A place for me to journal and post pictures about my quilting adventures.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Design “shower” Monday

back of JoAnnes baby quilt














My time this past week has been spent helping my friend JoAnne finish up this quilt for her new Granddaughter’s baby shower. The parents had lost so many pregnancies that they wanted to wait until the baby was safely here. The front is appliqued with fuzzy fabric, and the back is Minkee type fabric that little ones can’t help but touch. When we were taking the quilt off the machine Friday, there was a a scrap of backing left – 30” x 60”. I cut it in half, added a bit of light Dream poly, and quilted it with the same design that is on the big quilt. I finished the binding up right before the shower. I also gave her the rabbit quilt I finished last week.

I think my friend is in love. Little one is also her namesake. How precious.

Happy Quilting,


Monday, March 21, 2011

Design wall Monday 3/21/11

These aren’t on my wall, because it was a quilting week, not a piecing week. You’ve seen these quilts before in various stages. Two are finished, one just needs binding.

The “crayon” quilt that I thought I was finished with came back home with me and I’ve quilted it with the swirls templates. The guild president “forgot” about asking someone else to quilt it. It is ready for binding. It needs to be finished for the quilt show the first part of May. I guess I will bind it as well. I did make a label, so I will put it in with the binding, one of the triangle in a corner ones.



I bound the trip around the world quilt, and soaked it in Biz and Oxyclean until all the age spots came out. It lightened up, and the white border now matches the white binding. I love this quilt. Red is a favorite of mine, and I love that these are original 30’s fabrics. Many of them have been reproduced, especially the conversation prints.





I also finished binding this quilt for my friend. Her new granddaughter has arrived, safe and sound, and is being loved and enjoyed by all. Her baby shower is this coming weekend, so she will have this soft quilt to wrap up in. Her grandmother is coming over today to finish up an embroidered and appliqued (fuzzy) animals quilt.

I’ve had the creeping crud from too much time out in the yard (allergies) and a cold as well, so no piecing for me this week or last week. I plan to work on more borders and quilting this week in between working in the yard. Spring is here, and a lot of plants need dividing this year. I mainly have perennials, so they need dividing about every 3 years. I did the iris year before last, now I need to do hostas and daylilies. I was given sod and mulch from a project of my neighbor’s, so I’ve been concentrating on spreading that. My kids (well-grown) came over and helped lay the sod. It was pieces that the landscapers took up to build a berm, so we had to piece it much like a crazy quilt. It has rained on it, and it looks like it will take. I did put black dirt under it to give it a head start. Quilting always has to take a backseat during the spring.

Happy Quilting,


Thursday, March 10, 2011

How to make quoins to stabilize giant templates on a Nolting table


I have had several requests for more information on the quoins DH made for my Nolting 24 Pro composite table (one of the new black ones, hence his name Black Bart). Today he made another set, and I took a few pictures. If you know someone with a table saw, these are easy to make.





First we found a piece of scrap 1/4” plywood. He set the fence at 2” and cut 3 strips about 18-20” long. These are for the piece in the lower part of first picture that holds the template stable 2” out on the table. I put one of these in the center of each section of the templates. I did sand these well so threads don’t catch on them.


Then DH cut 3 rectangles 3-1/2” x 12”. Using a straight edge he drew out the diagonal line on all three of them.





He cut the diagonal freehand and handed the quoins to me. I’m the  “finisher”, so I used this small sander (any sander will work, including just your hand and sandpaper) to remove all the rough edges that occur when using a table saw. I did take time to sand down the tip of that diagonal to about a  3/8” blunt tip to make it easier to push on.

That’s it. The quoins are finished and ready to put on the table. If your reading, LK, this is your set ;o)).

DH was emphatic that he would not go into production. There are too many variables with different tables. I know these will fit LK’s, as our tables are both the same, purchased at the same time, and I owe her for always lending me her Baptist fan templates. If you don’t have a friend or DH with a table saw, you might try the local hardware store. Ours cuts pieces of acrylic into template sizes for me. These seem quite similar, and DH thinks they could be made out of acrylic or Masonite, as well as plywood.

Happy Quilting,


Monday, March 7, 2011

Design wall Monday 3-7-11



This has been a week of quilting, not piecing. This is an eBay top that I purchased because of the red, and the original 30’s fabric. I quilted it with Baptist fans on Black Bart. The muslin binding is made, just needs to be applied, hopefully today. I will machine sew it all, as my grandmother did with all her quilts. She quilted by hand, but turned her backs to the front and machine stitched them down. This one was a challenge to keep somewhat square as the center was not as large as the borders. I’m trying to learn how to make adjustments, so it was a good practice quilt.


We received the new Circle Lord templates this weekend, so I just had to use them. My friend’s baby is almost due, so I quilted this panel for her with the new template. I love how the back looks. It really doesn’t show much on the front of the quilt, which is just a panel with bunnies on it – the mom loves rabbits.


Please go to Judy’s site to see other design walls.

Happy Quilting,


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Holding giant templates in place–quions

I love my Nolting table – Black Bart. I really like using Circle Lord giant templates, but I really hate taking a lot of time placing them on my table. I tried rubbermaid shelf liner – and it worked fairly well, but I had to space the templates away from the Back channel, tape the ends, etc. I asked my engineer DH for some help. He tried to tell me about quions. I asked him to make some. We went down to the shop and cut some leftover nice plywood and made them. He did the cutting; I did the sanding.



The two triangles are the quions, the other piece is a spacer that keeps the templates a set distance from the edge of the back channel so I don’t have to measure each time. These are all quite thin, so they don’t catch on the machine carriage as it passes over.

The two left pictures show the template in place held by the quions – pronounced coins. I just use my fingers to push them together to hold tight. We squared-off some of the ends to give a “softer” place to push. This saves using a lot of painter’s tape that usually manages to work loose before the quilt is finished. I haven’t tried them yet on the  zig-zag, but they worked with the Baptist Fans, The Cosmos, and the Spirals. Thanks for the help, Don.


Happy Quilting,


Friday, March 4, 2011

My header quilt

I’ve had multiple inquiries about the quilt in my header, but most of them have been left by visitors that are no reply. I decided I would just post about it, so everyone would know. This quilt hangs above our King-size bed, so I pulled the bottom of the quilt forward over the pillows to take a picture of the whole thing. This, of course, made it keystone, but that’s the best I can do.

I was fortunate early on in my quilting hobby passion, to take a two day class at a LQS from Alex Anderson called Simply Stars. That class changed how I made blocks. She demonstrated how to make blocks “even” on the outside so you didn’t cut off points. She taught us a Split LeMoyne star, which is my favorite block.  I also learned how to make flying geese by just cutting them out and sewing them together – 3 triangles –and they turn out fine!

I had begun teaching a beginning class in hand piecing, but it rapidly changed to machine piecing. Then I started teaching what I learned in her class – stars. Every time I taught it I added to my collection of blocks, and I finally started assembling the center of my quilt. I didn’t like yellow at that stage in my quilting life, but I soon saw that this quilt needed some. I took the 3” blocks and used them as the centers of 6” sawtooth stars to add a touch of sun to the quilt, and it definitely improved. I assembled the center, then put it away for a while. I had figured out that it needed a border of 6” LeMoyne stars, but I just couldn’t face cutting out all those diamonds!

The LQS asked me to try out some Marti Michell templates to see if I liked them, then to teach classes with them. It was a “canned” class – a BOM, but we did it in 6 weeks. I then discovered set E. M Michell template set E is for 8 pointed stars – LeMoyne stars!! I started cutting out stars with that and never looked back, except when I needed a size other than 6 or 12”. I remember writing an email to M Michell  about being able to cut out all the diamonds for this quilt border in one day! 

I also like a lot of things Judy Martin does, and the border treatment is one of her suggestions (I don’t remember which book). I didn’t want to match points on 60 LeMoyne stars! By alternating adding a piece of border fabric or background to the border blocks, everything lays flat (I press seams open on LeMoyne stars).

I sent this out for custom quilting. I wanted circles, but instead got freehand spirals. I have since learned that you need a Circle Lord to make the circles I wanted, so I am happy with the quilting, but one of these days I’m going to replicate this quilt and quilt it myself. I have a small star quilt that I quilted with circles and I love it. Yes, circles are a lot of work, but so is making all those stars.  This quilt is my masterpiece so far, although the Timberline log cabin that we made as an opportunity quilt comes close to the stars. I want to remake both of them, once I finish some UFOs!!

Happy quilting,