Monday, October 16, 2017

Design Wall Monday - October 16, 2017

Fall is finally here, and we've had beautiful weather so far.  I got out some fall quilts, and have the large leaf quilt on display on the railing:

And the view from the kitchen:

It's from a pattern by Ruth Powers and the pattern is named "Third Weekend in October".  The quilt is 85 X 110 inches.  Her pattern:

It is paper pieced, and a great way to use your fall colored fabrics.

Here's a few pictures (from the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI) from this week:

The white pumpkins and the ornamental cabbages always look so nice.

  I love the big pumpkins turned on their side - just as they were in the field.

They used apples in their arrangements!  Of course, if I tried that in my yard, the deer would be all over it.

Isn't this pumpkin a funky one?  I really like it.

What are you working on this third Monday in October?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Design Wall Monday - October 9, 2017

This week:  I'm working on blocks to exchange with the Churn Dashers group in Virginia. I am making 28 blocks, 4 each to exchange with 7 participants.   I worked on this project quite a while ago, and this week when I made more blocks, they were all coming out too small!  I stewed about it, trying to figure out what was wrong with my seam allowances......then I read the directions more carefully.  I found out my problem....I was trying to square up the blocks to 6.5 inches......and the directions said to square up the blocks to 6.75 inches!

I felt so silly, since I was one of the writers when the directions were written last year.   At least I was able to figure it out and move on.

Here's the block.  If anyone knows the name of this block, we'd like to know.
We drafted the pattern from an old quilt that one member owns.

Fall has been so beautiful here in Michigan.  The pumpkins are everywhere; here's a picture of a field of pumpkins near us:

And a closer look:

What are you working on this week?  We sure had a lot of beautiful projects last week.  Thank you so much for your participation. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Design Wall Monday - October 2, 2017

Binding is the quilting project for this week.  I finished the binding on the green and white quilt of last week's post, and am now working on binding for a vintage top that I recently had quilted by a long arm quilter.  I bought the top from a friend a few years ago.

I like it because there is a half block on all the outside edges.  It makes it more interesting, don't you think?  I would not usually do it this way, but I like it.
I believe the pattern is a variation of "crossed canoes," with sashing and cornerstones.

Here's a picture of the quilt, (75" by 83") and I have one side of the binding finished:

Here's a quilt from the Quilt Index showing the crossed canoes pattern:

Maker, unknown, Crossed Canoes.  1850-1875.  From Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project - MassQuilts.  Published in The Quilt Index,

Most double fold bindings are cut at 2.5 or 2.25 inches, but for this quilt, I cut the binding at 2 inches.  The top is vintage, and I used a very thin batting, and I like to have the binding the same width on the front and the back of the quilt. The 2 inch binding is fitting it just fine.  Here's a picture of the binding:

And a close-up of a block:
Blocks are 6.5 by 6.5 and are not appliqued, but pieced of 12 pieces in each block, made 1/4 block at a time.

What are you working on this week?  I love to see what's on your design wall!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Design Wall Monday - September 25, 2017

Final chapter of the story I told last week of four quilts made from the parts of an abandoned Internet mystery quilt:

The 4th quilt looks like this:

I took the green and white parts, removed the black square, and made an Irish chain quilt with them.  Mystery parts:

I had my machine quilter, Joyce Brenner, put MSU logos in the large blank white spaces, and she also added a few footballs.  I think it turned out great!

MSU Logo:


This week's work is to finish it with white binding.

What's on your design wall this week?  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Design Wall Monday - September 18, 2017

My sister is out of the hospital, and I am so glad. Your prayers are appreciated and were heard. She is feeling much better.

This week I've been working on finishing some quilts that were unfinished for quite a while.  I blogged before (Here) about a mystery quilt that I had quite a few parts for, and then decided to change directions and not finish the mystery quilt.   It turned out that I will have four quilts from the parts of one mystery quilt unfinished.  All's well that ends well.

First quilt, just bound this week: 

I used the plaid on bias for the binding as I like it to look a little different than the plaid it is next to, and this quilt will be donated to the Lighthouse Pregnancy Care Center, Manistee, MI,  for a raffle they have coming soon.  I hope it will have a good home and be loved by someone.

A picture of the quilt top right after I pieced it together, shown on a king sized bed:

Closeup of one of the blocks:

Quilt two and three are twin quilts, that I use at the cabin for picnics cloths.  I removed the black part of the four patch and replaced it with another yellow square, and added red and white checked fabric all around.  They are quilted with a leaf pattern that I like a lot.  The picture is of just one, but there are two, just alike.

Here are two clues to the mystery quilt; and you can tell which parts went into each of my quilts.

This third clue below will be the subject of my next blog post, as the quilt is at the quilters right now, getting quilted.  I took out the black square and made the green and white parts into an Irish Chain quilt, and my quilter, Joyce Brenner, is quilting the MSU "Sparty" logo on the blank white parts.  I can't wait to show it to you next week.

What's on your design wall?  I hope you are making progress on your quilts too.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Design Wall Monday - September 11, 2017

Today we remember the attack by the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda on the United States of America.  It has been 16 years, and I remember it as if it was yesterday.  Also today, we are hearing about the terrible destruction of the hurricanes, both in Texas and in Florida.  Whenever I am thinking of such destruction, and the terrible loss of life involved with all of these, I am picking up my sewing and soothing myself with simple stitching.

So while we pray for those involved in the hurricanes, and remember the people who died in the terrorist attacks, I am thankful for small things that comfort me.  One act of kindness yesterday:

Our church has a family who sells home grown things at the Saturday farmer's market.  They had some flowers left over from market, that they brought to church on Sunday, to give to anyone that wanted them.  So after church, I took a bouquet of beautiful sunflowers to my sister at the hospital.  God is good.

I've been working on redwork all this week, as my sister was in the hospital, and I sat by her side.  She was able to go home yesterday, so that has been a big relief.  Her health is not great, but now we have more information that we can use to keep her functioning better.  I worked on borders for the redwork quilt.  I have made good progress and here are two pictures of the border I am working on:

Here's a closer look at the work I will do today.  I just use a pencil to trace the pattern onto the cloth:

The weather this summer has been great for the farmers, and it is now apple picking time.  There are all kinds of orchards here on the west coast of Michigan, and now there are loads of apples being gathered.  This picture was on the internet this week:

I love apples, and there are so many varieties here that I feel blessed whenever I buy apples.  Hope this picture puts a smile on your face; it did mine!

Well, what are you working on this week?  I am looking forward to seeing the pictures of your design walls.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Design Wall Monday - September 4, 2017

My fellow blogger at, Tilda,  has chosen a doll quilt called "Honeybee" to challenge people to make in August.  It's in a book by Kathleen Tracy, and I looked at her quilt, and decided to make a replica of the vintage quilt that Kathleen Tracy had patterned her doll quilt after.  My doll quilt is 15 inches square, before I quilt and bind it.

Here's a picture of my doll quilt top, not quilted yet:

Here's a picture of the original quilt:

And here's a picture of the quilt Kathleen Tracy calls "Honeybee.":

I like all three, but then I like all doll quilts, don't I?

What are you working on this week?  I am looking forward to seeing all the pictures in your links.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Design Wall Monday - August 28, 2017

What a week!  So much happened, and none of it was quilty.  We moved my sister to Ludington, Michigan, from Flint, Michigan, on an independent living apartment .........My fairly new car - (just got it all paid for recently) - was in a fluke accident while I was out of town.....Maybe my hubby was driving it, but I'm not saying for sure.   I wouldn't want to embarrass him.  Then our daughter and her family had to evacuate their home in Texas (Corpus Christi) because of Hurricane Harvey.  They are home as of last night, but have no power yet.  The good news is that they missed the worst of the hurricane winds and far their home is not flooded.  Wow, what a week!

So you will understand if this is a brief post because I did not do much quilting.  

Here is a picture of part of the 365 quilt block project from 2016, that Dee put up on my design wall for me while she was here last week.  There are so many different blocks, that there is no right or wrong way to arrange them.   The next step will be sewing all the blocks together.

There is another round of darks and another round of lights - it's a big quilt!  I may take apart the center medallian to use darker pieces in the outside triangles.....or I may leave it up on the design wall until it grows on me the way it is.  I also may eliminate the four outside corner big blocks, as I haven't made them yet, and I think I have extras of the smaller blocks to use instead.

Here is the original layout:

In contrast to all the excitement this week, I enjoyed a nice boat ride with my granddog, Charlie on Monday.  We both love to sit in the front of the boat, with the wind in our faces.  We turned toward the camera for this picture, but usually we are facing into the wind with abandon!

What's on your design wall this Monday?  I hope you will join in the parade of pictures of everyone's projects.  I love to see what you are working on.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Design Wall Monday - August 21, 2017

I did get some quality quilt viewing time in last week, as I spent part of the week in Grand Rapids with my best friend Dee, and we attended the AQS Quilt Show on Thursday. 

Here are pictures of two quilts, of the many, that I liked from the show:

Isn't this beautiful?  It is a whole different kind of quilting than I could ever do, so I just sit back and admire it.  Following is a close-up of part of the flower:

Here is the info tag on this quilt:

My hat's off to Andrea Brokenshire!  Such wonderful work......but no ribbon!  I appreciated it and hope you all do too.   I wonder why it didn't get a ribbon.

Another quilt that I liked because I love thirties and anything plaid:

Each basket was plaid, and I thought the outside border was a great selection to tie it all together.  The quilting was great too.....a lovely quilt, but again, no ribbon.   Here is a picture of the whole quilt:

I'll close with a picture of my friend Dee who was visiting me.  She doesn't like to have her picture taken, but isn't she cute? 

We were at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and if you are ever in Grand Rapids, it is a beautiful place to visit.  

What's on your design wall this Monday?  My design wall is non-existent up here at the cabin, but today I am working on making a label for a baby quilt.  I hope to see what you are working on in today's link-up.

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 "") 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?, 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 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.