Thursday, July 1, 2010

July with Jo and Cindy Lou . . . . . .

We just got home from the nicest visit with our daughter, who lives in California. Recently she moved from her downtown LA apartment to an apartment in Pasadena. It was our first visit with her in the new city and we loved it. Pasadena has a whole different feel to it than downtown LA! We had the best time and our next visit cannot come quick enough.

Between the trip and other busyness July really snuck up on me. This morning I got out my "little slice of Americana" quilts for the sunroom. When I bought this furniture, I wasn't a quilter, but I've yet to find a quilt that doesn't look good on these red sofas, how lucky was that!

So anyway, Quilt # 52, One Star Two Star, Red Star Blue Star, the October Schnibbles pattern Cindy Lou Who, is on the left. I super sized the pattern so it would fit in the middle of my bed, in the middle of a new coverlet, that I had months to buy, but didn't, so here it is instead!

Select Quilt #52 from my Lifetime Quilt List on the right to read more about that quilt.

The quilt on the right is a quilt that's new to you, but this is the second 4th of July that I've had it. I just get it out for the month of July.

The center is comprised of court house step blocks that finish at 6 inches.

The center of the top is quilted with an overall stipple pattern.

But it's the border quilting that really makes this quilt.....

A bunting design quilted in the outer border, feathers in each cream triangle, and cross hatching in the blue star triangles. Just in case you are new to my blog, I don't quilt my tops, this work was done by a wonderful quilter in Indianapolis, Indiana. I just left it up to Connie and I don't think she could have done a better job.

For the back . . . .

I went with a red, white and cream print fabric that I thought had the same vintage feel to it as the fabric I used on the front. I like to match my backs to the fronts. (see Nicole's blog for an interesting discussion on this subject.)

This pattern is by Jo Morton and is called Victory Garden.

I followed the pattern to the letter, no changes whatsoever, can you believe it!!

This pattern is in Jo's Remembrances book.

The book was published in 2007. I've heard her latest book, Coming Home, is wonderful too. I've yet to get my hands on it but hope to be able to peruse it in person, someday, before they're all gone!

Another pattern in the Remembrances book that appeals to me is . . .

Rhubarb Crisp! (and I don't even like rhubarb!)

Nothing but stars and flying geese, how could you go wrong with that pattern? I was thinking this would be nice in that 3 Sisters Park Avenue fabric, with that amazing border fabric in that family as the outer border. I'll have to give that some more thought......

So this is quilt number 42, I finished it in April, 2009, during a brief time in my quilting life when I had my panties in a wad about being perfect and liked to drove myself crazy getting that star fabric cut out just so. I'm glad I'm out of that stage. It took awhile, but I finally realized it's all about enjoying the process and that perfect really doesn't exist.
(but this quilt is pretty darn close!)

Victory Garden finished at 64" x 64", has 64 center blocks and 1,152 pieces.

Today is the Schnibbles Parade, for the pattern State Fair, over at Sinta's and Sherri's blogs...I'm still working on the outer border of A la Mode and didn't get to my Schnibbles project, it's a wonderful project that's perfect for summer, maybe I'll get to it in July......

Thanks for stopping by!!


  1. Your quilts look gorgeous on those sofas! I just want to spend the whole day sitting there!

  2. I can't believe I don't own one Jo Morton quilt book. I am fixing that and went to and added several to my wish list. Thanks for sharing and your quilts look great! I am loving the Rhubarb Crisp one also.

  3. The quilts look wonderful on the red sofas. I hope you enjoyed Pasadena. I grew up there, but moved a little further East after we got married. Enjoy the 4th!

  4. It looks pretty perfect to me, Thelma. I love your red furniture, and the room looks dressed for a great 4th of July! Great quilts, really.
    Glad you enjoyed your CA visit, too. It's not too bad out here, especially if you have AC, LOL :-} pokey

  5. wadded-up panties are SO gawdawfully uncomfortable - although i find it difficult to buy your story about being past that stage cuz i have yet to see ANYTHING less than perfect in your quilts, Little Miss Smarty Pants In A Wad ... i'm glad that you are back - i miss your posts when you are gone

  6. Beautiful! I really like the way you show your quilts on these sofas! :)
    Looks like something out of a House & Garden Magazine! lovely.

  7. Your room looks just wonderful!! Very patriotic! I am loving the Victory Garden quilt. I still get my panties in a wad about being perfect. But sometimes, I coax myself out of it and just throw caution to the wind. Often times I like the result too. So I am assuming Victory Garden is in her Remembrance book?

  8. I just love your Victory Garden...I have all the fabric in a box for that one...I think maybe I need to get busy for next 4th of July. Rhubarb Crisp has been a favorite since that book came out...oh I think it would be beautiful in Park Avenue.

  9. Your collection of Patriotic/Americana quilts is awesome! I love each and every one of them.

  10. I love your patriotic quilts and they look so great on your red couches. Thanks for mentioning Jo's book - I'll have to look it up - there seems to be some great patterns in it. I should stay away from your blog - I always see so much eye candy that I want.

  11. Love your quilts on your RED couches! There's just something about red. teehee!

    That's one of my favorite books and yet I have not made one project out of it. Might be time to get busy. LOL

    Glad you had a wonderful trip and visit with your daughter.

  12. I love your quilts on your red sofas. I'm really beginning to be a "red" person.

  13. Victory Garden is beautiful! I'm glad you got over your perfectionism. It really does make the quilting process much more fun LOL.

    Funny you should mention rhubarb. I have been eating it like crazy while I'm up here in ND...rhubarb jelly, rhubarb pie, rhubarb cake, and rhubarb bread. I've probably gained 5 pounds from the rhubarb alone!! I love it!

  14. Oh I love both of those patterns... going to have to find that book.



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