Blast from the Past: March 2012

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about things I was working on in March of 2012.

I was just finishing up my Crumb Along Sew Along.  This is the quilt I came up with for the final finish.  It’s a combo of strings, crumbs and improv blocks.

It was so fun to make.  I just love it.  I used lots of orphan blocks in it too.

I’ve had what I call the great quilt give away at my house several times.  I let the kids pick out any quilt they want (except for about five quilts I haven’t put in the pile for them to choose from-this one being one) and they can take the quilt home.  I’ve done this with friends and family.  I love doing it.  Both times Kelli has foregone her choice.  Once she said she wanted this quilt when I was ready to part with it.  The other time she said she wanted my Pineapple Crazy quilt when I was ready to part with that.

You can read more about the Crumb Along I hosted HERE.

Buck was home one day…check it out.  He was sewing.  Here he was making a gun sleeve.

I had just ordered the Tumbler Template is designed by Marti Michell.  You can order the template here.   I had done a little tutorial on how to use it.

Here it is… Start off by turning the template upside down.  Trim off the edge.  I am working with a 3 1/2″ strip from my scrap users system.

Move the template over and cut again.

Flip the template and cut again.

I went on and used the smallest marking lines using 2 1/2″ strips and made baby tumblers.  I finished that project and it still sits today on my computer desk under my keyboard.

I made a little wool needle book.  It was so fun.  I still have it in my sewing room too.

I was busy hosting the Quilt Square Quilt Along.  These were the mini quilts of the month.  

I am happy to say I still have these!!  I love when I don’t make “dated” things.  Classics like these in my antique house are always in style.

I just love the fabric I picked for this the binding on the red and blue one below.

So CUTE!!!

The quilt book that I had just bought was, History Repeated: Block Exchange Quilts by the 19th-Century Patchwork Divas.

It was my new favorite then and still ranks high as a favorite.

I just adore this book…always have, always will.  I can’t tell you how often I pull it out and page through it.  Ah…I still haven’t made a quilt from it but someday…someday for sure!!  Working with Reproduction prints is my favorite.

Kelli had me busy at the longarm.  She had made a wedding quilt for her brother in law who was getting married.  The bride had requested black and white for a quilt.

The pattern Kelli used for the quilt is Blue Ridge Beauty.  It can be found in Bonnie Hunter’s book, Adventures with Leaders & Enders: Make More Quilts in Less Time!.

It was a great quilt!!  Sorry, I don’t have better pictures.

I was working on and finished a wool applique project, Alphabet Song by Threads That Bind.  This was fun to do and hangs in my sewing room.  I love things with alphabets so that’s probably why I like cross-stitch samplers.

At the end of March 2012, I was gearing up and was going to reveal the Quilt Along block for April.  I let those who were quilting along to pick their own blocks for the month of April.

I was trying to be a book hostess and encourage the group so I, like a good hostess made a sample of the blocks they could choose from.

I even made the applique one only I made mine in wool applique.

The highlight of the month happened on the very last day of the month. Kelli and I went to Moline with the Mississippi Valley Quilters and saw Bonnie Hunter.  We met so many great people there.  Some of the relationships I still have today, 10 years later.  It was so fun.

Thanks to the gals that were there that we’ve stayed connected to.

It looks like we were making the quilt Smith Mountain Morning in the book Scraps and Shirttails II.  Karl now owns that quilt.

The retreat went into April so hopefully next month I’ll have more pictures to share with you.

…oh, I love doing these blast from the past posts.  I love looking back and seeing what I was up to.

10 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: March 2012”

  1. Judith Fairchild

    Jo, what a lovely post.!!!!looking back and enjoying the results of past quilting with pictures is so much fun. Sadly for me I have only a few pictures of the quilts I made.. they are so pretty. But the memories are there. I have 2 great nieces who are close to the same age. When they were a little over a year old I had finished 2 60″ quilts each totally different. I called my nieces and asked them to come over as I had something for the girls. When they came in and saw the quilts I asked the moms to set their baby down and let the girls choose which one they liked. Both lttles trotted over to a quilt and chose the one they liked. Looked at the other’s quilt and platted it and laughed. Both girls still have their quilts. Talk about Joyful quilting that is my best memory of quilting.

  2. Always so fun fun to see these “blast from the past” blogs. Buck sure is a man of all trades. Seeing the picture of him at your sewing machine reminds me of my son so much. Good memories. I like the quilts you showed also.

  3. It is always so fun to see the “blast from the past” blogs. I like seeing the picture of Buck at one of sewing machines. It reminds me of my son and some very good memories. The quilts are great too! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I wonder how many of us have that book and love it as you do (me too!) and have never made a quilt from it (me too!) but really want to someday (me too!) and would love to do a QAL (me too!) (Hint, hint)!
    I love the idea of a Crumb Quilt. I look at the shelf with all the color sorted crumbs in ziploc bags and pat them and say “Someday, sweeties, someday.”
    You are an inspiration, dear Jo.

  5. I really enjoy your blog. Always waiting to read your posts. You are an amazing person and wished I lived closer. I’m from Minnesota, retired at 67. I started with cross stitch 30 some years ago. Then went to quilting which I still do and have renewed my interest in cross stitch a few years ago. I need to live to be 100+ to finish all the things I want to do.

  6. Makes me long for the good old days. I belonged to two groups – one was Carol’s group and one was Betsy’s group. Have not seen most of those gals in two years. I too have a lot of Repro fabric. Lets sew!!!

  7. Allison C Bayer

    I really like your blasts from the past! Bonnie is responsible for my long lasting quilting friendships too. She is such a great teacher and creates a great environment to make friends. Forever thankful!!

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