly had a chance to breathe.  With the lack of disposable time I’ve gotten ZERO  opportunities to sew, let alone operate my long arm quilting machine.  I am experiencing serious withdrawal pains.  That is until today.  I got to escape from the four walls of my home with my very dear friend Lori Haldeman.  Releasing the two of us from our daily routines can be dangerous.  We can do serious damage to our checkbooks when we get together.

On our list of things to do was a trip to Acorn Quilts, Quilter’s General Store, and Barnes and Noble.  Since no ladies get together would be complete with out a luscious cup of coffee from Starbucks we, of course, added a side trip to Starbucks.  Once our cups were safely stowed in Lori’s van we put the pedal to the metal and headed south to Rockford, Illinois.

The logical beginning via point was Acorn Quilts.  The main purpose of our visit was retrieval of row three’s pattern and wool fabrics for our Heart and Home Quilt by Heart to Hand.  I’m so thrilled with the fabrics.  Take a look . . .  Getting out of Acorn Quilts without exploring every wall, shelf and basket was not going to happen.  Lori and I initially split off and headed in separate directions.  Eventually we migrated back together sharing oo’s and ah’s as we admired the awesome displays.  After sharing a bit of conversation with the shop owner we managed to exit with numerous treasures.

I left Acorn Quilts with this adorable little pattern.  I guess I’m a sucker for penny matts with little chickens.

as well as this postcard pattern

Last but not least I found this sweet bundle of fabric in the clearance basket.

Finding just the right project for these fabulous colors will be a pure joy.

From Acorn Quilts we continued further south to Barnes and Noble.  Lori had dreams of finding an all-in-one day planner suitable for organizing her menus, grocery lists, schedules for her two daughters, husband and herself.  Also on her list was a book for her daughters’ entertainment.  We were so thrilled to find suitable options for all of her needs.  Lucky for me the day planner she chose really caught my eye too.  Because I am an organizational freak I just knew it would be a wonderful addition to my daily arsenal.  We left Barnes and Noble with BIG smiles on our faces.

Quilter’s General Store was not originally on our itinerary but since it was almost across the street, from Barnes and Noble, we couldn’t possibly pass up the opportunity.  Quilter’s General Store had recently changed ownership.  A new owner usually means changes are in store.  Driving up to the front of the restored older home we were surprised to find no cars in the parking lot.  Lori and I were concerned that perhaps the shop was not open.  As we drew closer we could see the “Open” sign.  With the parking lot completely empty is was no problem locating a place to park.

In no time we were walking up the sidewalk and turning the vintage knob.  The door swung open with ease.  Immediately we were greeted by the new shop owner.  We had a pleasant, but brief conversation then began our tour.  Quilter’s General Store had bolt after bolt of wonderful fabrics. I chose to select one piece of red wool as well as a pattern for a small table topper.  Adding these two items to my day’s purchases brought me to my limit.  I had no interest in spending additional funds.

We left Quilter’s General Store with smiles on our faces and the feeling of satisfaction with our treasures as well as the moments of friendship we were allowed to share.  I really, really enjoy each and every moment I’m allowed to spend with Lori.  This day was a blessing.

There you have it.  Although I’ve made absolutely no progress on my projects I certainly had a wonderful time adding new ones to my list of things to do.

I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced.  Please visit her blog to share in the wonderful projects other quilters are working on.

If you are interested in my ever-growing list of WIP you will find a link here.

Progress Is Being Made

My husband and I went for a three-mile run this morning.  After returning home we shared a fabulous breakfast of quinoa smothered with cinnamon, honey and fruit accompanied by a piping hot cup of coffee.  With my exercise out-of-the-way and my tummy satisfied I rolled up my sleeves and hauled out my Heart and Home pattern and fabrics from Acorn Quilts.  I’ve been making slow but steady progress on my quilt by Heart To Hand.  Proceeding through the many, many steps takes care and loads of patience.  Because I want to produce an eye-appealing, top-quality creation I’m careful not to choose this project on a day when I am low on energy.

I’m almost finished with block number one.  All that is left are the french knots on the flowers and hand-stitching of veins on the leaves.  The hand work is something I can do while relaxing, in the evening, so I set that project aside.

The obvious next step was block number two.  First to complete was the Flying Geese panel.  I gathered all twenty-eight pieces and followed the instructions for assembly.  Each piece was carefully aligned, stitched and pressed.  After pressing the final seam and turning over the panel it was neat to see the finished strip.  I was well pleased with the color combination as well as the placing of my points.

Up next was the attachment of the Flying Geese to the main body of the block.  Once I had the two pieces stitched and carefully pressed it was on to the placement of the multiple pattern pieces.  Piece by piece I appliqued each section to my block.

First to be added were the tree and its many branches.  Next came the beautifully colored bird with its long and flowing tail.

This bird, as with most, needed a home to rest its weary bones.  A well fashioned nest complete with three little eggs was the next addition.

To finish off the block leaves and berries were added to adorn the branches.  As with block number one, this block also awaits further embellishment.  The bird will receive a hand-stitched eye, his feathers will be defined with contrasting embroidery floss, the blue berries will be decorated with small stitches and last but not least the leaves will be sculpted with lines to represent their veins.

The applique is now complete on blocks one and two of my Heart and Hand quilt.  Blocks three through six are already cut out and waiting assembly.  I can’t wait to work on them.  Here’s one more look at blocks one and two.

WIP Update

Very little progress has been made on my WIP list other than the updates I have shown you on my Heart and Hand quilt and the small quilt for my middle granddaughter Miss L.  Here’s my list as it stands:

*Quilt Tops Ready for Quilting*

My Colorado daughter’s king sized quilt; Simple Times quilt by American Crib Quilts; May Night from the Pineapple Passion Collection by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan published by That Patchwork Place; and Bear’s Paw Quilt by Eleanor Burns from the TRIO of Treasured Quilts Quilt in a Day Series.

*Fabric and Quilt Patterns Purchased For*

Autumn Quilt by Heart To Hand; Heart & Home by Heart To Hand (progress being made); Snowy Days by Heart To Hand; The Bundling Board by Primitive Pieces; and First Year Log Cabin by Acorn Quilts.

*Quilt Pattern Purchased For*

Cathedral by Villa Rosa Designs; Civil War Battle Series # 2 by Clothesline Quilts; Courthouse Square # 169 by Country Threads; Family * Home * Friends by Cottage Creek Quilts; Joyful Welcome by Threads That Bind; Martin’s Pennies by Civil War Legacies; Snow Drifts by Hanging by a Thread; and Tall * Small by Waltzing with Bears

*Fabric and/or Craft Pattern Purchased For*

Chelsea Tote by Lazy Girl; Elf Mittens by Button Stitch Designs; Encore Purse Insert by Studio Kat; Miranda Day Bag by Lazy Girl; Penny Mats thru the Year January, April and November by Buttermilk Basin; and The Sammi Grace Bag by Fishsticks Designs.

I also have fabric purchased to make a quilt for each of my three two grandchildren.  These quilts do not require a pattern.  7/3/12 Note:  one of the three quilts has already been made.  All that’s left to finish is the hand-stitching of the binding.

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I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced.  Be sure to stop by her blog for more WIP fun.