Thursday, September 17, 2020

10 Creative Ways to Display Quilts


Do you have some quilts are hidden away because you don't know what to do with them?  They may be tucked away in closets and drawers to keep them safe.  My mom keeps hers between the box springs and the mattress of her bed.

 

It's time to see them free!  Quilts aren't just some plain old blanket - they are works of art!  They were lovingly created to be used and seen.  They should be admired for the skill that created them and embraces the love that inspired them.  Chances are they have precious memories for you.  Let's get them out of hiding and let them share the love they hold.

 

I have quilts displayed in every room of my house except the kitchen.  I realize that may not work with everyone's décor, but hopefully, these ideas will inspire you to set your quilts free, where they can be appreciated.

 

 Hang them:


💖Wood hanger with marbles.

I love these hangers!  They come unfinished so you can stain or paint them.  To use you just insert the quilt upward in the slot past the marble.  To remove the quilt, pull out sideways.




💖Wall shelf with hanging sleeve board.                                                                              You can use these even if your quilt doesn't have a sleeve.  Just fold it over the board.



💖Use a decorative curtain rod.                                                                                            This a wooden one, but I have used metal ones also. Fold the quilt over the rod and secure it at the sides.                                                                           


💖Quilt ladder                                                                                                                            A quilt ladder is a great way to display several quilts at a time.                                                                


💖 Floor Quilt Rack                                                                                                                       There are a lot of these to choose from.  They can be painted or stained to fit any decor. They are great to set in a corner or at the foot of the bed.


💖Stack on a chair                                                                                                                     I have these stacked on an antique lawn chair on the porch.  When the weather gets cooler, we can just grab one and wrap up.                                                                                                         


💖Stack on a bookshelf                                                                                                              


I saw this display on the web.  Beautiful!




💖Fold in a basket                                                                                                                      A large wicker basket holds several bigger quilts.  This old picnic basket is perfect smaller quilts or table runners.


💖Coffee table                                                                                                                            This is a clever idea, the quilt is displayed on a coffee table under glass.  The shelf below holds more quilts to snuggle up in.



💖Use as a table cloth                                                                                                            




I'm sure with a little bit of creative thinking you will discover unique ways to display your quilts.  I'd love to hear about them, so drop a line in the comments section below!



 "Creative clutter is more blessed than tidy idleness."




Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Pretty in Pink Quilt


Pink Floral Quilt, lap robe, throw

Yea!  I finished a UFO! 

One of my goals is to finish the UFO's (unfinished objects) in my stash.  This one was easy to finish, just needed the binding.  So I took a break from sewing facemasks and finished this beauty.  This pretty quilt has pink flowers and fuchsia roses, framed by wine and pink paisley print.   I really love the colors in this.

As I was sewing on the binding, Isaiah 35:1.-4 came to me.  I think it is a great description of this quilt and my prayer for whoever buys it.

The desert will blossom like a rose and rejoice!
Every dry and barren place will burst forth with abundant blossoms,
Dancing and spinning with delight!
My people will see the awesome glory of Yahweh,
The beautiful grandeur of our God.
Strengthen those who are discouraged, energize those who feel defeated.
Say to the anxious and fearful:
"Be strong and never afraid.  Look, Here comes your God!
He is breaking through to give you victory!"


Pink Floral Quilt close upPink Floral quilt close upPink Floral Quilt close up

The backing and binding are in a coordinating dusty pink.  What a wonderful gift for a special lady, even if that special lady is you! It would also make a lovely table topper or a picnic blanket.  Use it as a throw to curl up with a book or watch TV. 

Standard shipping is free!

Size: 52 x 52
Materials used: Cotton face and backing, polyester batting, poly-cotton thread
Machine pieced and quilted

Quilt can be purchased at jodelights.com or my Etsy store.  


Beautiful things come together one stitch at a time.


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Face Masks


Hello all!  What a month April has been.  I been very busy making face masks. I've given some away and the rest I'm selling in my Etsy shop.

As strategies for ending the COVID-19 stay at home requirements are developing, one of the recommendations is that everyone wear face masks or coverings when they go out.  Many  states are requiring face masks to be worn in public, and some places are fining  people who are not wearing one.  The reason for this is it may take a couple of day for you to show symptoms of the virus.  During that time you could be passing it to others and not know it.

Most of us have never worn face masks, so I've collected some information on wearing and care to share.  There is lots of advice  and conflicting opinions so pray for wisdom.  That is number one on my list!

Pray for wisdom.  Be lead by the Holy Spirit.  If you are feeling hesitant in your spirit about going somewhere, DON"T GO.  This does not mean being lead by fear.  There is a difference between being afraid to go out and the Holy Spirit telling you not to go at this time.  When you do go out follow the guidelines put in place. 

Pray for protection  Read and declare Psalms 91 every day, take communion, and thank God for his mercy.  Protection for this virus is part of our covenant rights.

Don't let fear stop you ministering to others.  Part of the great commission is to lay hands on the sick.  There are many studies that show the benefits of hugging.  Be lead by the Holy Spirit when you do this and always ask permission of the person before.  Everyone operates at a different level of faith, some will be fine with touching and others will not.  You can still pray for someone and respect their need for social distasting.

Take an extra mask with you.  If you sneeze or cough while wearing a mask, the inside could become messy.  Have a replacement available for your own comfort.

Wash your hands before putting on the mask.  The masks should cover your nose and mouth.  Mask with fabric ties offer a more snug fit than those with elastic.  Try not to touch the mask itself, take it on and off using the ties or elastic.

Wash your hands if you need to adjust mask.  If you have an itch or need to adjust your mask for some reason, make sure to clean your hands before and after touching the mask.

If your eye glasses are fogging up, immediately before wearing a face mask, wash them with soapy water and shake off the excess. Then, let  air dry or gently dry off the lenses with a soft tissue before putting them back on.

Wash masks as soon as possible after wearing. While there are not definite recommendations for how the masks are to be washed, I suggest washing in hot water with your normal detergent and tumble dry.


It looks like wearing a face mask is going to part of our wardrobe for the near future.  They aren't comfortable and will take some getting used to.  But you can have fun with them.  I have several in my shop and am trying to keep some Christian themed mask in stock.  They are a great way to witness without saying a word!

I found this tutorial on YouTube that is hilarious!  I think I have done most of what she did in my sewing life at some time!



I hope I brought a smile to you today.  Stay safe and healthy.  Trust God, He's got this!



Monday, March 30, 2020

Workshop Tour

My sewing studio-Atelier 54

I am so excited to share my sewing space with you!  After months of working a bit at a time, my workshop, Atelier 54, is mostly ready to go.  I still have some finishing touches to do, but it is organized and set to sew! 

I'm blessed to have a large room in our basement to work with.  My husband wanted me to paint the walls a bright color, but I wanted to stick with white.  That way the true colors of the fabrics are seen and not compromised when I take pictures.  My office upstairs is painted apricot and every picture taken there has an orange tinge.

My sewing desk was in the room when we bought the house.  It must have been built in the room, because it is too big to fit through the door.  I  painted it and added a vintage sewing picture to the front.




Against the wall, i placed a board over another desk to hold a cutting board for  trimming and a small press mat.  In the corner of the two desks, I have a filing cabinet for patterns.


 Vintage thread and ironing advertisement decorate the walls with shelves for sewing treasures and supplies.


There is a pegboard in the corner to hold my quilting stencils.


The pressing station is a board covered with batting and heavy canvas set on top of a dresser.  The top drawer contains pressing aids and the bottom two has hopeful projects and UFO's.



The back wall has quilting fabrics colorized with the black fabric bins holding smaller pieces.

Backing fabrics  are in the black shelves with serger, on top.

Novelty fabrics are housed in cubbies with thread  racks on top and small see through tubes that contain notions.

Under shelf is storage for interfacing, batting, bins for yarn and needlework projects, etc.



I'm not a fabric hoarder.
 I am the curator of an extensive textile collection!




Cutting area has pegboard for rulers and cutting tools.  I also have clips to hang notes and book holder if I am using pattern from book or a magazine.







Next to the cutting area is my design area.  The design wall was made from foam board, batting and covered it in flannel.



Completing the design area is a desk for quilt design, art journaling and scrapbooking.

There was an old fashioned pencil sharpener  already mounted to the wall.  That is perfect since I am always losing my sharpeners.


A bookcase holds my collection of quilting and sewing books and magazines.









I hope this tour inspires you and gives you some ideas for your space.  I can't wait to get started sewing in this space!  You can see a bit of my first project on the design wall, a quilt I'm calling Fan Dance.
I'll post here when the pattern and quilt is available.

Until next time...




Monday, March 23, 2020



You are shopping and go to the paper aisle to pick up toilet paper and Kleenex, but the shelves are empty!   The fear of the coronavirus has created a strange shortage in toilet paper, tissues, and paper napkins.  Now what?  You are about to save the day with your superpowers and fabric stash!

I have cloth napkins we have used for every day.  They are just squares of cotton weavers cloth I serged around. I seldom use paper towels since we prefer cloth. I also have cloth handkerchiefs but haven't really used them a lot.  And to be honest, I never even considered using cloth toilet paper.

For years, many of the "green" community have been using what is called family cloths as a toilet paper alternative.  These are 6-8 inch pieces of fabric that is used as toilet paper, washed and reused. If you think that is gross, think of soiled under ware or cloth diapers.  You launder the family clothes just like you would those.  Of course, handkerchiefs and cloth napkins have never disappeared.  Handkerchiefs are best made from 100% cotton and are usually 12" x 12".  Napkin can be cotton or linen, or a blend of the two.  Standard sizes are 16", 18" or 20" squares. Cut squared one inch larger if you are going to hem. For everyday use, I  just serge around the edges.  If using a knit that won't ravel, just cut and it is ready to use.

Soft, absorbent fabrics work the best.  Fabrics such as cotton flannel, tee-shirt knit, toweling work the best. If you are going to use quilting cotton, be sure to wash it a couple times first to make sure all the sizing is gone. You can also use washcloths.  If the fabric is thin, like flannels or knit, you may want to sew or serge two pieces together. To help your family transition from paper and get over the "eww, that’s a gross factor, use fun prints if you have them.

For the family cloths, you can store the cloths in a basket on the back of the toilet or on a nearby shelf.  If the sink is not nearby, add a spray bottle of water.  Spritz to dampen the cloth before it is used as a wet cloth is more comfortable.  If needed, rinse cloth in clean toilet water to remove any solids left on the cloth, you don't want that mess in your washer!  Keep a bucket with a lid partially full of water next to the toilet to toss used clothes into.  Add a little baking soda or laundry detergent in the water to eliminate any odors.  Launder clothes and change the water every 3-4 days.

You can place hankies in baskets around the house like you do the tissue boxes.  Keep a zip lock baggie with it to keep used tissues until laundered.  I also keep cloth napkins in a basket and have a bin for rags and kitchen towels.

We quilters and crafters are often made fun of because of our stashes.  It is times like these we show our wisdom by keeping up that stash.  With our superpowers and a few pieces from that stash, we can keep our families clean, healthy, and happy.



Do not question the size of my fabric stash, unless you think it should be bigger!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Abe's Birthday at the David Davis Mansion

 The David Davis Mansion was built in 1872 for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Davis. Davis who also served in the U.S. Senate was a friend and political ally of Abraham Lincoln.  His influence on Abraham Lincoln's legal and political career was crucial to President Lincoln's success.  His wife Sarah's influence on her husband shaped his political career and their lives.


My daughter and I celebrated Abraham Lincoln's birthday at the home of his friend, David Davis.  After cake and punch, Abe regaled us with stories of his life as a circuit judge in Illinois.  Then we were given a tour of Judge David and Sarah's home.  I took some pictures of the quilts she had on their beds so I could share with you.

This bed was covered in a lace top, not a quilt.  But check out the sewing machine sitting by the bed.  The sewing machine was invented around 1830.  1880's they sold for about $100.00, that would be about $2000.00 today.
This room was their daughter, Sally's.  The quilt is appliqued.  The room was roped off so I couldn't get closer to take the picture.






The Churn Dash is a very old 9-Patch quilt block pattern, originating between 1800 and 1849. Its name is a result of the resemblance of the triangle and rectangle perimeter of the block to a butter churn and the center square to the stick (or “dash”) of the butter churn.


This one is Aunt Eliza Star with sawtooth borders. Beautiful!


I love the hand quilting.  I hope you enjoyed the tour. 
Until next time,


A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Purge is Done!


I'm so excited to announce that step one of reclaiming my space is done.  All fabrics have been gone thru twice.  The first  time was an easy sort.  The second was a little bit harder.  I didn't want to give up ANY piece of fabric, but I decided I couldn't keep it all.  So I asked myself these questions…

  • Do I like it?
  • Do I love it?
  • Will I use it in the next 2 years?
  • Is it big enough for a project?
  • Why am I keeping it?
  • Can someone else use it?




I ended up purging about 1/3 of my fashion fabrics, which was easier than my quilting cottons.  I only purged about 1/8 of my those fabrics.  As I organize what is left, I'll probably be able to let go of some more.  My goal is to know what I have and make room for more of what I will actually use.
I'll be sending some of the fabrics to a group that make quilts for charity and the rest will go to the Idea Store.
Now onto step two, getting it all organized!  I've been scouring Pinterest for ideas and will report back to you what works and doesn't work.
 Until then, 




The best kind of sleep beneath heaven above
Is a under a quilt, handmade with love.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020


Prayer for the Anointing of Bezalel

Lord, I ask for wisdom and skill, intelligence and understanding, and knowledge in skilled craft of quilting. Guide my heart and hands that I may preform this work with excellence. As the opportunity to teach others comes, I ask for the ability to teach with clarity, patience, and compassion. 

30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord called by name Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; 31 and He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom and skill, with intelligence and understanding, and with knowledge in all [areas of] craftsmanship, 32 to devise artistic designs to work in gold, silver, and bronze, 33 and in the cutting of stones for setting and in the carving of wood, for work in every skilled craft. 34 He has also put in Bezalel’s heart [the willingness] to teach [others the same skills], both he and Oholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to do the work of an engraver, of a designer, and of an embroiderer, in blue, purple, and scarlet fabric, and in fine linen, and of a weaver; makers of every work and embroiderers of [excellent] designs.



Atelier 54

 I am so blessed to have a space for a craft/sewing/?? studio.  I have named it Atelier 54.

Atelier is a word that means artistic workshop or studio. 

In biblical numbers, the number 5 is for Grace, the number 4 is Creative Works.  5 plus 4 equals 9 with is the number for completion.

Therefore, Atelier 54 is my artistic workshop where there is grace for creative works to be completed for God's plan and purpose.

In this blog, I'll share the projects that come from there, tips and tricks I learn along the way, and whatever i feel God is leading me to do.

I hope you will join me on this new journey!