This has been a productive week and loads of fun. I have a big Friday Finish to share with you today.
I went to a quilt show this weekend in one of the prettiest venues, the Owatonna Arts Center. If you are in the area, stop in and see the beautiful quilts in this setting. They are so inspiring. The show is there until the end of the month. Now that I’ve been inspired, I best get crackin’ on my projects for the week.
Little Mini Quilts
I have these little mini mini quilts waiting for me to finish. So I hope to do that this week. They shouldn’t take too long.
Harmony Table Runner
I have the backing fabric for this now, so I hope to get this done this week. It’s going to a friend of mine, so I’m looking forward to finishing it for her.
Okay, that’s not the name of the pattern, but it’s what I call this quilt. This is back from Connie, so all I need to do is add the binding. I hope to show you the completed quilt on Friday.
The Elephant Quilt
Do you remember this quilt? I am so excited to have this one done and can’t wait to show you the quilting! This one needs a binding and it’s finished.
The top is finally done, so I’ll be picking up the backing fabric this week and then taking it over to Connie. So excited to have this top finished! No pictures until it is given to its new owner, so you’ll just have to imagine what it looks like. It has lots of little pointy stars, to give you a hint.
2017 New Bloggers Blog Hop
I have been getting to know a group of new bloggers, like myself, over the past few weeks. This blog hop is hosted by Yvonne of QuiltingJetGirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, and LeAnne at She Can Quilt. The new bloggers are divided into hives, and each of the three hosts are the “hive mamas”. Let’s Bee Quilt’n is the hive I’m in and LeAnne of She Can Quilt is our hive mama. You’ll see a blog post from me popping up on May 8th. In the meantime, hop on over to She Can Quilt and meet some of the other bloggers.
Hope you have a great week in your sewing room too! What are you working on this week?
This past weekend was the 2017 Northfield Quilt Show “Spring Radiance” hosted by our quilt group. I thought I would give you a little peek at some of the quilts in the show. These are just a few that I thought you’d enjoy seeing. I have a difficult time picking favorites. I liked them all.
I’ll show you the quilt first; the label follows last. These ladies are talented! So without much more description from me, I’ll let the quilts do the talking. Enjoy!
Fractal by Jessie Pendergast
I like the color and design of this quilt.
Hosanna by Rosie Werner
This block has long been a favorite of mine, one I would like to make someday. I like the use of different colors for the blocks. Rosie’s quilt is a beauty!
Look at the lovely hand quilting.
French Quarter by Sharon Detert
The colors in this pretty quilt are so bright and cheery. I also like the layout and the curved pieces.
The machine quilting done by Connie, and a close up of the pretty fabrics in this quilt.
Rhapsody by Mandy Roberts
Mandy showed us her progress as she worked on this quilt. It was such fun to see her work on it. All those little pieces!
Here’s a close up.
My Minnesota Memories by Barbara Drentlaw
This quilt is just so much fun. I enjoy looking for all the little details.
The only time woodticks are cute . . .
And, of course, the skeeter . . .
I have to show you just one more, a quilt that just amazes me whenever I see it. The quilt is so large I couldn’t get it all in the photo (it was a challenge to hang as well).
Family Legacy by Elaine Strese and Cookie Williams
Look at the beautiful spring colors in this quilt!
Take a peek at the size of those squares . . .
The quilting is all done by hand. I believe Cookie said it took her over a year.
These are only a few of the over 100 quilts at the 2017 Northfield Quilt Show. I wish I could show them all. We have a talented bunch of quilters.
In Friday’s post, I’ll show you a few of the Northfield Quilt Show Featured Quilter, Victoria Miller. You need to see her beautiful work. I can’t wait to show you!
Hope this inspires you to do some amazing quilting of your own today! See you Friday!
My schedule changed quite a bit over the weekend, somewhat unexpectedly. I had to cancel some fun outings I had planned with friends and, thankfully, they were graciously understanding. I took a short road trip to help my brother and sister-in-law prepare for a quilt show.
Churn Dash blocks are one of my favorite quilt blocks to make. The block goes together so quickly and easily, and yet it is so versatile. With a change of just one color, you can completely change the look of the block. Recently I stumbled across a book with a cute little churn dash mini quilt pattern. I got the book for a song, and already had all the fabric in my stash.
Sometimes it’s just the little things that make me feel good. Here’s a few from this week.
On March 1st, BigJ and I had a date night to celebrate our engagement 30 years ago. 30 years! It seems like yesterday. I haven’t aged a bit – ha! We went on a little drive, which took us back to the place where he proposed — Diamond Bluff. There is a much longer story to it, of course. You’ll have to ask if you want to hear it, but it’s too long for a quilting blog post!
Earlier that day, I spent some time with a couple of quilty friends, sipping coffee and doing some stitching while we chattered away. See? It’s the little things that make me happy.
I am 9 blocks away from having all the blocks completed for the commission quilt. Another little thing that makes me happy!
Today I made a little tiny finish. It’s my first finish for the year, in miniature form. One of BigJ’s co-workers, who has become a friend to me, had a birthday this week and I wanted to make something for her.
I pulled out my scraps and started to play. I wanted it to be bright and cheery, because sometimes the job she does can be a challenge. I decided to call this little project a “therapy mug mat” — something happy for her to look at when she needs cheering up.
This is what I came up with.
I had a little fun with some free motion quilting. I consider it not bad for a newbie to the whole FMQ thing. I made a wonky little star in the middle piece and then just organic wavy lines around the rest.
The block is made using Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s small template and concept from her book 15 Minutes of Play. It is so much fun, I will definitely be doing more of this!
That’s my little Friday finish. I hope she likes it!
Have a great weekend, all!
To be honest, each quilt I’ve made is a favorite in some way or another, but there is one particular quilt that still makes me smile whenever I think of it. I do not own the quilt; it was made for someone else. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and let me tell you about it.
Connie and I have been friends for many years now. At the beginning over games of golf, which she still plays and I’ve taken a haitus. She has encouraged me not only in life, in golf (that’s another story for another time), but also in quilting. When she began long arm quilting, I wanted to encourage her in her growing business. One day Connie called me about a woman wanting a quilt made. Would I be interested in taking it on?
Here’s a little secret about me. There are a lot of things in life that I’m too chicken to try, but taking on a difficult quilting project is not one of them. I love the challenge of new things in quilting, just to see if I can do it.
So I said yes and asked about the quilt. Connie said the customer wanted a quilt with a Frank Lloyd Wright design. Ok, I’ll admit — I was a bit intimidated by that. You can imagine the patterns and lines that were running through my head.
I agreed to meet with Connie and Carol, the customer, to chat about the quilt and see what Carol had in mind. She had found a book with a Frank Lloyd Wright panel and wondered if I could make it into a queen size quilt. The panel measured approximately 14″ x 40″ as I recall. I was excited to begin.
If my memory serves, the book where she had found the pattern for the panel was Quilts in the Tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright by Jackie Robinson, published back in 1995. I believe I found a copy of it at our library, and I was on my way.
I enjoy sketching out quilt designs on graph paper. It feeds my creativity — a little sketching, a little color, a little math. Well actually the math makes my brain hurt a bit, but I usually get it figured out. Once I had the design in my head and sketched out, we moved forward with the fabrics. The colors she chose were tan, burgundy and black. My plan was to make 3 panels and lay them side by side. The rest of the quilt would be a lighter tan/cream fabric. When finished, it would be a queen size quilt.
If you are familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, you will know that they are very linear in nature. Straight lines that intersect, or chevrons. I was thankful there were no chevrons!
The black fabric represented the leading in the panel. I remember that the black strips were cut at 3/4″, so after sewing they finished at 1/4″. I was still fairly new at quilting, so mine were probably closer to 3/8″. At any rate, they were tiny when finished!
The first panel went together well. I got the second one done and laid it next to the first one, to make sure they were coming out even. It was then I realized that I had shifted one of the little burgundy squares to the wrong place. I had to rip the entire panel apart to fix it! That done, I moved on to the third panel.
Third one done, I laid all three panels out on the floor. I have no idea how, but one panel was longer than the other two. Not knowing where the mistake was, and not really wanting to rip yet one more panel apart, I wondered what I could do. And then it came to me — why not offset the longer panel just a bit from the other two. Problem solved!
Once I had the top done, it was Connie’s turn to work her longarm magic. To bring the focus to the panels, she just quilted in the ditch on each one. She crosshatched the rest of the quilt. She also made the pillows you see on the bed in the photo.
Carol was nice enough to invite me out to see the quilt once it was on her bed. I have to say, it was stunning. The house was newly built, and they had matched the paint in the bedroom to the colors in the quilt.
To this day, I still get excited when I think about making this quilt. It was nerve wracking but really fun. I enjoyed the challenge!
Happy stitching, all! Enjoy the challenge!
I have fallen off the proverbial blogging cliff the last couple of weeks. So, where have I been and what have I been up to?
It all began two weeks ago when the cold/flu bug went through our house, taking me with it. I slept more than I ever thought humanly possible, at least for me. Needless to say, there was little quilting going on at that point.
Now that I’m in recovery mode, I have gotten back to my quilt cave, so let me share a little of what I’ve been up to.
Remember that little basket of quilt squares for the commission quilt? The little squares are slowly disappearing from the basket and ending up as blocks on my design wall. Each finished block will be 8″ square. There are 53 pieces in each block. Unlike other quilt blocks, I don’t chain piece these because there are too many bias edges to get messed up. So I am taking my time. Once the blocks are done, there will be many intersecting places when I join the blocks together, so I’m keeping everything crossed that my blocks will match up well.
In the evenings, I’m keeping busy working on the finish of these little woolies. I have twelve of these blocks and I am stitching them onto this large piece of felted wool. I’m also going slowly with this, as it is difficult to stitch around the blocks with so much extra fabric. I attach the blocks first with a few strips of Steam A Seam Lite 2. I use a press cloth so I don’t singe the wool, and I use steam. So far it is working well as far as holding the blocks in place. This is the first of two wool quilts that I’m finishing. The second will be similar, but has more appliqué in the borders.
I’ve started another project with wool appliqué blocks, but this time the background is cotton fabric. It is a Norma Whaley pattern, and I’m very excited to see how it turns out. It has alternate blocks that are pieced. Here’s the first two appliqué blocks.
Other than that, I’ve just been piddling around in my quilt cave while I work on the commission quilt. I made this fun little mug mat with some very wonky quilting. I like the bright colors.
I’m linking up today with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
Happy Friday, friends!
I used to say to my mother that quilting was a “coming of age” kind of thing. You had to be a certain age to be able to quilt. This was an ongoing joke between us because of my first attempt at quilting.
I had found a quilt pattern in a magazine, bought and cut the fabrics according to the pattern, and began sewing, diligently following the instructions. It didn’t work. I was so disappointed. I had really wanted to call my mom and tell her I had made a little quilt all on my own.
I called her, likely in tears, telling her I couldn’t quilt. This was a huge disappointment to me because my grandmother was a seamstress, my mother quilted and so did my sister-in-law. I was pretty sure that quilting should come easily to me. She chuckled and told me to pack it all up, magazine and all, and send it to her. I did. After she had taken a look at it, she called me back and told me there was a mistake in the pattern. In spite of that, I still told her that maybe I wasn’t old enough to quilt yet. And that became our little joke.
The very first quilt I did successfully make was this mini log cabin, which I made a few years later.
The pattern came from the book Little Quilts All Through the House by Alice Berg, Sylvia Johnson, and Mary Ellen Von Holt, which I still enjoy pulling out now and then. The patterns are very basic and simple, and timeless — easily updated with today’s fabrics.
I enjoy making log cabin blocks because they have a rhythm as the strips wrap around the center square — light, light, dark, dark is the way I used to remind myself as a beginner. I went on to make quite a few log cabins in those first years.
I made this quilt in the late 90’s, starting on an afternoon at my friend Connie’s house, while we each stitched on our projects and my two kids ran around us playing. (Those two kids are now both young adults, so this little mini would have quite a few stories to tell.)
I went on to finish all the blocks, pieced them together, hand quilted it and made the binding, all on my own. Close examination of the quilt shows some of the things I still needed to learn, but all in all, I was very pleased with the outcome.
I called my mom and told her I was finally old enough to quilt. We had a good laugh about that.
Linking up today with LeAnne at Devoted Quilter.
It’s a two-cuppa-coffee morning here, as I sit and try to figure out what to share with you on this post.
While I’ve been productively quilting this past week, I’ve been working on blocks that I won’t be sharing until the project is done. I am trying to figure out how best to work on those blocks but also allow time to get things done that I can post about. I haven’t found a rhythm to that yet.
So here’s what I’m hoping to work on this weekend while I’m also working on the other project. In past posts, I’ve talked about some woolie blocks I’ve been working on. I have had two different woolie projects going. The blocks for both projects are now done. I have the finishing details for one set, and that is what I hope to get going this weekend. It will be good sewing for the evening as the blocks are set onto the background wool by hand. Here are four of the 12 blocks for this project.
The blocks are laid out on a felted wool background. They will be fused to the background, then I’ll handstitch around each block. A few final touches after that and the quilt will be done.
Today is First Friday Coffee with some of the ladies from church. We do this every first Friday of each month, hence the name. Clever, huh? It’s a good break from my work and gets me out of the house. Other than being gone all day Tuesday, I have not left the house this week. It’s time for me to see some friends face to face.
Anyway, the sun is peeking out, the sky is blue, and we have another day to enjoy. Thanks, friends, for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!