Thursday, December 19, 2013

Great new blog

Found a delightful blog today that I had never seen before.

If you haven't felt the Christmas spirit yet, you're in for a treat.

If you have the Christmas spirit intact then you'll feel inspired.

Just too delightful.

I added a photo of one of my Christmas quilts just so this post would be quilty too.

Best of Holidays,

Friday, December 6, 2013

Barn Block artist

I had an anonymous comment on this post  on Barn Blocks in Granton WI.  He said he is the one who painted the block and has done 13 total.  I would love to see them all!

I would love to know his name too so I can give him the credit he deserves.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How appropriate for the season

 As we were leaving Antigo a few weeks ago we came upon this lovely block on the side of a barn. 

You can tell the sun was setting by the shadows and flickering lights.

I don't know the name of this block but a starburst seems appropriate for the season that celebrates a new star appearing in the sky over two millennia ago.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Who knew?

I wanted to start a new applique block.  I've had a hard time finding the right needles for the project.  I usually use Jeanna Kimball's straw/milliners needles size 10.  But all my applique stuff is back home in Utah.  I didn't want to order the needles online and have to pay postage for such a small item so I searched and searched.

Wisconsin has some wonderful quilt stores but they are in the Milwaukee or Madison areas and I'm smack dap in the middle of the state with only a Hancocks nearby.  I finally bought these Clover needles and thought I'd just make do.

BUT I couldn't get my thread through the little teeny tiny hole of the needle!

I tried 3 different needles and using the same thread I always use. . . I ended up throwing the package in the trash.  We'll go to Wausau next week, we're going to be stopping at Grant's March Quilt Store to see if I can find some decent needles.

We went to Steven's Point last week and surprisingly I found out this is the home of Herrschners.  I've been receiving Herrschners catalogs for years and loved seeing all the cross stitch, needlepoint, yarn, Christmas stockings etc.  Sometimes when money was short the catalog was as close as I got to doing any needlework.

We went inside and had a great time looking around.  They even had quilting fabric (but no milliners needles).  We ended up just buying a couple of puzzles but it was a lot of fun.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Two new barn quilt blocks

When I saw my first barn quilt block last summer I thought it was just a "once in a lifetime" thing and was content.  I m just dazzled by the fact that I keep discovering new quilt blocks.

It is such an adventure.  I even have my husband on the outlook.  He finds them before I do.

As you can tell by the barn above we've been having some really foggy days. It's that time or year, you know.

One of the people we visit on a regular basis in Medford gave me some butternuts that last time I was there.  I want to try and dye some fabric with them.  Does anyone have some experience with this that they would like to share?  Is the dye colorfast?

In this book Borderland in Butternut & Blue by Barbara Brackman she talks of the use of butternuts to dye the Confederate Uniforms during the Civil War. This intrigues me, knowing that the gray of the Confederacy was often brown or beige.

Guess that's all for now,

Monday, October 28, 2013

Piecemakers Quilt Show

I attended the Fall Quilt Show of  the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Central Wisconsin on Friday.

So I'll share some of the pictures I took.

This quilt was dazzling.  I have seen this made up before (I think it's Millie's Garden by Piece of Cake) but this quilt was just amazing. 

Be sure you take the time to read the quilter's comments below.

This is a picture of her with another dazzling quilt.

The reason I was so amazed by this quilt was because of the hand quilting.

It just takes my breath away that anyone would take the time to make such an heirloom.


This quilt didn't photograph well.  The moths, dragonflies, etc. just seemed to "pop" on the surface of this quilt.

I know we've all seen this Christmas quilt before in advertisements but this is the first time I have seen one in person.  It is so delightful.  It has a lot of 3-D dimension on the blocks.

This was my favorite  block.  The snowmen are puffy.  The colors are so bright.  I neglected to take a picture of the maker's info.

I love the movement and colors in this sweet quilt.

What's not to like about this quilt.  It has stars, it has high-contrast, and it's done it colors I like.

I particularly like the way the border was done.  Very clever and appealing to the eye.

I have to say. . . this was my favorite quilt.  This is the quilt I would have choses to take home with me if that had been and option.

It's just a hst Lemoyne star done in repros but it is so uniform and clean looking.  I love it!

It just proves to me once again that complexity doesn't make things better. 
The simple blocks, done well, are tops in my opinion. (pun intended)~

Hope you enjoyed the show.

Monday, October 14, 2013

My quilty posts are few and far between.  We saw another quilt block on a building in Athens Wisconsin.  Don't you love the little 4-H clover in the middle?  This is probably a building used for their county fair.  It sure is a bold block.

Fall is here in all it's splendor.  Frost on the grass this morning tells me all the leaves will be falling soon. 

One of my favorite poems for fall is by an Hoosier (Indiana) poet named James Witcomb Riley called "When the Frost is on the punkin".  You can read the whole poem here but be sure and read it out loud so you can hear the music of words spoken in an old dialect.  Too Fun!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

How thoughtful!

Just finished a really tricky puzzle that was a gift from a friend.

Looks familiar doesn't it?
There's no mystery why when she found it she had to buy it and send it to me.
I just wish the quilt was finished too - sigh~
I'm on block # 14 of 32 so it's coming along.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Found another one!

Isn't this just the prettiest block?  I like to think a quilter definitely lives inside.  Especially since it's not on the side of a barn like most painted blocks are.

It must make her smile whenever she comes home.  We found this on the drive to Neillsville last week.

This barn was also on the drive but alas, the sun's angle left it in the shadow.  I'm going to have to go back on a morning and get a better (and brighter) picture.

If I wasn't out here in Wisconsin to do missionary work I'd sure like to participate in Lori Holt's Quilty Barn Along on her Bee In My Bonnet blog (click on the word Barn to go directly to the tutorial).  I see barns every which way I turn.  I'm going to have to figure out a way to collect the instructions from her blog for later use.

Have a quilty kind of day. . .

Friday, September 6, 2013

what a delight!

We were out in the SW corner of the area and came across this barn right next to the road.  I was going to keep track of the exact location but I neglected to and now I don't remember exactly.  I think it was in Pittsville WI. (Not a very romantic name for a town.)

Notice the detail in the background pieces of the Ohio Star block.  The artists went to a lot of trouble to make it look like real fabric.

And they even autographed it.

We found this little shed in the Granton WI area.  It was an outbuilding behind a small house.

This block is very vivid and calls out to you as you drive by.  It must have been painted quite recently as the color is crisp and clear.

Just some sweet discoveries as we traverse the rural roads of central Wisconsin.


Monday, August 19, 2013

A sweet little surprise

Just a quick post to show you these cute little owl magnets that my daughter send to me.  Too Cute!!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

I knew if I was patient I'd eventually find a barn with a quilt block on it.  Isn't it a pretty one?  It is located just outside of Marshfield Wisconsin. 

I was able to find another one on the drive to New London KY last year but it was on the freeway and we drove past it before I could get my camera ready. 

The barn above is on a small two-lane country road so we could stop and take all the pictures we wanted.

Quiltingly Yours,

Monday, August 5, 2013

A solution to my delimna

I couldn't decide which color of gold looked best in this hand-piecing project so I ended up using these three; a gold plaid, a tan sprigged print, and a cheddar.  The pattern is called "Old Maid's Patience" and I can see why.

The colors in this quilt are not spritely enough for me but the pieces are already cut out so I'll have to liven it up somehow with an alternating block.  The pattern calls for a plain light colored block in between but I think that will be too dull. 

Especially since the quilt I am currently hand quilting has big white spaces to fill. 

This is my interpretation of the Sanderson Star Quilt from the Beamish Collection in England.  It's not a very good picture because the wrinkles make my quilt lines look crooked, they aren't.

I've always wanted a quilt with extra quilting and I think when I'm done with this one I'll have satisfied that desire completely.