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Monday, September 26, 2022

Design Wall Monday - September 26, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

I got a little bit further toward my goals this week, and plan to have  the border on the May Day Basket Doll Quilt by next Monday's post.  

Here is my progress on the doll quilt border:


And here is my 
one flower and its four leaves start on a Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt block.     I will try to have it finished by next Monday.

It has four flowers like this and four separate oak leaves.  I feel I am getting a little bit better at needle turn applique.  Hurrah!  It is true that the way to learn something is practice, practice, practice..........and this quilt is giving me practice.

What's up on your design wall this Monday?  I have enjoyed reading your blogs this last week.  Such a mix of different projects and I like all of them!  Your fall projects have me itching to make something with fall colors.  Maybe I will sneak in a little fall doll quilt before the weekend.  

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Design Wall Monday - September 19, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!

I am back to spending time in my quilt room and it feels so good.  I did finish the block I was working on for the Benjamin Biggs quilt.  Here it is:  



The next block I am going to work on:  Block #8:


It has a funny shaped little flower and two kinds of leaves.  I am sure it will challenge me.

The other quilt I want to pick up and finish is adding borders to the May Day Basket quilt.  I finished the companion doll quilt and am experimenting with it to see if I like the border (before I tackle the large quilt border).  Here are two pictures….(1) of the doll quilt 



and (2) my preliminary pattern for a border.  A square within a square that will finish at 4 inches.  It will be green in the center with four white corners.  I need to make 24.  I thought of making them 2 inches square, but that would mean making 48.  We will see how these look. 



What are you planning for this coming week?  And what did you do since last Monday that you can show us?

I so enjoy looking at all of your projects.  Thank you for joining the Design Wall Monday Linky Party.  And double thank you to those of you who mention Design Wall Monday in your post and also link back to this post.   

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Design Wall Monday - September 12, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!

Here is a picture of my design wall, and it has been at this stage of progress, or should I say “non-progress” for a while.  My goal this week is to add another block.


Very slow progress, but this week I am enthused again to make more blocks.  This block only needs three flowers appliquĆ©d and it will be ready to add to the wall.


I am still sorting and cleaning out my “stuff” left from combining cabin things and home things,  My first goal is always to sort:  “put like things together”. “like with like”.  When I do that, my next step is to shake my head and wonder why do I have so many things?  For instance, lint rollers….why do I have five?  Who knows, there may be more, I’m not finished cleaning all the house.    It does feel good to sort and make order and donate extra things.  I am keeping two.  One and a spare.


What are you working on this week?  The blog posts were great this past week.  You showing me your progress was the inspiration that got me back to making blocks for the Benjamin Biggs Quilt.  Thank you.  

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Monday, September 5, 2022

Design Wall Monday - September 5, 2022


Good Morning Quilters!

Another baby quilt is this week’s project.  I have several baby quilts that are finished except for the final binding.  I chose this one to finish for a special baby - my first great grandson!  My Granddaughter Alexis and her husband Blake are expecting a baby boy in November.  The baby shower will be next Sunday afternoon.  

Here is a picture of the front side, with the binding yet to be hand sewn to the back:


I love the old time pictures of little children on the featured fabric.  I used some fabrics that have been in my stash for quite a while, and made a pattern to fit the size of the children pictures.  The finished baby quilt will measure 30” by 40”.

I ran out of the fabric I was going to bind it with, and found another fabric in my stash that was similar and used both.  I don’t think the baby will mind that there are two different fabrics (both red with white polka dots) used in the binding!  He will like the bright colors of this quilt.  Here is a closeup of the binding.


The binding attachment is always a gamble that a binding seam might occur exactly on a corner, and there is a seam very near the corner……..but not right on it.  See?



While taking a picture of the seam-corner situation to show you, I noticed something else.  Look at how well the polka-dots matched up on the join!  I couldn’t have done that any better if I had been trying.  In quilting, sometimes things just work out well, don’t they?  I’m sure my brilliant great grandson will notice my fine workmanship.  hehehe

The quilting my long-armer (Tammy Oberlin) designed is so cute - it is hobby horses, cowboy boots, stars, and cowboy hats.  She is very talented.



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Monday, August 29, 2022

Design Wall Monday - August 29, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!

As I’ve said before, one of my life goals is to stay “whelmed”…….not underwhelmed and not overwhelmed.  Last week, I was feeling overwhelmed, and so I have no pictures of my design wall.   I did take a baby quilt to a baby shower, and here is a picture of the final binding progress on it (bound the day before the shower):


Instead, I have more pictures from the AQS Quilt Show held in Grand Rapids, MI recently.  These are just three of the many, many beautiful quilts that caught my eye.





And who thinks of doing a picture of a dog using only circles?  Notice the quilting is circles too!







I liked the bright cheerful colors of the fabrics here (I have none of this in my stash):




What are you showing us on your blog this week?  

I am sorry to report I did not reply to any of your kind comments last week.  I have flogged myself with a wet noodle, and have promised to do better at communicating with you this week.  Penny Lane will remind me.  



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Monday, August 22, 2022

Design Wall Monday - August 22, 2022



 Good Morning Quilters!

I went to the AQS Quilt Show in downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday.  Such beautiful quilts, with amazing workmanship.  I’d like to talk about just one of the quilts that I saw.  It is named “Monkeys in My Hair (Evie)” and is by Deborah Hyde.



This quilt won “Best Wall Quilt” in this show, and has won several awards in other shows too.  I read more on the internet about Deb Hyde when I got back home, and thought you’d like to learn more too.

She has a technique of using one inch squares of fabric to create her incredible portraits.  She is on Facebook as “Deb Hyde Fiber Art”, and there are more pictures and information there.

There are so many small birds, insects, and yes, two monkeys in her hair.  All made from small squares of fabric. She was featured in the May 2022 issue of American Quilter.





    











To achieve the images using her one inch square method, she had to cut an image from fabric several times, because the seams take up part of the image. Here is a preliminary stage before a monkey is sewn together.  



And a picture of her studio, with this project in progress:


Amazing work, and such talent.  I am so thankful I got to see her work, and all the other beautiful quilts.  I am amazed by the talented quilters that enter quilt shows.  

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Design Wall Monday - August 15, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!

I am in a great mood today.  Yesterday I sat down at the sewing machine and made some quilt blocks.  It felt so good to be there.   And I hadn’t forgotten how either!  I made four Jacob’s Ladder blocks.  The Churn Dashers of Tidewater Virginia are exchanging these blocks at our coming fall meeting.  We are making a Block A and a Block B….with the “ladder” leaning to the left for Block A,  and the “ladder” leaning to the right for Block B.


The blocks make an interesting design when combined into a quilt.  The pattern for this project is in the American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, December 2019 issue. Here is a picture of the quilt in the magazine article:



For everything there is a season, and last week we took a long last boat ride around the lake.  Isn’t the sky just beautiful?  Penny and I always like to ride up in the front, with the wind in our faces.


Penny and “The Captain” while we were waiting to take the boat out of the water.  We towed it up to Traverse City to the dealership where we bought it, and they are selling it for us.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Design Wall Monday - August 8, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!  

I hear it takes a long time to finish quilts you are not working on. šŸ˜Š

Well, that is my situation this week!  We had a super time with kids and grandkids all last week, and we created even more "last" great memories at the cabin.

This week is packing up things, giving things away to family, friends, and charities.  It is all good.  We will turn the cabin over to the new owners on Wednesday, and I shall return to my quilting life.  This week has been very full and I am so happy that it has gone so well.



This is how fast I've been moving this week - but no quilting to show for it!

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Design Wall Monday - August 1, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!   Happy August 1st!

My progress during these dog days of summer is hardly worth a picture to show you.  But it is the final flower basket on the doll quilt,  so it will be an August finish.



The first week in August will be filled with children, grandchildren, and friends visiting us at the cabin.  We are dividing up the furnishings, packing up, and remembering all the good memories we’ve had there.

We hope to get some blueberry picking into the schedule too, as the blueberries are ginormous this year. 

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Design Wall Monday - July 25, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

Well, this week was not very productive, and you will see with these two pictures.

The embroidery…….two little flowers are all that I did:



and the next picture is of the current Benjamin Biggs Wedding quilt block.  The leaves are appliquĆ©d and four flowers prepped by back basting, ready for appliquĆ©.


Some weeks are like that, right?  But, August is coming, and I’m optimistic about getting lots done in August.

I hope you have lots of progress to show us, but if you don’t, I surely understand.  Thanks for all of you who faithfully join in each week, in the Design Wall Monday Linky Party.  

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Design Wall Monday - July 18, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!

Remember last week when I listed three quilting goals?  Ta-Daaaaah!  I completed all three goals.

The May Day Baskets blocks are all sewn together into a top, awaiting the borders.  The small matching doll quilt is almost completely embroidered - only one more basket to go!

Here is a picture of both quilts together, hanging on the clothesline in the screen porch:


And a close up picture of the doll quilt showing just one more basket to embroider:



The Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt block I was working on got finished too.  And I finished another similar one.  Here are pictures of both of them.  Block #25


Block #11


Some weeks are like this - quilting projects move along smoothly.  So I am happy dancing that this week was a move along smoothly one.  How about you?

Your posts last week were great - you are making so many beautiful quilts.  I am looking forward to seeing your posts this week.  Thanks for joining in our Design Wall Mondays Linky Party.  Thanks to all of you who mention this blog in yours, and also provide a link back to this post.  You are appreciated!



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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Design Wall Monday - July 11, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

Well, life is flying by for me.  We had a wonderful week up at the cabin, and I did very little quilting.  This week I plan to settle down and get the following completed:

1) Sew the last 4 diagonal seams of the May Day Basket Quilt:


I do procrastinate when sewing long seams where pinning at block corners is required.  I am looking forward to working on the outer border on this one, so Judy is pushing Judy to get these seams sewn this week.

2) Finish another little embroidered basket on the May Day Basket Doll Quilt:


This was with me lately when traveling and I did get two baskets finished.  I am working on the middle right side basket.  Only three to go and I can move on to the border.  I want to test my border idea for the big quilt on this one first - to see if I like it.

3) Finish a block for my Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt:


There are 12 leaves left to appliquĆ©, so it will be finished soon.  This block is actually in the bottom row of the pattern, and I am going to jump around a little bit while making blocks for this reproduction,   Two more blocks are similar to this one, and they will be next.

Speaking of jumping around, I just sent this poem to a mother of a six year old, and I will send it to you too, as it always makes me smile.  I am jumping around this week just as happily as Christopher Robin:


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Monday, July 4, 2022

Design Wall Monday - July 4, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!  And Happy 4th of July to all Americans!

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”   Ferris Bueller  

Life has been moving pretty fast here lately.  Our cabin was on the market for only five days, and we had an offer - full price.  We are talking to our kids to see what furniture they want, and are preparing for the sale. We are at the cabin right now, and I thought you’d like to see some pictures of it, as I have no quilting progress to show you.  

Picture taken showing the lake view and the twodecks:

View of the cabin from the lake (taken by the realtor’s drone)

The porch toward the woods and road.


Living room with deck toward the lake.



Cabin as viewed from the driveway, as we drive up through the woods.



So many great memories here, and more made this weekend as we watched the fireworks display from our dock.  We are filled with all the good times we’ve had here, and we know it will be loved by the new owner.

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Design Wall Monday - June 27, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

I have a different UFO on the design wall today - Benjamin Biggs Wedding quilt.  The appliquĆ© on this quilt will help me with my sewing skills.  I am using several methods, and am going to see what method works best for me.   I found out that one of you (Chris)  See her blog post here is going to join me in finishing this UFO.  Any one else have some Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt blocks hidden away somewhere?

Here’s the design wall now, with a picture of the whole quilt in the block #4 space. (And, no, I still haven’t found where I put the prepped pieces for block #4).:

 

Here’s a closer look at blocks #6 and #7, which were completed recently:


I used a freezer paper (3 layers) pattern for the stem circle on block #7, with starching and ironing the fabric over the pattern.   This circle worked out well, so I decided to work on other blocks with circles next, and re-use my pattern.  This week I am working on two blocks that are almost the same.  Block #25 and block #9. Here is my progress on #25……I am using back basting on the four flowers:


Here are pictures of the two similar blocks from the original quilt:



I thought it would go faster if I made these two blocks at the same time.   We shall see.  My only appliquĆ© speed right now is slow.  But with practice……I think that my speed will improve.

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