Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams

Quilting, rants and raves and I am sure I will talk to my grandson.

43: OFF the the Fourth of July Parade

Quilt demo, Exploding Pineapple and Loose Change,  Flint Festival of Quilts,  4th of July Parade

Episode 41: Loose Change and Pineapples and Black and White Tiger

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Show notes will be posted some times this week over on the blog. I already have posts on LOOSE CHANGE and Exploding Pineapple blocks so you can see pictures. I will be writing several other post about the things I am working on sometime soon.

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Plagued by Uncertainty

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Plagued by Uncertainty

I have made several blocks for my husband quilt.  ( Of course the blocks are at home and I am not, otherwise I would have better pictures to show. I do hope to post more pictures later.)  I brought fabric to the retreat I am at and am now plagued by indecision.  The background fabric I had purchased is not MAKING ME HAPPY.  I am beginning to think it is too dark.  I bought it a couple of years ago with my husband's help. ( Long story, can I say LESSON LEARNED and I will never do it again!!!)  He picked the color and later painted the walls in the master bedroom to match.  Since then I have had frequent hints about when I am going to finish HIS QUILT.

I have made several blocks but have not gone too far in making the blocks that I feel I could still change my mind.  I am posting pictures of the original inspiration quilt and a magazine picture of the pattern that I was able to come up with.  You will notice the fabric I have posted is much darker  (medium value butter scotch) than the fabric in the inspiration quilt (mottled buff / beige.)  I have seen fabric close to the original fabric, just not very mottled. I HAVE NOT BOUGHT IT, YET !  For the leaves and boarder blocks I am planning similar but not the same colors... mostly darks and medium darks tone on tone, small scale prints.  I think very similar to the original colors and I have many fat quarters and left over fabrics suitable for these blocks.


Flash used / ambient light

This fabric was purchased by my husband when we were on vacation and he came to get me out of a quilt shop. I had been trying to decide between two bolts of fabric. He came in, saw what I was doing and voted for this one. I did not realize at the time how much darker it was compared to the fabric I was planning to use for the focus fabrics. Now I am trying to decide if I should rethink the original plan use darker focus fabric. Or should I get the lighter background fabric as I think it would look better. The lighter fabric would still look good with the walls as it is a light version of the wall colors.


Part of a block being made, here is where I stopped, as I am not liking the background color.   Other colors chosen will be various brown, greens, blues, reds, orange, rust, plums and pale yellows ... very similar to the original colors.



Picture I have posted in an earlier blog post but it shows some of my original fabric selections.


This is a copy of the original quilt magazine that inspired the raffle quilt made by my guild. My husband saw it and loved it...he bought $20 of raffle tickets...something that he had never done before. You can see the back ground fabric is plainer and more cream / buff color.   Original pattern was throw size,  the raffle quilt below was queen size.


This is the picture of the RAFFLE QUILT my husband fell in love with. Again with the softer, plainer, cream/buff fabric. YES, I WILL DISCUSS THIS WITH MY HUSBAND, but I have to come to my own design decisions.  I will be making a KING SIZE quilt and the boarder blocks will be from OH MY STARS QUILT ALONG as I like them better and can hardly wait until I get to that part of the quilting.

Oh My Stars! (A Quilt-Along)

OKAY my questions to you are:  I want detail explanation of what you think and why.  Please no simple one sentence answers as I want this to be a conversation / discussion not just I want to be in on the give away. Random drawing of posted comments.  Cost is no object this will be an heirloom quilt.

1.   Should I go with the original background fabric ... I would probably have to chose darker fabrics from my stash to do the focal patchwork leaves and blocks.

2.  Should I go with the cream/ buff background fabric  I would then be able to use the original  brighter fabrics for the blocks.

3.  The real problem, should I honor my husband's selection of fabric since he is not a quilter and has little or no understanding of making a quilt or should I go WITH my own intuition that a different background would make a better quilt.  Knowing him he just wants the quilt done and would not really care about the fact I change my mind and went with different fabric.  He would be a little peeved to know I would be spending more money for new fabric since I have so much fabric as is..... BUT WHAT HE DOES NOT KNOW WILL NOT HURT ME or HIM!

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I have a new copy of  Quilter's Academy  Junior Year, by Harriet and Carrie Hargraves to be given away.

I have a slightly used but in really good shape ( I bought a duplicate) copy of EASY MACHINE QUILTING, 12 LESSONS (domestic machine, FMQ) edited by Jane Townswick.

Drawing WILL be the end of June or the first week in July and will be posted on my blogs.  I do not use random generator.  I put names in a hat and my grandson draws the name out.

TO enter post a comment here on Podbean, on Word Press or email me at Nonnie's Quilting Dreams.  Be sure you are not a NO REPLY commenter because I will not have a way to reach you for your prize.  You will have to check back for the announcement or listen to my podcast ( preferred by me) for the announcement of the winners.

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Episode 23: Just nattering !

Fast, short episode because I have been working on charity quilts.  Referred back to my recent posts on Word Press, specifically my latest quilt ... THE FABRIC TALKS TO ME.  Pictures on Flicker and Word-Press.  Also reviewed Alex Anderson DVD about learning to quilt.

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My borders are driving me NUTS!


This is the quilt I reapplied the borders for the THIRD TIME... (Sorry it is such a crummy picture but I had to hang it out side on the clothes line in order to get any picture.  As you can tell picture styling is not my strong suite. )  Anyways I reapplied the borders three time... simple little 4 inch wide borders... Should be easy right....

NO, NO, NO!  I did not have my usual work area to stretch out the quilt to measure the borders so I measured by folding in  half and then measured (twice.)  I then cut the borders.  Dang if they were not too short by two inches.  I had more fabric so I remeasured and re-cut the fabric leaving extra.  I then marked the appropriate measurements and pinned from the center outward.   I sewed on the borders and then laid it on a bed.  The borders waved like a flag in a hurricane.  Had to rip them off again.  Remarked them using my old technique of marking them every 12 inches on border and quilt top, then matching all the marks at the 12 inches.  Sewed them on and FINALLY they are laying flat.


I  had a blast this week sewing at CHRISTMAS IN JULY sew in at Elaine's Quilty Shop in Hadley.   The food was great, three different salads, and a wonderful banana cake for dessert.  We sewed from 10 am til 5 pm.  I corrected the above border and finally got it right and then sewed pinwheels using the MISSOURI QUILT SHOP technique.  They were so much fun... but boy are those bias edges hard to deal with.

I am making my pinwheels using 6-1/2 inch squares ( Yes, it will be a charity quilt.)  Once the pinwheels were made I squared them up to 7-1/2 inch unfinished blocks.  I will be posting pictures in the future.  I will probably design quilt top in a simpler pattern, then the ones I have seen on the internet lately.  Just playing with the idea.

Speaking of designing..... I think I am going to break down and buy myself an Electric Quilt 7.... I have been missing my EQ since the computer crash.

Well this is it for today... happy quilting.


( The pictured quilt is a lot cuter in person than picture indicates. )


EPISODE 22: Blogs and books and charity quilting …

Show notes will be on my Word-Press blog.....eventually ...

Check my blog for the past several post as I usually post first then blog. Have lots of plans going on. Will be posting links to the blogs and books I talk about but I can quilt, blog or podcast and everything gets done with time.

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Episode 21- no real show notes.

I have no show notes but if you read my blog you will see a lot of what I am talking about.  I tend to write the blog first then podcast about it. I will be posting links on the show notes in the next day or so.

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Episode 20: Busting my stash

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