4-H Quilting with Ella!

I have a group of 4-H students I am teaching to quilt. Two of the girls, sisters Ella and Rory, didn’t have a working sewing machine at home, so they have been coming here to the house to work on theirs. They have been working hard and both have their tops finished. As they finish their tops, I am going to teach each of the girls to quilt on my longarm.

This week we have been concentrating on quilting Ella’s top. Yesterday she spent some time with a practice piece on the longarm and learning to follow a pantograph. This afternoon she quilted a couple more rows on the practice piece, then we loaded up her quilt,

Ella quilting


This was near the end of the quilt, and her curves were getting much smoother and she was much more comfortable.’

Ella close up

She was concentrating! She did phenomenal on the quilting and the back looks awesome also! I will have more pictures as we finish it up completely.

Ella and quilt

Here she is with the quilt.

Next up – binding!

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A quilty finish

WARNING – picture heavy post ahead!

I have had a customer quilt on the machine for a while now, and finally delivered it to her yesterday. I fell in love with this quilt, and had so much fun quilting it! This quilt belongs to a wonderful gal in the guild, Barb M, and she made it for her daughter after she (Barb) was diagnosed with breast cancer. The pink  in the quilt is for breast cancer, and Barb wanted the quilt to have an old-fashioned feel.

Barb M's Love Chain

I had to look the name of the block up in BlockBase and it is called “Love Chain” or “Atlanta” and is numbered 1023 in BlockBase.  It was almost 100 inches square, so you can see  it hangs down on the floor some at the bottom.

Barb M - bordersMy inspiration started with the light-colored border – I wanted Twirly Whirly Feathers ala Kimmy Brunner in the border, and since it is only 6″ wide, there were a lot of them!

Barb M - borders

Here is another shot of the quilt, still on the frame. There was fullness in both the pink outer border and the light tan border, so the heavy quilting helped to draw it up. I love the undulating line of the feathers in the pink border!

Barb M - borders

And another close up of the light tan border.  I quilted continuous curves in the pieced border – regular CC in the pink and brown and a little bit of line dancing in the light tan.

Barb M  - center

This picture shows a closer shot of the center of the quilt as well as the border. I did the same CC in the chains as in the pieced border, just did the line dancing in the 9-patch sections and the regular CC in the rest. The brown/pink frames were stitched in the ditch.


Barb M - corner


This was so much fun to quilt!Barb M - quilt


I hope Barb’s daughter loves it!Barb M - borders

We used a double layer of batting – Pellon’s Nature’s Touch 100% cotton on the bottom and Hobbs low-loft polydown on the top. I used Superior So Fine thread both top and bottom.

Barb's quiltI love it!


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Mini-me’s first turkey hunt!

Mini-me and Munchie have been working hard to get ready for youth turkey season this year. It is the first year they have been big enough to shoot a shotgun.  They have been excited for today!

We all got up at 5:00 AM to get under the cedar tree by 6:00. It was a gorgeous morning, windy but warm. We saw deer in the field and a lot of turkeys all over. The gobblers were really talking this morning. Here in our part of Missouri they don’t always talk much, so it was really neat the kids got to see and hear that. We had a group of about 6 gobblers and a couple of hens over in a field quite a ways away, but we could see them strutting and hear them gobble. It took a while, but finally three jakes started coming our way – one of them strutting the whole time.

The Hunter had Mini-me and Munchie set up where both could shoot at the same time if the birds were near the decoy. Unfortunately, the three birds came up as if they were going toward the decoy, then veered off toward Mini-me’s side of the tree and around. He was able to get the gobbler that had been strutting, but Munchie never had a shot at any of them. Mini-me's first turkey

Very exciting! His beard was only about 4″ long, but he weighed 19 pounds. Great hunt!

Munchie and Mini-me

What I thought was cool was how supportive Munchie was of Mini-me’s success. She even helped him haul the bird to the truck.Mini-me and the Hunter

One proud papa (and mama)!


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March 350 Blocks Project Update

I so can’t believe it is the last day of March! The month has flown by….and I have gotten very little personal quilting stuff done.

I have been spending a lot of time with the 4-H quilting group that I am leading. The girls are learning to make quilts and two of them don’t have a working sewing machine, so they have been coming over once a week to work on their projects. I am going to have to get some photos and post them…they are doing such a wonderful job! Anyway, between that and snow days early in the month and sick kids at the end of the month with Spring Break in between, it just hasn’t been happenin’!

These are the last of the Birds in the Air blocks that I need to make. There are 24 here, and I only needed 23. These were done early in the month. Birds  in the Air blocks

That was all I did. I haven’t touched anything else of my own. At least that makes my total 147 blocks for the first quarter of the 350 Block Project! Still above the goal, but if I’m not careful my head start will be gone before I know it.

Just so you know I haven’t been totally slacking off from quilting for the month, this is a picture of the latest customer quilt I am working on. This is made by Barb M. from my guild.

Barb M's quilt

I wasn’t sure what the name of the pattern was, but I found it in Block Base and it is called Love Chain. This quilt is for Barb’s daughter’s marriage, so very appropriate! I only have the outer pink border and a little of the off white border to finish up. I will be glad to get this off the machine!

And just to show you another little project, Munchie was in a 4-H skit where the club did a take off of the hit  movie “Frozen”. We were tasked with providing “Olaf” and here is what we came up with!

Olaf and Munchie

Well, at least his head anyway…and he keeps losing that in the movie also! Not too bad!

Anyway, Shelly over at Prairie Moon Quilts did so much better on her blocks than I did this month. Skip on over there and see what everyone else accomplished!

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February 350 Blocks Project update

Woo hoo, I finally have my computer back! Yay! I just picked it up at noon today and am busy loading all the software I need back onto it. I should have been quilting, but you know how that goes….LOL.

I actually had a pretty good month. I got a lot done early in the month, then was sick and lost almost two whole weeks of quilting-type work, but made up for it early this week when I jumped in and finished more of the Birds in the Air blocks.

This first block is the center block for a lap quilt for some friends who are huge Packer fans. I finished up the main Packer logo in December and had the letters cut out for the words, I just hadn’t put them on the block yet. Now that part is finished and I just need to work up the border. This is a quilt I had worked up in EQ7 and then lost the files when my laptop crashed. Fortunately, I found a printout of the finished EQ project when I was cleaning in my sewing room the other day!

Green Bay

My next project is for a graduation quilt for a nephew.Brett's quilt

I pieced the 13 9-patch blocks and got the whole center of the quilt pieced together. That leaves only the borders and quilting. I don’t know what is up, but I am way early on getting this one done! By the way, I didn’t count the plain alternate blocks in my block count for the month….I figured that would be cheating, but I may wish I had by the end of the year!

I spent Monday and Tuesday working on more Birds in the Air blocks. Monday I was able to finish up 34 blocks.Birds in the Air

Tuesday I finished up 18 more. Birds in the AirIncluding these, I have 257 birds in the air blocks. I need 280 blocks total so have only 23 more to go.

End result with the 66 I made this month, my total for the year is 123 blocks. I know that makes me way ahead of what I need to be, but I am sure this summer I won’t get so many done, plus I will have all the easy blocks pieced and that will leave only hard ones as I finish the year. For instance, some of the Civil War Tribute blocks have 70-80 pieces per block!

If you haven’t already, hop on over to Shelly’s and see what everyone else has accomplished!

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