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Monday, July 24, 2017

Design Wall Monday - July 24, 2017

I am on a much needed vacation this week, so my design wall has not changed:



We are on a trip to Mackinac Island and Michigan's Upper Peninsula and will be back home next week.  I hope you have a more productive sewing week that I am having.  I am looking forward to seeing what you are posting when I get back. What's on your Design Wall this Monday?








Monday, July 17, 2017

Design Wall Monday - July 17, 2017

Today's not a design wall, but a pile of little quilts that I am putting labels on.  I am not so good at completing that finishing touch of documenting my quilts.  I'm wanting to improve that so I'm spending my sewing time today making labels for several little quilts.





Also, if they don't have a hanging sleeve, or hanging triangles, on the back, I'm sorting those into a pile to add that also.  It's a day to work on the little finishing details.  What about you, What are you working on today?



Monday, July 10, 2017

Design Wall Monday - July 10, 2017

How to reward myself for doing a good deed?  Start a new doll quilt, of course.  I'm working on a snowball and nine patch doll quilt from a July challenge by a blogger friend at Huckleberry Stitches  (Here) .  It is going well, and a nice break from the Valentine quilt.




What was the good deed?  An adult child came to visit and brought  a "mending" task.  Her dog had chewed up the back of three pillows, and would I please fix the pillows.  I recited the adage "asking a quilter to do mending is like asking Picasso to paint your garage" but all the kids laughed because they know I will do anything for them.   AND, they laughed at the thought of me being compared to Picasso.  Humph!  So two quilting days were spent fixing the pillows.....I do love my kids and my grand dogs dearly.  Also, I did do a bang-up job on the repairs.







Work on the Valentine quilt while on vacation at the cabin has been a challenge.  The pieces for the next 10 x 10 block were laid out on a beach towel in preparation to sew, only to have to roll up the towel and store it away when more family came to visit.  Now the family has all gone back home, and the block is laid out again, ready to sew.  What's on your design wall?










Monday, July 3, 2017

Design Wall Monday - July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July to those in the United States!  Here's my favorite patriotic doll quilt.



It's 13 inches by 17 inches and each flag is made of three pieces of fabric, 2 striped pieces and one starred piece.  I made it from old fabrics from my Mom's stash, which is why I like it so much.  The flags are 3 in. by 5 in.

I'm on vacation and away from home, so no pictures from my design wall. 

What's on your Design Wall?







Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Replica of an Old Doll Quilt

As I looked up when I had written about this quilt, I see the two posts referenced below are from 2013.  It seems like just yesterday.  

This little doll quilt was so much fun to make that I hated to finish it.  I know, that doesn't make sense, but there you have it.  I am making the binding of several different small prints, to be similar to the original.  As with this whole process, I duplicated what another quilt maker did a long time ago.  You can read about my work on this quilt  (Here)  and (Here)

I am cutting double fold binding at 1 and 3/4 inches wide.  I use 2" on bed sized quilts, and want this to be a little smaller.  The quilting is just straight line, nothing fancy because I don't want the emphasis there.   I am not using the hanging triangles on the back, because it is going into next year's Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show, and I will need to add a hanging sleeve.  And a label.

I thank Jane Weaver for giving me permission to make my version of the vintage quilt that she owns.  Here is her website:  (Here) and you can see the original under her "quilts" tab.

I am happy that my little quilt is on its way to being a finished quilt.  Sometimes it takes me a long time to completely finish a project. Here it is:  I added a third patch of red squares to mine.  It measures 16.25 in. by 20.5 inches before adding the binding.



Here's the original:

Circa 1895, 17 1/2 in. by 21 3/4 in.  New York State.



Here's the scraps that were with the quilt that I may use for binding:
  




And, update this morning, tada!!, here is the quilt, all bound and ready for the quilt show in Hampton, VA, next spring:




Now what shall I do to amuse myself today?  Hope you are staying inspired!




Monday, June 26, 2017

Design Wall Monday - June 26, 2017

I thought when I took over Design Wall Monday, I thought I would do another post sometime other than Monday, to talk about other projects I'm working on also, but it hasn't happened yet.  Maybe this week I will.

Two people have contacted me that are unable to link up to my blog, and I apologize that I'm not computer savvy enough to help them.  I am sorry, and I hope to learn more so that I can be of more assistance.

I am working on other projects this week, and haven't made a lot of progress on the Valentine Quilt, as I've been gone from my design wall.

What is on your Design Wall this week?  Here's mine:





Please send us your link, so we can enjoy the show.  And don't forget to reference this blog in your post, using a link back here.  That way, we can jump back here and jump on to the next blog.  Thanks!







Monday, June 19, 2017

Design Wall Monday - June 19, 2017

Well, I am still working on the Valentine Quilt, but for a break from viewing my design wall, I thought I'd show you pictures of the blocks I am making for Lisa Bongean's Triangle Gatherings.  Her website is (Here)   I first talked about these triangle blocks (Here)

How could I pass up a 'gathering' of hst blocks?  They are made of 16 small hst pieces, and since I have shoeboxes full of hst's, it has been fun to assemble them into Lisa's weekly patterns.

This week I made #29 through #36 and here is a picture:





There are 45 patterns published so far, and I have made 36 of them.  The way I write out the patterns is to copy the block pictures onto graph paper.  This way, I don't waste a lot of computer ink printing out a pattern page for each square, as I already have the hsts in my stash.  Here's a picture to show you what I mean:


  

What's on your design wall this Monday?









Monday, June 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday - June 12, 2017

The Valentine Quilt is coming along.  I have charted out the wording that I want on the bottom and it will add about 25 more rows.  I have the squares for the main body of the quilt all cut and kitted into 10x10 squares sections in baggies. I am prepping the newly added word squares into baggies today and am happy that I have a final plan for the bottom part of the quilt.  I knew if I waited long enough, the right wording would come to me.

Here is a picture of the quilt in progress on my design wall,



And here is the newly charted words for the bottom.  Last night I cut the 303 red squares needed for the words.  The neutral squares will come from my scraps box of 1.5 x 1.5 squares.



Here's a picture of my front flower bed today.  These were here when we bought the house, and they always put on a show in June.  They are in the genus dianthus, a genus that includes pinks, carnations, and sweet william.   I'm not sure what they are specifically, but they are a perennial, and easy to care for.



What's on your Design Wall this Monday?  I am so happy that you are all participating here, and Design Wall Mondays is continuing.  Thank you for joining in today.








Monday, June 5, 2017

Design Wall Monday - June 5, 2017

Thank you all for being so kind and receptive to carrying on Design Wall Mondays here at my blog.  I am loving all of your projects, and am looking forward to seeing what you will be posting this Monday.

As for me, I am working on the Valentine Quilt, but I did get sidetracked on several smaller projects.  For instance, while at a retreat in Shipshewana, IN this spring, a friend showed me these little strips and a start of a 4 inch square string block.  Crazy!!  But guess who she gave the project to, and guess who is continuing to make 4 inch blocks with tiny little strings.  Thank you Rebecca Winburn, of Little Rock, Arkansas; you started me down this rabbit hole, and I am having fun!

































What are you working on this week?  Please add my new button to your sidebar, and also link back to this post so people can go back and forth between all of our Design Walls.  Thanks ever so much!







Friday, June 2, 2017

Quilting Along With Internet Friends

Whenever I see a cute project on someones blog, I think about making the quilt myself.  That's why I got started making little quilts once a month with my Internet friend Tilda, at http://Huckleberrystitches.blogspot.com.  She has a little parade of doll quilts on the first of every month.  Here is my entry for the June 1st group post.  





It is a rail fence pattern, and I used indigo fabric and shirting.  It finished at 12" by 14". 

Tilda posted the quilt she wants everyone to make for June and I had the day free yesterday, so I made it and here it is:





It measures 14 inches square, and I took a picture of it outside this afternoon.  If you want to see the June 1st quilt along parade, or join in for the July 1st parade, go to Tilda's blog site:  (Here)




The flowers are Dianthus, and they are putting on quite a show right now.  Here are two more pictures of this perennial that is very easy to grow.






Hope you are having a great start to June!  The weather here has been perfect this week in Michigan.



Monday, May 29, 2017

Design Wall Monday - May 29, 2017

Today is Decoration Day, now called Memorial Day, when we honor those men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.  I will be remembering those in my family who have served our country.  My Dad and many of his brothers were all serving in WWII at the same time.   My memories of Decoration Day, when I was a little girl, were of going to the local cemetery for a memorial service in which my father as a wounded soldier, proudly took part.  





The above pictures are of Madeline Grace Wallace, then 4, carrying flags at the National Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas, May 25, 2012.  She was helping her mother, U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Wendy Wallace, honor the soldiers who died in protecting our freedom.  It reminds me of my childhood, helping my father at the cemetery on Decoration Day.

Here are two of my patriotic quilts:





And I'll close with Sophia Grace and Rosie, with their Memorial Poppy.  We hope you have something on your design wall to share with us today.







Friday, May 26, 2017

Badges, Buttons, and Icons, Oh My!!



Is it a badge, or button, or icon, or what?   I didn't even know what a button was two weeks ago, and now I have one.  Amazing.





Three of my friends made me a button.  Well, actually they did all of the computer tech work, and I provided a picture of one of my quilts. 

Let's hope it is going to work.  If you'd like to put it on your blog as a reminder to come by on Mondays, that would be very nice.  You'll find it on my sidebar near the top. 

If you don't know how to add a button, Bonnie Hunter has a tutorial at her blog that explains how to add one (she calls them badges) to your sidebar.  (Here).   


Monday, May 22, 2017

Design Wall Mondays - May 22, 2017

My valentine quilt is progressing along.  Here are several shots of my design wall, so you can see the progress:







This week's Design Wall:


As I shared last week, Design Wall Mondays will be here each week, and I welcome everyone who wants to share what is on your design wall.  I thank Judy Liquadara at Patchwork Times so much for hosting it all of these years, and I will attempt to do her proud.








Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Design Wall Mondays - May 15, 2017

What's on my Design Wall:

I have four rows (of blocks that are 10x10 squares) and am working on row #5.


Over at Patchwork Times, Judy Liquadara posted Monday that she will no longer be doing a Design Wall Mondays link-up.  Since I like it so much, I asked Judy if I could continue it at my blog, and she said, yes.  So I will attempt doing Design Wall Mondays link-up here.  So, spread the word, and if you like looking at what everyone else has on their design walls, you can find the links here.





Monday, May 8, 2017

Motivation Boosters

When I get midway through a project, the motivation sometimes goes away, and my mind wanders toward starting new projects.  It must happen with other quilters also, because a lot of us have unfinished projects.  Today, I looked at my previous post about 18 motivaional tips, and just picked one to concentrate on to move me forward.

Original post:  (click here)

Tip #7:  Do a small part of it right now.  Even if you don't want to start it, just give it five minutes.  Often the "just five minutes" turns into a good amount of a project completed, as I lose track of time, and become immersed in a quilt.  Sometimes if you don't feel like starting, you just have to start, and the momentum will happen.  I have a sand timer that I turn over, and often quilt for just the time it takes for the sand to run through it, but often look up and the sand has long been settled into the bottom end, and I'm still going strong.

Design wall picture






Sand timer


Monday Linkups:

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times


Monday, May 1, 2017

Retreat Happiness

I've just come home from a four day retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana, and my heart is full.  The quilters at the retreat fill my heart each time we meet, and I can't wait until the next one comes around.  

There were several wonderful quilts shown at the "Show and Tell" on Friday night, and also several other masterpieces in progress around the room.  It was wonderful, and I am filled with ideas for new quilts.

I didn't buy any fabric while there, and only bought a pair of pillowcases that will go well with my yellow appliqued flower quilt.  Here is a picture of the quilt with the new (vintage) pillowcases:







While at the retreat, I made a few little doll quilts to go with some of my big quilts.  Here is a little one I made to go with my toile valentine quilt.  I made the solid squares in a size that I could fussy cut the birds in the squares:



Here is a picture of the 2 quilt together:  Someone asked me for directions for the large quilt, and I am going to write out the instructions for both quilts and make a little pattern leaflet, if anyone is interested.  A friend said I should sell the pattern, and I am considering it.



Linking up:

Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt

Monday, April 3, 2017

Celebration of Spring

To celebrate spring, I started a new small quilt!  (Not that I need a reason to start one, but I'm using this reason)

Center design:






Complete quilt layout, on the table in the family room.  It will be 24" by 26" with each square or hst finishing at 1 inch.




The drawing in my "quilts to make" notebook is shown below.  Not my original design, as I saw it somewhere on the internet, and didn't document where it came from.  If you know, please tell me.





Valentine quilt is progressing along.  I haven't taken it down from the design wall yet, as I am still having fun adding grids to it.  There are three rows of grids almost completed, and three rows of grids to go......and then additional grids if I decide to add wording at the bottom.  It is a very peaceful process.








Linking up with:
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times





Monday, March 27, 2017

A Tulip Quilt for Sweet Alyssa

Years ago, we went on our first mission trip to Haiti, and a worker in our group was a sweet young girl, who was 16 years old.  In fact, if I remember correctly, I think she turned 16 while were were in Haiti.  Anyway, she has always held a special place in our hearts, and at the end of 2016, Alyssa got married.  The quilt that we are giving to her as a wedding gift is this tulip quilt:









The binding went on this week, and I love the flower quilting pattern that my longarm quilter used on it:



Here's another picture of it on my front porch bench.  It's a cloudy day, but it still looks bright and cheery draped over the bench:




































We are rejoycing in the spring weather here in Michigan, and I do believe the snow is gone for good.  The birds are chirping their spring songs to me, and I am looking forward to seeing real tulips in bloom here soon.

Here's a picture of the lovely bride, and her sister, the matron of honor. Her veil was so delicate and beautiful, and she was so happy.  I love this picture!  Can't wait to put a label on this quilt and send it to her and her groom, to cuddle under.



Today is Monday, so I'm linking with Design Wall Mondays (Here)  and we will see what's on other quilter's design walls.

Also linking with Love, Laugh, Quilt's blog for "Monday Makings" (Here)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Is Here At Last!

I am so glad spring is here!  We still have some snow on the ground, but with the calendar saying it is spring, it makes me glad.  The daffodils are a present from my hubby,  as a celebration that spring is officially here.





Lisa Bonegan started a free triangle blocks sew-a-long.  (link here - for instructions) and I saw lots of pretty blocks from their group on the internet.  I love triangles, and am easily drawn into a project using them, so I pulled out my box of small half square triangles, and began laying out some of the blocks.  Lisa is calling the project "Triangle Gatherings", and it was a lot of fun making the blocks, and so easy when the hsts are all made ahead of time.

Two days later, I have them all made so far, and I don't know what the finished quilt will be like.  But that will be decided later.  There are instructions for 21 blocks right now, and I think a block comes out each week.  My blocks are using triangles that finish at 1 inch, so the blocks are 4.5" x 4.5" unfinished size.




The three quilts that I sent to the machine quilter are finished now, so I just have to go pick them up, and put on the binding.  I can't wait.  One is a wedding quilt for a newly wed couple, and the other two are for my home.  (Pictures are coming after they are bound.)

This week I worked on an unfinished sampler quilt that was 90% finished in 2011, and for some reason, it never was completed.  The goals for 2017 are to finish some of these quilts, so it is now ready for the outside borders to be sewn on.  I will post some pictures when the borders are attached.


Today I took another picture of my design wall, with the Valentine's Day quilt up there.  It will probably be taken down soon, but I am still enjoying the process of adding another grid section of 10 x 10 squares.

Here is the design wall for "Design Wall Mondays"  as I like to link up with Judy Laquidara's blog to see all the design walls  (Here).  The three longer grids have the columns sewn together, but not the rows.  After sewing the rows, they will be as short as the grids on the left side of the picture.