Digitizing Old Quilt Templates

Quilter friend, Chris, found a box of old quilting templates from Janesville, Wisconsin and gave them to me. They shouldn’t just gather dust in a closet. These are good, classic designs.After copying them and scanning them, I thought I had done quite a bit of work. Then naming the 50 patterns took a few more weeks. One needs labels and the ability to sort and organize.

Other gathered sets I have from the past were .pdf’d and were loaded onto the Files of the “Celebrate Hand Quilting” group on FaceBook. Eventually, maybe then can be put into an ebook. You need a quilting design library to choose from whether a hand or machine quilter.

This project will be involved. One cannot just “digitize” or scan a design to be used in a long arm quilter. One needs to learn AutoSketch which will produce a CAD drawing. There are detailed protocols.

I need template and basic information so I have ordered “AutoSketch Demystified” from jukeboxquilts.com in Fort Collins, Colorado. In the meantime, a Gammill Statler quilter friend will be filling Lori S. and I in on some of the logistics and things necessary to complete this project. Lori is a very modern quilter who machine quilts on a home machine. Read more…


FamilyFAMILY! We need family at Thanksgiving. My Dad almost died last month of a brain aneurysm but is now doing well at home. We have many blessings this year. Life always throws you those curve balls but it is what you do with them.
This blue heart block is one of the ones based on an antique pattern with inking done with a Pigma pen in the center. We learn by our mistakes. It makes much more sense to do your inking first and then appliqué! But of course we are usually in too much of a hurry or change our minds. This inking was done after the appliqué was finished. Fortunately for me, this time it worked out well. This heart has added beading.

Blessings to you at this Thanksgiving time!

Making Do – Old Quilts

Great-Grandma Yount's Quilt
This is one of two quilts I have from my maternal great-grandmother. It is set on the diagonal instead of straight block sets. To me, this gives added interest and movement just because most quilts are set with straight blocks. Diagonal ones take a little more time to work out.

The top photo, right side shows the top binding edge has been turned over and attached with a very straight, steady running stitch. The “making do” comes in because of the batting which it turns out is a blanket.

New & Old

The last post on hand basting a block for placement purposes ??? – oh my, sometimes newer ideas are better! We don’t need to hand baste with thread. We can press or use a quick pencil or chalk marker. Much quicker and more time for stitching!

Here is a photo of two of my older quilts. More to come on them. They were made by my maternal great-grandmother, Martha Elizabeth Twidwell Yount who was the mother of Flara Nellie Mae Yount Allen who showed me how to make a quilt. It is time to share what I have been given.

Have a blessed day.


Baltimore Album Blocks – Basting

Last evening, I was trying to just do simple diagonal basting across a few blocks of fabric for Baltimore Album type blocks. The foundation fabric is tone on tone white and difficult to see. I had ironed the folded lines but it was still difficult to run a simple basting line until… I pushed off the cutting mat, turned the fabric and realized if I laid the fabric across, I could stitch across a straight line with the mat helping me underneath. The mat edge was just enough to feel the straight edge and load the needle up straight along.

Maybe everyone already knew this and does this. I imagine one could also machine baste lines but the problem would still be that they are straight on. Straight lines are a good thing.

Angel in Applique

Freezer paper on top

This one is being done in a Cherrywood hand dyed fabric - so easy to needle turn

The angel figure is shown with freezer paper on top. I like to use freezer paper for the drawn design, iron it onto the fabric and then cut it out. So easy. You can leave the freezer paper on top which helps some people turn the edges under.

This angel gets used in my quilt labels often.

I need a project in hand all the time. Now I am working ahead on quilt labels!

Red Stripes & Flea Market Finds for my Fabric

Fabric for current projectsEnamalware cake pan

Holds tons of fabric

On the large eagle block shown first – somehow I had to get the red striped fabric worked in. My first idea was to use it as the under fabric in the reverse appliqued feather borders. However, as quilter friend Shirley noted, that would not work – – striped, lined fabric pattern with curved edges. She is right, it would not be a good marriage!

Most of my fabric is kept in large handwoven baskets where it is usually buried from sight. A few smaller wire baskets help with fat quarters and smaller fabric pieces. Last weekend, at the Elkhorn Flea Market, I found 3 enamelware pieces that I thought would work for helping me get more organized. The larger cake tray is going to hold all the items on my quilt America Friends so I can find them when needed! The loaf type pan can handle fat quarters and half yards so they can be seen easily. Into the large round pan I will keep some smaller pieces. Since becoming an appliquer, I have noticed smaller snibbles are still viable.