Monday, October 19, 2020

Design Wall Monday - October 19, 2020

 “The Third Weekend in October” is the name of one of my favorite quilts.  I blogged about making it (Here) 

If you would like to make this quilt, please check at the artist’s website for info.  (Here). The artist is Ruth Powers.  I think it is named so well, as this is the view out my bedroom window in Grand Rapids this week, in the third week of October.

I gave this quilt to my favorite grandson Hunter.  (please understand that all eight of my grandchildren are my favorites - each in their own way).  At Hunter’s home, his sweet old golden retriever, Charlie, liked this quilt so much that he ate a little part of it!  Three holes all the way through.   Charlie has recently passed on, but I like to think that a little of my quilt will always be comforting him.  
This past week I’ve been repairing the quilt.  The pictures below are of the process of fixing these holes in the middle of the quilt.  Charlie chewed all the holes in just one leaf......good boy!

I found some yellow fabric that closely matched the leaf. 

Pinned it down over the damaged part. 

Appliqu├ęd it down.

Re-quilted the veins in the leaf. 

And, now the back of the quilt...Cut new batting and basted it into the holes where batting was missing.

Figured out what to do to cover the holes on the back (I had no more of the backing fabric). I decided to add a leaf.

Here is final picture of the back of the quilt.

It is going back to Hunter this next week, and I am happy with the results. 

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

50 Shades of Brown Quiltalong

 Here is a little quilt that I made with directions from Lori at Humble Quilts (Here)  

It is fun to stop doing what I’m working on once in a while, and play with scraps to make a little quilt.  It measures 14” x 17.5”.

Hitty likes it very much.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Design Wall Monday - October 11, 2020

Good Morning Quilters!

My Buds in a Basket quilt is finished and I am stoked.  Here are some pictures of “Buds in a Basket”:


My custom long arm quilter is Joyce Brenner, who just moved from Manistee, Michigan to the Lansing area.  I think she did a fabulous job!

Changes I made to the pattern:  I added another basket to each row, and my quilt measures 76.5 wide and 79.5 long.  I know some added wider borders to also make their quilt bigger.  The pattern by Sachiko Yasuda, is from the book "A Bouquet of Quilts" and finishes at 70" by 82 3/4".  I don't think I made my outermost white border as wide as the original quilt.  I think at the point I was making the outer two borders, I didn't even look at the book and just forged ahead.  

A second note that I would share about making this quilt:  When I started it years ago, I was new to quilting and was "by the book" with every little thing.  I put each round circle and leaf in exactly the same place in each basket.  If I was starting it today, I would place the buds and leaves randomly in each basket, and relax a little bit.  LOL

 Here are some pictures of other Buds in a Basket from the internet:

Did you see that one quilter left one basket empty?  All are beautiful, and I am so glad to join them with a finished quilt.  I even put a label on mine, as I showed you last week.  Patting myself on the back.

Re labels:  Several people have commented that they thought the laser printer labels would wash out in the washing machine.  I am researching the issue further, and have painted a label with a clear fixative after printing it, and will now wash it several times to test the process.  Stay tuned for my results.

Looking forward to seeing what you have on your design wall this week.  I so enjoy seeing everyone's pictures.....and you don't actually have to have a design wall.  Just show us what you are working on.  Please mention my blog and encourage people to come here and link up.  As usual, I ask that you put a link to this particular blog post somewhere within your post.  Have a great week!

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Design Wall Monday - October 5, 2020

 Good Morning Quilters!  

This last week I made nine quilt labels.  I don’t know if you have trouble getting this last step completed, but I do.  However, the method I use gives me the best results without a lot of worries.  So I thought I’d share how I make labels.  

1) Cut pieces of freezer paper to 8.5” by 11” and iron them onto the fabric you want to use for a label (shiny side to fabric).  I used muslin fabric this week for all of mine.  After the freezer paper and fabric are nice and tight together and cooled, cut the fabric to match the size of the freezer paper.  

2) Take the fabric, now stiffened by freezer paper to the computer printer, and feed it in the paper supply tray so that the ink will print on the fabric side.  For my printer, I put the fabric in the tray with the fabric side down, and the freezer paper facing up.  Only load one sheet at a time.

3) On the computer, (I use Microsoft Word software) compose what you want to put on the label.  There are many fonts to choose from which makes it fun to experiment with different looks.  I save my final version into a Word file, so when I want to make another one, I have a template.

4) Print the label and hopefully your printer will feed the fabric just like a piece of paper.  (Only use this method if your printer is the ink-jet type.  Sometimes it jams and I have to start the process over, but this week all went well.  Pull the freezer paper off the back, and give the label a final press.  I press the four edges under 1/4 inch and give them a nice press.

5) Sew the label onto the back of your quilt.  Usually I sew the label into the bottom corner of the back left side.  Which means when the quilt is right side toward you, the label is behind the right bottom corner.  As with all things quilty, there are no hard and fast rules, but this is what I do.

One of the labels I made was for the quilt “Buds in a Basket” that I show below:  

The only other step I should add to the 5 step process above is......(6) proofread the final label!  As I was getting ready to sew this label onto the quilt, I noticed I had printed the name of the quilt as “Birds in a Basket” instead of Buds!  Groan....I went back to the computer to print another version with the correct name,  Buds in a Basket.

Here is a picture of the labels I made before they are sewn onto the quilts:

The Buds in a Basket quilt is now completely finished and I shall blog about it in my next post, as I am stoked that it is finally finished.

What are you working on this week?  I so enjoy looking at all the pictures, and going to your blogs to read more about your quilts.  Thank you for linking up with Design Wall Mondays.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Design Wall Monday - September 28, 2020

Good Morning Quilters!!  

Fall has definitely arrived in Michigan this week, and I am making progress on finishing some quilts.  This one, which has lately been spread out on the floor of a room downstairs, is finally a quilt top.  I blogged about it last  (Here).  And (Here). Yesterday, I spread it out on our bed and took these pictures of the top and close-ups of some blocks:

Some of the block fabrics are from an old quilt top that I took apart and recut the pieces to make them uniform.   I blogged with pictures of the cutting/remaking process (Here)

The album block can have signatures or sayings in the middle white part of the block, but it will remain just the way it is now.  

The pictures of your work last week were fantastic.  I have to keep restraining myself from starting some of the projects you are showing us.  I must wait until my UFOs are finished before I jump into some new quilts, but patience is not my strong suit.  Please remember to talk about Design Wall Mondays in your blog post, and provide a link to this post.  Thanks.


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Monday, September 21, 2020

Desgn Wall Monday - September 21, 2020

Good Morning Quilters!  

Quilting activity:  I am working on a doll quilt that I am trying to put names in the center of signature blocks.  It is not going well so far.  I am experimenting with waste cloth cross stitch, desolvable cross stitch foundation, and just regular embroidery of a name.  I am debating tearing out what I’ve done so far and starting over.  The usual disappointment when something doesn’t look like I imagined it would.  But I will work on another project and come back to this.


Current events:
News/weather/health/politics/information overload keeps on getting more than I can take.  You too, probably.  I said last week that I was trying to ignore it all in this space,  and I shall try again this week.....
Right after I say this:  RIP RBG.  She had so much grit and determination and stamina.  I differed with her views, as I am pro-life, but I admired her good qualities.  Her death took all the fun out of me on “Talk Like A Pirate” Saturday.  I didn’t feel like it at all.  Argggh!  I am praying for the next person that fills her shoes, and the coming process of choosing that person.

Nature Stories:
A little mouse has decided to live in our mailbox.  He gets in by coming through a little drainage slot on the hinged door.  We have cleaned out the leaves (nest) twice!! before we figured out what was happening.  Now we are leaving him alone.  The box is long, and we will get letters from the front part, and he will live in the back part, all nice and dry in his metal house.  You can see him on the left side of the picture of the open mailbox.

Some squirrels have gathered lots of pine cones into two big piles at the base of two pine trees on our property.  Penny and I took these pictures on our walk Sunday.

I guess instead of burying them like acorns, they are just making big piles of cones.  My internet search says these mounds are made by red squirrels and are called middens, and all this work could be done by one single squirrel.

What are you working on?

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Design Wall Monday - September 14, 2020

 Good Morning Quilters!  This week I didn’t get much done that I think would interest you, but I am reporting in anyway.   You notice that I try not to talk about bad weather, fires, politics, people behaving badly, etc.  I know it is all happening, but I would rather this blog be a little spot of happy quilt talk and friendship.  So a non-quilty thing I’m going to report this week is that Saturday, September 19th, is International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

The only thing I worked on was this:  A tablecloth is being made out of a big piece of fabric a friend gave me because she knows I like blue and white.   I found this fabric in the stash when I was searching for something to use for binding on the Dee/Judy quilt recently.  As I finished binding that quilt, I thought the same binding would look great as an edge on the other big piece of fabric to make it a tablecloth.  So I am binding a tablecloth, and I am about half way done.  Do you like it?  I like that I’m getting this piece out of my stash and it will be a useful tablecloth at the cabin.

Let us see what you are usual I ask that you please ‘talk up’ Design Wall Mondays in your post and include a link back to this post.  Thank you.  I shall leave you with an evening sky and water picture taken last week at sunset.

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Monday, September 7, 2020

Design Wall Monday - September 7, 2020

Good Morning Quilters!  September is starting to feel like fall in Michigan.  Last week I bought a white pumpkin and a mum to cheer up the front porch.  I found out the white pumpkin I bought (called “lumina”) is orange inside and can be cooked and eaten just like a regular orange pumpkin.  I am bringing it inside every night to protect it from the raccoons and other night critters around here.

My quilt of May Baskets is moving along.  I finished the last square I showed you, and also this last week finished another one, making 18 blocks embroidered.  This basket has daisies and also little flowers that are made of all French knots.  

The little round French knot flowers remind me of the ornamental chives in my yard:   

What are you working on this week?  I am looking forward to seeing all the pictures.  Today is laundry day, and it makes the task easier when I can take a break from laundry to spend time with your projects. Thank you!  Please provide a link back to this post and mention Design Wall Mondays in your post.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Design Wall Monday - August 31, 2020

Good Morning Quilters!  The picture below is of my friend Bonnie on the right and me on the left, holding up a quilt I was finishing this week. Bonnie knows my BFF Dee, from St. Louis, Mo, so we held the quilt up together to say Hi to Dee and show Dee the quilt’s progress.

This quilt finish should get a trumpeters fanfare !! 

UFO Chapter 1:   This quilt was started when I moved from St. Louis, MO to Williamsburg, VA., about 17 years ago.  My dear friend Dee, who makes wonderful MODERN quilts, attempted to make me a “you are going away-I will miss you” quilt of nine patches.  She knew I was a traditional quilter and what could be more traditional than a nine patch?  As my departure neared, she came over with some nine patches in a box with other uncut blue and white fabric.  She was frustrated about which way to press nine patch seams so they would be opposite the neighbor nine patch when the two blocks were joined together.  So she gifted me the box, the idea she had, and said she would miss me.  I think she said something about not ever sewing a nine patch ever again, but I could be wrong.  

UFO, Chapter 2:  While living in Virginia, I decided to add smaller nine patches to the ones Dee made, and put together a quilt top of two sizes of nine patches, Dee’s 4.5”x 4.5” blocks and mine at 3” x 3”.....I avoided seam joining issues by inserting white squares between them.  I don’t know exactly when I finished the quilt top, but I would guess sometime around 2005.  I thought I would machine quilt it on my domestic machine, and so I had a long armer baste it for me in anticipation of me learning machine quilting.  I was wrong.

UFO, Chapter 3:  It sat in this unfinished state until I moved from VA to Michigan.  This move forced a reality check on just how many quilts I had in UFO status.  In 2020, I’m focused on finishing some of them.  I pulled out the machine basting stitches, and asked my long armer to quilt it with a nautical theme.  It came back from her in July.  She quilted it in anchors and waves, as it will be used on the couch at the cabin.  I like the quilting, much better than I could have done.

UFO, Final Chapter: August, 2020:  Binding......I thought I must have something in my stash to finish this off, but what?  After “shopping” in my stash for a while, I found one fabric that would work, but I didn’t exactly like the way it looked.....

The solid blue stripe blended too well with the nine patches, if I used it either straight, or on the bias.  I did like the checked stripe part of it.........Wait!  What if I used the back side?  

That will work!!  I cut it on the bias, and sewed the binding on this last week - before I could change my mind about any of it!  Yeah!  The label will be an easy addition and this will be a UFO no more.  I showed the binding fabric via text with Dee and she said either side could be the “right” side.  

What have you finished this week, or what have you moved along the line toward a finish?

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Design Wall Monday - August 24, 2020

 Hi everybody!  Here’s the final pictures of the gingham baby quilt.  It is bound and ready for a baby. The quilt rail fence pieces finish at 2.25” by 6.75” and when sewn together they make a block that finishes at 6.75” by 6.75”.  There are 4 across and 6 down, making a finished size of about 28” by 40”.  

Someone asked with all the seams in the binding, did any seam wind up at a corner....almost, but not quite, and all is well that ends well.  You can see that some seams came close:

The quilter put A,B,Cs and crayons in the quilting.  Cute!

Another fun fabric project happened this week because Bonnie Stapleton sent me a ziplock baggie full of her civil war scraps.  Bonnie (In Stitches With Bonnie) is one of our regular Monday linkers.

First, let me say PLEASE don’t anyone else do this.  I have enough fabric in my stash to last until I’m 150 years old.  Bonnie said she had a few civil war fabrics and would I give them a home.  In a weak moment I said yes.....and I have had such fun with them today!  Bonnie I love them, and they are now ready to join my stash. I’m posting to show how I add to my “controlled” scraps.  First, I put each scrap on my little Omnigrid pad, and figure out how to get the most squares out of the scrap.  Once I cut all the squares, I cut any 1” or 1.5” short strips from the remainder of the scrap. For a future tiny log cabin.  Here’s a typical example.  Scrap before it is cut:

What was cut from it:

Here is the stack of squares to take to my shoeboxes of different size squares:

And what I put in the trash:

Two other fun serendipities from the gift:

#1. One long strip a little over 2 yards long that I think I could use as binding on a doll quilt.  What do you think?  It is being rolled up and put in my binding fabric drawer.

#2.  Some of the scraps were already sewn into cute little half square triangles that will finish at 1.5”.  I put them aside, added more scraps, and a tiny little quilt is appearing:

So thank you, thank you, thank you Bonnie!  It was a lot of fun.

Our company has all gone home, but I wanted to share one more adorable picture of the two little girls who were visiting us with their parents recently.  They had such fun playing with my log cabin doll house, and having tea parties with my dolls. 

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