Monday, June 24, 2019

Design Wall Monday - June 24, 2019

Finally I was back at the sewing machine and have something to show you. I have been working away at completing the 100" x 100" broken dishes quilt.     Here at the cabin this week, I am taking long walks in the woods with Penny Lane, and sewing rows of blocks/columns/pieces of blocks.  Here are three pictures of this week's assembly line progress:

The first picture is of a few blocks laid out on an old metal school lunch tray.
Second picture is more newly made broken dishes blocks.  Third picture is a "design wall" of a rolled up rug, as the rubber backing helps hold the pieces in place until I sew them.  

I thought I had made all of the broken dishes blocks for this quilt, but now that I'm on the bottom 20" x 100" section, I found that I am short 28 red ones and 38 green ones.  But the good news is that I've made so many of them for this quilt, that making more is a breeze.  The end is near.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Design Wall Monday - June 17, 2019

Hi bloggers!  Confession time:  Another non-quilting week for me.  I am finishing up the recipe books and loose recipes project, and it took me longer than I thought.

However, I am taking several projects to the cabin with me, to work on this summer, so I hope to be back in the swing of things soon.  Last Monday night Joan came over to sew with me, and I spent most of the night trying to get my featherweight to function.  Sewing machines are a joy when they are working, but are not when they are not, right?  I did enjoy seeing Joan and talking quilting with her.  It definitely got my quilting mojo back.

Saturday was our 56th anniversary.  We were married on June 15, 1963, and it doesn't seem possible that we've been married this long.  But it is true, and I feel so blessed.  We had a nice dinner yesterday with our son and part of his family to celebrate Father's Day and our anniversary.  It's hard to get his whole family together because the kids are grown up enough to all have jobs.

So instead of showing you quilting (that I didn't do this week), I thought I'd show you pictures of the beauty outside.  I have so enjoyed seeing everything come into flower around the yard.  Remember when I posted pictures of the ferns several weeks ago, when they had their "interrupted" part showing?  The picture is (Here)  

Well, look at the ferns now!  My view of them from inside the quilt room:

And a picture of the same ferns from the outside.  How they've grown!  You can barely see the "interrupted" part of their fronds now.

The Kousa Dogwood in the front yard:

And a closeup of it's beautiful blossoms:

Pinks, along the front sidewalk:

And coral bells, so dainty looking, by the flag pole:

"And next week we shall get back to our regularly scheduled programming", or  so I hope.   What have you been working on?  Do you have pictures of quilty things to show, or are you sidetracked by flowers?

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Design Wall Monday - June 10, 2019

Quilting?  I haven't finished a thing!  I am busy cleaning house, and rearranging the basement storage area, so the UFOs are going to be the next spring cleaning project.  Or maybe not,  I never know what cleaning project will get my attention next week.  But tonight my friend Joan Brink is coming over and we will be working on our broken dishes quilts.   She has made a lot of progress on hers - and mine.......well, I haven't worked on it since I was at a retreat in April.  So it will be good for me to return to working on it tonight.

This week I've spent organizing cookbooks and recipes.  They were stored away in boxes in a cupboard since we moved from Virginia, but I really wanted to look at them on a shelf.  I love to leaf through a recipe book.  So I bought a used bookcase, for $15, and put it up on the counter top in the laundry room, which is just off the kitchen.  

I had lots of recipes of my Mom's that I hadn't sorted through since we cleaned out her home, and a friend had asked me for her Plum Pudding recipe, which I knew was in there somewhere.  So after I got the bookcase installed, I shelved all the cookbooks, and am now organizing the newspaper clippings (both mine and Mom's) and purging some of them.   The oldest clipping was from a newspaper in 1942.   There are some old clippings that talk about rationing during the war.

It is so nice to see recipes in Mom's handwriting.  She had beautiful penmanship, and taught me good penmanship as well.  Our handwriting is similar, but I can tell hers from mine.  Some of the old recipes have no indication of oven temperature and time.....I guess I can google the recipe and add that information.  Even with all the recipes available on the Internet, it is a treat to me to make something that my Mom has made many years ago, and also see her handwriting on the card.

It is funny that with both her clippings and mine, most recipes are for cookies, pies, and desserts.   She taught me what was important!

Here is the stage my organizing project is in right now:

The stack in the foreground is the last of the piles to sort and purge.  I smile when I walk into the room, because soon I will know exactly where to find any recipe or book in my collection.  Also, I sent out the Plum Pudding recipe in the snail mail today to my friend.  

Spring weather has been super here in Michigan, and there are lots of wildflowers in our subdivision.  Here is a picture of a Wild Lupine I saw yesterday while out walking Miss Penny Lane.  

Isn't it beautiful?  I shall have to see if I can save some seeds from it this fall, and plant them in my garden.  It is also called "Sundial".  Does anyone know why it's called Sundial?

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Design Wall Monday - June 3, 2019

We just got back from a trip to Texas to attend a Grandson's graduation.  We have two more grands graduating next year, and we just found out that one is graduating on a Thursday night, and the other one on the next night.....but one is in Texas and one is in Michigan.  We will see if we can attend both, with some quick airline flights between the two.

This week's airline trip was typical of airline travel in current times.  The flight to Texas was cancelled completely, and we flew the next day instead.  The rebooked flight had 3 segments instead of the original 2.  The flight home left Corpus Christi airport 2 hours late.....our connecting flight in Houston was also late, and instead of arriving back in Grand Rapids at 11:30 PM, as we had planned......we arrived home at 2:00 AM today.  It's a good thing we are retired and we don't have to get up in the morning and go to work!

We enjoyed our visit with our daughter and her family very much.  She and I sorted and fondled and reorganized her yarn collection.  So much fun for me.  She crochets beautifully, and can make just about anything with a crochet hook.  I came home with some yarn and a few of her creations.  

To show you that I am still quilting a little bit this week, I have the pink doll quilt almost finished.  Here is a picture before I add the top and bottom border (they are just placed there for the picture).

I keep saying "next week I will get more sewing in", but this time it could happen.  I am home all this week.  I have the Spring cleaning bug too, and am making progress there also.  It's all good!

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Design Wall Monday - May 27, 2019

Today is Memorial Day in America, and I am showing a redwork center of a crib quilt that I made a few years ago:

We are going to a Memorial Day parade this morning, and visit with hubby's two sisters.  

I have not been quilting this week, as it's been a busy week.  From the messages on the internet, I think it was a busy week for everyone.  I hope you had some time to sew.  I picked up my knitting needles, and knitted a dish cloth of cotton yarn, while I was waiting at the hospital with my sister (for a routine checkup on her fistula in her arm which is needed for dialysis).  Here is the dishcloth.  I used a free pattern from the internet.

Knitting is very soothing for me when I am waiting in a hospital.  Nancy's fistula checkup was scheduled for 9:00 AM, but didn't happen until 12:30.  Hospitals are places where waiting is the name of the game, right?  After the wait, her checkup went fine, and she is back at home safe and sound.

What have you been working on this week?

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Design Wall Monday - May 20, 2019

I am feeling much better this week, thanks for all your well wishes.  That cold really knocked me out, so I haven't made much progress in quilting.  However, I did make some progress on the tiny pink hsts doll quilt.  Here is my progress so far (two columns of broken dishes sewed together with sashing and one almost ready to attach to them):  

I envision having five columns of broken dishes, (alternating the plaid, small check, plaid, small check, plaid) and with the stripes of sashing between each column and on each side - there will be a total of six of the fussy-cut pink sashings.  So I am about half finished.

Spring rain has really brought things to life here in Michigan.  Outside my sewing room window there are lots of beautiful ferns to look at.  Every year, I watch how fast they grow in the spring.  Here is a picture taken yesterday:

They are commonly called "Interrupted Fern" and you can see how the inner fern fronds grow naturally at the start of a stalk, then change to tighter, smaller ones, then change back to the natural looking ones.  The "interrupted" part will later be the spore bearing fertile leaflets.  Here is a picture from the internet that shows what the ferns will look like later this summer, with the fertile brown spore covered parts:

These ferns, Osmunda claytoniana, form a lovely tall vase shape and grow to about four feet tall.  The internet tells me that paleontological evidence indicates this fern has remained unchanged, even at the level of fossilized nuclei and chromosomes, for at least 180 million years.  They have been native to Michigan long before I was born......and will be here long after I'm gone.  The best part is they require no care from me and look so calm and peaceful outside the quilting room window.  I am blessed by them.

What are you working on this week?  We have had beautiful pictures posted last week, that kept me entertained as I lay in bed with my Kleenex box and cough drops.  Thank you all for keeping me entertained!  Looking forward to seeing what you are going to post today.  Please refer back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post, and thanks for joining in!

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Design Wall Monday - May 13, 2019

Hello bloggers!  I have been sick as a dog for three days now, and have nothing to show you this morning.  It's a cold, with aches and chills.  My hubby has been taking good care of me, and I should be bouncing back soon.  So I really am looking forward to seeing your design walls, since mine is empty.  It will brighten my day when you link up.

I have been cutting sashing strips earlier this week for my version of this vintage quilt:

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Design Wall Monday - May 6, 2019

Triangles, triangles, triangles.....and they are yet too small for the design wall.

Since I make small quilts and doll quilts, people sometimes give me their leftover fabric bits, and I am working on some of them this week.  My friend Gretchen Weaver, (Blog) , gave some to me last fall at a retreat.  Gretchen is a fantastic quilter, and has just finished hand quilting a wonderful quilt - called "Pastor's Attic".  I marvel at her skills!  

But back to the triangles:  The white triangles with the little sprigs of spring flowers on them that Gretchen handed to me have been matched to some of my stash pink fabrics, and now I am beginning to play with arrangements.  The fun begins!

I have a great striped fabric that I'd like to use as sashing, but we will see where the triangles lead me.  

What is on your design wall this week?  

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Design Wall Monday - April 29, 2019

I got home Sunday from a quilt retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana.  While there I worked on several of my unfinished projects, and will show you some of them in the weeks to come.  Here is the final border that goes on the baskets thirties quilt.  It is so helpful to lay a border out and get other quilter's opinions on fabric placements.   I took pictures of the final version of the outer random pieces and will sew them together and put them on the quilt this week.  Yeah!

Spring has come, and the dandelions are everywhere.  Here is a pictures of a dear friend's great granddaughter picking a bouquet.   I remember doing that as a child, and also remember my children bringing me beautiful bouquets too.  It is known as a weed, but I think otherwise.  They are so cheery.  

She's adorable!!

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Design Wall Monday - April 22, 2019

Some weeks there is so much happening that I have trouble picking a subject to stick with for the blog post.  April has been like that.  My birthday was celebrated April 16th, and through the wonder of the Internet, I heard from friends from far away and from many years past.  It was great!  76 years old now, it is hard to believe....time just flies by.

Remember the zillions of broken dishes blocks I was making?  They are now on the design wall, and are becoming a quilt top:

 I am about 40% finished, and surprisingly, it is going together rather well.  I think part of the success is that after quilting for so many years, my 1/4 inch seams are getting more consistent.  Yeah!

Another picture:

It fills my entire design wall, and will be king sized when complete.  Broken dishes blocks of four hsts are 2 inches square finished size.  I think it will be 100 x 100 inches.   Surprisingly, I'm not tired of assembly on this one.  It is varied enough that I have to pay attention to what I'm doing.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Design Wall Monday - April 15, 2019

I finished putting together the cheddar baskets quilt top.  Sometimes when I am grieving, I get a lot of quilting done.  I have heard from other quilters that this is true.  Quilting is a comfort when I'm sad, and a joy when I'm happy.  

Here's a picture of the completed top.......but maybe it needs a border?  What do you think?

This is why I have a heavy heart:   My wonderful longarm quilter, Janel Rhodea, died suddenly last week.  After struggling with cancer, she thought it was beaten, but it was not.  I know she is in heaven right now, which is a comfort to me.  As a longarmer, she always knew just what I wanted, and did a fabulous job.  We were always on the same page.  She even recently hand quilted a doll quilt for me.  She will be missed so much, and my heart will always love her.  She has quilted most of the quilts I have made, and I have that beauty as a memory.  She was only 62. 

Also, after boarding Penny Lane for the time we were in Virginia, she came home with a virus, one of the kennel cough kind.  It is air born, highly contagious, and even though all the dogs at the kennel had been vaccinated against it, the kennel had five cases of it during the busy Easter break week.  The vaccine works for most virus bugs, but not all.  She is contagious for the next three weeks, according to Internet reading.  Good news is she is acting fine (nothing bothers a Labrador)  and has no symptoms except a cough that sounds like a duck quacking. 

And, after enjoying the sunshine and warm weather in Texas and also in Virginia, yesterday it snowed again in Michigan.  The pine trees outside are covered with a blanket of snow.  See picture taken yesterday:


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Monday, April 8, 2019

Design Wall Monday - April 8, 2019

Sometimes retirement seems busier to me than when we were working.  Although we are back from our Texas trip, we are on vacation again to visit friends in Virginia.  My group of quilters who like to make civil war reproduction quilts, The Churn Dashers, is having their semi-annual meeting.

So today, I am in Williamsburg, VA, taking a tour this morning of Colonial Williamsburg's Textile Conservation storage facility and two textile labs.  The tour was arranged by one of the Churn Dasher group members, who has been a volunteer there for over twenty years.  What a treat she has provided for the group.

Here is a picture of my design wall, and as far as I am on the little baskets quilt:

The top left corner four blocks are together, and the rest are pinned up in pieces, waiting for me to get to them.  I guess I don't enjoy this part of making a quilt - obviously!
Thanks for linking up with Design Wall Mondays.  Ya'all are so talented!  (I'm in Virginia so I'm using their language)  Please provide a link back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.  Bless your heart!  My Michigan vocabularly will be back next week when I'm back home, thanks for indulging me.  :)

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Design Wall Monday - April 1, 2019

April 1st!  My Dad was a jokester and loved puns and corny jokes.  An example:

On every April 1st he would moan and groan about how tired he was.   If anyone asked why, he would reply, "Well, who wouldn't be after a March of 31 days?"  He was a World War II Army infantryman, so I guess he identified with this marching joke.  As his children, we (my brother and sister and I) would just roll our eyes, and say.....not that old joke again!  Now that he's gone, I miss his corny jokes.

I am happy to welcome April and hopefully it will be spring in Michigan soon!  It's not here yet, but on the trip back from our vacation in Texas, I did see some patches of Spring Beauty:

Claytonia Virginica

which is one of my favorite wildflowers.  So delicate looking and such a beauty, but not even noticed by most people because it is so small.  Here's another picture of a patch of it:

    The design wall at my house has the tiny baskets quilt on it still.  Each week, I have a goal of finishing it and somehow I skip working on it and work on other quilts.  And then I left town on vacation, so no design wall work.  So iinstead of repeating my picture of a few weeks ago of the basket quilt, I interrupt this blog post with a shout-out to my hubby's college - Michigan State University!  Their basketball team is in the final four of the NCAA Tournament, and we are happy fans here.  The team has worked so hard, and we are happy for their success.  Picture of us is with the team mascot, Sparty, taken a few years ago:

Also, Penny turned one year old on Sunday, March 31st.  We bought her three new toys to celebrate.  She really enjoyed the beach down in Texas (Padre Island).   She wanted to catch seagulls, a hopeless task, but an unrelenting goal of a puppy.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Design Wall Monday - March 26, 2019

While on vacation, I've spent a lot of time with grandchildren and am having lots of fun.  I haven't spent much time on the internet or quilting, but here is a progress picture from the Broken Dishes quilt.  Slowly getting it assembled.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Design Wall Monday - March 18, 2019

Hi Bloggers!   I'm on vacation - a much needed one.  But never a vacation from quilting, right?  One project I have with me is the redwork quilt.  It's an old project.  I blogged about it here (4 Years Ago!). It doesn't bother me to have long term projects in the works, I just keep plugging away at them off and on.  How about you?

There are 64 blocks in the quilt, and 6 to finish yet, with 58 completed.  I can embroider in the car while hubby drives, so this is my car travel/vacation take-along quilt project.  

Here is the floss I am using, and it is just one strand, not like the six strand floss I have used on previous projects:

And a picture of the whole quilt from the kit package:

We have arrived in Corpus Christi, but the weather has prevented much outside activities.   The weather is going to improve this week, so we can enjoy the beach a little more.  If not, I will be on vacation embroidering.  It's all good!

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Design Wall Monday - March 11, 2019

Good Morning Design Wall bloggers!  We are on our way to Texas soon to visit our daughter and her family.  She lives in Corpus Christi and we are staying in a condo very near them (on Padre Island).   I am taking a sewing machine with me, but may not get much accomplished.  

We are driving, and taking Miss Penny Lane with us, for her first visit to the ocean.  She loves the lake at the cabin, but this will be salt water.  I will take a picture of her at the ocean for you.

I am still plugging away at the Broken Dishes blocks, and don't have much to show you.  Some asked the size of the blocks....each broken dishes block will measure 2 in. by 2 in. and there are 1,300 of them in the quilt.  The quilt is divided into 25 larger blocks with 52 Broken Dishes blocks in each one.  

Here are two pictures of the vintage quilt that some friends and I are making our own versions of:

All of those little lines are made up of small Broken Dishes blocks.  I am making it with green, red, and shirting fabrics, with a creamy background that has small dots.

We had 40 linkups last week!  Whoop! Whoop!  I really enjoy seeing your progress on your projects - so many talented quilters!  Thanks for linking up.  But I had some people tell me they had trouble linking up.  I asked for help from InLinkz help desk, and here is their reply:

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Design Wall Monday - March 4, 2019

This past week I have been "home alone" with Penny Lane, as hubby was gone on a golfing trip to Florida with a bunch of his golfing buddies.  I decided to treat it as a "quilt retreat at home" and made a lot of progress on my Broken Dishes blocks.  For the quilt I'm making, 1,300 Broken Dishes blocks are needed and I had progressed down to the final 300, using my plan of making 10 a day.  But it felt like it would be going on forever. 

So by concentrating on getting them made while on this at home retreat,  I am happy to tell you that I have all of the half square triangles made, pressed open, and the corners snipped off.  Which means great progress to getting them sewn into fours to complete the Broken Dishes blocks.  Here are the final batches of hsts on my ironing board:

And a picture of some of them sewn into Broken Dishes blocks:

The decision to make all of the blocks before starting to assemble the quilt top was a good one, as I didn't want to get bogged down in making them, and never complete the quilt.  The reward of seeing a completed block has been postponed like a carrot on a stick for me, until the Broken Dishes blocks are complete.  I am excited to soon move on to the next phase.

And excited to move on to the two other quilts in progress that are on the short list right now.  They weren't worked on during my little retreat.  What have you been working on?  I see some of my friends are starting new projects from the eternal offerings of free patterns on the internet.  I am trying to keep my blinders on and keep working on the ones I have in progress.

Please link up and show us what is on your design wall, or what project is on your ironing board, or what blocks are on your counter top......we want to see what you are doing!  Thanks for linking each week, and as you know, I ask please that you refer back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.  Thanks!  

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Design Wall Monday - February 25, 2019

My mind was blown by quilters on the Internet this last Monday!  I talked to you about this UFO that I pulled out of storage to finish:


After blogging about it, a friend, Gretchen, who links up every Monday, (Gretchen's blog post here) commented that she had just discovered the book that this pattern is in.   Her blog post told about another blogger who was also making this quilt.  And what blew my mind is the other blogger (Kim) is from Tazmania!  I went to Kim's blog and saw her lovely pictures of the book and the Buds in a Basket quilt that she is making (Kim's blog post here) 

I am so happy that I live in the age where I can connect with Gretchen in Indiana and another quilter in Tasmania, 9,828 miles away......on an island off the coast of Australia!  And talk to them on the Internet about the same quilt and book.  Kim linked up with my blog last week, and her blog has such beautiful pictures.  

Our grandmothers would not have believed that such a thing would be possible.  I can hardly believe it myself.  Thank you Kim and Gretchen for blowing my mind!

Last week I worked on making more triangles for Broken Dishes blocks, and getting the binding sewed down on the large Valentines Quilt.  I have three sides finished and one to go.  My goals for this week are:

1) get the sections of the cheddar small basket quilt together and get it off the design wall.  I must not like this part of the project because it is taking me a long time.

2) Get the white border on the Buds in a Basket quilt (pictured above).

3) Sew more Broken Dishes blocks for the quilt I'm making for our bed.  I try to make 10 or more each day.

There should be lots of quilting time this week, as hubby is flying off to Florida to golf with 17 other golfers for a week of golfing fun.  I am happy to be staying home with the puppy dog and will be quilting away.  I'll treat it as a "quilting retreat" as the weather here in Michigan will keep me happily snowed in.

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