Category: Quilting

Egyptian quilt « Ann Champion’s Blog

For the past couple of months I’ve set aside the Roseville Album applique so I could work on a surprise gift for my Daughter in Law.
She’s very fond of Egyptian art and has been since she was a child.  She remembers reading mythology, her first introduction at a very young age, and in the third grade did a project where she interpreted hyroglyphs.
I recall being interested in Egyptian antiquities myself at a young age, because our Art Museum here had an Egyptian display, including two Mummies…pretty exotic stuff!
From the time we first met I knew that some day I’d like to make her an Egyptian themed quilt to let her know what a valued addition to the family she was…I just didn’t know where to start or what the design would be.  My search for “Egyptain quilt” turned up no commercial patterns available.
I found a little...

More Double Wedding Rings… « Ann Champion’s Blog

Today I’m pulling another Double Wedding Ring from the quilt top cupboard.
I’m the one that pieced it.  I didn’t have a destination in mind for it when I made it, I just wanted to try the pattern, so it hasn’t been quilted. 
As you can see by the colors, I made it in the 1990′s when there were a lot of Amish inspired quilts being made.
I’d like to quilt this one. but now I’m thinking it would be a good idea to add another row to the width?  It was made for a full sized bed, and I’m finding that a lot people have Queen sized beds..or larger!  I have a large baggie with extra pieces.  I cut too many, which I do sometimes.  It gives me more options for choosing the pices as I sew them together…BUT  I’m not sure I have more of that same black?  I could applique the edges to a solid of some color and have straight edged...

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I’m a self taught quilter.  Many years ago, as a young newly wed who was trying to decorate on a budget, I kept seeing quilts in magazines and loved how homey and comfortable they made a room look.   I wanted one..or maybe two?  When I finally ran across a couple for sale I was floored at the prices.  I realized if I was going to have a quilt I’d have to make it myself.
I didn’t know anyone that quilted, there were no quilt shops, but there was a library!  It had a couple of books, which I brought home and started reading.  This was waaay before the internet.  It was over 30 years ago!  The knowledge I got from those books and the pics in the magazines was sketchy.  There were a lot of blanks.  I saw what I now know as Trapunto.  I loved the look and wanted to try it.  This wasn’t my first quilt, but it was early in my...

It’s been a long time since I posted… « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve been in bad shape since being diagnosed with Celiac disease, which is a reaction to gluten in wheat, rye, and barley, which affects the immune system.  I went undiagnosed for a very long time and as a result have a small intestine which is severly damaged.
The treatment is to eliminate all gluten, even trace amounts from one’s diet.  I’m very careful about what I eat, but my health has continued to go downhill. I’m still losing weight and feel lousy all of the time.  I’ve started reacting badly to other foods too, like soy and dairy, and anything with MSG.
 I went to a new GI Dr. to see if he could help me work out what’s going on and get on with healing.  He did some tests, but had no answers.  In Jan. I got much worse. I started having irregular heart beats (PVCs) and loss of balance, and confusion.  It was like...

I think I just saw a tumble weed roll through here? « Ann Champion’s Blog

My goodness!  Has it been since Febrary when I last posted?
I’m making slow progress.  After three trips to the Mayo Clinic, there are still questions as to what exactly is going on with my health.  I have Celiac, but maybe something else too?  I’ve had lots of tests.  Data has been entered into a database and I’m enrolled as a participant in a genetic study.  They’ve tested for a lot of rare cancers, but all have come up negative, thankfully!
I developed quite a few food intolerances due to proteins leaking into my bloodstream and affecting my brain and various organs.  I still have a lot of trouble absorbing vitamins, proteins, and minerals from my foods.  My biggest problem is digesting fats and that causes my calcium to bind to it and slip away from my body.  I never knew how many things calcium regulates in the...

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I’ve been in bad shape since being diagnosed with Celiac disease, which is a reaction to gluten in wheat, rye, and barley, which affects the immune system.  I went undiagnosed for a very long time and as a result have a small intestine which is severly damaged.
The treatment is to eliminate all gluten, even trace amounts from one’s diet.  I’m very careful about what I eat, but my health has continued to go downhill. I’m still losing weight and feel lousy all of the time.  I’ve started reacting badly to other foods too, like soy and dairy, and anything with MSG.
 I went to a new GI Dr. to see if he could help me work out what’s going on and get on with healing.  He did some tests, but had no answers.  In Jan. I got much worse. I started having irregular heart beats (PVCs) and loss of balance, and confusion.  It was like...

wonky piecing « Ann Champion’s Blog

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing or quilting going on around here, but I did try my hand at some wonky piecing.
I cut curved strips of fabrics with my scissors and chopped and sewed and chopped and sewed to create a runner for the kitchen counter.   Doing this kind of piecing went against my years of trying to perfect precision piecing and it was much harder for me than I thought it would be.
My eye kept editing out curves and tried to make me sew straight lines!  LOL  I’m not thrilled with the result, but it will do.  I’ll play with this free style piecing again in the future for sure because it was fun.
I got a new stand mixer to try my hand at making bread and  some other baking recipes.  I’ve never had a mixer before, but those who have them tell me I’ll love it.  The color I ordered was called Pear.  I thought I’d...

Sewing machine/desk -garage sale goody « Ann Champion’s Blog

Last Summer we went to a town wide celebration and festival in Stoney Ridge Ohio.  They will be having it again this year the last weekend of July. There are yard and garage sales all over the area and a flea market area which has carnival rides, entertainment, and some of the best grilled chicken we ever had! We always go to the garage and yard sales first because that’s where we find the best deals.   Since we are nearing the Festival it brought to mind a garage sale goody.
We saw this “desk” sitting in a yard as we drove to the area where we like to park and start our shopping. It had a large sign that said $50.  I told DH  they must think an awful lot of that desk? (He nodded his usual nod..the one he uses when he didn’t see what I was talking about..or wasn’t listening. ) Sooo..we went our usual route and it was...

Glass Necklace-a garage sale goody « Ann Champion’s Blog

I thought I’d share one of my recent garage sale finds.  It was love at first sight!

The beads are such a pretty combo of teal and Peridot with a couple of Amethyst, the metal beads are silver, the clasp is silver with a pretty Peridot stone set in it, but the thing that I really love is the pendant. It’s blown glass with a flower swirled in it.

We have a “rule of thumb” with garage sale purchases. In general, we like to pay about 10% of what the item probably cost new.  Of course there are certain things like electronics that don’t fit the rule..and items that we. must. have. This is one of those items that breaks the 10% rule.  I paid $5 for the necklace.

Midnight Stars? « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve gotten the top of my quilt along doll quilt from Lori’s quilt along finished, but not quilted.
I changed the color scheme from blue, cheddar, red and shirting white to browns, warm pink, cheddar and cream shirtings.  These colors will go better in the room I’ll use the quilt in, but now the name Midnight Stars doesn’t make any sense?
I wasn’t able to find the name of this block.  I found one that was very similar in Maggie Malone’s Quilt Block Designs book called Eddystone Light., but it’s not exact.
I need a name that suits my quilt better.  I’m open to suggestions, if you have any ideas?
It might be a while until I can this cutie quilted because I have a rush order for a baby quilt that’s to be given at a shower on March 6. 
While I had my scrap bin out and had some time to play I pieced a little log cabin...