Sew We Go to the Sisters Show

Sisters pic

Is the “Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show” on your bucket list? It’s been on mine for many years, and I recently discovered it was on my friend Wendy’s too. So we presented the idea to Kristi, our travel planner, discussed some of the other wonderful sites to see in the Pacific Northwest, and this resulted in an extra Sew We Go adventure in 2015!

Sisters pic2

To watch a slide show of pictures from the 2014 show, on the Quilt Show blog, click on the following link, then click on the arrow and enjoy: http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/6721/archive_date/201407

Here are all the details from our brand new flyer:

SewWeGo

Sew We Go to Oregon title

Join Wendy & Chris on a quilt adventure to the Pacific Northwest. Whether you subscribe to the traditional City of Roses reputation or the more recent Keep Portland Weird slogan, there is something for everyone in Portland. We will start and end in this city and, in between, explore the Willamette River Valley during fiber-related adventures with mountain vistas, national forests, and river gorges as our backdrop.

Summer weather in this area is very dry (less than an inch of rain the entire month) and temperatures are warm, with daytime averages in the 80s. Evenings cool to the high 50s.

The specifics of our itinerary will be finalized once the quilt event organizers firm up their details early next year. For now, here is our planned itinerary. We do hope you will join in the fun.

Wednesday, July 8    Fly to Portland, Oregon (PDX). If the majority of the group will arrive by 1pm, we will include a city tour & shop hop. If not, enjoy the city at your leisure; maybe a Voodoo Doughnut, the must-see Powell’s City of Books, International Rose Test Garden, or Portland Japanese Garden. Overnight in Portland.

Thursday, July 9        After our included breakfast, we will depart on our trek south. On our way, we will shop hop in the towns of Keizer & Salem to break up the drive, with lunch on your own in Salem.   Next stop, Sisters! Visit The Stitchin’ Post, do a little shopping, and take in the city before its quilt transformation for the weekend. Depending on time, we have another shop or two we can visit enroute to our home for the next three nights. Once we are checked in, unpack, have a bite, take a swim, go for a walk, do whatever you like before the hectic weekend begins. We will gather tonight for some social time. Overnight in Redmond/Bend.

Friday, July 10           After our included breakfast, we will be transported to the Redmond Fair Grounds to take in the Oregon Summer Quilt Expo. This event features quilt exhibits, vendors, and educational sessions designed for your enjoyment while awaiting the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on Saturday. We will return to the hotel around 2 pm to rest up for the evening ahead. Later in the afternoon we will return to Sisters for the traditional Picnic in the Park and Guest Lecturer, returning to our hotel around 9 pm. Sleep well for Saturday will be a full day!

Saturday, July 11       Put on your walking shoes, enjoy the included breakfast, and hop on the bus for our day in Sisters. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show runs from 9 am – 4 pm. You are free to explore, shop, eat, or all the above before we return to our hotel. We will gather for dinner this evening with happy exhaustion! Save some time to pack your treasures, for tomorrow we head north.

Sunday, July 12         After our included breakfast, we will begin our trip back to Portland. We will have lunch in the shadows of Mt. Hood before taking in the Hood River Fruit Loop with stops at a lavender farm and alpaca ranch. Tonight is yours to pack, socialize, or explore the city a bit more before the trip home. Overnight in Portland.

Monday, July 13        Enjoy breakfast and prepare for the journey home.

Here are a few Web Resource Links to click on for more information:

travelportland.com, trimet.org, oregonsummerquiltexpo.com, sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org, josephinesdrygoods.com, cottonpatchoregon.com, quiltedforest.com, stitchinpost.com, bjsquiltbasket.com, lavendervalley.com, cascadealpacas.com, hoodriverfruitloop.com, knittnkitten.com, knit-purl.com, buttonemporium.com, boltfabricboutique.com, fabricdepot.com, millendstore.com, coolcottons.biz, voodoodoughnut.com, powells.com

We are planning group tours and events which will appeal to a quilter and fiber lover. Specific touring details will be available in spring 2015. Our planned itinerary will be adjusted should events or businesses change their offerings. Of course, you may choose to add additional nights and make this trip truly your own. We are limiting participation to insure attendee comfort and the ability of tour sites to be equipped to handle the group.

Air Transportation: Flights may be booked at any time once the trip’s minimum participation is confirmed. We will offer assistance if needed. Internet fares have proven to be the best value.

What’s Included?  Portland airport transfers on official tour dates; transportation to group events; five nights hotel, double occupancy; minimum driver gratuity; group gatherings/tours; five breakfasts; one lunch, two dinners; Quilt Expo admission fee; Wendy, Chris, & travel coordinator accompaniment.

Meals: Group meals aren’t usually the best value (higher cost, slow service, less quality) so we have opted to allow each of you the freedom to dine as you wish. Should quality group dining opportunities present themselves as we finalize the itinerary, we will give you the option of participating at an additional cost.

Insurance: Through experience, we have made it our policy not to include travel insurance in package pricing. While including it makes it easier for you, finding that your needs are not covered by a universal policy makes that coverage a waste of money. We recommend independent internet sites (such as travelinsurancereview.net) or your preferred insurance agent to find the coverage you need based on your work status, health, and choice of coverage level. A policy for this trip, covering the customary inclusions (travel delay/missed connection, lost/delayed baggage, emergency medical, medical evacuation, cancellation due to illness/death of travel companion/family member) can be expected to cost $150-$250 per person depending on age. Insurance is optional. We will assist in obtaining a policy if you would like help. If your participation is dependent on having a roommate, insurance is recommended because, should your roommate cancel, you would be liable for single supplements or cancellation fees.

Accommodation Occupancy: All pricing is based on two per room. Single occupancy may be available. If you do not have a roommate and would like one, we will put you in touch with others looking to share.

Pricing:

Land Costs: Credit Card $1,495 per person; Check/Cash $1,450 per person; single supplement $600.

Airfare is additional. Fly into Portland International Airport (PDX), currently selling at $550+ from MKE.

To Reserve Your Space: Complete the registration form in its entirety and submit with payment. We must have your signature on file before confirming your reservation. Payment may be made by check or credit card. Check/cash payments may be made as often as you like provided the minimum due at each deposit date is met. Credit card payments will be processed at due dates.

Payment Schedule:

Upon reservation: $300 per person

January 25:………… Additional $400 per person

March 11:…………… Additional $400 per person

May 11:………………. Balance Due

Cancellations:

Prior to January 25…………. no fees assessed

January 25 until March 10 $500 per person

March 11 until May 10…… $1,000 per person

May 11 or after ……………… 100%

Journeys and Gatherings

To access a pdf version of all the above information, plus a printable form to send to Kristi, click on the sign below:

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A Little of This, A Little of That, and Chocolate

There have been a number of things this past week I’ve wanted to share – so I’m putting them all together into one post.

Mini Topic #1: Floss Frenzy Challenge Update

The response to last week’s challenge was great and many skeins have been sent off to quite a few different States. I still have plenty left, so if you’re still inclined, please email your snail mail address to: clkquilt@gmail.com.

Mini Topic #2: Quilts, Bees and Honey – But What Does That Have to Do With Chocolate?

Things associated with bees and honey have inspired quilts for years. There are patterns named “honeycomb”, “honey bee”, and “honey bee in the garden”. I’d like to share two of my bee related quilts. The first one is a placemat I made for a challenge when I belonged to a group called the Quilty Bees. Our leader was my friend Evelyn (of Quilt Sissy fame ;-) ). She has a thing for bees and even wore a bee costume in one of her quilt lectures. Here’s our Queen Bee (I hope these make you smile – thanks for the pics, Evelyn):

Evelyn bee 2 Evelyn bee

And here’s the placemat (complete with a pocket for silverware):

quilted bee fabric placemat

In the next quilt I used honeybees as part of the quilting design:

sewing bear quilt

I even have a vintage quilt from my husband’s family that is made in the grandmother’s flower garden pattern, which is also called the honeycomb:

vintage grandmother's flower garden quilt

I’ve been thinking about honey and bees lately because Mike, Sommer and I just made a trip to a delightful place called Honey Acres.

Honey Acres

Honey Acres is just north of Ashippin, Wisconsin on Hwy 67 (not far from Oconomowoc). They have a “Honey of a Museum” there, and it’s a great place to take kids. But, my favorite reason for going there is because they’ve recently gotten into the gourmet candy business, and their dark chocolate mints are fantastic. Since many quilters like chocolate too – I couldn’t resist sharing this information.

honey candy bag

These incredible candies have only three ingredients:

honey candy ing

No processed sugar, no gluten, and they’re delicious!!! If you’re a fan of dark chocolate, I highly recommend you give them a try. You can order them from the Honey Acres website: http://honeyacres.com/

Mini Topic #3: Inspired By Libby Auction

As many of you know, quilt teacher, artist, and judge Libby Lehman suffered a stroke in late April of 2013. A new video is up on the web containing pictures of 34 quilts made by many of Libby’s friends and fellow teachers. These pieces are being auctioned off to help cover the medical expenses for Libby’s care. They will be exhibited in both Houston and Paducah. To see the quilts and get in on the bidding, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuMncR_Br_s&feature=em-upload_owner

Mini Topic #4: Steam-A-Seam is Back, but …

I posted a few weeks ago about the Warm Company making an official Steam-a-Seam production update. I was very excited that it would be available soon. Well, they just announced that “Steam-a-Seam 2″ is back.

Steam-a-Seam

I must admit, I’m very disappointed  :-( . You see, I use this product to adhere sheer fabrics to my art quilts. Of the 4 original types of Steam-A-Seam, Lite without the “2” was my favorite, because it was pressure “sticky” on only one side and that allowed it to work great with sheers. Any time there is an adhesive that sticks without having to be heated, it tends to gum up the needle while quilting. When there are two layers of this type of adhesive, it gums up the needle twice as fast – ugh! I know that I can wipe off the needle with alcohol on a cotton ball, but that’s a pain.

So, the company has decided to only make Steam-A-Seam 2 and Lite Steam-A-Seam 2. I was so disappointed that I called the Warm Company and politely requested they put Lite Steam-A-Seam (sans the 2) back into production also. If you agree, you may want to give them a call at the number in their ad above  :-D .

I hope you found something of interest in this week’s post.

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Floss Update

Vintage Embroidery Floss

Some time has passed since I shared the story of my good fortune at having received a box filled with DMC embroidery floss (if you don’t remember that story, you can read about it by clicking here). I so enjoyed reading all the comments made to that post. Since then, I’ve had many people ask me if I’ve decided what to do with it all. There were many comments recommending I give it to charitable organizations, and I’m definitely planning on doing some donating.

One of the most popular suggestions was to give a packet of floss to volunteers who like to embroider, and have them make blocks to be put into a thank you quilt for Rowland and Carol (the owners of the B&B who gave the floss to me). I think that’s a wonderful idea, and I’m searching out block patterns to share, along with the floss – eventually. I will fine tune these ideas and let you in on my plans in a future post. But I have enough floss to do a number of things and this week I’ve decided to present a Floss Frenzy Challenge !!!

In the comments to the Floss Frenzy post, Jan M. shared this quote – “From one fine thread a work of art is born”. With that in mind – here’s the challenge (with a tiny bit of pre-story  :-D ):

Last Spring I completed a project using embroidery floss (prior to acquiring the big box). I used the “Big Stitch” on a jacket, which I wear in my newest lecture: Gone to the Dark Side (for a post on the Big Stitch technique click here and for information about my “Dark Side” lecture, please click here)

quilted art jacket

quilted art jacket

I began thinking of many other things quilters could do with floss:

* Make “redwork” (or “bluework”, or “yellowwork”, or whatever color you like) blocks and stitch them into a quilt.

* Tie a quilt with the floss.

* Embellish a tote by couching the floss onto it.

* Quilt a table runner using the “Big Stitch”.

* Find some quilterly thing to do with counted cross-stitch.

* Use the floss as a closure on a quilted cover for your e-reader.

I’m sure there are many, many more. So here are the “rules”:

Floss Frenzy Challenge

The challenge will happen via the United States Post Office, and the internet.

If you would like to participate:

1.  Email me your snail mail address (for your own privacy, please don’t put it in a comment to this post). My email is: clkquilt@gmail.com.

2.  I will then mail you 3 skeins of floss. If you want it to be a real challenge, I will randomly choose the colors. Or… you may give me a suggestion of which colors you prefer. My goal is to have many people participate.

Embroidery floss challenge

The Packer’s win today may have influenced the colors of floss chosen for this picture :-)

3.  Make something with it! Anything you choose! No size requirements! No real rules at all :-) ! Make something you can use, or try a technique you’ve been wanting to play with, or make your dear Mother-in-law a candle mat for Christmas. It’s up to you.

4.  Email me a picture of your project by February 28, 2015! That should give you plenty of time and something to do on cold winter nights (if you live somewhere with cold winter nights).

5.  I will put these pictures into a virtual quilt show on a page on my blog for all to enjoy!

And there will be prizes!

I’m hoping to get good participation, so please email me today!

 

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Facing a Quilt

I’ve discovered a great way to face quilts – giving the look of no visible binding on the front. I found it in an article by Kathleen Loomis, in American Quilter magazine 7 years ago.

It’s not uncommon for a faced quilt to end up with bulky corners, but Kathleen’s way eliminates that problem with a slick trick for trimming out the excess.  I’ve used her facing technique for many of my quilts and have always been pleased with the results. Here are a few of my faced quilts. All three of these quilts are clearly art quilts and I felt a binding would have detracted from the finished look of the quilt.

Risen - an experiment in celtic design using red rayon rat tail to outline all the elements.

Risen – an experiment in celtic design using red rayon rat tail to outline all the elements.

 

Interchange - made for a challenge called "Color Wheel Opposites"

Interchange – made for a challenge called “Color Wheel Opposites”

Vanishing Point - made for a challenge called "On-Point"

Vanishing Point – made for a challenge called “On-Point”

 

 

Kathleen has a great tutorial for facing quilts on her blog (with lots of clear pictures) . She’s refined her technique a bit since I first read about it, and she’s eliminated the curved corner pieces on the back, but the essence is the same. Rather than my having to redo the instructions, I think you’ll enjoy getting it from the originator. Please click on this link for the step by step instructions:  http://artwithaneedle.blogspot.com/2011/03/perfect-faced-quilts-tutorial.html.

Give it a try and then remember to “bookmark” her site so you can find it again (although the link will always be on my blog and you can find it by typing “facing” in the search box on the upper right of my blog page).

Sommer Sews!

Sommer and I had a sewing adventure this past week and I just have to share. She came over wearing pants that were about 1 ½” too long. Grandma decided she needed to do a quick hem job and Sommer was fascinated watching me thread the needle. She climbed up in my lap and really examined each stitch I was taking. After a few she said “I do it” and tried to take the needle from me. I told her it was too sharp and she should just watch. My next thought was: “I wish I had an old fashioned sewing card for her”, then: “where can I buy them nearby”, and this was followed quickly by “you own a paper punch – go find some cardboard”  :-D ! In a short amount of time she had colored on her card, I wrote her name on it and then found an old rainbow colored shoe lace. I took a video as she stitched, and you may click here to watch it. Here are a few pictures of Sommer sewing!

Sommer Sews 1

Sommer Sews 2

Sommer Sews 3

She loved it, and sewed, and re-sewed the card three times. She sure is grandma’s girl!

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Quilting in the Northwoods

This past week I had the delightful opportunity to teach for the Northeast Iowa Quilt Guild’s retreat, held at a camp in Minnesota. I saw many “quilt blocks” hanging on barns along the way and was so pleased to find a lone star block on the Camp’s barn upon my arrival.

Barn with lone star quilt block

A portion of the quilters at the retreat were already set up and ready for me to begin my first class – Beyond Meandering. The room was big and light and a wonderful place for a sewing class/retreat:

NEI retreat NEI retreat2

I recognized Sue and she told me she had taken this class previously and was now a long-arm quilter. Praise the Lord! She was loving it and still using some of the designs I share in the class. She then showed me this sweet crib quilt she had quilted using a pre-printed panel:

NEI Sue quilt

Here’s a detail shot:

NEI Sue quilt detail

I really liked the way she left the insides of the circles un-quilted. What a great effect!  That night I presented my “Gone to the Dark Side” lecture  to a laughing crowd (I hope they were laughing with me and not at me :-).

The next day I taught my beginning Fiber Art class, called Parallelisms, and discovered a very creative group of quilters. Here are just a few in action (Aurora, Sabrina and Valeria – all the students get new names for their creative muses):

NEI Aurora NEI Sabrina and Valeria

Just look at some of the wonderful designs the class came up with:

NEI para class1 NEI para2

And this is only the beginning! We also discussed embellishing and finishing techniques.

I stayed on an extra night and this generous group invited me to make thread catchers and microwave hot pads along with them in a class taught by Sandy. We stitched and sewed into the night and had so much fun.

Saturday morning I began my 3 1/2 hour drive home. Autumn is my favorite season and we’ve had very little color change in the leaves in southeastern Wisconsin so far this year. I was hoping this trip north would give me a peek at the autumn colors I so love, but I was surprised to find that it was a late year for color everywhere I went. I saw a lot of green, but I did spy this tree in Lansing, Iowa, right along the Mississippi River.

Lansing color

That wasn’t all I saw in Lansing. The ladies at the retreat had recommended I make a stop at Horsfall’s Lansing Variety on Main Street, 2 blocks off the river. Horsfall’s actually has 2 stores, the one on the corner and the one under the arrow.

Horsfalls Variety, Lansing, IA

Horsfall’s was every bit as unique as they had described. Here’s the front door:

Horsfalls2

It is a popular place, and I did quite a bit of squeezing by other shoppers due to the size of the aisles:

Horsfalls3

Horsfalls4

They are truly a variety store. From one spot you can pick out yarn for your next knitting project, while getting your grandson a basketball hoop, and stocking up on toilet paper. What a hoot!

Horsfalls6

They carry embroidery floss (I recognized it as floss right away, but have been traveling so much I still haven’t decided what will become of my box of floss :-) )

Horsfalls 5.5

and quilt batting (if you can reach it).

Horsfalls5I’m told they had fabric at one time, but the owner’s wife didn’t like cutting the yardage.

I did find a few treasures I needed and Jesse checked me out. Can you find him among all the stuff?

Horsfalls7Horsfall’s is famous for being unique. Jesse handed me a copy of a newspaper clipping that appeared in the Chicago Sun Times. Thanks to the North Iowa Quilters for the site-seeing suggestion!

Horsfalls news

Next I drove up the hill a ways in order to get a good view of the very narrow bridge that would take me back to Wisconsin.

Lansing bridge distanceAfter driving back down Main Street (and a quick stop at a great Estate Sale), I drove over the bridge and headed south on the Wisconsin side of Old Man River.

Lansing bridge

Then, a short ways down the road, I came upon an Amish “Country Faire” in the park just south of Ferrysville, WI. The black raspberry pie was delicious!

Ferrysville Amish

The weather was great, the sites wonderful, but the time spent with quilters was the best part of the adventure!

How is the autumn color in your neck of the woods?

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Sew We Go 2015

Traveling with friends who share your interest is always fun. Traveling with planners who share your interest adds an extra level of excitment! Our most recent Sew We Go adventure was a cruise on the Baltic Sea this past May. Visiting 6 different countries, seeing the sites and tasting the tastes would have been enough to make the trip memorable, but the most wonderful moments for Wendy and I were the dinner we had with Danish quilters at Kirstin’s Quilts in Roskilde,

dinner shot1

Watching Reinhard create German Blaudruck fabric in Rostadt,

Handdruck demo in Rostock

the fiber art classes at the Katerina Gild in Tallinn, Estonia,

E Tallinn-artist workshop fiber broach3

And we even left our mark on the Happy Talk wall in Copenhagen!

Sew We Go Copenhagen

We traveled with Norwegian Cruise Lines and truly enjoyed the Free Style Dining, wide variety of entertainment, and fine accommodations. While at sea Wendy and I taught a number of different classes and projects – allowing our travelers to participate in whichever ones tickled their fancy.

class time at sea

Our travel planner, Kristi, has a unique talent for adding side trips to our excursions that make our trips exceptional – and the plans we’re making for our next trip promise to be just as special and exciting.

So now we’re planning our next BIG AVENTURE!

Please consider joining us as we travel through London, Lisbon, and Barcelona with many special things to see and do along the way!

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We’ll begin by flying into London. This is a destination on many “bucket lists”. Kristi specializes in working with each traveler to be sure your trip fits your needs and wants. We are hoping to spend an extra day or two here to tour the city, possibly visit a quilt shop or maybe even Liberty’s of London and hopefully meet some British quilters. We have no firm details yet, but have many ideas we’re pursuing. You could work with Kristi and plan to arrive earlier and see the special places in London you have on your bucket list.

From there we’ll travel to Southhampton and hopefully visit the Overlord Embroidery at the D-Day Museum. This work of fiber art was inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry,  and it traces in stunning visual form the progress of Overlord, from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944. Here’s an excerpt from their interesting website:

Then we’ll board our luxury  ship, the Norwegian Epic and Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 11.54.52 PMcruise south, encircling the Iberian Peninsula with stops in Vigo, Spain, which was built over an ancient Roman settlement, on the slopes of a hill crowned by two old forts. The landscape and the architecture will provide wonderful inspiration for your next quilt.

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From there we’ll journey to Lisbon, Portugal. This capital city boasts ancient sites on every hillside. When I did a search to find what Lisbon was know for, this was the response I received: “Amazing food, beautiful beaches, lovely mountains, rich history… it is one of the most beautiful places in Europe. The handicrafts mentioned were linens and ceramic tiles!

Malaga, Spain is a port on the Mediterranean  Sea. It’s the birthplace of Pablo Picaso. It is also home to the Alcazaba, a Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 4.23.57 PMrestored ancient fortress that dates back to the 11th century. From there the excavated ruins of a Roman amphitheater can be viewed.

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 3.32.29 PMWe’ll also visit Cartagena, Spain and end our cruise in the lovely city of Barcelona!

It’s a city designed to delight the senses where you can visit other-worldly modernist works of Gaudi such as Sagrada Familia, a cathedral over a hundred years in the making. If food is your interest, you may want to experience Basque tapas – plates of bite-sized goodies served atop a piece of bread – they’re a culinary trend in Barcelona.

We are just beginning to explore all the options that will be available to us – from a touring and a quilting stand point. There is also the possibility of staying on a few days in Barcelona or … it’s just a short plane ride from Barcelona to Madrid or Paris. The exciting part is that we will make the plans and you can just come along and enjoy the adventure. Won’t you please consider joining us in October of 2015. To get all the information, please go to the web page we have specifically designed to share all the details:  http://www.chrisquilts.net/trips/ . And feel free to contact us with any and all questions.

Upcoming Events

I have quite a variety of exciting workshops scheduled this semester at WCTC. You may access all of the information about these classes and more at wctc.edu (click on “Course Search”, click on “Fall Semester”, type “quilting” in the subject line, then click on “Submit”. Once there, click on the class name for pictures and descriptions!

Scrap Happy - October 11, 2014

Scrap Happy – October 11, 2014 – Bring your left over blocks, strips, and scraps and we’ll have great fun!

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Chop Blocks – October 17, 2014 – We’ll chop up 10″ squares and do a bit of simple piecing!

Snowperson Topper - November 14, 2014

Snowperson Topper – November 14, 2014 – the faces are actually the batting showing through. Loads of fun embellishing will be taught!

Woven Star Stockings - December 5, 2014

Woven Star Stockings – December 5, 2014 – The stars are woven from fabric strips and not pieced!

And for a bit of winter fun – my dear friend Wendy is teaching her ever popular wool felted mittens at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art in Cedarburg.

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Visit the museums website: http://wiquiltmuseum.com/ to sign up!

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Hanna and Willy’s I Spy Quilts

My two older grandchildren are now 8 and 6. You may remember Hanna from the quilts she’s made with me when they’ve come to visit from Washington (to read those previous posts, click here).

This was the year I decided to make them both “I Spy” bed quilts. So, I brought all the cut up “I Spy” fabric squares, batting and backing to Paducah and quilted all the 6″ squares. I blogged about that in a post last April (to read that one, click here  :-) ).

Screen Shot 2014-04-27 at 4.18.58 PMI’ve been working at these quilts steadily, using Sharon Pederson’s Reversible Quilts technique, and I highly recommend her book (her blog is:

http://sharonpederson.blogspot.com/).

Once all the blocks were quilted (with “W’s” on Willy’s and “H’s” on Hanna’s), I laid each of them out in a pleasing arrangement. The backs of the squares were laid out to form a checkerboard on the back of the quilt. I then separated them into rows, and began stitching the rows together, using narrow strips of fabric to cover the seam allowances. The strips for the top side were folded in half lengthwise and the strips for the back were left flat.

The first step was to stitch both strips to the top and back of a quilted block.

Willys rqayg first stitching

Next, the back strip was sewn to the adjacent block.

Willys rqayg second stitchingThen the blocks were opened up and the top strip acted as a flap which was folded over the seam allowances. This was stitched down with a decorative stitch (sorry the fabrics in the blocks has changed. I forgot to take a picture of this step for the blocks above).

Willys rqayg sew flap Here’s a picture of Willy’s quilt laid out and in progress (my granddaughter Sommer loved this part and “helped” me by crawling all over the squares and telling me what she “spied”):

I Spy - quilt as you go

You may have noticed that I threw a few 12″ squares into the mix for fun. Actually, after putting all the 6″ squares together, I must admit that making both quilts just from 12″ squares sounds very appealing. But, they’re all together, bordered and bound. Here’s Hanna’s from the front:I Spy quiltAnd from the back.

Hannas quilt back

I often say in my classes that whenever I think I’m hot stuff, the Lord humbles me. I was clipping along on Hanna’s quilt and pretty pleased with myself. Then, after all the blocks were together, I flipped it over to find that my checkerboard had not turned out as well as planned. You can see that the 12″ blocks interrupt the pattern, but that doesn’t cover up for the fact that some of the rows are just plain wrong. Or are they? I’ve decided that this new pattern is pretty and I’m sure Hanna will love it!

Here’s Willy’s from the front:

Willy's I-Spy Quilt

And from the back.

I-Spy back

His checkerboard is better, but still not perfect.

I quilted the borders with words – a special message for each child that came from my heart. I’m hoping this will guarantee they’ll have to learn to read cursive!

So, two weeks ago, I was able to fly out to Washington to deliver the quilts to the kids. What a joy – and they really did love their quilts. We stayed together in a motel, swimming and doing lots of fun things. Here they are with their quilts the first night:

New quilt Hanna New quilt Willy

and on their beds at home (Miss Kitty liked Hanna’s quilt too!)

Hanna, kitty and quilt Willys bedWilly made me promise to teach him to make a quilt the next time they come to Wisconsin. I can’t wait!!!

 

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