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Good afternoon and welcome to DK Quilt Guild Gift Quilt-A-Thon and stay at home sewing and quilting retreat weekend.  It is time for sewers and quilters to get busy making Christmas gifts or other holiday gifts using fabric on hand that we have been hoarding.  I have spent time hunting for patterns that will be a delight to make, give or treat ourselves with.  Please join us as we get started with out projects.  If there is a project that you are working on, we would love to hear about it or post a picture.  So go make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and come back and join in because I am your host for the day.

Traditionally quilt guilds have retreats where members get together to sew and take classes.  Usually it is at a local hotel or resort and the members stay over night to enjoy a short vacation from home with friends who share the same interest.  Since we are an internet guild we are scattered all over, the makes it impossible to have a retreat or meet up.  So we well be sewing all week end at home and commenting here about all things quilty and hand made gifts. I also invite everyone to post their favorite Cookie Recipe for our cookie exchange.  Don't be shy and keep checking back because I have videos, free patterns and gift ideas planned for the whole week end.

Please take time to look at all the Quilty and Sewing ideas in Part 1 and Part 2.  There are lots and lots of projects and fun things to sew and quilt.  Also we would love to have your favorite cookie recipe for our recipe exchange.

Part 1

Part 2

I made this quilt about 5 years ago for the winter holidays.


While I was looking through my scraps I found the blocks that I use to make this quilt.  I didn't follow any pattern because I had bought the fabric on an impulse from Walmart just before they closed the fabric department.  I looked at the several pieces of fabric that was designed to this theme and thought how was I going to use the large print piece.  I wanted to showcase the charming large print and make it part of the design.  


I chose this simple 6 inch block.


I chose 3 more 6 inch block designs.


I put the blocks together in strips and layered the strips to quilt.  The strips where then sewed together and binding was used in the back to finish off.  I am a fan of Marti Michelle and have been making quilts using her technique for a long time.  You end up creating a quilt that is reversible.


Everyone would love to see your quilts you have made so here is the chance to show off.  

Originally posted to DK Quilt Guild on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 11:02 AM PST.

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  •  I made this quilt a few years ago for my (6+ / 0-)

    grand daughter.  It was made from a Christmas panel.  I was given the panel from a quilter who was cleaning out her stash.  I cut the large blocks up and added a simple 9 patch block to make this child's quilt.  She loves it and still wraps up in it.  I machine quilted my self and did the orange peel quilting pattern.  I usually use a large plate or bowl to make scallops or wavy edges to bind.




  •  party-pooper at quilt retreat! (6+ / 0-)

    I have pieces pinned and ready to sew but it is a good day for doing laundry and other things, so I have not gotten to the quilt. I am mixing some dyes to dye some different items - bandanas, a couple of aprons, maybe overdye some baby onesies that I have already dyed. I have been practicing with different dyed fabric to use in quilts - mostly sharing with a friend in Iowa but I have some ideas. Cool and dry days make great dyeing weather, though.

    The words of House Republican: We do not care.

    by Chun Yang on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 11:25:25 AM PST

  •  Walmart closed the fabric department? (7+ / 0-)

    That is the absolutely only reason I ever shop at Walmart.

    I bought fabric there a couple of weeks ago.

    Maybe it's just your store?

    •  They did this is most of their stores about 6 year (6+ / 0-)

      ago and expanded the party department.  They left the fabric depart in stores located in rural areas because many complained that they would not have any place to buy fabric.  They just brought back the fabric in my local store this summer.  It is just a small department nothing like is was originally.  They do admit now that it was a mistake to close the fabric department in all the stores.

      I was like you and the only reason I shopped there was because of the fabric.  Walmart is not doing as well as it once did so that may also be the reason they are bringing some of the fabric and notions back into select stores.  

      Before they closed the most of the fabric departments they used to have a new theme every month of coordinating fabric for a quilt.  They also included a printed instruction sheet for free.  The fabric was just $2 a yard so I would buy the fabric and if it had a pattern sheet I would use that for the amount.  I still have about 6 of these quilt kits to make.  You could put together a quilt kit for about $20 so I would treat myself to that instead of shopping for other items for myself. I am glad I did that because I am now retired and enjoying my stash to select from.

  •  Marti Michell was on PBS during the 1990's (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Pam from Calif, weck, FloridaSNMOM

    I would watch the quilting shows that was offered on PBS. I learned so much from the quilters on these shows. These shows also made me realize how much I did learn as a child growing up around quilters.  One of the ways utility quilts were made involved machine quilting.  The good quilts were always hand quilted.  Marti Michell brought utility quilting back into fashion with her first book.  It had been a generation since quilting was common so we mostly just remember hand quilting that was done by our grandmothers and mothers.  They quilted to create beautiful bed coverings to brighten up their homes.  Marti Michell's book and several that followed is still in print.  She updated the technique of quilting in sections to take advantage of our modern machines we have now.  Here is an intro video she has done.

  •  From reading your diaries, I decided to make (5+ / 0-)

    myself a cute apron.   I don't wear aprons very often, just when something is splattering.   I have an older one, but it's always nice to have a new, cute one.   I found one online, and I'm washing two kinds of fabric now.   We have company coming, so I won't be able to make it till tomorrow.  

    Thanks for the inspiration.  

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:20:15 PM PST

    •  After you get it done, post pictures (4+ / 0-)

      at the weekly Sunday evening quilting get together.  We have many who read this column that is interested in sewing or quilting but just lurk. I lurked around Kos for years.  Projects like aprons are ideal for sewers that don't have much time.  It is also ideal for quilters that love using the pretty fabric in their stashes. I have a few more patterns I found on line that I will post.  

  •  Marti Michell demo video sewing strips together (4+ / 0-)

    I don't have this book of hers.  I did buy a quilt pattern book for making a quilt in a week end.  Mostly I just watched her on the different PBS quilt shows before she retired.  I hand sew my binding strips in the back. I am an old dog and still like the way I have done it all my life. I enjoy hand sewing in front of the TV in the evening.

  •  Dresden Plate Apron (4+ / 0-)

    I found this pattern a couple of months ago looking for a apron pattern.  This one is unique because it shows off quilting and piecing skills.  Quilters are always looking for ways of using those skills and equipment they have bought in new ways.  Also if the quilter has been quilting for a long time, there is a box of orphan blocks to utilize.  I like this apron pattern because you can use up orphan blocks. I hope to make this one soon.  There is no pdf file to down load but the picture tutorial is great.

  •  Annabelle Apron (4+ / 0-)

    This is a Hoffman Fabric pattern with a pdf file that is down loadable.  Just looking at what has to be done to draft the pattern you will need to be a experienced garment sewer.

    When I was a child we would draft patterns on news paper until we got them right.  Today I would use sheets of tissue wrapping paper to draw this pattern.  You can also find pattern making Pellon like fabric at most fabric stores that have one inch graph dots as guides to draw with.  It is also stronger and will hold up with multi uses if you are making more then one.

    The pattern is still worthy to look at because it is really cute.

  •  Good Afternoon (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    trkingmomoe, weck, FloridaSNMOM, winifred3

    Here are the quilts, I've made. I'm new to quilting, and for each one I have learned a lot.

    Marvel Comics Heroes Quilt Top

    Marvel Heroes Quilt Sampler ~ I gave the completed quilt to my nephew. Traditional blocks using non-tradtional fabrics

    VA Wheelchair Quilt

    1st VA Wheelchair Quilt~ This was for Sara R's Palo Alto VA Hospital Spinal Unit Charity

    VA Wheelchair Quilt

    2nd VA Wheelchair Quilt~ This was for Sara R's Palo Alto VA Hospital Spinal Unit Charity

    Quilt Top

    Dr Cara Barker's Love Quilt for a Sandy Hook Child. I don't have a good photo of the completed quilt.

    Mary's Colorblock~ Quilt by Pam from Calif

    Mary's Colorblock Quilt~ My mom loved the Love Quilt for the child so much;I made her a duplicate quilt. I pieced her quilt & splurged with professional quilting. BeadLady quilted it and did a wonderful job.

    •  It is amazing how much we learn by doing. (4+ / 0-)

      I always start out when I am teaching new sewers that the difference between a good sewer and a poor sewer is the good one knows how to fix their mistakes.  We all make mistakes and continue to make mistakes no matter how long we have been working with fabric.  There are mistakes that do happen once in a while that can't be fixed so you get to start over.  I just recently worked on a project from hell that my grand daughter-in-law was commissioned by her mother to make.  It took 6 weeks to make the dress.  

      On line groups like this is a good place to ask questions when you are stuck.  

  •  The most fun I had with dyeing was a few years at (5+ / 0-)

    school.  My sis helped me with assembling a good selection of dyes, and I got squirt bottles and haunted the thrift stores for white cotton garments.  

    When the day came to do the shirts, we hung a bunch of clotheslines and let the class squirt the clothes or tie and then squirt the clothes.  Then we hung our art on a long clothesline for the world to admire.  

    The boys had as much fun as the girls making colorful garments, each got to pick the piece thy wanted to work on, and some made gifts for others.

    It was a whole lot of work for the teacher, and due to the nature of my class, I was never able to pull that project off again.  I was always looking for ways to bring art into the classroom with out calling it that.  (not in my curriculum)

    For us, the dyed clothing was an opportunity to practice certain desirable behavioral skills such as sharing and making positive statements about other people and their creativity, as well as following directions and cleaning up after a project.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 02:33:31 PM PST

  •  As we blog hop for Aprons, Martha Steward stop (4+ / 0-)

    This apron is a baker's apron.  It has a nice strap around the neck that you can adjust from the front using a round belt loop.  Also this is a nice style that can be made larger for plus sizes.  I have been down loading these pdf files in my computer to use later. These patterns don't always stay up on the internet.  It is a beginner pattern that is fast and easy to make. You can also make this for men.

  •  Red Rooster has this lap quilt pattern "Ice" (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Pam from Calif, weck, FloridaSNMOM

    I like this because it is a version of the depression pattern called Improved Nine patch.  It looks hard but it is not.  It is a pdf file that you can down load for you library or print it out to keep in a note book. It would be pretty in frosty blue and snow flake print fabrics. The sashing could be white or black to look like a window pane.

    If you are interested in the history of the improved nine patch, this web page offers a good read on the history.  It also shows the original pattern.

  •  Martha Steward lunch bag (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    FloridaSNMOM, Pam from Calif

    Yesterday I posted a lunch bag pattern on line source.  Martha has a great page with a video of one of her shows that demo this item.  They are using oil cloth but you can use a flannel backed table cloth to make them.

    Take time to watch the video because there are good tips on sewing slippery plastic fabrics.

    Here is Quilt Home on line source of laminated fabrics that is being used in the video,

    Sew Fancy has Teflon foots for different machines.

  •  Star Patchwork Christmas Ornament video (3+ / 0-)

    Some quilt guilds have an ornament exchange for the holidays.  Her is a cute little ornament also makes a nice item for gift giving.

  •  Baby hooded bath towel (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    FloridaSNMOM, Pam from Calif

    This is a great gift for a baby.  You can make larger ones for children using a beach size towel.  The embellishments will come from your stash.

    This site has a cute bath set made from towels.  It is a tulip applique or fall leaves.  You have to sign up to down load the pattern.  The picture is enough for you to copy this idea.

  •  Spicy Vegetable Crackers to bake for a gift (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    winifred3, Pam from Calif


    Wonderful crackers for grown ups, that have some zing to them. As Emeral always tells you to take it up a notch and these crackers are up a couple of notches. They are perfect for a grown up snack or fall football tailgate party. You can make them up ahead a few days and seal them up into a container. Of coarse they are easy to make and low cost, also only 10 to 15 calories a cracker. To make these you will have to add a box of Lipton Vegetable soup and parchment paper to your grocery list . So lets get started with this fun baking project.

    Spicy Vegetable Crackers

    1 package dry vegetable soup (Lipton)

    1 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes

    1 ½ cups all purpose flour

    ½ cup whole wheat flour

    2 tablespoons of sugar

    ½ teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    ½ teaspoon baking powder

    ½ teaspoon baking soda

    ½ teaspoon salt

    ¼ cup shortening

    ½ cup warm water

    Coarse salt for tops of the crackers

    Mix in food processor using blade by starting with dry ingredients. Pulse a few times to get all the dry ingredients blended. It also helps to chop up the dry soup into smaller pieces. You can also mix this by hand as if you were making pie dough. Add shortening and give a few pulses until the dough looks like sand. Then add the water slowly through the shoot as you pulse the processor until it forms a ball. It is the same technique that you use to make pie dough in the food processor.

    Divide the dough into 2 balls. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.  This will soften the dry soup vegetables and develop the gluten for easy rolling.

    Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. If you don’t have 2 sil-pats for your cookie sheets you can cut parchment paper to fit the inside of 2 cookie sheets.


    Remove the parchment paper or sil-pat from cookie sheet to roll the dough out on it. You will be rolling one of the dough balls very thin in the shape of a rectangle on the parchment paper that you will later slip the whole thing back on to the cookie sheet to bake. Try to make the dough as squared up as possible. You will be cutting the crackers with a pizza cutter or a pastry wheel. If you don’t have either a knife will work only be careful not to cut through the paper. Cut the crackers about 1 ½ inch squares in a grid. Sprinkle with some coarse salt and prick the tops of each cracker with a fork 3 times. Now slip the paper or sil-pat back in to the cookie sheet. Repeat the same way for the next ball of dough.

    Bake both trays at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.


    The crackers will separate and shrink a little while baking. Cool and store in an air-tight container.

    This is a inexpensive fun recipe to add to a low budget meal of tuna salad.  You can always leave out the pepper so children can enjoy them.  A 1/2 teaspoon of chicken-flavored boulion can be added in the place of red pepper for a mild chicken flavored cracker.  Also this makes a nice gift from your kitchen for someone who can’t have cookies over the holidays.

  •  Sorry to be MIA this weekend (2+ / 0-)
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    trkingmomoe, Pam from Calif

    A good friend (of 35 yrs) died of complications due to cancer and after the wake and funeral last week I was just a bit too depressed to remember about this.

    Sorry.  I will review the posts and enjoy those.

    Again, sorry to have missed this, but more sorry that she is gone.

    I will post some progress I made on the quilt I was working on in a few moments.

    Best wishes,


    I dream of things that never were and say, "why not"? Robert Kennedy

    Read my short stories for free here

    by winifred3 on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 04:44:24 PM PST

  •  Figgy Pudding Quilt Pattern from Moda (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    winifred3, Pam from Calif

    This is a very quick quilt for a week end project to give as a gift.

  •  A Christmas tree Pillow free pattern (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    winifred3, Pam from Calif
  •  A free pattern Christmast package Table topper (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    winifred3, Pam from Calif
  •  The Triangle Star quilt I am working on (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    trkingmomoe, Pam from Calif

    This is 1/9 of the quilt -- the lower right corner.  The flower applique goes in the 4 corners and there are flower blocks in the star.  At this point I have to put it away and focus on a memorial quilt for a friend whose father died.  That quilt, a Irish chain quilt, will be given to the VA hospital in his name.  I will get this quilt done, but just not until after I retire in January 2014.

    Beginning Triangle photo Quilt11-03_zpsdd89a541.jpg

    This is how it is supposed to look when finished. You can tell what I've changed.

    Triangle Star quilt photo TriangleStarquilt_zps3a724ad9.jpg

    I like the curving flowers rather than the sharp corners of the "stems".  I am going to embroider around the flowers and add embroidery to separate the flower petals. It will take time.

    I dream of things that never were and say, "why not"? Robert Kennedy

    Read my short stories for free here

    by winifred3 on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 05:07:04 PM PST

    •  Wow...You are moving along (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      winifred3, Pam from Calif

      It looks wonderful.  I have been wondering how that class was going.  

      I have a hard time explaining how quilters can work on several things at a time. We end up rotating projects and sometimes it is because the projects take a long time and we have to stop to do something else.  

      My problem is sometimes I don't get back to them for a long time.

      •  Not getting back is a problem I have (2+ / 0-)
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        trkingmomoe, Pam from Calif

        I really need to rotate projects so I don't get "stale" or begin to hate a project.  But I do have to force myself to finish a project sometimes. I do worry that will happen with this, but it is interesting enough I should return to it.

        I dream of things that never were and say, "why not"? Robert Kennedy

        Read my short stories for free here

        by winifred3 on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 05:26:08 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for all of these links! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    trkingmomoe, Pam from Calif

    I dream of things that never were and say, "why not"? Robert Kennedy

    Read my short stories for free here

    by winifred3 on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 05:10:57 PM PST

  •  Pizzelle Cookies Video (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Pam from Calif

  •  Rosette Cookies very easy (1+ / 0-)
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    Pam from Calif

  •  Origami Pouch from Quiltsalott (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    winifred3, Pam from Calif

    This is really neat idea.  You could use this technique to make gift pouches instead of wrapping them in paper.  

  •  I have enjoyed posting and surfing the net (2+ / 0-)
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    winifred3, Pam from Calif

    this weekend.  I have noticed that it has been a slow weekend on other community blogs this weekend at Kos also.  Ever since google has started their new advertising system my computer has slowed down when I move from page to page.  I notice it the most here at Kos.  You should see all the google adds I get now from my weekend jaunt through the inter tubs.  LOL  But it is also bothersome and mucks up things.

    I will post my falling leaves pattern next Sunday in the comments. I have saved some ideas for the future.

    I wish all of you a nice holiday season this year.

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