Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Miss Kitty's Quilters new quilt

I belong to a quilt group called 'Miss Kitty's Quilters. Any of you who grew up in the late '50's early '60's will recognize the name of Amanda Blake's character from the television show Gunsmoke. Yes, the character Miss Kitty is still alive and well and the Long Branch is still open on Boot Hill in Dodge City, Kansas. Back to quilting...... we make a quilt every couple of years or so for our 'opportunity' quilt. (Raffles are illegal in Kansas.) This year, I was part of the opportunity quilt committee. We've made 12 blocks of the month featuring hearts and flowers or things that depict each month of the year. Several years ago, I designed 3 or 4 blocks to teach needle-turned applique, and was just looking for the time and energy to draw more. I was so excited by each new design. It was such a privilege to share it with our little club, and better yet, I had lots and lots of help bringing each new design to life. About a month ago, I got the final block back from Carol Harder, who hand embroidered the details on the block. Now I am in process of assembling the blocks with sashing and borders before sending it to our former member Shelley Carmichael who is a expert long-arm quilter. (In addition to Carol, others who added the embroidery details to these blocks include Joan Becker, Barbara Halbgewachs, Nancy Sherer, Jan Overbeck and Me. Thanks to each of you, and other who contributed. If I forgot anyone, I apologize. Let me know and I will add you to this list of talented people.) I plan to feature these blocks one at a time beginning mid-January on my website. You'll be able to download the pattern and instructions for you to print out and make your own version. At the end of the year, the instructions for assembling the full quilt, and several smaller projects will be ready for you to finish your version of these blocks. We still need a name for this quilt, and I need a name for the block-of-the-month series. Any suggestions will be welcomed. Every time I got another block back from one of the members who had volunteered to finish it, I decided I liked it even better than the one before. I've had a hard time deciding which one I like best, and I'm so thrilled with how pretty they all are. Let me know what you think of the designs. See what you think:
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6 comments:

  1. Oh goody, I can't WAIT!! I looked at them all and think Jan., June, Oct. & Nov. are my 4 favs (sorry, I can't narrow it down anymore than that! LOL). SO PRETTY!!

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  2. Sherrill, I couldn't decide, either, which was my favorite. Still hard for me to believe that I drew them myself, and then how much the embroidery details added. Thanks to all the volunteers who finished the blocks.

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  3. Your block designs are so sweet - I love them all - I think January might be my favourite. Really looking forward to seeing the patterns on your website!

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  4. Great name suggestions. How about changing it around a bit, Pat......Kansas Heartland, or simply Heartland?

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  5. Love the name "Kansas Heartland!" Love the blocks too ... they are each and everyone gorgeous! I'm quite partial to "July, Sept ... or was it Aug ... the one w/the sunflowers, November and December :)" But having said all that, I think they are all fabulous and look forward to them being on your website :)

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  6. They all are beautiful...you're right...hard to decide on a favorite! :)

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