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 pulls......so 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!






Monday, March 19, 2018

Design Wall Monday - March 19, 2018

IS IT SPRING YET?

Can someone PLEASE motivate me to get my Valentine Quilt final seams finished?  Where is my mojo?  If all of you would chant in unison...."Go Judy! Go Judy! Go Judy!"  in your best cheerleader voices, maybe it would help.

I have only 18 more seams to go, 10 short ones and 8 longer ones.  I thought I was taking baby steps to get this project done, but my baby steps have turned into very slow snail steps.  

New goal is to complete two small seams or one large seam each day this week.  Meanwhile, I've been playing with triangles of scraps.  Here are two pictures to show my little tiny progress this week in the sewing room.  I took all the triangle shaped scraps, put them together with either plain fabric, or a contrasting scrap, and took them to the sewing machine.  I have only two stacks yet to sew.

































Then I trimmed the triangles into the biggest size they could be.   Here's a picture of some 1.5 by 1.5 sized ones, showing my little ruler and little rotary cutter.  I love this little ruler.





























What is on your design wall?  I hope you have bigger bits to show me this week.  

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday - March 12, 2018

This week, I worked on my stash.   I finished cutting up and sorting a paper grocery sized bag of scraps that were in no order at all.  Most of organization in general consists of sorting "like things together".  The scraps are now sorted into shoe boxes of squares.  Most of them are either 2.5 x 2.5 or 1.5 x 1.5, both are sizes I use often for small quilts.  

Other new "alike groups" were triangles and small strips - strips set aside for a log cabin quilt, and triangles to sew together as leaders and enders for future half square triangles. 

Here are pictures of the boxes of my "parts factory" for small quilts:

 2.5 in. x 2.5 in. squares.....2 in. x 2 in. squares.....1.5 in. x 1.5 in. squares


1 3/4 in. x 1 3/4 in. squares.......1 1/4 in. x 1 1/4 in.........1 in. x 1 in. squares



We were at the cabin this weekend, and the tundra swans were coming through Michigan on their migration back to Alaska from the Chesapeake Bay on the east coast.  They are beautiful, and the sound of their bugling calls during the night is like nothing else.  I marvel at their sounds, their beauty, and that they migrate so far.  They spent the weekend "bottoms up" in front of our place, feeding on the vegetation in the lake.  There were several Canada geese there also, but they aren't as noisy.



What have you been working on this week?  


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There are two more Mondays in March after today, and I am determined to have something new on my design wall by April. Meanwhile, the Valentine Quilt is still there for now.





Monday, March 5, 2018

Design Wall Monday - March 5, 2018

We just got back from the Big 10 Basketball Tournament which was held in Madison Square Gardens.  We've seen five days of basketball, and had a great time.  I haven't had much time to quilt this week, but am looking forward to seeing what is on your design wall. 

Since I've not worked on anything worth taking a picture of this week, I'll show you a picture of my doll quilts that were in the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show in Newport News, VA.  The show just ended, and I wasn't able to be there to see them in person, so a kind friend sent me this picture.  They were part of The Churn Dashers Exhibit, quilts made by a group of women who make reproductions of civil war era quilts.




What's on your design wall today?

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Can't wait to see what you will be showing me today!  I'm anxious to get back to my sewing machine and get to work (fun).



Monday, February 26, 2018

Design Wall Monday - February 26, 2018

I will be watching basketball all this week, as I am a big basketball fan, and it's the week of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament.  Games Wednesday through Sunday.......and then the NCAA tournament is coming up after that.  Yeah!!

I feel I haven't much to show you in my quilt room, but I did work on two projects.  The Valentine quilt is partially sewn together, and I am making progress on it every day.  Here is the portion that is still on the design wall:



And here is the part that is now all in one piece - out on the carpeting in the next room:



Little by little, inch by inch, the final seams are getting finished.  I am also working on Lisa Bongean's Triangle Gatherings.  (see my last week's post for more information about both of these projects).   Here are four blocks laid out, ready to sew into 16 patches.  The half-square triangles in the picture are 1.5 by 1.5 inches before sewing them together.  The blocks finish at 4 inches square.



Now I have 60 of the blocks made, and about 30 to go.  When I started, I had half-square triangles left over from another project, but I've used up most of them.  So now I am using my shoebox of 2 in X 2 in cut squares to make more triangles.  I pick out 8 neutral and 8 dark or medium squares to make a Triangle Gathering block.  When I put two squares together, and sew down the middle, on each side of the center diagonal line, and cut them apart, it makes two half-square triangles that can be trimmed to 1.5 by 1.5 inches.  It's a very peaceful project, and I enjoy making these squares in between sewing the long connecting seams on the Valentine quilt.  

What are you working on this week?  

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Thanks!  Can't wait to see what you are sewing.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Design Wall Monday - February 19, 2018

The Valentine Quilt is moving along.  Here it is on the design wall:










What needs to be done next is sew larger parts together, and I am doing it a little each day, as it isn't my favorite part of quilting - lots of pinning of seams involved.

So I took a break from seams and worked on the Lisa Bongean's "Triangle Gatherings" blocks.  I talked about this project (Here) and  (Here) .  It was free on her website for a while, but is now taken down, as she said she is going to do a book about them.  I have about 50 finished blocks, and I think she quit at 98.  Here is an example of one of the small blocks:



Each block is made of 16 half-square triangles, and each of the 98 blocks are different.  I am making them to finish at 4 inches by 4 inches.  I haven't decided on what kind of quilt I will make from them - just making the little blocks for now.  

It was a tragic week here in America, with the shooting at the school in Florida, and in times like these, quilting comforts my broken heart.   I am looking forward to seeing what you are working on, as it comforts me also to see your work.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday - February 12, 2018

Valentine's Day is this week!  Here are a few of my valentine decorations that are out this month:  Two small heart pillows in my tiny pillow collection on top of a doll sized dresser, in the entry hall:




My small heart doll quilt made a few years ago:



It is hanging in the dining room, and I love changing out the little quilts each month on this wall.

The large postage stamp quilt is finished down to the lettering on the bottom, and I tweaked the pattern a bit this week.  Original graph paper design:



And the revised final version, which I worked on this week:



I had a goal of getting all the piecing finished by Valentine's Day, and I might still make it in two more days.  Here is my progress so far:



On the graph paper, I divided the wording into 18 sections, and sewing the squares together in one direction and then the other direction meant that I was dividing the project into 36 tasks.  I have 22 tasks completed, and 14 more to go.  For example, the "en" of Valentine is sewed together column to column, and has yet to be sewn row to row.  Hope this makes sense.  I took the top part off the design wall, as the incomplete part was getting too low to the ground to make it comfortable to work on.

I really enjoy seeing what you all are working on!  As usual, my instructions are the same, please link back to this particular post somewhere within your blog post.  It's the least you can do for me, and I appreciate you so much.

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What is on your design wall? 



Monday, February 5, 2018

Design Wall Monday - February 5, 2018


It's almost February!  There are some cute free Valentine's Day quilt patterns on the internet, and I thought I'd show some links, if you'd like to make one.  Also, I made a bed sized Toile fabric/red heart quilt last year, and I will post the free directions for that one here.....later this month.  Here's a close-up picture of my Valentine quilt:




And where it is today, on the back side of the couch:




First is a small heart quilt, with the words "Be Mine" embroidered on one heart:
Click (Here) to see it.  Thanks to Cheri for sharing on her blog.  It is made of 30 easy heart blocks, and I am guessing it is about 36 inches square, but I'm not sure. 

Another small quilt is (Here)  This pattern is on a website called Craft Buds.  It's mug rug size, and is made with a pieced single heart.

And one that's on my long "list-in-my-head-of-quilts-to-make", from the Temecula Quilt Company.  (Here)  It's 24 inches x 24 inches.  The Temecula Quilt Company has great patterns, and I always enjoy going to their blog.

When each holiday approaches, I say it's my favorite.  But they all really are.  Just like each one of my eight grandchildren is my favorite one!  Each February, I put all of the Valentine cards on the mantle and bookcases in the living room.  Hubby thinks its great, because he says, I guess this means I don't have to shop for a card this year - but he usually does.  I tell him to just shop in the living room, and re-give it to me!  We've been married 54 years and I've saved cards from each of us, and some from grandchildren, not every year apparently, because there are not 108 of them.   It is lovely to read them again, as I put them out.  It gives me great pleasure as an old lady.  Here's three pictures showing all of the cards.



 



What's on your design wall this Monday?  I can't wait to see your progress, even if it's small progress.  We will get these quilts finished!

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Design Wall Monday - January 29, 2018

Worked on my Valentine Quilt this week, and here is where it stands now:



I only have two more "blocks" to put together before I start on the wording part at the bottom. 

Here's the next block, ready to assemble:



While it was on the design wall, I noticed a mistake, and corrected it.  That's what I like about having a quilt on the design wall - it helps me see these things.

Here's a picture of the design wall, and the mistake is in the lower left hand corner heart:



And now it is fixed:


I feel better, don't you?  LOL, probably not very noticeable to anyone else, but when you are making a quilt, you notice these things, don't you?

What are you working on this week?  I am hoping to be able to come back to the Internet this afternoon, and see some progress on your projects too!

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Design Wall Monday - January 22, 2018

Since Valentine's Day is coming up next month, I decided to work on my valentine quilt project and it's back up on the design wall.

Here is a picture:




The original cross stitch chart idea is here:



I am going to change the bottom wording, and have it charted out here:



This week I hope to sew together the rows and columns on the five remaining grids that I have sectioned off on the upper part, and also start on the Be My Valentine wording squares.  I have all the squares cut.  

This project is very peaceful and non-thinking vs. the Jane Stickle triangles I've been working on, so it's a pleasant change.  What's on your design wall this Monday?

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