Monday, July 28, 2014

Doesn't Anyone Stay in One Place Anymore?

"You're so far away, doesn't anyone stay in one place anymore?"  I am reminded of Carol King's sad song this week as I'm back in Virginia packing up my quilt stash.  I have such mixed emotions about leaving.  I am really going to miss my good friends in Virginia.

We have made a big life decision to move back to Michigan.  We are getting older, and it is difficult to live in Virginia part of the year, and in Michigan part of the year.  We are moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan, which will locate us geographically 2 hours from our cabin so we can enjoy it more, 2 hours from visiting my sister in Flint to care for her, and 1 hour from Lansing, with all that we enjoy there with Michigan State games, children, and grandchildren.  When it is bitter cold in Michigan in the winter, we can go visit our daughter in Texas and visit friends back here in Virginia.

So that is why I haven't posted for a month!  We have started the process to purchase a new home, and I am back in Virginia for a week to turn the quilt room back into a bedroom before we put this house on the market.  Here is my stack of empty boxes that will be filled tomorrow:

I wonder how many boxes I will need to pack up the whole quilt room stash. 

While at the cabin, I finished sewing together the cake stand streak of lightening quilt top.  Here it is:

I am happy with it, and am going to quilt straight lines down the green and pink sashings, following the zig zags, maybe three or four lines wide to emphasize them.  I don't know what I will quilt in the cake stand blocks; any suggestions?  I want to do something that would be in keeping with the civil war era.

It is now 86 inches by 98 inches before binding.  The cake stand blocks are 6 inches square.

I'm looking at everyone's design wall at Judy Laquidara's blog (Design Wall Mondays).  Enjoy your day ladies, and say a little prayer for me, that I will be able to box up everything and label it well, so I can find things when I unpack.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Progress on the Cake Stand Quilt

The entire quilt is now on my design wall, and it fills the whole wall:

  I am using the streak of lightening setting which is used in this old quilt:

From book: New Jersey Quilts 1777 to 1950  

But I'm using the cake stand blocks that I have from a recent exchange.  For this quilt, I needed 110 blocks, and 10 half blocks, and the exchange gave me 72 blocks. Thirty five extra blocks were done factory assembly line style, and I felt like a factory worker.  I prefer to work on two blocks at a time, and complete them, pet them, admire them, and then start the next two.  But the assembly line process is definitely faster.  I took the old Singer 404 with me on the trip to visit my sister, and finished the blocks in the hotel room, a la Bonnie Hunter.

Three blocks in the sawtooth star vintage quilt have a yellow background, and I like the pop of color they give the quilt, so I made three cake stand blocks with yellow background:

Can you find them on my quilt on the design wall?

I had a wonderful time with my sister in Michigan this weekend, and she really likes the quilt I gave her.  It fits her bed perfectly.  

I'm heading over to Design Wall Mondays at Patchwork Times to see what other quilters are doing.  Join me?  (Here)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Nancy's Churn Dash Quilt

Tomorrow I'm traveling to Michigan and will deliver this quilt to my sister: 

I can't wait to show her the surprise.  It's 75 x 88, and should fit on her twin bed in her independent living facility.  It is machine quilted with Baptist fans by Cheryl Tobias of Napinee, IN.  

If you remember, I talked about starting it last September when we sold her home and had a large sale of the contents.  See blog post here:  Remaking an old quilt top

This was the old quilt top that was in with her linens:

I am excited to give it back to her, but I don't think she will remember the old quilt top.  She probably picked it up for a song at a garage sale.

It was a lot of fun remaking it into a usable quilt, and as I was taking pictures of it this morning, it taught me something:

I looked at this block, with a pieced together section and mismatched background pieces.  It's my favorite block, so why am I trying to be so "matchy-matchy" in my quilts?  Note to self:  loosen up a bit!

Thanks for all of your kind and understanding comments on my last post about Sally.  They helped me so much.  I am quilting on a new project, and have immersed myself in your thoughts, which are helping me through the grieving process.  I really appreciate all of you.  Thank you.

Linked this post with Design Wall Mondays:  (Here)  I enjoy seeing what other quilters are working on this week.