Sunday, April 20, 2014

Celebrating Easter


What a special time of celebration with our church family this morning....then we enjoyed part of our family for lunch today.  And it was a beautiful day here in Iowa....80 degrees!  Can you believe it?  So wonderful to have our windows open and the birds are singing today!  


I found this piece of clip art recently, so sweet.  I have been making necklaces with clip art lately.  I used this for one of them.  I buy tiny little frames with slide glass in them at the craft store and I printed out a whole bunch of different pieces of clip art various sizes that I thought would be close to the size I needed, then printed it out on matte photo paper.  Auditioned the clip art and cropped them if I needed to, cut them out and put them in the frames.  Then I also bought ball chain necklaces that went with the finish on the tiny frames.  I also bought some word charms and added them too.  So very cute and inexpensive!  In the boutiques, these necklaces are $25-30.



The Easter buckets all ready for the hunt!


Kirsten all dressed up in her Easter finery, with my dolly bed not quite full of doll quilts, but I am working on that.  


My vintage postcard album, displaying some wonderful vintage Easter postcards!  Both of my grandmothers enjoyed doing ceramics, so I have quite of few of ceramic Easter eggs....such pretty colors!


In the footed candy dish, the red egg on top is hand painted and the marbled eggs below it are from the Amana Colonies.  I made them probably 30+ years ago out of furniture glue and dyes.  Check out the link, if you would like to order them for yourself!  It is a tradition brought from Germany.


All ready for our 16 guests!


A ceramic bunny with a sweet face done by my Grandma Thedens, a little knitted chick done by my Grandma Kullmer and I crossed stitched the eggs in the basket many years ago, still love them!


A dear friend, Karen, just gave me this little bib set and it came folded up in the little embroidered pocket.  So darling!  I have never seen anything like it.  She gave me two of them, the other one is embroidered in orange thread and is just as cute!  The pictures are of my Grandma Thedens as a baby/child.....love the hair bow!


The eight of the fifteen that were able to be with us today!  We ate lots of good food, hunted lots of eggs and ate lots of candy!  Good day all around!  Easter love to those who were with us today and those we were missing.  We love you ALL!!!!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Dear Jane D-13 Field of Dreams

I hope you are still progressing with your blocks with or without my prodding.

We some how went over our limit of data with our internet....when to our knowledge we are not doing anything different and have never had an issue in 7 years.  So they slashed our speed to non-existent till we dropped back to 70%, then you had to wait another 48 hours, don't ask me why. So we have been like this for the last 2+ weeks.  I have been driving to any where that has free Wi-Fi and checking my email, etc.  And we are paying $80 a month for this service......grrrrr!  Can you tell I am irritated by this?  Also called the local phone company to beg them to get our fiber optics hooked up, but looks like it will be at least another 6 weeks......at least we are finally back to our normal speed which is nothing to brag about and certainly hardly worth what we are paying.  But that is my tale of woe and why I have not been on line much.

This soon shall pass, right?

Today's block is very easy and also would make a great one for a signature, inking a piece of vintage clip art or adding any other type of information you would like.  I happen to take a workshop with Brenda at the very beginning of my Dear Jane journey and had her sign a piece of fabric.  So included it in this block....adds a nice touch to my quilt, I dare say!


I am working down the right side of my quilt, two blocks in and the triangle borders too.  I haven't counted, but I think in about 2 weeks, I should have that section all quilted.

This photo was taken just weeks before his death.
One hundred forty-nine years ago today was the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  And if you have any inclination to what happened to Lincoln after his death......check this out, when you have some time!  I watched this when it first aired and could not believe what this documentary was reporting....it is so bizarre, that it is almost comical.  You can't make this stuff up.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dear Jane J-1..... Josepha's Jonquil


How would you like to be a part of this move with all your earthly possessions you could carry?  This photo is identified as a refugee family fleeing a battlefield area with no place location or date.

This weeks challenge is J-1.

A fairly simple applique block....oh, no that "A" word.


Now if you have a very discerning eye.....you will notice my block is "different."  Oh well, I had the darn thing all stitched up and then looked at the picture and discovered I had stitched the triangles to the wrong corners.  So you can see I left it and moved on.  In the scheme of things it didn't bother me that much and unless someone has the book in front of them, no one is going to know about it, but YOU and ME!


Well since my block is special....looking at the picture in the book for the quilting lines was not much help for this rogue block.....so I just made it up as I went and I love the star shape in the center that showed up!

On this day in 1863 was the battle of Kelly's Ford in Culpepper Co., Virginia.  There is a video link on the site.....listen to it while you stitch on your Jane, it will give your quilt even more meaning and insight to you!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dear Jane K-1.....Crooked Creek

Well, I am having horrible internet issues this morning.....not sure if our router is not working or Wild Blue or what.  Most irritating.....so I will be lucky to get this posted!!!

Dear Janers, 

My challenge to you this week, is block K-1.

  I also would suggest to you, if you haven't already done so, take some time and do a seam allowance check, especially if you are not doing these blocks by foundation piecing.  I recently did this again while working on another project.  I just wasn't that happy with how some units were fitting together.  So took the time to make some adjustments on my needle position and stitched out some samples.  I have a Viking Designer 1 and I set my needle for straight stitch with the needle in the far right position, then moved it 2 clicks to the left to be set at 5.0.  On my machine I found this to be much closer to a scant 1/4" seam, than the built in 1/4" seam setting or the 1/4" foot.  So if you are just not quite happy with how your patchwork is fitting together.....take the time to do this.  I promise it will make your work cleaner and a lot less effort to fit together.  Especially on these tiny blocks.....so if you blocks are shrinking....I would highly encourage you to spend the effort....you will be glad you did!

Crooked Creek K-1 unquilted
Crooked Creek J-1 quilted


I am always so amazed at how the hand quilting transforms a block from good to excellent.  I love the texture and depth it adds.  I am trying to do a block/triangle a day.....I don't quite make every day, but am making progress.  Hopefully by giving you these challenges, it will help spur you on in your Dear Jane journey!

Here is a little back ground history 150 years ago this week.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Dear Jane L-1

Anyone on the Small Quilt Dear Jane list up for a challenge this week?  If you have not already done L-1.....do that block.  I will be quilting mine.


I am posting pictures on my blog because I can't access that in any of my Yahoo Groups. So irritating......

Another one bites the dust!  Yea!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wilkinson Family Bible

I got permission from Bonnie Hunter to post these pictures of a Bible she found in New Braunfels, TX.  Check this out, if you would like to read about her finding this treasure.  What a special find for a family member to connect with this piece of history.


George Henry Wilkinson and Emily Whiteley Married April 18th 1872.


Arnold Wilkinson b.1873
Percival Wilkinson b. 1876
Herbert Horace Wilkinson b. 1877
Edith Annie Wilkinson b. 1880
George Ernest Wilkinson b. 1882


Please let me know if this get connected to the right Wilkinson Family!!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Anniversary Silver Fox

We had another anniversary a couple weeks ago.  It was number 41......I can't hardly wrap my head around that!  Any way around Christmas time, I got an email from AQS with several kits for sale and one caught my eye.  Soldier's Story Quilt

So after the holidays were over I went back and ordered this kit and started washing the fabrics the minutes the box came into the house.  I had it in my mind to have it done by January 23.....our anniversary.  That was less than 3 weeks, but it is cold and terrible outside really.  So it was a nice focus when I couldn't do much else!

I worked on it while the Silver Fox was at work and luckily.....he is tired when he gets home and doesn't pay attention directly to what I am working on.  I didn't use my design wall like I usually do either.

By January 23, I had all the main components and blocks done.....I just needed to put the whole thing together.  I sewed 6-7 hours that day and got the whole top done.  It is wonderful and even looks better in person than I can capture on film.



Notice the blue toile with Civil War figures on it.....wonderful!