Monday, April 24, 2023

Desgn Wall Monday - April, 24, 2023

 I just got home from a quilt retreat with my daughter and many quilty friends.  It was so much fun.  Such a blessing to quilt for a few days with kindred quilting souls.  Plus spending time with my daughter was extra special.  It was wonderful.

One of the special events we could attend was a talk and display of Amish crib quilts and doll quilts.  This presentation was given by Rebecca Haarer, the owner of Rebecca Haarer Arts and Antiques, a store in Shipshewana, Indiana.  Today’s post is a parade of some of the beautiful Amish quilts she showed us:

Enjoy.  I don’t remember what Rebecca Haarer said about this one, as it has printed fabric in it, but it was includedin her talk, and I like it.

Solid colors:

Here are three adorable Amish doll quilts:

What have you seen, or made, or started or finished this week?  Please join in our Design Wall Monday Linky Party below and join the fun.  Next week I will show you what I displayed at the retreat’s “show and tell”.  Thanks for participating this week!

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Monday, April 17, 2023

Design Wall Monday - April 17, 2023

Good Morning Quilters!

I turned 80 years old yesterday.  Wow!  It sure doesn't seem like I'm that old. (I tell myself I'm 40 years old X2).   Family and friends have blessed me so much, with many meals out, and lots of flowers.  In fact, I think today will be a parade of all the bouquets in our house right now.

Hubby bought me white tulips, and I added the last two blooms of the fading Easter lilies to this arrangement, which is on the kitchen counter:

Our son sent me a large bouquet that was so tightly packed with flowers.  So many flowers crowded together that the stems were not able to get any water to survive, so I split it into three different vases.  Here is the first of the three, a tulip bouquet which is now by my bedside.  So pretty!

Second of the tightly packed flowers, is the separate bouquet of orange roses.  I've never seen roses this color, and they are so beautiful.  

The third vase has everything else from my son's gift,  that wasn't an orange rose or a variegated red tulip:

This bouquet is in the living room on the coffee table.

And lastly, my good friend Claire gave me some Gerber daisies.  I have some very small vases, so I cut the stems quite short, and there is one flower in each vase. They will be marching down the middle of the dining room table.  They are on a white tray here, until I am sure the bottom of each vase is dry before placing them on the table.  So pretty.  

Oh!  I almost forgot, I am now the owner of this adorable little African violet, thanks to my sweet neighbor, Karen, who has the same birthday as I do.  We are twins just on the April 16 part, her year is much later than mine.    She was born when I was in high school.  My little violet is now in my kitchen window.  

Well, I didn't get any quilting done last week, but I sure had fun.  This week my daughter flies in on Wednesday morning and we will be spending five days at a quilt retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana.  Another birthday present will be spending a week with my daughter.  God is so good.

What have you been doing this past week?  I hope you have had some sunshine and warm weather, as we have had here in Grand Rapids.  It was lovely all week, and the screens are now on the windows, and the windows were open so I could hear the birds outside.  Lovely! 

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Monday, April 10, 2023

Design Wall Monday - April 10, 2023

Good Morning Quilters!

Easter Sunday was so wonderful this year!  The church was full and the music and the sermon were such a blessing to me.  Here are a few quilty pictures for you to enjoy this Easter week.

My lily quilt was one of the first quilts I made.  Blogged about it (Here). I turned the fabric edges under and appliqu├ęd them down, and also did embroidery button hole stitching around each piece.  I probably would do one or the other now, but not both.  It won a ribbon at the county fair quite a while ago.  

The second quilt is my thirties era reproduction fabric baskets.  Each basket is filled with little circles and leaves.  It is out on our stairs railing near the front door every spring.  It is so cheerful!

Two friends gave me Easter lilies.  They smell so lovely.  

It has been a great Easter.  I hope you have had a great week too, and are ready to join in our Design Wall Monday Linky Party. 

Spring is finally here and it makes me so happy.  And when I’m happy, I quilt!   How about you?  I hope you link up below and show us what you are doing.  

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Monday, April 3, 2023

Design Wall Monday - April 3, 2023

 Footnote to last week's post:  For those who were "no reply" on last week's post, here is information on the Jane Stickle quilt.  It has been made by paper piecing, and there is software for this quilt that can be used with Electric Quilt.  There are also some generous internet people who have free instructions for you.  For instance, see for wonderful instructions on how to make each block.

Good Morning Quilters!

Boy am I tired!  I am soooooo tired that I can hardly stand up.    Why, you ask?

Well, who wouldn't be after a March of 31 days?

This was a joke my father told to us kids every year right after March ended.  We would groan and roll our eyes.   I think of him often, and smile when something reminds me of one of his many jokes.

I am back to working on the Benjamin Biggs Wedding Quilt again.  Here is a picture of my design wall, with 17 blocks finished:

The two blocks that have been finished recently are the one with many, many leaves, block #15, 

and the much easier block with four flower buds and four leaves, block #16:

What have you been working on?  There has been lots of great projects linked up last week, and I am looking forward to seeing what you show us this week.  So please click below and join our Design Wall Monday Linky Party.  We want to hear from you.  Thanks to all of you who faithfully link up.  I appreciate you!

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