Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pink Lemonade Quilt Show

Time for our quilt show!! Add your link to the blog post that shows your Pink Lemonade quilt. Please do not just link to your blog name.
As I've done the past few quiltalongs I will draw a random winner from everyone that shows their quilt.

If you do not have a blog, please feel free to send me a photo at loridweightwatchers@gmail.com

Monday, January 30, 2012

Jubilee- Medallion

Love the response I got to joining on a Jubilee Quilt. If you are past 50 and still want to do it, why not? You were 50 once, right? If you aren't quite 50 this year maybe your quilt will take longer to make so feel free to jump in as well.

I have many others who were born in 1962 and want to make a Jubilee Quilt to celebrate this milestone.

I'm thrilled!!
Regan was jumping around on what quilt should be her Jubilee quilt. It is funny because as soon as she thought of it, she knew that was the one. I also loved this in her post:
Are you turning 50 this year? Want to join in!?! Come on! It'll be great to have a quilt that you made just for you....just what you really like....so you can look at it and say, "That's all about me....me me me....YAY, me at 50!" lol

I wish I could be as certain as she is about what quilt to make. I have a photo of a block that I will attempt to enlarge and make into a medallion quilt. I don't even know if I am capable of figuring it out as it is a bit of paper piecing and a bit of applique.
Once I get the center done then I'll be more then happy to share the process and the block. I'm no designer either, so I may need a bit of help.
I found some beautiful varieties of medallion quilts online. I'm going for a bit of the prim chunky look. (Hey, that's a little like me- hahaha)

What a beautiful broderie purse applique center.
Super tiny and intricate center - check out the date 1808!! Holy moley!
For sale on ebay for a cool $16,000, that's all....Stunning and the blue color on these older quilts is amazing!!

This is a super fun kind of prim chunky quilt that mine may be leaning towards.

If you are going to join us on the Jubilee Quilt journey then the first step is to pick you quilt. I'd love to know what you all will be making so if you have a blog, make a post about it and send me a link!! Or leave it in the comments.

Wednesday I'll be back to have a Pink Lemonade linky party!! So go take a photo!! This is going to be fun! Your quilt does not have to be completed!

PS, If you left a comment about being involved in making a Jubilee Quilt and I have not emailed you back, just join in the fun! Send me a regular email as some of you are on no-reply.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


 Here are 25 blocks and 3 borders from Beyond the Cherry Tree!! Gay at Sentimental Stitches has recreated this quilt from an antique that she purchased and is very worn. The blocks finish at 16" and I believe the borders are about 8". So it will be about 100" square.
 The original maker had one block sideways and I couldn't resist putting mine that way as well. The center block, with hundreds of grapes,  is signed with my name.
 The original maker added the borders log cabin style and I kept to the original. I love it. When it was long enough, she cut it off!! I will be adding a few more leaves and berries to the corner so it isn't quite as bare.
I've always loved old quilts with funky borders and this one is no different. I love it!!

On another note: Are you turning 50 this year? Barb wrote about her Jubilee Quilt and Regan,
Floating on a Quilted Cloud and myself talked about doing a Jubilee Quilt as well. I talked to Barb and she didn't mind at all that we were copying her idea.

I had no idea jubilee had its reference from the Bible
Leviticus 25:10
Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you. 

So, we are making our 50th year a jubilee!! Anybody want to join in? I have an idea for a project, but haven't worked out a pattern or the details yet.

Let's rejoice that we are turning 50 this year!!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Quilter's Affair- Sisters, Oregon

 South Sisters, Oregon, 10,358 ft
My confirmation of a class came this week!! I'll be taking Liberated Baskets with Gwen Marston.
It has been a few years since I have taken a class at the Quilters Affair. This is the week leading up to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. It is an exciting part of the quilt show. I'll be doing dinner in the park with friends on Friday night. The guests speakers that night will be Gwen Marston,
Sue Spargo, & Tonye Belinda Phillips. It should be a wonderful show and tell!!
I've taken a couple of classes with Gwen before and found her laid back style fun and informative. I finished this little quilt in her 4 block applique class. Or, as in my case, make one block and call it good! We used photos of antique quilts to make our own patterns and hence, or own original quilt.
I wish I would have made 4 blocks now.

I also took a string quilt class from her. Everyone in class made a different quilt. It was all about the strings, not the pattern.  This is one of my favorite quilts.

Oh yeah, the South Sisters Mountain photo? I plan on climbing that this year. But not during quilt show week!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

 Look at this present I bought myself! I saw this on someones blog and thought it would be a lovely addition to my library. I was right!! I'm loving it! Check it out on Amazon.
I won a giveaway!! Vintage Robbing Peter to Pay Paul tiny blocks to piece! You can see more on 
Q is for Quilter blog. Thank you Martha!!

My friend Randy (Barristers Block) is doing the Farmer's Wife quilt and wants to do it with a group. Check it out if you are interested. I always prefer working with more then myself!! It is much more fun and way more motivating!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Quilting on Pink Lemonade and Winners

I've been doing some quilting, but moving along rather slowly. I usually do my quilting in the evening when we watch tv for an hour or two. last night I wasn't feeling well so I went directly to bed. Hopefully tonight I can get more stitches put in.
I did a mix of techniques, which you cannot see in the photo.

So I put my Photoshop skills to use! Don't laugh too hard! The original antique quilt was tied and not quilted at all. I think the ties made it darling, so I added them in cotton DMC thread at the intersections. You can see that by the asterisks. The quilting is the black lines. I didn't think it needed too much as it is a simple pattern  and a simple quilt.
 I kept that playful bit when I added the pink binding cut on the bias. I wouldn't usually cut it that way for a small quilt  but I really wanted the spiral effect. I think it works!
I'm thinking about the first of February I'll add Mr Linky so we can have a lemonade party. I love seeing everyone's version! If you do not have a blog send me your photo and I'll add it.

OK, without further ado the winners of my 500 blog post giveaway are:

Vicky F- larger black and white quilt

Daisy Julz- smaller black and white quilt

Lori-quilted horses- Machine applique quilt book

Lorraine- Brannock Wool applique book

Please contact me with your mailing address and I'll get the packages ready to go out on Monday.

Congratulations and thank you all for entering.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Just Takes Two

Playoff games were Sunday and I got a chance to sew the second installment of Just Takes 2 mystery.

I had a little trouble with the house block, and even though it isn't perfect, it will do. Set in seams have never been my favorite technique.

Here are all the blocks so far.

BTW, I forgot to add the giveaway will close on Saturday night. That will give me Sunday to get packages ready to mail.

Have a wonderful thursday!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

500 Posts Giveaway!

I was reading on somebody's blog the other day that after 900 posts they still had stuff to talk about. I thought that was funny and I guess I am feeling the same way. I jumped right in and had no idea where I was going. I've sure had a fun time and met some wonderful people. I appreciate you leaving comments. It also lets me visit your blog as well. (if you have one)
Ready for a giveaway? I hope these are not too lame.

 A repurposed little quilt from an antique top.
 Another one just a little bit bigger.

 I bought this book a year ago thinking I would make something from it. Nope, I think I have opened it twice.
I liked this book so much I have two on my shelf! New, never used!!  (why do we do that?!)

OK, so to enter the giveaway please leave a comment. If you'd like to be a friend of Humble Quilts please click on the link at the upper right of the blog. It isn't necessary though to win.
Put in your comment what order you'd like to win. I will not take offense if you'd rather have the books then the little quilts.
I'll draw four winners Saturday night.

Thank you all so much for visiting my humble blog on the net!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pink Lemonade- Part 3 Finale

Before I get to Pink Lemonade I wanted to say thank you so much for your kind and generous comments on my Jane Stickle quilt. I got so much encouragement from you all since I blogged about it a couple of winters ago.  Thanks for helping spur me on to the finish line! It is on my bed and I am enjoying it so much!! ALSO, that Jane post was my 500th. How cool is that?! I'm celebrating with a snoopy dance and a giveaway. I am finishing up a project this week for it, so keep your eyes open.

Without further ado:
We are making four corners, which are quarter blocks. I will use the same print for all four corner blocks.

From the colored print cut three (3) 2 3/4" squares, then cut them twice on the diagonal for a total of 12 quarter square triangles.

From the background/pink cut four (4) 2" squares and two (2) 2 3/4" squares, cut twice on the diagonal for 8 quarter square triangles.
Lay them out as in the photo above.
I pieced the triangle units (print and background) first, added them to the square, then added the corner print triangle.
Make 4.  If you've made them correctly you should be able to see a churn dash  block when laid out as above. Again, you will lose a seam allowance if you make one block and cut it into fourths. It will not work!! (unless you want a really humble quilt)

I didn't think that was enough of a step to leave it at that. So, let's get the top together.
This beautiful gold was my first choice for the setting squares. Although I love this fabric after I put my blocks on the top I saw right away it wasn't going to work.
Here was another choice. It is another fabric that I love, but I wasn't feeling the love with these blocks.

As soon as I put this fabric with the blocks I knew it was just right. (Hello Goldilocks!)
Don't rush it when looking for the right fabric. Try another color if you have to. I think you'll know it when it's right.
Cut twelve (12) 5" squares and lay them out as in the above photo.
On the corners I always add the side blocks first, then the corner. When adding the corner I fold my block in half to find the center of both pieces, pin that center mark, then sew the seam.
Sew together block in diagonal rows. I put the like half blocks across from each other.
Sew these rows together....

Ta-Da!! You get Pink Lemonade!!

I'll be back later in the week to give you some quilting ideas.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Drum Roll...please...

I plan on putting the quilt in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, so if you go, you can get a close up view.
PS, I noticed this is post 500 (or 501, I can't quite tell) so a giveaway will be coming up soon!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Excuse Me While I Finish a VIP (Very Important Project)

Hi friends!! It has been so fun to see your Pink Lemonade blocks!! At the end I'll add a link so we can see them all. Be patient for the next step OK? I want to take it slow and let everyone get a chance to sew the first two steps.

I had a partial quilt top, that I took apart and made two little quilts from. As you can see I was hand quilting this. For now it has been set aside.

This one is quilted but needs a binding. It has been set aside, as well.
I actually did get a couple of machine quilting lines done on my Irish Chain and my Pink Lemonade is basted and waiting for quilting stitches.
All of these have been put aside so I can finish THIS..................
The binding is DONE! The quilting in the scallops is DONE!! The label is made. I decided to add one more row of quilting around the whole quilt below the triangles. I would venture to say I am about 1/2 way.
I was looking in the Dear Jane book and found this template of the corner block.  When I worked on mine I had no computer program and no special rulers or templates. It was a challenge and that made it fun.

Here's what I wrote on the label.

A Quilt made by
Jane Stickle
In War Time 1863

Reproduced by
Lori DeJarnatt
Madras, OR

Began piecing March 1997
Completed top September 5, 1998

Quilted over the years until completed
January 2012

So, if you'll excuse me, I've got some quilting to finish!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Pink Lemonade Part 2

We are moving on to the half blocks. It would be so easy and tempting to make one whole block, then cut it in half, but then you'd lose any seam allowance. I like to make humble quilts (like some our grandmother's made) but as long as we have the extra fabric we will do it right.
To make 2 half blocks:
From printed fabric, cut:
1- 2 3/4" square then cut it twice on the diagonal for 4 quarter square triangles.
2- 2 3/8" squares, then cut once on the diagonal for 4 half square triangles.
These may be easy to get confused so be careful.
From background/pink cut:
4 2" squares
1- 2 3/4" square then cut it twice on the diagonal for 4 quarter square triangles
1 2 3/8" square, then cut once on the diagonal for 2 half square triangles

Lay out your fabric as show above. Sew together the quarter square triangles making sure to line them up so the straight of grain is on the outside to prevent stretching.
Match up your triangles to make the corner square.
Sew together in rows.
Then sew those rows together.
I never stray too far from grandmother's humble piecing! LOL

To make the quiltalong like the original you will need ten (10) half blocks. I made mine in  pairs with the same fabric

Happy Monday!!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Into the Vortex

It's a quilting vortex and I got sucked in!! LOL Here's my version of the 12 Days of Christmas that Temecula Quilt Co put out. Did I have other projects I should have been working on? Of course! But this was so much fun!!

This pin cushion was such a thoughtful gift from Megan at Will Work for Fabric. Thank you so much!!
As I'm hand sewing the binding down I'm also quilting in the scallop so it's going a bit slow. I've got one side DONE!
I may have to quilt one more straight line at the bottom of the triangles. It seems like it might need more.