SPRING QUILTING & GARDENING

It seemed like a forever long winter here in central Indiana this past winter. Normally I like winter. I get to work from home more, I bake bread, and I generally hunker down and just enjoy the slower pace. Not the winter of 2020-21. I am sick of the whole virus thing, sick of politics, and sick of being stuck inside since there was only a few days with enough snow to do anything outside. Bring on the spring quilting & gardening !!!!

SPRING QUILTING & GARDENING
Driving into town one morning.

Finally, Spring!

Hallelujah – my daffodils are up and happily blooming. Spring truly is on the way!

Spring daffodils
Daffodils

SPRING QUILTING & GARDENING
More daffodils

And so is the hellebores (Lenten Rose) plant !

SPRING QUILTING & GARDENING
Hellebore plant

Since the kids are grown and gone I don’t have a vegetable garden. However, I have several flower beds full of both bulbs and perennials that will keep me busy until late autumn. There are always weeds to pull, mulching to do, and Winter Creeper to eradicate. And no doubt somewhere out there is at least one poison ivy vine waiting for me to get into it.

The trees are starting to bud out, the neighbor’s magnolia tree is glorious, and I am actually hearing frogs. The woodpeckers have returned, and we have two juvenile owls in the old maple tree. I saw a batch of bunnies in the field across the road.

Apparently other quilters enjoy spring flowers too. If fact, most quilters I know also garden.

We do not use chemicals in the yard so we tend to see all kinds of interesting bugs and birds in our yard and among the flowers. It is also completely fenced to try to keep the wildlife out.

Stray Rooster

It is time I mention the stray rooster that has shown up here. I have asked around hoping to find the guy’s home but no one claims this handsome dude. He is hard to miss as he struts down the road in front of our home over the past months. Personally, I did not make any effort to feed or approach it.

Stray rooster
Handsome rooster

Then we had about 2 weeks of (for here) cold weather and I felt sorry for the guy. This was also the only time we had several inches of snow, and he could not scratch around for bugs. Since I was putting birdfeed out in the backyard, I put a bit out by the road for him.

Last week he showed up under the biggest bird feeder. He cleaned up the mess the other birds left with the seed and was happy to get a bit more of his own corn on the ground. So now he is apparently a regular – much to my husband’s disgust.

Handsome rooster
Stray rooster

If someone doesn’t feed him fast enough he stands on the back porch and crows until someone comes out. He eats the corn or seed is his little pile and then scratches around for bugs. I have mixed feelings about this situation that I apparently created.

Spring quilting…

This month I have made two road trips to the Daviess County, IN Amish settlement to buy fabric. No, I do not need fabric. But after the last two years of using my stash and scraps to make quilts I am ready for something new.

I have also been looking at chicken fabric and rooster quilt block patterns – go ahead and chuckle. I don’t see myself actually making a rooster quilt but…

So what is on my agenda for quilting ??

I have a stack of 4 patch blocks sewn together. All that is needed is for me to figure out which fabric would make a good alternate block and get that together.

I have a plastic container of 3″ tumblers that would make a really pretty scrap top.

This is an easy way to use up a lot of scraps.

SPRING QUILTING & GARDENING

There is finally enough muscle car fabric to make a double quilt for my nephew who is graduating high school this spring. He loves muscle cars and saved his money to buy an old Ford Mustang to restore. I have everything but the border cut out and ready to sew. Bright orange solid is the alternating block with white, orange, and navy blue being the borders.

muscle car fabrics

And there are also…….forget the list, I need to work on these items first.

And so…

Better weather is here, my calendar is way fuller than I want it to be, and quilting time will be less until fall. But I still make time to do something quilt related most days. It can be as simple as looking at quilt magazines, talking to another quilter, or cutting and piecing.

I will spend some time collecting ideas for quilts to make later in the year as the weather turns cold. At some point before summer hits, I will clean and organize my sewing room – this is usually an annual event for me.

Happy quilting my dear readers. Bring on the spring quilting & gardening !!!!

Make today amazing
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VIRTUAL QUILT SHOWS TO SEE

VIRTUAL QUILT SHOWS TO SEE
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I was reading my newest issue of Early American Life magazine and saw a notification for a virtual quilt show at a New England museum. I thought what a great idea. After all, most quilters are missing the privilege of going to quilt shows thanks to COVID. So, fellow quilters, here is a small listing of virtual quilt shows to see for your enjoyment.

Shelburne Museum display “Pattern and Purpose”

Major Ringgold Album Quilt
Source: Shelburne Museum “Major Ringgold Album Quilt”

National AIDS Memorial “Remembering Native Lives Lost to AIDS”

2020 Virtual Quilt Shows: Spring and Fall

Quilters Anonymous 2021 Virtual Quilt Show

Applique flower quilt
Source: Quilters Anonymous

QuiltCon 2021

AQS Paducah 2018

VIRTUAL QUILT SHOWS TO SEE
Source: IndianaQuilter40.blogspot.com

Texas Quilt Museum “History in the Making”

Virtual Quilt Show
Source: Texas Quilt Museum “Butterflies are free, but fabric is not”

Chris Lynn Kirsch “Virtual Scrap Quilt Show 2020”

Billings, MT quilt show https.indianaquilter40.com/memories-of-a-quilt-show-in-billings-mt/

It certainly does feel like it has been much more time than a year since this whole COVID thing has stopped people from traveling and doing activities they are used to. Like you, I personally miss quilt shows and know plenty of other quilters who feel the same.

Hopefully you will take a few minutes to “visit” some of the virtual quilt shows above and enjoy. I sure hope the new normal is not that all quilt shows will become virtual. But for now this is a way to still enjoy being able to see and be inspired by other quilters beautiful quilts.

I hope you enjoyed this small listing of virtual quilt shows to see for your enjoyment. Looking for these was fun and gave me an excuse to spend time visiting virtual quilt shows of many types.

Life is busy, and this was a nice way to slow down and just enjoy going to a quilt show.

Make today amazing

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BARN QUILT TRAILS & MORE

A few weeks ago I went through several old quilt magazines. One of the things I found was ads for then “new” books. The local public library did not have them but was able to get them through inter-library loan. I hope you have this service at your library and utilize it for getting books you are interested in. This is how I got three quilt books, one of them about Barn Quilt Trails.

Barn Quilts

Barn Quilts & the American Quilt Trail Movement

By Suzi Parron with Donna Sue Groves. Published by Swallow Press 2012.

Over 200 pages of color photos, the history of the barn quilt trail movement, and several states lists of barn quilts. I found it to be a fun book and enjoyed learning more about the quilt trails found in various states.

I may see if I can find a good used copy of this book to add to my personal quilt book library.

There is a barn quilt trail in Gibson County, IN that I am hoping to drive this spring once the weather warms up. If I can work it into my schedule, I will post about it.

Log Cabin Fever

Log Cabin Fever: Innovative Designs for Traditional Quilts

By Evelyn Sloppy. Published by That Patchwork Place 2002.

Ninety pages of color photos and unusual designs that incorporate the traditional log cabin block. I love some of the design names: Heartstrings, Apple Crisp, Liberty Logs, Bears Need Homes Too. There are 11 designs in the book.

Lizzie's Legacy Quilts

Lizzie’s Legacy: More Quilts from a Pioneer Woman’s Journal

By Betsy Chutchian. Published by Kansas City Star Books 2013.

Ninety pages of colorful photos, actual family history of Lizzie, and great antique looking patterns to make your own antique looking quilts.

The five chapters are broken into Kindred Friendship, Doing Chores, Comfort, Grasshoppers and Flies and Fleas and Butterflies and Bees, and Passing Time. The quilts are 18″ x 18″ to not quite full size, but could be adjusted for your pleasure.

FOR Other QUILT Books iDEAS:

https://indianaquilter40.com/applique-books-for-your-personal-library/

Indiana Quilter 40: MORE FAVORITE QUILTING BOOKS

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A BUSY QUILTING MONDAY

Today is beautiful outside. Brilliant blue sky. Cloudless. Took the day off and hibernating at home, and having a busy quilting Monday. So fun!

A busy quilting day.
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Sometimes a person just needs a “mental health day” as my sister would say to do something fun and personal.

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Today I did not listen to the news, or check social media. I put on fun music that I enjoy and opened the windows. The phone is off (I know – scandal right!).

I went through a pile of about 40 quilt magazines that were given to me, and pulled out two patterns. The magazines are now ready to go to the recycling bin in town when one of us heads that way.

Sewed together five rows on the mystery quilt. I love the colors but am ready to move on to another project. This one has taken way longer than I normally spend on a quilt.

Mystery quilt rows

Located a pattern I would like to make a wall hanging from next that involves stars.

Washed a stack of fabric that I traded another quilter for. She had some different spring type colors than I do.

My point is this:

If you have a chance to take a few hours or a day to just do quilt related activities, please do so. All of us need time to recharge and do something that fulfills us.

I used to think it was very selfish, but time has taught me that I am a better person, a better employee, a better spouse, a better parent if I simply take a short time for myself to recharge and relax.

Enjoy a busy quilting Monday (or any other day of the week).

Other quilters say:

How Many Hours A Day Do You Spend Quilting? – The Quilting Forum – Missouri Star’s Quilt Community (missouriquiltco.com)

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LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS (another log cabin quilt)

LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS (another log cabin quilt)

Fall is my favorite season and the only one I really decorate for. I believe that is one reason I go to Maine every September – the colors are so brilliant – the blue sky, the leaves, the ocean water.  I thought it would be fun to make a log cabin quilt in fall colors. Here is the start of my “Log Cabin in the Fall Woods” quilt.

Red and gold leaves for LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS
Stock photo from Pexels

Basic directions:

I started to make a fall themed log cabin quilt from my fabric stash. The goal being to not buy any fabric to make this quilt top. It was not hard to find the right red, orange and purple scraps and cut them into the correct sizes and shapes:

4″ center squares (dark red)

2.5″ strips (purple and orange)

Purple and orange strips

When constructing the blocks, I only did two rounds instead of my normal three. When sewing two of the sides of the block are in one color (orange) and the other two in another color (purple). There is a total of 36 blocks to make this square quilt, or six rows by six rows. I like keeping the math simple.

36 Completed blocks

I cut many strips to start and ended up cutting more to complete the blocks. That really is fine, I am trying to use up scraps.

36 blocks done:

When the 36 blocks were complete, I set them together in what is called the Sunshine & Shadow setting or the Dark & Light setting. Whatever the name, it gave a different look to the purple and orange blocks. I only recently realized how many ways the log cabin blocks can be put together to make designs.

36 blocks sewn together for LOG CABIN IN THE FALL WOODS

At this point, the top for “Log Cabin in the Fall Woods” is 68” square and needs a border or borders to complete.  I lost interest and moved to another project. This project got hung on a hanger in the closet to be finished another time.

Adding the borders

I added more of the leftover strips to make the border to finish this quilt top. There are 5 borders to make the quilt the size I want.

Starting closest to the blocks, first border is 4″ in red print. The second border is leftover 2.5″ leftover purple strips. The third border is leftover 2.5″ orange strips. The fourth border is leftover 2.5″ purple strips. The final border is 4″ wide and a leaf print with metallic highlights.

Completed top for Log Cain in the Fall Woods.
Here is the completed top for Log Cabin in the Fall Woods

A completed quilt

The quilt was machine quilted in a large stipple design. The machine quilting was completed in May 2020 by RLM.

Finished size is 88″ square.

The backing is a solid purple sheet.

I did not buy any fabric for the quilt top. It is made of scraps or from fabric pieces already in my stash. Goal reached !!

Backing and machine quilting design.
Backing with quilting design showing.
Completed Log Cabin in the Fall Woods quilt.
Yeah! The completed quilt.

Another fall log cabin quilt – https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2009/10/log-cabin.html

Another log cabin – https://indianaquilter40.com/hot-chocolate-and-peppermint-quilt/

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