Friday, April 30, 2021

Doing Dual Duty

My monthly mini (with Wendy at The Constant Quilter blog) is also my swap quilt for Lori's Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap. You don't see the others cheating like this,  but I have never claimed to be of sterling character. ;)

This was the quilt I sent to Jane S. in Ohio.

I hand quilted it and washed it up and it really crinkled. I thought I'd killed it!

I had shown you the inspiration quilt in my last post. It is made from diamonds. I didn't have a diamond template (I do now), and I was too lazy to figure out cutting the diamonds with the lines on the rulers, so I used Panama Pyramids triangles templates to just give a similar impression. As in the inspiration "Sugar Loaf" quilt, I was going to leave the larger triangles between the pieced triangles as one plain triangle of background fabric. But for some reason, on my creation it didn't look good to me, like it did in the original. So I chopped up those plain triangles and inserted colored ones in the middle. First I tried multiple colors, but they seemed to create a distraction, so I opted to go with all browns. When I noticed, after final assembly, that in the second row all of the brown center triangles were a floral, rather than having them spread throughout the quilt, I shook my head and let it go. That was a big step for me.


Jane has no blog, but she sent some photos she said I could share here. They are better glamor shots than anything I have. So here is the quilt in its new home. She says a dolly has already spent the night under this quilt, and that warms my heart!


I understand that my quilt has been sent to me, but is coming from very far away. I am excited to receive it!!

You may recall that I was going to a tulip festival. It was sprinkling on us most of the time we were there, but I'd rather have that than temps in the 80s (as they had been experiencing) any day! Tell me if you see a strippy quilt in any of these photos. And if while viewing these you are tempted to pull out your uke and start singing "Tiptoe through the tulips", you may be as old as I am. Are you ready for a tulip overload?


In case you are wondering, yes, this is just a fraction of the photos I took. :)

Until next time, when I hope my doll quilt has arrived!!

Janet O.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Staying On Top Of Things (sort of)

This is my first year participating in the Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap. I am so pleased that I actually got it sent off before the end of the month deadline. I am not going to share my quilt until it has been received, but this was the inspiration.



This quilt is from the book "Childhood Treasures" by Merikay Waldvogel. It measures 16" x 21".

It is from an unknown maker and is estimated to be from the 1890s. The pattern name is Sugar Loaf. 

My version is not exactly this design, but was definitely based upon it.




                                                                    This is the label on my quilt.   








I am caught up with the Hands All Around sew-along with Barbara Brackman. One block a month, and I am making two of each pattern. The color on this photo is very poor.

Had been doing pretty well with Gay Bomers' Heartfelt BOW, until last week. Haven't done that one yet. And a new pattern being released just after I post this will put me two weeks behind. But this is what I have so far. You can still join up through the link. She has extended the registration.


We won't talk about how I am doing with the Little Blocks 365. But in case you are interested, Gay has extended the registration again--the requests just keep coming. So click the link, if you dare, and play along. They are very fun.

Now for the results of the drawing. I split the wool patterns in half and drew 2 names, since there was so much interest.  Joyful Quilter and Denise Panter will each get 7 patterns. Julie Q was drawn for the apple cores, and Darlene was selected for the Lori Smith kit. All have been notified.

Very soon I will be attending a tulip festival in the Northwest, on a day with an 80% chance of rain. But I am thrilled because my youngest granddaughter (oh, and her parents) will be there. :) Really looking forward to it!    

Until next time,

Janet O.

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