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Vintage 16" Dresden Plates

I have a pile of these beautifully worked Dreden Plates that will finish at 16".  They were appliqued to muslin feed sacks.  Some of the muslin still has faint printing on them.  It is quite sturdy (if I can use that as a descriptor) muslin.  The blocks are a little musty and smudged from storage and time.  Before I trimmed them, some had the old seam holes from where they were stitched into sacks in their previous life.  I bought them on ebay at a shamefully low price, so I don't know…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 13, 2018 at 12:40pm — 11 Comments

Hunter's Star Baby Quilt - the finish

This is what I decided to do with the baby quilt - mostly because of fabric availability and crunch time.  I appreciated all who commented and gave suggestions.  I made notes for next time.  I think it would have looked nice with a dark border as well.  I was using up scraps and made do with what I had.  

Stats:  8" blocks.  1" inner border, 3" outer border.  Machine quilted - domestic machine - in the ditch.  Cotton batt.  This has been washed and dried.  I don't prewash my fabrics…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 13, 2018 at 12:00pm — 13 Comments

Hunter's Star thoughts, please

Here is the Hunter's star layout, before it was completely put together.  I like the balance.

The blocks finish at 8", so as is, this measures 32 x 40.  Question:  Is that big enough for a baby quilt?  I tend to make mine a little larger.  I'd feel better if this were 40 x 48, but I am not going to…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 7, 2018 at 7:58am — 15 Comments

Train Quilt

This is the train quilt that was a work-in-progress for FAR too long.  It is in its new home with GS#1 who loves it.  I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but I used the alphabet feature on my machine to stitch "Rail Road Crossing" in the cornerstones.  It fits with the railroad tracks sashing.  …


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 5, 2018 at 3:40pm — 9 Comments

Hunter's Star preview pics

Here is a sample of what has been put together on my design wall so far on the baby Quilt.  I'll rearrange blocks for color balance and variety when  all the blocks are made, but I'm liking it so far.  The arrowhead blocks are 8" finished.  …


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 5, 2018 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Hunter's Star Baby Quilt

Too cheap to buy a pattern and didn't like the freebie method for this block for this particular quilt and the fabrics I'm using.  However, next time I might be tempted to just go with that one.  It would be much easier than what I have resorted to doing - templates.  After a lot of math frustration and several block sample fails, templates seemed to be the way to go for this block to get the look I want.  This will be a baby quilt, so not many blocks.  I'm kind of excited about the…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 3, 2018 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

bias binding

As I made some bias binding this afternoon, I was thinking it was somewhat tedious and awkward, but rather satisfying as I'm cutting (with scissors, even) what seems like miles and miles of binding.  That a smallish piece of fabric can just go on forever is rather mind boggling.

And as it turns out, I have about 100 inches more than what I need!   How did that happen?  Since I'm mathematically challenged, I used a chart.  It said for x inches of binding cut at x width, I'd need 2/3 of…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 21, 2017 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Why they should never let me leave the ranch...

We went to town today and saw some neighbors at the restaurant.  The wife is retiring from teaching at the local ag college and my mouth engaged before my brain.  I said something like, "Hey, didn't I see where you were retiring?  When's the big party?"  Aaaaand that's when my brain caught up with me.  The party was to be a surprise.  Her husband redirected well and we just went on, but I'm still MORTIFIED that I spilled the beans.  (She's a sharp gal.  It won't take her long to figure it…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 13, 2017 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

Brag alert, the newest GS

The newest grandson (#3) - 5 months old today.

This was taken last week - he's all bundled up helping Grandpa feed the calves.  DS's house is surrounded by pasture, but the calves are fenced out of their yard.  …


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 6, 2017 at 9:00am — 18 Comments

Inner quilt arguments...

...or why it takes me so long to accomplish anything.  

I'm working on a long-overdue quilt back - piecing it from scraps, which seems to be the latest "thing" in the quilting world.  Hey, I'm all about saving money and using up scraps, which, in theory, is supposed to thin out one's stash.  However, for my somewhat Type A self, this requires me to exercise the creative side of my brain AND combine it with my  nemesis - math.  Both challenging.  So in my world, this is akin to…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 5, 2017 at 11:28am — 15 Comments

Cute poem to share

I pray someday at heaven’s gate I may in glory stand,

A crown perhaps upon my head, but a needle in my hand.

I never learned to sing or play so let no harp be mine;

From childhood to my dying day, fine sewing’s been my line.

Therefore accustomed all my life to making useful stitches

I’ll be content if asked to mend the little angels’ britches. 

Author unknown.

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 4, 2017 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

A little birdie told me...

A little birdie told me it is Pam Nieman's birthday today.  Is that right, Pam?  If so - Happy Birthday!!!!  Have a great day!  (The world's a little better place just because you were born.) 

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 19, 2017 at 2:06pm — 4 Comments

the hardest part...and dithering

For me, the hardest part is making a decision on a pattern and actually making that first cut.  It seems like once that first cut is made, I'm committed, and then things progress.  

I've been dithering over my grandson's train quilt since forever (well, about 2 years now), and I think DD has given up on me ever getting it finished. Just getting it started seemed to be the hurdle.  Of course I didn't have a pattern in mind before I bought the fabric.  I've looked at it and petted it…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 2, 2017 at 1:29pm — 9 Comments

general straight of grain question

So this morning I'm ironing and prepping fabric, making sure it is straight (on grain) before cutting, so I have time to ponder - sometimes a dangerous pastime...

Let me preface this by saying that I'm not a hard n' fast stickler for quilt rules.  I tend to fall somewhere in the camp of "I want know what they are and why, so I can decide which ones I follow (or not) on any given project."  I realize there are variables that come into play.  Some things I'm very…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 26, 2017 at 9:08am — 16 Comments

My dad

Hello, all.  Some of you know my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Nov. 2015.  He was given 4 months to live - they said he might see the grass turn green in the spring.  He accepted the news with grace and courage and opted to forego chemo or any treatment at all.  That was the last time he doctored.  He knew where he was going and was determined to live well whatever number of days the Lord granted him.  He certainly did that.  No rocking chair or moping for him.  He not only…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 30, 2016 at 12:12pm — 26 Comments

Shannon cuddle blankets

The airplane one is for baby Ian.  (Yes, Grandma is a little late getting it done.) 

This one…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 5, 2016 at 8:17am — 9 Comments

Flannel baby quilt.

My sister-in-law ordered this baby quilt for a friend.  She wanted something big-block, flannel, woodsy, reds/blues/greens, with parent/baby silhouettes.  Started from scratch and came up with this.  Borrowed the elk track idea from one of Carol Ann's quilts - the raspberry chocolate mousse quilt.    

I used a…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 5, 2016 at 7:47am — 10 Comments

Baby Update

New grandbaby Ian is now over 5 lbs, off all supplemental oxygen, nursing and taking a bottle (both) well.  He may be ready to go home next week, but only time will tell.  He has come a long way from that 27 gestational wk, 2 1/2 lb preemie.  Lots of prayers answered along the way, and we're thankful.  

His big…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 17, 2016 at 6:00am — 22 Comments


Pam visits Nebraska.

The earth shakes.

Coincidence?  Mmmmm I don't think so.  If there's excitement to be found (or thought up), Pam is there!

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 3, 2016 at 12:45pm — 16 Comments

Public apology

I would like to publicly apologize for posting a photo that I'd seen on social media to this main page.  I thought it was a humorous staged photo that was poking fun at quilters.  It was not, and it caused pain to someone.  For that I am truly sorry.  I meant no disrespect and would never intentionally want to hurt someone.  I hope CT Admin would pass along my sincerest regret.  

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 15, 2016 at 11:33am — 9 Comments

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