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I've been practicing my ladder stitch. It's a sewing method used to repair seams invisibly. I have used this stitch many times on qu...

Monday, August 29, 2016


The top picture shows the result of combining 7 postage stamp blocks. 2 were cut on the diagonal to make the triangle sides. It made an interesting 8 sided table mat. I can see myself using this on the antique round oak table I have that belonged to my grandparents and also that my father was baptized on. The mat is backed with yellow print fabric and bound in white.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The dresden plate square is finished and made into a 16 inch pillow. I added a round crocheted piece to the center, then attached buttons at the  points of the lace and one in the center. The buttons are attached with the same colors of embroidery floss that I used to embellish the blades of the plate. I really like the way it turned out.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Well, I have rethought the plan to make the snowball and stars quilt into a square. I called it four pointed star in an earlier post before I realized my mistake. It's much more conducive to a small twin bed quilt. I do need to decide how to finish the edges. It feels to me like it does not need a border.
Here's a picture:

80 by 52 inches
The muslin is very light and very clean. The hand piecing is fairly even so I won't be picking out any seams. The row at the top is unfinished so I will remove it. 5 rows from the top, half of the seam is unfinished. Since the rest of the quilt is hand pieced, I will hand sew the seam as best I can. The next step will be to find suitable backing, I'll let you know how it turns out.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

While I'm still on baby watch for our daughter's twins, I am also preparing to lecture at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo.

My lecture (entitled "Treasures from Cast-offs") is all about rescuing unfinished pieced blocks and quilt tops and turning them into usable items. I just found several more items to add to my collection. One is a quilt top found at an antique store in Minocqua, Wisconsin. It is hand pieced in a four pointed star pattern with muslin background and a lovely collection of prints that surely came from someone's scrap bag. It's an odd shape, much longer than wide but I think I can reshape it into a square for a table cover.
The second find is four crazy quilt squares that are about 12 inches square, made with a collection of fabrics sewn to muslin backing and embellished with embroidery. They will make a lovely table runner. At least that's my first idea.
I really enjoy thinking about the makers of these items as I look them over and decide what to do with them. I imagine the women who made them with bits and pieces, no rotary cutters and few patterns except those handed around the community or published in magazines. I admire their creativity as they endeavored to bring beauty into the lives of their families. I thank them for their legacy and hope that my efforts to extend the lives of their creations will honor them.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The baby quilts I mentioned in an earlier post are getting closer to completion. One is finished. The other is pieced but waiting for batting and backing. Here is the one that is finished.



Piecing chevron quilts is easy until you add the vertical sashing. It's trickier that I thought it would be to align the chevrons horizontally. This one isn't perfect but close enough. I'd never get them done at all if I kept ripping and resewing.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

I 'm back from Montana and the beautiful mountain wedding of a friend's daughter. It was all beautiful and a great deal of fun.

I often see quilts that are designed from the inspiration of nature. This country is so magnificent from coast to coast, border to border. It's no wonder that American quilters find design influence from their surroundings. Someone should host a show of quilts with that in mind.