I Need More Time

I need more time in my day. Please.

I need to start my “Kitchen Art” quilt. It’s sketched out, I’m ready to begin, but I need time.

I need to finish the top of my spools quilt. Time is required.

The “Circles and Squares” quilt I started last September needs to be finished to flimsy. I’ve had time, just haven’t done it.

I have the fabric for the Double Irish Chain that’s for our bed. I want to start on it, but there’s that time thing.

I have 4 or 5 quilts in my head that want to come out, but time is pushing in at my temples, and the quilts won’t come out.

So, I’m thinking, today is my birthday. If everybody who reads this gives me 12 hours of their time, it will get me off to a good start. Just put your 12 hours into an old shoebox, tie it with some twine, and either drop it in the mail c/o Caron Mosey, Flushing, MI USA (the mailman knows me) or drop it off at my husband’s workshop (MoseysWoodworks.com) .

Thank you in advance.

Published by Caron Mosey at Michigan Quilts! 2010

Through the Years: The rules and Trends of Quilting

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Last night I had the pleasure of chatting with Beth Ferrier at the Evening Star Quilters meeting in Davison, MI.  Beth was there to give a lecture and trunk show, sharing her beautiful designs and quilts from the past 20 – something years.  She made references to rules that quilters used to follow back in the 70’s and 80’s.   Oh boy, do I remember those times!  A quilt wasn’t made properly if it wasn’t all made by hand.  Over time, it became acceptable to machine PIECE a quilt, but traditionalists still frowned on that.  Then, applique by machine started to become popular, as it was much faster than applique by hand.  When I started quilting around 1975, very few quilts had machine applique, and those that did utilized that fancy stitch, the ZIG-ZAG.  Big, heavy zig-zagging around each appliqued piece.  Yuck!  Now, quilters like Beth are able to produce machine-stitched applique and you have to really look to find the thread that holds each piece down.  (Beth’s applique is GORGEOUS!  She has a new book out that you should really consider getting if you’d like help with your applique. The name of her book: More Hand Applique by Machine, can be purchased from her website.

On Feb. 20, 2011 I posted a photo of a quilt I made for my parents called From the Woods to the Water.”  Done in cream and green, the quilt was made in colors they liked.  The quilt was machine pieced, but hand quilted.  My blogging friend, Susan, commented “still love those 80’s colors.” 

DSC04145I find it funny how we can look back and recognize a period in time by the colors that were used.  Yet, we can!  The spool quilt I’m working on now has fabric in it from the 30’s and 40’s.  If you were to hold the quilt on your lap, I bet you could spot those spools in <img title="” style=”border-top-width: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; padding-left: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; float: right; background-image: none; border-bottom-width: 0px; padding-top: 0px; border-right-width: 0px” height=”244″ alt=”” src=”http://lh6.ggpht.com/_vkHWtmEcGKE/TWcBCuIMd6I/AAAAAAAAD0A/5BLtqoPGKq4/harvestgold_thumb.jpg?imgmax=800″ width=”155″ align=”right” border=”0″ />no time! 

In the late 70’s, the Mosey house had lots of country blues in it.  Remember the “country look?”  When I was a young girl growing up, we had gold shag carpet and harvest gold appliances in the kitchen.  Oh yuck! 

I wonder what we’ll think twenty years from now when we look back at the quilts we are making now.  What will we laugh at?  The big, bold, bright prints and patterns? The large patterns that are so simple to sew, yet look fantastic when completed?  All our polka dots?  What new trend will be 110908003popular for the actual quilting stitch?  Will quilts be quilted by hand, or will they all be machine quilted?  Perhaps we’ll have robots doing the quilting for us by then.  (We must be getting close, as now long arm quilters can have computers  operate their sewing machine while they go make dinner!) 

As I write this and think about the future of quilting, I wonder my children will think about the quilts they inherit from me?    Today is my last day of being a 54 year-old quilter.  When I wake up tomorrow, I’ll have two 5’s to deal with.  So in 20 years, I’ll be 75.  What will I be sewing then?  Will my hands still allow me to enjoy hand quilting with a rocking stitch?  Will someone look at my beautiful “Feathered Cheddar” and go “Tisk, Tisk, she didn’t quilt around the edges of her applique!?!?”  Will the bold colors of that quilt make them gag?  Middle

Oh, I hope not!

American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest comes to Michigan!!!

Nearly 20,000 quilters from 40 states and 10 countries will blanket Grand Rapids on Aug. 22-25, 2012, as the American Quilter’s Society holds its exhibit on the west side of Michigan. Read more about this exciting news at http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2011/02/grand_rapids_lands_convention.html .

Published by Caron Mosey at Michigan Quilts! 2010

From the Woods to the Water

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Made for my parents in celebration of their retirement in 1983


One of these days I’ll put it back in the frame and add more quilting to the outer border!

Detail Photography of Feathered Cheddar

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It’s wonderful to have a Daughter-in-law that you love.  It’s especially great when she knows how to use a fancy camera!  I needed some detail shots of my Feathered Cheddar quilt, so when the gang visited yesterday, she did a photo shoot for me.  This quilt will be entered in an upcoming show in the Midwest…photos will be used in the entry form.





All photos copyright Kimberly Mosey

If you click on a photo, it should open up to view at a larger size.

Staying Occupied and Loving It!

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KindleI haven’t kept you very up to date on the goings-on lately, but I’ve been busy.  One thing that has kept me VERY engaged is my treadmill and Kindle.  Yes, I finally got a Kindle, and I LOVE IT!  It’s perfect for reading while walking on my treadmill.  I’m up to an hour of walking now, and time flies so much faster when I read.  I ‘ve been reading the Elm Creek series by Jennifer Chiaverini, just finishing “The Lost Quilter”, which was wonderful. It made me wish I had had better history classes when I was in school (or paid better attention).  Now I’m reading a book by Nicholas Sparks called “Safe Haven.”LostQuilter

Another thing that has kept me occupied in the evenings is working on my Spool or Klosjes quilt. I’m doing all the piecing by hand, which I love doing.  It gives me something to do with my hands while I watch/listen to the TV. 

This is going to be a wall hanging, and I think I’m going to add one more row to the bottom and side, then a solid border and one more row of blocks all around.  I think.   The quilt is made up entirely of scraps I have on hand from all my years of quilting.  If you don’t recognize some of the fabrics, you’re probably too young.  Many of them are from the 1930’s.  and no, I’m not that old!   Shame on you for thinking that!  They are from my Aunt Jean’s stash. 

I’m toying with the idea of putting words on the solid border, but don’t know yet how that will look.  Time will tell. Not sure how I’ll quilt it, either. 

Do you have any ideas?

Art of the Kitchen Idea!

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I finally know what I’m going to make for my entry in the “Art of the Kitchen” Quilt Art Invitational (which is due in July). I won’t reveal totally what it will look like, but it involves lots of YUMMY brown/cream/beige/chocolate/coffee colored fabrics, perhaps a Spirograph set (have to find one), watercolor pencils, embroidery floss and plenty of experimenting.

!CFoUw2g!2k~$(KGrHqV,!icE1Nrnhvj,BNVvF((f4!~~_35I like to look at challenges like this as opportunities to learn something new. Whether it’s new ways of using color, new techniques or new materials, what a great way to push yourself to try something new!

What have you wanted to try that you’ve been afraid to start?

Snow and Pigtails

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It’s a snow day for me here in Mid-Michigan.  No way I could get to work today. 


Dean went out and ran the snowblower, but it’s hard for the birds to get to their food.  Can you peek out the front window through the screen and see their feeders?  They are covered with snow!Sammy3

It’s Groundhog’s Day… and our little groundhog Samantha is three today.  Sammy was born on Groundhog’s Day… I need to dig out some old pictures of myself with my pigtails just like that. 

It’s now 12:30… time for lunch, but I think I’ll get out of my jammies and into some clothes.  Enough lounging around… time to do a little sewing!