A Quilt for my Sister

My sister got married at the end of last year.  In the early summer, I asked her and her fiance what colors and styles they’d like in a quilt. We looked through some I’d done before for ideas.  Sarah wanted greens and William wanted deep red, but Sarah didn’t want it to look like a Christmas Quilt.  So we added some oranges and browns to make it more of a fall color scheme.

s-w-quilt I finished the queen sized quilt top in time for the wedding and was able to show it to them.  Then I brought it back home to work on the hand-quilting.  It’s hard to find the hours to quilt right now, but with the cold weather we’re having, it is nice to work on such a heavy warm quilt when I get a chance.

I made the string blocks by sewing together strips of the fabric in large sections and then cutting out the blocks on the diagonal.  I’d then piece some of the left over parts together from one side and the other to make the block.  Somehow I managed to cut out just the right amount of strips of fabric.  I hardly had any left over.


Hopefully I can get it done by their first anniversary.

(P.S.  We took these photos in January before I basted the quilt.  Now the snow piles would get in the way of taking a photo.)

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Recent Projects

A few of the finishes in the last few months.

A Turtle Vest.
Turtle Vest

Flannel Geranium Dresses (and another in pink, and two more as a gift)


Milo VestIMG_2059Leather Shoes (multiple pairs because making them the right size is difficult.  These were cute, but on the small side).


A Christmas Dress (based off the 5 & 10 Volume 1 Dress Patterns)

christmas dress

and a Corduroy Dress based off another variation of the pattern, made first as a test of the sizing.cord dress

A baby quilt for a college friend which turned out to just exactly the colors of her nursery.

baby quilt 1

baby quilt 2

And I finally finished hand quilting and binding the baby quilt for our little girl.  She’s been posing on it for a photo each month and at least it will finally be finished for her photo at one-year old.
IMG_4786 quilt

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Corduroy Quilt

I finished a lap quilt made from up-cycled corduroy for our friends Sarah & Nathan who were married last weekend. It’s tied because that’s what life and time allows right now.


Sarah loves Jersey cows, so I found a fabric for the back with brown cows. Even better the binding fabric says “moo moo.”

We hope it will keep them warm and cozy in our New England winters.

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I started harvesting my amaranth today. It’s an experimental crop this year. This photo dates to early August.

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First Harvest

Spinach & Kale from the cold frame last week, and a few volunteer garlic shoots. Thank goodness for overwintered greens!

See other harvests at Daphne’s.

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