One of the significant events my quilting adventure this year was learning to paper piece! I stumbled upon a garden quilt while looking through back issues of my grandma’s quilt magazines. It was for a wall hanging so I doubled the size of the pattern and my neighbor taught me to paper piece. So now let the paper piecing adventures begin!

The first three pieces.

The first three pieces.

More blocks sewn together!

More blocks sewn together!

An "oops" moment.

An “oops” moment.

All the lovely blocks starting to come together.

All the lovely blocks starting to come together.

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The top!

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All finished. Quilt on the long-arm.

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Blue Bird

Robin

Robin

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Wren

Wren

Cardinal

Cardinal

Gold Finch

Gold Finch

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Finished in August 2014.

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I purchased this Confederate General’s panel at our local quilt club’s show in the spring of 2014 and quickly set into motion my plans to make a quilt top from it. The first step was to make a large star from the main fabrics.

Working on the blocks.

Working on the blocks.

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When chain piecing doesn’t go well!

The Confederate Quilt on my neighbor's long-arm.

The Confederate Quilt on my neighbor’s long-arm.

Finished quilt project. My own quilt design finally completed.

Finished quilt project. My own quilt design finally completed.

What it looks like on my bed.

What it looks like on my bed.

Over the winter while finishing up my history degree I did a research project on my families genealogy. The family I research was the Charles Squire family. His wife Maria Alzina Finch (Squire) was born in Belle Plain, Minnesota in 1841. She married Charles Squire in April 16, 1864. Charles and Maria settles down on a farm in Scott County, Minnesota in 1865 after Charles returned from the War. They moved to Glenwood, Pope County, Minnesota in 1882. Maria spent the rest of her life there until her own death on October 6, 1924.

In July my parents and I visited the Pope County Historical society and found in the archives a quilt top made my Maria Squire. I was able to have a close look at the quilt and take pictures of it. The Quilt top was made by my Great-Great-Great-Grandmother. :)

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Along with the Adoniram Judson outfit that I made and the 1930’s quilt that I completed I made finished the following projects:

I made a set of tea-pot embroidered towels for a wedding gift:

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I made a set of 7 tea-pot embroidered towels for a wedding gift.

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I also got asked to make a replica of the American Girl Doll Molly’s Christmas dress. This was my replica.

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Replica of the American girl doll Emily’s Christmas Dress.

This quilt top was started by my Grandma Lou but she never finished it before she died. I finished to give as a present to my cousin's  baby boy. Machine Quilted. Finished in November 2013

This quilt top was started by my Grandma Lou but she never finished it before she died. I finished to give as a present to my cousin’s baby boy. Machine Quilted. Finished in November 2013

My Brother decided to reenact Adoniram Judson. He ask me to sew him an outfit styled after the regency area – which I happily agreed to do. Here are pictures of the completed outfit:

I have had a number of friends inquire about how I make my skirts. I thought I’d share this online in the hopes that other people might find it helpful. This will explain (hopefully…) how to make a nice denim skirt out of two pairs of jeans.

To begin you’ll need two pairs of jeans (if you want a fuller skirt boot cut jeans work well) the size that you want your skirt.

To begin rip out the inside seem of both pair of pants:

Now take  the  first pair of jeans and cut the legs off right below the pockets:

With the second pair of jeans rip-out the front and back seam part way up:

Take one of the leg pieces from the first pair of jeans and tuck it inside the second pair of jeans like this:

Turn the raw edge of the second pair of jeans to the inside of the skirt:

Line up the hem line of  the second pair of jeans and leg piece from the first pair and pin it in place:

Pin the middle back seam of the second pair of jeans to the middle seam of the legs piece from the first pair of jeans:


Make sure that the edge lies smoothly then pin the rest of it in place like so:

When pinned the the inside of the skirt should look like this:

Next sew very closely to the folded edge on the outside of the second jeans:

It should look like this when it is sewn:

Next turn the skirt inside out and trim off the excess fabric near the seam:

Follow the same steps for the front of the skirt:

Once both sides of the skirt are finished trim off the hem edge of the skirt:

Finally hem the skirt to the desired length:

Made from Irish Chain quilt in a day book.

Made from Irish Chain quilt in a day book. Machine Quilted.

1860's production quilt in process at a Civil War Reenactment.

1860’s production quilt in process at a Civil War Reenactment.

The Finished 1860’s reproduction quilt. Hand-quilted – mostly at Reenactments.

I made one Log Cabin Baby Quilt from Reproduction fabrics. I do not have a picture of that quilt. However I have pictures of all the other quilts I made in 2010.

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Un-even nine patch quilt made from 1806’s reproduction cottons. Hand Quilts.

Lucky Star Quilt. Made mostly from 1860’s Reproduction Cottons. Hand Quilted.

 

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Embroidered the Cowboy-dogs by hand and sewed the blocks into a quilt top. Tied it together.

Made from scraps from my Grandma Lou - mostly from clothes she made me. Used them to make a disappearing nine-patch quilt. First quilt that I quilted on a Long-arm.

Made from scraps from my Grandma Lou – mostly from clothes she made me. Used them to make a disappearing nine-patch quilt. First quilt that I quilted on a Long-arm.

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