Time to Make

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There are some things that take time to make.  Take for instance the making of bread.  The ingredients are quickly mixed together but it takes time for the yeast to grow and develop  the little dough rising air pockets.  Some breads call for a ‘resting’ time too.Pan of Rolls

Quilting can be a lot like bread making. Read the rest of this entry

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The Counting Quilt

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Here is a neat quilt made for Emily’s new baby.  Grandma, who also happens to be a math teacher, made this counting quilt.  It starts with 1 small block in the upper left hand corner block and adds one small block to each successive larger block.

A 9 Patch Counting Quilt

The border, made of little pieces of fabric from the blocks, give a festive confetti type look to the quilt.  Some of the fabrics used in this quilt were also used in a memory quilt made for Emily when she was in high school.

If you ever wondered why this pattern is called a 9 patch, wonder no more, just count along with the blocks.

A Civil War Quilt Story

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Colleen recently shared her completed Civil War reproduction quilt with the Stashing Sisters.  It was impressive in beauty, quality, and detail.

Reproduction Civil War Quilt

Civil War Reproduction Quilt by Colleen

When asked about the making of the quilt, Colleen said,

 “I went back and looked at my pattern and all the documentation that I saved while I was doing it. I realized how fun it was to go back and look at the process and the story behind the quilt. I think I need to journal more of my quilts.” 

“The thing that makes the quilt interesting is the story, and stories are what bind your family together. I have been trying to record more of my family stories, and now I realize that I need to record more of my quilt stories also.”

Civil War Quilt Detail

Here are Colleen’s reflections on making the quilt:

Civil War Quilt

1-2011 to 1-2015

I thought it only fitting that I finish my Civil War Quilt with my own history of making it. I started it in January of 2011 as a block of the month club from LittleQuilts. It was designed by Dolores Smith and Sarah Maxwell, from Homestead Hearth and used fabrics designed by Judie Rothermel. I had been visiting family in 2010 in Utah and saw the Civil War quilts made by my sisters. I have a grandson who loves the Civil War and is constantly reading and watching documentaries about it. Since I do live in the South, and it was close to the 150th year celebration, I decided to make a Civil War quilt. The block of the month format provided all the fabrics and pattern. Along with the instructions each month, was a history of one of the ladies who were involved with the Civil War. It was interesting to read about their lives, and how they were affected by the war.

When I started working on the second month, I decided to write a brief note of what was going on in my life as I completed the block. I wrote the date completed, and a paragraph about my experience of making the quilt. As I looked back, it was interesting to see how long it took me to make it, and what I was doing during that time. Unfortunately, I didn’t record my feelings at the end – I guess that I was just too glad to be finished. However, I did post a picture of the completed top, May 24, 2012 on Facebook. I am happy that it only took me a year and a half to finish it. It was a complicated quilt, but I enjoyed the challenge.

My sister Elaine is a professional long-arm quilter, and I wanted her to quilt it for me. I finally got it to her in October of 2013. I told her that there was no rush, and we talked many times about how she should quilt it. I told her not to spend too much time on it, just do an over all pattern. Elaine, however, is a wonderful sister, and I was delighted to get it back with lots of fancy quilting. I really liked the feathers, because I have been trying to perfect feathers in quilting.

I plan on decorating my guest bedroom around the quilt, and eventually, passing it on to my grandson. I mentioned to his mom that I hope his future wife likes the Civil War, and she said she couldn’t imagine him marrying anyone who didn’t. I am grateful for his interest because it has challenged me to learn more about the history of the South, which is now my home.

Projects and a Pink Smoothie

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Several Stashers shared their latest projects at our last meeting.  Beautiful and inspiring.

We also enjoyed Read the rest of this entry

Americana Quilt Blocks – Part 2 of 3

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The requirements for making the Americana quilt block group exchange were:

  • Size – 12.5 inch unfinished
  • Color – muted red, white (cream), and blue.  Color swatches were given showing the range of color with a variety of value (dark & light).
  • Design chosen by the maker with an emphasis on American symbols.

Although not specified as a requirement, the blocks were all made of 100% cotton.   (Note: Stashers,  if you recognize your block, please let me know which ones are yours and include the pattern name.)

 

Americana Blocks – Part 1 of 3

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The Stashers exchanged Americana blocks last fall.  Part of the excitement of a block exchange is seeing the interpretation of the theme.  ‘Americana’ did not disappoint.  Here are four blocks from the exchange: 

Stashers note: If you recognize your blocks please let me know which ones they are, as well as the name of the design.

 

 

Climbing Ladders of Value

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My daughter wanted to create her own quilt. She found the ladder quilt block because it resembled the popular chevron fabric. We went shopping to find the fabric. She preferred the batik colors and choose 4 different shades and patterns of yellow, orange, red, green , blue, and purple.

Jensen Ladder Chevron Quilt

 

She called this her Read the rest of this entry