Spring 2015 Blog Hop – Starts Today~

Good Sunday Morning!  
Today – on top of being excited about the official start of the 2015 Spring Blog Hop – I’m doing a little hand quilting on this beauty that I started working on a few years back.  The center of this quilt is a cheater cloth print – but I love it!!
And now onto the Blog Hop!!!
Buttermilk Basin
Are you excited or what!
The Spring 2015 Blog Hop is officialy under way!  Please HOP on over to Cheri’s blog at 
 and enjoy her offerings!
 
See you tomorrow as the “HOP” continues…

Day #1 of the 5 Day Facebook Art Challenge

Long time no chat!  I decided the perfect thing to “ease” my way back into blogging after my longggggg vacation from blogging would be to include you all in the excitement and fun we are having over on Facebook!
Thank you to Sharon Keightley​ for nominating me for this 5 day challenge where I will post 3 of my quilt designs for the next 5 days!! Today we have  Two Piece Puzzle (the red, cream and black quilt) – a quilt that I designed that first appeared in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine – the April 2010 issue. 
Next up 
“Full Bloom” a wool applique on cotton quilt that is in my book “Cozy Quilts” . 
And last for today “Faded Stars”  This was the beginning of my craze with small quilts years ago – I was and still am proud of this little quilt with all its seams and fabrics – what a treasure to look back on it and remember memories that link to a lot of those fabrics! 
Today I would like to nominate Kathy Brown​ of The Teacher’s Pet​. Kathy is my long time friend and I love her dearly, she’s one of those treasured people that is always there to lend an ear for frustration, complaining and whining or a giggle or two in the comical things we sometimes approach in life. Looking forward to seeing Kathy’s beautiful Creations.
Stay warm everyone!  Enjoy your day and quilt up a storm!

So gorgeous outside today!

It is just so gorgeous outside today, I cannot take being inside a minute longer, but I wanted to blog first before I head outside to do some design work and then start stitching on another project!
I just want to let everyone know that I have some of my smaller quilts that I made and where used as the models for my pattern covers for sale on Etsy.  My Etsy ID is: sewuniquecreations
Also on Etsy are some of my patterns in PDF form.  Etsy just introduced a new program where when you purchase a PDF download – you instantly get the pattern in your mailbox after payment!  How cool is that!
Anyhow, here is an example of one of the little quilts for sale on Etsy right now:
Last night we enjoyed watching our daughter walk down the aisle as she graduated 8th grade.  So we officially have 2 high school students!  It hit both my husband and I on the drive home last night that pretty soon they will have wings and begin to fly away from our little nest.  I sure miss my babies being little, but this is such an exciting stage in their lives.  It’s wonderful to see how they have matured and how they each are taking after us in mannerism etc.,  They are good kids, and I’m proud of them.  Here is a picture of Bob and I with Ashley after the ceremony last night.
Here is a picture of her huge graduating class.  The largest ever to come from our Middle School!
Have a great day everyone!  I’m headed outside to enjoy the warmth and work on some design while relaxing on my deck!  I just love this beautiful weather!

Mary Schafer….. and favorite reads of mine

Several years back, I discovered this quilting book by accident during my travels to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for International Quilt Market.  I’ll never forget that trip for many reasons – it was a trip there and back of never ending problems and weird experiences! Regardless, I found this book in a very out of the way quilt shop that I search high and low for – drove many miles off the beaten path to get too it – arrived and it was closed (no I did not call first).  As I turned away from the door – a gal from the inside unlocked the door and asked me if I needed something….
My first thought was to be a real smart-aleck and retort with something on the lines of the journey I had come to visit this shop, only to find it closed even thought the nice sign just to the right of this lady claimed they should be open.  Instead, I was pleasant and said, I had came to shop and didn’t realize that you were closed.
Well – long story short – she wasn’t happy and wasn’t very nice, but said I could come in and look around as long as I was “quick” about it.  Holy Moly – I felt like I was in a thrift store.  Much disappointment from that shop – but I came away with one treasure – this book.
Mary Schafer… American Quilt Maker by Gwen Marston. Oh my – I love this book.  It’s great to read all about Mary.  I love seeing all her quilts.  The story of her life is wonderful.
Isn’t this photo of Mary enduring? This is how she quilted – sitting on the floor with no frame.  I’ve read, she pieced that way too because she was most comfortable and had great lightening from that window in her Michigan home.
Here are some other books that feature Mary:
She was in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine:
Mary is definitely one quilter on my list I would to have loved to have met.  I enjoy reading and re-reading all of the materials I own about her.  I spent the evening last night re-reading and looking at her beautiful quilts in the first book I spoke about.  It was a wonderful evening.
Here are some more links with photos of her exhibits and accomplishments!
Here’s an exhibit with photos of her quilts:
This is one of Mary’s quilts shown on The Quilt Index and the information provided there –
Title: Clamshell
Artist(s): Mary Vida Schafer
Material(s): Cotton, Polyester filling
Technique(s): Hand pieced and hand quilted
Dimensions: 96″ x 81″
Date made: 1966
Place Created: Flushing, Genesee County, Michigan
Collection: Great Lakes Quilt Center/Michigan State University Museum
Photo Credit: KEVA
Interpretative Commentary:
This is Mary Schafer’s most celebrated quilt and was made during Mary’s “Challene Period.” The complexity of piecing the Clamshell pattern, due to the connecting of convex and concave edges, made this historically a quilt with a high level of difficulty. Noted quilt author, Delores Hinson called it “One of Mary’s best!” — Mary Worrall
Additional Commentary:
This quilt won Best Pieced and Viewer’s Choice awards in 1971 at the first National Quilt Association show, Greenbelt, Maryland. It was also exhibited at the Whaley House Museum and the Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan, and included in the exhibit Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History from July 29-December 31, 2001 at Michigan State University Museum. It was illustrated in Delores Hinson, A Quilter’s Companion and Gwen Marston and Joe Cunningham, Mary Scafer and Her Quilts (figure 16, page 16). — Beth Donaldson

Information on Mary’s pineapple quilt can be found here:
Mary’s Whig Rose quilt can be found here:
In fact – here’s a link to a bunch of Mary’s quilts on 
A lot of these quilts are in the first book I mentioned above!
Here’s more information on 
Mary was quite the lady!

Hand Quilting Time Yesterday!!!

Yesterday evening after I finished stitching the center wool applique for the upcoming retreat I spoke about yesterday, I took a notion to hand quilt.
Lucky for me, I have three hand quilting projects in the works right now.  Two small quilts and one medium size quilt.  I chose to work on the one picture above.  This has been a project in the works for probably about 3 years now and will probably be displayed in my living room or bedroom when I complete it.  This quilt has traveled with me to different quilt shows in central Illinois, Columbus, Ohio, Houston, Texas and Knoxville, Tennessee.  So needless to say it’s a well traveled quilt for not even being finished yet.
I was a little upset with myself when I pulled this project out if it’s storage container.  Usually I’m really good about storing all the supplies I’ve used or am using with a project.  Well, this time I did not keep the matching threads with this project.  So I had to go scavenging around hunting up the thread colors I needed.  Luckily – I found each of the four colors!  Thank goodness!
An interesting question came up on my FaceBook page yesterday.  Someone commented and asked “How do you keep your stitches so perfect?”  The answer – I do not.  My stitches are not perfect.  I do not set out to hand quilt – or do anything for that matter – with the intention of absolute perfectionism.  I quilt for my own pleasure and satisfaction and for my business.  If what I do pleases me, I’m fine with that and never feel the need to please anyone else or to act like I’m perfect and “no it all” in any way.  I’m constantly learning and re-learning.  I will never know everything, nor do I desire too.  I like the models for my pattern designs of course to look as great as I possibly can get them, but to worry over teeny tiny little things, I just let it go.
For example….
The Dear Jane quilt.  Here are some of the blocks I’ve recently finished.  Each of the above blocks are not perfect and each has their own issues. Paper piecing and I do not like each other at all.  I will continue to learn the finer points of how to paper piece and not let it get the best of me.  I will be re-doing one of the blocks pictured above – because it is really bothering me.  After I finished the center purple and cream block, I’ve decided to tack that one up on the “do over” board.  I will re-do that block hand piecing everything first and then applique those center melons on last.  My spacing on that one for the center of the block was very off and it is not sitting well with me at all.  The other 3 – though they have minor imperfections – I’m ok with it. 
That’s just how I roll……
Today, I’m piecing the outer borders for the wool applique project for the upcoming retreat project!!!