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Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Petite Prairie Journal #1

 Hello to all the quilt people out there,
If you are a quilt history buff, you will appreciate all the newspapers that used to print quilt block patterns for their readers.  So, in that vein, here is an attempt at that.  (Let me know if you enjoy it. If you don't leave comments, I won't know.)

Friday, October 29, 2010

About the quilt in the header photo.....

Hi to all,
Karen at Log Cabin Quilter blog left a nice comment the other day about the doll quilt and bed in my header photo. Visit her blog and you will get to view the nice primitive style quilt work she does.  
Back to the header photo - first of all it features the back end of one very nosy cat named Gizmo.  I inherited him when my father passed away.  We call him "The Giz" and he pretty much runs my life.  The doll bed was an inexpensive buy at an antique mall a long time ago. It is a large size and will accommodate a cat.  The quilt was made in 1997.  Back then you couldn't get all the repro fabrics that you find now and it was hard to find fabrics that had the look I wanted.  It is a miniature dresden plate made with templates and a pattern by Sharlene Jorgensen at Quilting from the Heartland.  (I just quickly went through her website and that set wasn't listed any more. They were probably discontinued. She has other miniature sets, though, so give it a look.) The blocks are 5 3/4" square.  You can see that The Giz was present for the photography session.
Sheila H.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Want to see some hexagons?

I've been trying to clean out my sewing space.  It isn't going very well.  A giant bonfire would make short work of it, but that isn't happening.  I came across my  hexagons for a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt.  They are filed in  those boxes that people use for embroidery floss or whatever.   Yep, that is one heap of hexes.  They are all stamped, cut out and filed in the amounts needed for one complete unit or flower.  I like to sew the border and the first row together as I go along.  (The brown flower is one row down - just threw that one in, I guess.)  Have you ever seen those stacks of flowers in antique malls that never got sewn together?  Well, that is what I am trying to avoid.  Of course if I don't ever work on this project, it will remain just boxes of hexes.  My all time favorite design is simply the hexagon.  A person could quilt the rest of their life and never make anything other than hexagon quilts.  The variations are endless.  Wish me luck on the cleaning out project.
Until next time......

Friday, October 15, 2010

Elongated Hexagon Doll Quilt Clarification

Hi to all,
I see Lisa has sent some people my way.  Thanks - it's always nice to get some feedback.  Well, positive feedback, that is.
The previous post had a little doll quilt shown that was folded up on the shelf. My lack of photography skills made it look like it was composed of regular hexagons and it is actually elongated hexes, so here is a closer look at a section of it:
Again, my camera skills are limited, but think you can see now what it is.  I made this quilt some time ago and it was made from a pattern by Tina Gravatt.  She was a huge inspiration to me when I first started making little quilts.  We don't really agree on what to call them, though.  She refers to them as miniatures and I think of them more as doll quilts.  However, they are what they are no matter what you call them.  The term "miniature" is sort of a personal definition type thing, I suppose.  Where would you draw the line if you were making a small quilt?  At what point would a miniature morph into a doll quilt and how small would a doll quilt have to be to qualify for a miniature?  I don't know.  Doll quilts to me have larger pieces and are a lot more fun to quilt than what I consider miniatures.  Doll quilts are fun and rewarding to make and look darn cute in all sorts of settings.  Miniatures are intriquing and fun, but lots harder to do, it seems to me.  Just my thoughts on a very small subject, no matter what they are called.
Till next time,

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Elongated Hexagon Doll Quilts

Hi to all, on what is a very warm autumn day here.  Personally, I prefer the crisp and cool sort of fall weather.  Above I have posted a photo of a couple of elongated hexagon doll quilts I have made.  The one that is folded up was English Paper Pieced.  The one that is hanging was hand pieced.  Both were hand quilted.  English Paper Piecing gives good results, but it is not my favorite way to do things.  It is time consuming and I always feel like I could have made two quilts in the time it takes to make one. Plus, I really don't like the way the whip stitches look when the pieces are put together.  My results were actually better with the other one that is hand pieced.  I would classify neither of them as miniature quilts and simply refer to them as doll quilts.  Both were made with modern fabrics and no antique fabrics.  We also collect antique sewing machines - and of course we prefer miniature ones, as you might have guessed - and two are shown above.  One is a Singer (the word Singer is written  in German Script, which is unusual) and the other is a small Mueller machine.Till next time.......................................
p.s.  I edited this entry by adding a frame around my photo.  Something new I am learning to do.  Sheila


Sunday, October 3, 2010


For some strange reason, I could suddenly not add any images to this blog.  AAARGH!  Had to research the problem, eliminate cookies, change the pop up blocker, sign in, sign out - you name it.  Finally a photo!  It is an annoying photo, but a photo, none the less.  Took the shot holding the camera at a random angle to see what it would look like.  It gives me a headache.  Won't do that again.
There are two little quilts in the basket.  They are in the process of being hand quilted.  Not my favorite part of the process.  I like to hand quilt, but not on miniatures.  There are several reasons why, but will save that for some other day.  What I really want to talk about is the basket.  We go to thrift stores when we get a chance and this is one of my latest finds - a genuine Longaberger Potluck Basket with a cloth liner and a plastic liner, as well.  It is all in wonderful condition and had a price tag of $2.99!  Yippee!  Finding it made my day. It doesn't take much to make me a happy happy girl.