Sunday, October 15, 2017


I recently finished "Flags of the American Revolution" designed by Jan Patek.  Lori had a Quilt-a-Long a while back (last year or the year before?) and I didn't make it then, but I bought the pattern and made it this year.  The blocks are large and pretty easy - especially since I used machine appliqué for it.  I love the eagle in the middle - so unique. 

Here's some close up photos of sections of the quilt.  The quilting in the center block is echoing the eagle.  The rest of the quilt is quilted with Baptist fans and I blogged about how I did that here.  You might  be able to see some of the yellow powder that I used to mark the fans.  I will get that off soon.  I really love how the fans look on a quilt.

I used antique buttons on this flag, which is the Bennington Flag.    I took Lori's advice and didn't get star buttons for the quilt because they make it very uncomfortable if you decide to take a nap on it.  These buttons aren't all identical and I like that about them also.  (BTW, the flags are replicas of actual flags that were flown in battle during the Revolutionary War.)

Below you can see the whole Bennington Flag.

You can see the quilting better in this photo below.  Pine Tree Flag is on the left sideways.  The pattern for this quilt is in a book and it has the history of each flag across the page from the instructions for each flag.

You can see the quilting on the back here as well as the fabrics on the back.

Here's my question.  Does anybody know the name of the block in this quilt and how to size the triangles? I saw this quilt at a quilt show at the Aurora Colony Museum on Friday and I really love it!  It is made with just 2 different triangles with no curves involved.   I would love to make this (as a long term project).  I have lots of CW reproduction fabric scraps left over from my Dear Jane quilt that I could use in it.

Here's a close-up of a block.  I think you can see the block pretty easily and see that you need 8 triangles in the middle and 4 triangles for the corners.

I'm sure someone out there knows!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


I just finished this small Palmateer Point quilt-a-long that Lori of Humble Quilts organized.  I love the way it came out!  Thanks, Lori!

Palmateer Point

As you may know, I love garage/estate sales.  I got the printed sayings from one such sale and have made a couple little quilts.  I already sold one of them and I made this one with some left over bow tie blocks from a block exchange.  I had used most of the bow tie blocks in a couple wall hangings. and these 8 worked perfect for this one.  It can either be a wall hanging or a place mat.

Saturday I was looking for some Christmas fabric panels and couldn't find them, so I decided I needed to organize my fabric closet.  It used to have fabric separated by color, but was a big jumble of mixed up fabric, so I took everything out and re-stacked it.  I also am taking some fabric to donate.  I need to get busy and make some scrap quilts with all the scraps that I have.  Between that and getting ready for Christmas and a trip, I will be very busy for the next 7 1/2 weeks!  Guess where I found my Christmas fabric?  ........yes, it was in the bin of Christmas/flannel fabric where it belonged!  I just didn't dig deep enough.  It's just as well that I spent some time getting better organized.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Friday I went to the Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, OR with a quilting friend and we had a wonderful day!  We wore ourselves out - there was so much to see and so many vendors!!

Some of my pictures didn't turn out, but I will share what I have.  There were a lot of modern quilts - many of which I really liked and some I didn't like.  

This is a replica of an antique quilt.

This last quilt won "Best of Show" and of course the photo doesn't do it justice.  I was thrilled to see a quilt with a Bible verse as "Best of Show."  The maker said it was a testimony to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I wish the picture was better.

I made a few dresses to send to Lori to take to Colombia in the new year.  Good to get them finished early!  I'll mail them soon.  BTW, go to her blog here to see more quilts from the quilt show.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Sunday, September 24, 2017


I have been sewing, finally!  My sewing machine is fixed and working great.  

Here are the last 2 Moda Blockhead Blocks that I have made.

Block #26

Block #27

Then I decided to start a quilt for my youngest GS made out of men's shirts.  I have one made for his brother and want to give them both one for Christmas.  I considered several patterns and finally decided on this one:  Scrappy Mountain Majesties.  The pattern is available on Bonnie Hunter's web site here.  This is what I have so far and I have some more pieces cut.

This is the fabric that I bought at Top Stitch in Medford, OR on Tuesday.  The bird fabric is a panel and I got 2 of those.

I tried to load some more pictures of the quilting I'm working on for my Flags of the American Revolution quilt, but didn't have any luck, so I'll try to get them loaded and post in a couple days.  I'm almost finished with the quilting!!

Have a great week!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Well, my sewing machine is fixed, but I don't have anything to show you because we took a short trip down to Medford OR to see where our DS#1 flies to every day,  On the way we stopped at the historic Wolf Creek Lodge, in Wolf Creek, OR, which was built in 1883.

Over the years many famous people have stayed at the inn, with Clark Gable, his wife, and Jack London topping the list.
Room that Clark Gable stayed in

The state park ranger told us about a ghost town, named Golden, nearby, so we also went there.  I assume the reason it has the name Golden is because of all the gold that was mined there out of the creek.

Church built in 1852.

My son flies freight from Portland, OR to Medford, OR daily in this ATR aircraft, which can carry up to 10,000 pounds of freight.  Below is his picture on the left and his co-pilot on the right.

It was fun being able to see where he goes and get to see the airplane up close as well.

I was able to visit a couple quilt shops accidentally on purpose.  One was Top Stitch, in Medford, which is a Bernina shop, but has a lot of fabric.  The second one was Country Lady Quilt Shop in Roseburg, OR.   Country Lady had a lot of women in there sewing and having way too much fun.   I forced myself to buy some fabric in each shop, but some was for a friend, so I wasn't real bad.  The scenic drive down I-5 is just amazing!

Now I'm trying to catch up and get things back to normal.   

Sunday, September 10, 2017


It seems like I've been quilting my little heart out these days, but there is a pause.  My sewing machine is in the shop, so I got my Featherweight out and was happily piecing some blocks when I noticed the tension was really bad.  I couldn't get it fixed no matter what I did, so when I get my Janome back,  I will take in my Featherweight!  In the mean time, I'm trying to get a little organized.

I had already finished quilting Mama's cross stitched Paragon quilt top and now I finished binding it, so here are a few pictures again taken outside with the quilt hanging on a clothes line.  The sun is shining through it some.  I bound it in a solid blue to match the flowers.  I had to fold the top over the clothes line so it wouldn't dangle on the ground.

Next project is quilting Flags of the American Revolution.  I decided to quilt it with large baptist fans except for the center eagle block.  I purchased the baptist fan template from Barb here.  It is perfect for this quilt.  Barb created her own large fan template when she couldn't find one this size anywhere.  I'm really glad I got it and think I will use it more often from now on.

Here's a picture of the template.  One fan measures 14 1/2" high and wide.  I'm marking it one fan at a time with a Clover roll on powder.  It works pretty well, except as you quilt, some of the powder rubs off and it's hard to see the lines, but this way I'm not using any sort of pen and don't have to worry about the marks staying in when they are not supposed to.  I guess I'm afraid to use pens.

I will be hanging Dear Jane's Quilting Journey at the Treasurers in the Attic Quilt Show in McMinnville, OR on Sept. 16.  It's at the Yamhill County Heritage Museum.  If you are in the area, I hope you can come by to see it and many other quilts.  You can also have some antiques appraised for $5.00 each.  If you come, look for me at my vendor's booth.

Saturday, September 2, 2017


I can hardly believe that I finished this quilt, but it's true!!  From my first sight of a few Dear Jane replicas at the Fort Worth, Texas quilt show in 2008, when I was so impressed by it, then thinking about should I or shouldn't I (or could I?), for about 5 years, until I received the Dear Jane Book for Christmas in December, 2013, I just wasn't sure.

But, when I received the book from DS#3/DIL (after having it on my Christmas list for a few years), that clinched it!  I finished the first block (A1) on 1/22/2014.  I took the last stitch on the binding 8/28/2017.  That's about 3 years, 7 months and 6 days.  

I definitely could not have done it without the "Dear Jane" book by Brenda Papadakis and this web site.  I also received a lot of encouragement from Kathleen Tracy's Dear Jane Support Group on Yahoo.  Not to mention tons of encouragement from my Blogging Buddies group and many other bloggers, friends and family (especially my ever loving and supportive DH!!).

After all the paper piecing (PP) that I did on it, I should be an expert, but no, I continued to have to rip out many of the PP seams, probably due to always being in a hurry to get things done.  My DS#1 hung a clothes line for me, which has made taking pictures of quilts much easier.

My piecing, appliqué and quilting certainly isn't perfect and I broke down and included many instances of machine appliqué because I was just tired of trying to appliqué a tiny triangle measuring about 3/8" by hand.  I even PP some of the diamond shapes at the points of the border triangles - anything to make it easier.

Each of the colored fabrics in the 169 5" square blocks in the center section is different, and each of the colored fabrics in the 52 border triangles is different from each other.  I used a variety of background fabrics for all the blocks trying to use fabrics that would look good with the main colors of each block.  My sashing, corner kite blocks and scallops is a good quality muslin.

As you can see above, Jane Stickle added to the original quilt that there are 5,602 pieces in the quilt.  I didn't take the time to count, but that is probably close!  I wonder what she was thinking when she made her quilt in 1863 and what she would think if she knew that hundreds or thousands of women all over the world are copying her quilt.  How did she come up with so many designs, because each block is unique!

As you can see, I am one happy quilter!!

Now for the name.  I decided to name it DEAR JANE'S QUILTING JOURNEY (from Texas to Oregon).

Thanks again for all your support over the past 3 1/2 years!

Monday, August 28, 2017


Before we get to the binding, here are my 2 Moda Block 25s.  It was a nice and easy block!

I finished quilting my Dear Jane quilt on August 17, 2017 and then went to the instructions given by Linda Franz on her web site.  I read over her instructions carefully and then I tried to follow them.  I have done a scalloped border before, but these scallops are much smaller and much more work.  Sewing the binding onto the quilt wasn't much fun, but I got it done on Saturday.  Linda recommended cutting the bias binding at 1 1/2".  I did that, but after sewing some of it on, I decided to cut the rest of the binding at 1 3/4" and that worked much better.

I started hand sewing the binding to the back Saturday night while watching TV.  As of right now, I am a little over half way on finishing the binding!  I can't believe I am almost finished!

Here's what the scallops look like from the front.  They really finish it off nicely!

My next post should show the finished quilt!