Monday, January 15, 2018

Stitchin' Post Update

Jean Wells, owner of the Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon,  is retiring and along with handing the reins to her daughter Val. The store closed for a few days While they and updated their store look.  I was in Sisters on Saturday which was the day they reopened. 
It was bright and airy and it looked fantastic!

 I saw my online friends, Diane's book, displayed prominently. I love that!
 Saw this adorable display hanging. I thought it was one by Tonye but it isn't.  It reminded me of my long put aside house quilt. You can see it HERE. I need to get back to that!
 The Stitchin' Post will have their grand re-opening on January 27th. 
My friend, Michelle, brought her Cheri Payne Santa quilt for basting. She had also brought fusible batting, which did NOT work with the sf 101 interfacing on the back of her quilt top. It gives the quilt a bit more body when appliqueing wool on cotton. We ended up pin basting it. This is her first hand quilted quilt project! I don't know why I didn't have her hold it up- it is super adorable!!

That's it for today. Make it a fantastic week!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Lincoln Blocks and More!

 I've made a little progress on the Lincoln blocks. I need to get a few Ohio stars cut out now to catch up with the 16 patches. This is a fun bold project to work on!
I got some of this in 108" wide for a backing on the Fall Festival quilt. 
It has made its way to the quilters! Sometimes on an especially large quilt an extra wide backing is so much easier than piecing. 

And then others are pieced, as usual. This is my backing for the Bricks of Wabash Co blue and tan quilt. This one made its way to the quilters as well. 

My Instagram feed for the week. It's been a good week!!

Make it a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Drum Roll..........Pillowcase Dresses

I asked my friends to come and help me organize the pillow case dresses that were made for my mission trip to Colombia next month. I feed them a light lunch and they help me! I think I'm getting the better end of the deal. Christy, in the turquoise shirt, came with me to Peru last year and she is going to Colombia as well! Thank you to all of those who made dresses and donated finances. I am always overwhelmed at your generosity. My plan was to limit the dresses to 50. 
Sometimes plans go awry! LOL  

 We (mostly them) separated the dresses by size.
 This was the "before" photo.  I'm still waiting for space bags to arrive in the mail. 
 I feel so fortunate to be able to bring these dresses. How many? you ask...... 108!!! In Colombia I'll fill my backpack every morning and every afternoon and bring them out with me to give away. I love to put them on the girls when I can. I'll take as many photos as I can too, so you will see them wearing the dresses you generously made and donated. We also prayed for the girls who would be receiving them. 
Bless you all!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Easing into the Week

Some time ago I purchased a Boro bag kit from French General- one for me and one for my daughter. 

I started it on New Years Eve. My base was muslin and a piece of batting. I placed the indigo 
randomly and started sewing with sashiko/primitive stitches. 

 The circular piece on the center left is one I dyed in Lori Triplett's class in November. The weave was extra tight so I only added a small piece. Stitching through it was hard! The cool looking piece on the lower left was given to me by my friend Phyliss, but its weave was tight too.
So, I cut that piece down a considerable amount then I added a few other pieces.

I then buttonhole stitched around it to attach it to the linen bag. 
I'm so happy with it and it was incredibly easy!

I'm actually thinking about doing the other side the same way, but with red fabric. 

Make it a wonderful Monday!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Rose of Houston 2017

When I was in Houston this fall I purchased 2 similar antique blocks from Mary Koval. I sent one to my friend, Laurie. The challenge was to make a little quilt and exchange them.  We both sent them on January 2nd and both of them arrived yesterday!

 This is what Laurie made me! Isn't is fantastic?! She used antique fabric and feedsacks.

Isn't this backing fun and unique?
She included a little tag with "Oregon" on it! How cool!
Everything about it is wonderful!
She also included these lovely goodies! That fabric is by Pepper Cory. Thank you so much Laurie!

And here is mine that she received.

The red, pink and black print in the border is antique that I also picked up at the Houston show. 

So fun to see the same block looking completely different!!

It was a fun exchange! Maybe we will make it a yearly challenge!
Here is my instagram feed for the week.

Have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Looking Back 2017

It looks like many of my finishes in 2017 were little quilts. I'm okay with that. These were not all started in 2017, but only finished. Some quilts take me years.

 Mom and Baby quilt for my niece and her little one. January 2017
 Two bad ombres, to commemorate the election, and a play on words. January  2017

 Group quilt made for Cheri when she was diagnosed with cancer. March 2017
House block quilt made from Diane Knott's book. March 2017

Swap quilt March 2017

Swap quilt March 2017

Year of the Rooster challenge April 2017
 Gwen Marston inspired medallion round robin. May 2017
Cheri's sampler May 2017

 Benjamin Biggs wedding quilt June 2017
 July 2017
Cheri's ABC Sampler September 2017
 Swap quilt September 2017
 Palmateer quiltalong Fall 2017

Summertime Sampler by Jan Patek Fall 2017
 Eclipse block December 2017

Thank you all for your comments and encouragement. For following along with the quiltalongs and little quilt swaps. 2017 was a good year all around. Much love to you.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Sweet Land of Liberty Month 1

Yay! I'm so excited to be sewing this quilt with ya'll in 2018! The rules are, LOL, There are no rules! This is YOUR quilt. Make it as you see fit. My blog is called Humble Quilts because I try and embrace the "errors"  I make while sewing- starting with my month 1 section!!
This is what we will be sewing for January 2018. At the end of the month I'll post a linky for us to share what we've made that month. You can add a link from your blog or instagram. If you don't have either of those you can post your photo on Humble Quilts facebook page.  I will not be posting photos for you every month, like I do with our quilt swap.  
Next month we will post month 2 blocks on Friday, Feb 2. 

Here we go!

 The USA blocks finish at 4". I'm not into making templates so I made paper piecing patterns. I believe my S turned out backwards my first try, so remember to reverse the pattern if paper piecing.
On the basket block you can see I paper pieced that too so my blue star is actually on the "wrong" side. The basket block will finish 12x7, cut  1" & 1 1/2" border strips.
For the house block cut background 9"x10". Cut 1" strips to place around house block.
We will be making some blocks each month for the border. This month we are making 5 economy blocks that finish at 4"
Your first month blocks can be sewn together like this. Add strips or pieces where needed to make it fit.
My friend Denise will be making blocks ahead of time so you can get a few different ideas.
She is using some wool in her blocks. 

Lovely Denise!

I hope you enjoy your primitive sewing!

Happy New Year!

I posted this on Facebook and will do it here for those who are not on Facebook:
I am going to clarify once more. I'm not giving the pattern for Sweet land of Liberty, only the block sizes. It is up to you to find a pattern for each block that you like. Most do NOT have the pattern, so don't panic! It is supposed to be fun and yes, possibly, out of your comfort zone. It is primitive and sizes are not an exact science. You may need to cut an extra strip to make something fit, or whack something off. I'm making it along with you (only 1 month ahead) and will be doing the same thing. I already see variances between Denise's blocks and mine- that's perfectly fine! We will assemble the quilt in sections so you won't be faced with the entire quilt trying to figure out how to put it together. Relax, breath, embrace the challenge. And if you've changed your mind about making it, that's okay. I'm not keeping track.



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