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A Doll Quilt Along « Ann Champion’s Blog

Lori of Humble Quilts is doing another one of her fun doll quilt alongs!
She’s calling it Midnight Stars and it’s inspired by an actual antique quilt.  Her version has pretty blues in it, but I don’t have much blue in my house so I decided to change the color scheme a bit.  I’m using the cheddar that’s in the original, (I just love that color), but I’m changing the blues to browns, and the reds will be pink in my version.
Lori does a wonderful job of giving the instructions.  She’s giving two different ways of piecing the first portion so that everyone will find a way that’s comfortable for them. I chose to go “old school” and cut triangles.
I’ve gotten the first segment sewn, trimmed, and pressed.  She’s not going to post the instructions too fast, so that people can keep up.
This little bit of sewing was a nice break...

Garage sale goodies…July 27, 2009 « Ann Champion’s Blog

This past weekend we went to the big town wide garage sales/flea market in Stoney Ridge. We go every year and I got some goodies again!
The first item is a square griddle. I’ve been looking for one. The non stick finish on ours was getting bad, even though we never use metal utensils and always hand wash it. They’re so handy to have for making several grilled cheese sandwiches at a time, for French toast, for bacon, well,…you get the idea. I don’t want to have a kitchen without one!
This is a Pampered Chef brand. I had heard of the brand and knew it was good stuff…but had no idea what it should cost? The griddle was in gently used condition..and came from an estate sale. We have a “rule of thumb” with our garage sale goodies. We don’t like to pay any more than 10% of what the item costs new. It is after all..used. I...

table runner « Ann Champion’s Blog

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing or quilting going on around here, but I did try my hand at some wonky piecing.
I cut curved strips of fabrics with my scissors and chopped and sewed and chopped and sewed to create a runner for the kitchen counter.   Doing this kind of piecing went against my years of trying to perfect precision piecing and it was much harder for me than I thought it would be.
My eye kept editing out curves and tried to make me sew straight lines!  LOL  I’m not thrilled with the result, but it will do.  I’ll play with this free style piecing again in the future for sure because it was fun.
I got a new stand mixer to try my hand at making bread and  some other baking recipes.  I’ve never had a mixer before, but those who have them tell me I’ll love it.  The color I ordered was called Pear.  I thought I’d...

Wonky Table Runner « Ann Champion’s Blog

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing or quilting going on around here, but I did try my hand at some wonky piecing.
I cut curved strips of fabrics with my scissors and chopped and sewed and chopped and sewed to create a runner for the kitchen counter.   Doing this kind of piecing went against my years of trying to perfect precision piecing and it was much harder for me than I thought it would be.
My eye kept editing out curves and tried to make me sew straight lines!  LOL  I’m not thrilled with the result, but it will do.  I’ll play with this free style piecing again in the future for sure because it was fun.
I got a new stand mixer to try my hand at making bread and  some other baking recipes.  I’ve never had a mixer before, but those who have them tell me I’ll love it.  The color I ordered was called Pear.  I thought I’d...

piecing with solids « Ann Champion’s Blog

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing or quilting going on around here, but I did try my hand at some wonky piecing.
I cut curved strips of fabrics with my scissors and chopped and sewed and chopped and sewed to create a runner for the kitchen counter.   Doing this kind of piecing went against my years of trying to perfect precision piecing and it was much harder for me than I thought it would be.
My eye kept editing out curves and tried to make me sew straight lines!  LOL  I’m not thrilled with the result, but it will do.  I’ll play with this free style piecing again in the future for sure because it was fun.
I got a new stand mixer to try my hand at making bread and  some other baking recipes.  I’ve never had a mixer before, but those who have them tell me I’ll love it.  The color I ordered was called Pear.  I thought I’d...

Roseville Album right side panel « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve gotten the right side panel finished on the Roseville Album top.
I added a few extra dots/berries and made the cat a bit smaller. I used the template from the top panel for that.
I tried to mirror some of the birds from the left panel, so they looked like they went together.
I cant sew the side panels on until I get a couple of corner blocks done, so I’ve started on the upper left one.
With the panels not trimmed or sewn they take up more space and barely fit on my design wall, so it will be a while until I can take a good pic for you.
 I’m afraid this is the best I can do for now?
I sew in the dining room and have my design wall there.  It’s not a very big room. 
Tags: Brandon Mably fabrics, hand applique, Kaffe Fassett fabrics, Phillip Jacobs fabrics, Roseville Album right side panel

Roseville Album Bottom right corner block « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve gotten the bottom right corner of the Roseville Album finished.  
I made a few changes…the pattern shows lots of dots.  I edited it down quite a bit.  The other block I’m using as a bottom corner doesn’t have any dots, so I’m taking away some here..and will be adding a few there.
I know this pattern is whimsical and free spirited, but I need a bit more balance.  It’s just my personality!
Since I did the other corner blocks in  more realistic colors for the leaves, I did this one the same way.  I hope I haven’t “painted myself into a corner” with the color change?  We’ll see when I get to the appliqued border?
This is how the Roseville looked the last time I showed you pics.  It’s now too big to get a full pic of.  Maybe by the time I get the last corner block done it will be nice weather and I can clip the top to...

Bear Watching « Ann Champion’s Blog

I started a last minute project for Christmas.
A couple of times recently my husband mentioned that I had never made him a quilt. I guess I hadn’t thought to? I don’t recall ever seeing him reach for and use the throws that are in the family room…but they are certainly there for his use.
He’s very supportive of my quilting and if it makes him feel slighted that he doesn’t have a quilt of his own I need to set that right!
He enjoys fly fishing so I thought I’d look online to see what patterns were available out there. Well, he doesn’t like aquas and greens. I’ve made two quilts with those colors and he doesn’t like either one. Those colors seemed the most logical for a fishing themed quilt? AND I didn’t see any patterns that I loved.
I could just get some fishing themed fabric and do a pieced quilt…but that just didn’t...

Ugly Quilt Contest « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve just entered an ugly quilt contest. It’s the “What Was I Thinking” ugly quilt contest that’s posted here.
We all have them..don’t we? Something that seemed like a good idea at the time..but didn’t quite come out the way we envisioned them? You know the ones…they’re hidden in a closet..or a box..kept from view. Before I post a pic…please…I can explain! I was on heavy opiates at the time I chose the fabrics and pieced this quilt having just had a major surgery. I started with a fabric I found at a garage sale. It had been made into a maternity dress by the woman having the sales’ Mother-in-law. It was a batik..and at that time (2000) I had never seen such fabric. It caught my eye..I thought it was wonderful..little animated frogs dancing across the fabric. In places the frogs were easy to see and in other places a...

Roseville Album- top right corner « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve gotten the top right corner block done on the Roseville Album quilt.  This block is positioned in the bottom left in the pattern, but since it had a circular look to it, I thought it would look more balanced in the top right position?
The fabrics I used seemed to emphasize the circular look.  To my eye the block looked like it needed something?  It didn’t  fill the square as much as the others did.
I added a couple of birds and several extra dots and I liked the more balanced look.
I’m a great fan of whimsical, free design, but my type A personality seems to always take over?  It wants order and balance.
I tried to get a pic of the block set in place for you, but in my small room I can’t step back far enough to get everything in the pic.
On to the next block! 
Tags: Brandon Mably fabrics, hand applique, Kaffe...