Quilt Archive

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spring has Sprung and So Have I!

Hello Blog Friends!

Just a quick post to share this pretty sight.  Daffodils on the south side of our house.

And here's another sight...my pile of stuff ready to load in the car for scrapbooking retreat this weekend.

A weekend away filled with scrapping, good eats, great scrapping sisters, chocolate, and wine, of course.

Till next time....

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Last week...not a total loss!

Hello Blogger Friends,

Well, I'm happy to report that I'm feeling much better after my bout with the flu.  Still a lingering cough, but I'm able to function at full capacity.  

Our home is now all put back together and I'm smiling every day.  Love the new paint job.  We eliminated an accent wall, and now everything looks clean and bright.  

I found out late last week that our neighborhood rummage sale will be happening in 3 weeks.  So, I've been spending time this week going through kitchen cupboards, closets and other nooks and crannies, cleaning and clearing things out.  Many of the items that were on display above the cabinets in my kitchen and on the walls are not going back and/or not staying either.  The downsizing bug has hit me, and I've cleared out quite a bit already.  My eBay seller account is also getting a workout.

Unfortunately, all this activity has not left any time for sewing!  But, I was able to take advantage of some of the time (while painting was going on last week) to do some scrapping.  I'll be going on retreat next week, and my goal is to bring several projects up to date.  To help that idea along, I pre-made some base pages, 16 in all.  I'll admit they look a tad plain, but all that really is needed is photos, some embellishments, a little journaling, and voila, finished pages.  These are all for my Plays and Concerts book.  I'm doing the entire book in the same paper collection (Laughing Lola from Close to My Heart).  

Easter is this coming weekend, and it will be a quiet one, the girls and families all have other plans.  I'm hoping to reacquaint with the sewing machine and make progress on the UFOs pile.  

Until next post....

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Brief Hiatus...

Dear Blog Friends,

I've taken a brief hiatus from crafting...the reasons are two-fold.

First, I've been sick the past week with the Influenza.  Which does not make me very happy, because I religiously get a flu shot every fall.  I guess this must have been a rogue flu bug that got me...it evaded the flu vaccine.  Needless to say, with a fever, nasal congestion and cough, I was not in very good shape to be sewing or scrapping.  I mostly sat on my couch and suffered.  This was me last week (LOL):

Second, the interior of our house is being painted.  This, of course, means things are out of place and out of reach.  And, the entire place is a mess.  My painter finishes up tomorrow, and hopefully we will be back to a normal routine by the weekend.

So that's my story for this week.  Hopefully, I'll have sometime of substance to show you next post.

Till then...stay well.

Monday, March 27, 2017

UFO's No More!

Hello Blog Friends,

My pile of UFOs (UnFinished Objects) is growing!  This is the view behind my craft room door...

The front quilt is the newly finished Town Square.  Backing is ready, it awaits quilting.  The red and white quilt top is Seeing Red, the top I made in January.  It is waiting a few pieces of applique, then quilting.  The poor black/grey in the back is waiting quilting and finishing.  It has been waiting patiently there for over two years.  Frankly, I need the space...these quilts have to get done and go to their respective places (my house...these are all for me!).  Quilting and finishing will begin in earnest next week.  

And, yes! I have been sewing this week.  An interesting story, a mystery and whole lot of half square triangles.    A show and tell will follow before I start the big quilting jobs.

Till then...

Saturday, March 18, 2017

South for the Week! Florida projects

Hello Blog Friends!

It is Florida week here in Susan's Craft Room.  I've been working on some smaller project this week.  

This first one is a birthday gift for my middle daughter, Kim.   It is a beach bag made from vinyl mesh and fabric with dolphins.  Dolphins are her favorite animal.  Kim and her family go to Florida at least once a year.  This will come in handy on their next trip to the beach.

Here is a wall hanging for Kim's mother-in-law, Helen.  Helen owns a house in Kissimmee, Florida.  She was kind enough to let us stay there for a week in early February.   It was nice to stay in a home setting, instead of a hotel for 7 days.  This cute little wall hanging is my way of saying thank you.  She has a few flamingos as a decoration already, so this one will seem right at home.  All fabrics and buttons were from my own stash, except the pink for the flamingo and the backing.  The large yo-yos add an interesting dimension to the piece, don't you think?  The pattern is called Simply Flamingo by Marcia Layton.  I found the pattern quite by surprise....one day we traveled from Kiss to St Augustine, but by way of Hwy 1 and A1A.  While passing through New Smyrna Beach, I spotted Seaside Sewing and Quilts.  The ladies within were very nice.  I found this pattern there...how perfect was that?   And don't you just love the backing?

Here is a pillowcase using Florida postcard fabric.  Also for my daughter Kim, so she can dream Florida dreams at night.

Finally, two more pillowcases, only these are for us.  The yellow one will be mine and the blue one for my husband Denis.  Now we, too, can dream Florida dreams all year round!

Up next...UFO sightings!  Till then...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Hello Blog Friends,

As I mentioned in the last few posts, I made a Vintage Christmas Card Album not only for me, but as a gift for a friend.  In all, I made 3 such albums, each one unique to itself.  The two books with black covers are similar, using the same pages as bases.  The smaller, brown cover book is a slightly smaller size, and features both printed pages and clear pocket pages.   Each book also includes a title page, a dedication page (to Edna and Elmer, of course!) and a brief history of Edna and Elmer and how I found the cards.  Here is a photo of the three:

Some pages from the second book:

Some pages from the third (brown cover) book:
 This book also featured printed vellum pages.  "Christmas" is such a page.  The white area is a card mat adhered to the back side of the page.   The backside is shown below:

 Even after making three albums, I still had leftover cards.  I used them up by cutting some images and sentiments to fit into the clear pocket pages, like this one.
An example of the cute pre-printed pages in this book.

As you can see, all different and unique, as paper colors and page layouts were dependent on the cards.  This was such a fun project and I just love how they all turned out.  A nice respite from scrapbooking with photos!  Now to wait until next December to gift them at Christmas.

It is back to the sewing machine for me this week.  I'll give a report next post.  Till then...

Monday, February 27, 2017


Hello Blogger friends,

I am still busy working away on my scrapping projects, but nearing completion even as I write this post.   I took a few hours this past weekend to attend the Winter Quilt Show at the Washington County Fairgrounds in West Bend.  It was a one-day show on Saturday.  Here are some of my favorites:

 Modern style.
A very detailed and well done art piece. 
 This is just plain cool.
This one was made from hand embroidery pieces.  It is a multi-generational pieces, using work from both the maker's mother and herself.  A very unique way to showcase the pieces.

 This crazy quilt was very well done.  The fabric and hand stitching was reminiscent of crazy quilts from the 1890's-1900's.
 I love the simplicity of this design.

 Love this Charlie Brown shirt.  The quilting really made the quilt!
And what would be more fitting for a quilt show in Wisconsin...a Green Bay Packers tshirt quilt.  Love it!

My blog post next week will feature an update on the scrapping projects I'm working on.  Till then...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Town Square, Part 2

Hello Blog Friends!

Despite having a cold this week, I was busy, busy and finished the top for the Towne Square quilt.  Here is a look:

I like the way it turned out, kinda scrappy.   Next step will be quilting and binding.

I'm taking the next couple of weeks off from sewing, however.  I have several smaller scrapbooking projects that I would like to work on.  I'll share my progress with you next week.  I'm planning to devote the month of March to finishing work...quilting and binding on this quilt, Seeing Red, and on a poor quilt top that has been languishing on the UFO pile for several years.  

See you next week with scrapping show-and-tell!

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Hello Blog Friends,

As I mentioned in my post "Seeing Red and More" on January 10, the deadline for gifting of the T-Shirt quilt was Feb. 2.  As it turns out, I have a little more time (like about 2 months) to finish it before gifting, so I'll put that one off until March.

I have started a new project, however, called Towne Square.  This one is also for me!  Pattern and fabric by Holly Taylor for Moda.  I purchased this project as a kit:

Project materials consist of yardage, panel, charm pack, jelly roll.  Pieces have been sorted and cut and panel units assembled.

One block done and 11 to go!

Till next time...

Pillowcases, Pillowcases, Pillowcases

Hello Blog Friends,

The question is...is it too early to start thinking about Christmas 2017?  My answer is a resounding "No".  I think about the next years Christmas as early as Dec. 26!  As a matter of fact, I already have a start on it.  

Here is a cute pair of pillowcases that will be a gift at Christmas 2017.  And the lucky recipient is....it's a secret until the big unwrapping event happens.  

I was purging my stash again the other day, and found yardage enough to make these pillowcases for Denis and me:

Each year in April, I go on a scrapbooking retreat that daughter Kristy arranges.  This year at retreat, I'm donating a door prize consisting of this pillowcase, a bottle of wine, and dark chocolates:

Enough of pillowcases for now.   On to bigger and quiltier things...

Till next time....

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Vintage Christmas Card Album - Thanks, Edna!

Hello Blog Friends,

Sorry I missed my post last week, but I was away on a scrapbooking retreat at the Crystal Bell Inn & Spa in Wabeno, Wisconsin.  The Bell is a beautiful Victorian mansion that caters to scrapping and quilting groups, as well as other guests.  Hosts Donna and Mike VerVoort are more than just proprietors, they are friends, too.  Comfy beds and great breakfasts, not to mention wonderful scrappin' buddies Courtney, Peg, Angie and Katie.  I had a productive and relaxing time.  

I took only one project to work on, and no photographs were involved.  Before I show you pictures, let me tell you a little story about it.  This is a story about a young woman named Edna Carolina Ida Klemp and her beau/husband Elmer Filter.  Edna was born in Black Creek in 1919 and moved to Cedarburg in the early 1940's to work as a nanny and housekeeper for owners of a mink farm.  She joined Immanuel Lutheran Church and was a member there until her death in 2003.  Edna worked throughout the war years until her marriage to Elmer in August of 1947.  Elmer Filter was also born in 1919 in Wisconsin.  He enlisted in the Army on Dec. 11, 1941, just four days after Pearl Harbor.  He was 21.  His enlistment term was for the duration of the war plus six months, so he was gone from home until early in 1946.  He spent some time in an Evac hospital, so he must have been wounded late in the war.  I believe Edna and Elmer met shortly after he returned home.  (I learned this history from Edna's online obit and Elmer's service record).  

Edna was a scrapbooker!  Shortly after Edna passed away, I visited an estate sale in Cedarburg.  I remember the house even today, where I found her scrapbooks of greeting cards she saved during her time in Cedarburg before she was married.  These cards were pasted into two scrapbooks and date from 1942 to 1947.  I bought them, removed the cards from the books, and have had them in storage for 13 years!   There are Christmas, birthday, Easter, Valentine, get well, and other misc. cards.   I always knew that I wanted to showcase them in a scrapbook, and I've been looking for the just the right papers for that purpose.  I finally found the perfect pages for the Christmas cards in Close to My Heart's Autumn seasonal catalog.   Card themes range from cute, patriotic, traditional and religious.  The preprinted "Happy Happy Christmas" pages are 7" wide by 8 1/2" long.  I added coordinating paper scraps from other kits, ribbon, stickers, and some rubber stamping.  The cards are 70+ years old, and the paper is fragile.  Each card is backed with acid-free cardstock, then added to the page.  Some pages were printed with holiday sayings and sentiments, and I left them as is.  The pages are not in protectors, so you can open each card and read the sentiment within.  Here are some pics of the results:

 I just loved this one.  I had to show you the inside.

 This is another of my favorites.

 This one is my absolute favorite.  It even had a piece of play money inside.  I hope Edna got the real thing for Christmas that year!

Greeting card makers just don't make these kind of cards anymore.  Most of the cards are 3" by 4" size, a few run a little larger.  I'm still looking for pages suitable for the rest of the cards.   

I just love the way this turned out.  Blog friends...what do you think?

Seeing Red Quilt Top Finished!

Hello Blog Friends,

I'm happy to report that Seeing Red quilt top is finished.  Behold:

I'm still deciding about the backing and how to quilt it.  I'll update you when I know more.  For now, I'm just pondering....

Meanwhile, on to the next project.  Till next time...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Seeing Red! Progress Report

Hello Blog Followers!

Since my last post, I've been busy sewing red and white blocks.  I have all 20 required blocks finished, and all that is left now is to lay it out, and sew the blocks into rows and finish the top.  I'm reserving that until next week, however, as I'm going on a scrapping retreat to northern Wisconsin this weekend.  

Here is a shot of 10 of the finished blocks:

Here is my pile of scrapping stuff, packed and ready to go:

I'll be back early next week with a report on the weekend.  Till then...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Joe Cool Christmas Stocking

Hello Blog Friends,

I wanted to share this cute felt stocking that I just finished.  Yes, Christmas might be over, but prep work for 2017 has already begun.  I actually started this a couple of weeks before Christmas 2016, and worked on it mainly at night while watching TV programs, movies, or football games (I think it helped the Packers WIN!).

This one was made for us, as part of our holiday decorations.  Because it was finished after all other decorations have been stashed away, Joe Cool has the privilege of being kept close at hand and enjoyed all year until Christmas 2017! 

I just love it!

And, believe it or not, another stocking (this one for a gift) is already on deck!  I'll show you the finished product in a couple of months. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Seeing Red and More!

Hello Blogger Friends!

Happy New Year!  Well, the Christmas tree and household trimmings are now all put away for another 11 months.  Till then, I can promise you that I'll be busy with sewing and scrapping projects alike.  

This month I'm multi-tasking and working on several projects at once:

1.  Seeing Red.  A local quilt shop is running a little challenge project for January.  It is essentially a stash-buster quilt, focusing on clearing out those fat quarters that do seem to accumulate.  Here's the rules:  Week 1, stop by the shop, get pattern, sew 5 blocks.  Week 2, stop by the shop, buy 2 fats to add to your quilt, sew 5 blocks.  A social get together on 2nd Saturday.  Week 3, sew another 5 blocks, bring all 15 to shop, get free spool of thread.  Week 4, sew final 5 blocks, assemble quilt top.  4th Saturday is another get together will all members to show off quilt tops!   

There is one color that is dominant in my fabric stash, my home and my life...you guessed it,  RED!  I love red.  I have a red car, red purse, red computer mouse, red phone cover, red camera in my purse, etc, etc, etc.  You get the idea.  This quilt called for 30 fat quarters...20 in a dark, 10 in a light.  Well, believe me when I tell you that I had no problem finding 20 red fats to use in this quilt.  I am also a big fan of white on white prints and use them alot.  So, I had a number of these also.   

The pattern for this project is called Big Shoos to Fill, a variation of the Shoo-Fly Block.  Pattern is by purple pineapple studio.  Here is one of my completed blocks:

It is an easy block to cut and sew.  This block is a whopping 18" square when finished.  The quilt itself will be 72" x 90".

This quilt will be mine, mine, all MINE!  A great way to start the year, by making a present for Me!  I call it Seeing Red (what else?).  I already had its name picked out before I started sewing.

2.  T-Shirt quilt.  Started, but only at about 10%.  Must be finished and ready for gifting by Feb. 2.  

3.  Town Square.   This is a quilt kit I picked up in my travels last fall.  It will also be for us.  I want to get this one at least started, but Seeing Red and the T-Shirt quilt come first.  I think this project will be perfect to keep the Winter Doldrums from setting in come February.

A full list of projects to keep me busy this month.  I'll update on all this coming weekend.  Till then...