Monday, July 15, 2019

visiting my quilts, Lake Michigan lake house

It was my birthday this past weekend and we were invited to the lake house of friends. I love going there in part because I get to visit my house quilt made in 2006 as a fundraiser for those affected by the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. The pattern is one of Bonnie Hunter.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

living with my quilts, postage stamp

What I find wonderful about this quilt is I know all of the fabrics, I have memory of each one.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

tip #49, make some samples

I am often sketching on graph paper or any paper for that matter. I am pretty good at visualizing what the block will look like, but the move to fabric can lead to decisions on scale and orientation that don't come to mind on paper.
In preparation for fall I would like to have a plan and blocks cut to fit in sewing time between the busy semester of classes. This morning I moved these 6 blocks from paper to fabric. Now, which to move forward on first?
framed whirlygig

Thursday, June 20, 2019

16 patch

16 patch
Block finishes 10 inches
I plan to set it 8 by 9, to finish 80 by 90 inches, so 72 blocks needed.

Solid: cut eight 3 inch squares
Print: cut eight 3 inch squares

Sew into sets of four. Press each set towards the side that ends with a print.
Seams will nest.
Then press all to one side.
I make sure each block finishes with a solid in the left upper corner.

Setting will involve flipping every other row so all seams will nest.
I make my blocks out of squares as I am using scraps of fabric, not yardage.
Wanda Hanson has a great tutorial in making an 8 inch block using strips from yardage.

I love the 16 patch block. Such a wonderfully strong grid, then the colors of the blocks shake it up.
It looks great on a small scale or large scale. I made this one several years ago from reclaimed fabric of plaid shirts. These blocks finished 6 inches and were made from 2 inch cut squares.

Friday, June 07, 2019

mom's quilts

My sisters and I gathered in May to do paperwork and distribute our mother's possessions. We had tea using her teacups.
Chairs and equipment went to elderly relatives. Clothes went to a memory care patient of a granddaughter. 

Photographs are a minefield of emotions we deferred for another time.

The quilts went into several piles--for each of us and for our children and grandchildren. There were a few that mom made herself; most were made by me.
We chose one I made for mom to give her caregiver  Gwen who was a cheerful visitor to our mother every evening. 
We also pulled one patriotic one I had made for my father to go to our friend Hugo who became a US citizen this spring. Our country is better with him.
I wrote a friend, also a nurse, who was asking how I was doing:
"For years I have been telling my hospice families that our archetypes of Father=Protection and Mother=Life go far beyond our love of the person. Living that now. I can let mom go. I cannot let go of needing a mother."

Thursday, June 06, 2019

thank you, Julie

I am traveling and a bit out of the loop.
I now find the wonderful Julie also mentioned me in her delightful blog Julie K Quilts, which also adds to the stats jump:

Julie's wonderful blog is a special place for me to read each day. She is also a nurse and includes nursing stories with her quilt posts. I have shared some of these stories with my nursing students.

thank you, Wanda

The wonderful Wanda Hanson of Exuberant Color mentioned me in her blog Tuesday.

Want to see what happens to blog stats when Wanda mentions you?

Wanda has been an inspiration for me for decades. I wrote about her seven years ago:
Her approach of viewing our quiltmaking with respect resonated with me.

A day that begins with reading Wanda's blog is a good day.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

alphabet, top completed

63 by 99 inches
Made using the alphabet from with several re-drafts and construction changes.
As written, blocks finish 10 1/2 by 6 inches.
I added 2 inch cut sashings to have the blocks finish 9 by 13 1/2 inches.

26 letters, I added sixteen cut 9 1/2 by 14 inch blocks to the layout, then added top and bottom rows of seven 9 1/2 inch blocks.
Use my setting at your pleasure.

Alice in Wonderland, baseball, celestial, dog, egg, fairy, giraffe, honeycomb, iris, jumprope, kitten, lamp, maple, nautilus, owl, popcorn, Queen Anne's Lace, robot, Scrabble, tulip, umbrella, volcano, woods, fox, yarn, zebra.

If you know of a pieced Cyrillic alphabet, please let me know!