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!

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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!  

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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.

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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:

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

Monday, April 23, 2018

Design Wall Monday - April 23, 2018

Thanks for all the nice birthday wishes last week!  I had a great birthday, and went out to dinner with family at night.  

What is on my design wall this week?   Nothing, but I can post pictures of two Jane Stickle Quilt "kite" shaped blocks that I made during the retreat last week at Shipshewana:

For those of you who aren't familiar with this quilt, it has 225 different blocks, and these are two of the four corners.  I am trying to finish my quilt this year, and I have been working on it for a long time.

Here is a picture of the quilt, from the Bennington Museum, in Bennington,

I sat in front of it in awe, for an afternoon years ago, and I have been in love with it ever since.

What is on your design wall today?  Your projects always give me good ideas.  Thank you!

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Design Wall Monday - April 16, 2018

Today is my birthday, and I am celebrating being 75!  I have had a fabulous week, as I was on a quilt retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana for five days, and just got home last night.  While there, I finished four small quilts/doll quilts, and had a great time visiting with all of my friends who gather there each year.

Here is a table runner kit that I almost threw away. It was partially finished, and was giving me trouble.  It is made of loosely woven homespun fabrics, and when I tried to quilt some straight lines through it, I made puckers and I set it aside for quite a while.  Recently, I decided what to do to rescue it:  I took out all of the quilting on the homespun, and added a border of small hsts that were given to me a few years ago, by Jill Shram, who sat near me at a previous Shipshewana retreat.

I liked it a lot better with the small triangles as a border, and I gave it minimal quilting this time, to avoid the previous trouble with the homespun fabrics.  Quilting is just around the apples, and along the border.  I have named it "The Apple Pie Table Runner"  and it will be on my dining table in the fall.

Here is a closeup of Jill's little left-over triangles that are now part of the table runner.  They finish at one inch.

Thank you Jill!  

This retreat, I visited my friend Rebecca Haarer's antique shop, and bought an old ladder, for displaying doll quilts in my quilt work room.  If you are in Shipshewana, Indiana, I recommend stopping at her shop; there are lots of antique quilts, and other goodies there.  

Here is my new display ladder, with the doll quilts on it that I brought to the retreat for show-n-tell night.

What have you been working on?  I can't wait to see.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Design Wall Monday - April 9, 2018

This week wasn't very productive - I trimmed some small hsts that someone gave me, and tried to arrange them into a doll quilt.  This is what I started out with:

But it didn't speak to me, so I looked for another alternate square.  The white with polka-dots seemed too similar to the pinwheel blocks.  I auditioned another fabric and liked it better:

I made the doll quilt, and it measures 20 inches by 18 inches, with the pinwheel blocks at 1.5 inches square....meaning the hsts are 3/4" by 3/4" square.  No wonder my friend gave them away to me......I must learn to say no.

Here is the finished top with mitered corners.  I shall bind it with the same plaid.

So, while I wasn't very productive in the quilting department, I scored some points with hubby Sunday when I made a turkey pot pie, and an apple pie.

What have you been doing?  I hope to hear from a lot of you today, as I will be sitting at the hospital with my sister all morning while she has surgery, and I will need the distraction.  (minor surgery, so not too stressful)

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Design Wall Monday - April 2, 2018

The Making of A Doll Quilt

Since I squared up so many "spare parts" hsts lately, I was in the mood to make a new doll quilt.  Here is the finished quilt, and notes on the process:

The picture I used for inspiration:  I liked the four spots of red, and I liked that the center one was not red, and I liked that it used a lot of hst's - which is what I want to use!  I'm not sure what size the vintage quilt is, but I wanted to use the 1.5 x 1.5 cut size hsts on hand.

First, I sorted through my shoebox full of 1.5 by 1.5 hsts.  I sorted out some red and light hst's and made four 4-patches of hsts, and chose a 5th non-red middle four patch.  Four patches finish at 2 in. by 2 in.

Then, I sorted out blue and light hsts to make the rectangles using 6 hsts.  Here's a picture of eight sets on a chair, right next to my sewing machine:

When I sew these, I sew three seams in a chain piecing - sewing the top two together, the middle two together, and then the bottom two together without breaking the thread.  

Then I press them all open, and sew the two remaining seams connecting the top 2 to the middle 2, and then those 4 to the bottom 2:

They nest together without pinning, and the process goes very quickly.  

After the rectangle is sewn together, I found that the last two seams were flatter pressed open.  I had to clip the little connecting thread from the first chain sewing to press the seams open.

Note:  You may notice that some of the original seams on the hsts were pressed open, some not, because they were made at different times, and are in the "parts factory" as is.  It didn't seem to make much difference which way they were pressed, but the last two seams on the rectangle definitely needed to be pressed open.

Then, using the design wall, I put up the parts as I made them.   I didn't pay much attention to which way the triangles were going, as the original quilt maker didn't either, and I didn't want to think too much while making this quilt.

Next, I intended to cut some plain white muslin for the four bigger plain squares.  But a piece of shirting was on the cutting table, and I used that.  With the four 3.5 x 3.5 squares, the setting squares,  the hanging triangles on the back, I found that little piece of shirting was just enough.  I also had to make some partial four patches for edge pieces, at the middle of each side of the quilt.

Here is the layout:

The batting is a small piece of flannel, and I followed the vintage quilter's quilting pattern, keeping it very simple.  

For the binding, I looked through my drawer of bits of left-over bindings from large quilts, and found some dark navy that I could use.  It was double fold, cut 2.5 inches wide and was half as much binding as I would need.  I cut it to 1.25 x 1.25, and used it as single fold binding, and made it work.

For one last step, I made some tea, admired my work, and had a cup of tea. 

Then soaked the little quilt in a pot of tea, to age it just a bit.  The two glasses are on top of the quilt for weight, to keep it under the tea.  The cloth hanging over the edge is muslin with the loose tea in it (a big "tea bag").

Sophia Grace and Rosie are very pleased.  It measures 13.75 in. x 13.75 in.

So what have you been up to this week?  Yesterday was Easter Sunday, so I didn't get much sewing done, but I had a great time with family, and I hope you did too.

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We had 42 link-ups last week!  Very much encouragement and new ideas!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Design Wall Monday - March 26, 2018

Thank you to all who encouraged me this week!  Your "Go Judy Go" cheered me on to the finish line!.  Here is the Valentine Quilt,for the last time, on my design wall, all in one piece:

The center heart has a little message in the middle, can you see it?

Four little initials, signifying "Judy Hansen loves Lloyd Hansen".  Here's a closeup on the one inch square with the embroidery:

For those (like me) who count things, there are 3,807 one inch squares in the quilt.  I could have cut larger squares where the same color red was next to another square, but it was actually easier to make all the squares the same size, and not have to think about what size square went where.  The quilt is 47 inches long and 81 inches wide.

There are two or three quilts in progress that could go up on the design wall, and it will probably be my Jane Stickle replica quilt.  I've been working on it forever, and it's time to finish it.  I will post about it next week.

But enough about my design wall, what about yours?  Let's see what you have been working on!

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Thanks again for the encouragement!  It worked!