Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Gallery Expansion, Market Day SAL, and random stuff

 Between thrift stores, antique malls and contributions from family members, I rustled up a few more wooden yardsticks to expand the small quilt gallery. The photo above is of the hallway outside my sewing room door. Again, credit for this idea goes to Ann Hermes at Notes from the Quilt Lab blog (and as I read further back in her blog, she credits Sheryl at Temecula Quilt Co., for giving her the idea)!
Below is my small quilt corner, which has been updated. Now I can move these around without adding pinholes to the walls. I even added a couple of wooden rulers in the space between the corner and my design wall, where it is too narrow for a yardstick. The other side of my design wall has the same issue and I hope to find a couple more wooden rulers to fill that space.
I'd like to continue the gallery expansion to the wall above my HQ Sweet 16 (Gidget), so I will still be  scouting out yardsticks for a while.

Did you notice the little cottage in the bottom of the photo above? Someone recently found it at a thrift store and gave it to my Mom. She said she thought I would have a better place for it than she would. Isn't it sweet?










I have to tell you that it is entirely possible to catch up on Pam Buda's Market Day SAL in one day (begin here with the revised fabric requirements). I just did it Monday. Hadn't even chosen fabric before then. Now everything is cut and stitched, waiting for the big reveal Friday. I stuck with Pam's colors and chose mostly fabrics with a patriotic theme. Is anyone else wondering what we are going to do with the second gold fabric? 








I have had fun seeing what others have been guessing as to the layout. Gave it a whirl and I can say I have absolutely no clue where Pam is going with this one. I'm quite certain this is not it.



Recently I posted a little quilt I was making from the leftover HSTs of Terry's Goodnight Irene quilt. Well, I wasn't happy with the border, so I trimmed it down and added more. Maybe I went too far, but this is it now. The little broken dish blocks are 1"

 I had a few more HSTs to use, so I tried little pinwheels this time. This is about 7" square.

The black borders are all on my colored star blocks now. They need to be trimmed--the squares were not all exact, so the borders are acting as coping strips, besides being part of the sashing design. This gives you an idea of the Garden Maze setting that I will use when I can decide on a color for the sashing strips. I need about 2 yards of whatever I choose, and I was wanting to work from stash. I don't have many cuts that large, unless they are even larger than that, which I intended for backings. Most of those are busy prints that would be too much for this purpose. I played with the rainbow idea, but it didn't click for me. I may actually have to buy something (horror).
You sew star points that match the cornerstones onto the ends of the sashing, and it creates the effect of the Garden Maze design without having to make tiny X blocks for the cornerstones. The idea was found in one of Sharyn Craig's wonderful books on settings (Setting Solutions and Great Sets). Does it make more sense now to those of you who were "smiling and nodding" when I tried to describe it before? : )

I am enjoying seeing the red/white/blue posts popping up around blogland. Even if we've seen it before, it is fun to be reminded of all of the possibilities.

Which reminds me, each time I have posted about this quilt I have had people email asking about the pattern.
It is a Primitive Gatherings pattern called Primitive Picnic Quilt. I did add extra rows and I put the borders on it to make it larger. It is on the Primitive Gatherings website, but not if you search for it by name (why?). You must use the product code, which is PRI-197. Or, you can just use the link above, of course. : )

Until next time,
Janet O.

38 comments:

  1. WOW! Can I invite myself to your house and drool over your quilts. Your yardstick gallery walls are incredible.

    You get so much done--do you quilt while others are counting sheep

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  2. I totally love your gallery walls and the yardsticks and rulers are the perfect touch. Something new to be on the lookout for when we're yard-saling or thrift store hopping. Looking forward to seeing the final layout on the SAL quilt. Have a happy 4th!

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  3. It's always good to see my little AAQI patriotic quilt. Good idea using yardsticks and rulers.

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  4. I didn't even see all the new yardsticks when I went in your quilt room on Sunday! How fun :)
    What a cute little quilt cottage.
    I like this new r/w/b quilt...will be interesting to see how it ends up.

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  5. Janet I just dearly love all your little quilts and wish I had know about the yardstick idea before I poked holes in the walls to hang mine. It’s such a cute idea.
    I like your idea for the Pam Buda sew along quilt.

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  6. Yea for catching up already on the Pam Buda SAL! I knew you could do it. I like your Guess too. I'm not guessing at all. I am just trying to get rested after the long Ride!

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  7. I see you were fortunate to come across some more yardsticks. Any of them with fabric association advertising?

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  8. I love how you display all your little quilts. The Quilt Cottage is so wonderful. All your quilts are great!

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  9. What a fabulous post! I love seeing everything you have made or are working on. Love it all!

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  10. Everything looks amazing Janet. I would love to see your yard stick display, I so love that idea. I forgot how you attach the yard stick to the wall. We have solid brick walls here, so may be harder to do...
    Such a sweet little cottage too.
    Julia ♥

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  11. All your little quilts are so charming! And the way you have them displayed with the yardsticks is just beautiful! You must smile everytime you walk by! Love you mini hst quilts. It will be interesting to see Pam Buda's finish, I have seen several people working on it.

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  12. I love the yardstick idea, your little quilts look great displayed like that.

    Have a wonderful and Blessed day
    Kristie

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  13. Janet, I love the Yard Stick idea. Your home is darling. Happy I could help with the process. Love your quilts.

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  14. Your gallery is awesome! Have with Pam's SAL, I am just watching from the sidelines......I'm the one cheering for you all!
    Love we 'quilt' house.

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  15. Love, love, love your gallery! What a great idea for hanging.:)

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  16. Great post, Janet!! Your yardsticks are fabulous and that little Quilt house is so cute!! What a nice Mom to share with you!! I love how those little stars in the corner will really make it look like a maze. I wonder what the designer who thought of that was thinking when she created that idea??

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  17. Your wall of quilts is wonderful and the yardsticks are perfect! Nice guessing on the market day sew along!

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  18. Just loving your little quilt wall!! The wall is not little...the quilts are...and I love the red and green one on your first picture! I am still looking for yardsticks...

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  19. Your quilts look fantastic displayed with the yardsticks. Sharyn's book is full of good ideas and I like how your lattice is coming together.

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  20. Your quilt gallery is amazing! And I'm glad to see you're still getting some mileage out of those scrap triangles I sent to you! :0)

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  21. Always a breath of fresh air to read your blog - always makes me smile and appreciate what others do - what a blessing you are to many!!

    Blessings and hugs!

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  22. Love the wooden yardsticks and rulers for hanging those mini's! Every thrift store across the country will be selling out of them after seeing how perfect they are!
    Your market day blocks are so cute... the layout you came up with is pretty darn nice! Maybe that IS the layout!
    Love the colors of your mini Goodnight Irene and the mini pinwheels... so refreshing!
    As for the color stars quilt... I'm smiling and nodding now... I get it... how clever! This is going to be a real beauty!

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  23. Janet, I love your idea of hanging the small quilts using a yardstick! VERY clever! And they look so awesome!! Very impressive. I may also have a look at Pam Buda's project after seeing it on your blog as well as Lori's. thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. Again, I love the yard stick hangers! But the awesome little quilts are what make it so wonderful!! Your mom gave you a precious little quilt cottage.... how sweet!

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  25. All of your little quilts look wonderful. I still can't pick a favorite. I really love all of your colored star blocks - that red stripe is my favorite!

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  26. I purchased fabrics from Homstead Hearth when we passed through in March ... right after she announced the fabric requirements. Of course, they're still sitting in the sewing room in the bag they came in. ;-) I'm saving the steps so I can get to it some day. It's good to know that it won't take me long to get it caught up. What size blocks did you make?

    I'm still determined to make a RWB version of that Primitive Picnic Quilt. My KT version is one of my favorite quilts.

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  27. Wow, love seeing the expansion of your gallery with the yardsticks. You have been thrifting a lot to find these wonderful treasures. And the little house is so perfect for that corner.

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  28. I saw a darling quilt at a quilt show last weekend in Prineville, OR that reminded me of your quilts. It had a row of 1/2" finished HSTs for a border and tiny wool appliqué blocks in the middle. It was so cute!! Now I want to make something with some 1 3/4" unfinished HSTs left over from my GS's graduation quilt and maybe the broken dish like yours would work. Of course they wouldn't be as small as yours. I hope I have room for a small quilt wall in our new house.

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  29. Another trunk show from your blog. You again do such nice work and I thoroughly enjoy viewing your photos. I really like the yardsticks hangers, gives a personal touch. Lovey studio.

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  30. Your rulers look wonderful with the little quilts !
    what a cute cottage from your mom. I really really like the border on your broken dishes blocks. It works great and adds a lot!
    Very clever way to make those stars on your lattice.

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  31. Those yardstick hangers are so darn cute! The scale of everything is wonderful in your growing gallery! The amount of quilting you accomplish is incredible. I can't remember the last time I actually finished something - early March I think?

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  32. Seriously? I'm envious of all your gorgeous mini quilts! I just don't have the time to play as much these days. I'll pop in here and drool if you don't mind...it's the best!

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  33. Gorgeous gallery! Love that yardstick idea. Now, what are you using to attach the quilts with? Some sort of clip? The micro broken dishes is amazing. I don't know how you sew straight on such teensy pieces. Looks like you're having fun with new projects and old ones! Enjoy.

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  34. I have Sharon's book and love the x idea. I may go with it on a project that I'm putting together for my Mom that is all patriotic blocks from a swap. It is always great to see how you find a way to use scraps. Lovely work Janet! Sandi

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  35. Janet, I love these yard sticks that you are hanging these fabulous minis from. Great job...love it. The quilts are so very pretty.
    Mary

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  36. LOVE that yardstick idea - somehow I could only (in my own mind) see one lonely miniature quilt all by itself, thinking it was not the best idea - had never imagined a whole slew of them and how lovely THAT idea works! Someetime we don't see all the options for whatever reason. Anyway, thanks for GREAT ideas and inspiration!!!

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  37. Your little quilts look fantastic on the yard sticks. I'll be looking for these now when I'm out looking at antiques. You probably answered this already but just wanted to know what you are using to fasten the yard sticks to the wall?

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  38. Your little quilts look so wonderful Janet!!! They are simply adorable :) And it really seems like you are having a good time playing with a few new possibilities! I can't wait to see what you put in as sashing for your colored star blocks. I don't have a lot of fabrics that large anymore either. Having a hard time putting together a quilt for an upcoming class because all I have are 1/2 yard cuts anymore!

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