One quilt, two blocks

From The Woods To The Water, 1983

I’ve been meaning to share this quilt on my blog, but never got around to it. I don’t like this photo, though, as it looks all washed out. I made this quilt for my father’s retirement in 1983. It is 82″ x 82″, machine pieced and hand quilted.

This little Dear Jane block is E-1, Aunt Exie’s Phlox, hand appliqued.

The little pink block is H-4, Abbey’s Eyes, hand pieced. Love the bright pink fabric!!!


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Ode to Kate

Kate posted a Meme on her blog… I decided to give it a go!

Five things Found in your Bag/Purse:

  • tons of receipts
  • Halls Plus honey lemon
  • lots of change floating around
  • red checkbook and red wallet (hey, it’s a red purse!)
  • snack-size bag of vitamins

Five Favourite Things in Your Room:

  • lazy grey cat named Stormie (she’s in whatever room I happen to be in)
  • many quilts (completed or in progress)
  • television
  • wooden rabbit
  • quilt magazines

Five Things You Have Always Wanted to Do:

  • Visit Montana
  • Visit England
  • Own a horse
  • Live on property with endless, well-maintained (not by me gardens)
  • Write a novel

Five things you are currently into:

  • Dear Jane quilts
  • My grandchildren
  • Weight Watchers
  • Walking
  • Reading quilt blogs

    Would you like to do this Meme? Please feel free, and post a link in it back to me!


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Last chance!

Only one more day to turn in your favorite quilt!

From an earlier post:

What is YOUR favorite quilt (of the quilts that YOU have made)? Let’s gather a list of favorites! Please do one of the following so you can be included.

A) Post a comment with the following information: Your first and last name, state or country, name of your favorite quilt and why it’s your favorite, and a link to where a photo of it can be located on the Internet.

B) Send me an email with: Your first and last name, state or country, name of your favorite quilt and why it’s your favorite, and an attached photo of your favorite quilt.
Please make sure your information reaches me by April 30, 2008. I will then post a special “My Favorite Quilt” blog (or 2,3,4, etc.) and share this information.


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The Graduate

I’m so proud of my daughter-in-law. She took 3 college classes this semester to finish her degree, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University this past Sunday. Part way into the semester she gave birth to my granddaughter Samantha, and also worked full-time doing bookkeeping. That’s dedication, and I don’t know how she did it, but we’re all SO proud of Kim!

The family went out to Olive Garden for a yummy celebration lunch. Sammy slept through most of it, and Jacob was a happy eater. I must admit, he has inherited the family bread gene.
Jacob went to the graduation to see his mommy walk across the stage, while Samantha spent her first night at Grammy and Bumpa’s house. She will be three months old this Friday, May 2nd. She slept like an angel and was a very good baby. We had lots of cuddle time! Sammy had her first visit to our church, her first trip to the grocery store with us, and was carefully watched by Stormie the cat. I love this picture of her in her floppy hat, ready to go have lunch and celebrate her mommy’s accomplishment!
I squeaked in a little hand quilting last night while I watched tv. This is C3-Rayelle’s Fence.
Have a great day!


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Flowering Plum

Outside our bedroom is a Flowering Plum tree. Usually when it is in full bloom, it only stays that way a day or two because of the spring rains and wind. So yesterday morning before work I ran outside with my camera to capture the beauty before that happens. Can you see the birds’ nest in there? It’s there!
Happy Spring, everyone!


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Northern Lights

When I was in middle school I spent a few weeks at a Girl Scout camp in Traverse City, Michigan – as I did every summer. One night in the wee hours of morning, my counselor woke us up and told us to grab our sleeping bag and follow her. She took us up to the top of a big hill to meet the rest of the camp. There, I saw the Northern Lights for the very first time. We lay on the ground on or in our sleeping bags and looked straight up at the heavens and saw the beautiful colors swirl and change for nearly an hour. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and something I’ll remember all my life.
The block you see here is part of my “Dear Sammy Jane” quilt, and is called “Northern Lights.” (LS-8) It doesn’t look anything like the Northern Lights I saw, though. This little block is paper pieced and hand appliqued. I’m going to work more for awhile doing hand piecing. I love the relaxation of it, and then I don’t have to pick these *#G*D”*%’*#QX”*% pieces of paper out of the finished product. YICK! With this block, my Dear Jane numbers are now 56-12-2-1671. 56 blocks, 12 triangles, 2 corners, and a total of 1671 pieces so far. More coming!
The weather has been perfect here over the last week. We’ve even had the bedroom window open a crack at night. A slight bit of chill, but perfect for sleeping. This weekend looks like rain, though. Jacob and Samantha will be here Saturday night. I was hoping for nice weather so he could ride his bike and tractor outside. We’ll see. This is Sammy’s first night at Grammy and Bumpa’s house. We’re excited!


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A Glorious Weekend


It was such a nice weekend outside here in mid-Michigan! The sun was shining, the birds were not only singing but flocking to my bird feeders! I spent some time in the yard dividing and replanting some day lilies, raked around the goldfish pond, and other assorted odd yard jobs. I’m a little stiff and sore today, but that comes with spring I guess.

I did some more work on Samantha’s christening gown… the sleeves are now done. They were very difficult, but now DONE. Next I need to assemble the front, back and sleeves into one unit and do the neckline. I’m a little scared.

The little block above is from my Dear Sammy Jane quilt, called C1-Trooper Green’s Badge. Cute, easy little block. I also tried doing the bottom left corner of the quilt, but that gave me fits and I stopped. I was paper piecing it, and I think I need to try again with hand piecing. Another day, I think.


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What’s YOUR favorite quilt?

I’ve made quite a few quilts in my day… not as many as some people, but more than others. When I think back on all the quilts that have crossed my quilting frame, this pieced Ocean Waves quilt made in 1985 is my favorite. Perhaps it is all the little pieces that went into it. 2,348 to be exact. Maybe it was the time it took me to piece it by machine. Perhaps it was the color selection. Maybe the hand quilting process (which I adore). Whatever it is, this is my favorite quilt.
What is YOUR favorite quilt (of the quilts that YOU have made)? Let’s gather a list of favorites! Please do one of the following so you can be included.
A) Post a comment with the following information: Your first and last name, state or country, name of your favorite quilt and why it’s your favorite, and a link to where a photo of it can be located on the Internet.
B) Send me an email with: Your first and last name, state or country, name of your favorite quilt and why it’s your favorite, and an attached photo of your favorite quilt.
Please make sure your information reaches me by April 30, 2008. I will then post a special “My Favorite Quilt” blog (or 2,3,4, etc.) and share this information.
Hope to hear from you soon!


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Kite #2 – done!

I finished my second of the four “kites” or corners for my Dear Sammy Jane quilt. It was fun putting on the embroidered writing. I kept a space for the number of pieces and for the finished date. I’m glad I chose this deep burgundy for this block. I love tan and burgundy together. I added more writing on mine than Jane put on hers, but that’s okay! It’s my quilt, not hers!
I also think I am going to design a few of my own blocks to use in the quilt as well.

Do you ever get those days when it seems no matter what you sew, it just doesn’t work out? I was working on the BOW (Block of the Week) last night, and it was driving me nuts! I wanted to do it in a stripe fabric, but in paper piecing, my brain had a hard time deciding how to make the stripes all go the same direction. I got half of the block pieced, and when I put it together, it looked awful. It’s in my trash bucket, and I will be hand piecing the block tonight and fussy cutting it. Geesh! AND, the night before last I worked on sewing the other sleeve for Sammy’s christening gown. The lace looked beautiful… then I discovered I sewed the top row of INSET lace in the wrong place!!! Fortunately, I hadn’t cut out behind the lace when I discovered it, so I took that row of lace off. It left little holes from the sewing needle where the lace was. I think a row of mini pink ribbon will go nicely there, and on the other sleeve to match.

I think we all get those kinds of days. For me, I can only take the frustration so long. Quilting is supposed to be fun, so when that happens, I just stop what I’m doing and go do something else that is NON sewing. I figure, if God wanted me sewing right then, it would work out right. Not meant to be, so MOVE ON!

Hope you have a great sewing day, and that everything works out as planned… His plan!


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Blogging Adds Friends…

And YOU are one of them!

A lot of quilters (and non quilters alike) visit quilters’ and crafters’ blogs… some leave comments, some don’t. Some send you email, some don’t. Each morning when I turn on my computer I notice that the number of people visiting my blog has grown, and it always makes me wonder…

Who are you? Where do you live? Are you a first-time quilter? An experienced quilter? A quilter wanna be? What do you like to do in your spare time? Do you have a job? Do you own a quilt shop? Are you a young mom or a proud Grammy like me? Our blogs share important parts of our lives with our blogging friends. Please add a quick comment and introduce yourself, dear friend!

I don’t think I shared this little quilt before. I made it many years ago, and my youngest son used to cuddle under it to watch television. It was machine pieced and hand quilted. University of Michigan colors, my alma mater.

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
~Henry Ward Beecher

Thanks for stopping by!


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