I made this little quilt to give hope to those in need of it. The angel will watch over those in dire need from illness, death, divorce or anything that seems, at present, quite bleak.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
-Alexander Pope,An Essay on Man, Epistle I, 1733
Hope springs eternal when this darling is in the room. The background fabric is hand dyed muslin with tea to give it an aged look. She is machine-appliqued with a button hole stitch. In her arms is a hand-embroidered wreath of french knots.

As she floats among the stars, her golden metallic halo shines.


The word hope has been stitched by hand.


This 11″ X 16″ mini quilt would be perfect by a child’s bedside or hanging above a crib. She would also make a great table topper at Christmas.
It is for sale at Quiltingcafe.etsy.com.
If you would like a hanging sleeve attached or a personalized label, please let me know.
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Added a new mini quilt today. Had left over scraps from other projects and this was really fun.

Here are other primitive folk art quilts that would look great in a cabin.


As always, these can be purchased at quiltingcafe.etsy.com

Several months ago, I started collecting these brown and pink fabrics.I scoured quilt shops, Internet sites, and my stash. When I saw this pattern I knew it work very well with these fabrics.
I have never made a quilt with curves before. The instructions were clear and precise and I made use I pinned and pinned and pinned. By matching centers and ends, then continuing inwards, the blocks turned out perfect each time. I made sure the gathered section was next to the feed dogs. The fabric moved quite well through the needle. I removed each pin as I sewed.
I actually found the border fabric after the blocks were finished. They were the exact brown I needed. The large flowered print certainly compliments the geometric circles. When I finished the quilt, I thought they looked like chocolate cover cherries, or cherry cordials. They are named Cherry Cordial I, II, III.
I had some smaller squares from another project so, I decide to make a matching baby/doll quilt adding fabrics from the first quilt.
The first quilt had so many left over convex and concave pieces, I decided to use them to make a smaller quilt that work great as a wall hanging.
The set of all three can be purchased on my site at quiltingcafe.etsy.com

Even the best quilters have quilts that are a little off especially when working with multiple pieced blocks. I follow this rule religiously. When it comes time to sew on the borders, no matter how uneven the quilt may be remember this mantra: MEASURE THROUGH THE CENTER ONLY. DO NOT STRETCH! Forget about all the other measurements. Don’t believe me, try it!

Problem: The quilt top is slightly longer than the border.
Solution: Sew with the quilt top on the bottom, when you put it through the sewing machine. Your sewing machine’s feed dogs will help resolve the problem by easing in the excess fabric.

Problem: The borders are slightly longer than the quilt top.
Solution: Sew the border on with the border fabric next to feed dogs underneath the quilt.

Quilting is really the ultimate in green.  After all, I don’t throw away a scrap.  My quilting studio is a testament to that.  I reuse vintage materials, repurpose my daughter’s jeans into quilts, and recycle where I can.
Quilt Studio

Quilt Studio

So when I heard a Louisville MOMs Group is having a Recycle, Repurpose, and Reuse theme at their next meeting, I knew my shop would fit the bill.   The Louisville Brightside organizer coming to speak on things to help in Louisville and they always prepare a packet to give to each mom. Since they might be interested in my products with Christmas coming up, and going green being such a hot topic, I am sending them my cards with vintage ribbon attached.  I have also donated these folk art postcard and magnets for a door prize.

Hope they have a great meeting and I certainly look forward to hearing from them.

As most quilters will agree, quilt scraps multiply profusely with each new quilting project.  I am no different.  Who knows when I may need a 1″ square of purple or a long string of green.  Early on, I luckily realized I should separate the scraps into country and brights…oh, yes, and 30’s, and Aunt Ruth’s stash, and, well you know the drill. 

I decided this weekend to attack the plaid country scraps and not stop until there was nothing, I mean nothing left of those flannels and evenweaves.  One hundred and forty-four  4″ blocks with approximately 900 strips altogether, I have my squares on my design board.  I find that taking a picture  helps me to see what doesn’t exactly fit. 

I don’t mean to be anal, but I do have a pattern here.  The center of each block is a green plaid or stripe.  The center blocks have the darkest center green strip, radiating out with lighter greens.    why so much green, you ask, and why the bright yellow.  My daughter made a Green Bay Packer quilt for her boyfriend…very hard to have in this house being Chicago Bears fans…so I have to get rid of every last piece of that dreaded green and gold plaid!!! 

Plaid strip pieced quilt in progress

Plaid strip pieced quilt in progress

I hate to start sewing the blocks together, because the quilt will shrink so.  I will look at this for a little while longer.

Aunt Ruth’s Stash has been selling like hotcakes!!  Here are a couple of interesting fabrics for the holidays.  Just Go to quiltingcafe.etsy.com for purchases. Remember proceeds are donated directly to  Alzheimers.  Have already donated $25.00.   Christmas will be here before you know it.