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.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

To Sally, a Tribute to a Labrador Retriever

To our Sally, the most kind and loving pet I've ever owned:

Born:  May 6, 2000
Died:  June 10, 2014

She was my constant companion:

Helping me with quilt photos:

Comforting Lloyd after a Michigan State loss:

Sally at the lake:  Someone threw a stick into the water!!! Don't worry, I'll go get it for you!!!

I'll have it for you in just a minute!

Come-on Dad.....throw that stick into Lake Michigan for me!

At the Dunes, on Hamlin Lake, enjoying her favorite job, retrieving:

After a walk, she would select one stick to carry back home, for her "collection" of sticks on the porch:

She loved to ride in the boat with us, and would stand at the bow, with her nose into the wind, ears flapping in the breeze.  I couldn't find a picture of that memory, but here is one with Sally and two of our grandsons, Skyler and Hunter, and our granddog, Charlie, with me on the boat.

She was so kind and gentle with babies, here with Anderson:

Granddog Zeke and our Sally, about to enjoy "snowman" pancakes, a treat from grandsons Hunter and Skyler:

Her legacy lives on in seven wonderful beautiful puppies, each one perfect. They made our Christmas card priceless one year:

Red plaid bows on the girls, green plaid bows on the boys

Pictures of some of her puppies:  
Maggie, now a therapy dog, with her owner's daughter Tori

Lexi, with her owner Lisa
Beau with his family
Bruiser, helping his owner George drive
This quilting blog will return to quilting related subjects with the next post.  I am so thankful I have quilting to help me through my grief.  Please pray for me.  Thanks.