Archive for August, 2006


Aunt Polly’s Quilt

August 31, 2006


This quilt was pieced by one of my good friends for her Aunt Polly. Aunt Polly, eighty-something years old, was living in New Orleans when the hurricane came and took everything she had.


Aunt Polly, it seems, has taken it all in stride and Karen has made this quilt in honor of the one year anniversary of the hurricane.



JQC 2006 August

August 25, 2006

It is time for the Journal Quilt Challenge reveals again. I’ve seen some very nice reveals on other blogs. Use the link in my sidebar if you’d like to see them too.


I stuck with my theme of Victorian homes this month but focused in closer to a window and two gables hoping to move a little closer to an abstract representation. The colors are also a little unusual. I used a complimentary color scheme; red-orange and blue-green.

I tried out a new technique with this piece. I cut out all of the pieces and glued them to each other with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. I guess it is similar to how layers are fused together, except I really don’t like to work with hot sticky stuff so I avoid fusing.


The edges were still somewhat loose as the glue didn’t contact all of the edges as well as fusing would. So I laid a piece of tulle, or netting over the top before quilting. The netting held everything down so I could quilt easily over it all, but it didn’t noticeably change the look of the fabrics. You can barely see the netting over the green areas.

I missed making a July journal because I was on vacation. But I hope to finish out the year with one every month. I have found the exercise very good as it provides a chance to experiment with different ideas, techniques and processes.


Quilts Touching Lives

August 23, 2006


Quilts made for injured soldiers do touch lives. I’d like to share with you a story that was shared at my last quilt guild meeting. The story was told by one of our guild members who worked as a white glove lady at our quilt show in July.

At our quilt show we had a quilt on display that was made for the Quilts for Fallen Heroes program, our guild’s version of Quilts of Valor. The quilts that are made for this program go directly to the army medical hospital here in San Antonio to be used in the rooms for injured soldiers from the wars. The soldier then may then take the quilt home.


White Glove Lady noticed, in front of the quilt, a Young Woman that was crying. She wasn’t just quietly sniffing, she was bawling! White Glove Lady went over to assist her, comfort her, what ever she could do to help her. After a while the story came out. The Young Woman was military and had recently returned from the war in Iraq. She had not been injured on duty but she had many friends who had been injured and she was thinking of them. Her comment was that she could not believe that someone would take time out to make something “for us”.


My comment is these military folks are taking a lot of time out for us, and sometimes even giving their lives. Taking the time out to make a simple quilt is the least that we can do for them!

Kudos to those of you who have taken out the time to do something for our soldiers!


Plans Gone Awry

August 20, 2006

I have learned that when I don’t think a plan thru completely it will go awry. This is what happened with my current project Go Away Dark Night. I didn’t think it thru when I started making the star blocks. If I had thought it thru before hand, I might have realised that the stars in a rectangular block were not going to work in the sashed on-point setting like the book illustrations showed them. And I might have noticed that a half-star rectangle doesn’t fit into a triangle space… DUH!


Yesterday, at guild meeting I talked with the chairman of Storybook Quilts and we decided to start all over. The blocks that I already made will be sold at a silent auction to try and recoup some of the cost of the fabric. And it is back to the drawing table with Go Away Dark Night.


But this is one of the things that I love about quilting… the challenges.


Pilchard’s Quilt

August 18, 2006


I had an extra star left over from the Go Away Dark Night project. So my daughter made a quilt sandwich and quilted it (with Mom’s help) for her stuffed cat, Pilchard.

I hope Pilchard enjoys it!


Go Away Dark Night

August 16, 2006

One of my favorite programs at my guild is the Storybook Quilt program. This program makes available to schools and libraries book/quilt combinations for story times. The books feature a quilt in the story and the quilt is to represent that quilt. I like this program because it promotes two of my favorite things; quilts and books!


This week I am working on a quilt to go with the story Go Away Dark Night. You can see a picture of the bookcover in my side bar. I haven’t read the story yet, but I imagine that it involves a quilt that comforts. The stars were a lot of fun to make. Now it is time to sash them and move them on to the quilting table.


Feeling Parched in Texas

August 14, 2006


I’ve been trying to turn my yard into a lush, green tropical paradise.


Obviously I am working against nature.


It’s not going to happen here in Texas.


I guess I will have to resign myself to rosemary and prickly pear!


Guest room quilt

August 14, 2006



I decided that I “need” a new quilt for the guest room. This will give me good practice on quilting larger quilts (queen size). Playing around on EQ, I came up with this design. I found a nice patterned fabric with birds and bird houses on it and a variety of solid fabrics at Hobby Lobby, all on sale! Just what I need…another project!


Old Maid’s Puzzle

August 11, 2006

The good thing about having my current projects posted in the sidebar of my blog is that it keeps me accountable. I feel like I have to explain why I haven’t worked on “Project X” in 6 weeks! I’ve been feeling that way about Old Maid’s Puzzle. So I am here today to report that I have worked on it this week.

The first thing I decided was that it needed to be larger. I thought if I am going to go to the trouble to make it, it may as well be BIG! So I enlarged it from about 16″ x 22″ to about 24″ X 36″. That still isn’t that big so it may well get enlarged again as I go along.

I want to do some little details in this in relief so I decided to work with the hat first. The first thing I tried for the hat was some fabric embroidered with machine stitching for the texture. OK, but, ho-hum, pretty boring.


Next I tried some raffia in a technique I guess you could call macreme. It is neat and I like the relief effect it produces but it has a little too much rough texture for what I want. I see her hat as a little more refined, smooth, shiny.


Next I tried this stuff called Wonder Wood. It is little slivers of wood, about 12″ long and about 1/32″ wide. It is the smooth look that I wanted but it is next to impossible to knot. It is very brittle and keeps breaking. I may come back to it again, but for now I am going to keep looking.


Next I tried some yarn. It is too fuzzy and soft for her hat.


Next I tried just some good ol’ embroidery floss. It knots nicely; doesn’t break. It gives a nice smooth texture while adding a little bit of relief. And I can vary the color by mixing in different shades. I don’t know, the jury is still out on this one. I will have to work with it a little more. But it looks like it has potential.


Thanks for reading and I hope you have a “quilty” weekend!


Piped Binding- How I Did It, Part 3

August 8, 2006

Note: This series on piped bindings begins on August 4.


The next step, joining the ends in a mitered corner, looked tricky but was fairly easy. Working with the beginning tail of the piping/binding combo, I folded it to the front of the quilt and finger pressed the fold into the binding. I opened the binding again and folded the quilt on a 45 degree triangle and lined up the raw edges of the quilt and binding. In the picture above the fold is in the blue binding right next to the red piping. Also note how the quilt sandwich is folded in a triangle.


I used a 45 degree triangle to mark the miters on the binding. A ruler with 45 degree markings would also work. The first line was from the last stitch in the corner to the fold. The second line was from the fold to the finished edge of the piping.


I stitched these lines making sure that the finished edges lined up. I backstitched at each end to secure and trimmed the seam allowances.


I turned the binding to the front and Viola! I had a mitered corner. How cool!


I turned the remainder of the binding to the front of the quilt and pinned it carefully in place. I found that taking the time to pin everything precisely saved time in the long run.



I used the pin-tuck foot again to guide the piping through the machine. The stitching line goes through the piping, in the ditch next to the binding on the front


and through the backing in the ditch next to the binding on the back. On these samples I used a white thread so it would be easy to see the stitching lines. On the real quilt, my piping was red and my backing was blue so I used a red thread in the needle and a blue thread in the bobbin.


So that is how I did it. I would love to hear how others do a piped binding also. We can never have too many tricks in our bags!!