FINISHED is such a grand experience.  Especially when it is a large item.  My queen sized Barb B. Civil War quilt has gone in the mail to a long arm quilter.  She did mention that it will sit awhile as she is having arthritis issues.  It is so sad when you find a quilter who you trust with your treasures and then they slow down, get super busy, or just quit.   The other large item is the pineapple quilt that is a bunk bed sized twin.  I loved that I did not buy any fabric!  However, that said, it made things a little tricky.  I knew I would run out of my background fabric, so I had to carefully plan where to put the 2nd and 3rd backgrounds.  Now that it is FINISHED I could think of other ways I would have liked to have done it.  No, I am not making another one just to experiment!

I will be teaching this in March

After completing something big I like to take a break and do some small projects.  When Carolyn, Linda and I went to the retreat that Kathleen Tracy was to be the teacher, I felt guilty that I had not been doing her doll quilts of the month.  I took along fabric and made Carolyn and Linda do some of the cutting in our motel room the night before the retreat began.  After they went to bed, I FINIHED the cutting and organizing.  We each had the same fabric for the blocks.

Mourning with first sashing

We did not have the same sashing and border fabric.  It has been fun to see how they all ended up.  After adding my sashing I saw some on Kathy’s blog that I liked better.  Hello seam ripper!

2nd sashing and border

The light blue really changed the look and I am not sure I like it a lot better, but it is FINISHED!

Linda's Mourning Quilt

Linda was the first to FINISH hers.  I really like the red flange that she added.

Carolyn's Mourning Quilt

Carolyn had to go to a quilt shop to pick her border.  It turned out great!   Now that we have January done should we start on February before the month is over?

Linda made our quilting buddies and myself thread catchers.  I noticed mine will perfectly hold my thread and scissors while I am hand quilting.  The white plastic is my old thread/Kleen-x catcher!


Barbara Beckman’s Civil War Block of the Week

I trust that you took advantage of Barb’s weekly stories of life 150 years ago.  I know I did and enjoyed it.  I also had fun putting her blocks together.  When I started to see quilt tops on the internet, I was inspired to get busy with mine.  I thought the hourglass blocks would be great fillers.  They were easy to make.  But when I started to put the rows together, yikes, all those points to protect!

Barb B's Civil War Remembrance


The border fabric is a print designed by Jo Morton.  And while I spent hours trying to miter the corners neatly, I started thinking about an article I had read some time ago.  Jo said she never miters!  She just adds cute corner stones and is done with it!  I will never be a Jinny Beyer, as none of the corners match.  But I did not cut off flowers!

My Pieceful Nights pattern arrived today.  I happened to like the colors of the one I saw better than the patterns colors.  Also the one I saw had additions to make it fit her bed.  And she had added some embroidery flowers.  It was exquised!  Isn’t the purpose of a pattern often to launch us on to our own creativity?

My quilting friends came on Tuesday, which happened to be Valentine’s Day!  Carol, Sandi, and I each brought part of our lunch rather than the usual brown bag lunch.  Linda had made each a thread catcher which she had filled with candy.  They became party favors!  We each received 6 more Sylvia’s wedding quilt blocks to work on.  Our theme for the day was “get ‘r done”.  We even had a prize for the gal who brought the oldest project and worked on it!  The winner was Joyce and she had all the blocks sewn, but did not have a design wall large enough to lay out the quilt.  She did so on my design wall, with much advice from the rest of us, and placed stickers on each block as she took it down.  I will take a picture of it when she gets it put together.  A good time was had by all!




Admire Other’s Quilts

I took a break from sewing quilts to do some pillowcases for the grandchildren.  I was so excited when I found some fabric that would work for boys!  I have 6 grandsons and one granddaughter.  The gifts have all been delivered or put in the mail, so I am back to my own projects.  Yesterday, one of our local shops had a Free Sew day.  We use a nice large room in the library, bring some snacks, and our machines.  I enjoy listening to all the chatter.

I Woof You!

My project for the day was more pineapple blocks.  I have all the ones I need started, so now it is a nice, no thought, task.  There are days I need that kind.

Pieceful Nights

One of the treats of getting together with other quilters is the show-n-tell.  One of the ladies brought two finished quilts for us to admire.  The one above is a Lori Smith, From My Heart to Your Hands, pattern.  It is called Pieceful Nights.  The gal shared that she let the store pick her fabrics.  This is one time that it turned out wonderful!  I have already ordered the pattern, so I can dream about it for a while!

Isn’t the below quilt just what us snow state quilters need to see?  It makes me want to dig around into my spring fabrics.  Notice how she fussy cut the centers of the squares.  We asked if it was ‘stack-n-wack’, and she said,’no’, she just cut each of the 4 squares individually.  I am sorry as you cannot see the blocks as well as I could in person.  At first I thought that they were hankies or that hankie fabric that you can sometimes find.

Ready for Spring

I am so inspired now and ready to work on the Barb B Civil War quilt.  I have the blocks all pieced together, so my goal for the afternoon is to square it up and begin the borders.  I am going to start the coffee pot, as this task will take some thought.  Have fun!


Cabin Fever at the Grout Museum

Last night I came home from retreat.  My physical body is tired, but my mind is soaring!  It is so good to spend a few days with women of kindred spirits!  Each year the Grout Museum of Waterloo, Iowa puts on a quilt retreat.  It is in conjunction with their new quilt display in the museum.  The museum is in memory of the five Sullivan brothers who all lost their lives in war.  (This event changed our military rules on allowing brothers to serve together.)  The large military exhibits are so well done and worth your time, but for a couple days us ladies focus on the quilt display.  The new display was Civil War quilts.  As few of them have survived, along with the antique quilts, reproductions of the time period were also on display.  These included many from book authors.  It was so fun to see the real quilts that inspire us!

Sister Linda, Kathleen Tracy, and myself

Each year the museum invites a speaker/teacher to join us and the one this year was Kathleen Tracy who has written several books on doll quilts.  Her books focus on the history of quilts.  We took one of her classes and I will post a picture of the quilt when it is finished.  I should warn you that I have not finished my quilts from the first time I went to this retreat several years ago.

Of course if quilters gather there are always finished projects to be shown.  Isn’t the above quilt appropriate for February?  It was shown by a gal at a nearby table and I wish I could remember her name to give her credit for the finished projects above and below.

The first time I went to the Grout Museum’s retreat was several years ago when Jo Morton was the speaker/teacher.  I took all three of her classes, along with sister Linda, who goes with me.  I have only completed one of them.  My Peppermint Twist is still in the project box, but seeing the above one finished gives me the incentive to get mine back out!

Jo Morton's pattern

I have finished one of the Jo Morton projects and it does hang in my home.  It is pictured above.  I changed the colors to go with my decorating.  It was fun to learn hand piecing as it was how quilting began.  I also hand quilted this project.

These are my reflections of a fun outing.  Friend, Carolyn, joined Linda and I for the first time and in a few days she will have a lovely post of the retreat.  You may check it out at:  Lee Prairie Designs