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!

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 12


Another update of the quilting progress on the Obama quilt:


Visit to Town by Susan Sweeten

Hannah Lou’s Hearts by Ruth Gregg


Trooper Green’s Badge by Caroline Van Maele

Melissa’s Cross by Elizabeth Brandt


Proof Through The Night by Nancee Marchinowski

Remembering Columbine
Patti Baymiller


Bear’s Paw by Linda Boyle

I think the hardest part of a project like this – one in which people from all around the world contribute blocks – is in the gathering of information.  I still don’t have names for many of the blocks that were submitted, though we have determined the maker of each block. 

Photos are being taken as I finish quilting each block, and while the block is still in my quilting hoop. At times, it’s difficult to photograph the block so it comes out square.  All blocks ARE square in the quilt, but the photo sometimes skews the photo.  It is especially difficult to photograph when there is a heavy weight on part of the quilt that will not move.


Official Quilt Inspector, Sleeping on Duty

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 11

I’ve been a little busy with little blocks!  Check out these adorable little blocks from the Yes We Can, Jane quilt for President Obama!

E2 Colorado Beauty by  Cheryl Camp

F5 Point Star by Kathy Timmons

F1 Star Struck by Jeannine Hanner

American Chain by Kathy Timmons

A4 Land of Lincoln by Susan Mina

Voter’s Choice by Susan Mina

B2 Ladies Aid by Kathy Timmons

Brandon’s Star by Ferande Authuys


Stay tuned for more updates!

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 10

I’m still spending a lot of time in the evenings quilting along the sashing… there is a lot of straight-line quilting to do, and with blocks that don’t have a lot of pieces to them, it goes fairly quickly.  However, considering these blocks are 4.5 inches square, many of them have a lot of seams to stitch through which really slow a hand quilter down.  So when I get to blocks with very few seams, I giggle like a school girl and sometimes quilt the entire block, even though I had hadn’t planned to yet. (For those of you who have been following the progress of this quilt, my goal was to first quilt the entire quilt along the sashings, and THEN quilt the individual blocks.)  But it’s fun to cut loose and throw some inner block quilting in occasionally, which is what I did with this block. I’m getting used to using the Black Gold needles now… persistence pays off, and they are becoming one with my thimble and don’t bother me as much as they used to.  I am also noticing my stitches getting smaller the more I use them, which is nice. I’m not a “hand quilting snob” that thinks you have to have 20 stitches to the inch, but since I’ve been quilting since 1976, I do try to at least keep my stitch length consistent and look to improve as I can.

If you click on the photos below, they will open larger on your screen.

C2b Water Lily by Sue Mohr
Apple by Judy Lindsay B7
B8 Maple Star by Liz Ewing
Indianapolis by Sue Hilton C1
B1 Nonesuch by Jean Amundsen
Palm Tree by Sue Mohr A1
back1 Perhaps you’d like a peek at the back of the quilt for a better update of progress.  Click on these to enlarge the photos… Photos beautifully taken on my freshly-vacuumed living room floor.
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Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 9

A7 Chris’s Soccer Field
by Caroline Van Maele
Obama’s Summer Log Cabin by
Caroline Van Maele
A9 Block* by Liz Ewing
Florence Nightingale by Cathi O’Neill A10
A11 Block* by Cindi Pucci
Purple Mountains Majesty
by Ruth Davis


I need help on this beautiful block called “God’s Eye”, made by Carrie Dominguez.  It’s gorgeous… but look at all the tiny pieces!  How would YOU quilt this block?  I want to do it justice, but with all those seams, I’m afraid the quilting will be a distraction, and I don’t want to take away from the precision done by Carrie.  What do you think?







This might give you a little better perspective… See how small the blocks are next to my hand?






*If you know the name of this block, please contact Caron via email or leave a comment below.  Thanks!

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 8

Freedom Star by Ruth Garrett
Chase a Myth by Kathy Havelka
Capital T by Theresa Wells
St. Louis Campaign Visit by Patti Baymiller
Block by Phyllis Guthrie
Birds in the Air by Jeannine Hanner
It’s hard to see, but in the white triangle are quilted the letters U S A

Double Irish Chain Progress

I spent some time working on the new quilt today; it was cold outside, so it was a good day to work on this.  However, my sewing machine is in the basement, and it was chilly down there, so I didn’t stay too long.  These two sections need to be sewn together in the middle, but a hot cup of tea was calling so that didn’t get done. 
It was warmer sitting in front of my computer, so I played with the colors on my blog’s background, and inserted a new blog header image.  Those are the fabrics for my next quilt (after the Irish Chain).

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Here are more  4.5  inch square  blocks from the Yes We Can, Jane quilt that got hand quilted this week:

Block by Carrie Dominguez


Crooked Creek by Nancee Marchinowski
An adorable block with lots of tiny pieces… Amazing!


Battlefield also by Nancy Marchinowski
Wow, Nancy must have used a magnifying glass to sew these two blocks!


Star by Theresa Wells


Pineapple by Sue Mohr

Back to stitchin’…spoolneedle

Double Irish Chain and Short Yes We Can, Jane Update

I’ve been meaning to make this for a couple of years now… my bed needs a new every-day quilt.   So I started a Double Irish Chain.  Here’s the first block…


I’ve had the lighter fabric for YEARS and YEARS… lots of it!  So I was determined to use it somehow.  Our bedroom is green, and the furniture white and brown.  The brown fabric is a textural blender… light and dark areas.  The green is a cotton that I bought a bolt of back in the mid-1980’s.  I’m trying to use it up!  I think I might have enough of these fabrics to also make a pieced backing, which should be fun.  Time will tell!  The Woodworker just wanted to be sure that the quilt wouldn’t have too much pink in it.  I think it will be fine, and I ‘m going to quilt it with a tan thread.  So one (15 inch) block down, lots more to go!  But they go together fairly easily.

Yes, I know I have a pile of clothes on my chair!   This picture is several years old.  There are different clothes on the chair today!   LOL  Anyway, I’m not going to hand quilt this quilt.  It will be quilted on my mid-arm machine as a practice piece.  It’s going to get daily wear, so machine quilting will be fine.

I’m still working on the Obama quilt.  Here are a few more blocks:




I love this little block made by Linda Starkey!  I didn’t want to put too much quilting on it, as I wanted the star to stand on its own.  Teeny, tiny piecing in the middle!  Have I told you that these blocks are only 4.5 inches square?






This block was still in the hoop when I took its picture…It’s called Buckeye Beauty, made by Holly Sweet.  Isn’t it… sweet?   (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)












And another red one!  This picture makes it look crooked, but I assure you that it is not.  It’s also in the hoop.

Adelaine’s Apron Strings, by Kathy Timmons.  Love her choice of fabric for this!  Very elegant!

That’s it for now! 

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 6

I’ve been busy quilting over the past few weeks, but most of my work doesn’t show because it falls along the lines of the borders and the sashing.  But it’s there!   I wanted to do the blocks that are on the outside edges of the quilt so that I can trim the excess off and put a stabilizing row of machine stitching around the edge, so I have started working on the blocks themselves.  Here are four that have been completed!

This is the corner that I started on with the edge blocks; clicking on the photos should open them up so you can see a larger picture.


Fan, by Linda Starkey


Justin’s Comet by  Cathi O’Neill

“Old Favorite” block by Liz Ewing


Tinker Toy by  Kathy Timmons

Stay tuned for more updates!

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 6

I have three pretty UNglamorous and UNexciting pictures for you today to share the quilting progress thus far.  Showing the back of the quilt actually makes the progress easier to see than the front, as the quilting that I have done since update number 5 is all straight lines at the seams. 




Because these pictures are so boring, here’s one to make you smile (at least it makes ME smile!)

Our little biker baby Fischer…


Sound asleep…