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Monday, August 14, 2017

Design Wall Monday - August 14, 2017

This week has gone super fast.  And I didn't get much quilting done.  But I did finish the top of the "bazillion hst's doll quilt", as someone named it.

Here is the top:








I've picked blueberries several times lately, and learned something new this year, that they keep best unrefrigerated, in an open container on the countertop.  I also found it is very handy for popping a few in my mouth every time I go past the counter. Yummy.

Here's a picture of my latest picking:



I hope you have some lovely pictures to show the rest of us. I love Design Wall Mondays.  Let's see what you've been working on.







Monday, August 7, 2017

Design Wall Monday - August 7, 2017

August has started with such great weather that I haven't been sewing very much.  I have been outside enjoying the weather.  I even went golfing with my hubby, and enjoyed the beautiful golf course.  

Yesterday I got out this doll quilt project that is partially finished and sewed some more on it.  Here is my progress so far:




I have another four rows ready to sew together.  I'm at the cabin, so my design wall today is the kitchen table.  Whatever works, right?




What's on your Design Wall this Monday?  



Monday, July 31, 2017

Design Wall Monday - July 31, 2017

It's the last day of July, and I am away from home most of the week.  I have redwork in the car, to work on while I travel.  The project is an 8 block x 8 block square quilt of redwork squares, with a flower/leaves border on all sides.  I'm at about 55 of the 64 blocks needed, and am working on the borders.  Here's a picture of the four borders in their present state on my design wall:




Here's a closeup, as the picture above is too far away:









A  rough calculation is that I need at least 10 flowers on each of the four 
borders, and progress is as follows:

Border #1   10 flowers
Border #2     8 flowers
Border #3     5 flowers
Border #4     2 flowers

One way to look at it is, I'm at 25 flowers, and only 15 to go.  I'm working on getting 2 more flowers on the second border, and then two borders will be at goal.  Later I will figure out how to make the design pleasing in the corners where the side designs meet.  As Miss Scarlett said, "I'll think about that tomorrow."

What are you working on this week?  I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures.  Please reference back to this blog post somewhere in your blog post, so people can go quickly back and forth between all the design walls.  Thanks!




Friday, July 28, 2017

Liebster Award - What Does It Mean?

Recently, a blogger friend (Gail Sheppard, of "quiltinggail.wordpress.com") nominated me for the "Liebster Award".  What does it mean?  Well, the word means beloved in the German language.  As far as I can tell, a Liebster Award means another blogger wants me to write a post about myself, and answer a few questions.  Then I nominate other bloggers, and on it goes......maybe like a chain letter, but not.  It is a way for bloggers to get acquainted.

So here are ten questions about myself that I have posed, and answered, so you may know me better:

(1)  What challenges do I face as a quilt blogger?  Irregularity.....no, not that kind of irregularity.....I mean I had no consistency in when I posted.  But now that I'm hosting Design Wall Mondays, I like the schedule of posting every Monday.  I so enjoy all of your posts, and seeing what you are working on every week, so it's a win-win situation.....and there are very few of those in life.

(2)  What ridiculous quilty thing has someone tricked me into doing or believing?  Early on, I was told, "Everyone must have a stash."  If I could start over, I would buy far less fabric and and have a project in mind for fabric when I buy it.  I now buy no fabric at all, and will be amazed if I eventually use all the fabric I now own.

(3) What's an example of a small change that I made that improved my life as a quilter?  Here's one that pleases me:  Recently, I hung a small basket filled with batting right next to the design wall, and filled it with flowerhead pins.  It is so handy when I am pinning blocks to the design wall.  Also easy to put pins back there when I'm done and they are right there when I need them again.  Don't know why I didn't do this sooner.



(4) What is the most important thing I learned as a quilter to improve myself?  I got more precise on 1/4 inch seams and I also learned to measure parts of a block before assembly of entire block.  This came about as I did Jane Stickle blocks, and is why I sometimes refer to that quilt as "Quilting 101".

(5) What are the most common road blocks that stop me from finishing a project?  I make a mistake in assembly, or decide I don't like how it is turning out, so I put it aside to think about it for a while.  I've been thinking about some projects for quite a while.

(6) What kind of thread do I use?  I'm not very particular.  I do use cotton, or cotton/poly blend on most of my work, and use a neutral color on almost everything.....off white, white, taupe, or beige.

(7)  What lie do I most often tell myself?  I say, "This free internet quilt-a-long won't take very much time at all, and it will also use up some of my stash."

(8) What is one feature of my quilting life that is perfect?  The weather!  It's always a good day to quilt.  My hubby is a golfer, and while the weather forecast sometimes doesn't look favorable for golfing, it's always a good day to quilt!

(9) What's the silliest quilting tool/invention that I have bought?  Too many to list, but I no longer buy anything demonstrated at a quilt show.  I will tell you that I have several rulers that are seldom used.

(10) What encouragement do I have for other quilters?  Please don't fret about your "style" or "method" or "process".    There are no quilt police, and there is no right way to do something.  I sometimes cut blocks out the old fashioned way with scissors, just because I think it is fun to do.  I won't ever have a fabric cutter machine, but I have no opinion of those who use them.....I just like to put my thumb and finger through rings on the end of the scissors handle and snip away.  I am open to learning and trying new things, but only use the new way if the way I do it now is not pleasing to me.  

I hope this helps you know me better, and if you have any other questions, you can ask me.  If anyone would like to be nominated for a Liebster Award, I would be happy to nominate you.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Design Wall Monday - July 24, 2017

I am on a much needed vacation this week, so my design wall has not changed:



We are on a trip to Mackinac Island and Michigan's Upper Peninsula and will be back home next week.  I hope you have a more productive sewing week that I am having.  I am looking forward to seeing what you are posting when I get back. What's on your Design Wall this Monday?








Monday, July 17, 2017

Design Wall Monday - July 17, 2017

Today's not a design wall, but a pile of little quilts that I am putting labels on.  I am not so good at completing that finishing touch of documenting my quilts.  I'm wanting to improve that so I'm spending my sewing time today making labels for several little quilts.





Also, if they don't have a hanging sleeve, or hanging triangles, on the back, I'm sorting those into a pile to add that also.  It's a day to work on the little finishing details.  What about you, What are you working on today?



Monday, July 10, 2017

Design Wall Monday - July 10, 2017

How to reward myself for doing a good deed?  Start a new doll quilt, of course.  I'm working on a snowball and nine patch doll quilt from a July challenge by a blogger friend at Huckleberry Stitches  (Here) .  It is going well, and a nice break from the Valentine quilt.




What was the good deed?  An adult child came to visit and brought  a "mending" task.  Her dog had chewed up the back of three pillows, and would I please fix the pillows.  I recited the adage "asking a quilter to do mending is like asking Picasso to paint your garage" but all the kids laughed because they know I will do anything for them.   AND, they laughed at the thought of me being compared to Picasso.  Humph!  So two quilting days were spent fixing the pillows.....I do love my kids and my grand dogs dearly.  Also, I did do a bang-up job on the repairs.







Work on the Valentine quilt while on vacation at the cabin has been a challenge.  The pieces for the next 10 x 10 block were laid out on a beach towel in preparation to sew, only to have to roll up the towel and store it away when more family came to visit.  Now the family has all gone back home, and the block is laid out again, ready to sew.  What's on your design wall?










Monday, July 3, 2017

Design Wall Monday - July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July to those in the United States!  Here's my favorite patriotic doll quilt.



It's 13 inches by 17 inches and each flag is made of three pieces of fabric, 2 striped pieces and one starred piece.  I made it from old fabrics from my Mom's stash, which is why I like it so much.  The flags are 3 in. by 5 in.

I'm on vacation and away from home, so no pictures from my design wall. 

What's on your Design Wall?







Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Replica of an Old Doll Quilt

As I looked up when I had written about this quilt, I see the two posts referenced below are from 2013.  It seems like just yesterday.  

This little doll quilt was so much fun to make that I hated to finish it.  I know, that doesn't make sense, but there you have it.  I am making the binding of several different small prints, to be similar to the original.  As with this whole process, I duplicated what another quilt maker did a long time ago.  You can read about my work on this quilt  (Here)  and (Here)

I am cutting double fold binding at 1 and 3/4 inches wide.  I use 2" on bed sized quilts, and want this to be a little smaller.  The quilting is just straight line, nothing fancy because I don't want the emphasis there.   I am not using the hanging triangles on the back, because it is going into next year's Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show, and I will need to add a hanging sleeve.  And a label.

I thank Jane Weaver for giving me permission to make my version of the vintage quilt that she owns.  Here is her website:  (Here) and you can see the original under her "quilts" tab.

I am happy that my little quilt is on its way to being a finished quilt.  Sometimes it takes me a long time to completely finish a project. Here it is:  I added a third patch of red squares to mine.  It measures 16.25 in. by 20.5 inches before adding the binding.



Here's the original:

Circa 1895, 17 1/2 in. by 21 3/4 in.  New York State.



Here's the scraps that were with the quilt that I may use for binding:
  




And, update this morning, tada!!, here is the quilt, all bound and ready for the quilt show in Hampton, VA, next spring:




Now what shall I do to amuse myself today?  Hope you are staying inspired!




Monday, June 26, 2017

Design Wall Monday - June 26, 2017

I thought when I took over Design Wall Monday, I thought I would do another post sometime other than Monday, to talk about other projects I'm working on also, but it hasn't happened yet.  Maybe this week I will.

Two people have contacted me that are unable to link up to my blog, and I apologize that I'm not computer savvy enough to help them.  I am sorry, and I hope to learn more so that I can be of more assistance.

I am working on other projects this week, and haven't made a lot of progress on the Valentine Quilt, as I've been gone from my design wall.

What is on your Design Wall this week?  Here's mine:





Please send us your link, so we can enjoy the show.  And don't forget to reference this blog in your post, using a link back here.  That way, we can jump back here and jump on to the next blog.  Thanks!







Monday, June 19, 2017

Design Wall Monday - June 19, 2017

Well, I am still working on the Valentine Quilt, but for a break from viewing my design wall, I thought I'd show you pictures of the blocks I am making for Lisa Bongean's Triangle Gatherings.  Her website is (Here)   I first talked about these triangle blocks (Here)

How could I pass up a 'gathering' of hst blocks?  They are made of 16 small hst pieces, and since I have shoeboxes full of hst's, it has been fun to assemble them into Lisa's weekly patterns.

This week I made #29 through #36 and here is a picture:





There are 45 patterns published so far, and I have made 36 of them.  The way I write out the patterns is to copy the block pictures onto graph paper.  This way, I don't waste a lot of computer ink printing out a pattern page for each square, as I already have the hsts in my stash.  Here's a picture to show you what I mean:


  

What's on your design wall this Monday?









Monday, June 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday - June 12, 2017

The Valentine Quilt is coming along.  I have charted out the wording that I want on the bottom and it will add about 25 more rows.  I have the squares for the main body of the quilt all cut and kitted into 10x10 squares sections in baggies. I am prepping the newly added word squares into baggies today and am happy that I have a final plan for the bottom part of the quilt.  I knew if I waited long enough, the right wording would come to me.

Here is a picture of the quilt in progress on my design wall,



And here is the newly charted words for the bottom.  Last night I cut the 303 red squares needed for the words.  The neutral squares will come from my scraps box of 1.5 x 1.5 squares.



Here's a picture of my front flower bed today.  These were here when we bought the house, and they always put on a show in June.  They are in the genus dianthus, a genus that includes pinks, carnations, and sweet william.   I'm not sure what they are specifically, but they are a perennial, and easy to care for.



What's on your Design Wall this Monday?  I am so happy that you are all participating here, and Design Wall Mondays is continuing.  Thank you for joining in today.








Monday, June 5, 2017

Design Wall Monday - June 5, 2017

Thank you all for being so kind and receptive to carrying on Design Wall Mondays here at my blog.  I am loving all of your projects, and am looking forward to seeing what you will be posting this Monday.

As for me, I am working on the Valentine Quilt, but I did get sidetracked on several smaller projects.  For instance, while at a retreat in Shipshewana, IN this spring, a friend showed me these little strips and a start of a 4 inch square string block.  Crazy!!  But guess who she gave the project to, and guess who is continuing to make 4 inch blocks with tiny little strings.  Thank you Rebecca Winburn, of Little Rock, Arkansas; you started me down this rabbit hole, and I am having fun!

































What are you working on this week?  Please add my new button to your sidebar, and also link back to this post so people can go back and forth between all of our Design Walls.  Thanks ever so much!







Friday, June 2, 2017

Quilting Along With Internet Friends

Whenever I see a cute project on someones blog, I think about making the quilt myself.  That's why I got started making little quilts once a month with my Internet friend Tilda, at http://Huckleberrystitches.blogspot.com.  She has a little parade of doll quilts on the first of every month.  Here is my entry for the June 1st group post.  





It is a rail fence pattern, and I used indigo fabric and shirting.  It finished at 12" by 14". 

Tilda posted the quilt she wants everyone to make for June and I had the day free yesterday, so I made it and here it is:





It measures 14 inches square, and I took a picture of it outside this afternoon.  If you want to see the June 1st quilt along parade, or join in for the July 1st parade, go to Tilda's blog site:  (Here)




The flowers are Dianthus, and they are putting on quite a show right now.  Here are two more pictures of this perennial that is very easy to grow.






Hope you are having a great start to June!  The weather here has been perfect this week in Michigan.



Monday, May 29, 2017

Design Wall Monday - May 29, 2017

Today is Decoration Day, now called Memorial Day, when we honor those men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.  I will be remembering those in my family who have served our country.  My Dad and many of his brothers were all serving in WWII at the same time.   My memories of Decoration Day, when I was a little girl, were of going to the local cemetery for a memorial service in which my father as a wounded soldier, proudly took part.  





The above pictures are of Madeline Grace Wallace, then 4, carrying flags at the National Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas, May 25, 2012.  She was helping her mother, U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Wendy Wallace, honor the soldiers who died in protecting our freedom.  It reminds me of my childhood, helping my father at the cemetery on Decoration Day.

Here are two of my patriotic quilts:





And I'll close with Sophia Grace and Rosie, with their Memorial Poppy.  We hope you have something on your design wall to share with us today.







Friday, May 26, 2017

Badges, Buttons, and Icons, Oh My!!



Is it a badge, or button, or icon, or what?   I didn't even know what a button was two weeks ago, and now I have one.  Amazing.





Three of my friends made me a button.  Well, actually they did all of the computer tech work, and I provided a picture of one of my quilts. 

Let's hope it is going to work.  If you'd like to put it on your blog as a reminder to come by on Mondays, that would be very nice.  You'll find it on my sidebar near the top. 

If you don't know how to add a button, Bonnie Hunter has a tutorial at her blog that explains how to add one (she calls them badges) to your sidebar.  (Here).   


Monday, May 22, 2017

Design Wall Mondays - May 22, 2017

My valentine quilt is progressing along.  Here are several shots of my design wall, so you can see the progress:







This week's Design Wall:


As I shared last week, Design Wall Mondays will be here each week, and I welcome everyone who wants to share what is on your design wall.  I thank Judy Liquadara at Patchwork Times so much for hosting it all of these years, and I will attempt to do her proud.








Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Design Wall Mondays - May 15, 2017

What's on my Design Wall:

I have four rows (of blocks that are 10x10 squares) and am working on row #5.


Over at Patchwork Times, Judy Liquadara posted Monday that she will no longer be doing a Design Wall Mondays link-up.  Since I like it so much, I asked Judy if I could continue it at my blog, and she said, yes.  So I will attempt doing Design Wall Mondays link-up here.  So, spread the word, and if you like looking at what everyone else has on their design walls, you can find the links here.





Monday, May 8, 2017

Motivation Boosters

When I get midway through a project, the motivation sometimes goes away, and my mind wanders toward starting new projects.  It must happen with other quilters also, because a lot of us have unfinished projects.  Today, I looked at my previous post about 18 motivaional tips, and just picked one to concentrate on to move me forward.

Original post:  (click here)

Tip #7:  Do a small part of it right now.  Even if you don't want to start it, just give it five minutes.  Often the "just five minutes" turns into a good amount of a project completed, as I lose track of time, and become immersed in a quilt.  Sometimes if you don't feel like starting, you just have to start, and the momentum will happen.  I have a sand timer that I turn over, and often quilt for just the time it takes for the sand to run through it, but often look up and the sand has long been settled into the bottom end, and I'm still going strong.

Design wall picture






Sand timer


Monday Linkups:

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times


Monday, May 1, 2017

Retreat Happiness

I've just come home from a four day retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana, and my heart is full.  The quilters at the retreat fill my heart each time we meet, and I can't wait until the next one comes around.  

There were several wonderful quilts shown at the "Show and Tell" on Friday night, and also several other masterpieces in progress around the room.  It was wonderful, and I am filled with ideas for new quilts.

I didn't buy any fabric while there, and only bought a pair of pillowcases that will go well with my yellow appliqued flower quilt.  Here is a picture of the quilt with the new (vintage) pillowcases:







While at the retreat, I made a few little doll quilts to go with some of my big quilts.  Here is a little one I made to go with my toile valentine quilt.  I made the solid squares in a size that I could fussy cut the birds in the squares:



Here is a picture of the 2 quilt together:  Someone asked me for directions for the large quilt, and I am going to write out the instructions for both quilts and make a little pattern leaflet, if anyone is interested.  A friend said I should sell the pattern, and I am considering it.



Linking up:

Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt

Monday, April 3, 2017

Celebration of Spring

To celebrate spring, I started a new small quilt!  (Not that I need a reason to start one, but I'm using this reason)

Center design:






Complete quilt layout, on the table in the family room.  It will be 24" by 26" with each square or hst finishing at 1 inch.




The drawing in my "quilts to make" notebook is shown below.  Not my original design, as I saw it somewhere on the internet, and didn't document where it came from.  If you know, please tell me.





Valentine quilt is progressing along.  I haven't taken it down from the design wall yet, as I am still having fun adding grids to it.  There are three rows of grids almost completed, and three rows of grids to go......and then additional grids if I decide to add wording at the bottom.  It is a very peaceful process.








Linking up with:
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times