Monday, April 26, 2010


I have so much to show you in this post.  First, the swap block packages.  This one came last week from Mary at Stash Heaven.  She and Katie think they are really slick, LOL.

Do you recognize the fabric at the bottom?  That is the fabric Katie used as a frame for one of her swap blocks (and she said she didn't have any left).  Mary sent me two glorious yards!  I am going to have so much fun.  Thank you ladies!

I came home today and found two packages.  This one is from Marsha (Grandma's Quilts).  I love the fabrics in the blocks, especially the little pink mice and the blue frame with stars (I have a thing for star fabrics, LOL). 

Sorry about the picture quality, I told you I was excited.  You see the little heart block at the bottom?  I am not sure what it is supposed to be, but it is quilted, the heart is hand appliqued and it has a rickrack hanger on it.  I am going to use it as a chatelaine for my embroidery needles.  Marsha, I love it.

The next package came from Kathleen of Seventhsister26.

I don't know what is going on with the program, but I can't get the picture to center.  Oh well!  Do you see all those lovely pieces of fabric she sent me?  Thank you, Kathleen, I love them, but most especially the cow fabric. 

And that fabric is one of the reasons I am so excited, too.  I don't know if you remember my mentioning I wanted to do a train quilt in green, white and black.  I think I mentioned it on the APQ blog, but I didn't have enough transfers at the time.  Well, here is a little bit of the project:

I have transfers for twelve different trains that I am working on.  Not sure exactly how the quilt is going to come together, yet, but what do you usually see when traveling across country in a train?  Farm fields, pasture, woods and COWS!   See this fabric?   It was a serendipitous find.

And then Kathleen sent me this:

You see why I am so excited!  The quilt is designing itself!  Now I see green patchwork fields and train tracks.  Do you see the same thing?

I know some of you have been working the Snowbound BOM 'cause I have been watching.  Well, I have too.  Here are two blocks that I have finished:

I don't know how clear the pictures turned out, but the background is light blue.  I am doing raw edge applique and using close blanket stitch to tack everything down.  The stars in the one above were cut, as is, directly from some fabric I have (told you I like stars, LOL).  I am working on #l now and I have #4 all set up for stitching.  I think I am going to combine these blocks with some of my crocheted "snowflake" doilies mounted on blue backgrounds.

Do you like my projects?



  1. Great swap blocks and wonderful goodies with them. I am putting the frames on mine now so they will be on the way to you in the next day o two.
    Your trains are so detailed. They are going to look great with your other pasture and cow fabrics.
    Your snowmen look so cute. I have been wanting to jump into that project to. I have all 4 traced onto fusible and rough cut. I have fabric I think I am going to get for the background. Now if I could squeeze another day into my week I could get caught up. LOL

  2. Glad you like my little heart. You can use it any way you like. It can hang on a door knob or cabinet handle or whatever! And it's reversible. All the blocks look great, it will be fun to see how everyone finishes them. Your trains are amazing and both of the cow fabrics are so neat. You have a great idea to use them together. The Snowbound BOM is so much fun and your blocks look great. The background looks like it is snowing. I can hardly wait to see what the next one will be. Using the doilies will really make it special and unique!

  3. What a lot of fun stuff to share! Isn't it fun to get blocks? But where, oh where, did Kathleen get that cow fabric? I love it too! The trains are fantastic - they look like they took a lot of work, but were worth it. It's going to be a beautiful quilt. And the snowmen are adorable.

  4. Aren't surprise packages fun? I always enjoy seeing everyone's blocks, but your other projects are great. The snowmen are adorable (I keep downloading the directions & blocks) and you have all convinced me to get back to hand embroidery. The trains are magnificent! Now you've got my brain in high gear thinking of "sightings" from the train...the first thing that came to mind was an old country road with Burma Shave signs. Bet there are some in our group that wouldn't remember them! But I will be looking. Can't wait to see the coloring you have planned for that fabric. Mary

  5. You do beautiful handwork. Those cows, both fabrics, are just the thing to pair with the trains. I can't wait to see where your creativity takes this quilt. Same with the snowman BOM. It sounds like you will come up with a setting all your own. Remember to share pics when you do! -Joanne

  6. Glad you liked the extra goodies;) Those cows...I collect anything black/white to use in my stuff;) Couldn't tell you when or where I got it...just that I used it up enough to throw that piece in the scrap box;) Enjoy;)
    Happy Quilting!!

  7. Your Snowman blocks are fantastic! I love the fabrics you are using. The train stitcheries are super and using farm/fields fabric with them is a terrific idea. Glad you like your swap blocks and extra goodies! Cheers, Ann :-)

  8. Lucky you! I can hardly wait to see how everyone puts those blocks together. So with the new quilt in mind, will you begin it soon? ---"Love"

  9. Ah, Love. My room is still in a shambles and I can't put anything together because I have no room. But I am getting everything ready for when I do.