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River Heritage – Trail of Tears

River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

Month Five – Trail of Tears

 

The Trail of Tears State Park, located on the Mississippi River, in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, is a beautiful park with four trails, three river overlooks, a lake, campsites, picnic areas, and a visitor’s center. It  also is a burial site which commemorates the tragic deaths and hardships of the forced relocation of the Cherokee.

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View of the Mississippi River from Trail of Tears State Park.

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The visitor’s center is filled with information including audio recordings, video presentations, books, and static displays about the Trail of Tears, plus information about wildlife found in the area.

 

It is difficult to read, see, and hear about the struggle of these people at the hands of our government and, consequently, our country.  Still, it is wonderful to have the history and beauty of the state park right here in our own “backyard”.  If you haven’t been to the Trail of Tears State Park in a while, I recommend the drive, the views, and the history lesson.Image of Trail of Tears SignImage of Mississippi River

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Later found to have inaccuracies, this covered stone still stands to honor all those who endured the march of relocation on the Trail of Tears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image of Quilt BlockThe Trail of Tears quilt block is made from sixteen half-square triangle squares (eight made from a dark/light combination and eight made from a medium/light combination).

Follow the instructions for value (light, medium, and dark) and use your own color scheme to make your block. Remember to check your values by taking a black and white picture of your fabric choices.  I look forward to seeing the variety of blocks you make!

Cutting Instructions:

From two light fabrics:                                             From dark fabric:                                        

Four – 4-inch squares, totaling 8                        Four – 4-inch squares

 

From medium fabric:

Four – 4-inch squares

                                                                                               RST = right sides together

Half-square triangles:  Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of each of the eight light squares. Layer one dark square and one light square, RST.  Likewise, layer the other three dark/light pairs, RST. Stitch ¼ inch from the diagonal line for each set (chain-piecing method). Remove and clip the threads connecting the sets. Stitch ¼ inch seam on the other side of the drawn line. Clip apart. Cut on the drawn line. Press. Trim/square each set to 3 ½ inches. Makes eight sets. 

Repeat the above method using medium/light combination to make eight sets. Trim/square each set to 3 ½ inches.

Assemble block:  Position the sixteen half-square triangles according to the picture. Take a black/white photo to double-check your layout using value.

Turn each piece from Column 2 onto Column 1, RST. Chain-piece a ¼ inch seam on the right edge. Clip apart and press odd rows (1 & 3) to the right, even rows (2 & 4) to the left.

Repeat with the next section by turning Column 4 onto Column 3, RST, stitch and press. Now you have two columns.

Repeat the above assembly with the final two columns, stitch and press.

Nestle seams and pin Rows 1 and 2, RST, and stitch. Press open.

Nestle seams and pin Rows 3 and 4, RST, and stitch. Press open.

Repeat with final two sections, stitch and press open.

Trim and square your block to 12 ½ inches.

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Image of BeeIf you visit the Trail of Tears Visitor Center soon, you may experience the carpenter bees working at the entrance. While their buzzing is loud, they aren’t aggressive at all and are too busy making holes in the soft wood to bother you. It’s kind cool and I had to get a picture of one to share, because…you know. 🙂

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Month Four – Lighted Bridge

River Heritage Mystery Quilt continues with Month Four!Image of Month Four Promo

Lighted Bridge

The Bill Emerson cable stay bridge stands over the Mississippi River between Cape Girardeau, Missouri and East Cape Girardeau, Illinois. Opened in 2003, the bridge is a beautiful landmark which thousands of people cross each day. Lighted at night, it is a beautiful  and iconic structure,  especially in the month of October when all the lights are pink for the Pink Up Cape breast cancer awareness campaign. The bridge is 4,000 feet long, 100 feet wide and is illuminated with 140 lights.

 

Lighted Bridge is made of four large flying geese (depicting the lighted cables and their reflection in the river) and three strips (sky, bridge roadway, and water). Image of Quilt BlockFollow the instructions for value (light, medium, and dark) and use your own color scheme to make your bridge block. Remember to check your values by taking a black and white picture of your fabric choices. I look forward to seeing the variety of bridges we make!

Lighted Bridge uses light fabric for the two bridge cables, medium for the lighted night sky and reflected cables, and dark for the bridge roadway and water.

Cutting Instructions:
From light fabrics:                                                                                                                       From dark fabrics:
Two – 3 ½ x 6 ½ inch rectangles                                                                                                         One – 1 x 12 ½ inch strip for bridge roadway
From medium fabrics:                                                                                                                             Four – 3 ½ inch squares for water
Two – 3 ½ x 6 ½ inch rectangles                                                                                                        One – 3 x 12 ½ inch strip for water
for reflected cables
One – 3 ½ x 12 ½ inch strip for sky
Four – 3 ½ inch squares for sky                                                                                            RST = right sides together

Flying Geese: Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of the four medium and four dark squares. Position a medium square RST on the corner of a light rectangle. Stitch on the line. Press. Peel back the top triangle of the square you just pressed and trim the middle layer to ¼ inch from the seam to reduce bulk. Repeat this process at the opposite corner of the rectangle. Flying Geese should be 3 ½ x 6 ½ inches. Trim if necessary. Repeat with second light rectangle. Makes two light flying geese.

Align one light flying geese RST on another, making sure they are facing the same direction. Stitch on the right side. Press seam open.

Position a dark square RST on the corner of a medium rectangle. Repeat instructions for Flying Geese above. Repeat with second medium rectangle. Makes two medium flying geese.

Align one medium flying geese RST on another, making sure they are facing the same direction. Stitch on the right side. Press seam open.

Block Assembly:
Refer to the picture to lay pieces in order from top to bottom.
Place medium strip RST on light flying geese. Stitch; press to strip.
Place dark 1-inch strip RST on light flying geese. Stitch; press to strip.
Place dark 3-inch strip RST on bottom of medium flying geese. Stitch; press to strip.
Place medium flying geese on 1-inch strip RST. Stitch; press to strip.
Trim and square block to 12 ½ inches.

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View from Red Star Boat Ramp

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Month Five will be posted on May14, 2018 at www.blog.creativebeestudios.com.

 

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Yakity Yak – Let’s Talk Backs

Sometimes…er, many times…okaay, MOST of the time the back of my quilt is an afterthought. All of my excitement and energy is focused on the quilt top and when the top is finished, I want to quilt it NOW.Image of Quilt Back

I’ll have fleeting thoughts while stitching the top about what fabric I want on the back, but I’m not the type of quilter who generally purchases my backing ahead of time, unless I’ve purchased a kit.

Being a long-arm quilter, I do keep in mind the color of thread I’ll be quilting my top with because that’s the color I will have in my bobbin.  Beyond that, and especially in the last year, since I’ve knocked out 14 quilt patterns in nine months, time is the biggest factor I considered when choosing a backing.

Maybe that seems haphazard and disorganized, but, on the up-side, I have to say my backings have gotten more interesting in the last year!

Take Something’s Brewing, for example. Definitely time was a factor because it was a seasonal quilt I was designing in the fall. So as to not completely miss out on the current season, I had to get her done! Here’s what I did to use what I had on hand: Instant Bargello.Image of Cauldron Quilt

One of my favorite quilting books is called Instant Bargello by Susan Kisro.Image of Book I grabbed some scraps and did three little columns of that technique which gave me enough width for the backing. It was fun and fast!

Notice the Prairie Point Hanging Method (click here for more information)?

Those prairies points proved a bit sentimental for me because one of the fabrics was a Debbie Mumm which belonged to my mother-in-law, Pat. I have little bits of her fabrics in a lot of my #usebothsides quilts.

Something’s Brewing with the label, too. It just couldn’t be a square label. A shout-out to my friend, Mary, for encouraging me to put a little character into my labels! Notice it’s using the reverse side? (wink)

Do you have interesting back ideas? Please share in the comments section!

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14 Ways to Use Both Sides of Fabric

Catch a few announcements, some stats, and snippets of things to come…

Last June I announced the first #usebothsides pattern, Phoebee.Image of Bee Quilt

Next came Belle and Lily and the trio made the Colorful Wings Collection. I’ve taught several classes of these winged gals since then and have another one tomorrow for 15 quilters with the Bootheel Quilters’ Guild.Image of Butterfly QuiltImage of Dragonfly Quilt

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Phoebee, Belle & Lily

My Etsy shop was launched fall, 2017: www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeBeeStudios

I started shipping patterns all over the United States (and one to Canada)!

Rose was the first pattern in the Colorful Petals series.

I found her focus fabric in Branson, Missouri, as I raced through the shop, pulling out bolts to look at the reverse side while my dh waited in the car.Image of Flower Bouquet Quilt This fabric by Red Rooster was an instant winner! Notice the secondary scroll design that shows on the vase but really not so much on the front of the fabric (left accent strip).

Then came Emily,

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with a more rustic pottery vase and Kate, whose vase is perfect for large Kaffe Fassett Collective blooms!Image of Vase and Bouquet Quilt

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Colorful Petals Quilt Patterns

Something’s Brewing was fun to design, using my Accuquilt for quick and easy bubbles (Scan N Cut works well, too). I am especially fond of the Honey Buzzard claw feet. This is the only one of my patterns at this point without a female name…just didn’t seem fair to use someone’s name. 🙂Image of Cauldron Wall Hanging

Next is JOY. She’s the second pattern to use templates instead of the fabric’s flowers for the reverse cutting.Image of JOY Quilt

One of my favorites happened because a quilter signed up for the Colorful Petals class, but wanted to use poinsettia fabric. A vase just wouldn’t do! The reversed fabric on this pot MAKES this quilt!
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Pepita Quilted Wall Hanging

Around Christmas time, I received my first order from Nancy’s Notions catalog. Phoebee, Belle, and Lily were featured in the next issue!

Next is my Coastal Series which includes a seahorse, a flamingo, and a lighthouse.Image of Seahorse QuiltImage of Lighthouse Quilt

Again I used my Accuquilt GO! circle die for the bubbles on Sally, the seahorse. Fiona’s (flamingo) legs and palm branches are reversed. Liberty, the lighthouse is made with a Kaffe stripe which looks both nautical and patriotic when paired with the patriotic background fabrics. Image of Flamingo Quilt

In February Hancock’s of Paducah began to carry seven of my patterns in their Paducah warehouse store.

Many guild members heading to retreat (32) took their pictures with my patterns and posted them with #usebothsides to be entered into a drawing. One gal even took pics of both sides–of herself!  During retreat I just happened to look at Hancock’s online store and found Phoebee! (She’s international, now!)

Nancy’s Notions placed an order for Rose, Emily, and Kate! Watch for them in a future catalog!

 Phoebee, Belle, Lily, Emily, Kate, Sally, and Pepita will be hanging in the Hancock’s of Paducah store in time for the AQS Quilt Week!

The first petite pattern I designed is called Grace. Image of Grace Quilt Pattern

Introducing pattern number 14: Beatrice

Image of Bunny QuiltBeatrice is made with a twist from the norm: I used the reverse side for the bunny and the front of the fabric for the flowers. She just needed to be a bit sneaky!

Just a couple of hints for patterns in the works: Stick to the pointe and have a whale of a good time! There are more ideas swimming around in my head, just waiting for the right focus fabric to appear! What have you made using both sides?

Along with this review of the fun developments that  have happened in the last 3/4 of a year, I want to thank all of you for your support, especially my family and friends. A special shout out to my local quilt guild – they don’t even moan (out loud) when I stand up for show and tell each month with another one of those both sides quilts – you rock, River Heritage Quilt Guild! I truly appreciate all the support!

Join in the fun of the free River Heritage Mystery Quilt- Month Three:Image of Tower Rock on Mississippi River

 

Month Three BOM Mystery Quilt

The third block of the River Heritage Mystery Quilt is revealed!

River Heritage

Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt

Pictured is Tower Rock (Grand Tower) on the frozen Mississippi River.

This photo, taken by Jake Pohlman in January 2018,  shows people crossing the frozen river to the landmark island and rock formation usually only accessible by land during extreme drought.  Tower Rock is located in the Brazeau Township, Perry County, Missouri, near the town of Wittenberg, Missouri, and across the river from Grand Tower, Illinois. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. Jacques Marquette, a French explorer, mentioned this island in 1673 when he passed by this formation. Tower Rock has been known to instill both fear and poetry in river pilots due to the force of the whirlpool effect the water hitting the formation creates.

Month 3 – Flock of Geese

Welcome to the third month in the River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt! A flock of geese is a common sight in our area, especially in the fields adjacent to the river line. Flock of Geese is made with two easy components but, as with Railroad Crossing, it can be used to make a stunning quilt by itself or with a secondary block. As I mentioned in the introduction, I am making my quilt blocks very scrappy, so where it calls for one large dark and one large light square, I make two to achieve a scrappy look. I toss my extra squares in my BOM scrap bin to grab for future blocks.

Flock of Geese uses dark and light fabrics. It is an easy block made with two four-patches of half-square triangles (HS) and two large half-square triangles.

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Cutting Instructions

From light fabrics:                            From dark fabrics:                Image of Flock of Geese Block                      

1 – 7-inch square                                1 – 7-inch square

4 – 4-inch squares                               4 – 4-inch squares

RST = right sides together

 

Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of the 7-inch and 4-inch light squares. Lay the light squares on the same size dark squares, matching edges, RST. Using a quarter-inch foot, sew ¼ inch on each side from the drawn line. Cut on the line. Press each half square triangle towards the darker fabric. Square/trim each large HS to 6 ½ inches and small HS to 3 ½ inches.

Lay out the pieces according to the block picture. Make four-patches out of the small HS by turning the right-side HS onto the left-side HS, RST. Stitch across the top. Press Row 1 to the right, Row 2 to the left. Flip Row 1 onto Row 2, RST, match seams, and pin. Stitch. Press open. Square/trim to 6 ½ inches.

Flip the top four-patch onto the large HS. Stitch. Press to the HS.

Flip the bottom HS onto the four-patch. Stitch. Press to HS.

Turn the top row down onto the bottom row, RST, match seams, and pin. Stitch across the top. Press four-patches open. Trim the block to 12 1/2 inches.

You have made your Flock of Geese block! Share your block using #riverheritage on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Month Four will be posted on April 9, 2018. Subscribe below to get posts automatically emailed to you!

Quilt Retreat Checklist

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Read HERE about this Jonas Bluffs Retreat!

 

Quilt retreats are filled with friends, fabric, laughter, and food.

Here’s a quilt retreat checklist – Lady of the Lake style!

Quilt Retreat Packing List
2018 Lady of the Lake Style!

Since each quilt retreat is different (due to location, format, schedules, work stations, and even the people you go with), I’ve decided to share how we do quilt retreat at Kentucky Dam Village, Lady of the Lake style!

We have eight lovely ladies in one cabin. We each set up our work station, stitch a lot, eat a lot, share a lot, and laugh a lot. We schedule our meals and each person provides in some way, either meals or supplies.

This year will be a working retreat for me, but I’m looking forward to working in the company of some of my dearest friends! Hope you get some use from this list and a little insight to dynamics of the Lady of the Lake gals.

Sewing Machine (I take my featherweight) and supplies:

Electrical cord, foot pedal, extra light bulb, manual, bobbins, Q-tips (for cleaning machine, not ears)

General Quilting Supplies:

Seam ripper, scissors, rotary cutter and blades, rulers, cutting mat, iron, pressing surface, tables, electrical cords, extension cords, extra lighting, fabric spray, pins, hand-work supplies, guild directory, ¼” guide and 3M removable double-stick for guide on machine.

Personal Items:
Pajamas, preferred drinks, snacks and food for meals not planned, rice bag for sore muscles, “Oh, Ross!” massager for neck and shoulders (reference Poldark), comfortable clothing, walking shoes, jeans for shopping trips, jacket/sweatshirt, overnight bag/products, Advil, pain relief lotion

My Work Station (while at retreat this year, I’ll be filling orders, designing more patterns, working on our guild’s mystery quilt pattern designing, and attaching labels to #usebothsides quilts):

Personal fireplace heater, saddle chair, templates, blank paper, pencils, computer, keyboard, mouse, and cords, printer and cords, printer paper, batteries, paper cutter, tape, mailing bags, patterns, background fabrics, focus fabrics, fusible, basting glue, applique scissors, Kathy’s quilt, Phoebee, Belle, Lily, Sally, Fiona quilts, phone charger, Fitbit charger, dvd player and exercise mat.

Food:
Ingredients for my assigned meal: Cheesy, Broccoli Potato Soup with salad and bread.
Snacks (chocolate, trail mix, licorice)
Tea and waters
This doesn’t look like much food, but when each quilter brings extra to share, we end up with lots of snacks and never has anyone lost weight on a retreat – except one gal – she was determined!

Quilt retreats are fun, productive, yummy, and tiresome all rolled into one week!

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