Thursday, March 26, 2009


This afternoon I finished the current BOW on the SBS site, M-6 Providence. There are 33 pieces in that little 6" block! I partially foundation pieced, and partially just machine pieced. Whew! A good one to have done.


I learned to make cathedral windows long, long, ago (30 years?) and this was my first project! It was put away, just as you see it on the left. It's a beginner's job for sure -- don't look closely at the windows! The fabric is horrible, and was cut with scissors -- not especially straight. This must have been started before rotary cutters came into style. Evidently, once I learned the technique and had the border half on, I grew tired of the project and stuffed it away. Anyhow, I can't throw away anything I've worked on, so I finished it into a pillow. The back side of my work is so awful that it had to be hidden and as a pillow top it is. This sad little project is now done. Perhaps one of my granddaughters will like it as a tuffet for their dolls.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


This is my second year to make siggies. They are small squares that quilters love to swap and collect. There's a large Siggy Swap on the Dear Jane list every year. There's also an International Siggy Swap that goes on too (DJ is international too though). I added a link to the international swap on the side of my blog.

Pictured is the Siggy block I've been using on the International Swap in 2009. My DJ swap blocks will be similar, but I have selected a cherry fabric to represent Michigan, and oranges to represent Florida. I'll have two corners of each.

If you are interested in swapping siggies one-on-one with me, please email me at: Nana.Quilts@gmail.com

Here's the directions for making them.


Use only quilt shop quality, pre-washed, 100% cotton fabric.

Center: Cut one 3.5 inch square of light. This may be white, off-white, or any light color. Quality muslin works well. Do not use white-on-white, as ink doesn’t adhere to it well.

4 Corners: Cut two 4.0 inch squares of a fabric of your choice and cut each once on the diagonal.

Center and sew two triangles on opposite sides of the center square.
Press seam toward triangles. Trim off the extra ‘wings’.
Center and sew the other two triangles on the remaining sides of the center square. Press.

Receivers like to trim their own blocks. Different people do this differently, so even though they may look a tad ‘sloppy’ not trimmed up, resist the temptation and send them as is.

Use a Pigma® pen, or any waterproof, permanent, pen that is intended for fabric to sign your block. The color is your choice. Please include your name, state and country. It’s easier to sign your blocks if you put them on sandpaper or press a piece of freezer paper to the back first. Press to set the ink. You may choose to embroider your information if you want to. If you use a rubber stamp, be sure your stamp pad is waterproof, permanent, intended for fabric ink (like VersaCraft).

You may add any washable embellishments you want to. Plain Janes are welcome too.

Most of all, have fun trading Siggies with others around the world!

Monday, March 23, 2009



My happy houses are all set, uphill and downhill, and ready to fly. They will get a final trim to square them up by the hostess of the swap, so they all are trimmed the same. How nice is that?
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Monday, March 16, 2009



What's happening to the neighborhood? Everything from rose cottages, cowgirl ranches, and psychedelic homes are here, and only 2 are identical! 12 of these are going to the swap. Two I'll keep. They just need their uphill downhill borders before they fly off to Texas.
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Sunday, March 15, 2009


This morning I made two houses for the houses swap (link on down, lower left). They will be tilted left and right with a tilty border. These are so fun and so much remind me of one of my children's favorite books when they were little, "The Big Orange Splot". In the story, Mr. Plumbeam lives on a 'neat street' where all the homes are just alike. But one by one the neighbors start transforming their homes and yards to represent all their dreams. It is a wonderful story about being yourself.

This is a great way to use up small 2" scraps and strips. Any Bonnie Hunter (link on down, lower left) fans out there?

Saturday, March 14, 2009



New fabric arrived at my house via Fed Ex today! On the left is a piece that I will use for the backing of my Vintage Valentine quilt. I love the soft petals with the rose edges. It reminds me of the wool petals with rose buttonhole stitch on my blocks. It is from the Elm Creek Winding Ways line. In the middle is another Winding Ways fabric. Love those curves! And on the right is another piece of neutral. All of these were in the $5 'ish per yard category on the Quilt In a Day Fabric Frenzy and Boutique on-line. Too good to resist!
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Thursday, March 12, 2009


The block of the week on Sylvia's Bridal Sampler is Dresden Plate. These are 6" blocks and there are 20 curved petals on this one. I think this may be one of the ones in the "finished is better than perfect" category!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Since so many folks are planning on cutting back, and making more homemade gifts this Christmas, I decided to add a Christmas Countdown to my blog. It's there for me, as much as anyone.

In our family, we try to keep the focus on Baby Jesus' Birthday, rather than a big gift extravaganza. The adults do a gift exchange, so we each receive one gift. But everyone, of course, gives to the kids. The years that there are more home-made gifts under the tree are the best, for sure.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


I've been busy making 12" chicken blocks this week, for the FatCats swap. I have four of each of these guys/gals all done, but will probably make a few more. I can send in 20, and I'll want to keep some of these. I think it will make a fun, whimsical quilt!

Friday, March 6, 2009


I added a new link on my blog today. It will take you directly to Moda's Bake Shop. I generally don't advertise on my blog for any company, but this link has many free recipes (patterns) for jelly rolls, layer cakes, etc. There are some great ideas at the Bake Shop!

Scroll down and look on the left for the link.

Have a sewing day!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Yesterday I made two more SBS blocks M-1, Spinning Hourgrlass, and H-3, Sarah's Choice. That's 5 for March, which meets the SBS Offline Quilter's group challenge this month, so now I'll probably go back to other projects for a while. I'll still try to keep up with the BOW on the big list.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Over the weekend, I finished 3 more 6" Syliva's Bridal Sampler blocks, K-3, Churn Dash, M-5, Ohio Star, and M-10, Key West Beauty. Feels like progress! Slow, but sure..............

Sunday, March 1, 2009


This UFO is about 5 years old. It is a traditional, primitive, bull's eye pattern made in Civil War era reproduction fabrics. The circles were cut by folding a fabric square into fourths, and then free-hand cutting the circle. The circles are sewn with raw edges. When I put it out on my queen-sized guest bed to get ideas for quilting, I realized that with just a bit more border it would be large enough for a queen bed.

So back to my stash I went. Since this is a primitive quilt, I want to stick with that thought and only use stash on it. I pulled several good-sized pieces of fabric that I could use. I'm looking for suggestions.

Which fabric(s) do you prefer, and how would you use them in the borders? Please leave a comment with your ideas, and thanks in advance for your help.