Sunday, September 24, 2017

Blogger Quilt Festival QUILT

This is my entry into the Amy's Creative Side BLOGGER QUILT FESTIVAL. This was a quilt made using up colorful scraps through Angela's RAINBOW SCRAP CHALLENGE. Link to ANGELAS BLOG
Each month she chooses a color for us to make blocks of our choice out of. I skipped ahead and made the orange and pink blocks so that I could get this finished up. It'll be a sewing room quilt for...ME :)

I had one leftover bobbin block that I made by altering a Cotton Way pattern. The leftover made a great quilt label.

This Spools and Bobbins quilt was a fun quilt to make and a great way to use up some scraps...although nowhere NEAR making a dent in my huge pile. 

I took a final picture of it downtown as Al and I went out to breakfast. The weather has been amazing for September.

I am also linking to OH SCRAP ... button on the left side of my blog.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Finishing up a quilt & decorating for fall

This spools and bobbin quilt is about done...quilting is done and now I'm stitching down the binding.This is my FIRST Rainbow Scrap Quilt finish! I have a few other orange blocks to make for two more rainbow quilts. Linking to Angela at

The fall decorating is also finished up....all except a table runner. I have an old one but would like a new one.

This we put up just for has spooky ghost noises, lights that flicker, chains that rattle and every so often a scary scream. He loves it of course!

So this is the start of the table runner. I designed a new pattern and will be giving it a try. All cut out, now off to sew.....

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Double Nine Patch w/ Snowballs is a top

The top is finished! I really didn't want to have another 1/2 finished quilt in the sewing room so I pushed to get this done.

The quilt top measures 63"x 81" so it's a nice twin. There won't be any borders on this....I wanted it to look like a 30's or 40s quilt. I should hand quilt it....well, after I quilt Lisa's wedding quilt I'll see how I feel. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tutorial to make the Double Nine patch quilt

I'm more than 1/2 way done with my Double Nine Patch and Snowball quilt.
I decided to add snowball blocks to give it a little added interest. 
Some people have written to me asking about the pattern....there isn't one. I saw something similar at an antique shop a few years ago and have always had this in the back of my mind to make.

Start with a little 9 patch block...cut 1-1/2" strips of shirtings, dots, and vintage scraps. 
Sub cut into 1-1/2" squares. Make LOADS of these little nine patches. I used darker pieces in the corners, red centers and light and mediums in between. These mini 9 patches should measure 3-1/2" ....also cut solid 3-1/2" squares of a background fabric. Using the mini 9 patches and the solids, make the large double 9 patch shown above. This block should measure 9-1/2" (or 9" finished).

Now cut the alternating blocks out of the background fabric...9-1/2" square.
I wanted these to be snowball blocks so I chopped the corners and stitched on plaid shirting.

Cut 3-1/2" strips of XXL men's shirt was enough for my quilt (or buy about 3/4 yard)

Using my EASY ANGLE ruler, I cut my plaid triangles. What size? Well, I cut a cardboard 3-1/2" square, lined up the dotted 1/4" line with the corners and sliced. This gave me the small triangle to cut corners off my background squares and a template to cut my plaid corners. (See below)

Here's my corner piece...

  Snips the corner perfectly!

Now I can lay my triangle plaid pieces, lining up the one straight edge the acrylic template give me...and stitch.

Just be sure you don't put the piece on the wrong side...if it looks too big like above, turn it and place it on the next edge!!!
Well I hope this helps some of you that want to make this quilt

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Took a trip to the U.P. of Michigan

As Al drove up to my brothers farm, I was able to get some hand stitching done. These 1930 reproduction fabrics are becoming hexie flowers for a medallion quilt. 

I packed plenty of fabrics but forgot to grab extra hexagon papers so I had to resort to cutting up flyers and magazine covers... Not pretty but it works!

My brothers farm needs LOTS of work to get it producing like he wants. He's still in the process of repairing outbuildings and planning fields. 

Potatoes were planted in the spring, then neglected till now because he works full time in Detroit. This will become a retirement farm for him. In the meantime, my sister and I will harvest, can and freeze some of the fruits and veggies. 

I worked on one long row and two short rows to get these beauties. The plants could REALLY use more growing time so we'll be back in a month to dig the rest.

These are just a small amount of the potatoes....we wanted to try all the varieties. Purple potatoes are a new thing for me... I haven't ever had a chance to try these and was very surprised at how creamy and good they were.

After we came home I had a chance to work on my Double Nine patch blocks. As of today, I have eight blocks left to make :)  seeing a light at the end of the tunnel!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September UFO & color of the month

Can you believe it's September already?! Where did the summer go? Well, with a new month we have  a new UFO to work on... this month it's #4 according to Patchwork Times. My hubby is excited because this is HIS quilt. He's hoping to see it finished up.

And the color for September is ORANGE 🍊... perfect! This will be a nice bright change from beige. Time to dig out my scraps of orange and make some blocks.
Summer is almost gone so we are enjoying these last warm days. We spent some time walking around the Common (the old insane asylum) here in Traverse City. There's some wonderful old architecture here.

I love this old metal arch over this doorway.

And of course, we've taken Henry downtown, to the beach and on some hikes.

I'm making progress on Double Nine Patch quilt... 20 of the 32 nine patches are done so more than halfway.

Today Al and I are road tripping to the U.P. to visit my brother Karl's house. He's up for the holiday weekend along with my sister. I'm finished with my EPP stars and needed another hand project so I'm making hexie flowers that will border a 30's style medallion quilt.. I'll appliqué these onto a white (?) square to create a border....probably need about 25-30 of these.

Monday, August 28, 2017

English paper piecied stars quilt top is done!

It's FINALLY done...after nearly 8 years! English paper piecing is slow but SO worth it. Now I'll start the hand quilting. I'm still trying to decide exactly how I'll be doing it... Design and all....but I think it will go onto my quilt frame by the living room windows. Fall/winter will be here in no time and that will give me a good amount of light.

Now that the epp project is finished I decided to tackle some tops that needed quilting. There are three waiting....well, actually MORE than three, but three that are hanging in the sewing room. This spools and bobbins quilt will be first.

Harry dog came to visit for a bit yesterday while I was sewing and Al was cooking. It was national DOG day so he got to have his picture taken.

Al made us fresh lake perch for dinner...OH. MY. GOSH! Fantastic! 

And now that the EPP stars quilt top is done I'm making more hexagon flowers for Jenn. Can't go anywhere without taking a little hand project....

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Six-Pointed Star Quilt Top is ALMOST DONE

All the stars are done and now I'm working on large triangles to give the quilt a nice straight edge.

I taped a bunch of the star paper pieces together to come up with this large triangle...then cut a bunch out of card stock. 

This deep green is a vintage feedsack and the red, blue and yellow flower print is from an old apron. There's a lot of old pieces mixed in.

It's going to need a really good pressing then I can get it ready for hand quilting. Yup, hand quilting! I feel like it NEEDS to be hand done since I've been hand piecing it for the past eight years.
And hopefully the quilting won't take as long as the piecing!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Start of a vintage style quilt

Here I go on a tangent! I'm blaming my daughter for this... She wanted to borrow som shirting pieces and as I was digging through the box I found two small 9 patches. These were just small pretty scraps that I put together YEARS ago for no real reason than that I thought they looked nice together. They were then packed away and forgotten.

Well, once I found them I just couldn't stop thinking that they would be great in a vintage type quilt. Digging through my old quilt magazines, I came across a perfect pattern... The double 9 patch or Irish chain.

The pink is old....from the 80s. It was at the bottom of my solids tote and I'm crossing my fingers that it will be enough to do a twin size quilt.  The scraps for the small 9 patches are getting cut from shirts, old blocks (very old!) and old calicoes. These blocks above are very vintage.... If they were salvageable I would use them as is in a quilt but they have stains and holes. 

This star quilt top was a mess....puckered...torn...stained again CHOP, CHOP!

These pieces were cut from those old blocks... They look so much neater.

I'm stitching them inti 3" 9-patches and not worrying if they are a little wonky. They'll just look that much more vintage :)
Seven Double 9-Patch blocks are done...I need at least 25 but hoping to get 32 made. I'll be alternating with the pink (hopefully!).  There won't be a border on this quilt unless I decide on a very small one. Got to keep it looking old.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bobbin border

I'm posting from my IG account...only picture I have of this quilt top. I'm NorthernDebQuilts and private but you can request to follow. The bobbin blocks are from a Cotton Way pattern, altered to suit my quilt. 

So I'm done with the bobbin border and am happy with the results. It adds just a little interest to it and what good are spools of thread without bobbins?
So now it's time to find a backing and get it basted. Since I have no idea what I want for a back, this could end up in the UFO closet for a bit. 
This is my first completed top done from following along the Rainbow Scrap Challenge of 2017 with Angela at