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Pony Baby Quilt

A finish.  Finally!  I think the edges are rippling some because the binding may not be 100% cotton.  It was something in my stash inherited from a great-aunt.  She was quilting in her later years (the 1970's) with whatever was available.  And history is repeating itself, because that's what I'm doing now, too.  This one is going to a sweet baby girl in Idaho.  Machine pieced.  Machine quilted (domestic machine).  This quilt completely used up several of the prints here.  Stash busting…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 15, 2020 at 2:15pm — 4 Comments

glue basting spray

A word to the wise:  if you think your glue-baste quilting spray is too old, be very cautious about using it.  Mine is several years old, and not something I use(d) very often.  I can't tell you how old, because I don't remember when I bought it.  

I was working on a shannon fabric (minkee) blanket and since it is somewhat slippery, I thought I'd tack it together with small amounts of basting spray.  

As I was cleaning the spout, I got some glue on my hands.  I sure hope it…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 1, 2020 at 9:16am — 9 Comments

Seeking Princess Sewing Machine info

Does anyone know anything about this machine?  I can find NOTHING about it on the internet so far.  It is selling on a local on-line auction.  I'm assuming it is a working toy machine circa 1950's, possibly?  When we looked at the listing  yesterday, the bidding was at $140.  I'm not interested in buying it, but I am intrigued by it and that fact that I can't seem to find any history or information about it.  It has a crank handle, but it also looks like there is a belt on it as well.  Maybe…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 16, 2020 at 3:12pm — 9 Comments

Vintage quilt story

Vintage quilt with a story.  (I'm having trouble loading the picture, so I hope it is able to be seen.)

In June of 2016, we had our annual maternal family reunion on the ranch where Mom was raised.  My cousin had just remodeled the original ranch house and was sharing her mother's things with the family.  There was a quilt she wanted me to see…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 24, 2019 at 8:02am — 15 Comments


Summer weather has finally made its way  here.  We had a very chilly spring.  We've had good rains, which makes things nice and green.  I made a couple of baby quilts and a wedding quilt over the winter months, along with some bowl cozies, a table runner, and a microwave potato bag.  There is a partially finished baby quilt hanging on my design wall.  It still needs a border.  Just haven't gotten back to my sewing room recently.  My goal over the past year or two has been to use only fabric…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 2, 2019 at 9:14am — 6 Comments

Wedding Quilt - a modified and finished UFO

This quilt was modified from a lap quilt to a queen.  Started with CT's pattern "Cabin Life" (I believe) and their flannels from that time.  I'd ordered extra fabric at the time, knowing I planned to make it larger.  I'd put together the original size back when I first got the pattern/fabric, but hadn't gotten around to finishing it.  I wanted to gift this for a wedding quilt, so a couple of weeks ago, I pulled it out and started working on it again.  …


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 8, 2019 at 5:09pm — 15 Comments

In search of...

Cream mirage flannel from CT (circa 2012).  It matches the cream/neutral in this kit:

Need about a yard if anyone would be willing to part with some in their stash.  Thanks for checking!

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 19, 2019 at 12:50pm — No Comments

yet another...

The baby for which this quilt top is made is now 6 days overdue.  If I hurry, I might be able to finish it before he arrives!  

It is made of western fabrics - browns, oranges, and blues, according to momma's preference.  It will finish at roughly 42 x 50.  The delectable mountains half-blocks are 4.5 x 6 finished.  I'll just machine quilt this one as simply as possible.  I haven't pieced a back yet.  The setting reminds me of woven saddle blankets, and that's the look I was going…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on October 10, 2018 at 9:08am — 21 Comments

Hexie baby quilt

Baby's momma didn't want to get too carried away with pink, so she sent me a picture of the nursery colors.  The rug became the inspiration for the quilt.

I really had to dig through my stash for the dark navy and pale pink, being careful of the prints in order to match the contemporary feel of the rug.  Putting tans and grays together threw me for a bit, but…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 25, 2018 at 12:46pm — 17 Comments

an older baby quilt

I neglected to get pictures of this quilt a year ago when my great-nephew was born.  I'd had the border collie fabric for several years.  It had originally been intended for my nephew's oldest child, but the fabric didn't come in time.  Then he had 2 girls after that, so I just held onto it.  When we knew this little one would be a boy, I decided to dig out the fabric and use it up.  

The front:…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 12, 2018 at 9:09am — 14 Comments

Scrub top Irish Chain baby quilt

The latest baby quilt for my new great-niece: an Irish Chain made completely from fabric from Mom's old scrub tops.  I used to make her shirts/scrub tops that she wore the years she worked.  She was an RT (radiology technologist or x-ray technician).  My niece, who just had her 3rd baby girl, is also an RT.  This new little baby shares a middle name with mom (the great-grandma).  Mom was delighted - with the name and the quilt.  

The baby's first name has celtic/gaelic origins, so…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 7, 2018 at 4:43am — 15 Comments

Latest baby quilt

This is the most recent "stash reduction" project. It might take me awhile if I only use them up in baby quilts.  Individually, the fabrics are cute and go well together, but overall, this one isn't my favorite - not sure why.  Hopefully someone will love it.  It is 42" x 42".  Machine quilted (poorly, but we do what we can). It is backed with pink flannel. …


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 25, 2018 at 6:29pm — 15 Comments

Latest projects

Hello all!

These are some things I've been working on.  I'm shopping my stash and using only what I have on hand. 

A little cowboy quilt top with the sheriff's badges for a baby whose grandpa was a long-time sheriff.

A little knitted baby sweater  - trying to learn new things.  It still needs buttons and blocked.…


Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 25, 2018 at 7:41am — 17 Comments

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 make 10 more blocks.  (Next time I'll know to make it a 5 x 6…


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

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