I have been doing a lot of quilting, but haven't done as many new blocks for my project (quilting 200 quilts from my favorite quilt book, "Around the Block with Judy Hopkins"). I did a Bargello quilt for my cousin and a Bargello "Lovie Lap Quilt" using the same fabrics.
So here is Strength in Union. This is a very simple block. I wanted to give the block a little more interest. So instead of making the quilt all the same fabric, I turned this quilt into a rainbow quilt. It made it more interesting to sew also. Take a look and see what you think.
Strength in Union made an adorable baby's quilt. Be sure to check out the rest of the baby quilts for sale. I have also started a new website just for my baby quilts. Be sure to check it out! http://www.babyquiltsforsale.com/
Yes, it's snowing again today. Not only that, but it's 12 degrees and tomorrow we are supposed to break a record for the coldest it's ever been on that day. I have to admit though that I am probably one of the few people who enjoys the winter weather lasting this long. It makes me feel like an old fashioned winter with so much snow and cold. You get to stay tucked inside your cozy home making quilts.
Two years ago we had 80 degree weather in March lasting five days. I have fond memories of one of those days that I spent on the coast of Maine with my grandmother and my cousin. I can't believe we were sitting there in our shirt sleeves. My grandmother passed away last year at the age of 94. I sure miss our visits!
And here is what it looks like today. You just never know what New England weather is going to be.
Last week I was able to go for my walks because the snow and ice had finally melted off the streets. Under the snow we received today, is a layer of ice. Hopefully the sun will come out and start the melting process all over again so I can continue walking.
At least I'll get my exercise shoveling the driveway.
I had to laugh at the name of this quilt block, Beginner's Delight. I certainly wouldn't start a new quilter off with this quilt block. It's not difficult, just half square triangles; but there are a lot of them. A beginner might get discouraged squaring up all the quilt blocks. They could also struggle with the points matching.
With that being said, I loved making this quilt and really enjoyed the outcome. I made the Beginner's Delight quilt block into a baby quilt.
I don't like the name of this quilt block so I did a little research. I couldn't find much except that it is one of the biblical named quilt blocks. Perhaps the woman who named this quilt block was having some sort of trouble. I find it amazing how the names of quilt blocks have been passed down through families of quilters until finally they were published.
So here is the Devil's Claws quilt block. What do you think? I'm not really sure what I would have called it. It looks like an hour glass but there is already a quilt block called that. I also found in my investigating that there are a few other Devil's Claws quilt blocks that are different from this one. I think I found at least three different patterns with the same name. I'm sure this happens a lot.
Anyway, this was a fun pattern to sew. I especially like the four blocks sewn together. To me it has an Indian feel. I might have called this block, Totem pole.
I made this quilt into a "Lovie Lap Quilt" with pockets. Here you can see the wonderful free motion quilting I did. I so enjoy that part of the quilt. If you would like to see more "Lovie Lap Quilts", just click here.
I have also created a new website for my baby quilts. I hope you will check it out. http://www.babyquiltsforsale.com
I have been quilting for close to 30 years and after loosing my job three years ago, I am now able to do what I love, QUILT! I specialize in baby quilts and have designed the "Lovie Lap Quilt" with pockets.