Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Mayor - No Joke" - Project Quilting Season 9, Project 1

This is the first challenge of Season 9 of
Project Quilting.

I'm so excited to join in this challenge, "Hometown Proud."

My entry:

Susanna Salter
Mayor - No Joke

Susanna Madora Salter was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas in 1887,
(my hometown)
the first elected woman Mayor of the United States,
and so far as most people knew, the first woman elected to preside over any town in the world.

Hometown Proud!!!!  I think this meets the challenge.

She announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

Challenge 1: Hometown Proud
The Rules:
1. Be inspired by the best of your community - what makes you town special?  We don't care if it's where you live or where you have lived.  This part is open to interpretation but in the description of your quilt, please include the name of the town and why you chose it.
2.  Incomplete or unfinished does not qualify.  Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from inception to completion during the challenge timeline (January 7 through January 14, 2018).  Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.
3.  Please remember that these projects need to be created during the week of the challenge.  (started on or after January 7, finished by January 14).
4.  Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements:
  1. include patchwork
  2. inclued applique
  3. have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine

You may not recognize this picture, but if anyone from my hometown recognizes
 Susanna Salter from my quilt picture, I will be pleased.

I've always admired
Susanna Salter
 and how she overcame a big joke by bullies 
 to become my hometown's most famous.  
(I won't write the whole story here, but it's worth reading)

When the great women's suffrage leader, Susan B Anothony, was introduced to Susanna Salter at the Kansaas Women's Equal Suffrage Association convention in 1887, she slapped Mrs. Salter on the shoulder and exclaimed,
 "Why, you look just like any other woman, don't you?"

Looks can be deceiving.  This woman made an impact on my little town, the USA, and the world.

I even wrote a research paper in college about her 
so when this challenge was announced 
I decided to tackle
 a portrait quilt of her.  

A first for me.

Here are the steps I took to make this quilt a reality:

There are only a few pictures of Susanna Salter on the internet and in books I have.
This one is not copyrighted or the copyright is expired, either way I did research to make sure I could use it.

I cropped it and took out some details to make it a little simpler to make my template pieces.

I pulled white, gray, and black scraps and chose the values I would need.
Which means I can share this post with 

With tracing paper I made templates and then traced the templates onto HeatNBond Lite and fused the pieces to a white background.

Here's a few pictures as she came to life with fabric.

I added a faux piping and border then picked out a bunch of shades of my favorite 
Aurifil 50 wt thread.

I was very nervous to quilt it, but I managed to do it with very little regret.  
There are always things I would change, but I'm very happy with my first attempt at quilting the portrait.

Susanna Salter
Mayor - No Joke

Project Quilting Season 9, Challenge 1 - Hometown Proud

My hometown is Argonia, Kansas where I grew up and we are proud to have a
 museum of the home of Susanna Salter, the first elected woman Mayor in Argonia and the first elected woman Mayor in the United States

Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size:  14" x 16"
Fusible Applique Portrait, Thread Painting, Faux Piping, 
Freemotion quilting on a domestic- by me

It's with pride I will hang this new quilt on my wall and be inspired by this great lady.
(I found my old research paper and will keep it handy to be inspired by her story).

You can see all the other challenge projects and vote for your favorites starting at noon central on
January 14th
by clicking 
This one is #68

It's been a crazy week, (I became a grandma this week)
but I managed to finish with 12 hours to spare.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Little Miss Snow Princess Dress

It's Fashion Friday over at Thermoweb
I have a special little outfit to share.

Making little clothes adds such joy to the season for me and Thermoweb has all the fusible tools to make garment sewing quick and easy.   
If you love to sew clothing and haven't tried 
HeatNBond Soft Stretch
you'll be amazed how easy sewing knits becomes.
This little outfit is a mix of stretchy knit and soft cotton fabric
I'm over at Thermoweb today with tips and tricks to make it easy.

Applique isn't just for quilts.
Use your Aurifil 50 wt. thread (#2024) to stitch the dress and appliques
this little dressy outfit will sew up in no time.  
It will make any little girl feel like a snow princess
with Blend Fabric's Snowflake Waltz.

Expect to see more little dresses and things here.
Our first grandbaby arrived this week and I am ready to make....

This is my baby girl with her baby girl.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Special Moments

I've been absent this week for a very special reason.

Our family grew this week by one as we welcomed our first grandbaby.
My daughter is well and her little family is so sweet.

I'm enjoying a little time helping out.

Life is so sweet right now.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Blocks - A 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Finish

I've made a few quilt tops with the
but now I can show a finished quilt.

This is all 30 of the blocks in the quilt I'm calling Blocks.

The finished size is 65" x 75"

The layout:

All 30 blocks are in order starting in the upper left hand corner going down with 5 columns of 6 blocks.

The borders:

The quilt is framed by 3 borders. 
 The first border is a thin 1 1/2" unfinished white border.
The second border is made of 3" unfinished squares of colors and white.
The third border is constructed of 4 1/4" unfinished squares of all the colors in the quilt.

The quilting:

With all the squareness of this quilt I chose a circle quilting pattern
 and let the Handi Quilter Pro Stitcher take care of the quilting. 
(I'm still learning the program)

But this isn't the end of the 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Challenge!
I'm excited to announce I am hosting a blog hop!!

There are only a few spots left, but if you want to hop along in April, 
click HERE for the details.

Let's jump out of our comfort zones in 2018 and have some fun!

Call for Bloggers - 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop Announcement

The 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days Challenge
was so much fun
I've had so many requests to revisit the challenge because December was such a busy month for everyone.


The 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days
 Blog Hop
Sew Along
is happening in April 2018!

 Blog Hop Sign Up:

It's simple, pick a date/block, make a project, and blog:

Bloggers - pick one block for a project and use that block somewhere in the project. 
 It could be just the block as a mug rug or a quilt or there are quilt ideas already on each block post.  You are welcome to make the quilt or choose any design as long as the block is somewhere in your project.
 Resize, recolor, or applique (or not) - make it your own and show us a way to use the block.

The block you choose will be the day in April you post.   

I'm looking for 30 bloggers and if you hurry you can join us.
I've had a great response so please don't put off signing up.

Look through the list
(the ones taken have a strike through)
email me these details with 30 days in the subject line.

Your name
 Your email
Your blog if you have one
The url address of your blog
Your first and second choice of date/block
(There will be one blogger per date/block)

Here are the Blocks:
(the ones taken have a strike through)

April 1 -Block 1- 4 Patch

April 2 - Block 2 - Double Stuffed

April 3 - Block 3 - Baby in a Corner

 April 4- Block 4 - Dutch Door

April  5 - Block 5 - Surrounded

April 6 - Block 6 - Tacked Up

April - Block 7 - Stripper

April  8 -Block 8 - Staggered

April  9 - Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10 - Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11 - Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12 - Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13 - Block 13 - Reaction

April 14 - Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15 - Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16 - Block 16 - Bounce

April 17 - Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen

April 18 - Block 18 - Yeah Eights

April 19 - Block 19 - Weave

April 20 - Block 20 - Classic

April 21 - Block 21 - Spot

April 22 - Block 22 - Cross Walk

April 23 - Block 23 - Opposites Attract

April 24 - Block 24 - Possibility

April 25 - Block 25 - Camper Window

April 26 - Block 26 - Catching Z's

April 27 - Block 27 - Broken Stripes

April 28 - Block 28 - Stockade

April 29 - Block 29 - Dovetail

April 30 - Block 30 - Slow Tee

This blog hop will be such a fun way to see simple blocks used in different ways.
Are you like me and 2018 is a year to try new things?
If you've never participated in a blog hop - make 2018 the year.
New bloggers are always welcome!!
Hope you will join us.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Minimal Mini Quilt -Flashback

is looking for 
Minimal Mini Quilts for the magazine's next edition.

The call for entries is for minimal mini quilts.

Do you recognize the piecing of block number 27 from 30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days?
I just added half circles with 1/4" seam allowances.

I'm calling it "Flashback"
it reminds me of the center of a cassette tape.
It's 10" x 10".

The quilting echos the design with one side spaced with a different beat than the other.

The deadline for entries is January 10th
so I may have to try my original idea.
This one just seemed to happen....

Does that happen to you sometimes?
The direction just changes without a plan to?

I've never submitted anything for a magazine, but
I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone in 2018 and this certainly starts the year as planned.

You should jump in to the challenge too!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM 2017

Our Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month 
has come to an end.

It's now time to put the quilt all together.

I put mine together with striped borders that crisscross in the blocks at the corners.

My finished quilt will be 53" x 65"
once I have it all quilted and bound.

The Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month was
hosted by Amy over at 
I was one of her designer friends.

Thanks to Clothworks,
the blocks for this quilt were stitched with
solid fabrics.
The colors are so vibrant and nice to stitch with!
Perfect for the beach.

All of the blocks with the links for the patterns can be found by clicking HERE.

It's been a super fun block of the month!

I'll give this quilt a proper post once it's all finished.

If you are looking for a new BOM for 2018,
We are ready to introduce you to

starts in February.

In the mean time, join the Facebook group
 to share your Sun, Sand, and Sea quilts 
receive the latest details about the 2018 BOM.

Looking for more to start 2018?
My friend Carol is hosting a blog hop
there is still time to join (but don't wait too long).
Just click HERE for the details.

I have a quilt started for the hop using one of the quilt blocks from

Which is another challenge for 2018 for me.
I want to make at least one quilt from each block...

Happy New Year!!