Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 17


Bird on a Branch
by Elizabeth Brandt

Obama s First Christmas
by Caroline Van Maele


Charm Basket
by Susan Mina

Flying Geese Nine Patch
by Jean Amundsen




Log Cabin
by Linda Frihart


Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 16


Here is the most current update on the quilting:


Album block by
Fernande Authuys

Housing Crisis
by Caron Mosey


Eagle by
Judy Lindsay

Nobel Peace Prize
by Caron Mosey


by Kathy Timmons

Earth by 
Elizabeth Brandt


Auto Industry
by Caron Mosey

Campaign for Change Logo by Patti Baymiller


My job: To serve and protect

Mom is at work. She thinks she has hidden the Obama quilt so it won't get harmed. But I always know where it is. I'm dedicated to protecting it so nothing happens to it. Just know I'm on the job.

This is dedication!!!

Are you getting much quilting accomplished?

There isn’t a day that goes by that a handful or more of my friends on Facebook invite me to play an online game with them.

There are hundreds of blogs I would like to read.  Some I do read.  Others I skim. (Sorry)
I like to stay current with news of the quilting and non-quilting variety.
I enjoy watching videos:  of quilting, from The Quilt Show, of cats and dogs and owls and such.
I’ve written two quilting books.  I’d like to write more, as I love writing.  But…
I’d like to finish the novel I started.
I love doing family genealogy and research.
I have penpals from around the world… Hi Annemart!  Hi Tanya!  Hi Wendy! Hi Julie!  Hi Helen!  Hi Pippa and Sara!
I love hanging out on Pinterest. I like pinning quilts.  I like seeing pinned quilts.

I could go on and on about all the things I love about the computer, but I won’t. 
You see, I have other things I want to do that have a closer tie to quilting.  You know quilting, right?  Where you hold fabric in your hands, you have a needle and thread that goes in and out of the fabric? You’ve seen that before, right?

So I have decided that I need to TOUCH fabric more.  I need to caress it more and do more things with it.  Maybe you would like doing that, too.  So I guess the best way to do that is to follow the directions in this picture.  Let’s try it and see if it helps. You can report back from time to time and let me know how it’s going with you.  Just don’t use your computer to do that.  LOL

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 15

I spent yesterday morning at work (my day job) moving into a new office.  It is one I will be sharing with three other people, and it meant downsizing for me, which is never easy.  But I’m becoming comfortable in my new space, and anxious to see who will be sharing it with me.


Here are the most recently completed blocks in the Obama quilt:

wrench Monkey Wrench by Cindi Pucci
Challenge, Kathy Timmons IMG_0917
IMG_0918 Hawaii, Kathy Timmons
Meeting Place, Kathy Timmons IMG_0912
IMG_0910 Thousands of Diamonds by Sue Sweeten
Reflections Abound by Nancee Marchinowski IMG_0908


Suggestions for making a quilt with an online quilt group


logoOn Feb 8, 2009, the Yahoo group “Yes We Can, Jane” was started by a few quilters who wanted to make a quilt for the newest President of the United States, Barack Obama. We are now nearing the end of our project, as the quilt will be completed within a few months when the hand quilting and binding are finished.  The project has been filled with a mixture of emotions, from elation, excitement, joy, friendship, creativity, frustration,  competition, and yes, anger.  There are probably some feelings I have left out, but all-in-all it has been a pleasurable undertaking.

I’ve been hand quilting for almost two days solid now, and as I let my fingers relax a little, I thought this might be a good time to provide you with a list of suggestions for any future online group endeavor, should you wish to create your OWN group quilt.

1. You will need, at a minimum, 2 moderators for the group.  The moderators will serve as leaders and organizers, setting guidelines and deadlines.  The moderators should be well-matched, as they will need to lean on each other for the duration of the project. They need not live in close proximity to each other; as ours was an online quilt group, we were connected by email, texts, etc.

2. Before you ever begin, set the timeline, rules and guidelines for the project.  While the timelines may be somewhat flexible in scope, the rules and guidelines must be iron-clad. 

3. A group quilt needs something to tie it together.  In our project, we were able to provide each individual quilter with a piece of fabric from the same cloth (see photo below).  Our ivory colored fabric was a donation from a generous individual; if you don’t have a donor, make sure you over estimate the amount of fabric you will need, and purchase accordingly. 

4. Since each quilter will probably use his or her own fabric to go with the background fabric to make their block, it is CRITICAL that all of their fabric be prewashed and checked for color fastness.  That should be RULE #1.

5. RULE #2 must state that upon mailing finished blocks to the “keeper of the blocks,” a 2.5 or 3 inch square of each of the fabrics used in the block be cut to the predetermined size and be mailed with the finished block.  These fabrics will then be used  by a member of the team to check for color fastness.  This is done by making a small patchwork quilt, alternating the background fabric with every single fabric that has been included in the quilt.  Once this small patchwork quilt has been sewn, it should then be tossed into a sink full of very hot water and left to soak for 30 minutes.  It is then rinsed, dried, and examined for any dye runs.   If any fabrics have not passed the color fastness test, any block with those fabrics should be eliminated without question or guilty feelings.  If any quilter does NOT include the sample swatches, their block should also be eliminated without question.

6.  Guidelines for quality control must be stipulated. Take time to think about what you want the finished quilt to look like.  What color theme?  What color style?  Traditional?  Contemporary?  Modern?  Civil War?  Pastel?

7.  Provide all quilters with the basics of applique and piecing.  Discuss thread type.  discuss size of stitching.  NOTE:  To eliminate this step is a major mistake, as every quilter on the planet has been taught different techniques or has been self-taught.  It is wise to discuss the kind of thread to use.  Thread used for hand quilting is NOT suitable for hand applique or for piecing. 

8.  Determine what jobs are needed for your project.  Who will sew the top together when your blocks are completed?  Who will receive the mailed blocks?  How will the quilt be quilted?  Who will quilt it?  Do the members of the group need to make afinancial contribution to assist with the quilting or the purchase of the background fabric?

9.  Make sure that each block arrives with the full name and address of the maker, their email address, and name of their block.  NOTE:  It is wise to stipulate that if any quilter does not wish his or her full  name to be used in public, this is not a project they should participate in.  It is too difficult to bend the rules for some and not for all, and it is hard to keep track of any variations. 

10.  Take a photo of each block as the envelopes are opened by the “keeper of the blocks.”  Each photo should then be assigned a number, and the name of the quilter and the block should go with each photo.


#28 Caron Mosey, Auto Industry.


11.  At all times, keep good communication with your group members.  Let them know what is going on, share the progress, discuss any issues or struggles, and let everyone have input.  Not everyone will agree 100 percent of the time.  Be prepared for that!  When your project is completed, have a celebration together.  In some way, you all need to celebrate your victory. 

A group project via an Internet quilting group is a fun activity that will bring quilters together from all walks of life and all parts of the globe.  Enjoy the process!

If you have participated in or organized an Internet quilt project, please leave a comment below and share your thoughts and suggestions on the process!  We’d love to hear from you!

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 14


It’s allergy season in Michigan, much to my dismay.  I spent the afternoon yesterday quilting and dealing with itchy eyes and drippy nose, but got a lot of stitching accomplished.  More quilting will happen today, as nothing has changed regarding my allergy symptoms. But it does give me almost a full day of quilting, listening to podcasts, and watching HGTV.

IMG_0906 Pinwheel  by Andrea Koziol
Jewel Star by Kathy Timmons IMG_0794
IMG_0799 Bachelor Buttons by Linda Boyle
Michelle’s Medley by Barbara De Nike
IMG_0807 Arizona Cactus Flower by Susan Mina
Star  of  Destiny by  Jean Amundsen IMG_0896
IMG_0898 Doris’ Dilemma by Kathy Timmons
Reflections Abound by Nancee Marchinowski IMG_0900
IMG_0903 Maze of Madness by Kathy Havelka
Church Windows by  Barbara De Nike IMG_0904
IMG_0905 Doris’ Dilemma  Andrea Koziol


Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 13

I can’t believe I haven’t posted an update on the Obama quilt since March 4, but I haven’t.  I’ve been busy on many things, and I have been quilting, just not daily on this quilt.  Don’t you wish there were more hours in the day?  We watched our newest grandson the past 4 days.  It was my intention to quilt whenever he was taking a nap, however, he just turned 5 months old today, and is teething.  Very few naps were taken by anyone while he was here, so very little quilting got done.  And now, Grammy needs a nap!
Here is what has been accomplished on the blocks since May 4th.  Additional hand quilting HAS taken place in the sashing as well, but that is boring to look at!


Stephanie’s Snowflake by Cheryl Camp

Dresden Plate by Linda Starkey


Malle Star 1 by Liz Ewing


Malle Star 2 by Liz Ewing

Star by Jean Amundsen

Honey Bee by Gayle McKay

”Thanks to the Obamas, we now have honey bees in the White House garden for the first time since FDR was in office.”


Left and Right, Black and White by Gayle McKay

If you want to hand quilt, you can use a hoop like I do for most of my quilting now, or you can use a large frame.  If you don’t have a frame, take a look at the great tutorial Sara has put on the Celebrate Hand Quilting blog.  What a GREAT idea!

Karen Kay Buckley Workshop – May 31st

The Evening Star Quilt Guild in Davison, Michigan will be featuring Karen Kay Buckley for a lecture/trunk show on Wednesday evening, May 30th and an all-day workshop on Thursday, May 31st. We have a few openings in this Basic Hand Appliqué workshop

NOTE: You can also appliqué by machine if you prefer!

for more details on this class

The cost for non-guild members is $60.00 + $13 for the pattern we will be following.  
Payment is due when you sign-up (Sorry – We can't reserve spots without payment).     

If you're interested, please contact Lisa Burmann, President, at 

Lisa Burmann, Burmann Studios – Longarm Quilting Services
phone: 810-358-7294