Thursday, September 8, 2016

Celebrating Mary Brown & a McKenna Ryan Quilt

Wow, I have not posted in about a month. It has been busy around here but I have been taking a few pictures of my latest quilting projects. Mostly prep work on Celebrating Mary Brown:



I have also been working on McKenna Ryan's art quilt "and on this farm"

Love the soulful eyes on this guy.

Goat is in progress and will have a quilt in his mouth

Chicken blocks

Some border appliques

And the main block of the quilt.

Until next time,



Friday, August 12, 2016

Machine Quilting

I have done a lot of machine quilting this summer, the biggest project being Roseville album.

Lots of stippling, and applique outlining, a new border pattern. I put my initials and the year in the quilting above the house at the top of the quilt.

When the quilting seems to go on and on the M & Ms come out as a reward system to keep it up :)

I don't think I ever posted the finished pictures on the embroidered linens crazy quilt I was working on earlier this summer.

These were embroidered linens from my Mother that were cut up and put in crazy quilt blocks. it worked best to stipple quilt right over the embroideries to anchor some of those embroidery threads that were cut.

Simple quilting in the ditch and a little heart border.


In the hand applique area I have a couple more Celebrating Mary Brown blocks finished,

or in progress,

or prepped and ready to stitch.

I have also made a couple pillowcases, these are little gifts for some nursing home loved ones. There are lots of instructions to make pillowcases on the Internet, my favorite is the burrito method over on the seasoned homemaker blog:


In the big failure area is my latest Rowdy Flat Library mystery quilt block.

Very pretty block. It was fun to stitch this scrappy block. But even though I sewed it with a small ruler by my machine to keep track of correct seam allowances it turned out an inch to big. I don't know what I am going to do about it but for now it is living in the orphan block bin.

Since I couldn't seem to get that block right I turned my sewing talents to the garden next and strung up some peppers to dry in the kitchen window.

Happy Stitching all,




Saturday, July 23, 2016

Eye Fabric

Do you see eyes in this fabric?

My friend Julie and I are making the Celebrating Mary Brown quilt by Corliss Searcey together. This is actually Julie's quilt but I get the fun of helping her applique some of the blocks. This little owl block is one of my favorites in the quilt. I love the little star flowers. In the directions for this block Corliss suggests looking for fabrics with circles for the eyes and this fabric was perfect for just that.


Some of our other finished blocks are these star blocks, great opportunity for some fussy cutting of fabrics.


I have not ever stitched a feather wreath block before but again Corliss's instructions of tracing out the wreath, basting down the whole piece to the background and just trimming each feather as you needleturn worked perfectly.


Love the movement of this pink fabric chosen for the other wreath block in the quilt.


Next up are two flower wreath blocks. I am doing a little off block applique for these layered flowers.

Julie and I live in different states and it has been fun texting and showing pictures of fabric choices and block progression, to us it is called the "Friend To Friend" quilt.

I am also keeping up with my Rowdy Flat Library Quilt mystery BOM by Susan Smith. This is the center block of the quilt. It was quite a block with well over 125 little appliqués, but the result is a beautiful center.


I enjoy looking at pInterest and always get good ideas for quilting, gardening, cooking etc. My daughter gets lots of decorating ideas from Pinterest and is a big fan of Annie Sloan chalk paint. Well, being influenced by all of the before and after pictures on Pinterest and wanting a little change in my kitchen I decided to give it a try and got brave and painted all of my kitchen cabinets!

I painted them Paris Grey and really am happy with the results, I took my time and worked on them for a week between cleaning, painting two coats and waxing them so now I have my very own before and after pictures: Ta Dah...


Of coarse new cabinet color led to new cabinet hardware and then new wall color. We built our home 26 years ago so this has been a fun little "do it yourself" update that my husband has joined. Now imagine the new wood floors! We are studying you tube videos and are going to continue with this do it yourself redo.

Happy Stitching (and remodeling),



Saturday, July 9, 2016

Next in the Quilting Queue-Roseville Album

I do want to get Roseville Album quilted this summer but it keeps getting bumped down the line behind other projects. Finally today I got the top and back pressed and the quilt stretched out on my tables. I am all set up with a movie on the iPad, now I need to just keep pinning, just keep pinning ...


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Reproducing My Great Grandmother's Quilt

My great grandmother was Anna Beukelman De Groot. She was born on July 4, 1865 in Holland. When she was one year old her family emigrated to the United States. She lived to her nineties and passed away in 1956. She grew up on a farm in South Dakota. My father remembers her telling of hiding in the cellar when the local Native American Indians would come to their farm. She married a farmer and lived near Orange City, Iowa (a very Dutch community to this day) raising nine children. This is a four generation picture of Anna taken in 1953. Anna is pictured in the single picture and on the far right of the family picture. My grandmother, Jennie De Groot Schiebout (who also was a farmer's wife and had twelve children of her own) is next, then my father Herman Schiebout Jr. holding me, Cheryl Schiebout Walker.

Last year my Aunt contacted me and said she had a quilt made by Great Grandma De Groot. She wanted me to take a look at it to see if there was anything that could be saved on it as it was quite worn. The quilt was sent to me and the study began.

I believe this butterfly quilt was made in the 1930s. There were kit quilts made like this about that time. Some of the butterflies look like feed sack fabric. My great grandmother hand embroidered the butterflies. Her embroidery held up better than the butterfly fabric.


The fabric in this butterfly looks very similar to some Aunt Gracie reproduction fabric in my fabric stash.

This was the most well preserved butterfly. My Aunt was thinking she might like to use the good parts of the quilt to make throw pillows or maybe a smaller wall hanging. Unfortunately this was the only whole butterfly block in the quilt.

Anna quilted her quilt with the same black embroidery floss that she used on the butterflies. A simple fleur-de-lis in the opposing blocks

and outline quilting around all the blocks.

In some of the worn seams you could tell the opposing blocks were a bright bubblegum pink.

All in all the quilt was quite worn. The batting in the quilt was a layer of flannel and the back of the quilt was a very sturdy cotton broadcloth.

As a matter of fact the back of the quilt was in the best shape with most of Anna's quilting stitches still visible. I really wanted the back of this quilt, worn soft with age, to be saved. I came up with the idea of making a new quilt top with reproduction fabrics and quilting it to Anna's original quilt. I was able to trace the butterfly from Anna's quilt and did most the the embroidery on my sewing machine using a 12 weight black Sulky thread.

The running stitch inside the butterflies was done with my machine's mock hand quilting stitch using invisible nylon thread on the top and the black thread in the bobbin.

I layered the new quilt top onto Anna's quilt but did decide to add a layer of batting to give the whole quilt a little more stability.

I also made the reproduction top slightly smaller so I could completely cut away the very worn bulky binding on Anna's quilt. I quilted it very simply much like my great grandmother did. I outlined the butterflies, the blocks and borders and used the 12 weight black thread to quilt the fluer-de-leis in the pink blocks. I used cream thread in the bobbin so my quilting stitches would not be competing with Anna's black quilted stitches on the back.

There is a little heart quilted in each corner of the quilt because this was a labor of love for me.

I get to keep the quilt in the spare bedroom for the summer as my Aunt is traveling but it will be sent to her this fall.

Happy Stitching All,