December 2008

New Look?

by Karen on December 31, 2008

in quilts

I am planning on changing the look of my blog, over the next week or so if you check in with me you will see different looks possibly until I decide what I want.  I’ll decide soon I’m sure – Happy New Year!


Pan Dau Quilting

by Karen on December 31, 2008

in quilting links, quilts

2633494725_fa53362933_t.jpgYesterday’s question was:  What form of quilting originates in Laos? Here is the answer.

B – Pan Dau, here is an example of Pan Dau work.   If you click the thumbnail photo it will bring you to flickr where you can see it in a larger size.

I had to look for the answer to this question.  I did not know it right off the bat.   Laos has a population of people called the Hmong.  A lot of the Hmong immigrated to the US after the Vietnam War, especially to Minnesota , Wisconsin and California; some of you that are in those areas that read my blog probably knew the answer right away.  The art of Pan Dau is from the Hmong.  Here are several links to the Hmong if you are interested in reading some about them. and

These were some very interesting articles I thought.  Maybe you will enjoy reading the articles as well.

The other multiply choice answers were Molos of which I could find very little information – it is Greek, and a municipality in Phthiotis, Greece goes by that name.  I do not know if it has anything to do with quilting or if that was just pulled out of a hat for the answers.  One of the other answers was Palampores which I researched also out of curiosity and it is a type of hand-painted and mordant-dyed bed cover made in India in the 18th century and only the wealthy class could afford it!  Would be interesting to see a photo but couldn’t find one.

I think the other two answers we are all familiar with  Trapunto – this is Italian for “to embroider” here is a link that describes it I think most of us quilters are at least somewhat aware of the art, although a lot of us have never done it – myself included.

The other answer was Sashiko, Japanese art form for quilting, http://en.wikipedia.org3154431996_0b5226a831.jpg/wiki/Sashiko I have tried this and it was interesting.

My oldest daughter is interested in it and made me a small wall hanging for mother’s day one year using this form of quilting.  She is not a quilter and I was amazed at the work  she did — a really good job. She made this wall hanging by hand by reading a book on sashiko and from watching me work through the years.

Today’s question is:

#4 Who is the inventor of the sewing machine?

A – Elias Howe

B – Isaac Singer

C – Richard Sears

The answer will be given tomorrow.  I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Years Eve.  If you are going out please have a designated driver and be safe.


What to write?

by Karen on December 30, 2008

in quilting links, quilts

I got all the Xmas decorations taken down, packed away and the house is in order!  Glad to have that job finished.  Now maybe that the holiday is over I can get back to some progress on my quilting.

lighthouse.jpgHere is a picture of another of my quilts.  I made this one back in 1997.  It is amazing how far I have come with my quilting since then. We had taken a trip out to the Oregon coast(1995) and I loved all of the lighthouses we had seen.  When we got home I found a pattern for a lighthouse wall hanging that I loved.  I wanted more than a wallhanging so I did row of flying geese around it and then pineapple blocks  around that.  It is amazing when I look at the quilting now to see how much I have improved in the past 12 years with my quilting.  This is the first quilt that I made on my 3 roller quilting frame.  My applique skills were not perfected (I’m not saying they are now either).   I wasn’t going to tackle the tiny seagulls so I painted them instead with fabric paint.  The top railing around the top of the lighthouse is drawn on with a fabric pen.

Another question:

question #3:  What form of quilting originates in Laos?  (maybe this one will be harder for some of you, I know these have been easy)

A – Molos

B – Pan Dau

C- Trapunto

D – Sashiko

E – Palampores


Answer to yesterdays question is A - Log Cabin, Pineapple, Press Piecing


Bah Humbug!

by Karen on December 29, 2008

in quilts


This a  photo of one of the first Christmas quilts I made.  I don’t have a place for it right now so it has been put away.  Maybe one day I will have a free space large enough on one of the walls to put it.

Oh don’t you just hate having to put the Xmas decorations away when the season is about over!  I have been at it for awhile now.  Mike is busy with other stuff .  I can reach the outside lights just fine so I am handling it.   I took them down and just got them all put back into their boxes. The wreaths are put away. The little trees by the front door and the swags are all put away.  Now to start with all the other stuff and remember what boxes hold what and make it all fit once again!  Today is sunny and in the mid-50’s — seemed like the perfect day to get busy and get the outside lights taken care of.

Sometimes I start to feel kind of “bah humbug” and feel like a scrooge.  I wonder why do I put all this stuff out every year.  There are no small children around to appreciate it, the grandkids live miles away.  I guess we keep doing it to recapture the feeling we had at the holidays when our children were small.  Each year I tend to put less decorations out and toss some of the really old junk and I do mean junk not antique :)

I am going to leave the Xmas tree skirt out and use it for a pattern for a new one.  I am thinking of making a crazy quilt skirt to use next year for under the tree.  I will use the few fancy stitches on my sewing machine for it – not something I normally do.  This will give me some practice I guess.  The fabric will be  in velvets.  I will have to search on line for some I guess as I have none.  I am thinking of rich greens and burgundy type of colors .  I will most likely have to  shop on line.  Maybe toss in some dark purples and deep, deep pink.  We will see.  Anybody have any of these colors on hand?  Maybe we can do a swap of some sort.  Let me know.

Question #2   Foundation blocks are found in which group of patterns?

A – Log Cabin, Pineapple, Press Piecing

B – Dresden Plate, Sun Bonnet Sue, Rose of Sharon

C – School House, Star of Bethlehem, Ocean Waves

crazy.jpgthe answer to yesterdays question was:  C -Stitches  Found on Crazy Quilts

Follow this link to a page on Crazy quilts and how to do the decorative stitches.


Questions & Answers

by Karen on December 28, 2008

in quilts

utahs.jpgI have not accomplished much today in the line of quilting.  I have been a little lazy in between reading and working outside with my husband on our land.  We have trees that need to be cleared out that fell in our woods from last year’s bad windstorm.  They are not in the way and aren’t near the house so we can take our time clearing them out.  The trees fell in the woods.  We will cut some for firewood and clear out the rest.

I made the quilt pictured here for my grandson 8 1/2 years ago – wow time sure flies Since this baby quilt he has received 3 other quilts from me and he is always pleased to get another. This quilt is still in considerably good shape although faded a little from repeated washings.

When writing  a blog I have found that you have to constantly try to think of something to write.  I know other people check in with me so this blog is not a personal diary/journal blog of things I do not want to share.  What to keep people’s interest?  I found some questions about quilting – with answers.  I will be posting a question each day for awhile.  The answer will appear the next day if you want to know if you are right check back with me :) I have about 25 or so of these questions.

Question #1: 

What do the following words refer to:  Chain, Feather, Herringbone, Outline

A – Quilt making patterns

B – Applique patterns in popular use from the 1840’s – 1860’s

C- Stitches found on Crazy Quilts

The answer will appear tomorrow with another question.  You can either leave your answer here in comments or keep track of it on you own.


Quilt History

by Karen on December 27, 2008

in quilts

postage-stamp2.jpgAre you interested in quilt history of America?  I just found a site that I added to my blogroll on just that –  Among the Usual Days.  I haven’t explored the whole blog site as of yet having just found it or the web site but I’m sure I will be exploring it in days to come!   But it looks really interesting.   There is a newsletter that you can sign up for — it comes out about once a month.  I ran across this site a long time ago but you know how it is you get busy and do not get back to something and forget to mark it and you forget where it is.  From this blog by Judy Ann you can get to her other blogs and web sites that feature free patterns and the history of those patterns.

This quilt on the side is a quilt that I did several years ago.  It is my own design of a Postage Stamp quilt.  You can click on this link or the photo to see it close.  I’m not exactly sure how old the postage stamp pattern is in history – when did quilters first start to make them?  If someone has the answer let me know.