Monday, September 18, 2017

Design Wall Monday - September 18, 2017

My sister is out of the hospital, and I am so glad. Your prayers are appreciated and were heard. She is feeling much better.

This week I've been working on finishing some quilts that were unfinished for quite a while.  I blogged before (Here) about a mystery quilt that I had quite a few parts for, and then decided to change directions and not finish the mystery quilt.   It turned out that I will have four quilts from the parts of one mystery quilt unfinished.  All's well that ends well.

First quilt, just bound this week: 

I used the plaid on bias for the binding as I like it to look a little different than the plaid it is next to, and this quilt will be donated to the Lighthouse Pregnancy Care Center, Manistee, MI,  for a raffle they have coming soon.  I hope it will have a good home and be loved by someone.

A picture of the quilt top right after I pieced it together, shown on a king sized bed:

Closeup of one of the blocks:

Quilt two and three are twin quilts, that I use at the cabin for picnics cloths.  I removed the black part of the four patch and replaced it with another yellow square, and added red and white checked fabric all around.  They are quilted with a leaf pattern that I like a lot.  The picture is of just one, but there are two, just alike.

Here are two clues to the mystery quilt; and you can tell which parts went into each of my quilts.

This third clue below will be the subject of my next blog post, as the quilt is at the quilters right now, getting quilted.  I took out the black square and made the green and white parts into an Irish Chain quilt, and my quilter, Joyce Brenner, is quilting the MSU "Sparty" logo on the blank white parts.  I can't wait to show it to you next week.

What's on your design wall?  I hope you are making progress on your quilts too.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Design Wall Monday - September 11, 2017

Today we remember the attack by the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda on the United States of America.  It has been 16 years, and I remember it as if it was yesterday.  Also today, we are hearing about the terrible destruction of the hurricanes, both in Texas and in Florida.  Whenever I am thinking of such destruction, and the terrible loss of life involved with all of these, I am picking up my sewing and soothing myself with simple stitching.

So while we pray for those involved in the hurricanes, and remember the people who died in the terrorist attacks, I am thankful for small things that comfort me.  One act of kindness yesterday:

Our church has a family who sells home grown things at the Saturday farmer's market.  They had some flowers left over from market, that they brought to church on Sunday, to give to anyone that wanted them.  So after church, I took a bouquet of beautiful sunflowers to my sister at the hospital.  God is good.

I've been working on redwork all this week, as my sister was in the hospital, and I sat by her side.  She was able to go home yesterday, so that has been a big relief.  Her health is not great, but now we have more information that we can use to keep her functioning better.  I worked on borders for the redwork quilt.  I have made good progress and here are two pictures of the border I am working on:

Here's a closer look at the work I will do today.  I just use a pencil to trace the pattern onto the cloth:

The weather this summer has been great for the farmers, and it is now apple picking time.  There are all kinds of orchards here on the west coast of Michigan, and now there are loads of apples being gathered.  This picture was on the internet this week:

I love apples, and there are so many varieties here that I feel blessed whenever I buy apples.  Hope this picture puts a smile on your face; it did mine!

Well, what are you working on this week?  I am looking forward to seeing the pictures of your design walls.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Design Wall Monday - September 4, 2017

My fellow blogger at, Tilda,  has chosen a doll quilt called "Honeybee" to challenge people to make in August.  It's in a book by Kathleen Tracy, and I looked at her quilt, and decided to make a replica of the vintage quilt that Kathleen Tracy had patterned her doll quilt after.  My doll quilt is 15 inches square, before I quilt and bind it.

Here's a picture of my doll quilt top, not quilted yet:

Here's a picture of the original quilt:

And here's a picture of the quilt Kathleen Tracy calls "Honeybee.":

I like all three, but then I like all doll quilts, don't I?

What are you working on this week?  I am looking forward to seeing all the pictures in your links.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Design Wall Monday - August 28, 2017

What a week!  So much happened, and none of it was quilty.  We moved my sister to Ludington, Michigan, from Flint, Michigan, on an independent living apartment .........My fairly new car - (just got it all paid for recently) - was in a fluke accident while I was out of town.....Maybe my hubby was driving it, but I'm not saying for sure.   I wouldn't want to embarrass him.  Then our daughter and her family had to evacuate their home in Texas (Corpus Christi) because of Hurricane Harvey.  They are home as of last night, but have no power yet.  The good news is that they missed the worst of the hurricane winds and far their home is not flooded.  Wow, what a week!

So you will understand if this is a brief post because I did not do much quilting.  

Here is a picture of part of the 365 quilt block project from 2016, that Dee put up on my design wall for me while she was here last week.  There are so many different blocks, that there is no right or wrong way to arrange them.   The next step will be sewing all the blocks together.

There is another round of darks and another round of lights - it's a big quilt!  I may take apart the center medallian to use darker pieces in the outside triangles.....or I may leave it up on the design wall until it grows on me the way it is.  I also may eliminate the four outside corner big blocks, as I haven't made them yet, and I think I have extras of the smaller blocks to use instead.

Here is the original layout:

In contrast to all the excitement this week, I enjoyed a nice boat ride with my granddog, Charlie on Monday.  We both love to sit in the front of the boat, with the wind in our faces.  We turned toward the camera for this picture, but usually we are facing into the wind with abandon!

What's on your design wall this Monday?  I hope you will join in the parade of pictures of everyone's projects.  I love to see what you are working on.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Design Wall Monday - August 21, 2017

I did get some quality quilt viewing time in last week, as I spent part of the week in Grand Rapids with my best friend Dee, and we attended the AQS Quilt Show on Thursday. 

Here are pictures of two quilts, of the many, that I liked from the show:

Isn't this beautiful?  It is a whole different kind of quilting than I could ever do, so I just sit back and admire it.  Following is a close-up of part of the flower:

Here is the info tag on this quilt:

My hat's off to Andrea Brokenshire!  Such wonderful work......but no ribbon!  I appreciated it and hope you all do too.   I wonder why it didn't get a ribbon.

Another quilt that I liked because I love thirties and anything plaid:

Each basket was plaid, and I thought the outside border was a great selection to tie it all together.  The quilting was great too.....a lovely quilt, but again, no ribbon.   Here is a picture of the whole quilt:

I'll close with a picture of my friend Dee who was visiting me.  She doesn't like to have her picture taken, but isn't she cute? 

We were at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and if you are ever in Grand Rapids, it is a beautiful place to visit.  

What's on your design wall this Monday?  My design wall is non-existent up here at the cabin, but today I am working on making a label for a baby quilt.  I hope to see what you are working on in today's link-up.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Design Wall Monday - August 14, 2017

This week has gone super fast.  And I didn't get much quilting done.  But I did finish the top of the "bazillion hst's doll quilt", as someone named it.

Here is the top:

I've picked blueberries several times lately, and learned something new this year, that they keep best unrefrigerated, in an open container on the countertop.  I also found it is very handy for popping a few in my mouth every time I go past the counter. Yummy.

Here's a picture of my latest picking:

I hope you have some lovely pictures to show the rest of us. I love Design Wall Mondays.  Let's see what you've been working on.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Design Wall Monday - August 7, 2017

August has started with such great weather that I haven't been sewing very much.  I have been outside enjoying the weather.  I even went golfing with my hubby, and enjoyed the beautiful golf course.  

Yesterday I got out this doll quilt project that is partially finished and sewed some more on it.  Here is my progress so far:

I have another four rows ready to sew together.  I'm at the cabin, so my design wall today is the kitchen table.  Whatever works, right?

What's on your Design Wall this Monday?  

Monday, July 31, 2017

Design Wall Monday - July 31, 2017

It's the last day of July, and I am away from home most of the week.  I have redwork in the car, to work on while I travel.  The project is an 8 block x 8 block square quilt of redwork squares, with a flower/leaves border on all sides.  I'm at about 55 of the 64 blocks needed, and am working on the borders.  Here's a picture of the four borders in their present state on my design wall:

Here's a closeup, as the picture above is too far away:

A  rough calculation is that I need at least 10 flowers on each of the four 
borders, and progress is as follows:

Border #1   10 flowers
Border #2     8 flowers
Border #3     5 flowers
Border #4     2 flowers

One way to look at it is, I'm at 25 flowers, and only 15 to go.  I'm working on getting 2 more flowers on the second border, and then two borders will be at goal.  Later I will figure out how to make the design pleasing in the corners where the side designs meet.  As Miss Scarlett said, "I'll think about that tomorrow."

What are you working on this week?  I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures.  Please reference back to this blog post somewhere in your blog post, so people can go quickly back and forth between all the design walls.  Thanks!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Liebster Award - What Does It Mean?

Recently, a blogger friend (Gail Sheppard, of "") nominated me for the "Liebster Award".  What does it mean?  Well, the word means beloved in the German language.  As far as I can tell, a Liebster Award means another blogger wants me to write a post about myself, and answer a few questions.  Then I nominate other bloggers, and on it goes......maybe like a chain letter, but not.  It is a way for bloggers to get acquainted.

So here are ten questions about myself that I have posed, and answered, so you may know me better:

(1)  What challenges do I face as a quilt blogger?, not that kind of irregularity.....I mean I had no consistency in when I posted.  But now that I'm hosting Design Wall Mondays, I like the schedule of posting every Monday.  I so enjoy all of your posts, and seeing what you are working on every week, so it's a win-win situation.....and there are very few of those in life.

(2)  What ridiculous quilty thing has someone tricked me into doing or believing?  Early on, I was told, "Everyone must have a stash."  If I could start over, I would buy far less fabric and and have a project in mind for fabric when I buy it.  I now buy no fabric at all, and will be amazed if I eventually use all the fabric I now own.

(3) What's an example of a small change that I made that improved my life as a quilter?  Here's one that pleases me:  Recently, I hung a small basket filled with batting right next to the design wall, and filled it with flowerhead pins.  It is so handy when I am pinning blocks to the design wall.  Also easy to put pins back there when I'm done and they are right there when I need them again.  Don't know why I didn't do this sooner.

(4) What is the most important thing I learned as a quilter to improve myself?  I got more precise on 1/4 inch seams and I also learned to measure parts of a block before assembly of entire block.  This came about as I did Jane Stickle blocks, and is why I sometimes refer to that quilt as "Quilting 101".

(5) What are the most common road blocks that stop me from finishing a project?  I make a mistake in assembly, or decide I don't like how it is turning out, so I put it aside to think about it for a while.  I've been thinking about some projects for quite a while.

(6) What kind of thread do I use?  I'm not very particular.  I do use cotton, or cotton/poly blend on most of my work, and use a neutral color on almost white, white, taupe, or beige.

(7)  What lie do I most often tell myself?  I say, "This free internet quilt-a-long won't take very much time at all, and it will also use up some of my stash."

(8) What is one feature of my quilting life that is perfect?  The weather!  It's always a good day to quilt.  My hubby is a golfer, and while the weather forecast sometimes doesn't look favorable for golfing, it's always a good day to quilt!

(9) What's the silliest quilting tool/invention that I have bought?  Too many to list, but I no longer buy anything demonstrated at a quilt show.  I will tell you that I have several rulers that are seldom used.

(10) What encouragement do I have for other quilters?  Please don't fret about your "style" or "method" or "process".    There are no quilt police, and there is no right way to do something.  I sometimes cut blocks out the old fashioned way with scissors, just because I think it is fun to do.  I won't ever have a fabric cutter machine, but I have no opinion of those who use them.....I just like to put my thumb and finger through rings on the end of the scissors handle and snip away.  I am open to learning and trying new things, but only use the new way if the way I do it now is not pleasing to me.  

I hope this helps you know me better, and if you have any other questions, you can ask me.  If anyone would like to be nominated for a Liebster Award, I would be happy to nominate you.  

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  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.