Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Alice Richmond - Block # 24 Finished!

How is it that I have completed ALL small blocks for Chester County Criswell quilt over these past years...AND made additional 3 blocks to swap! (Australia, Canada & USA). WOW!! That is unheard of for me. All the fun in seeing others progress and making acquaintance with others abroad and in the US have motivated me along the journey (not to mention the interesting and lovely historical blocks and stories are inspiring all by themselves!)

...Wait, make that 4 blocks to swap! This block is looking for a new home. I have decided to include 3-4 versions of of Alice Richmond's blocks in the quilt. Would you like to swap it for one of the same with me? I hope so!! (Click on the block for a closer look - please ignore my dirty lens blotch). Maybe I'll add a photo of the back too...We'll see if I want to be that transparent :)
Alice Richmond #24 in Chester County Criswell Quilt
And for the current condition of the only unfinished block I have going into Oct 2014... Here is BIG block #13 on my design wall, patiently waiting for my attention.
BIG block #13 of Chester County Criswell Quilt

Last time my kind swap partner had to wait too long for me to finish her block. This time I am using a different approach by having it ready to go. (I will also sign it if desired).  Let me hear from you and it will be on the way to you :)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

CCC #20 Finished

From it's humble beginnings that I Snap-chatted about weeks ago, until completion, this block was very fun! I really like the block design. I am happy with fabric choice too - something very old from my stash fabric resource collection.

I am soooo close to being caught up on all Sharon's Chester County Criswell (CCC) blocks! Just need to finish one corner of big CCC #13 and add one curve to #24 Alice Richmond's Oak Leaf & Reel. The curve will take about 15-20 min. but the big block corner will require couple more hours. I have two additional Oak Reel (#24) blocks cut out and basted - ready to go. At this point I am feeling ready to take on another swap block with someone....Anyone interested? I hope so! Let me hear from you :)  (Sorry for the poor photography! Must have better light and clean camera lens - photo looks terrible in large view)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shawnee Spinning Spools Quilt Guild

I belong to a lovely guild and have since it's beginning. However, I rarely get to attend meetings due to my schedule. I barely made it to the show this weekend, but caught a glimpse of some great work! WOW There are so many talented quilters! Here is the show as I quickly ran through it snapping pictures so I could look at and savor more later. This post is the first of three with show photos. These are some of the simple designs that I liked and some T-shirt quilts. I still want to make one but have not yet! I have tried to include the tag on the quilt to credit the makers. As you will note, I was drawn to fall colors! (And I cannot figure out how to turn photos upright!)

OU /OSU Rivalry

Symbols of Oklahoma

Tribute to Oklahoma


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chester Co. Criswell Block #22 - Jesse Jackson (& the team)

This block whipped up in a hurry after begin put aside for a couple months pending completion of swap block for Kathleen. Now that her block is in the mail, I resumed work on Jesse Jackson #22 and it was complete in no time! (Thanks to some seat time for online video conference that left my hands idle while my brain was busy learning).

Enjoying new season of Big Red volleyball. This team photo of these smart and talented gals is cute in the "Harry Potter" library at school! DD is doing her "signature" splits in that she used to do for team victory pics in high school track. FUN girls! For the following photo, I still cannot figure out how to make photos stand up you can see dd, front and center at the next - horizontally! LOL! She is awesome! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kathleen's Block

Just a quick post to show...this is what Kathleen's block looks like - Finally! She has been very patient waiting for it until I finally finished! She sent a block to me in April. I really like how this block turned out. I have made four of these blocks and I just like them all. I think this is the best so far!   
After an entire dull summer with no blooms, now that fall is beginning, my bougainvillaea plant is finally blooming! It is looking lovely! Happy Quilting to All!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#24 Alice Richmond color choice dilemma

Hi Blogmates!
Thank you for your continued encouragement on the Chester County Criswell Quilt! I am back to work full time this fall and that has cramped my style of extra time that I had the past 2 years. I have not responded to each comment, but they are much appreciated!!

Aren't you excited about block #24? This type of oak reel block is one I have admired for awhile and was ready to make this block for the first time right away! Having a 3 day holiday weekend was just perfect! Here is my current color choice dilemmas for this block.

First, I thought green leaves and red "reel" would be good. I cut and began sewing on the same day without letting the colors sit on my design wall so I could look and think them through. Now I am not sure this was a good idea! Here is what I did...
Then I thought...This may be a bit more colorful than other blocks. Maybe I should limit to one main color...

 I prepared a green block (below). Next I placed it on the design wall and it seemed like too much green compared to other blocks so maybe an all red block like the original would be better....

 ....All red block - but 2 colors. Humm, quilting friends locally saw it and said  the "reel" red is too orange. How about switch the reds in blocks. So I tried that (below).
 Maybe better?? Or should I use all the same red? And what about the multi-colored green block (below)?

They suggested putting the orange-y red "reel" pieces there. The main problem with this idea is that one section is already sewn and it will not be easy to remove - probably leaving holes thanks to many tiny stitches. I lay pieces on top here to take a look. Maybe better....maybe about the same. I guess this dilemma will help me work on finishing the other blocks before going forward. But, I do not like being stuck. Anyway, it looks like I will end up with at least three blocks in this quilt. Maybe someone would like to swap for one? (But, not until I send Kathleen's block to her!)

HELP! What are your suggestions?