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August 11, 2019
Machine Applique Sample Finished + Another Grandma's Quilt to Rescue from Cheeky Cognoscenti

You guys -- I finished my machine appliqué project from Karen Kay Buckley's workshop last month!  Well, I finished the top, anyway.  I plan to add borders and then I need to quilt it, but still.  All the appliqué is stitched down and the stabilizer is all ripped off the back, so I'm feeling like I've accomplished something!


I Call it "Underwater Sunrise Garden With Alien Bubbles."  12 x 18
This is a project that I started in a 6-hour workshop hosted by the Charlotte Quilter's Guild.  Here's what Karen's class sample looks like:


"Circles ...

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July 29, 2019
Vintage Quilt Monday and book Winner from Humble Quilts

Here's another fun, quirky, humble vintage quilt in my collection.

Here this soda pop girl steps in for some of the plain sashing. 

The sashing cornerstones are as charming as ever! 

These look like printed flour or sugar feed sacks. 

This one wasn't quite the right size so they added a tiny strip. 


Look at these cornerstone sizes!! What's not to love???

The backing has Yukon's Best printed. I see that this mill was located in Yukon, Oklahoma.

I passed along some wool suiting samples that have been sitting in my stash far too long. 
And ...

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July 19, 2019
Vintage Quilts Friday from Humble Quilts

Before I went on my trip to Ohio, Linda, Kathy's sister, asked if I would be interested in taking a vintage quilt off her hands. Thank you Linda for thinking of me!
Here is the charming quilt I made room for. 


 Humble hanging diamond quilting on this charming 2 color quilt. The quilting lines up as good as mine! LOL
 Freehand fan quilting on 2 sides. 
 Double quilt lines on the other 2 sides. I LOVE everything about it!!
 The quilts below were brought to my lectures and we had fun seeing a wide variety of quilts and styles ...

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June 28, 2019
This, That and The Other from Humble Quilts

Here is my double four patch  laid out as I pieced the blocks together.  Up close it looked like a jumble....


We were thinking the lights should have been more light all the way through. 
Trying to get some good lighting. 

 I plan on adding a border. I like it because it was a friendship swap, not because I love the layout.
Thanks Kevin and Kathy!!

My first project was Almost Amish, our fall quiltalong. I'll baste it and quilt it over the next few months. This came straight from my solid bin. I recommend use what you have ...

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June 25, 2019
Monday Muse from Ohio from Humble Quilts



I had such a fun few days!  Kathy and I took off early Saturday through the green and sunny countryside to Saegertown where the Quilt study group host ted my lecture. What a lovely group of ladies! The quilt I'm standing in front of belonged to Jill and was beautiful!
Kathy's friend Jim asked about my "speech" so Kat took a photo to send to him. I never excelled at toastmasters, but I do like to talk about quilts!! LOL

This was also her antique log cabin with cute handmade buttons on it!!!
It was very charming!

Then ...

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May 5, 2019
Vintage Quilt Resurrection Completed; Back to Lars's Mission Impossible Graduation Quilt (With Only Three Weeks to Go), and PROM 2019 from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I have a FINISH, you guys!  This is the vintage 1960s era family quilt that I rescued for a friend.  

Vintage Quilt Repaired and Quilted, Ready to Go Home

It was like an episode of This Old House where they start out planning to just update the kitchen of a 19th century home but then they find all kinds of problems hidden inside the walls...  There were definitely moments when I wasn't sure I could get this quilt back together again and had to walk away from it for a few days before I felt comfortable about how I ...

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April 9, 2019
Vintage Quilt Repair + Mission Impossible: To-Do On Tuesday from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  I am astonished to report that, not only did I reach last Tuesday's weekly goal of completing half (24) of the blocks for Lars's Mission Impossible graduation quilt, but my mom and I got ALL 48 blocks done last week.  Woo-hoo!  They are all laid out on my design wall now, waiting to be sewn together.  


Mission Impossible: All Forty-Eight 12 inch Blocks Complete!

I just have a few decisions to mull first, such as:

  1. Am I going to sew these blocks into rows next, or will I sew sets of four 12" blocks together into ...

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April 5, 2019
Mission Impossible: 24 Blocks Completed -- Halfway There! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Okay, you guys -- I just set a timer for 30 minutes because I don't want to fritter the day away writing a novel (again).  However, my mom and I reached my week's goal of finishing half of the blocks for Lars's Mission Impossible: Graduation 2019 quilt yesterday and I couldn't wait to show you how cool those blocks look up on my design wall:


24 Out of 48 -- We're Halfway There!
SQUEAL!!!!  I included the messy ironing board and step ladder in that photo as scale references, so you can appreciate the impact of those ...

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April 1, 2019
Weekly update: vintage treasures, a finish, the stash report, and plans for April from With Strings Attached

Because I spent Friday at the quilt show I couldn't go to the first day of a Waukegan estate sale.  A Featherweight was advertised and I'd have been tempted.    When I got there on Saturday morning the FW was long gone ($200, he said).   It was 50% off day. This flimsy was $2.50 and the 1932 booklet was .50. I also got 6 yards of fabric for $3.00.

There is a hole in the center of the center block.

I may re-set the blocks, but they are pretty worn and it may not be worth the ...

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March 25, 2019
Quilt & Fiber Art Museum from Humble Quilts

Here is the historic building in LaConner, WA that houses the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Museum. Isn't it lovely?!


The quilts that greeted us are in the museum collection. The volunteer said they were put up to bring a bit of spring to the PNW. It has been so snowy, cold and wet. Perfect way to welcome spring.










 I'm pretty sure several fabric in this 1840's quilt have been reproduced. 

The Hartsford Quilts weren't quite what I was expecting, but still fascinating and a terrific story. 
“The Hartsfield’s collection’s roots date back to ...

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March 21, 2019
A "Twisted" Exhibit! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As Teri mentioned last week, we had a great time down in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the Academy of Appliqué. Not only did we teach, but we were able to take a little time beforehand to go to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia. It's a great show with various exhibits and some stunning quilts. 

One exhibit that caught our attention was the Twisted exhibit, by Mary Kerr. We love anything vintage and these quilts were vintage with a twist, thus the name. All the quilts in the exhibit were created by combining pieces of vintage textiles with modern ...

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March 17, 2019
Vintage Carolina Lily Quilt from L&R Designs Quilting

Vintage Carolina Lily

This vintage Carolina Lily quilt was fun to quilt! The outside edges are difficult to see in this picture but the cone shaped border will be finished with scalloped edges. I’m hoping for a finished picture after Nancy attaches the binding. If it was me, I would cut that straight! And that’s why she is finishing it and not me!!

Center quilting detail

The large on point setting blocks were perfect for some feathered wreaths!

Before quilting

Sometimes vintage quilts are not perfectly flat or have some fullness issues. Every time I started a block ...

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March 11, 2019
Weekly update: meetings galore and vintage treasures from With Strings Attached

The first week of the month is always meeting-filled -- P.E.O., Zion Woman's Club, Friends of the Library, quilt guild -- plus Rotary (every week).
Thursday noon I had an  AAUW Gender Equity Fund committee meeting at the restaurant at Nordstrom's at Woodfield Mall.  It had been a long time since I'd been to a department store.
 On Thursday evening I went to a candidate forum for contested Zion commissioner and mayoral races (election April 2).
Friday was the P.E.O.bimonthly round table meeting.
 Saturday began with the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast. We went early ...

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March 1, 2019
Something(s) to Show For Myself: Geese Arcs, Vintage Quilt Repair, and Clam Shells from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Hello, my lovelies, and Happy Wednesday!  I've been "distracted" by work and a series of minor but mildly disabling medical maintenance over the past week or so, but I was finally able to get back to my projects a few days ago and have some progress to report.


Two Arcs Completed, Forty-Six Arcs to Go...
First and foremost, I have actually begun piecing my son Lars's Geese In Circles graduation quilt!  This needs to be completed, as in bound, labeled, and delivered to the church office, no later than May 26th.  I've paper pieced two of the ...

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February 12, 2019
Detour: Exploratory Vintage Quilt Surgery, Or What Have I Gotten Myself Into This Time? from Cheeky Cognoscenti

This quilt belongs to a friend of mine from church choir.  It was made by her grandmother, she has had it since before she was married, and it holds a lot of special memories.  She brought it to me for advice on how she could repair it herself, but I offered to do it for instead.  I knew this was going to be a can of worms and I didn't want to tell someone who is not a quilter how to take apart a treasured quilt that she might not be able to get back together again.

Vintage Quilt ...

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December 28, 2018
Dennielle's Yankee Diary - fresh off the frame from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Sigh.....big Sigh Christmas shenanigans are done!!  Loved every minute with my crazy family.  Individually they a bundle of energy each, get them in one room and it all grows exponentially!  It was a wonderful day.  I was able to sneak down to the long arm and get a few stitches in before everyone got here.  Pulled off this beauty from the frame.

This is Dennielle's Yankee Diary, you can find her on Facebook at Louanna Mary Quilt Design and on Instagram Denniele Bohannon.  The pattern is Barbara Brackman Yankee Liberty - it was a block of the month in ...

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November 26, 2018
Repairing and Patching an Old String Quilt from Angel Scraps Quilting

My daughter-in-law asked if I could patch up her Great Grandmother's quilt.  The quilt is in pretty bad shape with lots of holes (some big ones!) and stitches coming out all over the place.   Her request was that I just fix it so the damage wouldn't get any worse.

From a distance its a great scrap quilt:



This quilt is the perfect example of a REAL scrap quilt.  It contains every kind of fabric you can think of.  I'm pretty sure there are flour sacks in it, along with scraps from clothing.  Looks to me like nothing ...

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October 15, 2018
Old Aurora Colony Quilt Show from Humble Quilts

 I love this quilt show in fall!!I love the setting, which is at the historical museum and they always display plenty of vintage quilts.




This quilt belongs to the museum and I never get tired of seeing it!

Several of the colony quilts have this style of quilting.
This was the quilting in the brown border. 

 Several of these quilts were for sale by the featured quilter, Charlotte Wirfs. The proceeds of the quilt sales were going to be donated to the museum.










Check out the humble seven sisters quilt! You can see it in the photo above as ...

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October 11, 2018
Blue and White (With A Little Red) Quilts from The Snarky Quilter

Earlier I wrote about the preview party for Patterns of History: Quilts of the Summit County Historical Society. Now I’d like to share a few of the quilts on display with you. First, the blue and white quilts. The tiny … Continue reading

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September 20, 2018
If You Love Vintage Quilts from The Snarky Quilter

and live in northeast Ohio, then be sure to visit the Summit County Historical Society‘s Perkins Mansion and see the Society’s quilts on display during October. The special exhibit, called Patterns of History: Quilts of the Summit County Historical Society, … Continue reading

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