February flew by and then in March things came to a halt. Wish I could say I have been productive through it all, but not so much. Hard to look forward when things are changing daily. Still working, but reduced hours. It has been hard to focus during this pandemic. But before the Shelter In Place order came, I received this quilt back from Jeanette, my long arm quilter!
I absolutely love how she quilted it! My goal is to get the binding on it this month. I will post more pictures then because I can’t show it off in person! But here is a taste!
For my One Monthly Goal, hosted by Elm Street Quilts, I wanted to make a Christmas block each month, with the idea that by the end of the year, I would have enough blocks for a quilt. This month was a success!
The pattern is from Cotton Way called Christmas Cheer, a cute row quilt of Christmas blocks. Truly adorable. I am not sure how many blocks I will end up with, but I intend to enjoy the process! Check out the other goals met – Elmstreetquilts.com
Last year I saw so many adorable Christmas quilt Samplers – Fig Tree, Cotton Way, Lori Holt, Moda Bake Shop, etc. The last couple of years I haven’t been able to get much sewing done the last third of the year, so this year I am hoping to do a few blocks each month. This month I want to start with the Santa Hat! Check out #OneMonthlyGoal or https://www.elmstreetquilts.com/2020/01/one-monthly-goal-january-link-up.html to see what others are working on this month!
I finished my #onemonthlygoal! The label uses the fabric from the English Garden line that matched the candy bar wrapper, but I didn’t use it in the quilt. I was originally thinking of using it for the binding, but in the end I didn’t like the look & went with the floral. So happy with how it turned out! And so glad to have it on my bed!
So I didn’t get my goal met for November, so maybe this month I can get my challenge quilt finished, still needs the label and binding to be completed. I didn’t decide until December 1st how I want to do the label. So a better chance this time, even though it will be another week before I will get to work on it again. But I do intend on getting it done!
If you go to Elm Street Quilts or #onemonthlygoal, you can see what others are working on this month.
I did get a quilt top completed in November, that I had started the previous November. It was the Secret Santa sew along from Temecula Quilt Company, back in 2018. But I am glad to have the top finished and maybe I can hand quilt it over the winter, at least that’s the plan.
I do like how it turned out – it looks much better in person. 🙂
While reading other blogs, I recently found One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts. What a great idea to keep you motivated! This month I am going to try and join in. Only one needs to be listed and I decided to focus on finishing the challenge quilt.
Jeanette has finished the quilting, over a month ago, and I just need to bind it – that has been cut and pieced already also. It’s the labeling that stalls me. I try to remind myself that I don’t need to write a novel, just stick to the facts. So let’s hope I can get it done!
This is the farm where I grew up. My Mother moved here when she was 10 and we bought it from my grandparents when I was 4. It has seen many changes over the years. In the late ’50’s, indoor plumbing and an addition was added to the house. In the ’70’s the hog barn was taken down and the feeding floor was put in, which you can’t see for ALL THE TREES! The machine shed was added and the grainery has been taken down. The bins were sold and removed and at the beginning of this month, the barn and silos were taken down. There have been several aerial photos taken over the years. The first one was really big, taken in the 70’s. You can actually see my Grandpa in it testing the fence. In this one, I think taken around 2008, my Mom and I are in the garden.
The pictures are nice, but my favorite rendition was made by my cousin, Susan.
I am not sure when she made it. But I love all the details she included. It hangs at my aunt’s house and I admire it every time I visit. It is so true to my grandparents farm. The weeping willow tree south of the house – my cousin, David, hid in it during a night time game of Kick the Can. We raised Guernsey cows, except for two Holsteins named Black and Decker. Grandma always had a big garden opposite the house, across the driveway.
She was able to use one of Grandpa’s shirts for him on the tractor. I love the milk cans too. Grandpa delivered milk when our parents were young. The fencing around the yard and the calf barn, the straight furrows (quilting) of the fields, the tool shed in the middle of the circle… I love all the details! She did such a great job! I could not begin to make such a beautiful tribute to our heritage.
At my Litchfield quilt guild, I am on the planning committee. Towards the end of summer I challenged the others to create something based on a childrens Golden Book of their choice. We were to have it done by April so that we could show them at the meeting and encourage the members to participate in a guild challenge. I chose the book Old MacDonald, the song every child learned in grade school. I had ideas of making a center barn and a fence type border and appliqués of different farm animals. But time got away and it didn’t happen. I found fabric with all different animal sounds printed on it and thought I was on the right track. At a sew Saturday, we found a farm panel that wouldn’t work for pillow cases but matched my theme!
And that is what I ended up using. Finished in a hurry. Very lightly machine quilted. But it was finished. I showed mine first because knowing the other ladies, mine would be the least impressive.
I cut the alphabet panel apart and sewed colored squares in between. The letters are cute “B” is for Barn, “C” is for Cow and so on. Used the farm panel top and bottom, the animal sounds fabric for a border and simple outline quilting.
Presentation was a success! And I was right, the others did a great job! Mary Alice had 101 Dalmations and made a bag using polka dot fabric representing the dogs, ombre fabric for the pocket for Cruella, flowewd lining for the meadow. It was great! Michele had Pup in the Pumpkin patch and made a pillow! A beautiful pumpkin on the front in squares of well blended oranges, puppy buttons for embellishment, and a pocket on the back to put the story book! Barb’s book was about Pussywillows. She made a framed 12″ block of frogs and pussywillows that was adorable. RaeAnn made a lap quilt wih a panel as well from The Jungle book.
Our next challenge for the guild is easier. Everyone drew from a bag a candybar! We have util August to make our projects. I am so excited I already have my fabric!
About 10 years ago, I was ready to make a quilt for myself. I had a pattern picked out, and DeAnn, from my local quilt shop, DeAnn’s Country Village Shoppe, helped me pick out fabric. A lot of fabric. The quilt measures 93″ by 114″. It went together rather quickly, I think I made it over a spring break. I left it with my friend Jeanette to machine quilt it.
I love the custom quilting she put into it. She knows I love swirls and fans and feathers.
She even incorporated a design from a ring I have. She did a great job!
I do love this quilt, but did I mention how big it is? Even on my queen size bed, it was rather large, then a year and a half ago, I down sized. Including my bed, now a double. So it is folded over a quilt rack that I can see a small part of as I walk by.
This summer, there were horrible fires in California. Lori, form Humble Quilts blog, wrote about it here https://humblequilts.blogspot.com/2018/11/paradise-how-we-can-help.html. I mailed supplies to Lori to deliver to California and shared her story with my local quilt guild planning committee. Another member shared that her brother lived in the Malibu area and also lost everything in a fast moving fire. For a long time, it has truly made me realize how blessed I am. I have so much. I did a lot of down sizing when I moved, still kept more than I need. I have wonderful family support. I am confident I will stay warm in the coming polar vortex coming down on Minnesota. I have so much. How can I keep a quilt that is too big for my bed when another person would love and appreciate it. Since my quilt guild is going to make a quilt for our member’s sibling, Dazzled will be going to someone in Paradise to enjoy. I hope they love it as much as I do.
The first quilt I made was the Santa wall hanging pictured on the front of the Debbie Mumm pattern. I still have it somewhere, in a box. I keep it to show myself how far I have come. Quilting is math. The pattern, for the Santa border in this case, calls for a certain number of squares, that you sew together with a quarter inch seam, that will equal the length of the body of the quilt. That first quilt is a fine example of the different things that can happen to not make the two measurements equal. Like poor pressing, too big a seam, etc. But it also taught me to enjoy the process and see the beauty of the big picture.
The second quilt I made was for my Dad, for Fathers Day. It is called Birdhouse Row by Lynette Jensen, from the book on the left. Dad loved birds, trees, animals, gardening, etc. Basically the outdoors. We often went for walks together when I would come home.
Turns out this is the only quilt I made for Dad. He has been gone for thirteen years now. Still miss being able to talk to him and make him laugh. Dad was one of the few people I could talk to about anything. Now I have the quilt and I bring it out every spring/summer.