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Off to the Long Armer!

So, FINALLY, Rachel’s quilt is ready to be quilted!  This picture is the back, which I designed so that a few of the squares from the front would be in it.  I figured if Rachel (age 10) wanted to go girly, she could use the front; if she wanted to go tomboy (her current mode), she could use the back.  Works for me!

It’s extra long, 90 or 92 inches.  Hoping she will use it in a dorm some day.

I go to Fremont on Friday to see Vickie, have lunch and laughs, and leave “Geo-Me” with her for the next couple of months.  She has a tremendous amount of quilts waiting to be done, but she saved me a spot for this one.  I also have a spot for a wedding quilt that was suppose to be done last, um, March/June (the bride changed her date).  Haven’t even cut the fabric yet.  That’s another story.

Here’s to GEO-ME, and the anticipation of what Vickie will do with all that negative space!

Rachels Back


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September 12, 2013 · 1:43 am

Lexi’s Quilt Fabrics

We had a blessed Thanksgiving.  It was beautiful weather, so no travel problems there, and we spent time with my sisters and their families and then with my son and his girlfriend.  Bonus – meeting baby Gabriel for the first time.  For more on that, check the “Friends” part of the blog.  He could use your prayers.

I had a goal to get the fabrics for Lexi’s quilt this weekend.  Field’s Fabric in Spring Lake, MI is having a big sale and I thought I would go there tomorrow (Monday, the 26th).  BUT.  I was in Port Huron, and there is a great fabric store there called Mary Maxim’s (they also have a catalog business, perhaps you know of them?) and my husband wanted to just chill for a couple of hours, so off I went!

It took me almost the full two hours to pick these out.  Lexi, my only grandDAUGHTER, requested a black and white quilt for her wedding present, with maybe a touch of purple or teal thrown in.  THAT was the sticking point, finding just the right bit of color.  This fabric is so beautiful – the picture doesn’t do it justice, believe me.  I think it is Hoffman, hand painted.  BEAUTIFUL!  I wish I could do a quilt just out of this fabric, but it’s a bit expensive.

These are the other black and white fabrics I found.  I am not crazy about the daisy pattern.  That may get replaced when I visit Field’s tomorrow.  But the rest I really liked.  I didn’t want to go with something vintage, and there was a lot of that available.  Lexi’s only 24, and I don’t think she’s into vintage.  What she IS into is zebra (see my point?).

The colored V patterned fabric is for the binding.  I hope it works out ok.  And it’s just Kona black for the 2″ border, to frame the quilt top.  The lady who helped me, Nan, was a real treat – she had me laughing so hard! – and she approved, but just to check I sent these pictures to my friend Vicki who will do her long-arm magic on it for me.  I’m awaiting her comments…she’s so nice!

The pattern will be Take Five, which Vicki is loaning to me.  She even figured out how to make it queen size from a twin size.  She said it’s easy and quick, since you ‘stack and whack’ the fabrics.  YAY!  I need easy!  It will be after Christmas before I start this quilt, but I wanted to get the pictures posted now.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving also!  Blessings!

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Toggle Off to Fremont!

What a great feeling it is to finish a rather large quilt!

Someday I will figure out how to “figure out” how much fabric I need.  I am either way over, or way under.  I thought I had enough of this pine cone/leaf pattern for the back to be all one fabric.  Oh, of course not!  And when I went to get more…it was all gone.  Thankfully, Field’s Fabrics in Spring Lake, MI, loves Moda as much as I do, and they had several other choices from the same line (Birchbark) to choose from.  I decided on the orange that I am using for the binding.  Wish it would have been a third of the back, but it is 10″ shorter than the focus fabric.

There will be lots of extra fabric – I have a full yard of the  pine cone/leaf and about a third of a yard of the orange (besides what I need for binding).  Maybe I’ll make a pillow or pillowcase?  Ideas, anyone?

I sewed the two fabrics together this afternoon and then snipped all the stray threads on the pieced front.  I love the Quilty show and magazine, which have helped me immensely in learning how to put together quilts.  The first quilt I was sending to be long-armed had threads everywhere and took me two evenings to trim.  This time, with a much bigger quilt, I was done in an hour.  HINT:  it pays to snip those threads close as you add pieces!

My friend, Vicki, who does the quilting for me, is not just a great quilter, she’s also a great friend.  I can’t wait to see her next week when I deliver this quilt!  Here’s the back fabric:


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Toggle is Back!

Picked up Toggle today from Lynn at the embroidery place in Fremont, MI.  She did a LOVELY job, putting this quote on the quilt top!    Now I need to piece the backing and get it to my long-arm quilter, Vicki (she’s the BEST!).

On another – related – topic…have you picked up your copy of Quilty Magazine yet?  The Winter 2012 issue has some tips about preparing your quilt for your long-arm quilter.  I did not know all of the tips, so thought I would encourage you to get a copy.  Coming soon – subscriptions to Quilty!  YAY!

Quote by BJ Palmer

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Amanda’s Choice

My granddaughter-in-law, Amanda, is having her second son in just a few weeks.  I finished baby boy quilt #5 today (whew) and now she has to choose between these two quilts:

Will it be the fleece backed quilt on the left, or Bungle Jungle on the right?

The one on the left is a frayed edges quilt – unnamed – that is very cuddly.  I love, love, love Bungle Jungle (Moda’s fabric line name) and especially the binding, which I think really sets it off.

Either would be wonderful for Dempsey.  However, I did not label either quilt – so I have to somehow fix that little “oops”!

I am done – for now – with baby quilts.  Next on my list are Christmas presents and maybe even a wall hanging for us of a Christmas tree.  I have enough scraps to do it, and bought the fat quarter of white today on sale for $1.95.  No, I did not have any white in my stash – notice Bungle Jungle is done in grey???

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Library Quilts

A while back (this summer) I found a great web site with a pattern for a wall hanging of books on a shelf.    I can’t find the site right now, but I’ll try to find it and post it later.  Here is my version:

For my BFF Mel

It was so fun to do!  Mel works at a county library, so of course I thought of her when I saw the pattern.  It was just the thing to do between baby boy quilts, which were getting a bit repetitious.  It went together in a day.  The “titles” are selvage edges.

My son lives in the same town as Mel, so I gave him the quilt to give to her since I just could not figure out how to get it to her myself (that is a huge long story, so be glad this is all I’m telling you).  He finally got it to her after about a month – and she loved it!  I am so glad…the backing is Minky, and I suggested she take it down from the wall when she is stressed and just stroke the back.  It is sure to restore a good mood!

I have pieces to do another one for our church librarian, who is thinking about retiring.  She’s in her 80’s, I think.  But, before that, I have a few more things to do!

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Holiday Craft Bash

I was fortunate to meet and talk with Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts at the West Michigan Quilt Guild’s “Quilts on the Grand” show this fall.   I bought her Evergreen bias quilt pattern, a very cool Christmas tree using bias tape to form the tree shape.  I happened to find some great background fabric in my “stash” (I don’t even remember WHY I bought that fabric, it was years before I was quilting!) that will work fine.  And I have enough that I may just do more than one of these, depending on how easy and quick it is to make!

Of course, I have to finish Bungle Jungle first.  I did get it quilted today, just X’s all over with grey thread.  I’m a bit undecided on how to do the border.  I don’t do free-motion (yet).  I would love to use my double (twin) needles and put blue and orange around it (it’s a grey solid border).  Not sure yet, so it’s waiting.

Esch House Quilts and 4 other blogs are having a “Holiday Craft Bash” for the next 6 weeks.  This is your invitation to pop in on their blogs and see what is happening!  Lots of cool crafts to create for Christmas!  Click on the picture below (if I managed to link it correctly) or go to:   HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



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