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Janet Ollman Blackmer
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Sun block pattern

Started this discussion. Last reply by Janet Ollman Blackmer Jun 28, 2013. 4 Replies

Can anyone out there suggest a place to get a good "sun" block pattern for the center of a zodiac quilt I am designing?  This block should ideally be about 12" square, but smaller would work.  The…Continue

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About Me
I am the lucky grandmother of 10 and mother of 3 girls who all live close enough to visit often. Quilting for only 2 years but a sewer since the age of 10. My professional life is medicine: Naturopathic doctor and bodyworker. I play the organ semi-professionally, and have been active in church all my life. I live in Utah; yes I am a "Mormon" -- I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Addendum January 2012: back in college at BYU taking organ classes! Whooppee!
Hobbies and Interests
quilting, applique, hand quilting, machine quilting, general sewing, gardening

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Finished projects - at last

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 3:54pm 8 Comments

I really like this blog.  But I don't visit often - and post even less!  I am actively sewing and quilting, though.  These pictures will prove it:  The last time I posted about this quilt, called "Knight's Quarters, I had just finished the center block.  I still had all the borders to assemble and then get it quilted.  That happened several years ago!  It's now hanging on the wall of our bedroom.  I had it quilted in 2013.  THAT'S how long I've been gone!…


Another Project Out of the Sewing Room!

Posted on June 8, 2013 at 1:00pm 9 Comments

I've been "gone" from this forum a long time - many reasons, too numerous to mention - some relating to quilting, and others not.  Not bad things; just THINGS.  We all have them, don't we?  The "things" we have to do so we can get back to the sewing machine!  (Or for me, also, the "things" I have to do so I can get back to my organ!)


But today is a day too special to not notice in…


Inner square is done

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 8:13pm 7 Comments

I'm so excited to get this wall hanging done.  In just a few days (after finalizing my decisions about the fabric, that is) I've managed to complete the inner square complete with the mitered-corner ribbon border.  Now, on to the next round.  Here's a picture of what's done so far:



Another Project

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 8:18pm 12 Comments

My husband wants me to put a quilt above our bed.  Not a full-size quilt; more like a wall hanging.  He's worried about earthquakes loosening a picture above our bed and that being a problem.  However, a quilt falling on our heads doesn't alarm him.  So....I'm in heaven!  I went into a quilt shop I hadn't yet visited the other day and there it was...the wall hanging I've been dying to make!   The colors weren't exactly what I wanted (though they were beautiful--see the picture of the blue…


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At 7:57am on April 30, 2012, Pam/NY said…

We are our worst critics...your block is fine

At 7:48am on April 28, 2012, MARYAM/MO said…

Hi Janet!  I went to Windham Fabrics website and did my search there by looking for the fabric line and there was a link for the free pattern!  I love free stuff lol  I can't wait to see your quilt when you get it finished!  I have some civil war fabrics that I think will look good in this setting!

At 6:20am on January 25, 2012, ann/LA said…

Thanks I  used the 440 to quilt all the quilts that you see in my photos ,now I'm trying to learn how to use the 830 on a quilt frame.Getting there but find a lot of time ripping out .

At 6:42am on January 19, 2012, ann/LA said…

Hi Janet,thanks for the friend invite hope you'r loving your 440 as much as I love mine,this machine well do alnost any thing you ask of it.Do you have the embroidery with your 440? I do and us the v-6 software with it a learning cuve but a lot of fun.Have a good day off to get a hair cut .Ann

At 8:05am on January 16, 2012, Joana Simmers/GA said…

Hi, Janet--hope the new year is off to a great start for you and your family!  Whistlepig Creek is a pattern company.  I ordered the pattern directly from them, with free shipping and no tax (always a bonus).  It's not a kit--I used fabric from an earlier quilt that I had been saving for something special.  I did the project in a daylong class and didn't have a pattern, which made it harder for me, and I was uncomfortable not having bought the pattern as well.  I'm so glad I have a copy now---I'm planning to make one for my mother to take to her next time I see her. 

At 6:59pm on December 2, 2011, Jean Lonsway said…

Thank you so much for your " friend request. "  I havent been on line for several  days.  My husband has been very ill and I don't seem top do much but be his nurse.  He has finally been better the last few days and slowly getting his strength back.  He has been through some pretty rough chemo treatments since August but the good news is that it has worked.  It will take time to get him built back up but we have so many friends helping.  Hopefully I will get some new pictures on.  I set up a sewing area in the family room and it helped keep me sane.  He slept a lot and I sewed.  What is your new project?  Hope to hear from you soon!

At 7:33pm on November 20, 2011, Joana Simmers/GA said…

Q-snap is a brand name, although I think other companies make them now.  I've worn out the clamps a couple of times now.  But, yes, the clamps are the u-shaped things.  There is even a floor size, but I haven't used one of those.

At 4:40pm on November 20, 2011, Joana Simmers/GA said…

Hi, Janet---yes, I do all the quilting using a Q-snap PVC frame--when I started quilting, I had  the q-snap b/c I used it for cross-stitching.  I didn't want to buy another kind for quilting b/c I didn't know if I would enjoy it or not, LOL.  I don't think I've done another counted cross stitch project since then.  I found that I can replace just the clamps directly from Q-snap with very low S&H.  I'm glad you liked the video--he did a really good job.  He plans to do more videos with ladies in my quilt guild and put together a DVD for the community.

At 6:35am on November 18, 2011, Pam/NY said…

Love the name!!!!!

At 5:04am on November 18, 2011, Pam/NY said…

Hi Janet-I bought a viking last year, I did the same thing...you're right, it makes the classes mean more. I go in for refresher classes for specific techniques. It's a baking kind of morning...our son will be 35 this Sunday. He loves my form cookies, so will make him some turkeys! Have a nice Thanksgiving!


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