HQAL: Jane’s Quilt Update

Three weeks and time again to update you on Jane’s Quilt. This beautiful log cabin was pieced together by Jane Rogers – mother of one of my dearest friends, Jeanine Rohder. The quilt top was given to me as a gift by Jane’s granddaughter Raeleen. I started the task of hand quilting this beauty in January.

At our last posting I had completed 31 darker colored log blocks of the outer ring of the medallion middle. I had already completed the lighter ring of blocks. This was the picture I shared. ( I am not sure if I realized Skye – our mini schnauzer was in the picture, regardless it came as a surprise to me posting this picture again)

I added 13 more log blocks to this amazing log cabin. It’s been difficult for me to photograph this as a whole. Stretching it out as best I could I got a good look at my progress. I feel like I am close to half way done in quilting the whole piece. You can see from the picture below that I have moved down and completed the outside darker blocks. I will continue to work on this corner.

I will be passing on our next posting date as my daughter and 2 grandchildren will be here visiting from North Carolina where her husband has been stationed on the Camp Lejeune Marine Corp base. They just returned in June from Okinawa where they have been for the past 5 years. So much time has passed and so many changes in all our lives. Ross made Lieutenant Colonel and has just taken a command post at Lejeune. Liam left as an 8 year old and is returning a teenager/young man. Tori was 14 and now is all grown, out of high school. Joining our celebration visit will be another daughter, (her daughter) my granddaughter and her 3 year old little boy (who we have never met do to covid) coming up from Oregon. There is so much to celebrate and little quilting time ๐Ÿ™‚

And now while I have the time, I am off to check in with the others in this HQAL. If your not a part of this group please join me in seeing some beautiful hand quilting projects by clicking on the links below.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisyCathie and Tracy

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt

Time to report in again on my progress with Jane’s Quilt. At our last posting I had reported that I had quilted 10 cabin logs/strips. I am working on the outer dark ring.

If my counting is not off I have now completed 31 logs. I threw the quilt over the couch back to get a picture of the progress. Skye, our mini schnauzer is looking quite annoyed I would dare to disturb his nap. Nap time disturbed, I am feeling good about my progress this go around. I have just about completed 1/4 of the that outer ring. Looking at the picture above, I am thinking instead of going all around with what I am working on, I may decide to complete the corner.

I hope everyone is doing ok in these high summer heats. It’s awfully difficult to thinking of quilting these heavy wintery beauties in the summer; so thankful for this HQAL and Kathy hostessing it to keep us motivated and on track. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy and Tracy

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt

Here is my 3 week hand quilting update – and ‘art form’ that sometimes feels to me that it’s been taken over by unbelievable amazing gorgeous machine quilting – but today, it feels good to know we are keeping this art form alive. At our last posting I was working on the light color cabin blocks that circle the medallion middle.

For this posting I am happy to report I have a mini finish. It was impossible to get the full quilt in the picture but I have finished all of the light colors around the center. Not only does it look great but it finally feels like real progress has been made.

Changing direction for just a moment but in keeping with hand piecing/quilting, (mine is a hand pieced block) I participated in a quilt collaboration headed and organized by Kate Chiconi of talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com

This years theme ‘Can You Teal The Love’ (how does she come up with these great theme names) will feature a quilt to be raffled off at a huge Gala to benefit/support Ovarian Cancer. This is the 2nd time I have participated. Kate provides the color, theme, and size requirement and then gives you carte blanche to create your own block. The blocks are made from people contributing from all over and then she does all the finishing work to put it together. Here is my block for this years event

Color: Teal, pink, beige Size: 12 x 12 Theme: hearts

Due to COVID the last Quilt raffle was held in 2019. So thankful we have turned that corner and the event will be held again. Below is the 2019 quilt to give you a better idea of what this is all about.

I am excited to see this years quilt and I will be sure to share it when it is finished with a link to Kate’s posting. Those blocks above are gorgeous and amazing and Kate does an amazing job with balancing and placement of the blocks. (mine is bottom row 2nd on right)

Now it’s time to visit the posts of the others in this hand quilt along at the links posted below. If you do any hand quilting I hope you will consider joining us.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy and Tracy

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt Update

Another three week check in with the days getting longer and warmer here in the northwest corner of the states. At our last posting I reported I had completed the medallion middle and was working consistently on the white/lighter shades of stripping.

There have been a few interruptions these past weeks. A visit from a daughter and SIL down from Alaska and then a tooth ache which turned into a needed extraction by an oral surgeon – ugh – despite, I managed to move the hoop 3x and continued to make progress on this massive beauty. I can’t even begin to think about when she could possibly be finished.

In addition, I am working on another hand quilting project. I showed you her back in our January posting. It is from the Hoffman Collection – Dream Big Holiday

I have been working this one off and on at my leisure. It will be a Christmas gift so I have some time to complete her. The quilting patterns are my free hand designs. This is where I am now – progress being made!

Below are the quilt along links and as always, I am excited to check in and see what everyone else is working on. Stay well and happy stitching ๐Ÿ™‚

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy and Tracy

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt

At our last posting I reported on my progress with the center medallion of the quilt. I was about a third of the way finished and had also branched out into the lighter shades just to get the feel of what it will look like. In the photos below our sweet mini schnauzer, Skye, found the quilt quite comfy and the perfect place to rest.

For this posting I am happy to report that I have finished the center medallion along with branching out into the lighter shades again.

Jane’s quilt was a completed top that was gifted to me by Jane’s granddaughter Raeleen. Jane was the mother of one of my closest friends, Jeanine Rohder who too, has sadly passed. Jane was a very special woman. Born Jane Ina Eyers on 27th Dec. 1909. She passed away on the 6th Dec, 1996. I was looking for a specific photo to share with this posting but ran across this one of her and put the hunt on hold. The occasion was a birthday luncheon for her hosted by our friend Sherrie. Oh how I wish I had dated the photo now ๐Ÿ™‚ As I said she was a very special woman who was loved by all those her life touched. I think she would have gotten the biggest kick out of the internet and all the amazing ways we are sharing and supporting each other with our love for not just hand quilting but all crafting.

Now I am off to check in on the others. I hope you will join me. There’s some amazing hand quilting going on.

Hand Quilt Along Links

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinDaisy and Theresa

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

HQAL: Jane’s Quilt

It’s one day away from saying good bye to February and another chance to update you on the progress with Jane’s Quilt. At our last posting I had just started quilting her. I began in the center medallion.

Here is a little reminder of the pattern.

A bit of progress has been made.

Continuing to work on the middle, I branched out into the lighter pattern to get a feel for the thread color with it. I am using Essential from Connecting Threads 100% cotton in a deep maroon. This quilt is so large, heavy and bulky she is hard to work but progress is being made. I am a little over a third way done with the middle. I am not in a rush, dividing my time with three other smaller lap quilts.

To film the quilt I had draped Jane over the smaller couch to photograph. Turning from it to begin this posting and then sitting across from it I was surprised to see our mini schnauzer Skye, had jumped up on her.

Looking forward to March and the ushering in of spring. Now I’am off to check in with the others in the quilt along. Please join me ๐Ÿ™‚

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.ย  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.ย 

Kathy,ย Margaret,ย Deb,ย Nanette,ย Sharon,ย Karrin,ย Daisyย andย Theresa

HQAL: Log Cabin Update

I am happy to report at this 3 week update I have completed quilting the Log Cabin.

Hoping to add a bit more interest, I went back and stitched a X in each of the center squares. With the very first one I could see it would be lost and didn’t pop as I had hoped but what the hec – it stitched up fast so I went ahead and did all 16.

I really like the back fabric’s. The fabric was from my stash and there wasn’t enough of one to cover the whole thing so … use two and make one and I added some contrast to an other wise pretty flat backing. I should have doubled up or even tripled up on the batting but I am happy with a light throw. It will be perfect on the couch for fall.

Hoping I’ll get her done by our next check in. Fall has definitely arrived. The mum’s are here in the stores and I purchased some for the garden in front. Pumpkins are showing up too. My mini tomatoes – finally – are ripening, I can’t believe how long it took them this year but they sure are welcome for a fall treat and I love the pop of color they provide. I just want to add my zinnias are prolific this year with reds, oranges, yellows and deep pinks smiling up at me.

Now it’s off to check in with the other hand quilters. And if you are a hand quilter I hope you will consider joining us.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.ย  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrin, and Daisy

HQAL: Log Cabin

Here we are, half way through with April already. Gardens are blooming and projects are blooming too. At our last posting, I added the border to frame in the quilt.

For this posting I picked fabric from my stash for the backing. I had quite a variety to choose from but none were large enough for a solid backing. I decided on these three fabrics. Once that was decided and I debated on whether to hand stitch or use the machine. I used the machine.

So now I have the quilt sandwiched together and ready for quilting. The batting is Fairfield, Purely Cotton. I could have started quilting – but the sun (absence of rain) and welcomed spring weather kept me outdoors on garden spruce up. I added viola’s and pansies to pots, transferred 3 lavender plants from pots to a fence edging and the lawn mower had her maiden mow for the season. There were more doggie walks and well, simply sitting in the sunshine daydreaming.

Time to head over to take a peak at the projects and their progress of the other hand quilters in the group. You can too with the links below.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

World Wide Quilting Day 2021

It’s world wide quilting day 2021. I wouldn’t have known it unless on my facebook page a memory from last years day popped up on my feed. I haven’t really mentioned anything about the Pandemic we have collectively worldwide gone through this past year. It certainly has bound us together just as quilting binds us together as a community. Quilting this last year has taken on a new meaning, it has gotten me through a stitch at a time. At times of uncertainty – I quilted. At times filled with fear I quilted. At times filled with tears I quilted. When prayers were needed I quilted. I belong to two wonderful groups, a HQAL and SAL. Each posting at three week intervals our progress on your projects. Those involved are worldwide and I can’t stress enough what the groups have meant to me. Total connection when we had to isolate, quarantine and social distance ourselves. I can honestly say I never felt those things. I always felt surrounded and connected through 2020. Thank you quilting blog friends.

Because it is worldwide quilting day I thought it would be fun to post just a few pics of quilts I have worked with over the years. All of my work is hand pieced and hand quilted unless other wise written.

Wishing You Good Will – a goodwill store quilt top find I backed and quilted.

1970’s – My quilting mentor – Alma Ayres (middle) that’s me seated on the end surrounded by her 2 sons, daughter and son-in-law and 1 grandson. Because of Alma – I quilt!

The Gift of Fabric & Pachanga Update

About a week ago a friend asked me if I would be interested in some fabric she had that she wasn’t and wouldn’t be using. She also had a Quilt ‘N Go Lap frame unused. My initial reaction was shipping fees. Was it worth sending or maybe just donating locally. Diane is in NY and I am in WA. No problem – she said. No problem – sure!

Boy was I surprised, blown away was more like it when the box arrived.

Back tracking a moment, I had been ordering ceramic patio table tiles. The box was so heavy and at first I was a bit confused. I thought the box contained tiles. Had I not received all the tiles and more arrived? My OH thought perhaps it was a replacement for returned broken tiles. No they had all been received. (yes I had forgotten the expected fabric box)

I was blessed by the fabric gods through my dear friend Diane. I have been thinking about our friendship. We met as young teens 56 years ago. We were next door neighbors growing up with a friendship that has stood the test of time.

On January 11th, 2021 I started Scrap Dance Pachanga Mystery Quilt Along

hosted by Carole ~ From My Carolina Home ~ https://frommycarolinahome.com/2021/01/08/scrap-dance-pachanga-mystery-quilt-along/

The idea is that this is a mystery and I have no idea what pattern I will be making. Who doesn’t love a great mystery? Twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Carole will post a new direction for the construction of the quilt. No deviating or changing the directions ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven’t posted my progress and thought it was time to show you how the construction is going. While most are machine stitching, I am staying true too may passion and hand piecing.

Above my original fabric choices

New instructions posted today and I am anxious to get started.