Charity Quilt Time

Our Monona Quilters guild is having a collection of charity Quilts coming up soon. (Why do I always wait until the last minute?) I seem to have been chasing squirrels, but have nothing to show for it.

I have some odd WOF pieces which have been sitting in my stash, such as these pink prints of indeterminate age.

In addition, I need to work on using those pesky charm squares. How could I not see the piles of them reproducing in my stash. Apparently the stash is getting nervous about being nibbled away. Here goes, some blue squares are coming out of hiding.

The quickest and easiest solution will be to make a Project Linus quilt because I have a number of fleece blankets which were bought on sale several years ago.

Here’s the pink and blue one I will use. It’s so easy to flip and stitch the strips, especially because of the 50 x 60 inch size. I marked a line to position the strips, which I trimmed to 41 inches. Then I will add a border to cover the edges and bind it.

I love the cute little owls in the snow. This should not take long using the walking foot. I’ve never had any problems with puckering. I’m going to sign up for the One Monthly Goal linkup at Elm Street Quilts to make sure I finish in time for the charity collection.

I’m in a rush to get this done and link up with Angela at and Cynthia at

Just Color

This week I’ve been playing some more, this time with colors. I have three projects in mind. So it’s time to select some colors to work with, my favorite part of the quilt making process.

After several years of buying lots of precuts online, I’m now trying to find ways to use these as well as yardage. I have all my charm squares sorted by color. I have a much larger number of red squares than any other. So I decided to use them and the first thing that came to mind was red, white and blue.

To make the charms more useable, I pieced them into strips of four and added a half charm to each strip, then paired them with dark blues.

I’m thinking that these could be made up into a lap quilt. Will have to work with added whites and maybe a panel for a Quilt of Valor.

This next group of fat quarters has been hiding on the back of a shelf. It would be fun to make something in gradations.

Finally,I am thinking about a challenge wall hanging and using contrast to set a mood.

Does this look mysterious to you? Perhaps I’ll use fusing to construct this one.

Anyway, I’ve definitely got plenty to work on for awhile. I will keep you updated. This lovely cool weather is really invigorating. Hoping to see fall colors once we get some frost around here, which could be this week.

Meanwhile, I’m going to be checking out all the Quilting progress and

I’m linking up with Angela at and Cynthia at

Cool at Last

Looking back at my latest posts, I realized that I’ve not shown any current progress. Could it be because there has been none? Now that fall weather really has arrived I feel energized to get things done.

One thing I have enjoyed is making some 8-inch improv blocks to complete a set that began as Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks, ones I’ve really liked. So I added a new one this week, having a desire to complete a set of nine blocks. I wanted to feature the large floral strip as well as adding some batiks and Kaffe Fassett scraps.

Each block of the set will be probably framed in white and set on a grey background.

I’m still playing with the block placement, but I’m pleased with the way the RSC blocks work with the improvs. And I did include some dark blue pieces for the RSC18 September Challenge.

I hope you all enjoying comfortable weather but still getting stitching done. Have a look at the links below for some more great quilt news.

I’m linking up with Angela at and Cynthia at

My First Quilt

No, this was not the first quilt I made, but the first one I ever had. I grew up in New England, where quilts were not part of my background. In fact, I don’t remember ever seeing one until I moved to California. I was collecting antique silver, like pieces I had inherited. I saw a teapot in a shop window and went in. There was a quilt draped over a chair. I loved the rose-colored flowers, which matched my bedroom colors, and the price of $35 was right so I bought it.

So I took it home and put it through the wash !!! I thought it might be old, perhaps from the 1930’s. I used it on our bed while we had a baby and a litter of kittens.

I started researching to find out more about it. From clues in the quilt and Quilters Newsletter I found that it was a variations of Harrison Rose, named for William Henry Harrison, a military hero, who died after one month in office in 1841. This dates it from about the 1840’s. A hundred years older! So no more kids and cats on it.

Here you can see the rose, orange and green popular in Baltimore Album Quilts. The binding may have been replaced later because it is the Turkey red of post Civil War.

This view shows the damage to the red caused by the mordants used in the dyeing process, while the other colors are not affected.

Here you see hearts in the Quilting. These hearts were found in quilts made for brides, probably by family and friends.

Since I bought it in California, I like to think that it came overland in a covered wagon with newlyweds during the Gold Rush. I really cherish it and my love of antique quilts and Quilting.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into our heritage as women moving forward.

I’m linking up with Angela at and Cynthia at

A Feast of Quilts

Our Madison Quilt Expo is this weekend and I was just overwhelmed by the 300+ quilts exhibited, as well as special challenge quilts and, of course, by all the goodies for sale by the vendors. My fabric buying fast is still intact, however I did buy a SeamRemover, a great little tool from Kai scissors.

Here are some closeups of a few of my favorite quilts:

And this final one made by a member of our guild, who excels in embellishment:

The best part was that we had door to door bus service, so no parking a mile away. And finally we are having perfect weather, cool and breezy. It could not have been better.

I’m linking up with Angela at and Cynthia at


This week I’ve felt lazy, but so happy to be enjoying lovely cooler weather and breezes at last. However, Wisconsin has been experiencing many days of downpours, resulting in rising water levels and record flooding everywhere. Many families have been devastated and some lives have been lost. Hopefully it has run its course now.

My little project involved stitching together pairs of batik fabrics to use in a wallhanging. I cut them freehand mostly from strips. I will appliqué them to a background and use straight line, or not so straight, Quilting. These are a rough idea of the design.

I looked online for a fusing technique involving no damage to the iron. The best choice is sandwich the pieces in nonstick parchment paper. Fortunately my son, who was an accomplished cook, had given me a roll of large parchment sheets.

Here is my little tutorial:

View one shows the pieced batik. Notice it just happens to be orange and dark blue for RSC18 August and September colors! I am using Heat n Bond Lite iron-on adhesive.

It is resting on the parchment paper sandwich after I pressed the adhesive to the back side.

View two shows it pressed onto the b/w square, having used the parchment sandwich again.

This was my first try at fusing and it worked beautifully. Once I finish my final design I will fuse groups of same-size batik pieces to onto the Heat n Bond, then adhere them to my backing fabric.

I can heartily recommend this technique to all you dear online friends.

I’m linking up with Angela at and Cynthia at

Meet My Friends

There are no Quilts to show you today because I’ve been too busy to get anything further done this week. All I have is a set of strips. During my fabric purge I found a set of 10-inch batik squares in shades of purples and greens. I’m going to donate about six of these strips to the local church Quilting group which received my recent donation. There are enough for a top, but not all are in this photo.

However, I’ve been wanting to share some photos of a group of geese which have become my friends. Each week I go along with a friend who has been visiting and feeding them for many years.

The size of the goose group, a gaggle, has fluctuated, but the three originals are still there. These are Joey, an white and black independent male who hangs out with some local Canada geese, plus Sophie, whose face is white, and her son, Archie, who is always nearby to protect her.

I couldn’t let you miss out on the cute little ones, part of a family of four babies.

No matter the weather, when they hear my friend whistle they come running all in a line to feast on the bread and corn that he brings for them each week. They depend on this because they are domesticated and unable to fly well enough to migrate to warmer climates with the Canadas each winter.

I love all birds and continue to learn about the ones I see here in Wisconsin, but these sweet geese have really stolen my heart.

I’m linking up with Angela at and Cynthia at