Dear Samantha Jane: Right row

I didn’t get this posted yesterday, but I attached the row on the far right yesterday.  I’m liking how this is turning out, though it is quickly outgrowing my design wall.


For some reason, there is an area in the middle of the bottom third of the quilt that seems to have more fabric in it, and it wants to “waffle: somewhat.  I need to play with that as I go to work it out so that it lies flat.  Hmmmm.  Any thoughts?


Dear Samantha Jane: Mental Health Day

There are times when you have more going on in your life that wants to beat you down.  I’ve been going through such a time, and after yesterday’s fiasco, I decided to use one of my paid days off and fit in a three day weekend.  So I’m calling this a “mental health day.”  And, as all quilters know, there’s nothing better to get your brain focused, de-stressed and back in business better than a day spent sewing. 

Goal one today:  Sew another row and attach to the top of the quilt.  Check.


Time to hit the shower, get groceries, and head back to the sewing machine to work on another row, this time right side of quilt. (Remember, the goal is a very SCRAPPY quilt!)

Boy, I feel better already!


Design Change on Sammy Jane

A girl is entitled to change her mind, and that’s just what I’ve done.  Dear Samantha Jane will NOT be set on point as was previously determined.  It just wasn’t doing it for me, so I decided now was the time to make the change.


Here’s where I am thus far, and I need to get my fanny moving on this baby!


This quilt is going to be totally scrappy… and I’m loving it!

Another Round on “Dear Samantha Jane”

Wow, what a busy two weeks I’ve had!   A trip to Traverse City, a trip to North Salem, Indiana (west of Indianapolis) and now I’m back at home.  I managed to squeeze in some sewing time, leaving me with this portion of the quilt completed.


I am also ready to start stitching the next round… I think I like how this placement looks (below).  There’s just one dark block that’s driving me nuts… here it looks almost black and tan, but it’s a deep maroon.


More later!

Dear Samantha Jane Update

I’ve done a little more work putting this quilt together and thought I’d share it with you.  It will be on point as you see here…  the little nine patch blocks in the setting strips are SO tiny!  Each little square measures .75 inches, so they’re itty bitty!SammyJaneQuilt

Over the past week and a half I haven’t had much time to work on this, as I was away for a long weekend visiting the Traverse City, Michigan area, and then had to put a binding on our guild’s raffle quilt.  The quilt is huge (monster size), so it took quite awhile.  And, in the midst of all that, we had a big storm in our area that blew down trees and knocked out power for about 5-6 days.  Lots of excitement, but when there’s no power, it’s hard to use my sewing machine!


We visited the National Music Camp at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.  The photo here is of the “Bowl” where many concerts are held.  A flag represents each country that has a student in attendance.  I attended this camp when I was in high school, so it felt like going home again. 

You should be able to click on a picture and enlarge it…

IMG_1784 See the little stone building?  That is one of the many practice huts around campus.  Students spend much of their day in classes, both private and group, and are expected to spend a certain amount of time each day practicing in one of the huts by themselves.
IMG_1818 We visited the Chateau Chantal Winery on Old Mission Point Peninsula.  From the winery, up on a huge hill, you could see all around.  That is Lake Michigan at the top of the photo.


Another photo from the winery.  Isn’t it beautiful?  You can see the grape vines at the bottom of the photo, Lake Michigan in the background.



This is the inside of Kresge Auditorium at Interlochen.  The building is open all around it, and overlooks a lake.  We saw Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers while we were there.  Oh my goodness, can he ever play banjo!  They were awesome!  See the black curtains on stage?  When those are pushed to the side, you can see the lake.  It’s beautiful in the evening, as you can see the sun set on stage.

More later!


Success: Applique and Design Wall Beginning

In May our quilt guild sponsored a workshop by  Karen Kay Buckley, and this is the wall hanging that she designed and we worked on while learning her applique techniques.  I finished the applique this afternoon, but am taking it to another level and incorporating it into a larger wall quilt.  I prefer muted tones, and purple is no one of the colors I usually include in my work.  that has now changed, and I have to say, I am delighted to be able to put more color in this quilt than I normally would have.  I love it!  when it is finished, it will have even MORE purple. (And no, should you be wondering, I will NOT join the Red Hat Ladies group and wear a red hat with a purple dress – or anything else, thank you very much.)  Anyway, this portion of my quilt is finished, and I will work on the next part of the quilt tomorrow evening and see how it goes.  Stay tuned!Purple Reign

For the past several years, I have puttered away at the blocks for a Stickle quilt.  I have decided that I am not going to make a replica of the original, but do my own thing with the blocks I have made thus far.  It goes along with my disdain  for “CARBON COPY QUILTS.”  I detest getting catalogs from companies that try and sell quilt kits with the pattern that goes with them… you know the kind.  They have enough of the exact same fabrics as used in the sample quilt photo, and you buy the kit so you can have a duplicate of their quilt. 

Why do they bother me so much?

I know that many people see quilts they like and want to have their own “just like that one.”  I believe that if you are taking your time and money to make a quilt, it should reflect YOUR own talents and artistic design.  If you look back at quilting throughout history, you will see numerous designs made popular, but each quilter puts his or her own “spin” on the design.  Should you wish to see examples of what I am referring to, you might want to follow Willy Wonky’s blog at . Take a look at his collection of New York Beauty quilts, and see how many variations you see.  That’s what I mean.

So, today I started to create a quilt using the blocks I have completed thus far.  Here’s Part 1:


Once this was completed, I played with part 2 on my BRAND NEW DESIGN WALL.  Here’s what I have so far, and I think I like it and will start putting it together this week, working on an off between this quilt and the Purple Reign quilt above.  This take-off on the Stickle quilt will be called “Dear Samantha Jane,” and is intended to go one day  to my darling granddaughter, Samantha Jane Mosey.  And, I might add, Miss Sammy Jane stole the show in her dance recital last night in Clarkston, Michigan.  If I can get my hands on a photo of her in her ballerina splendor, I will post it immediately. DesignWall1

You can follow the progress on the Dear Samantha Jane quilt by clicking on the button on the right-hand side of this blog, which will take you to all postings that include this quilt.