Thursday, June 22, 2017

How to Play Parcheesi

One of my family's favorite games is 
 It's a simple game of getting your four men out
of the starting place, rolling the dice, and
moving them around the 
board towards Home. 
There are two strategies,
move one man at a time or
have all 4 men out at once sharing the roll of the dice.

It's the same thing with making quilts,
it's either working on one at a time
or working on multiple quilts.

My strategy is, of course, the multiple approach and
what seems to happen
 is that there are

several finishes close together.

A few weeks ago quilt #1
moved into Home.
My Antique Sampler, 1851, was finished.
Click here to read the whole story. 

And then before I knew it
another man had made it home.

I had made a promise to piece a quilt top
for the continuing service project my DAR group
sponsors for the VA hospital in Cheyenne, WY.

The challenge was using this fabric.

After much thought and
the help of Pinterest
here's what eventually came together.

It didn't come out exactly as planned,
but I think once it's quilted it will be fine.

Then look what happened!

Man #3 slipped in
and allowed me to cross off another
UFO from my 17 in 2017 list!

Here is my
 free mystery quilt from
Thimble Creek Quilt Shop, 2016.

 " Summer Sampler"
 64" x 64"

It was pieced from the stash

using lights and brights

to sew the 6 inch blocks.

It was set together
with these alternating pieced blocks.

I had it machine quilted by my
friend, Kathy H.
and we choose a super cute overall owl design

to match the label.

All I had left to do
in order to cross it off my list
was to sew down the binding and
 Summer Sampler is finished.

3 quilts are safely tucked in at home.
That leaves one man still heading towards the finish.
You'll have to come back next week to see if
I win the game.

Until Next Time-

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Goin' Where the Wind Blows

Running Man and I have

been on the road again.

This time traveling north 
through Wyoming where the wind likes to blow.

 And then heading on to

 and stopping in Idaho Falls
to hang out with a friend.

Running Man worked planting grape vines
and driving the tractor, 
while I relaxed and stitched.

Everyone has their own interpretation of fun!

I stitched on these stars for
the final border of "Discovery" the 
not so mystery mystery quilt designed by 
Petra Prins.

Then it was on the road again
heading to Montana
to visit another set of friends.

and a little chilly.
In fact,
we scraped ice off the car windows one morning.

It is a state with wide open spaces,
a frontier spirit,
and a place where the sky does seem
bigger and bluer. 

We took a boat ride on the Missouri River
not far from Helena.

It was on the evening of July 19, 1805 
that the hardy members of the Lewis and Clark
expedition toiled to move up stream.

At each bend of the river
the steep limestone cliffs seemed to block 
their passage, but only to open
like gently giant gates as they drew nearer.

Meriwether Lewis
called this place
"Gates of the Mountains. 

We visited the state capital 

ordered huckleberry milkshakes

at the soda fountain

tried on buffalo robes

 and enjoyed the American western art
of Charlie Russell

Toll Collector, 1913

 When The Land Belonged to God, 1914

There's a lot of driving
 out here in the West to 
get to one place and another.
 Last years Buttermilk Basin BOM

which means there are lots of  hours to stitch
and enjoy the scenery.

I loved this quote by Charlie Russell, 1919,
You can apply it to anyone who has a passion. (quiltmaking)

" No man ever lived long enough or
ever will live long enough to paint all 
the pictures I have in my mind."

Until Next Time-

Thursday, June 8, 2017

"Old Glory"

This week it was time for me to switch gears.

I had been working on an embroidery
while I had been recently traveling.
In fact, it was a pattern from Crabapple Hill Studios
that I had purchased over a year ago while
attending one of Meg Hawkey's wonderful retreats.

 Now it's done.

 "Old Glory"

A patriotic design done in brighter
more contemporary floss colors.

The part that draws the most attention 
is the use of gold bugle beads to 
look like a sparkler.  

 Too cute!

I was determined I could find something
in my stash that would work for the pillow.

I eventually found the perfect back and cording fabric.

A piece that has to be about 20 years old, but 
it worked.
(Never give up your stash!)

Summer is the time for 
 flowers, fireworks and flags.

This little pillow is going to be enjoying
the summer months on my back porch.

Until Next Time-

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Wonderful Finish! (Finally)

It's time to spread the news 

Shout it out!

My antique reproduction applique album quilt,
affectionately knows as
Noah and Matilda,
is finally done!

84" x 96"

This quilt was started in January, 2015.

Dawn Cook Ronningen offered and
still has available this
Noah and Matilda BOM pattern
on her website Collector with a Needle.

She designed the pattern from
the antique applique sampler (1851) which is
part of her collection.

 She calls it 
Noah and Matilda because of the 
 two names found on the quilt.

My blocks were appliqued 
throughout 2015.

I used a limited number of fabrics 
to keep the look simple and classic.

Then I hit a road block
in 2016.


The border has 18 bunches of grapes.

I just couldn't face making
all the tiny circles needed for all
that fruit!

But once I got going,
 I discovered those circles
weren't as bad as I had thought
In fact they were pretty quick and easy
once they were prepped.

 Next I struggled with the corners  because
I couldn't get the four corners to match.
I ended up with two and two.

 We'll just say it adds some character.

It wasn't until I got the top
entirely put together that I realized
there had been a right and wrong side
to the French General fabric I
 had chosen for the background.
There was no going back.

More character?

Before sewing the quilt together,
I premarked the feathered wreath pattern
I wanted to quilt in the alternating blank squares.

I was taking a risk.
that the designs which were marked lightly
with a mechanical pencil
with a hard lead would not disappear
while the quilt was basted and when other
parts were quilted.
Fortunately, the designs were still visible
when it came time to quilt them.
( I know the photo doesn't show the lines,
but they were there faint enough for me to see)

I started handquilting in January, 2017 and 
worked diligently on it almost every evening.
That turns out to be about 150 days x 2 hours = 300 hours.
(probably more)

I used  3 spools  of Guterman handquilting thread
with a Dream Cotton Request batting.  

I knew it needed a red binding and I 
had only used one red throughout the quilt.
Because the pattern was printed diagonally

 the binding was cut on the straight of the grain
to maintain the diagonal pattern.

I chose a pretty wild backing in comparison
to the top.  It's a Minick and Simpson fabric
and the colors went perfectly.
  The busy pattern doesn't
allow the quilting stitches
to show much, but that's okay.

Thank you, Dawn,
 for this wonderful  antique pattern.
It was fun and challenging
and now it's done.

 Here's my quilt top with the orginial
Noah and Matilda quilt,
spring, 2016.

Today, I could finally
cross off another 17 in 17 project!!!!

Until Next Time-