Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
They were hung together at my request, because they are both made with scraps from my own and my mother's fabric collections.
There are fabrics of well over 80 years of sewing for 6 generations of our family.
Each quilt has 672 three inch blocks. Spools uses Kona Rich Red for the constant. Bowties uses Moda Bella Gold.
They were quilted by Sue DiVarco using wool batts.
There is planning in each quilt. Units for each were pieced into blocks of 4; the Spools had a pink spool in each block and the Bowties had a red bowtie in each block.
Both quilts were made in response to scrap challenges on Bonnie Hunter's blog.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
I'm in Iowa with my mother. Watch for more from the archives.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
When I learned how to drive car (I had been driving tractor since age 7) the confusion of that additional third pedal lead to driving practice in the alfalfa field with only gopher holes to beware of.
In the city, parents take their kids to the cemeteries. My favorite is the beautiful and peaceful Bohemian National. Nothing to dodge but obelisks and other cars with parents and 16 year olds. And the occasional soldier monument.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Monday, August 05, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
This was made for my dear friend, neighbor, and quilting partner Sharon Sliter Johnson.
We try to have tea together weekly. And, since we both have July birthdays, we celebrate the whole month.
The teapot block was in a McCalls magazine several years ago.
I found this cute tea party print for the backing.
Beautifully quilted by Suzette Fisher.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Sunday, July 07, 2013
The top of this quilt was made in February 2009, was quilted at some point, and I finally finished the binding an hour ago.
Made with shirt plaids, alternating lights and darks rectangles cut 2 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches.
Sashing random lengths of lights cut 2 1/2 inches.
Borders random lengths of lights cut 6 1/2 inches.
It is bound with three different greens--leftover from earlier projects.
I love this humble quilt.
My design--use at your pleasure.
The block is made from 2 inch cut strips.
After making the H quilt for my mother, Henrietta, from Wanda Hanson's idea, Seth asked for a S quilt for himself.
Quilted by Suzette Fisher.
Friday, July 05, 2013
In making a scrap quilt, there is planning done at the beginning, then messing with that plan and adding other rules as I go along.
When cutting down of scraps, one size I cut is 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches and finish 1 by 2 inches. This is the proportion of the unit blocks used in preschools.
Each 4 inch block uses 8 of the unit patches.
I wanted the block to be not quite symmetrical visually, so I chose a setting (top) that had the red center off center.
Then, I made the 240 blocks.
I pieced the blocks into pairs first, with every other block set at a quarter turn.
This made for fewer seams to match.
Top completed July 4, 2013