Monday, August 26, 2019

Design Wall Monday - August 26, 2019

Here we are at the end of August, can you believe it?  I can't.  This week has been quiet around here, with quilting and golfing being the main activities. 

I am nearing the finish of the Churn Dasher doll quilt - just have to add the outside borders, on both sides, and top and bottom.  It measures about 24 inches square right now:

It should be finished next week, and I will give measurements to make the block if anyone is interested.  It sure is a cute block, and I wish I knew the name of the pattern.  The original quilt is from the 1890s.

Also this week, I quilted and bound a doll quilt top that will be going into the same exhibit as the above quilt, next spring in Newport News, VA.  This doll quilt finishes at 24 inches square.

The cabin is near the small town of Ludington, which is on Lake Michigan.  Today, the town was all abuzz about a visitor in the harbour.   A Yacht!!  We went to see it, as did a lot of other people in town.  Penny Lane was so excited to see all the children and other dogs in the park next to the harbour, she didn't care about the yacht.  It was so much fun to see the town turn out to greet and wave to the visitors. The yacht was flying a British flag, but we don't know much about anything else. They were off to Chicago next, where the novelty of a yacht will not cause quite the stir as it did here.  Here is a picture of the town visitor:

Thanks for showing your work on Design Wall Monday.  I appreciate all of you so much.  It gives this old girl pleasure each Monday to see what you are working on.  Please provide a link back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.  Thanks!  Next week will be September!  Wow, is time flying by.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Design Wall Monday - August 19, 2019

Hello Quilters!  I have had a great "catch-up" week, with no company.  All the sheets are washed, hung out on the clothesline for that fresh air smell, and all the towels are now clean and folded and put away.  I am also refreshed, and ready for more company next week.  We love to have friends visit.

And the copy of the vintage quilt that I am getting ready for the quilt show in Newport News, VA next spring, is now a top.  I shared a picture of it with you last week.  Someone asked last week how to get a nice straight look with the sashing, as it is lined up without cornerstones.  There is a YouTube video about this (Here) 

I found with this quilt that I had to measure the sashing carefully to keep it a consistent width since the sashing was three fabrics sewn together.  If the blocks are a consistent size and the sashing a consistent size, the math works.  

After finishing the large quilt, I knew I wanted to make a doll quilt just like it.  I am often asked how I figure out a smaller version of a larger block.  This is what I did with this block:

The block consists of four flying geese, two half-square triangles, and some filler pieces.....and four outside rectangles to put it on point.  Here is a picture of four of the small blocks I have made:

The large quilt has blocks that finish at 9 inches square, with sashing that finishes at 4.5 inches.  So I aimed for a doll quilt block that finishes at about half that size.  There are four flying geese units in the middle, and I decided I didn't want to go any smaller than a finished size of 1.5 inches by .75 inches for the 4 geese.   (Geese are always half as tall as they are wide)  So I cut rectangles at 2 inches by 1.25 inches (adding half inch total of seam allowance).  After those were made, I guessed at making the half square triangles to finish at 1 inch square.  I added background triangles to fill in the blank spaces, guessing at the size needed, and ended with a "middle" of the block that finished at 3 inches square.  With the outer red triangles added, the block finishes at 4.25 inches.  An odd size, but not important for a doll quilt.

If you want to try to make some small geese to make this block, I will give sized for the rest of the block pieces next week.  For the geese, cut four pieces 2 inches by 1.25 inches and eight "sky" pieces 1.25 inches square.  Add the corners to the "geese" and cut away the extra fabric from the back behind the sky.  And NO, I didn't save these little tiny triangles - they were way too small to make something with!

Hubby bought me gladiolus two times this summer.  A farmhouse family has them for sale out by the road on his way home from the golf course.  Lucky me!  Here is the second bouquet:

Michigan weather has been so perfect this summer for the flowers  And crops too.  Sweet corn and blueberries are in season right now.  I picked giant blueberries last week, and am enjoying them for breakfast now.  Yumm!!

I hope to have the doll quilt finished to show you next week.  What's on your design wall?  Please linkup and show us what you are making.  As always, please link to this particular post somewhere within your blog post.  Thanks!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Design Wall Monday - August 12, 2019

We have had more company this week, but I managed to get a quilt top completed before they arrived.  This one will be sent to the machine quilter soon, for a Baptist Fan quilt pattern.  

Penny Lane loves it at the cabin and here's a picture of her in the window seat watching for any boats to come by on the lake.  

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Design Wall Monday - August 5, 2019

Quite a lot of progress this week, for a change.  Our guests this past week were three of Lloyd's golf buddies from Virginia; so while they were golfing, I was at my sewing machine.

Here is my progress on the replica of the vintage quilt I showed you last week:

Here is a picture of the vintage quilt:

And here are a few small blocks I've made in preparation for a small doll quilt to go with the bed sized one.  These small blocks will finish at 4 1/4 in. x 4 1/4 in.

This week has been spectacular at Hamlin Lake.  Here is a photo taken by hubby after he put the American flag up this morning.  The lake was so still, and there was fog on part of the water.  So serene!

     Looking forward to progress on your Design Walls.  What's up?  Please join in and link up with this post, and, somewhere within your post, please provide a link back to this particular post.  Thanks so much!

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