It’s Been A Quilting Week

My quilt quild does a new quilt every two years to put up for raffle. Members are asked to make a block…fabric and instructions are included except for the tone on tone pink fabrics which we provided. This next quilt will be the Carolina Lily.

It was the block from HELL. I think the instructions were “antique” as well as the design. I absolutely love the block and think the finished quilt will be exquisite, but the pieces did not fit together properly and I had to cut, recut, sew, resew!!! I am happy it is finished. We were asked NOT to square it up in the end…I imagine that everyone’s will have slightly different measurements. Mine actually measures the 14-1/2″ it was supposed to be. Hallelujah!!!! Here are the photos of my block.

And here is a sneak peak at another project that I have been working on for a while. I LOVE SCRAP QUILTS. The actual piecing was done a year or so ago, but took only about two weeks. It was put away while I was working full-time because I couldn’t be bothered with the appliqued border. The applique sure took a long time to prepare and even longer now to applique it. I am using just a blanket stitch simply because it will be laundered quite a bit. My plans are to use it as a table cloth (as it is about 60″ square). Half of the appliqued border is now finished. I really like the way it looks. What do you think?

When one does needlework and quilting and gardening and reading, etc. etc. etc., it is hard to decide what project to work on at any given time. I guess I am just a jack-of-all-trades….master of NONE!!!!

And last but not least….I thought I would wish EVERYONE a Happy Valentine’s Day! Hugs and Much Love to All of You.

Amities, Averyclaire


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jackie
    Feb 12, 2011 @ 17:29:03

    I can’t even tell that block gave you any troubles! It looks beautifully pieced. I always admire neatly done Yseams (Y seams and I don’t get along).

    I always enjoy seeing pieced quilts with applique borders. Yours is fantastic. I can’t wait to see more.

    Happy Valentines Day to you!


  2. Margaret
    Feb 12, 2011 @ 17:36:14

    That block you made for your guild is very nice — too bad it was so difficult to make! Love your quilt too — so pretty!


  3. Pat B
    Feb 12, 2011 @ 18:24:44

    I am totally in awe of your quilting ability! And I am glad our guild has piecers like you to take up the gauntlet, so those of us who are less talented do not need to tackle projects beyond our abilities. Everything you make is beautiful.


  4. Annie
    Feb 12, 2011 @ 19:24:21

    Both pieces are gorgeous. Looks like perfect piecing to me on the block for the guild. Doesn’t it feel good to finally get it right after you struggle!


  5. Jane
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 01:56:34

    I know that feeling, but at least we have fun doing what we do. You would never tell you had so much trouble with the block, looks fabulous and well worth the time on the applique. You are going to end up with a very striking table cloth


  6. Nanouanne
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 12:24:21

    Hi Karen,

    Your Carolina Lily block is lovely and perfect. Congratulations.
    Just as you do, I love scrap quilts. Yours seams to be a pleasure to work at. I will be happy to see later a picture of the whole thing.
    Thanks for the Valentine wishes. We are in Paris and guess what…tomorrow we will meet our dear international and beloved friend!


  7. Nicole
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 12:35:39

    J’aime beaucoup ces motifs réguliers et répétitifs…Et quelle patience pour obtenir un bloc aux dimensions demandées…. ! ! !
    Quand verrons nous les images de l’ouvrage terminé ????

    Le tien est parfait…félicitations…Je t’embrasse.Nicole


  8. lelia
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 18:15:13

    Oh my! What a beautiful beautiful quilt block.
    I’d have a hard time with the pieces, too — it looks like quite a challenge.

    Were you going to attend the Gathering of Quilters …. in March?

    I’m hoping to be able to attend. The calendar is filling up QUICKLY, but it looks like a terrific event.


  9. Marjorie
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 12:42:42

    Your lily looks perfect–no one can see the tribulation it caused. And I love your applique quilt–your photos are good but it’s so very nice in person! Everyone was awed that you’d actually use it on your table! Happy Valentine’s Day–see you tonight.


  10. Siobhan
    Feb 16, 2011 @ 05:07:39

    The block might have been a lot of work, but it was worth it! It’s lovely. Your applique quilt–LOVE it!!! I can’t wait to see more of it.


  11. Carol
    Feb 17, 2011 @ 10:08:49

    What a beautiful block! I would say it was worth all the headaches it gave you trying to piece it together. And I think your applique quilt will be wonderful as a tablecloth–so warm and cozy looking 🙂


  12. virtualquilter
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 04:22:46

    Looking forward to seeing the pieced and applique quilt complete … it is looking wonderful, as does the block for the group quilt.

    Judy B


  13. colour du jour
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 02:44:13

    the Lily block is very pretty!


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