“Family Threads” has a new home

I made the quilt below for my brother Michael and his wife Karen.  It was made in the Spools quilt pattern and includes pieces of fabrics from quilts I have made through the years, some dating back to the 1970’s.  It also includes some fabric from my mother and my aunt (my father’s sister) that date back to the 1930’s and 1940’s.  The quilt was made as a surprise for them for Christmas, and I’m excited to share that they have received the quilt and love it.  It will hang on the wall in their home.

The back was pieced using fabrics left over from the front and includes a hanging sleeve to make life easier.

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Stormie the Quilt Inspector gave approval for shipping, even though she knew it was going to a home with a dog (Nutmeg).  Way to rock the Christmas spirit, Stormie!  Hopefully I can share a photo of the quilt – called “Family Threads” –  in its new home in the future.

If you’re a quilter, you know the love that goes into every stich of every quilt you make.

May 2012 be filled with lots of loving stitches!

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 5

I squeezed in some Christmas Day sewing this afternoon and evening.  It was a relaxing way to unwind after all the excitement.  Good music on the stereo, good conversation with my dear hubby, a good glass of white wine… very peaceful and perfect.
The photo below shows the progress on the quilt to date.

This portion of the quilt (inside the red line) has been hand quilted enough to remove all brass pins holding the three layers together.  The innermost 9 blocks have quilting on either side of all sashing strips, however these 9 blocks still need quilting inside the block.   My goals now are to:
1) Quilt on both sides of ALL sashing on the complete quilt, removing brass pins as I go. 
2) Quilt the outermost border and outermost band of blocks around the entire quilt. 
3) Trim outside edges and put a row of machine stitching one-quarter inch inside the edges to hold in place
4) Quilt all of the rest of the blocks
Here is what the back looks like now:

Quilting in this phase included the following blocks:
Gathering Basket by Nancee Marchinowski of Michigan

Economy by Caron Mosey of Michigan (me)

Dove by Betty Grant of Texas

The quilting within each blocks depends on the individual block’s design.  Some blocks are getting simple quilting, some are more elaborate.  The applique’ blocks tend to get outline quilting around the shapes (one or two rounds, usually), while the pieced blocks are being enhanced with quilting that will not detract from the design, yet supply enough design and stitching to hold in place.  I hope that makes sense!
Quilting on either side of the sashing will be a tedious very boring job, but getting rid of the brass pins will make it easier to stitch.  The thread tends to find any pin it can find to wind itself around!

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Merry Christmas

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Christmas is a wonderful time to reflect back on happy times with your family and friends…

The good times eating holiday treats… 

Baking and decorating…

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The wonder of it all…

Christmas with your siblings…

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Piles of presents…

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Merry Christmas

from the Mosey family!

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 4

I am really enjoying the hand quilting on President Obama’s quilt.  As I sit and stitch on it, certain thoughts keep popping into my mind.  I’m quilting a quilt for the President of the United States!  Our group started this quilt when President Obama was elected.  We didn’t know if he would be in office for 4 or 8 years, but he was OUR PRESIDENT, and we wanted to make him a quilt.  As a child, I remember studying about the U.S. presidents with awe and wonder.  Regardless of whether you like his political decisions, he’s our President, and as I was taught when I was little, he deserves our respect.  This quilt will be given to him whenever he steps out of office and another President steps in. My husband is even reminding me of the importance of what I’m doing, as he tells me to “put the quilt up” (when I’m done stitching on it for the night) “so you don’t get cat hair on our President’s quilt!”

Over the past few days, here is what has been accomplished:

Sweet Tater Pie by Jean Amundsen of California.  This is one of Jean’s favorite blocks from the Jane Stickle quilt, and Jean wanted to include it on the quilt in red, white and blue patriotic colors.

 

 

 

 

 

#3 by Linda Boyle from Colorado.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley’s Aura by Andrea Kozoil of Ohio.  Andrea found this block to remind her of a compass; “May our President stay true to his direction and convictions.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portland Rose by Theresa Wells.  Made with roses to represent Portland, Oregon, based on the Jane Stickle pattern Kaye’s Courtyard.

 

 

 

 

 

A sad note:  Linda Boyle, who made the block in the second picture above, passed away and never got to see the blocks sewn together into the finished quilt top.  From friend Linda Starkey, also a contributor to this quilt:

Linda (Boyle)  was married to the same man for over 30 years, had 3 children, 2 boys and a little girl who was still born. She did lovely hand piecing and hand quilting, and I just wish I could look over her shoulder and watch once again.

Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was considered to be high risk because breast cancer ran in her family, and following chemo, developed a blood clot in her brain from which she did not recover.

“We belonged to a small group quilting bee of about 15 women. We called her “Linda B” because she was one of 4 Linda’s in our group. We meet at a local library 2 or 3 times a month and generally support one another through illnesses, deaths, and life’s ups and downs. As a group we made a quilt for Linda before she started her chemo treatments and she was very proud and thrilled with that quilt.”

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As the blocks for this quilt were collected over a a period of a couple of years, the quilters who participated kept in contact via Yahoo Groups.  We got to know each other as much as you can over the Internet.  We each had our flaws, weaknesses, strengths, likes and dislikes, but we worked together for a common good.  This quilt is not only a celebration of a President, but a celebration of many hands working together from around the world.  It is thrilling to see our project in the last stage of its creation!

 

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 3

I thought with it being the Christmas season, I wouldn’t be able to do as much quilting in the evening.  Fortunately, quilting is how I relax, so I’ve been able to get quite a bit accomplished so far this week and loved every minute of it!

I spent some time over the last week making a chart of all the blocks in the quilt and listing the maker’s names and names of the blocks. Kathy Timmons, the wonderful quilter who designed the layout and sewed the top together, also sent me some information that helped.   But I still have many blocks to look up, and quite a few blocks have never been named. 

The quilt is a combination of blocks that were custom designed to reflect President Obama’s presidency, and quilt blocks that were taken from the Jane Stickle quilt in Vermont.  One of these days I will post photos of the random blocks that seem to have no name or ownership in hopes that I can complete the chart, but for now I will keep plugging away at this.

The block below is a Hawaiian applique by quilter Elizabeth Brandt of Michigan.  I LOVE this little block, and it was fun to quilt around.

The pretty dove is by Judy Lindsay of Washington

and below is Independence Square by Susan Mina of Arizona.

Clicking on each photo should enlarge the image.

Aren’t these blocks great?

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Left to right:  Chieko’s Calla Lily by Sue Mohr, Double Nine Patch by Sue Mina, Chicago White Socks by Patti Baymiller, and above the sock is Sea to Shining Sea  by Ruth Davis.


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Quilting is also taking place in two straight lines in the narrow striped borders.
This week I hope to do the right side from Ruth’s block to the top right corner of this inner border, however with preparations for Christmas going on, that plan might be pushing it.  But quilting keeps me sane and calm, so who knows?
Stay tuned!

Pushing the delete button

When you leave a comment… it makes me smile.  Most of the time.  Let me explain.

I have my blog set up to automatically email me whenever I get a comment from somebody on my blog.  Since I have a smart phone that is always with me, I am notified of your comment the moment you send it to me (unless I'm in a meeting at work, that is…).  So all through the day, I get your delightful responses to articles on the blog.  I love to read what you are doing / thinking / stitching, etc.  And if I'm having “one of THOSE days,” your comments often provide the lift that I need just when I need it most.  (Example:  @Annemart for being such a supportive new friend!)
I also receive email comments that are not so uplifting, such as when a spammer (@Keith!) tries to promote his junk on my blog, or when a reader goes off on a rant about something that is not in any way related to the blog article they claim to have just read.  OR when several comments are left by quilters who are simply expressing their own opinion or process (which is fine), and then someone comes along and starts an argument about the previous opinions. It's an OPINION.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Just don't try and start a fight or condemn somebody on my blog!  My readers are my friends!  I don't need them assaulted verbally!  These kinds of comments also arrive on my smart phone, and immediately send me to the blog article to delete the comment.
I use my delete button strategically and carefully.  I think about it before it is pushed.  
I deleted four comments this morning for various reasons that I felt were justified. It is, after all, MY blog.  I love it when you come by, pour yourself a warm beverage and read, look around, and leave a comment.  Sometimes it feels like you've walked into my living room and we're sitting down having a chat.
Imagine how you'd feel if someone walked into your living room and started arguing with you or throwing nasty comments around?
DELETE.   

                                       

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 1

I began the hand quilting on the Yes We Can, Jane quilt on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the center of the quilt in the bottom left corner of the inner border area.  I hope that makes sense.  I chose the Mountain Mist Quilt-Light polyester batting for the quilt for two reasons: 

1) I used to use this regularly on my quilts, and was able to achieve a very good stitch to inch ratio.  Lately I have been using an 80/20 cotton/poly blend, as I like the warmth it provides, but using this blend means a smaller stitch ratio.

2) This quilt will mostly be a display quilt rather than a “sleep and cuddle under” quilt, thus it will get less use and the choice of batting is appropriate.

While I like how the quilting is going so far, there is one thing that I am struggling with.  The cream colored solid fabric that is in the sashing and forms the base for all of the blocks has a very high thread count.  It is a cotton fabric, but not at all easy to needle.  Because of the high thread count, even with following a straight line, the stitches appear in many areas to be wobbling, which I assure you they are not. 

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Quilting lines are 1/4 and 1/2 inch apart in the solid cream colored areas.  Each block will (obviously) be quilted as appropriate to the block.  I am using a water soluble marker that I have used for over 30 years with total success.  The blue lines will easily come out with a soak in cold water.

The brown block on the left is M-9 (from the Jane Stickle quilt), made by Holly Sweet of North Carolina.  Next to that is Buckeye Beauty made by Ruth Garrett of Ohio. 

Stay tuned for another update this weekend!

Yes We Can, Jane quilting ready to begin

I volunteered to hand quilt the beautiful quilt made for President Obama by a group of quilters from around the world.  This is the first of many articles in which you will be updated about the quilt’s progress.
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Time to put it in a hoop and begin the fun of HAND QUILTING!
Stay tuned… I will be posting about this project regularly. 
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Aurora Borealis

As promised, here is “Aurora Borealis: North Wind of the Dawn.”

This quilt is available for purchase on my Etsy site.  Click here to visit.

View of the pebbling from the back…

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The quilt measures 25 inches square and is made of 100 percent cotton, both hand dyed and batik.

*Note:  This post is scheduled to “go live automatically” during my quilt guild meeting when all of our challenge quilts are revealed.  I will return at a later time and provide you with a link to see the quilts that others have made!