Sunday, November 24, 2019

Something Different Today

This was a short week of quilting. I left Wednesday afternoon for the Jane Stickle Retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana and returned home today, Sunday the 24th. Since I knew not much handwork/quilting was going to happen, I wrote a post earlier in the month for today's post.

Every year my guild, the Maple Leaf quilters, donates a hand quilted quilt to the Michiana Mennonite Relief sale which held the 4th Saturday of September.

Elaine and Lynn designed the quilt for the for the 2020. Guild members either pieced 9 patch blocks or EPP'd the hexden flowers. Remember those flowers I made last summer? This is the quilt they were for.

I personally think this is an absolutely gorgeous quilt but then I'm partial to blues. The background fabric is very soft gray. 

I don't have any pictures of the whole quilt. Since this wasn't my quilt, I didn't feel right about hanging it on the clothesline, especially with all the mega snow on the ground! This is a king sized quilt.

I was asked to mark the quilt. I took pictures as I marked in case anyone wants to know what I did or what I was thinking.

This is the center of the quilt. I marked the white squares diagonally both ways which should make the blue blocks puff nicely. The diagonal lines flow through the first applique border into the next section of squares.

I marked with a light gray pencil just dark enough to see but you have to look closely.

For the next border, I marked the background with a cable stencil.

First I mark each corner of the border but I left part of the ends off so I could run the rest of the cable into the curves.

A picture of the corner.

All the applique will be stitched in the ditch. 

The cable is just to flatten the back ground fabric and highlight the applique.

For the straight part of the border, I measured how many times the stencil would fit in the length. I marked this with yellow headed pins. They're there in the picture but kind of hard to see.

I chose the center oval as my repeat. When I see how much border is left, I slightly move the stencil to add length, adding the additional space in the center of the ovals. (When marking other quilts, sometimes you need to shorten the cables. I do it the same way, shorten a little and it works fine.)

I don't know if that makes any sense to you. I guess it's just one of those things you need to see.

Next is another section with squares and again I marked the white squares diagonally both ways.

For the outside border I used a Baptist Fan design. 

Again, I mark the corners first then slide the stencil over to the right since I'm right handed. 

This stencil was different than my other Baptist Fan stencils, it didn't have the whole next section. I had to move the stencil every time. So I counted in 5 curves and put that line on the line of the marked curves then marked. This means you won't have the tiniest curves.

Here are some other pictures of the quilt.

Just want to give you a heads up, I won't be posting again until sometime the first week of December, maybe the 5th. We will have a full house this week for Thanksgiving and beyond. I also need to gather my thoughts to write about my retreat projects.

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching,  Oh Scrap, Bambi's Show & Tell MondayMonday MakingDesign Wall MondayBOM's Away


  1. SEW classic. Your quilt is going to be gorgeous!!

  2. The quilt is beautiful and I also love blue. I can't wait to see it finished. I always love the look of a quilt as it is being quilted and then once it is finished. Your post is giving me the fever to put a quilt on the poles to hand quilt!!

    1. Quilting is a good way to relax over the holidays. Put one in the frame and enjoy! Happy Stitching!

  3. How gorgeous that blue quilt is!
    Marking a quilt is a true art form, and I enjoyed reading your tips for working out the cables.

  4. Thank you so much for posting how you mark a quilt. I'm trying to work on my hand quilting and I I was very interested in your process. The quilt is beautiful - I'm partial to blue as well - and I hope it raises lots of money for your cause.

  5. I just love this quilt... will this be a raffle quilt?? I would love to donate to your guild for some raffle tickets when it is time if this is the case... I love! this !!! Quilt!!! I love how you wrote about marking and understood all of it as I am much the same but I love your pin marking instead of marking and erasing to get only the best marks to show... thanks for the info in this post and I look forward to your return to blog land in December... Happy Thanksgiving friend! Kathi

    1. We'll donate the quilt to the Michiana Mennonite Relief sale. It will be sold in a quilt auction. If you come and bid and you're the last bidder, it will be yours!!!! Happy Stitching!

  6. So interesting how 9 patches (think that is what they are make such a beautiful quilt! The applique borders are the one thing that makes it really pop! You were a trooper to mark this puppy! Hugs

  7. What a beautiful blue and white quilt - my favorite. Love to see how you marked it. Seeing how others do things are always fun and give some great ideas - especially on making those stencils fit. Thanks.

  8. WOW! that will be an absolutely beautiful quilt when finished. How can I win it?

  9. About three years ago, I got to experience the wonderful quilt shop in Shipshewana. Quite a nice experience. I have often thought, if I lived closer, I would like to attend one of the retreats held in that town.

  10. That is just a beautiful quilt. The variations in the blue 9 patches are just enough, and the applique is wonderful. Well done crew!