PERSONAL QUILT SHOW & ROAD TRIP

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW & ROAD TRIP – The corona virus is getting to all of us it seems. I love being home and able to do things here. But after a week of “quarantine” even I needed a change of scenery this past Tuesday.

My husband had the day off and so we decided to do a road trip to see if we could see any barn quilts. I also thought it would be nice to take along some quilts and stop at a state park to photograph them.

Most of our trip was in Vigo County, IN. The first thing of interest was a round barn.

Round barn on road trip

We also found two barn quilts. They actually seem to be getting more common and I watch for barn quilts now when I am driving around.

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP
Barn quilt on brick wall

Our road trip goal was Fowler Park, which has several things to do normally. We walked around the Pioneer Village and used it as a backdrop for taking photos of the quilts. The day was cloudy but warm and dry. The park had only a few other people walking around, so we could safely do the current status of “social distancing” while enjoying the outside.

Christmas Scraps

The first quilt to be shown off for my personal quilt show was Christmas Scraps. See more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/10/christmas-scraps.html

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Another photo of Christmas Scraps
Toile backing of quilt
Toile backing

Autumn Color

I love autumn, in fact it is my favorite season. This quilt was super easy to make. It makes me happy every time I look at it. For more info see: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/12/autumn-color.html

Autumn Color quilt

Queen Anne’s Star Whole Cloth Quilt

I love to hand quilt. It is so very relaxing. The beauty of the stitching and the quilting texture is very visible in a whole cloth quilt. I have shown this one off before on this blog so will simply refer you back to that post: https://indianaquilter40.com/queen-annes-star-whole-cloth-quilt-hand-quilted/

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP

Simply Squares

I saw a similar quilt on Pintrest and thought this would be a fun and easy way to use up some more scraps. The quilt top is done now except for the border. For more info: https://indianaquilter40.com/staying-busy-thursday-03-19-2020/

Simply Squares quilt top

Scrap Bonanza #1

This quilt started out as a Birds in the Air quilt, but I was not happy with how the blocks looked laid out that way. So after moving blocks around and combining them with more of the same blocks, I came up with this design.

Once the center was done, it needed a border and nothing solid really grabbed me, so I used more scraps by making a “piano key” border. See: https://indianaquilter40.com/staying-busy-thursday-03-19-2020/

Scrap Bonanza #1 quilt top

Homespun One Patch

This was a fun and easy quilt to make of 8″ squares. Made during 2010-11. Here is more about it: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/07/homespun-one-patch.html

Homespun One Patch quilt

Teapots

This quilt was really fun to do. All the teapots are different. The tea cups around the border just give it a nice “finished” look. It was hand quilted. After looking at it again, I am thinking about making another one. For more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2010/06/teapots.html

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP
It looks so nice hanging on the village church.
Teapot quilt

Irish Chain

This quilt is hand quilted. The fabric choice was unusual because the red is linen. The blues are cotton scraps. Look here for more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/08/irish-chain.html

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Close up of the hand quilting
Backing of Irish Chain
Backing

Maine Ocean Waves

The colors in this quilt remind me of the ocean on the Maine coast – purples, blues, greens, and grays. Scrap quilt. In the photo, it is hanging at the front of the village mill. Here’s more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/09/maine-ocean-waves.html

Maine Ocean Wave quilt
A PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP

And so I come to the end of my PERSONAL QUILT SHOW & ROAD TRIP for this time. It was a nice way to spend a few hours outside and exploring an old pioneer village.

My Challenge to You

I know that right now we all need to be careful to stay healthy and avoid situations that may spread corona virus. However, part of staying healthy is exercise and sunshine.

Quilts look different outside in natural light. Usually the colors are brighter and the quilting design is more visible. Even if you don’t want to take a road trip, try taking a quilt (or quilts) outside and getting some photos of it (or them). Wash lines, tree branches, fences, and porches are also great places to display quilts outside.

Sometimes a change of scenery can be inspiring and encouraging. A new perspective can lead to new ideas.

Have fun and stay well.

Clip art - girl with quilt and sewing machine.

Please note that all the quilts in this post are mine. I also took all the photos. You are welcome to use the photos, but please give proper credit. Thank you.

SCRAP BONANZA #1

Scrap Bonanza #1 completed quilt top

Scrap Bonanza #1 (AKA a quarantine quilt) top is done !!! And I managed to go from 4 scrap bins to 3 after completing this top !!!!!! Yippee……

This top started two or three years ago with sewing together scrap Birds in the Air blocks from 3″ squares sewn into HST. A complete block took 16 HST. See https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/12/birds-in-air.html

1 Bird in the Air block made of 16 HST

The Bird in the Air quilt that I had given me the idea had lots of blocks all set together in rows with narrow sashing and posts. There is nothing wrong with that, but once I had enough blocks made to start playing with how I would set them together that “look” just did not inspire me. Um….now what?

Finally after some time of playing around with different settings, I came up with this by putting four blocks together:

4 Birds in the Air blocks sewn into one "Scrap Bonanza" block.
The grand daughter likes it too and started laying out her own quilt.

So I made a total of 16 large blocks (each made with 4 of the original Birds in the Air blocks). At this point I did not want to make anymore of these blocks. I sewed the 16 large blocks into four rows of four large blocks. The top of Scrap Bonanza #1 was about 60″ square.

Scrap Bonanza #1 before borders

It is really cheerful and bright and busy at this point. I love it but wow, I need somewhere to rest my eyes. So I will add a solid border – I still have lots of 2.5″ strips. Just FYI, the brown border is linen left over from another project.

I added a thin medium brown border around the blocks.

Now What To Do?

So I have the center done and one border added. Now what?? It is totally the wrong size at this point for anything I wanted to do. It’s too late to go smaller, so that means bigger, right? I get to use more scraps, right? See https://indianaquilter40.com/are-you-drowning-in-scraps-too/

I have two plastic containers of 2.5″ strips for log cabin blocks. What if I made a piano key border to complete this quilt? Can I be honest – I am not a fan of piano key borders. They are time consuming to make and right at this point, I just wanted this quilt top done.

So I looked around at my stash of UFOs – was there other blocks that could be used as a border? Not that I wanted to use for this. How about just a plain old solid border? That would be quick and easy. None of the fabrics I auditioned for an outer border looked right.

Yep, back to my first idea – make a piano key border. So I just started pulling strips out of the container. No rhyme to the colors I just sew the strips end to end into a long, long, long strip.

Cut the strips into 15″ lengths. Sew those lengths together in pairs down the long sides. Make enough to add to sides of top so this border goes all the way around.

First side of piano key border.
Piano key border done on one side of quilt.


Close up of piano key border and the triangle blocks of the Scrap Bonanza #1 quilt top
Close up of section of top.

I added the border to one side, then opposite side. Made a lot more border which I added to the remaining two sides. It was time consuming, but really easy. This quilt top “Scrap Bonanza #1” is done and I am really happy with it.

I also did not stress that all my points were not perfect. The “quilt police” are not coming after this quilt (I would not listen to them anyway). It was fun to make and really made a dent in the scrap problem I am trying to conquer.

Your Mission

Your mission should you decide to accept is to make a dent in your scrap bin. Step out of your comfort zone, do something fun (and maybe a little wild) with all those scraps you have been holding onto because they are just too nice to throw away. Have fun. Be creative. Enjoy the quilt journey you are on.

Challenge to myself

When I made up my list of projects to do for 2020, cornovirus was not on the radar. My time is usually limited with my job, and travel for my job so the list was what I knew I could do in a “normal” year. See https://indianaquilter40.com/quilting-goals-for-2020/

Now I am confined to working from home until further notice. It is so much easier to be productive on my quilts when I am right here at home. So I am challenging myself to see how many “quarantine” quilts I can make during this time.

Feel free to join me in this if you want. We can always give the tops or quilts away to friends or family. Or we can donate them to a worthy cause.

Other ideas for scrap quilts:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/10/little-gems.html

https://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/2009/10/this-post-is-brought-to-you-byscraps.html

https://dordognequilter.blogspot.com/2011/10/first-there-were-scraps.html

https://cedarfork.blogspot.com/2015/02/scraps-be-gone.html

"I Spy" Log Cabin Quilt

"I Spy" Log Cabin Quilt

I pieced the 36 blocks for this “I Spy” Log Cabin Quilt while in Maine during September 2017. The scraps are bright, cheerful and fun. The variety of novelty fabrics make it even more interesting – there are all kinds of things to “spy” including: corn on the cob, Snoopy, Minions, cats, rocks, cars, planets, etc. All the fabrics in these blocks came from my scrap bin.

Each center block was a 3″ square sewn into a half square triangle (HST). The fabric strips were 2.5″ wide and as long as I could cut from each scrap. The exception was the outside border which was cut 4″ wide.

The borders also include more strips sewn long-way instead of the usual piano key type border.  This was a quick way to finish up the quilt top and allowed me to use up a few more scraps. (Did you notice the mistake? One side has only one strip of scrap border instead of two like on the other sides).

 This quilt was a Christmas 2017 gift for my daughter and grand-daughter. It makes a fun way to snuggle and play “I Spy” with the various fabrics. The backing was purchased by my daughter and is a peacock theme.

 All cotton fabric and poly batting.

 “I Spy” Log Cabin Quilt was machine quilted by RLM in November 2017 in an all over stipple design.

The binding matched the outer border. Machine sewn to the front and hand sewn on the back of the quilt.

 Finished size is 96″ square.

Clip art log cabin blocks
Source: Bing clip art

My conclusion:

I admit it – I was super slow to figure out how much fun Log Cabin quilts could be. The blocks can be set different ways depending on how the quilter wants the finished quilt to look. Log Cabin quilts can be scrappy or planned or even planned scrappy. There is simply no limit to what can be done with this pattern. Try the Log Cabin design out and see what you come up with. Have fun.

For more ideas about Log Cabin blocks and quilts:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/08/purple-without-apology-log-cabin.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2009/10/log-cabin.html

https://www.freequilt.com/logcabin.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/lettuce-be-berry-christmas-quilt/

Clip art of log cabin
Source: Bing clip art

IN MEMORY OF IRELAND

Irish Shamrock
Source: Google clip art

In Memory of Ireland was meant as a snuggle/lap quilt. I made it for the wonderful couple (A & S G) who are naturalized citizens from Ireland and now own the wonderful motel I stay in annually on the coast of Maine.

In Memory of Ireland quilt

Various green 8″ square (some even have shamrocks or Celtic knots) alternated with white 8″ squares.  The interior three borders were done in the order of the Irish flag: green, orange, white. The borders were each 2.5″.

The outside border was cut 4″ wide and is a navy blue with a green Celtic knot design.

Machine quilted in a large stipple design  by RLM. Self bound.

Finished size is 72″ x 72″.

They were so excited to receive an “American” quilt and say they will treasure it forever.  I hope they use it and enjoy In Memory of Ireland.

Gift quilts don’t have to be complicated to make. They are easy to personalize by doing simple squares and adjusting the size or amount of squares to fit the need. Just use fabrics and colors that are personal to the recipients. They can be tied, machine or hand quilted based on the budget or desire.

clip art of Irish symbols
Source: Google clip art

Here are some other gift quilts that were fun and easy to make:

https://indianaquilter40.com/wedding-quilt-simple-personal/

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/05/minnie-mouse.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/11/one-patch-quilts.html

FRENCH COUNTRY LIFE

I pieced French Country Life in early 2013. I collect toile fabrics but can’t bare to cut them up for piecing. Plus they are so busy it is hard to work larger pieces of them into a quilt. So I decided to be “brave” and just cut up a piece of toile to go in this quilt.

Blue and yellow French Country Life

Many of the yellow and blue fabrics of the nine patches are reproductions of historic prints. Combined with the toile, I thought it would make a really historic looking quilt, especially if I hand quilted it.

I am going to admit that I didn’t measure correctly (a good reminder to measure twice and cut once) and the quilt ended up to big for my hand quilting frame.

The flip side of it being to big for my hand quilting frame is that I simply love the colors. It has a real “old world” feel and look to it. I can and have put it on the bed back side up for a different look.

French Country Life was machine quilted in an all-over wave design by RLM in May 2013, and it took me until Dec. 2013 to get the binding and tag done.

I made the binding from left over pieces of blue and yellow bindings from previous quilts.

The top is cottons, it has a poly batting and a blue/cream floral backing.

Backing and quilting design

The finished size is 102″ square.

Even if there are mistakes in your quilts, finish them. If you are happy with the end product – enjoy the quilt, show if off, and tell it’s story. If you are not happy with it, complete and give to a family member who does like it. Or donate it within your community. Quilts are comforting and snuggly even with mistakes.

More ideas for nine patch quilts. Also toile fabric:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/12/nine-patch.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/12/nine-patch_17.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/collecting-toile-fabric-how-i-use-them-in-quilts/

AMISH 4 PATCH DOLL QUILT

AMISH 4 PATCH DOLL QUILT: A fun and easy project to make for the wall or a doll.

I pieced this a few years ago on one of my trips to Maine. It was easy and a great way to see if I liked the pattern in these colors.

Amish 4 Patch Doll Quilt

This was a the perfect size quilt to “stitch in the ditch” on my sewing machine It only took about an hour to pin and quilt. Then it went into the pile that just needed to be bound and get a tag. Of course, it got sucked to the bottom. When I found it a few months later, it only took a couple hours to hand bind.

The backing was a print of Amish life I found while at the quilt show in Paducah, KY. I only bought a yard and used most of it on this project.

Backing - scenes from Amish life

The finished size is 24″ x 28″.

The Amish 4 Patch Doll Quilt is currently hanging in my dining room and the colors just glow.

Another great thing about small quilts is that you can have a personal, rotating quilt show in your office or cubicle. At home, they make a great show on room walls or hallways.

I cut all the individual blocks rather than do the 4 patches using strips.  I was working with various scraps so it was easier just to do them as blocks.  However, the next time, I will sew the strips together and then cut the the blocks.

I learn something new with every quilt that I make.

I encourage quilters to do small projects as well as large ones. The small ones allow you to try a technique or color scheme before committing yourself to something large.

Here are some other ideas for small quilts:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/03/four-patch-doll-quilt.html

https://www.favequilts.com/Miscellaneous-Quilt-Projects/Four-Patch-Quilt-Patterns

WEDDING QUILT (SIMPLE & PERSONAL)

What do you do for a wedding gift for a cousin who waited forever while finding the right guy and has a complete house already?? Make a wedding quilt of course !! This wedding quilt was simple and personal and super easy to make.

Wedding Quilt (Simple & Personal)

Cousin and hubby like to do road trips on the motorcycle, so that was the theme I went with. It’s not like they got a duplicate of this. They loved it.

Finished size: 70″ square.

For this quilt I purchased a yard of the center fabric and cut it square (so about 34 – 35″).  I added 5 borders in various widths (2.5″ to 6″) that coordinated with the center fabric until it was the size I wanted. In this case I wanted a big lap quilt that my cousin and her new hubby could snuggle under on the couch or recliner.

I cut and pieced this quilt in one day while in Maine in Sept. 2015.

Machine quilted by RLM in an all over stipple design.

This wedding quilt could easily be made in any theme or size depending on the need or fabric available. This is a super easy way to make a personal quilt for that special person in your life.

https://indianaquilter40.com/prayerful-leader-a-george-washington-quilt/

CRUISE-IN 2013 QUILT

Cruise-In 2013 Quilt
Cruise-In Quilt complete and ready to go to the auction.

CRUISE-IN 2013 QUILT: I made it for the local college campus that had a cruise-in and auction as a fund raiser for diabetes.

I try to look around and find places in my community or area that I can make quilts for directly, or donate for a good cause. I encourage other quilters to do the same.


This was a really fast and fun quilt to make. It was a simple one patch (my go – to design when I need a quick and simple design for a quilt). I spent several evenings of cutting, sewing, and binding.

The car and motorcycle print blocks were alternated with a black and white print that looked like a racing flag. The colors were cheerful and bright. The blocks were 9.5″ and the red border was 4″.

clip art - red car



Machine quilted by RLM in an all-over stipple design.

Finished size was 97″ square.


I was disappointed that they only got $125 for this Cruise-In 2013 Quilt, however, I am glad the money is going for a good cause. All the supplies and labor were donated.

Fun car and motorcycle fabrics

More info on donating quilts:

https://nationalquilterscircle.com/article/10-amazing-places-to-donate-your-quilts/#

https://blog.missouriquiltco.com/quiltingforacause

https://indianaquilter40.com/donated-baby-quilts-to-the-local-crisis-pregnancy-center/

THE GREAT MIGRATION QUILT

The Great Migration Quilt is simply a combination of two sizes of Flying Geese blocks. The blocks are left-overs from two previous projects.

The Great Migration Quilt
Completed top – trying to get a photo between rain storms…

The “geese” started out as 5″ squares and 8″ squares that were sewn diagonally through the center to make two half square triangles (HST).

I sewed 10 of the bigger “geese” into three rows.

The two rows of smaller “geese” have 20 blocks in each. They did not quite fit right so I ended up adding about an inch of muslin to the end of each. Use those creative skills…

The small interior borders are simply three strips 1.75″ wide sewn together.

The burgundy exterior borders are 4″ for top and bottom, and 6″ for the two sides.

The top went together quickly since the “geese” blocks were already together or mostly together. I think it took me longer to add the borders. Simple and quick quilt.

HST waiting to be sewn into geese.
5″ blocks sewn into HST – waiting to be sewn into “geese”.
Flying Geese blocks.
Sewn into geese.

I did not buy anything for The Great Migration Quilt but the batting (even used a coupon). The geese blocks were left-overs from other projects. The borders were fabrics in my stash. The backing was the extra wide backing fabric that was already in my stash. It is a very satisfying feeling to know that I am using what is on hand.

Please don’t feel like you have to go out and purchase fabric for every quilt you make. Beautiful quilts can be made from the scraps and stash you already have on hand.

Https://indianaquilter40.com/flowers-tumblers-or-scraps-are-taking-over-my-world-part-3/

Https://indianaquilter40.com/night-flight

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/12/birds-in-air.html

HOW TO MAKE TWO DOLL QUILTS IN A DAY(Part 2)

How To Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 2). Do you want to involve the children in your life with your quilting? Involving the little people in your life into quilting can be so much fun. Last Friday, the grand (age 4) informed me very seriously that two of her “babies” did not have quilts. What is a grandma to do? Help the grand and her babies by doing a kid project – How To Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 2).

See Part 1 here for other photos and more directions: https://indianaquilter40.com/how-to-make-two-doll-quilts-in-a-daypart-1/

Note: These two doll quilts are intended to be used hard. They are well made, but not intended to have a long life span.

Can two doll quilts actually be done in a day with “help” from the little person? Yes, but don’t expect perfection or getting much else done.

In the post for Part 1 (see link above) we got one doll quilt done in the morning and had stopped to make mac and cheese for lunch (yep, the homemade stuff that is really cheesy and tastes wonderful on a cold day).

Step 1: Supplies

30 4″ squares

Enough fabric for 4″ wide borders (I had a little over half a yard)

Fleece cut bigger than the completed top

I had a bunch of left-over 4″ blocks from another project. The grand picked the red and purple blocks she liked for the rows. She also picked the Minnie Mouse border fabric. There was only 1/2 of a yard so it would have to be cut exactly to have enough. A piece of pink fleece would serve as both the batting and backing.

Here are the blocks sewn together:

All the blocks in the doll quilt sewn together.

Step 2: Sewing the blocks together

I machine sewed the completed “top” of blocks on each row to “quilt” it. This could also be done when sewing the rows together – I just like the stitching on the top where I can see it for these small projects.

My helper pulls out the pins as that part of the top comes through the machine and puts them in a magnetic cup. This is “her job” and she does it very well.

The grand-daughter pulling pins out of the doll quilt top as we sew.
The grand pulling out pins at the back side of the sewing machine.

Step 3: Borders

After machine quilting each row, lay the border on one side, sew it down, and fold over so the right side is out. On this quilt, I added a 4″ wide borders. I sew borders on opposite sides – in this case, I sewed the borders on the top and bottom. Then I sewed the borders on the two sides of the doll quilt.

HOW TO MAKE TWO DOLL QUILTS IN A DAY(Part 2)

Step 4: Binding

The self binding is simply folding the half inch of fleece over the top and zig-zag stitching down.

It took about two hours to complete this doll quilt by following the directions here and at part 1: https://indianaquilter40.com/how-to-make-two-doll-quilts-in-a-daypart-1/

The grand-daughter is pretty happy with another finished doll quilt. This one also somewhat matches one she and I made for her a month or so back – red and purple blocks with the same Minnie Mouse fabric as the border. Can’t beat having matching quilts!

Happy grand with second doll quilt made in a day.

Finished size: 27.5″ x 24.5″.

Hopefully this post, “How to Make Two Doll Quilts In A Day (Part 1 & 2)” helps you make a quick and fun project for the little person in your life.

Other ideas for kid projects:

https://indianaquilter40.com/kid-project-button-quilt/

https://swoodsonsays.com/easy-quilt-projects-for-kids/