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Monday, May 23, 2022

Design Wall Monday - May 23, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

This past week has not been very productive for me as a quilter, but I did start a small quilt project.  Whenever I make a bed sized quilt, I like to make a similar doll quilt.  While working on my May Day Baskets quilt, I sent away for some small basket embroidery patterns, and they have arrived.

Here is my start on the doll quilt:

 


There are eight baskets, set on point, and I sewed the squares together because I thought the individual little baskets looked pretty small to hold while doing the embroidery.  The individual baskets are about five inches square, and the doll quilt measures about 17” by 26”.

The trimming and sewing together of the squares on the large May Day Baskets quilt will resume today.  It makes me nervous to trim embroidered blocks, and as I said before,  I think of the motto “measure twice, cut once,”  Kathy (Kathy’s blog) told me a friend of hers says “cut once, curse twice”.   She made me laugh.  I will be glad when I have them all trimmed.

The House Finch family has tidied up their empty nest and appear to be about ready to start a second family.  The male House Finch sings often from the peak of our roof above the nest, and yesterday I decided to name him Atticus.  I say Good Morning to him when I am walking Penny Lane. 

What are you working on this week?  It is so beautiful outside this spring and I am reading that some of you are working on your yards and flowers.  I am too, and am enjoying the sunshine.  Thanks for sharing pictures of your flowers and your design walls.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Design Wall Monday - May 16, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!

My design wall looks the same as it did last Monday because I had a very busy week.  No quilting done here.  My sweet hubby turned 80 and we had a big party Saturday to celebrate.  Lots of family and friends came and it was a wonderful day.   



The weather has been great and the yearly brood of House Finches flew from the nest on Friday.  There were three fledglings and here is a picture of two of them, just after the first brave one took flight.  I put the fake pigeons above the nest on a  ledge to discourage birds from building a nest in the area.  But the Finch family was not fooled by them.  I like House Finches, but they do make a mess.


What has your week been like?  I am looking forward to your posts and pictures so I can see your progress.  Thank you so much for joining the Design Wall Mondays Linky Party again.  My happy place is when you mention Design Wall Mondays on your blog and also provide a link back here from within your post.   

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Design Wall Monday - May 9, 2022

 Happy Mothers Day!


The plaid quilt from last week's post is finally sewn together and is ready for the longarm quilter.  

I was excited to see the empty design wall, and have started to put the May Day Baskets embroidered squares on it.  Each square has to be trimmed to 11 x 11 inches, and I am slowly getting them trimmed and up on the wall.  The alternate squares of green are very calming, and I think I will like them.  Here are two new pictures of the blocks that I have trimmed and on the design wall:


There are 30 blocks, and these are the first 10 that are trimmed.  I get very careful when I trim them, as I am always saying....."Measure twice.....cut once". 




Here's a Mother's Day flower for you.  The rabbit has pulled several wagons of flowers for me this spring, and this is his last pot of flowers before the Easter decorations get put away.  The hyacinths smell so sweet. 

Yesterday we celebrated our grandson's graduation from MSU.  Here's a picture of us with our new Mechanical Engineer, Hunter.  Do you have any high school or college graduations in your family this year?



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Monday, May 2, 2022

Design Wall Monday - May 2, 2022

Good Morning Quilters! 

It's May 2nd and I am looking forward to putting together the May Day Flower Basket quilt.  It has been such fun embroidering all the baskets, and it is time to make the quilt top.  I selected a solid green to be used for the alternate squares.  I took a picture of the green with one of the baskets:



Did any of you receive a May Day Flower Basket on your door?   It used to be a common gift for a friend.

I was away all last week at the Jane Stickle Quilt Retreat in Shipshewana, IL.  Here is a collage of four of the quilts that were shown in the "Show and Tell" on Friday night:


The top left is the "Oh my Gosh!" pattern
the top right is a replica of a thirties butterfly quilt.
bottom left is part of an uncompleted Mrs. Billings Coverlet pattern,
bottom right is a quilt made with tiny, tiny bow tie blocks.

What amazing talent at this retreat!

Another beauty that I saw was this crib quilt that a friend bought at an antique store.  Pat Jensen's find is made of very small diamonds, hand pieced and hand quilted.  The closeup picture shows how small the diamonds are.  Such a beautiful work of art, and Pat loves small pieces as much as I do.




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Monday, April 25, 2022

Design Wall Monday - April 25, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

Today I am reflecting on my quilting hobby and the joy it gives me. I am leaving soon to meet other quilters at a retreat.  It always pleases me to be with others who enjoy quilting as much as I do.  I can’t wait to be there.

One project I will be working on while there is the Jane Stickle quilt.  I started an indigo and shirting version of this quilt back in October of 2013.  I made 13 blocks back then.  (HERE) There are 169 different quilt blocks and 56 different border blocks in the quilt.  I hope to get my mojo back in gear for this project while I’m at the retreat.

Here is a picture of the original Jane Stickle quilt, which is in the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont.  I saw it there once and fell in love with it.  People come to the Bennington Museum from all over the world to see this 1863 quilt.


My version will look something like this one, which was made by Tutu Haynes-Smart of South Africa.


What will you be working on this week?  I hope to show you a few blocks made at retreat when I talk to you next week.  If you have made your version of the Jane Stickle quilt, please let me know.  Thanks for linking with the Design Wall Monday Linky Party.  Those of you who mention my blog and the fun we have here  (plus provide a link back here) are greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Design Wall Monday - April 18, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

I’ve moved along a little bit on sewing the pieces together on my design wall.  Here is the current picture:


I take a block to the cutting board, trimmed it to 9.5” x 9.5” and put it back on the design wall.  Then when I have a row all trimmed, I sew them together.  Only the middle two rows are sewn together.  It is taking me more time than I had expected.  

The only other quilt I worked on was the chevron quilt.  This quilt was partially sewn together and I didn’t like the amount of contrast between the blocks. 


My solution to the problem was to take most of it apart.  Mr. seam ripper and I spent a few evenings together, and now this project is ready for my second try at high contrast.  It is a learning experience.

Also my birthday was Saturday (79) and we celebrated Easter on Sunday.  A very happy weekend spent with friends and family and church.  

What was your week like?  I’m looking forward to seeing your linkups to the Design Wall Monday Linky Party.  Thanks to you who follow my requests to put a link back to this block post within your post and also talk about the Design Wall Mondays Linky Party within your post.  You are appreciated.  

Happy Easter!  Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!


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Monday, April 11, 2022

Design Wall Mondays - April 11, 2022

Good Morning Quilters! 

This is the last month I am working on reducing the plaid stash.  I have the two quilts I talked about last week packaged up ready for the long arm quilter.  

So here is another plaid quilt on the design wall.  The squares have to be trimmed to the same size, and sewn together.  I may rearrange some of them before that, but they are on the design wall for a few days to see if this is their final version.

Here's a picture of all the blocks:


And here is a closer picture of the center, and this picture shows the colors better:


The only plaid quilt in the UFOs now is the one where I was not happy with the contrast between lights and darks.  Remember this one?  I like the contrast in the far right column best, and am unhappy with the far left two columns with little contrast.  It is still in time out.


The good news is that next month I am getting the 30 embroidered May Day Baskets blocks out and plan to get that quilt on the design wall for a May finish.  I have the 30s green fabric purchased for the alternate squares, and just have to cut the green fabric and put it all together on the wall.  I am looking forward to getting it finished.

What are you working on this week?  I am so happy that I get to see what you are working on.  Sometimes after reading one of your blogs, I want to drop my own plans and do the same project you are doing.  So I live vicariously through all of you.  Thank you!  Please join the Design Wall Mondays Linky Party below, and don't forget to mention Design Wall Monday in your post, and also provide a link back to this post (also within your post)  I appreciate you.



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Monday, April 4, 2022

Design Wall Monday - April 4, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!  The plaid squares within plaids blocks are assembled into a quilt top - almost.  I have to add the outside borders top, bottom, and both sides (solid red).  It is off the floor, and now on the design wall.  The cornerstones are four patches of plaids and whites, which goes well with the rest of the quilt.  It feels good to have another one near the finish line.


Remember those "orphan plaid blocks" that might have been part of this quilt?  I also sewed them into a long strip, and it will be in the middle of the muslin backing for the quilt that I made recently of 6 inch squares of plaids.


The 6 inch squares plaid quilt measures 84 inches by 90 inches and the 12 inch orphan blocks shown above are seven blocks, so they measure 84 inches when sewn together.  Just as if it had been planned, right?  

Here is another picture of the 84 by 90 inch plaid blocks front of the quilt:


The width of the 12 inch blocks on the back will be the width of two six inch blocks on the front.  I found a big piece of muslin in my stash with a note on it saying "backing", and it is the right size for this quilt.  I will cut that into two pieces, and put the orphan blocks in the middle.  I feel good that this is all working out.  It is amazing that it does sometimes because sometimes it doesn't.  

Wednesday was Penny Lane's 4th Birthday.  We gave her half of a plain donut with several dog treats on the top.  She is waiting for our signal that it is ok to dive into it.     


This picture was taken less than 30 seconds later:


She enjoyed her birthday cake very much!

Spring is still waiting to happen at our house - it snowed again Sunday morning.  But the snow didn't stay, and the birds are chirping away.   They are letting us know that spring will be here soon.  We are very ready.

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Design Wall Monday - March 28, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

All of the 16 plaid blocks are now complete blocks and I am moving on to making a  quilt top of them.  I have decided to sash them with a solid red, and last night I put them on the floor just before going to bed to see how they would look.  I like it.  



I will put something different in the cornerstone spots.  (these hst blocks are too little, and I put them there temporarily to cover the hole where there are no cornerstones yet).

Remember the orphan plaid blocks that I thought might be a part of this top?


What will happen to them
?  The orphan blocks will go on the back of the plaid quilt of large squares that I finished last week.  They will be in a straight line down the middle of the back.  I think that will be a good place for them. I am going to sew them into a long strip this week.

My daughter’s birthday is today…..and my baby girl is 51 years old.  She is a wonderful wife and mother and we are very proud of her.   We are blessed to have cared for her when she was young, and doubly blessed to love her as an adult.  

What are your finishes or starts this week?  Some of you tell me that you have plaids in your stash too.  If you are making something with them, please let me know.  I am looking forward to your blog posts and shared pictures on the Design Wall Mondays Linky Party.  Thanks for participating.  



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Monday, March 21, 2022

Design Wall Monday - March 21, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

I apologize for not answering any comments this past week.  I confess that I am not myself lately.  Grief over the loss of my sister is one explanation and the war in the Ukraine is another.  I appreciate all of you, and hope you understand.

Another week of sewing to reduce my plaid fabrics stash:

More of the plaid blocks were finished and put up on the design wall:




There are 16 of these blocks, so I’m halfway finished.  I will then decide on what color to sash them with - probably a solid color.  Here is another block on the sewing machine, ready to stitch together.




I want to get all 16 blocks together this week and decide what to do next.    

The large squares plaid quilt is off the design wall, all assembled, and ready for the long arm quilter.   It measures 84” by 90” right now and is made of 6” squares - all different plaids.  I will show it to you again when it is quilted and bound.


What’s going on in your quilt room?  Anything moving onto or off from your design wall?  

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Design Wall Monday - March 14, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!  Did you miss an hour of sleep last night?  They say that Daylight Savings Time has the purpose of making better use of daylight.  There are lots of opinions for and against it, but as a quilter, it doesn’t bother my life.  

The big squares quilt is now 2/3’s down from the design wall, and it will be a complete quilt top by next Monday.   I have 5 more columns to sew onto this bigger section.  I put it on the couch for this picture so you can see Penny Lane also.  She is supervising my progress.  NOT!  She is sleeping on the job!


I put the plaid blocks on the design wall along with the “orphan blocks” that I found, and I am not sure if I like the mixture.  I will make more blocks and decide later.   I would add one row of the plaid and white squares to the outer edge of the added blocks to make them fit in size with the blocks with the outer plaid/white squares.



I plan on making more blocks of the original plan, as they are all cut and divided into baggies, one block in each baggie.  I also thought if I don’t use the “orphan blocks”  on the front, I could put a row of them on the back.  I usually don’t do anything for the back side of a quilt, do you?

Foremost in my mind this week is the empathy I feel for the people of Ukraine, and am unable to think of some way I can help them.   It is a feeling of helplessness.  I will donate to Samaritan’s Purse as I know that organization will be helping.   I am daily praying for all the people who have left their homeland and are now refugees, and for those who are staying behind to fight.  It is hard to carry on life as normal here when the tragedy of war is happening there.  Have you found a way to be of help?

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Monday, March 7, 2022

Design Wall Monday - March 7, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!  A slight hint of spring showed up here on Saturday - it was in the mid 60's.  A lot of the snow melted that day, but now the weather has changed back to our usual 30-40 degrees, and we shall have to wait a little longer before spring comes.  

I worked on the plaids projects last week.  I have lots of plaid fabric, and I blogged in January about a few simple quilts to use up some of the plaids (see the pictures here)  

This plaid project (8 inch squares surrounded by smaller 2 inch squares) now has 6 completed blocks.  The blocks finish at 16 inches.  Here are the six blocks:


I also discovered some other plaid "orphan blocks" that could maybe be incorporated into this quilt.  The orphan blocks would only need one outer border of 2 inch squares to make them finish at 16 inches.  I shall have to see how they look together, or as some quilters say:  "see if they play nice together" Here are the orphan blocks:


The second plaid quilt I worked on is very simple - and is on the design wall right now.  It is made of squares, all the same size (6 inches) and the quilt will finish at 84" by 90".  To finish it, I just have to sew the blocks into columns, and sew the columns together.  I am about half way through this process.  


I also made an apple pie yesterday.  Hubby and I each had a ginormous piece, as you can see, and we shall try behave the rest of the week.  But there is really nothing better than apple pie, fresh out of the oven, right?  And with vanilla ice cream too!  God is good!


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Monday, February 28, 2022

Design Wall Monday - February 28, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!  Thank you for all your prayers and kind words this past week.  Your words comforted me and were very much appreciated.  

As I have mentioned in the past, I am part of a group of quilters in Virginia who exchange blocks and make civil war repro quilts.  The group, The Churn Dashers of Tidewater Virginia, had a display of some of our quilts in the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show, in Newport News, Virginia.  It ran from February 24-27, 2022, and I was not there in person to see our quilts.  Friends sent me pictures of the three quilts I had in the display, so I am going to enjoy seeing them “hung” here on the blog:


The above is a full sized quilt and the two below are doll quilts.



The Churn Dashers next block exchange will be a Jacob’s Ladder block that finishes at 6 inches.  The block is in a nine patch configuration with four hsts and five four-patches.  Here are my first four blocks made for the exchange:


It is a very old block and if you want to make some, the directions are on the internet in several places.  Just google “Jacob’s Ladder Quilt Block” and many sites have good directions.  For the exchange, which happens this fall, I will need to make 16 blocks for each participant, 8 blocks with a dark “ladder” leaning to the right, and 8 blocks with a light ladder leaning to the left. There are 8 of us in this exchange, (so I will make 112 blocks for others).  This should work out nicely for me, as the quilt I plan to make has 120 squares, and I can make 8 additional blocks to go with the ones I receive in the exchange.

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Monday, February 21, 2022

Design Wall Monday - February 21, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!  This past week has been bitter sweet here, as my only sister passed away on Wednesday.  She went peacefully as I held her hand, and I was so honored to care for her during her final days here on earth.  I am sure she is in heaven, enjoying a new life there.  Her funeral is tomorrow, and quilting will again take a back seat for another week.  Thank you all for your prayers for her and for our family.  

The only thing “quilt” related this week was a purchase:  I bought some blue buttons from a friend who is downsizing her sewing room.  I have wanted to make an American Flag Quilt and have saved some internet examples of different ideas.  See below:







Now that I have my friend’s buttons, I am thinking about this idea more.  Have you made a wall hanging using buttons on a quilt?

The quilt in my blog header is made with buttons from my mother’s button box, and is one of my favorites.  I think it is time to sew some more buttons onto a quilt. 

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Monday, February 14, 2022

Design Wall Monday - February 14, 2022

 Happy Valentine’s Day Quilters!

If you have followed my blog for a while, you know I have saved all the valentine cards from hubby over the many years we’ve been married.  I like to get them out and read them again each year.  Here’s a picture of them beside me right now:



Isn’t this a cute vintage quilt? 


 It is pictured in Mary Emmerling’s Country Hearts small red book shown with the cards.  I love Mary Emmerling’s books.  I should make a doll quilt like this picture……but not until the WIPs are completed.  I like the eight pointed stars in it.

Since it is Valentine’s Day today, I must include pictures of my two large Valentine’s Day quilts:  This one is so large that I have two pictures to show it:  the bottom part, (with Penny Lane) and the top (upside down over the railing). Note to self:  take a new picture of the complete quilt.  



This one is usually on the couch in the living room, where I can snuggle up with it, but this picture is of it on the design wall when I was making it.


What’s on your design wall today?  I have no new pictures to show you, as I am doing very little this week.  My sister did came home with us Wednesday, and is now sleeping peacefully almost all the time.  Hospice has been very helpful, and a lot of the time I just sit with her and hold her hand.  It comforts me, and I think it comforts her.  I can feel your prayers for her and I thank you very much.  

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you are able to hug someone today, or hold their hand.  


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Monday, February 7, 2022

Design Wall Monday - February 7, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!  The Birds of a Feather quilt is almost a quilt top.  The final hst border is a long strip and is ready to be sewn onto the bottom of the quilt. 


All three of the other hst borders have been sewn on.  Then I shall add the last 5 inch plain border to all four sides.  It should be a completed top next Monday.  Here is a picture of the three other attached hst borders:



I haven’t worked on quilting much because I’ve still sitting with my sister daily at the hospital.  Major decisions are being made and she is scheduled to come home to live with us when she leaves the hospital.  We will take care of her with help from hospice.  

I am at peace with the decision, as I am convinced she will get the best care possible with us.  

Thank you for your prayers for us, I appreciate prayers so much.  I have pulled out an old UFO to work on while I sit with Nancy.. It is 50 blocks, embrodered birds and flowers of each state in the United States.  There are four blocks finished and I have started the fifth.  

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