Michigan Quilter Takes Over the World!!!


I received an email this morning from Kathie over at  http://inspiredbyantiquequilts.  I love her blogs!  Anyway, she wondered why people were telling her that when they did a search looking for her on the Internet, my picture and name popped up and it looks like I have taken over her blog!  OMG!

So I’ve started to dig into the problem, and posted questions looking for help all over.  

I posted a question about our problem here: 

I also found out that there are other blogs that look like I “took” over (“have” me as the author).
How do we fix this?  It looks like I’m taking over other people’s blogs, and I’ve done nothing!  It’s obviously a Google issue, but I feel like people are looking at me and thinking, “Evil, evil woman!”

Step one:   Earth
Step two:   The Milky Way Galaxy
Step three: The entire universe


Michigan State University Gardens

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A Teddy bear Topiary!

What a fun way to spend the morning with a friend! 

Thanks, Cheryl!


Binding going on!

This is always the exciting stage of quilt making because you know the end is near.

It’s also a sad time for me because the quilt has been such a regular part of my life for so long, and soon our daily time together will be over.

Design Wall for Quilters

I dream of a quilt studio in the woods overlooking a lake or stream, watching birds and wildlife outside my window as music plays quietly over an expensive Bose stereo system. I can stitch away the day with no other responsibilities except to be a wonderful wife and grandma.  That’s not likely to happen any time soon, so I’m content begrudgingly working in my unfinished basement with the beautiful yellow cement block walls.  But a design wall would make all the difference, so the Woodworker, being the fabulous husband that he is, helped make THAT dream a reality for Mother’s Day.

If you’ve wondered how to create your own design wall, here’s how we did it, in pictures.

IMG_1398 We started by buying a sheet of 1.5 inch thick Owens Corning Foamular. I opted for one 4 x 8 foot sheet rather than two for the time being.  I can always add another one later if I need it.
IMG_1395 The Woodworker made a frame for the back that was glued in place for stability and for hanging.
The frame is the size of the sheet of Foamular.
IMG_1397 Two cross members help to secure the frame and add more stability.  Note how the print on the Foamular is at the BACK of the sheet, not the front.  That is important!
IMG_1403 We purchased Warm & White cotton batting to wrap around the Foamular, making sure we had enough to wrap to the back and staple.
IMG_1401 The cotton batting was wrapped around to the back and DOUBLED over prior to being stapled with a staple gun.  I let the Woodworker handle the staple gun because he is, after all, a professional.
IMG_1402 I showed my professional woodworker how to miter the corners, and he did a wonderful job.
IMG_1405 Two hooks were screwed into beams along the rafters above the basement wall in my sewing area.  Two hooks were screwed into the wooden board across the top of my design wall.  A chain was used to suspend the design wall from the rafters.
IMG_1404 See?  It works perfectly!   Some day soon you’ll see my fantastic design wall strutting it’s stuff with actual quilt fabrics arranged in a pleasing fashion.

Imagine how great a design wall would be in YOUR house, overlooking a lake or stream…  with soft music…

Yeah, yeah.  I know.

If you leave a comment below, please tell the Woodworker how appreciative of him you are.  You can find him during the day at Mosey’s Woodworks in beautiful downtown Flushing.

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 20

The quilting is now complete, and all that remains to be done is:

  • A hanging sleeve for the back
  • Sewing the binding on by machine
  • Hand stitching the binding closed with mitered corners
  • Washing the quilt (gasp)
  • Sewing on the label (still unsure as to who will be making the label)
IMG_1370 Duff’s Bluff by Elizabeth Brandt
IMG_1372 Bright Star by Nancee Marchinowski
IMG_1373 God’s Eye by Carrie Dominguez
IMG_1377 Block by Sue Mohr
IMG_1380 Block by Valerie Langue
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IMG_1384 Lemoyne Star by Betty Grant
IMG_1407 Michelle’s Garden by Ruth Davis
This little block has 33 pieces in it!
IMG_1417 Ohio Star by Ruth Garrett
IMG_1419 Brandon’s Star by Fernande Authuys
IMG_1412 A larger photo will be posted after the steps at the top of this post have been taken. 


Lexington, Michigan May 19, 2012

Not much quilting was completed over the weekend, as it was beautiful here! We rode the bike to Lake Huron and stared at the water. Gorgeous!

More quilting to come later today.
Published by Caron Mosey at Michigan Quilts! 2012

Mother’s Day

How was your Mother's Day? We spent time with son Sean, Daughter-in-law Kim and our grandchildren. The weather was beautiful, and it was a glorious day all-around.

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 19

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! 

It’s a beautiful day in Michigan… hope your day is just as lovely!

Just a few pictures today to update you on the process of the quilt.  The quilting is almost finished!

E3 Basket by Linda Frihart
H3 Flowers by Betty Grant
I3 Star by Linda Frihart
J3 Pink flower by Andrea Kozoil

A reminder to all the ladies who have participated in the making of the Obama quilt:  If you haven’t yet sent Elizabeth a photo of yourself, please do so ASAP.  She is waiting on those.  If you don’t remember how to contact her using her email, please use our Yahoo group to get a message to her or to post your photo in your photo album on the site.

We are also looking for someone to make the label for the quilt.  If labels are “your thing,” please contact me (Caron) and let me know.  An embroidered label would be lovely!


Random pictures on a Saturday morn

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Sometimes it’s fun to go through your old picture files and see what’s there.  Why don’t you do the same thing?


Set the timer so you’re not sitting there reminiscing all day long!

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 18

Sorry for my blog absence… I‘ve received lots of emails wondering if I was OK. Other than a little upset tummy on Friday, I have been fine.  We had a major storm blow through the State of Michigan , and the area where I live had what some are calling the “Hundred Year Flood.”  Schools all through our county (Genesee) were closed Friday, and because of my icky tummy I was up all night watching the lightening and listening to the rain and hail beat on our house. 


I took the photo below around the corner from my house.  This yard sits next to a small creek, that flooded up hill into the yard almost to the driveway.

Flood2I opted to stay home on Friday, catch up on sleep, and work on our quilt.  I’ve tried to stay away from the computer as much as possible lately  and focus more time on finishing the quilting.  The photos below show more completions, but it isn’t finished yet!

IMG_1157 The Pace of Congress by Gayle McKay
Papa’s Star for Malia by Linda Starkey star
IMG_1170 Opening Gates by Kathy Timmons
Hexagon Flower by Valerie Langue IMG_1173
IMG_1174 Flag by Jeannine Hanner
Obama’s 2009 Halloween by Caroline Van Maele IMG_1176
IMG_1178 Block by Linda Starkey
Block by Christine Olson IMG_1182
IMG_1225 Heart and Hand by Ruth Gregg
Town Square by Kathy Timmons IMG_1226
IMG_1227 Pineapple by Judy Lindsay
Tennessee by Kathy Timmons IMG_1228
IMG_1230 Washington’s Puzzle by Kathy Timmons
Kimono With Obi, by Gayle McKay IMG_1231

More to come!  We’re nearing the finish line!