Antiquing Stop In Illinois

An antiquing stop in South Beloit, Illinois; two malls in same town.  I browsed around in Angela’s Attic first and then right across the road was the Roscoe Antique Mall. How convenient!

Angelas antique mall

Roscoe antique mall

Many years ago I bought my daughter Roxie a set of the Pyrex mixing bowls. Recently one has broken so I’m on the lookout for a replacement. I think that’s a great excuse to go antiquing!  It turns out not all the sets are colored the same, who knew? Roxie’s set has the yellow large bowl and she is missing the second from the smallest bowl which in her set is red.

Pyrex bowls

An Amish made covered basket; I have a collection of the Amish baskets started but I have found several of these at local thrift stores for a fraction of the antique mall’s prices. The very first Amish basket I ever bought was on one of my trips at a travel plaza stop. An Amish lady was there with her buggy and had set out a huge assortment of baskets and homemade jams. I have a real appreciation for anything handmade, whether it’s quilts, baskets, or jams I love it all!

Covered Amish Basket

There were very few quilts in these two malls however I think this one would make a wonderful leaders and enders project. I can just see this very scrappy with hundreds of different fabrics!

Tree Quilt

I came really close to getting this for my garden!

Sewing machine tractor

I love it when I come across something I’ve never seen before and this basket cart was a first for me. A great alternative to the wire shopping carts.

Basket Cart

That was enough leg stretching and eye candy for me, it was then back on the road, and next stop home!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Heartland Quilters Retreat Columbia, IL

Quilt retreats are tons of fun and Nickel Quilts are a perfect project to work on at retreats, whether they are in a group workshop or as an individual project.

The Heartland Quilters Guild in Columbia, Illinois choose my Combination Unit workshop in which seven different quilts can be worked on, all in the same workshop.

The quilt chosen by the most participants was Labor Day Stars; it is an individual pattern and can be purchased on my website.  When making the Combination unit my way we end up with mirror image units and the Labor Day Stars quilt uses both of these units in the same quilt. We create stars spinning in two different directions. When the quilt is assembled there will be sashing between the blocks to help camouflage the fact that the star points sometimes would line up perfectly and other times would be off by about an inch and a half!

Here are blocks by three different workshop participants, do you see the left spinning and right spinning stars?

LD Stars

LD Stars D

LD Stars B

This quilter decided on a little bit scrapper look.  That’s one of the things that I love about my designs, they can be controlled with fewer fabrics for those who don’t like scrap quilts or are just not comfortable going really scrappy or they can be super scrappy!

LD stars C

A few others in the class chose Labor Day Madness and the Pinwheel quilt to make. Instructions for these quilts can be found in Nickel Quilts or The Big Book of Nickel Quilts. With these two quilts we use one of the mirror image units in the Labor Day Madness quilt and the other unit in the Pinwheel quilt.

Here are four Labor Day Madness blocks and four pinwheel blocks.  Notice that this quilter used three different pinwheel variations.

LD Madness A

Pinwheel

Here are two more sets of the Labor Day Madness block and it’s bonus pinwheel blocks.

LD Madness and Pinwheel

Another wonderful workshop and another group of quilters having fun working with 5″ squares!

Pat

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Moose County Star New Fabric Choices

This is my Moose County Star quilt which I love to make; I’ve made it four times! Once as the twin size shown and three times as a lap size quilt. I do realize that not everyone likes the “Lodge Look” as much as I do so I played around with a couple of other fabric choices in EQ6.

Moose County Star

I always have fun switching a lodge look quilt into bright and bold. Replacing the cream and light tan fabrics with white, replacing the gold fabric with a black print.

Bright and Bold Moose County Star copy

Red, cream, blue is always a popular fabric style. Still using creams and light tans and the background fabric but now controlling the other colors and using a variety of blues and reds in prints and plaids.

Red Cream and Blue Moose County Star copy

The construction on this quilt is so fun and easy! First it’s all half-square-triangle units made from 5″ squares or plain squares, and second the pieced border is sewn onto the blocks before the rows are sewn together. The only time you have to sew something all the way around the edge of the quilt is when you are adding on the binding!

Moose County Star is one of my individual patterns, in three sizes, and is available on my website.

Have fun playing with different fabric choices!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,    Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Deli Geese Project – Block #51 – Jack

Here is block number #51 of the Deli Geese Block Project!

Jack

Block 51 Jack

Block #51 uses the Top Units from Light Flying Geese Units.  Details of making the units are found here.

Top Unit from Light Flying Geese

Top Light unit

Jack uses:
A – four Top Units from Light Flying Geese units.
B – four 5″ squares (2 dark, 2 light/background) made into Half Square Triangle units that unfinished measure 4 1/2″ following the instructions here
C – four 2 1/4″ squares  background

51 Jack

This block will measure 12″ at this point and finish 11 1/2″

This block as well as many others in the Deli Geese Block Project uses 5″ squares.  It’s a great block for charm packs, layer cakes, and of course stash fabrics.

Deli Geese, because they’re sliced !

Enjoy!
Pat

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Pat Speth author of:  Nickel Quilts,   More Nickel Quilts,  Amazing Nickel Quilts,  Nickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Faithful Circle Quilters Guild in Downers Grove, IL

I just finished up two great days with the Faithful Circle Quilters Guild in Downers Grove, Illinois. I presented my Fabulous Nickel Borders lecture for their guild and at show and tell I was treated with seeing one of my designs made by a guild member.  This is Four Patch Plaid and is found in Nickel Quilts or The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.  I love the very scrappiness of this quilt!

Four Patch Plaid

The workshop they selected was my Picket Fence Units workshop in which five different quilts can be worked on all in the same workshop!

These are some blocks from the Chesapeake and Dawn to Dusk quilts. Chesapeake is an individual pattern and Dawn to Dusk is found in my More Nickel Quilt book as well as The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Chesapeake

These three different sets of blocks are all for the Pinwheel on Parade quilt. The fabric choices were; Christmas prints, pastels for a baby quilt, and batiks.  Pinwheels on Parade is from More Nickel Quilt book as well as The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.

Pinwheels on Parade A

Pinwheels on Parade B

Pinwheels on Parade C

Below are some Woodland Clover blocks. The first set is very much like what I made for my quilt and the second block is a good example of controlling the fabrics more within one block.

Woodland Clover

Woodland B

In this workshop I did find a kindred spirit, a quilter using plaids from Upcycled 100% cotton shirts!

Plaids from shirts

As always, I am looking forward to seeing some finished quilts from this workshop!

Pat

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Quilting on the Go

The first thing I did after checking into the hotel and hauling all my quilts in was to take off the bedspread and add my one of my quilts! I brought my Arlington Square quilt to sleep under on this trip, it’s in Nickel Quilts and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts. It really brightens up a hotel room!

Arlington Square

The next thing I did was to set up my quilting area. Featherweights travel great and I always keep it in it’s case, ready to go, and never have to worry about leaving the cord or accessories behind. The number of times I have taught workshops where someone left part of their machine at home is pretty amazing!

Set up ready to quilt

I have a nice big room with enough space that I can have my quilting table right next to the computer table.  My quilting table consists of two things, first an adjustable height table that I purchased at Menards and extended work surface on it that increases the area by about 25%.

adj table

The extended work surface is actually an Upcycled bottom to a small baby crib.  Being able to have both of my workstations set up allows me to switch between quilting and computer work during my downtime without being crowed in all on one desk.

Table Top

More reasons for me to drive rather than fly!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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Antique Malls Colorado Trip May 2015

I do like strolling around antique malls and the two large ones I stopped at on my way home from Colorado were a great “Eye Candy” fix.  I’ve collected many things over the years and I need to stop accumulating things but I still like to look and check on prices. Toy sewing machines are something I always stop to admire and curb myself from starting a collection of.

Toy Sewing Machine

I have about two dozen sets of crochet or embroidered pillow cases so I just took a photo of this set and left them behind.  It’s one of the most elaborate pairs I have ever come across.

Pillow Cases

This quilt might be an inspiration for a waste triangle project someday.  Earlier this year I started some cleaning and organizing in my quilting studio and came across an amazing number of waste triangles I have saved over the years. It’s time to put some more of them to good use.  I do have on my website four free waste triangle patterns for all to use.

Waste Triangle quilt project

My purchase of the day, this great plaid picnic basket!  I’ve already used it when I took some rhubarb crisp, straight from the oven, over to my daughter’s and her husband’s studio, for a late morning treat.

Plaid Picnic Basket

Many more road trips and antique malls coming up in my schedule!

Pat

Pat Speth author of:  Nickel QuiltsMore Nickel Quilts, Amazing Nickel QuiltsNickel Quilts & Borders, and The Big Book of Nickel Quilts

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