Sunday, March 1, 2015

cherry tree update

These are my 23 completed blocks.  I thought I had only 20 done, but I surprised myself.  I am in love with it all over again.

I had to do lots of jiggling about with the blocks to get them all in the photos.  My camera stopped working, so have to use the phone, and I am getting better at that!

The block in the centre, the ring, is my favourite
My next favourite is the one with the swirling flowers
I love the baskets
and the rings    

I am working on getting a quilt completed to enter into an exo in June, and once the hand quilting is finished on it, I can get back the Cherry Tree blocks.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I have 23 blocks made

It turns out that I did not stop at 20, but have 23 blocks made.  I must have got really confused, and forgetful.  There are two blocks in this quilt, that are almost identical ----but not quite....blocks 23 and 25.  Would you agree?  Looking back over my blocks, and the saved copies of patterns, it looks like I have block 23 but not 25.  Seeing how I have only 2 to go (plus the border!) I figured i might as well keep going. 

Would anyone be prepared to share their saved copy of block 25 with me?  Or is this really bad manners?

My other option is to choose the 20 that I like the best, and use the 3 extras as cushion covers.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Two Years and Still Quilting

I started the hand quilting on my BTCT Jan 1, 2013.  There was a hiatus of about 6 months while some changes were going on and then I got back to it.  There was a bit of stitching during the summer, but not a lot.  The Fall and Winter seem to be the best times to make progress and I'm looking forward to a lot of hand quilting in Jan and Feb.
The center with the most cross hatching done.

 A block I created and put into my quilt

Part of my bottom border.  I changed up the top and bottom borders and added a lot more to them. I wanted to pull some of the colors and elements from the quilt into the border so I added small grape clusters, some birds and flowers.

The top border is different from the bottom.  I added my initials and different flowers.  I didn't put any birds in this one, but there are small grape clusters and flowers to pull in the purples.

 The appliques have all been outline quilted, about 1/16" away from the pieces.  Cross hatching is 3/4" and I had it marked by Bellwether Quilting due to the size of my piece.

If I've repeated things in this post, sorry about that.  Just thought I'd give a view of my piece.  I know Lori from Humble Quilts is still stitching on hers this winter, along with Pat at Taylor's Outback.  Who else is still working on theirs.  I'd love to see where you are at.  Even after 2 years of quilting this mammoth of a quilt, I still LOVE it and I cannot wait to have it quilted, bound, washed and on my bed.  Maybe in 2016???


Monday, December 29, 2014


Hello Cherry Tree friends.  I have not posted for ages, and I have finally decided to resurrect this project.  I stopped at 20 blocks, as they were starting to look much the same.  I am now starting to trace off the borders and will start with the RHS border.  The top and bottom will be adjusted to suit the less number of blocks I have.

Does anyone have any special tips for the borders?  Did you do the bits of embroidered stems?


Friday, December 20, 2013

Are you up for another one???

Lori from Humble Quilts has posted an update to her BTCT (see below)and also is going down the slippery slope of another 25 BOM applique from Sentimental Stitches. Are you game for another one? Do you want to carry on with this blog and add in the Benjamin Briggs quilt? Or do we start another blog specifically for it and leave this one for BTCT? Please see post below as Lori has the links all there to see the new crazy that we are about to embark on! So what do you think? Are you quilter enough to take on this next 25 block applique? Just go look at how beautiful your BTCT blocks are and imagine having another quilt to keep it company! For now, I'll be blogging about it on my grassrootsquilting blog and Lori will be posting on HumbleQuilts. Please comment and we will go with the majority! Sharon

Quilting Update & New Applique Quilt in Januaury!!

 I've finished quilting around the applique shapes in all the locks (not the border) and started cross hatching the background.
This is going to take me a long time!! I love this quilt!

Gaye and Brenda are starting another 25 block, once a month applique quilt called Benjamin Biggs. I plan on doing that one. For now, you can follow my progress on my blog, Humble Quilts.

I loved the encouragement I got from this blog. Thank you all so much!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Making Headway

I'm still poking along with the hand quilting. I'm trying to do some outlining on the applique and then finish up my stitching session with a few lines of the cross hatching.

So far I have 13 blocks completely outlined and I have a jump on two more. This is definitely a slow and steady process. The hard part is getting a callous built up on my under finger after I take time away from hand quilting. I also ended up taking off my acrylic nail I had on my thumb, it kept splitting and lifting, so I thought I'd take the summer to give my thumbnail a rest and give it another go in the fall. Sharon