Friday, August 18, 2017

patriotic sewing

On the left is my grandmother, Cynthia Meerdink, with the Girls Society of the First Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa sewing a banner with stars for church members serving in the First World War.
About 1917.
Her brother Henry was a soldier in France at Verdun. Her boyfriend Jurrien Dykstra, who became her husband and my grandfather, (pictured below) was on the troop ship in New York Harbor when the armistice was signed.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

farewell LeClaire


Farewell LeClaire. You shaped who we are as individuals and as a family. May you bless all who enter in.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

birthday fabric

Fabric gifts from my small group.
My request was for man-made objects.
Love them!

Monday, July 10, 2017

tile

The block is Portuguese tile. Several commercial patterns are out there and lots of actual Portuguese tile floors and walls also. It is another example of robbing-peter-to-pay-paul fabric placement.

I drafted mine to a finished block size of 5 by 14 inches.
All cut from 3 inch strips.
Solid: two 3 by 7 1/2 inch rectangles, two 3 inch squares
Print: two 3 by 7 1/2 inch rectangles, two 3 inch squares

I was using my EZ angle to cut the corners, then read Bonnie Hunter's review of Doug Leko's Simple Folded Corner Ruler. I picked one up and like how the size adds stability and the markings add accuracy to this task.

It is time to pack up my what remains in my sewing room.
I have kitted lots of projects to keep me going over the next months of being between places and to have ready when we get settled this fall.
Each has sample blocks ready to remind me what I was doing.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

flicker

An idea from Pinterest. I saw several quilts with this block and don't know who to attribute it to. If you know, please tell me.

I was using my EZ angle to cut the corners, then read Bonnie Hunter's review of Doug Leko's Simple Folded Corner Ruler. I picked one up and like how the size adds stability and the markings add accuracy to this task.

It is drafted to a 9 inch finished block.
Print: four 5 inch squares
Solid: two 3 inch squares, added with the sew and flip method.

Very simple.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

paraments



I was asked to make white paraments (used at Christmas and Easter) in honor of our retiring associate pastor, Avena Ward.
I used Michael Miller's Fairy Frost as I like the sheen it gives.
On the Sunday of her retirement I sat in the balcony with several friends who helped make major binding progress during the service.
At the reception members of the congregation were welcomed to add stitches.
I planned to remove what wasn't to my standard, but decided to leave them in. It was so much fun to see people delight to participate.

There is still some finishing work to be done. I'll get more photographs when they are installed.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

visiting my quilts, Fourth of July



Quilt was made in 2015 with Deanna's fabulous sew-a-long at Wedding Dress Blue.
https://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/calico-rose-quiltalong/

We had an enjoyable visit with my mother at my sister's house. Good to see my quilt. Great to see mom.