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COLONIAL TIMES 1

COLONIAL TIMES 1

My goal for Colonial Times 1 was to make a simple patchwork and applique quilt. I wanted to heavily quilt it. And I wanted the quilting to be the real showcase for this quilt. From the comments I get when showing this quilt, the goal was successful. I pieced and quilted this lovely quilt in 2015-16. The piecing was done by machine. And the small section of hexagons was English paper pieced and hand appliqued. I love how blue and…

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TRIBUTE TO MY MOM-IN-LAW

TRIBUTE TO MY MOM-IN-LAW

I want to pay tribute to a fantastic woman who recently died. We all need encouragers in our lives, and she was marvelous at being one. She was a wonderful woman in her own right, and I am so thankful she was part of my life. Her obit talks so much about her life, but they also leave so much out. I would like to take a few minutes to do a tribute to my mom-in-law—from myself as a quilter….

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Easy Courthouse Steps

Easy Courthouse Steps

Over the years I have learned all kinds of ways to utilize strips of fabric. I tend to use 2.5″ wide strips and keep several plastic organizer totes full of them. But sometimes it is fun to use a different size. This Easy Courthouse Steps mini quilt is made of 1.5″ purple and orange cotton strips. I did not add borders. This small quilt is 22.5″ x 29.25″ finished. All cotton fabric scraps and a left-over piece of poly batting….

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AUTUMN QUILTING IN RURAL INDIANA

AUTUMN QUILTING IN RURAL INDIANA

Here in central Indiana autumn has arrived. Temps have been much cooler in the last two weeks. Farmers are busy harvesting corn and soybeans. Leaves are turning from green into glorious autumn colors. Our first frost of the season is predicted for this week. And the wood stove has been going in the evenings. A great time for settling in and doing autumn quilting in rural Indiana. I have spent the last few evenings reading other quilt blogs, enjoying their…

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AUTUMN TABLE RUNNER

AUTUMN TABLE RUNNER

Do you need a quick and easy project to decorate for fall? It could not get simpler than this Autumn Table Runner. Table runners are great projects for trying out a new pattern or technique.  The size and small number of needed blocks makes them perfect for beginner quilters too. And it is a great way to try out color combinations, and machine vs. hand quilting. Autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors, the weather, and the activities…

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MEMORY LANE OF VINTAGE QUILTS

MEMORY LANE OF VINTAGE QUILTS

I needed some inspiration for a small, quilted project this week. This led to going through my scrap books of quilts that I have made or quilted. Which led to “walking” down a memory lane of vintage quilts. Come along with me. Maybe you will get an idea or two for a quilt project. Background for these quilts For many years I had a hand quilting service. It was a great way to make some extra money while being home…

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MY OWN RHODODENDRON TRAIL

MY OWN RHODODENDRON TRAIL

If you have been reading this blog for the past ten months, you know that I was doing the mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter. The title is Rhododendron Trail. I ended up following My Own Rhododendron Trail, but the top is done. I love how it looks. Remember that now the pattern is for sale on Bonnie Hunter’s website. It is a copywrited pattern, and I am going to be diligent not to give away the part counts and/or measurements….

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YO-YO DOLL QUILT MEMORIES

YO-YO DOLL QUILT MEMORIES

We were so poor growing up, and my mom hated to sew. I don’t remember ever using anything for a doll quilt around my “babies” but old worn-out towels. However, I do have special memories of a doll quilt my mom kept safe and gave me as an adult. This is a brief story of my yo-yo doll quilt memories. Apparently, these quilts were popular during the 1920’s to 1940’s. They were portable, could be used for scraps, only required…

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ANTIQUE COMPASS ROSE

ANTIQUE COMPASS ROSE

I purchased this beautiful Antique Compass Rose quilt top at an antique store in Vincennes, IN for $48 in 2010. Another name for Compass Rose is Mariner’s Compass. It is unusual because it is all in solids. I had never seen another one like this. It was hand pieced, and the stitches are wonderful. The quilt did not come with any maker information. Old fabrics: I believe the top was pieced about the time of World War I based on…

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GREEN & WHITE IRISH CHAIN

GREEN & WHITE IRISH CHAIN

What is not to adore about the simple beauty of Irish Chain quilts!? Today I thought I would share this lovely quilt I made years ago for my wonderful hubby. This beautiful green & white Irish Chain uses many St. Patrick Day themed fabrics collected over many years. And since he has a lot of Irish ancestry the idea seemed to fit together well. Easy to assemble: The nine patch blocks are made of 3″ squares. The white alternate block…

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