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CHRISTMAS IN PARIS 1985

Christmas in Paris 1985

We lived in Germany for five years during the 1980’s. The short version of this story is that I lost the coin flip and we spent Christmas in Paris 1985 (instead of Rome).

It was certainly exciting to be in Paris, and we saw all the tourist places during those five days (Arc de Triomphe, Norte Dame, the Louvre Museum, Versailles, Eiffel Tower, etc.).

Not to mention walking around downtown and getting lost. Or that my husband got food poisoning. It was a memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience (he is rolling his eyes right now).

Never did I think of making a quilt as a keepsake for the trip – I had lots and lots of photos that are still fun to look at.

However, I was in a fabric store recently, the Rockin Bobbin https://www.rockinbobbinquiltshop.com/ and found some really pretty Paris themed fabrics.

Clip art of Eiffel Tower

The light bulb went off – a quilt to commemorate the Christmas in Paris 1985 trip would be fun so I picked up several different pieces of the Paris fabric.

After washing and ironing the fabric, I cut it up without thinking to take photos before cutting. However, here a close up of a piece that is used as an alternate block for the quilt.

Close up of black and white Paris themed fabric

Making the wall hanging:

I went through my Christmas prints and chose some that were glittery (like Paris, right). The goal was a simple wall hanging so I cut 8″ squares of the Paris fabric, and a few glittery Christmas fabrics for a total of 20 squares. I sewed these squares together 4 squares x 5 rows.

A gray stone looking fabric was chosen for between the blocks and the glittery music outer border.

Christmas in Paris 1985 pieced together.
The completed top – Christmas in Paris 1985

The top was easily pieced in a day and is ready to go for machine quilting. The finished size is 41″ x 48″.

The backing is a Paris toile and I will hand cross stitch a pretty tag to put on the back once it is quilted.

I am normally the person taking photos because I am not fond of having my own picture taken. However, here are two photos of a much younger me in Paris during December 20 – 25, 1985.

Photo of Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

Life’s events can certainly be commemorated with a quilt, either simple or complex. What life event would you like to commemorate with a quilt?

Christmas in Paris clip art

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CHINESE LANTERN QUILT

Chinese Lanterns Quilt

In all my years of quilting, I had never seen a quilt pattern like this Chinese Lantern Quilt.  This beauty was probably pieced during the 1930’s. It is so unique, and I had the privilege of hand quilting it in early 1996.

The background fabric is a bright orange with cotton candy pink circles appliqued between the lanterns. Diamonds of 1930’s prints make up the lanterns and are appliqued on the orange background too. The first border is a narrow black strip, with the outside border more of the bright orange fabric.

Close up of quilted top.

The hand quilting is a circle inside the pink fabric circles. In the orange I quilted a stipple design. Some of the diamonds in each lantern are quilted too. I put 203 yards of hand quilting into this cheerful and unique quilt.

The backing is plain unbleached muslin. I wish that I had taken a photo of the quilt from the back as well, but at the time it just did not get done.

Finished size is queen.

When I quilted this Chinese Lantern Quilt, it was owned by PB of Fiddletown, CA.

Are you wondering why I am showing off a quilt from 1996? Truthfully, it is a gloomy, drizzly day here in central Indiana. I completed my reports for work and took some time to look back through my scrapbooks of quilts and found this cheerful beauty.

It is an unusual pattern – I have to wonder if it was designed by the maker.

Fun clip art of Chinese Lanterns.
Source: Bing clip art

Other ideas for Chinese Lantern quilts –

Here is a link to a pieced pattern that is named Chinese Lanterns.

I saw a version of a Chinese Lantern quilt at a quilt show in Terre Haute, IN. It is just one of many beautiful quilt photos from a post earlier this year.

Please note that all photos and written content in this post are mine.

BARN QUILT TRAIL OF GIBSON COUNTY

BARN QUILT TRAIL OF GIBSON COUNTY

This is about the time JG and I go to the national quilt show in Paducah, KY. Much to our frustration, it was canceled for the second year thanks to a certain virus. We decided to do a quilt related event of our own. Yesterday we drove part of the the Barn Quilt Trail of Gibson County, IN.

Photos in no order – Enjoy the Barn Quilts:

Barn quilt in garden
In the garden at Lyles Station Consolidated School Museum

We started at her home in Princeton, IN and just loosely followed state roads 64 and 65. Some of the barn quilts we really had to look for, and some were very obvious. They were located on barns, businesses, a covered bridge, houses, and gardens.

It was a beautiful day. All kinds of flowers blooming, farmers working in fields, and the perfect temperature of this kind of excursion. Great way to spend the day.

Sullivan's Grocery & Deli
Sullivan’s Grocery & Deli in Union, IN – great place to have lunch. I had chicken strips and they were great.
BARN QUILT TRAIL OF GIBSON COUNTY
Watermelon barn quilt
Corn & beans block
Corn & Beans block on a seed company
BARN QUILT TRAIL OF GIBSON COUNTY
Kolb Homestead Farm
Kolb Homestead Farm
Wedding ring block
Flag quilt block
BARN QUILT TRAIL OF GIBSON COUNTY
Hands All Around block
Cross block
Nautical block
BARN QUILT TRAIL OF GIBSON COUNTY
Wheeling Covered Bridge
Wheeling Covered Bridge
Barn quilt on side of Wheeling Covered Bridge
Barn quilt on side of Wheeling Covered Bridge

I am glad to see these wonderful pieces of art turning up in so many places. They are fun to look for as I drive around my own area. And to have so many in one area like this county is super fun as a quilter. Can I identify the block? Is the block a favorite of the structure owner or something that was easy to paint?

JG and I did not see anywhere close to all of them as we only drove one area of the Barn Quilt Trail of Gibson County. We thought we would try another area sometime in the future.

Fabric shopping

And no quilt related trip would be complete without fabric, right? On Saturday it was pouring down rain so we went to Daviess County, IN to visit two quilt shops we were familiar with: The Stitching Post and Wagler’s Quilts.

We found fabric “we just had to have” and spent more than we should have. However, if we had been shopping at the vendors at the quilt show in Paducah we would have spent far more. A good use of a rainy day since we could not do the Barn Quilt Trail of Gibson County, Indiana.

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ANOTHER BOX OF FABRIC

ANOTHER BOX OF FABRIC

I love my mom-in-law, she is such a cool lady. She does not quilt, but she loves my quilts. Over the years she has given me many, many yards of quilting fabrics for holidays, birthdays, and just because. Today the UPS man showed up with another box of fabric from her – just because.

UPS man with box
Source: Google clip art

The mom-in-law is a wonderful oil painter of scenery. We have entirely different tastes in color, patterns, and end products. That is one reason why I love the fabric she gets me – it is fabric I would never buy for myself. Of course the other reason is because I love her.

Is she helping me become a fabric hoarder?

This box had western style fabrics, St. Patrick’s Day fabrics, and brights. You know greens, pinks, and yellows. They ranged in size from a quarter yard to a 2 yard piece.

Western themed fabric

The box contained right at 25 yards of fabric. Naturally I had to “pet” all the fabric and make sure that it was not hurt in its’ travels from Montana to here. This leads to sorting and dreaming about more projects….

And more fabric...

She and I have a great relationship but we have never gone on a fabric shopping trip together! Yes, in 30+ years that has never happened. Why? I honestly don’t know, but it just hasn’t happened.

I have a scrap 4 patch started for her Christmas gift this year and I will be putting in some of the fun and bright fabrics she gets me through out the year.

Look at any of the quilts on this blog, and chances are very good some fabric from my mom-in-law is in it. And she usually gets some of the fabric back in a quilted item for herself.

Bright and cheerful

And you thought I bought all that fabric in my stash myself…

ANOTHER BOX OF FABRIC
Source: no idea, another quilter shared it with me.

MORAL OF THE sTORY:

When you make up a wish list or “Christmas” type list for yourself, always say you would like 100% cotton fabric. I tell anyone who asks what I would like is more fabric for a birthday, holiday, or other occasion gift.

Be gracious and thankful for any fabric you do get. You can use it, trade it, or “re-gift” it to another quilter. Good quilting fabric is always useful in some form.

Happy quilting.

Make today amazing.

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FIRST GRANDBABY QUILT

FIRST GRANDBABY QUILT
Source: Google

I recently spent some time looking at my old blog and walking down “memory lane” of quilts that I did years ago. I thought this quilt “First Grandbaby Quilt” would be a fun one to share. It was simple and made with a lot of love for a wonderful surprise.

Our first (and to date only) grandbaby was a wonderful surprise. Our daughter was and is a planner, and as far as we knew babies were not part of the her life’s plan.

So being a quilter, my mind went into “quilting mode” and what kind of quilt to make for the expected precious little person. The daughter refused to have a sex test done on the baby so any quilt would have to be for either gender.

After much sorting through the stash, I finally decided on cheerful and bright. Some bright scraps, some flower fabrics, some cat fabrics, and a newly purchased piece of Winnie the Pooh fabric for the border.

The grand-daughter arrived as scheduled in March 2015. She was (and is) a precious addition to our family. We are so glad to live only a short distance away which means we are able to babysit a few hours weekly. The years slip by so fast and she is now in kindergarten. She is beautiful just like her mom.

Stork & baby clip art
Source: Google

The First Grandbaby quilt is faded and well used, which is exactly what it should be.

See another easy quilt on this blog.

Completed quilt:

FIRST GRANDBABY QUILT

Remember these are the sizes I used and feel free to adjust to suit your needs.

Finished size is 54″ square.

Center 9 blocks are 10″ square. The strip blocks are 2.5″ wide strips sewn together side to side. Trim to the size you want.

Inside border of cat fabric is 6″ wide.

The outside Winnie the Pooh border is 8″ wide.

Machine quilting by RLM is a medium size stipple.

Binding is self bound with the gray flannel backing being pulled to the front and machine sewn down.

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Make Today Amazing
Source: Bing

ODE TO VINTAGE CARS

ODE TO VINTAGE CARS
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As I mentioned in the previous post, a current project is a quilt for my nephew. He loves vintage and muscle cars. I am making him an Ode to Vintage Cars quilt for his high school graduation this year. Simple and personal.

I try to do my business locally, and in this case the search for specific fabric took longer than expected. I found so many vehicle fabrics, but most were juvenile looking or were not the right kind of cars. Amazing as it is, I was able to get four vintage car fabrics on my last road trip to the Daviess County, IN Amish community.

My plan is this –

Double bed size made from 10″ squares. The car fabric will be alternated with solid orange fabric. It will be 8 rows across by 9 rows up and down for a total of 72 squares. So 36 orange and 36 car fabric. Can you tell I like to keep my math easy?

Some car fabrics

My thought is to add three separate borders: 2.5″ wide white, 2.5″ orange, and 4″ navy blue with small white stars. The borders will be my ode to my favorite muscle car.

I am aiming for a finished size of 85″ x 95″.

Right now, the rows are sewn together and the top is waiting the borders. I should be able to get the borders added this week. Then it will go off to be machine quilted.

I will add more photos once the quilt is complete.

ODE TO VINTAGE CARS

It should make a young man who loves vintage and muscle cars a happy guy.

My favorite muscle car:

During my teen years in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, muscle cars were common. I had my favorites – Corvette’s and Nova’s. Then this TV series came on in 1979 named the Dukes of Hazzard. I fell in love hard for the most “magic” muscle car of them all – the General Lee. It was beautiful jumping and it always drove off after a jump.

Coolest vintage car
Source: Google images

I found out the hard way that jumping a muscle car was not smart and very dangerous. A school mate and I ruined his dad’s newly restored Camaro by jumping it on a country road. The moral to that lesson – let the stunt guys drive crazy.

Conclusion:

Easy and personal quilts can be made from any novelty fabric that suits the interests of the recipient. Here’s another idea for a personal quilt that involves vehicles. I also found an unlimited amount of car quilt ideas on Pintrest.

This kind of quilt is simple to make and a joy to receive. Have fun making these for the special people in your life.

In the meantime, I will finish the Ode to Vintage Cars quilt by adding the borders and getting it off to the machine quilter.

Have a great day.

Make today amazing.
Source: Bing clipart

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.
Source: Bing clip art

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

clip art - no news
Source: Google clip art

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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