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November 2012 - Posts

Touch & Feel Baby Quilt

My two sisters and I used our Black Friday Sewing Day to finish the last four baby animal quilt blocks for the quilt we will be gifting to our nephew and his wife. My sisters finished stitching their designated blocks, while I cut out the sashing and border strips. Eight of the twelve blocks were completed during our last two Saturday sewing days. You can see the blocks at my Baby Quilt Blocks post and Saturday Musings post


Here are the final four blocks: a yellow fleece chick, a black squirrel with a raggy tail, a blue chenille lamb, and a plaid mouse with a 3-D ear. My sister fussy cut an acorn from a piece of fabric and fused it under the paws of the squirrel.

I spent Saturday putting the quilt top together. Now, my youngest sister will complete the machine quilting on her new Janome. My eldest sister will finish the binding. It should be ready to be sent off across the country by Christmas. Our great-niece was born on Thursday, November 15th and they named her Fiona. Now, the oldest of our two younger brothers, has joined the ranks of us grandparents. Here's a peek at the quilt top.

The textures of this quilt will be so much fun for the baby to check out with her little fingers, and the colors will be visually stimulating. We are pleased with our second quilt collaboration and hope to work on more projects together.



Posted Wed, Nov 28 2012 10:04 PM by Pamela | 2 comment(s)

More Marquette Show Quilts

We all like different kinds of quilts. I enjoy the look of art quilts and have tried some techniques in my own quilting. The photos below are a few of the art quilts on display at the Marquette County Quilters' Association Autumn Comforts 2012 Qult Show.

This original design, by Nancy Henderson of Marquette, is named African Warrior Masks and used machine piecing and pleating with free motion quilting. It was embellished with fusible applique, paintstiks and beads.


This is one of my favorite quilts from the show. Judy Parlato of Gwinn, MI, made this Feather Flowers quilt, designed by Caryl Bryer Fallert, using the applipiecing technique.


This quilt is visually striking, created to have a 3-D effect. Log Cabin with a Lens was designed by Valerija Mezhybovska. The pattern uses curved paper piecing, not to mention that maker, Chris Wiik of Negaunee, MI, had to translate the pattern from Russian.


I've heard other quilters talk about leaf pounding, but have never done the technique myself. This quilt, aptly named, Autumn Leaves, was made by Carol Siebe of Gwinn, MI. She used Shiva paint sticks and machine thread quilting to revitalize her quilt, that she noted had faded badly.

This original design quilt was made by Rosemary Glenn, the MCQA show featured quilter. Rosemary writes, "People over the world are migrating from rural to urban. So do these English paper pieced blocks. Lame highlights." This quilts is exquisite.

I hope you have enjoyed my pics from the Marquette County Quilters' Association Autumn Comforts 2012 Quilt Show. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and hope that I brought some of that enjoyment to each of you through my blog.

Happy Quilting!

Posted Sun, Nov 25 2012 2:02 PM by Pamela | 2 comment(s)

Marquette Show Quilts

As promised, here are pictures of quilts from the Marquette County Quilters' Association Autumn Comforts 2012 Quilt Show.

This lovely quilt was the first one viewers saw as they stepped into the display hall. The Bunny In My Garden by Sally Zimmer of Bark River, MI, also received a first place ribbon in the machine applique category.

This fabulous Hawaiian applique was made by the MCQA featured quilter, Rosemary Glenn. It was so large, that it was folded over at the bottom.

This is one of my favorite quilts from the show. Animals in the Woods was a mixed technique quilt using both needle turn and fused applique, painting and embellishments. The quiltmaker is Karen Lawton from Dunbar, WI.

This Judy Niemeyer design was made by a quilting friend of mine, Cynthia Yackel, of Marquette. She paper pieced Stepping Stones from two Cappuccino Bali Pops.

This was a striking Storm at Sea made by Janet Crotteau from Cumberland, WI.

There were three of these Sylvia's Bridal Sampler quilts.

Tucson by Dottie Marine. This quilt has 35 appliqued blocks depicting images of Arizona.

I hope you enjoyed these quilts as much as I did. I'll follow up with a few of my favorite art quilts on display.

Posted Sun, Nov 25 2012 1:10 PM by Pamela | 2 comment(s)

Quilts in Yooper Country

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for many things. One of those is my quilting friends. Last week-end, three of us drove to Marquette, Michigan, to see the Marquette County Quilters' Association Autumn Comforts 2012 Quilt Show. We stayed with another quilt friend from the guild, who is also a member and president of our Michigan Quilt Network. The weather was unseasonably warm and the quilts we enjoyed were well worth the long ride to see them.


The guild presented several demos, along with a bed turning.

Check out some of the lovely children's prints I picked up from the vendors. I'm trying to collect fabrics to use for boy quilts, now that I have a grandson.

In the evening, we enjoyed a musical trunk show, Sister's Choice, put on by our own Michigan Quilt Network group. Delphine Ren-Miller presented many of her quilts, while friend and singer/song-writer, Ann Rowland, played her acoustic guitar and sang songs that integrated her love of quilting into the lyrics.


After Sunday morning breakfast, we headed home. Here I am with Nona, Sue and our hostess, Alice. Later, I'll post pics of my favorite quilts.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted Thu, Nov 22 2012 9:28 AM by Pamela | with no comments

Sue's Saturday Morning Musings 2

The last seven days have been very busy. And, the holiday season isn't officially begun, although you cannot tell that by the Christmas displays in stores. I have been busy planning my Christmas gift giving projects. Last Friday, I got together with my two sisters for our first Saturday of the month sewing day. My youngest sister worked on a baby quilt for a co-worker, while my older sister worked on our group baby quilt project. I spent my time cutting out flannel pajama pants and jersey tops for each of my grandchildren for Christmas. Sunday, I put together my last baby quilt block. Here are the latest installment of blocks for our nephew's baby quilt. You can view the previous blocks at my Baby Quilt Blocks post. I made the purple cat from a scrap of shiny costume fabric. Pink velvet was used for the ears and nose, while cottons were added for other features. Black embroidery floss accented the body and face. My older sister made the other three blocks, which are talked about in the previous post.

I received my autographed copy of the latest Elm Creek Quilts novel, The Giving Quilt, in the mail Wednesday. I ordered the book from a Wisconsin book shop that hosted Jennifer Chiaverini for a book signing. By placing my order in advance of the signing, I was able to receive an autographed copy, along with a limited edition pin. I haven't started reading the book, since I have too many sewing projects going to find time to read.

Yesterday, my three-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter had T&A surgery - tonsils & adenoids. She did very well at the hospital, but Mom & Dad are having to provide lots of TLC now that she is home. Grandpa & Grandma brought her some rainbow flavored popsicles to help soothe her sore throat. This morning, I have been going through my fabric stash; pulling out larger pieces of fabric that will make pillowcases. I plan to make several for all of my niece Steph's girls. She has two girls of her own and her husband has four girls. I will purchase books for Christmas, that will be wrapped inside each pillowcase. Today will be the day to get all those pillowcases cut out.

I also shopped at JoAnn's last week-end and picked out some fabric for a dress. I plan to make each of my granddaughters a holiday dress. This has been a tradition for me since my own girls were young. Hopefully, I will find time to cut out the dresses today, but, if not, I have Monday off from work and can get the cutting done then. Sewing on all these projects will commence on Thanksgiving week-end. My sisters and I have begun a tradition of a Black Friday Sewing Day. None of us cares to be in the stores shopping, so be began a sewing day several years ago.

Enjoy your week-end!

Posted Sat, Nov 10 2012 9:42 AM by Pamela | 1 comment(s)

Church Ladies' Apron

It's Sunday afternoon and, in Michigan, we are back to Daylight's Savings Time. The "fall back" an hour time change gave everyone an extra hour of sleep, last night. Actually, I slept the same number of hours, going to bed one hour later and getting up at the same time. Figure that one out.

My DH and I, along with my in-laws, attended church with our eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. It was a blessed day, hearing them give their testimonies in church. They recently began attending a church, recommitted themselves to God, and were baptized. They attend a vibrant, young church in Lansing. There are eight babies under one year of age and many from the Campus ministry. My father-in-law played his harmonica during the communion. God truly answers prayer.

My daughter asked me a couple weeks ago if I could make an apron that she could give to a friend, along with another item, as a Christmas gift. I had cut out a couple of aprons last year, from a Church Ladies' Apron Pattern by Mary Mulari, but only stitched up one of them. So, I pulled out the other apron and stitched it together last Sunday. I presented it to my daughter today. It's such a simple apron to cut and sew, because it's reversible and has a curvy edge. I like it even better than my Mom & Me Aprons pattern by Atkinson Designs.

The fabrics feature cherries. One was purchased back in the 90's, while the reverse was a fabric sewn into a curtain that someone gave me. The cherry designs fit perfectly with this vintage inspired apron pattern. I like this pattern so well, I would make it again and again. Maybe you can still find the pattern at your LQS or check out the Mary Mulari website.

Happy Stitching!

Posted Sun, Nov 4 2012 3:08 PM by Pamela | 4 comment(s)

Two Bunnies & a Scarecrow

Halloween is the most fun for the little ones. I had a great time trick-or-treating with my three-and-a-half year old granddaughter. We also did trunk-or-treat at two local churches, which was much safer. My granddaughter was adorable as a pink bunny and her little sister dressed up as a bunny, too. She slept most of the time.

My little bunny is a bit tired after all the excitement and walking around.

Mom had to wake this little bunny up. I gave each of my grandchildren a Halloween book.

My grandson dressed up as a scarecrow - the Scarecrow of Oz, to be exact. Here he is with Mom last Saturday. Just adorable.

Hope all enjoyed time with their little ones. Isn't being a Grandma great!



Posted Fri, Nov 2 2012 6:09 PM by Pamela | 2 comment(s)