Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Quilt #109 :: Blair 2000

My 109th (!!) quilt was a quick commission. I've done only a very, very few commissions because part of what I love about quilting is coming up with an idea. If someone asks for something in particular, it feels more like work. 

That said, when our neighbor asked if I would help his mom out with a quilt, I was happy to say yes because our sons are such good friends. The boys met when we were building our house in 2011 and have played together at least once a week ever since. And more than a few times, Brandon and Emily have helped me out on bad brain days. So it was a no brainer to help out with this quilt.

Our neighbor's mom, Judy, wanted to make a graduation quilt for her grandson, who was part of the class of 2018. He was born in 2000. 2000! That kind of blows my mind. It really doesn't seem all that long ago that everyone was worried about the computers crashing as the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2000. But the world moved on and Joann made fabric to celebrate the new millennium.

Judy had some of this nearly-vintage fabric in both blue and white and wondered if I could use it in the quilt. There was just enough for the backing and binding 

When she dropped off the material for the quilt, she had already cut out the t-shirts, which were fused to interfacing. That part can be really tricky, but she did a great job. It made everything else super simple. All I had to do was piece the blocks, quilt, bind, and add the label. Enough that I'm calling it quilt #109 for my count, but Judy gets design credit and her name on the label. 

At this point, I was still recovering from the six memory quilts I made, so it was nice to have an easy finish to get back my mojo--or would that be sew-jo?

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Quilt #108: On Ringeis Lake

2017 was my year of social quilting. I joined a ton of quilt alongs, including Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery quilt, On Ringeis Lake

The very first quilt along I ever did was Bonnie's 2016 mystery quilt En Provence, which I called A team en Provence.

Bonnie is the queen of scrappy quilts. I now look forward to her annual mystery because I now I can make a (small) dent in my scrap bins and end up with something stunning. 

I seem to use a lot of blues, teals, and purples, so this year I veered from Bonnie's color way. 

Because it was a mystery quilt, I had no idea what the finished project would look like. I also had no idea to whom I would gift the quilt. As the weeks went along, I started thinking about my son's teacher. At D's school, teachers move up with the class, so Mrs. Ringeis was completing her second year with with D. I remembered how she met him when he was brand new to the school in preschool and joined an after school Lego job that she oversaw. The very first time I picked him up, she pulled me aside and said, "You know he's gifted, right?" 

I don't talk too much about D's giftedness, in large part because Mrs. Ringeis was the catalyst for us getting him tested and finding resources to support his quirks and asynchronous development. She took him under his wing before she was his teacher, and since becoming his primary teacher he has matured and bloomed. She "gets" him and he adores her.

We have joked that whenever I make a quilt for someone at school, they leave. Fortunately, the trend has changed since I gave his principal her quilt: 

With only one more year left with this amazing school, I knew I needed to start working on quilts for all the incredible people who have been such a huge part of D's life so far. So Ringo Lake became Ringeis Lake.

After the quilt was finished and D had slept with it--the final and most important step to "seal in the love"--I emailed the school to get permission to come by to deliver it. 

When she saw D with the bag, she looked at me and said, "No, no, no! I have one more year!" I assured her we weren't going anywhere!

This is one of my favorite quilts for one of my favorite people. And I love that D helped with the label.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Quilt #107: VV Improv

When I first started quilting 5 years ago, I had the idea that I would eventually make a quilt for everyone close to me, particularly everyone who helped me after my brain injury, when I had so little to give. Of course, inspiration doesn't always strike in a logical order, so I have been slooooooowwwwly been making my way through my original list in between other projects like comfort quilts, baby quilts, thank you quilts, etc.

One friend who has been near the top of my thank you list is my friend Jen VV. We became friends shortly after I moved to Michigan almost 20 years ago and quickly became one of my favorite people in the world. She is smart, gorgeous, intelligent, and generous. She also looks a lot like this:

Jen is also insanely good at what she does as a pelvic floor specialist. I knew I wanted to make something for her exam room to help put her patients at ease. I wanted something colorful and maybe a little cheeky. I spent months (years?) looking for inspiration.

I finally found it in this photo from Linda Nussbaum.

I found this image on her Flicker page, which led to a blog post from 2012 with the same photo, but not a lot of information. It looks like it was made a part of her quilting bee, and submitted for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Festival. I couldn't find out if it was accepted or not. She has a new blog, Surrounded by Scraps, as of 2012, but I can't find the quilt shown there. 

There was no pattern to the quilt listed on her site, but it was easy to figure out how each block was made. Fortunately, I have lots of strip scraps.

I used the same print for each of the centers.

I used a similar blue print on every other block.

I also used the blue print for the backing.

I was able to deliver Jen's quilt in person in February when we were in town for the celebration of Papa Steve's life. 

It's been six months since I gave Jen her quilt. I'm very behind on posting about my quilts. But today is Jen's birthday so I call my timing perfect!

I hope her patients enjoy the new view!

To see more pictures of the making of this quilt, check out #VVimprov on Instagram. To see what I'm currently working on, follow me on at deJongDreamHouse.

Linked to:
BOMs Away @ What a Hoot Quilts
Design Wall Monday @ Small quilts and doll quilts
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt
Move It Forward @ Em's Scrap Bag
Needle & Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Off the Wall Friday @ Nina Marie
Oh Scrap @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She
To Do Tuesday @ Stitch All the Things
Wait Loss Wednesday @ The Inquiring Quilter
WIP Wednesday @ Silly Mama Quilts
WIPs on Wednesdays @ Esther's Blog

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

One Monthly Goal :: August 2018

Here we are at the start of another month and I am setting my One Monthly Goal with Elm Street Quilts.  I am slowly but surely finishing up the many, MANY social quilting projects I did last year. This month, my goal is to finish the Prince Edward Island Modern Quilt Guild mystery quilt. 

Photo Credit: Gwenn Beck-Pottier

I did a good job keeping up each month. I just didn't finish piecing after the last clue was revealed. (And yes, a Prince Edward Island mystery quilt just BEGGED for me to use my Anne of Green Gables fabric!)

I just noticed as I was typing this that the clues have all been taken down as of two weeks ago so I'm praying that I printed them all off! Stay tuned!

Previous OMGs:
July 2018 - Dutch Canuck Quilt
June 2018 - Daybed Pillow
June 2017 - no goal

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

One Monthly Goal :: July 2018 Update

My July One Monthly Goal was to finish a quilt I started four years ago as a new quilter. All I had was yardage and this one block

I made the block after making my first maple leaf quilt for a friend's baby.

The colors were inspired by my husband's citizenship quilt

The Dutch Canuck quilt is for the best man at our wedding, Joel, and his family. They live in Canada, but also share Niels' Dutch ancestry. Earlier this summer, they asked if they could come for a visit. We love hosting guests so we enthusiastically said, "yes!" Then I got to work.

When they arrived at our house after a long day of driving, the quilt was on their bed.

For the back, I used fabric from Niels' quilt to make a Dutch side.

It was a fun quick quilt to make. And eventually, I will make a full separate post about it!

Previous OMGs:
July 2018 - Dutch Canuck Quilt
June 2018 - Daybed Pillow
June 2017 - no goal

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Quilt #106 :: Good Morning, Eileen

I am some catching up to do sharing my finished quilts! Today I'm sharing quilt #106, which I called Good Morning Eileen because it's made from the oops blocks when I made my Good Night Irene quilt. 

My original idea for the Good Night Irene quilt was to make all scrappy blocks. But I decided that they were too busy together.

 I kept the blues and replaced the turquoise blocks with ones that used the same two prints. Much better.
I didn't want to waste the turquoise blocks, so I alternated them with big blocks to come up with a new quilt. It was an easy finish and was perfect for the project for which they were made: gifts for a local kindergarten class. 

I can't show the photo of the adorable boy who chose this quilt, but I can share a picture of my adorable boy with it.

Linked to:
BOMs Away Monday @ What a Hoot
Design Wall Monday @ Small Quilts & Doll Quilts
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Finished or Not Friday @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Linky Tuesday @ Free Motion by the River
Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Infatuation
Monday Making @ Love Laugh Quilt
Moving It Forward @ Em's Scrapbag
Needle & Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Off the Wall Friday @ Nina Marie
Oh Scrap! @  Quilting is More Fun than Housework
Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She
To Do Tuesday @ Sew All the Things
Wait Loss Wednesday @ The Inquiring Quilter
Whoop Whoop Friday @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
WIP Linky Party @ Silly Mama Quilts
WIPs on Wednesday @ Esther's Blog
Whoop Whoop Friday @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Quilt #99 :: Good Night Irene

I'm a little behind with sharing my quilts which is why I'm posting a picture of quilt in the snow when it's 90 degrees outside! Today's quilt is my version of Good Night Irene. It's been on my to do queue for awhile because my scrap bins are overflowing. 

I started out making both the blue blocks and the turquoise and gray pieces scrappy.

When I place the blocked on my design wall, I thought it looked a little busy so I put the turquoise and gray blocks in my Oops and Orphans pile.

I quilted with a big spiral. I was especially proud that I made this entire quilt out of stash. That may say something about the size of my stash...

This quilt was made for my local church ministry, Piecemakers. We make quilts for a variety of places, but this one went to one of my favorites, the kindergartners at a local school. 

It is unusual to see the recipient of donated quilts, but in this case, the school invites us to the school to meet the kiddos and watch them pick out their quilts. I can't show the face of the happy little girl who picked this quilt, but I can show this one. She was so sweet. She gave me a big hug and told me blue is her favorite color. I hope it continues to bring her joy in the years to come.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Pat Sloan Podcast

So...I have some pretty big news! Sometime today, my interview with Pat Sloan will go live on her American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast!

If you aren't familiar with Pat Sloan, she is a popular and prolific quilter who hosts many sew alongs at her website, I Love to Make Quilts.  

I have been part of Pat's active Facebook community, Quilt Along with Pat Sloan, for several years. The quilters there are supportive and talented. I didn't jump into social quilting until less year, so while I admired the progress others made on Pat's sew alongs, I wasn't a participant until I saw her write about her upcoming Grandma's Kitchen quilt. 

My Gramma Ann passed away in 2014 When my family was packing up her things, I requested some of her clothes so that I could make a quilt with them. I had only been quilting for a year at that point. I wasn't confident enough yet to cut up her clothes out of fear of making a mistake. So I put them in a tote while I waited for inspiration.

Nearly a year ago to the day, Pat posted the first block of Grandma's kitchen, called "The Kitchen Table." Just seeing the name, I was transported to Grandma's kitchen in tiny Blackduck, Minnesota. I thought her cupboards were so cool because the doors were flat panels that opened only when you pushed them. I spent many hours entertaining myself by opening and closing those cupboards.

I knew then that this sew along was just the inspiration I needed. I decided from the start that my quilt would be all about Gramma's life, in and out of the kitchen. You can read about the entire process here.  My mom and aunts were very excited about the quilt and talked about who should get it...so...I made six of them!

After finishing each block, I would post it to a link up on Pat's website and/or share the block and its story on Pat's FB page. A few times, Pat herself would comment on the post! And then she contacted me privately after seeing all six quilts, and asked if I would be on her show. Of course, I said, "YES!" 

I hope you enjoy listening to the interview as much as I enjoyed talking to Pat. 

Finally, I have to share one last thing about this project. My mom and aunt were so grateful for their quilts and send me the most wonderful thank you notes and gifts. My aunt Lori, did something really fun! She took all the blog posts I wrote and had them bound up in a book. What a labor of love! 

They say the internet is forever, but this is such a thoughtful way to make sure that Gramma's legacy lives on to the next generation(s). 

I've so enjoyed re-reading the blog posts again. I wrote them as I went along, without knowing how the quilt would turn out. It is really cool to read them all at once, kind of like binge-watching a favorite show!

 I love that she wrapped the book in the blue paper that inspired block "Pantry Goods."

If this is your first time here at de Jong Dream House, especially if you visited after hearing the podcast, WELCOME! This blog started as my husband and I build our dream ultra energy-efficient, universally-designed dream house. After moving in, I posted about organizing and green living. Once I discovered quilting in 2013, my blog started featuring more and more quilts. And that's mostly what you see today. 

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