Saturday, November 4, 2017

My First Border and Pretty Vase

Hello everyone!  I've been absent, but I promise I've been busy!
I'm still plugging along on my 
Friends of Baltimore quilt  AND A Bountiful Life/Civil War Bride quilt.  
I like working on them simultaneously.  Friends of Baltimore has teeny tiny pieces and more tedious while the Bountiful Life has larger pieces and gives me a break from the tedious so I can still keep busy.
I'm excited to show you my progress on the first border and vase from Friends of Baltimore.  I put off starting a border thinking it would be daunting, I was a scaredy cat…BUT HEY…it wasn't so bad.


As you can see, it is quite long.

There will be a vase sewn to each end to make a corner on this bottom border, which makes it even LONGER!  I'm still jurying fabrics for the vase on the other end.  Only 3 more borders to go!

The scary part will be when it comes time to trim this down!!

Must show you more proof I've been busy.

 Remember her?  My bride on the Bountiful Life quilt.

She now has a groom!  Isn't he handsome?

 They also have a hospitality table.  I think it's cute!

I think I had just started on this one in a previous post.

Working on both of these quilts at the same time has yielded me enough blocks for a WHOLE quilt!!
I just don't think they would mix well together….too bad!

Sorry I've been so long with an update and I want to thank everyone who has inquired about me.  I desperately need a new camera.  The photos I take on my iPhone seem to be lacking in quality (I think it's the operator),  but I promise to blog with more quilty goodness!

Cotton harvest is in full swing here and so sad, for this will be our last crop.

Hubby is retiring.


  1. Both are absolutely beautiful! Love your fabric choices.

  2. My goodness, it is good to hear from you again, Belinda! Your applique work is stunning! You have a great eye for fabric choices that bring it to life. Especially love the vases, tablecloth, and the clothing.
    Looking forward to more.:)
    Oh, a major life change with retirement coming up. My hubby is waiting a few more years, for insurance purposes.

  3. Wow - retiring. A big step to be sure (DH did that a couple of months ago - big adjustment). Your workmanship is stellar.

  4. Hey, Belinda! Missed you! So glad to see you here again. Your flower work looks gorgeous and the bride and groom quite adorable. Hope you are busy in a good way with the crop.

  5. Glad you are back to blogging! You have been busy, indeed. Your work is lovely, and that border challenging. But you persevered- and look, one down. Good for you.

  6. Such a delight seeing all your applique blocks and borders. So well done and beautiful colors.

  7. Gorgeous and beautiful. Oh my! Retirement! I hope the adjustment goes smoothly and all your extra time together is a delight!

  8. nice to hear from you....looks lovely

  9. absolutely lovely blocks and borders. I've got the book for the Bountiful, started tracing, and well, that's all! Your choices are wonderful!

  10. Your applique is stunning! Love the colours on your wonderful border!

  11. Your applique on both quilts is outstanding!! WOW! I wish my hubby was retiring.....

  12. OMGoodness.....your applique is just glorious.

  13. Such beautiful applique projects! FOB is on my bucket list...I keep pulling out the pattern and looking at it, but I need to finish up some other things first. I, too, like to have a lot of things started, but adding that right now would be crazy. I love your color palette! And your bride quilt is also beautiful...I am tempted to do your version...doing the Corliss Searcy one was so much fun to do a few years ago. Your colors on the bride and groom are so cheerful. They look like they belong together!

  14. Wow! Great Collection.Thanks for sharing keep up the Good work..

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  15. So very glad you did a catch up post and that you are still stitching lovely appliqués. I think your photos are just fine. Retirement is always an adjustment. Blog when you can.

  16. Oh my, your applique work is just stunning! No wonder you've been silent! At least you have something to show for not blogging, unlike me. LOL

    Oh boy, your hubby is retiring! A new step in your life. I hope the adjustment is easy for everyone. Any big plans in the works?

  17. Hello, I went by to say hello, since I've been disconnected from everything for a long time. As always I love your work. That I still think that they are not chapucillas, but great works. A kiss.