Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Spencer Museum Quilt

I mentioned a while back that I was going to work on this quilt this year and several of you wanted to join in!! YAY! 
Here is Jan Patek's version using her fabric. As you can see there is 4 designs, she made 3 of each one. ZZZZ that doesn't usually float my boat, so I'll make one of each since these are 20" blocks and can stretch it to make it a tad larger. 



I found this lovely French General fabric in Texas and thought I would use it for the border. 

I'm going to use my homespuns for the applique background. 

Here are the four blocks. I propose we start with the Upper left Whig Rose block. We will check back in on our progress the end of February. 

In one week we will have our first Stringalong linky party!! 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Courthouses and Quilt Shops!

Thank you Texans for an amazing week! People were so friendly and kind and I tell ya', that goes a long way in my book!

We arrived late because of a delayed flight so our drive to Victoria  was quick- no stopping along the way. (It was also Sunday morning and with the amount of churches we saw I believe that is where folks were!)  We wanted to be able to get together with our friends when Debbie's hubby wasn't working and when we had a window of decent weather for fishing. I shared a few of those photos last week. 
We were able to take our time back to Dallas so we enjoyed a few small town stops on the way. 


 Beautiful LaGrange courthouse. 
 Giddings courthouse.
 Hallettsville courthouse.


Caldwell County courthouse. 
If you guys saw my courthouse you'd know why I love these! We just rebuilt and they tore the old one down. Rip it out, tear it down seems to be our town leaders motto!

 Brewery in Shiner. (in business since 1904- yes! Open during prohibition!) It was a little early for beer...
 Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Painted Church in Shiner. (that's a mouthful!)
I found Sasquatch at a coffee shop in Shiner! There was a young lady in there who went to college with my son and his girlfriend in Oregon! I took a photo of us together and text it to them! Small world, right?

Had delicious barbecue at Blacks in Lockhart. 

The first quilt shop I stopped at was Holly Dee Quilts in Luling. I didn't get any photos but they were so sweet! I needed a little backing for my wool appliqued heart, so after I found one, they ironed it and cut it to size for me! Debbie had taken me to this shop last spring. 
 This shop was called Simple Sewing Solutions in Lockhart. The woman does alterations as well. I could tell I was going to be here awhile so I sent hubby on his way around the block to window shop. They may not be the fastest but the woman was very sweet. She gave me a discount when I told her I was posting/ tagging the shop to my Humble Quilts group. I found a terrific red floral that I will be using as my border fabric for the Spencer Museum quilt. (photo below) If you look closely you can see a man in the back. I assume it is the husband of the owner- he was enjoying a tv show!
Gerlines Quilt Shop in Giddings TX is still in google and her signs are all over the highway. She now only does longarming but was very sweet and told me that she also hosts a group once a week that quilts a lot for charity. 


 Look at this unassuming little house in Giddings, TX!
Surprise! its a quilt shop!

Chock full of lovely fabric!

Lovely reproductions too!

 This is what it looks like when you enter the front. Again, the folks were super sweet and friendly!


And we found one more in Rosebud.  They had a really cute space with a coffee shop next door. 

Those few stops yielded a bit of fabric. Space in my suitcase was sparse.





We'd been looking for longhorns all along our route and finally found some! They came over to the fence to see me!! Someone had mentioned she was a bit thin, and she was, but she was also caring for a baby. Did you know longhorns can be male or female?

Thanks for coming along my little trip to Texas! It was so fun to see more of the area.

Make it a great week!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Photo Collage of Texas


Now it’s all business. We’ve had a blast!

Trucks of cotton! Maybe this will be turned into fabric for your next quilt!






Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wool Applique

Cheri Payne was so generous with her patterns and this is a little one called Bless Your Heart. I saw this version by Kelley Belfast and loved it so much I asked if I could copy it. 
I looked for a hand project to bring to Texas and this is what I chose. I love wool applique and do a simple whip stitch. I'll grab a scrap of batting when I'm back at Debbie's and stop by a quilt shop and pick me up a little piece to back it. I'll likely have it finished before I get home.

We are having a lovely time with our friends although I underpacked warm clothes! When I am in Houston in November it is very warm I'm so glad I brought my down jacket this time!!

Here's a sneak peak on our fishing trip Tuesday on the Gulf.



We had an amazing meal last night including this fresh snapper and boudain balls!



Monday, January 14, 2019

Lincoln Museum Quilt

I'm slowly getting the Lincoln Museum quilt blocks put together.  I used them as a leader/ender of sorts while working on the quilt for Diane's blog hop book quilt. I won the pattern and a box of plaids from Barbara Brackman. I am hoping to get the quilt completed and it can make the rounds with my guild lecture this year- "Reruns, Quilts Inspired by the Past."
BTW, I'm available! Contact me if you are interested in having me speak at your guild.

Here's Barbara's version of the story:

About ten years ago Deb Rowden and I wrote to the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois, telling them that the vintage quilt covering young Abe Lincoln's parents’ bed in the cabin exhibit was an anachronism---vintage, but the wrong vintage.

We were thrilled when they took us up on our offer to make a reproduction quilt more in keeping with the time period. We made a quilt for the bed there.

You can read more about it HERE. 
And if you'd like the pattern it is available as a download. HERE



Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday Fun- String Quilts and Book Winner!

Here we are mid- month. How are you coming on your string blocks for this month?
A friend gave me these several months ago and when I asked her what her plan was she said it was a Bonnie Hunter pattern on her blog. Well, I don't know if this was her plan, but I'm going to make the basketweave quilt. You can see Bonnie's HERE. 
I drew it up in Electric Quilt and made my plan.  I need 10 a month to have what I need by October, but she gave me 72 blocks and all the paper was even removed! (maybe there wasn't paper to start with) So I only need 26 blocks for this one. 
I do have a hunch I'll be stringing a third quilt at some point.

Here's my 2nd plan. 

 I started making these 1 year ago and you can see my setting plan HERE. I have removed all the paper from the 27 blocks I am making in January.  If you are using paper foundation you may want to remove them monthly as well, so it's not such a big chore at the end.

My Instagram feed for the week. We got our first and second snow, but it didn't amount to too much. Attended a beer fest as a fundraiser for Butte County CA and started planning a few backpacking trips for this summer. Loved the book, Secrets of a Charmed Life!

Such great comments! We have a winner!!

Comment 73 was Joyce LM. She has been contacted. 

Thanks for the terrific comments! So many of us save strings and strips- now lets get them made into quilts!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fabric Cutting Machines

I know many of you have machines like Accuquilt or Go cutters or Sizzix to cut strips or shapes from your fabric. I do understand you have to purchase the cutting dies, but I am finding my wrist is getting sore after doing much cutting (and hand quilting, but will try and save my wrist for quilting not cutting) and may need some kind of alternative to the standard rotary cutter.
Has anyone seen a blog post or something that shows me what these are, how they work and which one is efficient. If you have done a post using one maybe you can direct me.
I happen to see Katy's post yesterday and it got me thinking there could be an easier way.


Better yet, maybe someone has one they are not using anymore and would like to sell it. I think these cutters are fairly heavy but if you are in the Pacific Northwest I may be able to pick it up.

I'm just looking for ideas!

I hope you left a comment on Monday's post for a chance to win Diane's book. Thank you for those who have commented.



Monday, January 7, 2019

Strip Quilt Secrets- Unleashed! You have a chance to WIN!

 Diane's new book hit the market a few a short weeks ago and I told her I'd love to be a part of a blog hop to help her promote it. I was happy to be a part of her first book release- her quilts and directions are fun and simple! (We made the house blocks from her first book!) She has given highlights on her blog and I would encourage you to take the time to read it. Check it out HERE.  Her secrets are revealed!!
While browsing through the book I noticed this toward the end. What size strips do you  need for which quilt. There are 2 pages of strip widths. I've saved strips but never really know what to do with them- well, here ya go!

I decided I'd do this quilt. I made the mistake of not reading the directions all the way through before starting. I realized there are 4 different blocks in this quilt! One more reason to love it even more.

I opted to make my centers all red like a traditional log cabin block and use my homespuns to 
make it more masculine.



 Blocks A, B, C, D. 
It would have been easier to make all A blocks, all B blocks, etc. That is how Diane wrote the directions. I wasn't sure how many blocks I was going to make so I opted to cut a bunch of strips and figure it out as I went.
The layout is light-dark-light, looking at the outermost strip.
These are 10" blocks and I made 5 of each. I wanted to make it a bit bigger...

Then I saw this "secret" at the bottom of the page. So, I made 10 more blocks. 

And ended up with this lovely top! It is only 50x 60 so I will add a border, do a little meandering and send it to CA to be given to a Camp Fire survivor. 

You can win Diane's Strip Quilt Secrets! 
First off, visit these blogs and leave a comment to win:

Friday January 4 - C&T 
Saturday January 5 - Tanya
Sunday January 6 - Val
Monday January 7 - Lori
Tuesday January 8 - Heather
Wednesday January 9 - Audrey
Thursday January 10 - Susan

Leave a comment here telling me if you collect strips and if you use them on a regular basis. I'll draw a name on Friday January 11th to win a signed copy. I'm so sorry that this is only open to US residents.
Comments are closed so the winner can be notified and announced on Fridays blog post. Thank you all for your terrific comments! So many of us save out strings and strips!

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