Monday, October 30, 2023

Design Wall Monday - October 30, 2023

 Good Morning Quilters!

I just got my May Day Baskets quilt back from Sue Daurio, who quilted it for me.  Here are pictures of her beautiful work (pictures copied from Sue’s Instagram account):

Sue’s website is  (Here)   She also quilted my little matching doll quilt, and I’m working on binding this little quilt today:

Both quilts make me so happy.  It makes my quilting mojo return in full force.

The weather is turning colder here in Michigan, and binding these two matching quilts is a perfect way to spend this week while inside.  Most of the beautiful leaves are floating down to the ground and now the ground under the trees show a beautiful display of color.

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Monday, October 23, 2023

Design Wall Monday - October 23, 2023

 Good Morning Quilters!

This past weekend was the third weekend in October, which makes me want to show you one of my favorite quilts.  “Third Weekend in October” is a pattern by Ruth Powers and is available from her website for $8.50.  (Here)

It’s 85 x 110 inches, and is paper pieced, like a large but easy puzzle.  Since I have given it to our Grandson Hunter, here is a current picture of him with the quilt, at his apartment.  He is my favorite Grandson…..(they all are!)

There are several pictures from previous posts that show more of the quilt and I include some pictures here:

Displayed on the couch when we lived in Virginia. I made it while we lived there.

In Grand Rapids, on the entry way railing:

Picture taken from the top of the stairs, at the cabin, looking down on it on the floor.  It was too big for my design wall here in Grand Rapids.

And here are two pictures taken this week of the beautiful leaves on display in our yard.  The quilt is aptly named!  

Taken from my bed, of the backyard.  Colors are brighter, but it was a rainy day.

And the maples in our front yard,  which always give us a great display of color:

Happy Third Weekend in October ladies!

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Monday, October 16, 2023

Design Wall Monday - October 16, 2023

Good Morning Quilters!

We have been on vacation this week, and went to Lubbock, Texas to visit a granddaughter who is a student at Texas Tech.  She is a baton twirler with their band.  We had a nice week watching their great band, and going to see the football game on Saturday.  Their team lost, but we thought the halftime show was terrific, especially the baton twirlers!

Here’s a picture of us with her:

While traveling with our daughter to the game, our daughter crocheted, and I knitted.  Here’s our progress:

First, Christa made me “Frog and Toad” to give to our great-grandson as a birthday gift.  I have three of the classic Frog and Toad books to give him, and thought he would like some stuffed animals to go with the books.  Christa is so talented and can crochet anything in such a short time.  It’s fun to watch her.  I am going to add mouths of black yarn after I look at the book illustrations.

I knitted several cotton dishcloths/washcloths as small gifts for friends:

So that’s about it around here, as we were away most of the week.  I will be back home to work on quilting this week, and hope to have some progress to show you by next Monday.  .  I know you have some progress to show me today!  Thanks for joining in our Design Wall Monday Linky Party. 

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Monday, October 9, 2023

Design Wall Monday - October 9, 2023

 Good Morning Quilters!

I’m still on the subject of sampler quilts.  But I am making progress!  The Splendid Sampler blocks setting design issues have been resolved, and I am relatively happy with the plan to finish this UFO.   Here is the progress I have made:

1) I made a choice of setting design, as per favorable opinions you provided.  Thank you very much!  I am going with this plan:

Since last Monday, I auditioned light and dark solid fabrics for the plain parts:

2) pink and light green:

Result:  A) Too pinky and baby looking for me.  I realized I’m not very fond of pink.  

B)  I eliminated the pink, and used just the light green alternating with white:

Better, but still not enough contrast for me, 

C): Using a dark green gives me the contrast I want.  It still is a sampler look (too busy for me) but I do like it and it is a go to finish up this UFO.

I am glad this project is moving along.  And I think there are only a few more sampler UFOs in my stash.  😊  For sure, I know I am not starting any new ones in the future.  What are you working on this week? 

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Monday, October 2, 2023

Design Wall Monday - October 2, 2023

 Good Morning Quilters!

Today’s subject is “Sampler Quilts”.  As long as I have been quilting, I’ve been drawn to making little blocks - all different from each other.  I started my quilt journey with the Jane Stickle Quilt, so I think that influenced me a lot. .  And whenever an internet “free block patterns for such and such time of the whatever” is offered, I usually join in.  But now, I’m resisting joining any new ones until I get some of these sampler blocks from my past years made into quilts.

The UFO that is on the design wall this week are blocks from Pat Sloan’s “Splendid Sampler” of a few years ago.  I saw one or two quilt tops that I thought would be something I could do with these blocks, but I’m undecided.  The truth is that I like making the blocks, but together in a quilt top, they are too busy looking.  I have them in a possible setting with an Irish chain alternate block.  And I put four together as I saw this on another person’s Splendid Sampler.  I don’t know if it makes them look more busy or less busy this way.

I am also considering another setting, similar to one of these quilts that I saw on Pinterest.

 I also have a pile of pink small squares pulled from the stash, that could be used as Irish Chain pieces instead of green..  I’m the queen of indecision on sampler blocks and I think it’s because I love each little one, and feel they are so special when I see them all alone……but all together, not so much.  What are your feelings about sampler blocks and sampler quilts?

This is October, another fresh new month ahead of us!  I see lots of possibilities this month of getting some projects moved further along.  I hope you do too.  Please join in our Design Wall Linky Party below and show us what projects you are working/playing with.   Thanks to all you faithful bloggers who participate each week.  I appreciate you!

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