Happy Halloween 2007

Happy Halloween from my office.

Driving to work this morning, I saw lots of costumed drivers… a Frankenstein, a nurse, a witch, and a flower. I’m sure there were a lot more, but I tried to keep my eyes on the road. Wherever you are today, and whatever you’re plans are for the day, have a GOOD one… be safe, be with your family and friends, and have a Happy October 31st.

Quilter turned Knitter

Every so often I get the urge to knit. I started this project, an afghan in an elongated chevron pattern, several years ago. Just like with quilt projects, it got set aside. I pulled it back out about 6 weeks ago, and I’ve completed about 2 feet of it since. It feels good to have something to pull out and work on for an hour or two at a time. I even took it in the car to work on when we drove down to take our son Loren out for dinner for his 27th birthday (gasp).

Because of the size of the afghan, I put it on a circular needle set. It makes it easier to keep it on the needle, but then it can slide off either side. That’s what those little rubber needle stoppers are for! What a nifty little invention! I’ll show the competed project when it is finished – hopefully before Christmas!

Fall and Roosters

I love fall. It’s my favorite season of all. I took a walk today with camera in hand, planning to shoot whatever grabs my eye. Most of the neighbors have cut their perennials down, readying them for winter’s cold and snow. Not me! I like to leave mine for the snow to dust… I like the way it looks covered with snow. There’s time enough to cut everything down in late winter/early spring, just before everything wants to burst through and get ready to bloom.

So, I shot a few photos by my front door. I love my cement rooster. I always thought it would be fun to have chickens… and a rooster, of course! Don’t know what I’d do with them, but they give me that “down on the farm” feeling that I adore. I would have made a great farm girl, as long as I didn’t have to work in the fields or shovel poo.

My rusty trellis needs some vines growing on it. I think in the spring I need to plant something to give it a little green, but I don’t want the plant to overtake the charm of the flowers. I’ll spend some time this winter looking for just the right addition. Funny how we hate rust on some things, but love it on others!

Jeana Kimball, Quilter

I happened upon a great blog this morning while surfing for quilt blogs. Once there, I went to her main website for her business, Foxglove Cottage. Jeana Kimball has some beautiful patterns and is a very talented quilter. Check out her sites!

I ordered one of her patterns this morning… it’s called “Nest Builders.” If you like it, she has many more to choose from! Check out her business site, link above.

Emily Loves Purple

My son Loren’s long-time girlfriend Emily absolutely adores the color purple. Emily is 25 and has a bubbly personality. She’s a little modern, a little traditional. I just finished this “little” quilt for her for Christmas and sent it off to Kari to be machine quilted. I’d never get it hand quilted in time for Christmas.

This is a pattern called “Snowball” – a traditional pattern. I looked for as many purple batiks and FUN fabrics as I could find, and they are anchored by a lovely green. This started out to be a twin size quilt, but it fits nicely on my queen size bed. Hmmmm… now there’s a thought!

Shhhhh – it’s a secret!

NOTE: This has been moved to this blog from a previous blog. It was first published on 9/27/2006.

Welcome to Michigan Quilts!

It’s been years since I’ve written about quilts. Back in the 80’s, I wrote two quilt books and dozens of articles about quilting in various publications including QUILT, Quilt World, and others. I took about a twenty-year break from quilting to finish my teaching degree (and got carried away getting two graduate degrees after that). When I couldn’t take it any longer, I got my machine back out, dusted it off, and visited my stash of fabric. It didn’t take long for the quilting bug to settle in once again.

The quilt above was started in the early 1980’s, but finished in January of 2006 (FINALLY!). Thanks to hubby Dean for clearing out his workshop long enough to take a full-size photo. This quilt is all hand-made: appliqued, embroidered, stitched, and HAND quilted. Here’s a close-up:

Enough about me – if you are a Michigan quilter, member of a quilt guild in Michigan, or a Michigan quilt shop owner (or have visited a great quilt shop in Michigan), please contact me via email and share your information.

A Quilt is Born

Last fall I started hand piecing a bear’s paw quilt. I wanted something that I could work on block-by-block and take with me in a small ziplock bag. I love scrappy quilts, and found some yummy greens and maroons for the borders and inside the blocks. I gathered green fat quarters, mostly from the 2005 FQ Birthday swap I participated in through the Quilting Arts Forum. I took a weekend to cut all the pieces for the quilt, bagged them up into a multitude of “sets,” and began piecing.

My mom was really ill (still is) and I spent quite a bit of time with her in the hospital and at home. It was wonderful having something to work on while she slept or while we talked.

I love hand quilting… I find it very peaceful and relaxing. I used 100% cotton batting in this quilt – it was my first attempt at quilting this kind of batting. I enjoy how it looks, but it is definately harder on the hands when you quilt with it. The binding was put on in late June, and I’m thrilled with the final results!

Close-up of quilting (green sashing strips are 1.5 inches wide)

Cindi Allen of Mattawan, MI 1st Prize Winner

Cindi Allen of Mattawan, MI won 1st Prize for her quilt “In Memory of Dad” in the AQS “Online Quilt Contest.” The contest winners’ quilts, presented by Gammill Quilting Machine Company, are visible online at the AQS website.
Way to go, Cindi!

If you know of any other great (or small) accomplishments by Michigan quilters, please contact me (Caron Mosey).

Quilt Storage

Quilters have stored their treasures in boxes, under beds, draped over couches, hanging on walls, and a whole slew of various storage containers. In the early days of quilting, primitive furniture like this Doughbox were used to hold many different items – even quilts!

This primitive dough-box is ideally sized as a stand alone accent or as a chair-side table to house several quilts, sewing supplies or magazines and newspapers. Available in natural wood tones or stain-painted wash tones, this piece measures 25″L x 12″D x 24″H.

This piece comes from a fantastic woodworker in lower Michigan with a long history of woodworking skills passed down from one generation to another. You can see more of his work at his website, Mosey’s Woodworks. Hmmm. Nice name, that woodworker!

A U.P. Quilter!

I know, you’re wondering what a U.P. Quilter is. U.P. = Upper Peninsula of Michigan (USA). I was surfing around tonight and landed on Toni’s blog at http://upquilter.blogspot.com/ .
Check it out! I’d love to find more Michigan quilters who also have blogs. Please let me know you’re out there!