Category: quilting

Well That was a Surprise!

I took quite a few things over to our county fair. I had very high hopes for my Peace Sweater, and thought a few other things might do well. It was mid week before Girl#2 and I got over to see how things did

Over in knitting the two charity hats, and the Peace and  Skaugum sweaters all did well, receiving blue ribbons, but no rosettes. My last minute entry, the Splendid Sampler quilt got a 2nd place (red ribbon),  which was a welcome surprise, since the quilt competition is small but extremely tough, especially for a novice like me.

It was over in the embroidery section that I had a big surprise…
There’s my hardanger pillow with a Best of Class ribbon, and over yonder on the wall, the barn cross stitch with a Best of Class and the Judge’s choice! That is probably the simplest cross stitch I have ever turned in…

Next stop was the Sewing area, where I thought my linen dress would do well with its new hand picked zipper, and it did, receiving another Best of Class. I also had a skirt and a men’s shirt in sewing.

I had another big surprise over in the wool sewing, where I had the skirt and messenger bags I made using last fall’s MIWW challenge fabric, as well as my 49’er jacket.

You can just see the navy blue messenger bag on the lowest riser on the left. It got best of class for the accessories and bags division! This fair was a big surprise, the things I expected to wow did fine,while the things that I added on a whim won rosettes! Well, there’s the promised report. I’ll leave you with a look At some of the spectacular quilts on display. If you look close, you can see the bird on my Splendid Sampler lap quilt on the bottom left.

I really loved this miniature appliqué quilt, it was so tiny and the stitching was incredible!

This was the Best of Show quilt, and it was just gorgeous!

There were some lovely things on display including rosemaling, wood carving, spinning and weaving to name just a few.


New Projects…

The middle of August seemed to mark a completion of sorts, and I found myself thinking about what projects I want to start this fall.  The first item isn’t actually new, it is a UFO I pulled out when doing my clean up last week. This UFO came from my mom; she had planned to make it into a quilt, but her arthritic hands were no longer up to the challenge, so she passed it on to me. I got the blocks stitched, but hadn’t gotten any further with it.

First, I squared the blocks and sewed them together. My plan to just add a border or two was thrown out during the pressing, as I discovered how awkward the shape is. My solution is make two rows of something to get it to a better size, then maybe a border. The obvious choice was to emphasize the butterflies and roses in the stitching, so off to that black hole Pinterest to find something that would work. (Days go by….) Bingo! I found an old butterfly pattern from the 40’s?, and I was half way. Next I found some nice applique roses, so it looks like this will be a handwork heavy project. I finished the first applique  and now have the other three ready to stitch. I used Kim Diehl’s freezer paper method, and will use this as my footbal/movie/time with DH in the basement project.

Next on the list, my wool pants for this fall’s MIWW contest. While in Denver with Girl#2, I found some wool flannel that would work, so I grabbed it. I pulled out a very nasty piece of mystery crepe from my stash to use as the muslin. New pattern, so I took the easy way out and cut the size 16, then marked the size 10 seam lines and basted the whole thing up, assuming I would have to let it out. I was happily surprised that the first round was close! (Actually, it wasn’t…I stitched the outside seam at 5/8 instead of 1 inch.)  I let out a scant 1/4 inch in the inner leg seam to lengthen the crotch a bit, and presto! 😱 What a happy surprise! Girl#2 thought the legs were too wide, so I slimmed the legs down to the size 8 from the crotch seam on down.

The other surprise is that once the nasty crepe was sewn into pants, they actually look pretty good, so I may stitch them up! With the adjustments made, I went ahead and laid it out and cut the wool, so it is ready for marking. I want to have them done so Girl#2 can help with the hemlines before she leaves, since mine are always different lengths.

Also on the quick list is a shirt dress for Girl#2, out of this cheery print. We washed it with the laundry and in spite of being 100% cotton, it was fairly wrinkle free…a very good thing, since I doubt she’ll do much ironing in Italy. She is thinking that she will help sew, so we may finish in double time.

I also need to come up with a suitable gift for a young gentleman who will be completing a book recital in a few weeks. He is not the sporty type, and likes computer games more than I would prefer. Any ideas out there? He is a 5th grader…so age 11. At least I have the girls gifts under control!

A Friday Finish

It’s the end of an era! I have just finished my 4th and final Splendid Sampler lap quilt! I was a little tired of individualized quilt blocks, and finally decided to give this one an overall pattern so I could be done. I did a bit of a meandering crescent, and I don’t think it is too distracting. Guess it’s too late to change my mind!

It seems like I’ve been working on this for a very long time, and I suppose it has been, since I began piecing back in late July last year. Well, it is finished, and I am even going to enter it in the county fair today. It will be fun to see if there are any other Splenderettes out in the county.😄

Have a great weekend everyone!

Splendid C is a Wrap!

I spent two afternoons during our camp out tying knots on Splendid C. There were so many…not my favorite part, but I couldn’t believe how much nicer the quilt looked with all the threads taken care of! That nasty task finished, I was ready to do the binding, with some very cool fabric I picked up at the Quilt Connection in Rapid City. 

I opted not to do bias binding, hoping that some of the words would show around the finished quilt. With a little forethought I managed to get the sides positioned in a way that the words that showed were easily read.

I added a few buttons to some blocks that seemed to need them, and added a little more quilting here and there. An evening of hand stitching finished the binding, and this one is ready to ship off to my State Fair hosts of 22 years, Jim and Brenda! Enjoy!


Pattern Testing

This past week I had the honor of being a tester for Bella of Created by Bella. She has designed a windmill quilt block and is hoping to sell the pattern in her Etsy shop. My job was to follow the instructions and note anything that seemed confusing, etc. and to photograph the completed block. 

I am excited for Bella, because she has a sweet design, and it will make some very nice blocks for a baby quilt or table runner! She did a great job on her instructions, and did a fine job on her illustrations. With a few final tweaks, she was soon ready to publish.

I found this experience to be so interesting! I was motivated to sew the perfect quilt block (does that ever happen?) and because of the notes at the beginning I was especially careful to measure each and every seam. There were a lot of them, because this is an intermediate level block, but I only had a question on one step, and she quickly solved that. I was tickled with my finished block, and while I work through my queue, will be considering what I want to do with this unique block…..a pillow,  a table runner, an entire quilt? It will be fun to ponder!

Quilty Goodness

Lap quilt # 3 is officially on its way; the walking foot action around each block is complete. I am thinking about doing a wave thing on the borders with the walking foot, so will complete that before starting on the free motion work. I will likely then set this one aside while I work on my dress and coat for Girl#2’s graduation, and then finish it off. Looking at the blocks, I have not yet been exceedingly inspired with FMQ ideas, so it may be time to tour around and see what others have done.


I have no real deadline for this, I had intended to take it with me to the State Fair and gift it to my hostess of 23 years. Long story short, our State Fair is hosted by a small town that had too few hotel rooms. I ended up in a private home after losing my hotel reservation due to maternity leave, and never looked back. Now that I won’t be at the State Fair, I’ll just send it sometime this summer. However, our local quilt show is coming up…maybe that would be a way to encourage me to move it along sooner!

Stay tuned….

A Splendid Finish!

And here is Splendid Sampler #2 complete with binding and ready for its new home! Hurrah!

A few close ups….here are my traced feathers, not too bad for my first attempt.

I was really pleased with the improvement in my stitch consistency, and I tried a lot of different things. I chickened out and did piano keys for the final border, but I think it looks fine, and I think the back shows the variety of the quilting. 😊

On to Number 3!