Monday, March 17, 2014

Sample Blocks

This has always been a favorite block, so I thought I would make a sample 9" - too small.  I wanted to see the fabrics more, with a larger scale block, so I sewed a 12" sample.  You can see where this is going...

Yes, indeed, there was no stopping.  This is still just blocks, and I'm considering a border.  As I was sewing, I thought that this should look like an upscale farm quilt, which makes me lean toward no border.  It will be 72" square as is.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Postcard from Pax

I got caught in the snarled air travel from Pax.  My weekly commute includes two legs - I travel thru Charlotte to catch a prop plane to a small airport in eastern North Carolina.  I knew I wouldn't make it from the small airport to Charlotte, so I rented a car and drove five hours to increase my chances of getting home for the weekend.  My Indiana winter driving skills got me there safely.  I waited in line for two hours to get booked on a flight the next morning.  Unfortunately, there were no hotel rooms available - my only option was to spend the night at the airport. Amazingly, I had a quilt packed in my luggage!  I finished hand stitching the binding earlier in the week and the quilt was packed to bring home. 

Airports get pretty cold in the middle of the night.  I wrapped up and covered my head to get a bit of privacy.  I've only traveled with a quilt twice - someone was looking out for me!  Here's a peek at the back -

Friday, February 7, 2014

Add it to the Pile

Among my cache of quilt ephemera was a photo of a T block doll quilt.  It was made of scrap and muslin.  I really thought that I was going to make a copy of it, but ended up with this version, made of charm squares.
Sometimes you just need to listen when the fabric speaks to you.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What I've Been Sewing

These tinman blocks were pieced in the '90's, and were intended as part of a two-sided quilt with a friend from Oklahoma.  That project never came to fruition.
A couple of months ago, I was thinking about UFOs, and put these up on the design wall.  My granddaughter loved them, and since her favorite color is red, I chose to border in reds.
The top is 60" square, and will make a nice napping size quilt for her.

This crib quilt top is for my grandson, due February 6th.  I had another one in the works, but nursery colors were changed to Seahawks' navy and lime green, along with alligator print sheets.  My daughter and son-in-law are in Alaska, so I didn't know about the switch until last week!  I quickly chose an online free pattern.  Not exciting, but it will look nice in the nursery.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Wrapping Up the Old Year

I'm wrapping up 2013 with a finished doll quilt top.  Last Saturday I picked up Crib Quilts and Other Small Wonders by Thos. K. Woodard and Blanche Greenstein at the library (I have this book at home, but not in my current location) with no intention of starting anything new.  That evening the hubster had 'control of the controller' - we have very different TV viewing interests.  So, what to do?  Start cutting from the meager strips I have with me for a doll quilt that caught my eye earlier in the day!  The stars were invisible when I was piecing (had to squint real hard), but they stand out in this photo.  Unfortunately, I didn't have enough of a light fabric that I could use as a constant.

The Variable Star inspirational quilt is on pg 26.  It was made in the second quarter of the 19th century.  The dimensions are given as 41" x 38", but this must be a misprint.  The quilt is 13 x 9 blocks (a difference of 4).  That would make the block size under 1" which would make for very different dimensions.  My block units are 1" making the pieced area 13" x 9". 

I did a little staging on a doll bed I picked up earlier in the year.  The mattress is a cocktail table book and the bedshirt is an orphaned lace doily picked up at flea markets/yard sales.  Don't you hate to see those bins of handwork jumbled together with a $1 tag?  The quilt top will be too small for this bed, but it looks great by the Christmas tree.

I visited the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, FL last week.  The properties were all dressed up for the season. 

Edison's Library

Christmas Tree in Edison's Home

Ford's Maid's Room

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with Jan and me this year.  We love to read your comments and appreciate your enthusiasm for and support of our shared passion for antique textiles.

From my home to yours - "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

Thursday, December 19, 2013


The other day I was watching an episode of Sew Many Quilts, and I remember thinking, as I have before, that the safety glove they wear seemed kinda silly.  It looks so cumbersome, and awkward.  Monday afternoon, I had been cutting long strips for a baby quilt backing - no problem.  When I cut the first of the short strips at the top of the photo, I cut into the side of my fingertip.  There was't any blood visible on the blade so it didn't seem too bad.  Then I ran my finger under the faucet - ouch - to see the damage.  It really isn't awful, but the side of my fingertip, and fingernail, were sliced off.   My first, and hopefully last, rotary cutting incident in 25 years of quilting!  At the off-hours clinic, I did learn that a cut like this heals from the outside in, and should be kept moist, and covered until completely healed.  Also, that running the cut under tap water for 15-20 minutes is as good as irrigating with saline, OR mix some wound disinfectant into a glass of water, and soak for the same amount of time.  I really hope none of you need this information, though!
When I got back home, I checked to see if I could still cut with a giant forefinger, and it was no problem.  Get back on that horse!  But, maybe, that safety glove isn't such a bad idea now.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Possible Success

Here is a sweet felted wool poinsettia pincushion made by, and gifted to me by my friend Sandy.

A little doll quilt for my granddaughter, Caelyn.  The backing is a vintage piece, and the label is an iron-on that I bought in Shipshewana last winter.  They are sold in a package of 4, and cost $1.99 at Yoder's.

Well, I'm not sure what the problem with uploading pics was, but I have been busy sewing.  As soon as the sun shines again in the Midwest, I will get some shots of my newest completed quilt.  Hopefully, it will be soon because I'd like to get it mailed off to the recipient!