Monday, August 13, 2018

Design Wall Monday - August 13, 2018

Here's a picture of a finished redwork quilt, taken on the bench on my front porch:

Years and years and years ago, my friend Dee embroidered a set of squares in redwork.  She completed all the embroidery except for the French knots.  She didn't like to do French knots, or didn't know how to make them, I can't remember which.  But I did all the French knots for the squares, and then Dee gave them to me to make something out of them.  When I told her yesterday that I was finishing the old project, she couldn't even remember doing the squares.

Years and years ago, I made red and white double nine patches for them, and joined the project into a quilt top.  It is not large enough for a bed, but larger than a normal wall hanging......maybe it could be a table topper.  Or used on a couch.

Closeups of squares:

For many years it sat in the unfinished projects pile.  This year, I took it to my long-arm quilter, and it is now quilted with an allover pattern.  This week, I found the binding I had made years ago (which is a miracle, if I do say so myself) and it is now bound and ready for a label and hanging sleeve.

You can't see any of this from a galloping horse, but here's some workmanship details:  It is 55 inches square, give or take a 1/2 or 3/4 inch.  The embroidered squares are about 7 1/4 inches and the red squares in the nine patches are about 3/4 inch finished.  The math then calculates out to nine patches which are 2 1/4 square, and three across would be 6 3/4 inches for one double nine patch.....not matching up with the embroidered squares of 7 1/4 inches at all, but as I said before......this was a long long, long time ago.  I can see how much I have improved in seam accuracy and in piecing.  But finished is better than perfect on any day, right?

Here is a current picture of Miss Penny Lane, who is now about 30 pounds.  She is so much fun and has made me get outside and walk much more than I did before I had a dog, so she is good for my health.  Plus all around fun every day.

It's Design Wall Monday!  What are you going to show us today?  I love to see everyone's design walls.  Today I am going to pour a cup of coffee, and enjoy the sight.  Thank you all for participating.

The rules are simple - if you would like to link up with Design Wall Monday, please refer back to this particular blog post somewhere within your post.  I am going to try to comment more this week on your projects, too.  

Monday, August 6, 2018

Design Wall Monday - August 6, 2018

Hello Bloggers!  I am looking forward to seeing what you have been working on this week.  It's been beautiful weather in Michigan - 70's with lots of sunshine.  I've been working away on my redwork, with not much progress because it's been so nice outside.  Wednesday we hiked (two miles out and two miles back) to the Big Sable Lighthouse in the Ludington State Park.  You can climb the winding stairs to the top, and the view is incredible.   We took our daughter and three grandchildren out there on a beautiful day, nice breeze and not too hot.

What have you been up to?  I am just now getting to sit down at the computer and look at last Monday's Design Walls, as I've had company all last week.  I hope to catch up with you in working on my quilts this week.  Thanks for participating!  

If you'd like to link with Design Wall Monday, please link back to this particular post somewhere within your blog post.  I appreciate it.  Happy Design Wall Monday!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Design Wall Monday - July 30, 2018

My design wall today is the floor in the front hallway:

I am looking at progress on the redwork quilt.  The four borders around the outside are slowly getting finished.  The last time I looked at progress on them was a year ago in (this) post:

Border #1  10 flowers  - finished
Border #2    8 flowers  - 2 to go
Border #3    5 flowers  - 5 to go
Border #4    2 flowers  - 8 to go

I am guessing that there will be 40 flowers in all, 10 per side, and the count is now:

Border #1  10 flowers  - finished
Border #2    9 flowers  - 1 to go
Border #3    6 flowers  - 4 to go
Border #4    3 flowers  - 7 to go

So last July, there were 15 flowers to go, and now there are 12.  At this rate of three flowers a year, it will be four more years before the borders are complete.  But if not very fast, I am at least persistent!  It will get finished, and as was said in one of the opinions on a recent post:  Each quilt has a time to be born, and will be finished when the time is right for it to be finished.

There are 64 inner redwork blocks, and 58 are complete, with 6 to go.  I am getting there!

What is on your design wall today?  It is so enjoyable for me to sit down with a cup of coffee, and browse through the posts to see what you all are doing.  Thank you for participating!  As you know, to participate, please refer to this particular blog post somewhere within your design wall blog post.  

Monday, July 23, 2018

Design Wall Monday - July 23, 2018

This week I added a striped binding to this doll quilt, in preparation for entering it in the Churn Dashers group showing at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show next Spring.   I like the added interest of a striped binding, and prefer it to any other binding.  This binding is cut 1.25 inches wide, and is single fold.  Next I must add hanging sleeves on all the doll quilts that will be part of this exhibit.  The quilt is 22 in. by 26 in. with hsts finishing at 1 inch.

I blogged about this quilt  (Here) and (Here) and (Here)  On one of these posts, Karen named it "about a gazillion little triangles".  I counted them, because I'm one of those people who count things, and there are 352 hsts in the quilt.  My granddaughter Sophie was here this week, and she named the quilt "Polly".  I am entering it in the quilt show as "Patriotic Polly".

A close-up of the binding:

Indian Pipes (sometimes called "Ghost Plant") are now in our forest at the cabin:

Info about these plants from the Internet:

Unlike most plants, It is white and does not contain chlorophyll.  Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a mycoheterotroph.  Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees.

A closer picture:

They appear suddenly, often after a rainstorm, and are so lovely.  I am often the only one who sees them.......which is why I am so happy to share their beauty with you today!  Indian Pipes is said to have been the favorite wildflower of the poet Emily Dickinson.

Looking forward to seeing your design wall today!  The link up rules are simple - just refer back to this particular blog post within your design wall blog post somewhere.  Thanks!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Design Wall Monday - July 16, 2018

First, a picture of our Granddaughter, Jenna, holding Penny.....or I should say Jenna is trying to hold Penny while Penny tries to lick her!  Penny loves the grandchildren and wiggles all over when they pay attention to her.  Jenna just graduated from high school, and we are at her graduation party, celebrating with family.  We are very proud of her.

Pondering this morning on why I have so many unfinished quilting projects.   I read somewhere on the Internet..... (don't know where or when....but I did save these thoughts and authors)....and can relate to most of them:

"My theory is that quilts know their own birthday and for various reasons sometimes you start something and it's just not the right time.  They let you know when they are ready to be completed :=)."  Zelda Lawrence-Curran

"I sometimes put projects away in frustration when I make mistakes.  That was the case with 2 of the UFOs I finished last year.  Once I got back to them, fixing the mistakes wasn't bad.  Frustration had evaporated while they sat around."  Kelly Rosenleaf

"I have 'Oooooh, Shiney!' coupled with 'Look!  A Squirrel!!'.  Bad combination.  I've got to do a major sort, and then I'm planning to line them up like Dave Ramsey debt balances---finish the one with the least to do first, and then the next one, and so on.  We'll see how many I get done!"  Annette Mark Christensen

"3 reasons.  1.  I got bored with it.  2.  I need to make a decision and cannot decide what I want.  3.  I don't like how it's coming out and need to think of a way to salvage it."  Annette Fallucca

"Confession:  I am lazy.  Any excuse after that is a justification, trying to justify why I won't do what I know I should be doing.  This is why I have a lot of grand plans, but never have any follow-through.  I don't like to think of myself as stubborn and rebellious, but what else do you call what I do?  God forgive me for wasting time playing when I should be working!"  Mary Seaman

"I have UFOs because I don't believe in 'making myself' do a hobby.  There are too many unpleasant things in life that you just 'suck it up and do' because they have to be done.  Hobbies are not one of those things for me.  If I'm curious about something, I'll experiment.  Sometimes it takes the entire project to find an answer I'm happy with, sometimes it only takes one block or half a quilt before I get an answer and am no longer curious."  Meg Taylor

Can you relate to any of these?  

This week I am thinking on and deciding what doll quilts I want to enter into the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show next spring, as part of the Churn Dashers exhibit.  When I decide, I will then write the 'details' page for each quilt (size, name of quilt, etc.) as the Churn Dasher's group leaders need my information before August 1st so they can plan the exhibit.

What is on your design wall this week?  I really enjoy seeing all of your projects, and your progress toward completion.  Thanks for participating.  All I ask is that you please reference back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.  

Happy Design Wall Monday!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Design Wall Monday - July 9, 2018

This week I went to a small quilt show in a little town near our cabin.  There were some interesting quilts, but also there were some old quilts wrapped around the bottom of the wood structures holding the quilts (so people wouldn't trip over the wood bases).  Two of these old quilts were ones I would have liked to see hanging in the show - and they were used as a device to keep people from tripping!  My taste in quilts is different than theirs!

Here are pictures of the two:

Pink hexies and thirties fabric - it is adorable!

Thirties stars and a lively sashing - I love it!  I felt sorry for both of them that they were on the floor.

There was one old redwork quilt that interested me, and I enjoyed looking at the squares.  Here's one I liked of a little girl and her doll:

We had a friend visit us yesterday, and he brought his 10 week old golden retriever, Summer, with him.  Here is a picture of Penny (with green collar) and Summer:

They were sure cute together!

I hope you are getting more quilting done that I am, but my excuse this week is that the weather was just perfect, and also we hung the hammock up.  I was outside more than inside, and thoroughly enjoyed being in the hammock, thinking about how beautiful the trees look from there - lying on my back, looking up at the sunshine through all the tall oak tree leaves.  Penny liked the hammock too.  

I welcome your comments, and am trying to respond in spite of Blogger's glitch.  I am sure they will fix it soon, if they haven't already.  

Please join in the show, and post a picture of what's on your Design Wall.  All I ask is that you please refer back to this particular post somewhere within your blog.  Thanks!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Design Wall Monday - July 2, 2018

July 4th is Wednesday, and we are at the cabin, where our peaceful sleep is interrupted by firecrackers going off - probably for all this week.  As I get older, I enjoy fireworks less and less.  But I am happy to celebrate our independence as a country.

Here is a peaceful picture of sunset over Lake Michigan:

Maybe the noise will subside and things will be peaceful around here in another week or so.  Puppy Penny Lane, hasn't reacted to the noise, which is great.

Quilting?  Sadly, not anything this week, but I intend to work on the second square of redwork chickens.  Thanks for all of your input!  I agree with those who said you can never have enough chickens.  Also the idea of little children looking for the two squares that are identical will be a fun game to play when the quilt is finished.

So nothing to show this week, as I was working on other things.  Penny Lane has settled into what is expected of her around here, and has reluctantly agreed not to chew on my hands.  Unless she forgets....

She was eating so quickly that some of you suggested a special bowl to help slow her down.  I searched on the internet, and found a tip that just turning her bowl upside down and putting the food in the indented circle around the outside works.  She has to work to get the food out of the indentation, and while it takes her longer to eat, I think she actually chews some of it!  I give her 1/4 cup of food, wait until that is gone and then repeat again for two more times.  Here's a picture off the internet of the concept of the upside down bowl, except Penny's bowl has a narrower space for the food - makes her work even harder to get it quickly.

She is 20 pounds now, and her growth is amazing.  But I could talk about Penny all day - you can see why I haven't been productive in the quilting department.

Happy 4th of July to all the American bloggers out there.  I hope you get more done that I have this week.  Thanks for linking with Design Wall Monday!

Please include a link back to this particular post somewhere within your current post.  I appreciate it so much.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Design Wall Monday - June 25, 2018

Well June is almost over; I can't believe it.  I did take three quilts to a long-arm quilter, so that is something quilty, but not much else has been happening around here.  I brought my redwork with me while at the cabin, and here is the latest block that I'm working on - two chickens:

My question to you is:  Just how many chickens should be in this redwork quilt?  Why do I ask?.........well, here is a block that I finished a long time ago, for this 64 block quilt:

So part of me says throw away the half finished chickens block, and part of me says finish it, and put them both in the quilt - it will make someone wonder years in the future why there are two squares just alike in the quilt.  What are your thoughts?

I have two two chicken it just too too much?

Here are Penny pictures for those of you who have asked for more pictures of her.  At dinner time:  three meals a day, and each time she acts like she hasn't eaten in a week - so hungry and so quick to eat and drink that she often has the hiccups after eating.

On the front porch of the cabin - ready to face new adventures every day.  I think this is her version of being "on point" when she hears something or smells something new:

Basking in the sunlight in the living room, with a bone:  She chews on everything, so I try to keep a bone nearby, as a substitute for whatever she shouldn't be chewing on:

What have you been working on?  I am looking forward to seeing all of your design walls today!  Thanks for participating.  The linking rules are as usual - please include a link back to this particular post somewhere within your blog post. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Design Wall Monday - June 18, 2018

Hello Design Wall Friends!  I have only sewn a little bit on the Jane Stickle Quilt this week, and have no new pictures to show to you for that project. 

I'm at the cabin up north, and have with me my redwork project, and am working on the four borders for this quilt.  I think I've shown pictures of the borders before, but here is another picture:

I'm feeling stressed about the Jane Stickle quilt, so I quit working on it and picked this embroidery to take with me while I'm away from home.  My hobby should be relaxing, not stressing, right?  Another picture of one of the four borders:

Hope you are more productive that I am this week!  Please link with this post and show everyone what is on your design wall.  Thanks so much for participating, as I look forward to your blog posts every week.  Penny Lane is doing just fine, and has been keeping me very busy.  We are having fun in the woods here, but I am keeping her on the leash at all times because a neighbor showed me a picture of a black bear at her bird feeder this last week!

Link up rules are as usual:  Please link back to this particular blog post and show the linkup somewhere within your blog post.  Thanks!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Design Wall Monday - June 11, 2018

This week I have done zero quilting.....nada.....but I attended two Grandchildren's high school graduations from two different high schools, and one graduation party, one 80th birthday party for husband's sister, and entertained guests at the cabin.  Plus I've been mothering our new puppy, Penny Lane, so I'm not a slacker in other areas, only in quilting.

I'm looking forward to being in the quilt room today.  Yeah!   What am I going to work on?  The Jane Stickle quilt that I've been putting off.  Today is the day.  The design wall with one lonely unassembled outer border.  I hope there is more progress to show you next week! 

Here is a picture of Penny Lane trying to catch the broom as my husband was sweeping the sidewalk.  She makes every job fun!  I have a video of this, but don't know how to load videos here.  I will have to learn how.

Also please be aware that there is some glitch in Blogger that doesn't send me an email when you post a comment, but they are supposed to get it fixed this week.  

I am looking forward to your links!  

Please link back to this particular post somewhere within your blog post.  When you link, use the web address of this particular post ( and not just the generic address (

Monday, June 4, 2018

Design Wall Monday - June 4, 2018

Good Morning Quilters!

I am out of town for the weekend, thru Tuesday morning, so I promise to catch up with all of your blogs when I get back.  Son and DIL gifted us a weekend at a spa/golf resort with them.  Very nice of them.

I am making more small baskets, and here is a picture of six of them before I add the bottom triangle and trim them to their 4 in. x 4 in. unfinished size.  You can see how I make all the outside background pieces a little bit bigger so I don't have any issues with the block turning out too small.

They are so cute that I can't stop making them.  I have about 50 made right now.  Still no incentive to work on assembly of Jane Stickle quilt, but it will happen.

As requested, here are two pictures of Miss Penny Lane.  Eating lunch:

And helping me sort the laundry.  She especially likes to sort out the socks:

It's hard to take a still picture of Penny, as she's a constantly moving puppy.  We are having a great time.

Hope to see what you are working on this Monday morning!  Thanks for linking up!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Design Wall Monday - May 28, 2018

The new puppy has kept me very busy since last Monday's post.  Thanks for all your suggestions on names, and after narrowing the choices down to a few, I had the eight grandchildren vote, and they chose to name her Penny.  She is growing daily, and seems much bigger than she was when she came to live with us a week ago.  I added the middle name Lane, to make her name Penny Lane, in honor of the Beatles song.  

The little quilting I've done is on small baskets.  I'm making baskets that finish at 3.5 inches square, and am using my cheddar stash with a solid neutral.  I usually make four at a time:

I am cutting the background pieces a quarter inch larger than the pattern I'm using, as I found that I was having trouble getting the blocks to finish at 4 inches (unfinished size).  By adding a little to each of the white pieces when cutting, I don't have to make a "scant" quarter inch seam, as I'm not very good at that.  The trimming is so very little, and I don't have to worry about a block being too short.  Have you ever done this?

We used to call it Decoration Day (because we decorated the graves of soldiers) and now the last Monday in May is named Memorial Day, to honor those who have died in active military service to our country.  I am posting a few patriotic quilts that I like to honor this day:

I am sorry I haven't replied to any of your comments this week, please forgive me.  Hopefully, I will play catchup this week.  I have been very busy with Miss Penny, the puppy.  Feed with her.......take her outside.......then nap time (naps sometimes for both of us LOL).  Then repeat everything again....feed her.....etc....much like an infant.

Looking forward to seeing your design walls today.  Please link to this particular post, and not just to the generic blog website.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Design Wall Monday - May 21, 2018

Here is another "brick wall" type of quilt that I made this week.  I had a ziplock bag full of rectangles, indigo and shirting - I think they were left from mis-cutting some blocks, but I don't remember.  I put them together and made a little doll quilt top (12 in. by 16 in.)

There wasn't a lot of playing in the quilt room because I've been busy procrastinating on putting the Jane Stickle quilt together.  Hopefully, I will continue on with that project next week.

Here is a picture of one of the fabulous trees here in Michigan.  Everything is in full bloom:

And the most exciting news of this week is:  We got a puppy Saturday night!
We have not named her yet, what do you think we should name her?  She is a yellow labrador, and is 7 weeks old.  A little bundle of joy!

Please link up to Design Wall Monday as usual, and show me what you are working on this week.  Hopefully this cutie will have a proper name by next Monday!  Can't wait to hear what you think her name should be.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Design Wall Monday - May 14, 2018

After two weeks of working on fiddly paper pieced and appliqued triangles, I decided this week to make something with a much easier plan.  This doll quilt is one that I have admired for years in a book, and it was such fun to make.  Here is the original doll quilt, called "Brick Wall"

I pulled reds and creams, pinks, and blacks from my stash.  Cut strips 2.5 inches wide and began to cut "bricks" from various fabrics, and sew them together into long rows (strips).  The rows were joined, and I revised my original plan to add another row to the top to include some more black bricks in the top section.  I whacked off the sides to even it up, and the quilt top is finished.  Easy, peasy, lemon squeezie.  No pinning, no matching of seams anywhere, and no problems.  It was so much fun to make, and was made in a day.  I have a red/black stripes fabric picked out for binding, and plan to round the corners as is shown in the old quilt.

Here is my version:

Measurements are 28" by 30" for the quilt top.  The original quilt is in a book titled "American Folk Art Quilts" by Maggi McCormick Gordon.  This book is available in hardcover, used, for about $4.00 (plus postage) from, if you are interested in getting a copy.  I love to look at quilts in books, don't you?

Spring has arrived in full force here in Michigan, and I'll close today with a picture of our Red Bud tree in the front yard:

Happy Mother's Day to all of you.  Thanks for linking with Design Wall Monday each week.  I appreciate you.

Please link back to this post somewhere within your post.  Your design wall posts last week were spectacular.  I looked at some each day during the whole week.  

Monday, May 7, 2018

Design Wall Monday - May 7, 2018

My design wall is still empty, but the Jane Stickle Quilt will soon be appearing on it.  I have only three more blocks to make!!!  Here is a picture of the last corner kite I made on Sunday:

The last three - I can hardly believe it.  This quilt was started on 9-11-2001.  I had recently bought Brenda Papadakis's book "Dear Jane", and was reading it when that terrible day unfolded.  I remember watching the television in an airplane hit one of the towers of the World Trade Center.....and then an airplane hit the other tower.  My husband was managing some large building construction projects, and was flying in airplanes every week.  I got several calls from friends asking if he was flying that day.  He wasn't, but he was scheduled to fly later in the day.  But of course, all flights were cancelled after the tradegy and I hugged him tightly that night.  It was such a powerful feeling that day....."We are at war".....and as I read Brenda's book, I understood a little of what all women who were waiting at home during the Civil War were feeling.  

I wasn't quilting very much then, but started slowly collecting fabrics to make the Jane Stickle Quilt.   About a year later, I went to visit the quilt at the Bennington Museum in Vermont.  I was fascinated by Jane's beautiful quilt and sat in front of it with my folder of prospective fabrics, comparing them to the originals.  I remember someone asking me that day....."Why don't you make your own quilt, of your own design, instead of copying someone else's quilt?".........I didn't know why, but I wanted a quilt just like Jane's.....or as close to hers as I could make it.  I know I didn't answer her, but I was thinking of saying...."Why don't you mind your own business?".....and that wouldn't have been very nice.

That love of Jane's quilt, and copying it has taught me many, many things....scale of prints........value/contrast of to important the 1/4 inch seam is.......all about cutting, piecing, pressing.....I could go on and on.  It really is "Quilting 101" and has taught me so much.   Now as I am nearing the end of making the blocks, I am feeling some nostalgia.

What is on your design wall today?  I am looking forward to spending some time looking at everyone's pretty pictures this week, as I didn't get to look at them for very long last week.  Thank you for linking up!

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Happy Monday everyone!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Design Wall Monday - April 30, 2018

Today is the last day in April.  Last night was a beautiful full moon, and I saw it was called a Pink Moon.  According to the internet, called that from one of the first spring flowers, Wild Ground Phlox.  Phlox cover the ground like a pink blanket, and these lovely flowers are native to North America, and are often blooming during April's full moon.  I can imagine seeing a field of pink phlox in the moonlight.

Here's a picture of a pink doll quilt that I have on display on the design wall.  Not phlox, but will have to do as my celebration of a Pink Moon.

I'm working (playing) away on the triangles for the Jane Stickle quilt.  I have 12 more to go, and one corner kite.  It's exciting to be near the end.  Here's my progress this week:



What have you been working on?  Lot's of good ideas were out there last week, and I know you will amaze me again this week!  Thanks for linking up:

Please link back to this particular post somewhere within your post.  I appreciate it so much when you do.  Copy the web address at the top of this post as the web address to use for the link:

Can't wait to see all the pretty design walls!