Jun 30

Shipshewana Quilt Festival – 3

Here is the third installment of pictures of awesome quilts from the Shipshewana Quilt Festival.


This is “Stars in My Garden” by Linda Cramer of Three Rivers, MI, quilted by Colleen Gall of The Cotton Corner. Lovely flowers! IMG_4081

For some reason, giraffes have been appealing to me lately. This is “Patches” by Doris Goins of Kendallville, IN, part of the Hoffman Challenge exhibit.IMG_4101

This is from an Edyta Sitar pattern, “Spring Bouquet.” One of my favorite things about this version is that the quiltmaker, Diana Devereaux of New Hope, PA, named her quilt “I Actually Did It.” I’m pretty sure I would feel the same way if I’d actually done it!IMG_4106

Here is “China Quilt” by Judy Mercer Tescher of Pendleton, IN. It was quilted by Elaine Reed.


Here is a closeup of the border quilting which I really love. IMG_4108Here is “Icing on the Cake” by Jennifer Rose of Hugo, MN from a pattern by Jenny Pedigo. IMG_4114

“Best Buds” by Darla Parks of Grand Haven, MI. I like the clean simple lines of the appliqué and the lovely quilting.


This is “A Long Way from Home” by Amy Pabst of LeRoy, WV. It is paper pieced and has 3,028 pieces.

IMG_4118Here is a closeup so you can see the tiny pieces and the quilting done on a sashiko machine.


This bright and lovely quilt is “Dance of the Dragonflies” by Donna Stoltzfus of Goshen, IN. It was quilted by Three Sisters Longarm Quilting. IMG_4162

This was one of Carolyn’s favorites. It is “A Dying Breed” by Patricia Kennedy-Zafred of Murrysville, PA. This is a tribute to the American Family Farmer. The images from the 1930s are silk-screened onto vintage feed sacks.    IMG_4191This one is “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Linda McNeal of McKinney, TX, quilted by Jackie Brown.

IMG_4192Note that the Naughty List is Disney Villains. The Nice List are Linda’s grandchildren and family members.


Here’s a border closeup. Isn’t it adorable?


And here is some of the background quilting. I wanted to remember these flowers for future reference.

And that is it for the Shipshewana Quilt Festival. I have more pictures, but the pictures of the information are too blurred for me to read and I don’t want to post the pictures without giving credit where it is due.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the last few posts here.

Quilt on!

Jun 29

Shipshewana Quilt Festival – 2

Here are some more of my favorite quilts from the Shipshewana Quilt Festival.


This one is “Hope” by Ann Pigneri of Louisville, KY. Her description on the card says that there are 2500 crystals in six colors. IMG_4054

Here is one of the large Mariner’s Compass blocks which she added have 96 pieces. IMG_4056

This is “Fair Winds and Following Seas” by Cheryl DeRaad of Belmont, MI. Quilted by Jan Vander Meer.IMG_4057

Close up of another Mariner’s Compass.IMG_4088

Beverly Quemada of Kalamazoo, MI made this “Flower Baskets for Grandma.” It was quilted by Deb Noteboom. What you can’t tell from this picture (and I can’t believe I didn’t take a closeup) is that the baskets have 3D flowers in them. So cool.


This one is “Woven Journey” by Claudia Pfeil from Krefeld, Germany. I have seen many of Claudia’s quilts in person and I’m a big fan!IMG_4145

This is “Harmony’s Loop” by Suzy Webster of Apple Valley, MN. She adapted the center from an authentic Turkish Design.IMG_4151

“Summer Still Life” is by Judy Crandell of Dowagiac, MI, quilted by Lisa Houston. I love the calm look of this one.IMG_4153

I got to see “Silk Road Sampler” by Melissa Sobotka of Richardson, TX. It is one awesome quilt! It got a special award. Absolutely amazing quilt.IMG_4156

I am amazed at how many really modern quilts I am starting to love. This one is “It All Comes Around” by Karlyn Bue Lohrenz of Billings, Montana. It is lovely.IMG_4182

This one is “Beyond the Rainbow” by Brenda Roach of Bloomfield, IN. Note that the colors before the rainbow are neutrals and then, as they pass through the rainbow, the colors show up. IMG_4183

“Sunshine and Shadow – Turquoise” by Deborah Hyde of West Bloomfield, MI focuses on the Sunshine and Shadows block. If you haven’t noticed they even show up in the woman’s face.IMG_4194

“Robber’s Roost” was made by Joanne Baeth of Bonanza, OR.

So that’s it for today’s installment. I think I have one more in me.

Quilt on!

Jun 28

Shipshewanna Quilt Festival – 1

Last Thursday, my friend Carolyn (AKA Careful Carolyn in this blog if nowhere else on earth) and I ventured to Shipshewana, Indiana to check out the quilt show there. I don’t know what I was expecting exactly, maybe a comfortable sized local show, but it is actually more of an international show. (Maybe I should have realized this from the names of the lecturers and instructors, but I didn’t.)

I don’t know how many posts I am going to do about this show, but today’s post will be me being all Margaret Solomon Gunn fangirl. Because I am. I follow her blog and have seen many of these quilts through stages of quilting. And, of course, at the Grand Rapids Show. Do I want to quilt like her? I don’t think I have the patience. Plus most of my own quilts are for use not wall hangings. Would I own some of her quilts if money and space were no object – oh yeah!!!!!

On to the pictures.

This first picture is a quilt that was one of the first quilts we saw. We kind of started backwards, because after a long drive we had to hit the restroom first thing. I found myself admiring this quilt (come on, it’s blue & white, of course I did!) The quilt was made by Wendy Coffin of Rye, NH. Then I started to admire the quilting and checked out the card. Quilted by Margaret Solomon Gunn.

IMG_4059 IMG_4061 IMG_4062Then I ran into some of her own quilts – quilts I’ve seen at other shows or in pictures from other shows.


Bouquet RoyaleIMG_4185

The Jester’s FollyIMG_4188

From the Bride’s Trousseau

And that is enough fangirl for one day.

Quilt on!

Jun 28

Quick Post on Books

After yesterday’s post, I had a couple of comments asking what it is that I’m planning to do with the books I currently have.

Here’s the short answer: Some I am keeping, some I am selling on Amazon, and some I am donating to the library here in town.

Let me add one other thing: Let me know if there is a particular book you are interested in and we’ll communicate about it. I cannot guarantee that I will send it to you – I may have already sold it or be keeping it, but I’d rather sell or donate to my blogging friends if possible.

Quilt on!

Jun 27

Books on Monday – Elm Creek Quilts

Over the next few weeks, as I downsize to move the quilt studio into a much smaller room, I will be looking at some of my older books. I just don’t have time to look at newer books and I really can’t justify getting new ones anyway. So, today we are looking at Elm Creek Quilts : Quilt Projects Inspired by the Elm Creek Quilts Novels by Jennifer Chiaverini & Nancy Odem.The links below are for the paperback and then the Kindle Editions through my Amazon Affiliate account which helps support this blog.

This is the first of the books of patterns inspired by the Elm Creek Quilts books. I’ve had this book for about 12 years, and I do like to look at it from time to time for inspiration. This isn’t surprising because, of course, I’ve wanted to go to quilt camp for years! At least the one at Elm Creek. Sigh. Sometimes fictional places are so enticing.

The first quilt in this book is Sarah’s Sampler from the first book, The Quilter’s Apprentice. I really enjoyed reading why Ms. Chiaverini chose the blocks for this sampler. Actually, she does this for all of the quilts in this book. Lots of fun if you’ve read the books.

This book contains twelve quilt patterns and a Quilting 101 section. Here’s the table of contents:

  • Dedication
  • Introduction
  • From The Quilter’s Apprentice
  • From Round Robin
  • From The Cross Country Quilters
  • From The Runaway Quilt
  • Quilting 101
  • Resources
  • Index
  • About the Authors

Obviously, if you haven’t read the Elm Creek Quilts books, this book may not be as much fun for you as it is for me, but the quilts are pretty nice.

Quilt on!

Jun 25

Weird Life Update

First and foremost: don’t forget the Craftsy sale!!! I’m still up in the air about the quilt I want, and, in worse news, I found another quilt kit I adore! Also a Monique Dillard. Sigh.

And why am I not buying these two kits that I adore so much? I’m having to downsize the studio from most of our huge family room to a much smaller room. DH and I are measuring these rooms later today, I think, so I will give you size updates shortly.

And why am I downsizing? We may be gaining two adorable roommates in the near future, giving them the basement bedroom, full bath and the family room. More on that at a later date!

Two weeks ago we really got busy going through my MIL’s stuff. After all, it has been more than a year since she went to heaven, so it was about time. I had made a little effort, but kept getting frozen by the idea that one of the grandchildren might want something & I wasn’t sure what. My eldest daughter (Loki’s mom, if that helps) was here, and she was ruthless. As the eldest grandchild, she was pretty sure she knew what people wouldn’t want. So much progress was made that weekend on the room in which we had been storing lots of MIL’s stuff. (There’s still lots more in the unfinished part of the basement, but we will get to that.

Then last weekend we interred MIL’s & her second husband’s remains in the memorial garden at their church. Since BIL & SIL and both of our daughters (and our SIL, who really didn’t take part except to be the muscle) were here, we went through the rest of the boxes that were not paperwork in that room. Stuff left with daughters and BIL, & I think we have done four major Goodwill trips. That room is down to furniture, all of which must go! I wish I had before and after pictures, but I don’t!

On Thursday, Carolyn and I went to Shipshewana to the quilt show there. It was smaller than I had pictured, but there were many amazing quilts there! I will post some pictures soon.

Yesterday, Amy and Angela came to help iron fabric so that it’s flatter and fits more easily into the smaller room. (A girl can dream.) This shot might give you an idea of what I’m up against.

IMG_4197Neither of the quilt frames has to fit into my tiny room. One of them belongs to the church and will go elsewhere as soon as this quilt is finished. The other will be in the living room. The bookcase with the quilting books and magazines will probably go to our bedroom. I’m downsizing those also. Selling some of the books on Amazon. Only keeping full magazines if they have LOTS of patterns I want to make.

My life is going to be full of this kind of stuff for several weeks here. Then, maybe, I will be able to do some actual sewing and quilting – which is the best way to move the fabric.

What are you up to this summer?

Quilt on!

Jun 24

A Quick Craftsy Sale Update

I know! I know! I’m not doing much blogging these days, and I’ll explain in the next post. Honest. Which I will probably get out this weekend because I’m kind of too tired to do much else and plan to take most of the weekend off from all this craziness. At least, I hope to.


But on to the topic of this post – Craftsy’s Summer Supplies Sale!  Yes, that is my Craftsy Affiliate link! And yes, that picture is the center of the quilt I mentioned in this post.  And, yes, it is currently on sale for 45% off. And, no, I do not need more fabric as I’m attempting to downsize a bit (more on that in the next post, I promise). But I’m still really close to pulling the trigger on this one because, honestly, I am totally in love with it.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand!

You can save up to 60% on kits & supplies with the sweetest sale you’ll see all summer on Craftsy! What’s on sale?  All the kits and supplies you want for less. Top designers, bestsellers and new picks –– they’re all fair game and waiting for you, and, I’m afraid, me!

This sale lasts until 11:59 PM MDT on Tuesday, June 28, but I recommend that you check it out as soon as possible so that you get first chance at the goodies you want. I’m still wrestling with myself about this, but it will not surprise me if I cave by the end of today. Yeah, I want that quilt on my bed that much!

Thanks for supporting my blog and, even more important, for visiting it!

Quilt on!

Jun 14

The Great Bacon Experiment

Sigh! It occurs to me that I failed to take pictures during this experiment, but you all know what bacon looks like anyway. Use your imagination.

Today I was making bacon for breakfast and decided to make it in the oven. This is not something I normally do, so I did an internet search for some tips. There were lots of conflicting tips, but one that seemed to be agreed upon was that if you want crispy bacon, you need to use a rack. This was a little counter intuitive to me because in my experience the grease helps to get the bacon to my DH’s preferred crispiness level (which is totally crunchy – so crunchy that if you dropped it, it would shatter). So I used two different methods.

I put half a pound on parchment paper in the bottom section of a broiler pan. I put the other half on a broiler pan so the grease could drip into the bottom of the pan. I put both pans in the unheated oven on separate racks – one the middle the other the top rack. I set the oven to 400. After 10 minutes I rotated the placement of the broiler pans.

At first it looked like the full broiler pan treatment might really be the way to go. It looked like the bacon was getting crisper. It certainly cooked a couple of minutes faster. But really, it started to burn before it was DH’s kind of crisp. It was more like a chewy crisp than a shatter crisp. Still delicious mind you. At least for me.

But the truth is, the parchment covered pan really did the job better for my DH’s taste. So next time…

I also might pre-heat the oven next time. It took forever for my oven to hit 400 with the bacon already there. Maybe the pre-heated version will still cook the bacon and cook it a little faster. I guess we will see next time.

Back to quilting, I hope.

Quilt on!


Jun 13

Books on Monday – The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting

Remember how I said in my Friday post about the Craftsy sale that I’d have a quilty post for you the next day? Remember how that didn’t happen? I am so sorry, but life got to me. Sigh.

But enough about that! Today is all about the books! Or book.

Today we are, like ever so many other bloggers around the web, looking at The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting: Long-arm and Sit-down – Learn When, Where, Why, and How to Finish Your Quilts by Angela Walters and Christa Watson. Yes, the link below is an Amazon Affiliate link that helps to support the blog.

I have had this book for a month and a half now, and have not finished reading it yet! That’s how carefully I’m reading and attempting to learn from it. I actually wanted to wait until I had used some of the information that I’m learning before writing this, but it’s Books on Monday day and I didn’t have anything else this time, so here you are!

In case you haven’t seen any of the other reviews around the web (and there are many), this is an awesome book. Full of great information. Applicable to any kind of machine quilting. Well illustrated. You can always tell whether you are hearing from Angela or Christa because the pages are color-coded. Angela, of course, covers longarm quilting, while Christa covers home machine quilting. And, of course some of the information and ideas work for both. If you are thinking about quilting your quilts by machine yourself, this is the book for you. Seriously. It is awesome.

I may be a bit biased and my copy may be a bit more awesome than yours. (Note: subtle or not so subtle bragging or fangirlness here.) I have an autographed copy personally delivered by my BQF Christa Watson. Because I was attending her class at the EQ7 Academy in April, Christa brought it with her when she came to Ohio and hand delivered it. You too can get a signed copy at her website, but you might not get free in-person delivery (and that is sad for you because Christa is fun!! Just tell her I sent you!

I seriously hope to do a real post very soon!

Quilt on!

Jun 10

All Craftsy Classes on Sale!


Yes, this is an exciting sale! And I’m trying hard to resist, but here are the details:

For four days only, you can get any and all classes for 50% off, and that means sunny, inspired afternoons doing exactly what you love. Expires 6/13/16 @11:59pm MDT.

Just follow this link to help support the blog as you class shop.

Also at Craftsy, you can win a Custom Mystery Box all month!

And, since I’m on the subject of Craftsy, click here if you want a look at the stunning kit I’m trying very hard to resist purchasing even though it is on sale and a great price for a king sized quilt.

And come on back tomorrow to see a new post! A real quilty post. And, of course,

Quilt on!

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