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August 18, 2021
Weekly update: it's a flimsy! from With Strings Attached

 (NOTE:  wildflowers and book reviews are in the preceding post.)

(c) Robin Pickens
Our granddaughter is getting married at the end of October.  I asked for her (their) color preferences for a quilt and she promptly responded, "Blue and green."  I was despairing of finding the ideal pattern when Ramona posted a picture of her version of Emilia, a pattern by Robin Pickens.  I tried to figure out the design but the borders were tricky, so I bought the digital pattern here).   
The changes began immediately.  The pattern uses 9" blocks. I made one that size and decided it was ...

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August 12, 2021
Quilt for an 1895 Wedding from Ann Quilts

I love a dated quilt.  I love a dated quilt with a family story (see full story below).  Combined together....well.... it's simply grand.

The fabrics have some preservation issues and staining throughout.  And at some point, a critter chewed a hole in the quilt and almost chewed a second.  The good part of that story is that the critter was polite enough to avoid chewing up any of the embroidered history.



I patched both places.  Here's one.


I patched the damaged black squares with an antique fabric (with white swirl print).  And I put on ...

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August 9, 2021
Weekly update: getting closer from With Strings Attached

As we were returning from one of our forest preserve walks we saw the crane family enjoying the summer afternoon.  (I think it's two parents and their young.)

We, too, took advantage of the sunshine and visited three forest preserves (Old School  Van Patten Woods Des Plaines River canoe launch (the latter has a trail along the river)) and Hosah Park (Zion's piece of the lakefront, wedged between the north and south units of Illinois Beach State Park).   

Purple coneflower, lady fern, common reed.   Sumac, woodland sunflower. Purple loosestrife with a bumble bee, burdock in flower (a little ...

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August 2, 2021
Weekly update: lots of wildflowers, OMG for August, and the week's nonfiction from With Strings Attached

Rabbit, rabbit!  Yes, I remembered to say that first thing this morning. 

Our afternoon outings this week took us to two units of Illinois Beach State Park and to two forest preserves (Pine Dunes and Grant Woods).  The wildflowers are stunning.  I know they've always been there but I am really alert to them this year as I've taken 'destination' walks (rather than just in the neighborhood).  The Picture This app on my phone makes identification easy. 

It was 90 degrees  on Monday when I walked 2+ miles on the Dunes Trail at Illinois Beach.  I wanted to ...

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July 31, 2021
Month's end: some disassembly required on the OMG, and the stash report from With Strings Attached

 It's the last day to report progress on the One Monthly Goal for July.   My stated goal was to get started on the wedding quilt.  In a way I have achieved that because I did get started, but now I'm determined to get the top completed.  I might be there had I not made design changes along the way.

I made half the units for 40 border blocks using all-the-same fabrics.   Before I added the large triangles I got to thinking.  

Design change:  since the blocks themselves are scrappy (each of the four birds-in-the-air blocks has a different ...

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July 26, 2021
Weekly update: wildflowers! , blocks assembled, and reading from With Strings Attached

 Signs of progress:  the Zion Woman's Club board and the AAUW Waukegan Branch board met this week. Both groups met in person for the first time in over a year.  It was so good to be together! 

(Left: though this is specifically AAUW, it's representative of the other groups I'm in.  Sitting next to one another in someone's living room after a potluck dinner!)

Stevens and I made several visits to different parts of Illinois Beach State Park and also to one of the forest preserves this past week.  Here are just some of the many ...

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July 21, 2021
Album or Chimney Sweep block – A Wedding Quilt Journey from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

I began a quilt for my nephew & his wife on the day they were married. I placed 2-1/2 X 5 inch muslin strips backed with freezer paper onto a table at the reception and invited guests to sign their name in the center. Some guests drew photos while others wrote messages. I collected 52 […]

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July 19, 2021
Weekly update: the flock is growing, and this week's books from With Strings Attached

 (Just a short post this time.)

I need 100 Birds in the Air blocks for the wedding quilt.  They'll be assembled in 25 sets of four -- 13 of one color and 12 of the other.  That means 52 + 48 individual blocks.  Each cutting creates two blocks so I just used each of the blue prints until I'd used them all -- more than 52, I'm sure.  I'm now working on the greens.

(Confession:  I went fabric shopping to get more greens.)

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All That She Carried,
by Tiya Miles

In the 1850's Ashley, a 9-year-old enslaved girl ...

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July 9, 2021
Friday check in: on the map and underway -- with Positivity from With Strings Attached


How cool is this?  My town is on commercially-printed quilt fabric! 

It's BasicGrey "Compositions" for Moda. I bought it because of the soft gray-on gray color and because I like text prints. When I took it out to cut into it I took a moment to read it.

The map image shows the railway depots north and northwest of Chicago.  Winthrop Harbor is the farthest northeast. The vertical white lines are part of the fabric design. My guess is that it's pre-WWI.  There are some stations that aren't towns (e.g. Ontarioville, now part of Hanover Park ...

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May 15, 2021
Hearts Desire(d): Back From The Quilter from Wedding Dress Blue

The quilt has returned from the quilter.

Time to make and attach binding.

The suspense builds…

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November 27, 2020
A Wedding Quilt from Wendy's Quilts and More

A few weeks ago we went to a wedding.  Yes, we're lucky in New Zealand and we're allowed to have weddings and dancing.

I decided to make a quilt for the happy couple.  I showed them four different options and asked what colours they like.  They chose the Donuts quilt designed by Amanda Jean Nyberg from her book No Scraps left Behind.  You may know Amanda Jean from her long running blog Crazy Mom Quilts

As for colours - it didn't really matter because the bride and groom had chosen a pattern with lots of colours in it ...

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November 17, 2020
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show, Days 29 - 33: Flamingos and Hashtags and Adverbs, Oh My! from Gefilte Quilt

Day 29: Flamingo Carrom 

This was made in the early 2000's, when my kids, my fabric stash, and I were so young! Also, I was obsessed with Marilyn Doheney's wedge rulers. Despite the frenetic color, and, lordy, the gold lame in the center (what was I thinking?)....

...I still sort of love it. Flamingos and zebras and tigers, oh my! 

Day 30: Frankenquilt! 
The previous project left me a bunch of extra wedges, which I stuffed into my UFO cabinet. About 15 years later, I pulled them out and made the central circle and inner border of this ...

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July 20, 2020
Friday report: it's a flimsy (and the consequences of miscounting) from With Strings Attached

Hooray!  The wedding quilt is assembled!

It's BIG -- 96 x 96.  12-1/2 yards by weight.

The border closeup I posted on Monday showed the flying geese framed by a strip of gray-on-white. I didn't think that all-the-same inner and outer borders played well with the varied backgrounds of the blocks and of the geese.

I cut many, many gray/white strips and pieced them into 5's. (Why 5's and not 6's? No reason.) I sewed two 5's together and then sewed those units in long strips.  It was easier and more accurate to ...

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July 19, 2020
Wedding Quilt with Hearts from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

 Made as a wedding gift for one of my co-workers who invited me to her wedding. 

Love the binding stitching, brought to the front with white sashiko thread

on the long arm

on the long arm

This pattern is called the Open Heart Pattern from @lellaboutique

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July 6, 2020
Weekly update: the pond is filling up on this holiday weekend from With Strings Attached

This post is being composed from the shady comfort of our patio.  This is the third afternoon I've sat outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. There's just enough breeze from the northeast (Lake Michigan, a mile away) to make it very pleasant.

If this were a normal year we'd have celebrated Independence Day with a concert in the park followed by fireworks.  Our neighborhood was likely like yours -- lots of firecrackers and a few fireworks being set off in the street this year.  (There have been firecrackers nearly every evening for weeks. We can hear them loud ...

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July 1, 2020
Pebble Quilt Finished (Wedding Quilt #4) from Wedding Dress Blue

It just feels like pebbles.  Well, really big pebbles.  And I have never seen blue and green pebbles…Anyway, I call it Pebbles because that is its name.


And it is finished. Mainly because it was rainy here this morning and I was able to justify a binding blitz!


I LOVE the back.  It was such a lucky find.


And the quilting went well.  Just a pantograph called Zest.

It will be sent to the bride and groom soon.


No special pattern here, just 4-/2″ squares and a four patch of 2-1/2″ squares.  But I love the look ...

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June 18, 2020
Ribbon Star Wedding Quilt from {The Sweetest Dreams}

Last weekend I was able to give my niece her wedding quilt. Her shower was supposed to be in April but it was cancelled due to the COVID situation. Their wedding is scheduled for July 25th but they’re unsure if it will even happen. It’s so sad that so many gatherings and accomplishments can’t be celebrated properly.

Congratulations to Joelle & Bradley.

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June 1, 2020
Wedding Quilt #3 For 2020 from Wedding Dress Blue

This is the third wedding quilt I have completed for 2020.  What makes this the year of weddings?


It isn’t fancy, but I hope the new family will enjoy cuddling on the couch.  When I don’t know people super well, and I want to surprise them, a couch quilt is better than a bed quilt.


Scrappy of course.  Using THIS tutorial (Thanks, Cluck Cluck Sew).


It is for a third grade teacher from my school.  May it bring them joy!


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May 23, 2020
» Mama Spark's World

Working on a concept for a quilt for a wedding.   The quilt pattern is called Framed Folk.   Instead of making a bunch of blocks I made one row.   I bordered that row and will set it about 2/3 down the top which will be solid white.   I had quite a little bit of help.  He just doesn't understand that his fur leaves a mess on all that white fabric. I have to go over it

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May 2, 2020
Wedding Fans 47, 48 from Virtual Quilter

Very restful and pretty.

Love the second design.

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