Monday, October 31, 2022

Design Wall Monday - October 31, 2022

Good Morning Quilters!

It's Halloween tonight, and I have great memories of making costumes for my children and the fun they had trick or treating in the neighborhood years ago.  There are no little children in our neighborhood now, and we don't get any visitors to our front door.  I don't even buy any candy. as I find I am the major consumer of it.  

I am doing some cleanup of the quilt room, and looking at what projects I want to take with me to a retreat that is coming up soon.  There are plenty to choose from, and I am having fun deciding.  Aren't I lucky to have so many UFOs to choose from?  lol

I also had a quilting "Squirrel" event this week; I saw a cute pumpkin pattern on Instagram.  You can find the free pattern (Here)  It was so cute that I made three of them the same day that I saw the pattern.  After making three that day, the weekend was spent making more of them and turning them into coasters.  It's a very nice pattern and I enjoyed making them.


Since this is the last Monday in October, and there are only two more months left in 2022, I am feeling the need to tidy the quilt room, look again at the UFOs and decide on what ones I want to finish next.  The other thing I am going to do this week is take one of my machines to get serviced.  I think it's past its 10,000 mile tuneup!  

What are you working on this week?  I have really enjoyed all the pictures you post on your blogs.  We are a productive group!  Please link up again this week for our Design Wall Monday Linky Party.  As always, I ask that you mention the linky party and provide a link back here from within your post.  I appreciate you.  

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Monday, October 24, 2022

Design Wall Monday - October 24, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

My post will be non-quilty today because we are traveling.  We saw our youngest Granddaughter twirl her baton during the halftime show of the Texas Tech University football game Saturdfay.  Lubbock, TX is a beautiful town and the weather was perfect.  

In the car on the way I did some crocheting for my daughter’s Etsy store.  It is a poncho for a little girl, and I am on the last round.

At our destination, the home team won on Homecoming weekend!   Sophie and the other twirlers twirled fire lit batons at the Pep Rally Friday night.  Scary and amazing.

Here is a picture of Daughter, Granddaughter, and Grandma at the game:

The “gun” hand signal is Texas Techs’  “Guns Up” done by every fan in the stadium to cheer on the Red Raiders.  Lots of cheering enthusiastic fans.  Much fun was had by all.

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Monday, October 17, 2022

Design Wall Monday - October 17, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!  I am in Virginia this morning to meet with The Churn Dashers of Tidewater Virginia.  Unfortunately, it is our last meeting, as we have decided to disband.  We are all getting older, and feel this is best.  There is a time for everything, and as we get older, we realize there is a time to let some things go.

But, since I am now in Virginia, and not at home, I wrote this post Saturday before I left.

And when it's the Third Weekend in October, I must talk about this quilt again.  It was a lot of fun to make, and it now resides with my Grandson Hunter.

I blogged about quilting it  (Here)  and again (Here) when I repaired a hole that his dog chewed through it.

The designer is Ruth Powers and her website if you want to buy the pattern is (Here)

And this is a picture of the backyard woods taken from the living room window on Saturday:  

Hope you are enjoying the beauty outside wherever you are.  There is always something beautiful to see in nature.  

What quilts are you working on during this beautiful October day?  I hope you will join the Design Wall Monday Linky Party and show us.  I appreciate all of you who participate.  Thank you so much.  I will be back home on Tuesday, and will catch up with reading your posts then.

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Monday, October 10, 2022

Design Wall Monday - October 10, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

This week I made lots of square-within-a-square blocks.  All of the smaller ones (2 inch square finished size) are now attached to the doll quilt, as shown below:

The doll quilt is now 20” by 28”.  I don’t know yet how it will be quilted.

The larger border blocks  (4 inch square finished size) are all made for the large quilt, and the top and bottom border blocks have been added to the quilt.  There are 24 blocks made for each side strip that are soon to be added to the two sides.

80” by 96” will be the final size of the big quilt (in theory)….I will measure it when it is finished.

FYI:  The paper-piecing method I used to make the border blocks requires cutting off little triangle corners.  You know I couldn’t throw them away!  Here is a picture of the cut off pieces, which will go into a future small quilt/doll quilt with lots of hsts.

October is really a beautiful month in Michigan.  Here is a picture of the start of the color show from the Maples in our yard.

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Monday, October 3, 2022

Design Wall Monday - October 3, 2022

 Good Morning Quilters!

It is now October, and I planted three big mums out in front, and brought out the terracotta clay jack o 'lanterns and put them on the front porch.  Fall here we come!

I got a lot accomplished this week - although I changed plans a bit on the border for the two May Day Baskets quilts.  I made 4 inch square-within-a-square blocks for the small doll quilt, put them around it on the design wall and took a picture:

Something is not right.  I decided the border blocks were too big, and so I took them down and put them around the big May Day Basket quilt.  And I liked the border there much better!  But that means I need to make a lot more of the 4 inch square-within-a-square blocks to go all the way around the big quilt.  I haven't figured out how many yet - but a bunch!

Please excuse my feet in this picture, I didn't notice this until I posted it here, and hope you will excuse my socks.  My design wall was the floor, since the Benjamin Biggs Wedding quilt was on the design wall.

And back to the doll quilt, if the 4 inch blocks were too big, I decided to try 2 inch square-within-a-square blocks.  I made two and put them on the design wall for a picture.  I felt like Goldilocks trying out the three bear's porridge.  The small blocks are just right! 

Which of course means I have to make about twice as many blocks, to go all the way around the doll quilt.   Maybe 44 blocks.  But since I have made 2, I only have 42 to go!  But now I know it is exactly what I want and I am excited to  get these two quilt tops finished.  Yeah!

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