Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mimi's Project...

This was a Mimi's work from the class I taught  at IQSCM" QUILT HOUSE" in Lincoln, NE, a d week ago...
Mimi sent me a few emails on her progress that I thought was fun to share...

Last week: 
Yesterday I attached all my dresdens and as I did, I remembered what you said about conjuring up happy memories from the past.  My dresden looked just like something my  Gammy would have had in her china.  She was an amazing seamstress but only did fine sewing: embroidery, smocked dresses for me etc.  So I knew I wanted my dresden to connect to Gammy.  So I searched through my basement and found 12 damask napkins that Gammy had monogrammed for her mother-in-law, my great grandmother, “Gee Gee.”  While they are around 100 years old, they have been cared for well and when I used to put on the dog for family and in-laws, I would use these napkins when I entertained, washing them immediately and ironing them and putting them away carefully.  It just so happens that I am Gee Gee’s namesake so  her monogram is MY monogram!

I found these napkins, set aside the few with worn holes etc and found several that didn’t have any problems and realized I was going to put my dresden on one!  I love how the outer points look, so I am not going to sew them down, instead, I am going to make radiating quilting out from the center, stitch in the ditch, avoiding the corner monogram.  Then I think I’m going to cut a monogram from another napkin and put it in the center with tiny piping of yellow around it.  At least that’s what I was planning in the middle of the night! Heh heh  (No one in my family entertains like this anymore so I don’t mind cutting up some of them, to give them renewed life in a different way.)

So while I love to do close quilting,  I plan to do stitch in the ditch and many not so much quilting.

The center monogram isn’t scaled and you can’t see the yellow much, but do you think appliquéing it to the center would be a good way to go.

Thanks again for the techniques you taught but also the idea that quilters can gain much joy from connecting themselves to family members from the past who deserve a type of resurrection!

Follow up: 
This weekend I finished my “Three Grandmothers” wall hanging.  I am happy how it turned out and think your recommendation of yellow for the piping/border was right on!  I am pleased to give my great grandmother’s damask napkin new light, especially since my grandmother hand embroidered our monogram on it to give to GeeGee as a gift.  I figure they are about 70 years old.  I cut up a second napkin for the monogram square in the center.  The yellow piping/binding is fabric that has all the different names for grandmothers.

Thanks for the inspiration and the encouragement to look back to the women who came before me.  As I sewed, I thought of them and how fascinating it would be if this napkin could talk!

Have a great week.
Mimi M.
Lincoln, NE

Thank you for sharing your journey Mimi! I love the thoughts that went into making your wallhanging!  Well done! It's a beautiful, heartfelt and special project!


If you get a chance to go to QUILT HOUSE, please see my Traditions Made Modern Exhibit of Double Wedding Rings!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pam's play!

Pam N. has been playing! I look forward to seeing what fun will become of these! She says,

 I've actually been working the past few mornings on these nine blocks. They will be 20-inch star blocks with blue background and orange/pink star points.
I really do enjoy this kind of playing with fabric. It seems to clear my head, but not just for other creative work. For me, it's a stress reliever when more serious things are on my plate.....   Thanks for all your inspiring posts.  You really take your SHARE word seriously!! Pam.

Saturday, March 28, 2015


 Here is another completed quilt. 
The inspiration was the small block with the newspaper clipping,that I received from my Add-a-border group on flikr. 
I used 'made' fabric for the leaves and the  machine appliqued them.

  That long pieced strip on the left was made from the leftovers of the leaves that I could not bear to throw out!

It is big stitch quilted with perle cotton in different weights and hand dyed embroidery floss!

started Sept.2012 and finished Jan 2015
28 by 23 inches

(so sorry the pics are crappy)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cut It Up

Several days ago I was working
on a block for a Quilts of Valor block drive.
It needed to be 10.5" and mine was too small.
So I thought I could increase the size 
by adding in a cross.
(top block)
That was not working to my satisfaction either.
Instead of tinkering with it further, I chopped it all up to make 
15 minutes made-fabric.
Voila!  A whole new block
which I happen to think is more dynamic!
(bottom block)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pillow Fun

I started playing in my strip tub one day and began pulling out the black and white strips and sewing them together.  Then I decided it needed some color and I added in a little bit from the other strips in the tub.  Once I was done playing with it I put it on the wall and walked away for a few days.  However, it kept calling me back and it needed to be a pillow.  That meant adding a little bit more to make it square, quilting it, putting a back on it and putting in a pillow form.  This was a lot of fun of just playing with strips and then of playing with the quilting.  
The quilting is free motion large flowers in two different thread colors all over the top and then the space is filled in with lime green vines and leaves.  Lots of fun playing in the studio!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

it has been a while.........

I have been working very hard at finishing as many quilts as possible for our LQG show in May and finally finished binding this beauty! 

 It is a collaborative quilt made from houses from a wonky house swap on flikr and a Tinners group swap at my LQG!

There are 21 houses, 32 tree blocks,
10 siggy blocks and 4 twelve inch blocks made by another   group I belong to on flikr! 

      It was a blast!

  The back was inspired by the kitchen sink quilts  by Victoria!!!!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Another Plan B Quilt

Sick last week.  Hubby gone this week and last.  On the mend now, but need a little play.  So I pulled out my orphan blocks and started another Plan B quilt.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Linda's new quilt!

Linda sent em an email show ing her fun star quilt! 
I love seeing how you all are adapting and building your own unique quilts using Made fabric!

I hope to see some of you at QuiltCon!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Word for 2015

I thought long and hard for my word for 2015.  There are so many good ones; create, learn, grow, love, live, lift etc.  I finally settled on improve.  I felt it encompassed all the others.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Word Challenge for 2015

I was worried that I may not make the January 31st date
for our Word Challenge, but I have!

Wabi-sabi meaning - Imperfect, Impermanent and Incomplete

Imperfect? - yes, a tiny bit of fabric not completely stitched down ….

Impermanent? - I guess so, somewhere down the years ….

Incomplete? - yes, my intention was to have outline quilting around the letters,
but I haven't done the quilting ….

so a very basic work but I have enjoyed working on this little piece.

Completely unrelated to the above, I received my copy of 


Guess what I've being doing over the past two days - reading, drinking cups of tea and
ordering a DWR Accuquilt die!! Happy Days.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Another Plan B Quilt

Awhile back my orphan bin was overflowing.  I started pulling bright happy blocks and throwing them up on the design wall.  Arranging them to fit and filling in the wholes with scraps this is the result.
I know that Victoria calls her quilts like this everything but the kitchen sink but I like to call my Plan B.  Each block was intended for another purpose that just didn't work out.  The label on my original Plan B quilt read.  "Made from blocks intended for other quilts.  Test blocks because sometimes it's a good idea to make sure everything fits before you commit.  Orphan blocks, because some blocks are so fun you get carried away.  Mistakes, not failures, but lessons learned.  Healing blocks made by friends.  And scraps because when life falls to pieces remember there is always plan B.  And life is all about how you handle plan B."  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Word Challenge: Savor

Hello, all!
My word for this year:

Because I often feel I'm quilting on a deadline--related to either when a project needs to be done, or when I have to stop sewing to make dinner, entertain kids, go to bed... It's too easy to sew rushed and focus only on the end result, rather than enjoying the process as I go. 

So for 2015, I will savor my time quilting. I will stop and smell the roses, to use a tired cliche, and pay attention to what I'm working on rather than just how close I am to finishing. 

A little bit about the techniques I used here. I pulled out a bunch of orange scraps to create some monochromatic made fabric. I did applique last year, so I wanted to try a new and different technique for the letters this year, and freehand stitched cursive seemed like a good idea. I wrote the word on the orange fabric with a washable fabric marker, pinned the fabric to batting, and started stitching with my free motion foot. I used four or five different blues, ranging from sky blue to navy, and traced the word multiple times with each color. I wouldn't say I'm in love with the final result, but I'm glad I tried a new technique!

Ellie Q