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Michelle Folkerts

Jelly Roll Slice and Katie’s Compass quilts completed

Hi, I am happy to share this week that I got two quilt tops quilted last week that have been waiting for  attention since last year. My Jelly Roll Slice top that I made for the shortcut tutorial series that Fat Quarter Shop puts on. I did have my top completed in time for event but it was not quilted. Life was very hectic last year. I also finished my Katie’s Compass quilt top that was made from the leftover cut pieces from the Jelly Roll Slice.

I quilted the Katie’s Compass first as it needed to be completed by Friday morning last week, so my Mother inlaw could take it along to deliver it to our little cousin. Katie’s Compass is a pattern by Sterling Quilt Company.

I quilted within the colored blocks with white thread and then used a variegated thread to quilt 1/4 inch out doing two rows in all the white areas.


I attached my binding to the back and pulled towards the front and machine stitched in the coordinating colors. Washing this quilt turned out to be a bit of a nightmare.  I first washed it in cold with woolite type soap with a color catcher. Well, there was turquoise spots all over the white of the front of the quilt. We live in the country and have a well that can be sandy and it decided to throw up sand and grit into my washing machine when washing this quilt. I pretreated the spots with Era clothes soap, wiped the sand up out of washing machine  and threw 3 color catchers in with the Era soap. Thankfully, every spot washed out. I was amazed that all three color catchers were a bright turquoise. I have never had a color bleed quite like that.

Our little cousin loved her quilt. This family lives quite a distance from us and we only get to see them a couple times a year. I was behind in making baby quilts. Her older sister received the Puppy Stars quilt last year. This is why I do not make the traditional “small”sizes that are considered baby quilt size. Baby  gifts might not get to them until they are 2 and 3.

Here is my Jelly Roll Slice quilt completed. It does have a navy blue binding that ended up getting pulled pretty tight it seems. This was attached to the front and machine stitched to back.

This is the back. I was pleasantly surprised that there was no color bleed from the navy blue and thankfully no sandy well water mess in this load so I didn’t have to wash it twice.

Here is a link to the pattern for Jelly Roll Slice on the Fat Quarter Shop website . It is free and comes in multiple sizes. I made the twin that used 2 jelly rolls but that had alot of leftover strips.
I am hosting Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday this week. I will be making another blog post about my most recent completed project this week. It is one of my oldest WIP.

Happy Sewing,







Hosting Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday this week

Hi, I am hosting Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday again this week. I have been busy working on quilting and finishing some of my oldest works in progresses. I look forward to sharing them with you all. It was great fun to see everyone’s latest projects when I hosted 2 weeks ago. I hope to see more this week.

Happy Sewing,


TGIFF: Swooning over the Swoon Quilt

Hi, I am Shelley who blogs as The Carpenters Daughter Who Quilts and I am hosting this week’s TGIFF:Thank God It’s Finished Friday. I have been busy since December creating memory quilts from my Father inlaw’s plaid shirts for as much of our family that I can from 30 shirts. I am now up to 7 quilt tops with plans for maybe a total of 11 quilts before I am down to just cuffs,pockets and collars. 

I have become a bit obsessed with Swoon quilts. I have just finished my fourth one (tops that still need quilting) in about 2.5 months. I have been sharing on Instagram with the quilt alongs that you can find under the #swoonqal and #swoonqal2017. I am a bit late to the game with making my first Swoon. I have had pattern for  years so why not use stashed fabrics from 2010 to start my first one.

I shared photos of different Swoon quilts with my three sisters inlaws that I needed to make memory quilts for yet. And one decided on the original 24 inch block version and the other two decided they both wanted the  scrappy patchwork Swoons.

This quilt top has to be one of my favorite to date. It is going to be so hard to turn over to my husband’s sister when completed.

I did write an entire separate blog post on these two Swoon quilts and can be found here.

This is the first scrappy patchwork Swoon that I created. It uses all 30 of Dad’s shirts.

This is the second scrappy patchwork Swoon that I made from Dad’s shirts. The navy isn’t as dark in person.

I have written an entire blog post about the two Patchwork Swoon quilt tops and it can be found here.

This is a quick peek at the other memory quilts that I have completed since December. They can be found on my blog.

How about we start this Friday’s party?? I look forward to seeing what everyone else has been working on lately. Please link up your finishes below and be kind and visit as many of your fellow linky party participants’ pages and share the comment love.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

(If you are wanting to comment and do  not see box directly beneath the blog post, you can click on title of blog post to open the post and there should be a comment box there.)

Happy Sewing,



Scrappy Patchwork Swoon: Dad’s Shirts Memory Project times two


I am happy to share more of my completed Swoon quilt tops this week. In this post, I am sharing the scrappy patchwork Swoons I have created for my two sisters inlaw from Dad’s plaid shirts. They chose coordinating solid colors so it was easy to create quilts that were opposites of each other.

This quilt has 576 little patchwork plaid squares. The overall construction of the quilt design uses the same faster techniques you would learn from the Swoon 16 quilt pattern. This quilt is red and navy but the navy shows up way darker than it is in person. We chose to make the outer border the same color as the background.  It finishes at 72 inches square.

There are so many ways one could quilt this design. I wish I had FMQ figured out on my machine but I do not. And it is not in the budget to send these memory quilts out to be long armed. I saw a friend online did a nice allover crosshatch to the scrappy one she finished earlier this year, and she said it took her 20 hours. That doesn’t scare me.

This is the second scrappy patchwork Swoon. Opposites of the first. This is a little more true to the color of navy blue. It seemed to take longer to create all the 64 patch blocks for this one. I counted and counted and continued to sew and thought for sure I was going to have cut more strips from the shirts. I did end up with 10 extra 16 patch blocks.

I didn’t notice until taking this photo today, that I have a few rather dark plaids clustered together in the center block. Too late to change that.

When making this you are creating HSTs from the patchwork pieced squares, there is too much time and effort in this  to just toss those extra pieces so I drew an additional line and created a smaller HST. Since I am making two quilts in same colors that makes double the newly created HSTs and add in those extra sewn 16 patch blocks, I am on my way to creating a third quilt design from the extra pieces.

This would be too much fabric to toss into the scrap bin.

This of course is a screen shot off of Instagram on what I have ideas  to create from all my extra pieces. Littlecabininthewoods on IG stated that hers was 43 inches before adding white borders.  This would be a great start to making  a medallion center for another quilt. I can make two of these medallions with opposite colors in the two sections which would be a starting point for two more quilts for family members. Or somehow put them all together into one large design. I am leaning towards the two quilts. The originals go to the two sisters and the opposite coordinating additional quilts could go to one of their daughters.

I hope to lay out my pieces and come up with  a design this weekend or beginning of the next week. I have two other quilts that need to be quilted this week before I start on any of the memory quilts. I have one basted and need to get the other basted. They are pieced from similar fabrics so maybe I can use similar thread colors to quilt. They have been on the pile to quilt for way to long and the one can be delivered to it’s recipient next week with a quilt that they purchased earlier this year from me.

I am hosting the Thank God It’s Finished Friday linky party this week. There will be a separate post for the linky party. I will probably summarize these two posts and give links back here if someone wanted to read more on the finished tops.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Happy Sewing,


Swoon: Two Quilt Tops Complete


I am happy to share some of my latest completed quilt tops. I have been sewing and quilting along  with the #swoonalong and #swoonqal2017 groups on Instagram since the middle of January. I have four different Swoon quilt tops made in around 2.5 months time. I have made two of the original Swoon pattern that is made from 24 inch blocks and I have also made two of the scrappy patchwork Swoon pattern which is one large 72 inch patchwork pieced block. I will blog in a different post about the scrappy patchwork tops.

This Swoon is created from Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley fabric line that I had in my stash since 2010. This was the first of the Swoon’s that I started piecing. I had the blocks all pieced before I started on my memory quilt Swoon quilts. I  had the other three completed before I finished sashing this one. I actually just finished this one last night. The sashing fought me on this one. I added the small pieces between the blocks and added the full sashing strips to the first and second rows. The first and second rows didn’t want to join properly the first time.  I had to take apart the middle of the row and flip it over and attempt to  ease it back together. This seemed to work. Thankfully adding the last row went alot easier.

I always have to take a photo of the quilt on our king size bed to get the allover look of the  finished top. It finishes at 80 inches square.

I decided to use up the extra six fat quarters in my set and make three additional blocks that  I will piece in a strip across back of the quilt.

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

These three blocks were made from more contrasting prints than the rest of quilt so they have a bit of different look to them. Actually the best Swoon blocks have lots of contrast or you can lose the design.

I haven’t decided yet how I want to quilt this top yet. I originally wanted to try QAYG but after piecing the other tops decided to just get this one sashed as well so we could call it a completed top.

I have been making memory quilts from my Father inlaw’s shirts since before Christmas. I had four quilt tops created  so far and decided to ask my three sisters inlaw what they might like. I had plans for the next one but asked them if they liked the idea of it or gave them some options. I told them about the Swoon quilts and shared some photos off of Pinterest and Instagram. One sister  decided on the original size Swoon and the other two decided they both liked the scrappy Patchwork version. I actually own all four Swoon patterns and said I would have been fine making the 24 inch, the 16 inch and a scrappy. Both liked the scrappy one.

I love this quilt so much! It is the 24 inch block version of Swoon but I used the faster piecing technique from the Swoon 16. Boy,do this make it so much more fun to piece. I got inspiration from a photo on Pinterest to add the colored sashing stones. I have seen a really neat version where they added  half square triangles to corners or snowballed the corners and with adding these sashing squares or stones, it will create a small churn dash block. Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co has shown this technique on some of her quilts. The denim blue points in each of  the Swoon blocks is all cut from one Carhartt denim shirt. It is wonderful material but added extra bulk I didn’t need. I really think the Swoon 16 way of piecing the blocks helped eliminate even more bulk of the denim.

My husband really likes all of the memory quilts made so far, but when I showed him this one he said Wow! It is really going to be hard to give this one up. But I will… I have set aside what is left of these fabrics and I have extra of the solids (I  really liked the pop of red, which surprised me). I hope I have enough to make myself a Swoon 16 since I haven’t made that one yet. I would want to make extra blocks to make a larger quilt. I have to make a couple other family members quilts yet before I cut into this project.

I apologize for having been away from blogging the past couple months. I have been busy and dealing with some personal and family issues. Unfortunately many things on my blog have been taken care of and I hope to get back on track and share more of what I have been working on.

I am hosting Thank God It’s Finished Friday this week. You will find a separate blog post for the linky party. I look forward to seeing what everyone has been working on this week.

Happy Sewing,


Hosting Thank God It’s Finished Friday this week

I am hosting this week’s TGIFF: Thank God It’s Finished Friday. My post and the linky party linkup information will go live this evening. I have multiple pretties to share this week. I look forward to seeing what everyone else has to share.

See you later tonight!

Happy Sewing,


Uptown Flimsy: Dad’s Shirts Memory Quilt 4

Hi, I am happy to share that I completed  my fourth memory quilt top this week. I used the Uptown pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew. It is a simple constructed quilt design that lends itself to lots and lots of chain piecing. There was upwards of 18 steps to one block that could chain pieced. The design is similar to  a stretched out Granny Square.

Here is a closeup of the top.

I think I used some of all 30 shirts in piecing this quilt. Some of the plaids that are large and widespanned do not cut down into small squares. The design gets lost. Some of my denims and chambrays photograph very light in color as well.

I am busy cutting out another memory quilt this weekend. I need to make two more quilt tops this week. I am hoping to have them pieced by next  Sunday,the 19th so that gives me a month to get the 5 or 6 of them quilted. I am currently cutting fabric out for a Jelly Rings by Emily Dennis. I am looking at making this one row larger so it is 72″ square. I can make one design from each shirt and add six more to make the needed 36 blocks. I am thinking if I have enough denim to have a denim as part of each center four patch. I have to save some back for another quilt project. I cut extra pieces when making the Uptown quilt and they can be trimmed and used in making the four patches.

I am also working on piecing three additional Swoon blocks from the last of my fat quarters. I will piece them into a backing. I think I will be finishing my top with the added sashing so I can be entered into the contests on the Swoonqal2017  that they are giving away two different long arm quilting services to have your Swoon quilt long armed.

I hope to have these blocks finished by Monday. I have them all marked and laid out ready for sewing. I use a large disposable foil pan to hold my pieces layered with sheets of card stock between the blocks.

My family has been under the weather with sinus infections and colds the past week and now I seem to be getting sick too. Thankfully it wasn’t the Flu. I have alot of blog correspondence to catch up on. Puppy training takes up so much of my time still. Gracie is growing and continues to find new ways to cause mayhem in our house. She ate my husband’s phone charger. Bit the USB end of the cord while it was still plugged into the power strip. She loves to play in the water dish and getting into the litter boxes. It is apparently fun to do both and make mud on the kitchen floor.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Happy Sewing,




Swoon Blocks Completed

Hi, I am happy to share that I have completed all my quilt blocks for the Swoon Quiltalong. I have been making the original 24 inch blocks and have my nine completed.

Here is block 4

Here is Block 5

I pieced the first 5 blocks one at a time and for  the last 4 I decided to try to chain piece them all at once. It really wasn’t too hard and made light of the work except when I had to square up 80 HST at once. There really wasn’t much more than trimming off the dog ears on most of the HST so even that wasn’t too bad.

Here is Block 6

Block 6 ended up being my least favorite as the two prints blend too much together but it will work in the mix. There are three different green combinations and I will either place them diagonal or vertical in the quilt line up.

Here is Block 7

Here is Block 8

Here is Block 9

I do have 6 fat quarters of the Hope Valley fabrics left and they are an odd color combination that I wouldn’t know how else to use them so I will be making 3 more Swoon blocks for the backing of the quilt. I do have another full set of Fat Eighths in  same color prints that I can use in a different quilt design.

I plan to work these blocks in while chain piecing my Uptown “memory” quilt blocks together. I ended up cutting too many of my plaids for making the blocks so by trimming off a 1/2 inch I can make up HSTs for a pillow design I have been working on.

Here are the Swoon blocks laid out on our bed. Early morning sunlight casts a shadow across the blocks so some are hard to see.

I decided to put my blocks into a Pixlr collage in the same layout I did on the bed so you could see the colors all together.

There are three color combinations and three different print combinations. The block No 6 which is in the 9th position could be moved to 5th position?? I kind of like all the striped centers in a row though?? Decisions, decisions.

I am thinking I want  to try Quilt As You Go with these blocks. I purchased a cotton batt that I can cut down into 9  30 inch squares. I need to figure out how to handle the sashings first. Maybe piece this into 3 rows and quilt the rows???

Have any of you done QAYG? Any Suggestions???

Hope everyone has a good weekend. We do not have plans to watch the Super Bowl game tomorrow. We don’t really follow football. I do hope to get a bit of sewing in this weekend. My sewing time comes in spurts the past two weeks while working on training  our puppy Gracie. She really keeps me on my toes. She now is coming upstairs at night and sleeping in the closet with Lyric. Gracie can climb the stairs but going down is too scary so let’s us know by barking and whimpering.

I will be linking up this post with Crazy Quilt Mom’s FIF and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? linky parties. Links at top of page.

Happy Sewing,


Swoon Quilt Along and Other WIP

(Updated as of 6:45 PM 1/21/17)

Hi, I decided to start off 2017 big by participating in the 2017 Swoon Quilt Along that is currently running on Instagram. There are actually two Swoon quilt alongs, one by Camille Roskelly of Thimbleblossoms and Melinda who is known as Mel_is_a_swapaholic on IG. You can follow them and see all the lovely photos by searching for #swoonalong and #swoonqal2017. I think Camille’s has been running since beginning of the year and Melinda’s is running from January 8 to April 9th.

I have decided to make my Swoon using the original pattern making 9 of the 24 inch blocks. I am using my Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley prints that have been in my stash since March 2010. I am using white as the background, this photo shows ecru.

Here is one combination of prints that I am using for my blocks. (this is what block 3 is made from.)

Another block combination. (this is what block 1 is made from.)

The last block combinations (this is what block 2 is made from.)

This is my first Swoon block created. I was not sure about the orange print. I really didn’t care for it much. I was contacted by Camille of Thimbleblossoms on IG and she said she wouldn’t change a thing with my block print combination choices, so that gives me a more faith in the final outcome of the quilt.

This is my second Swoon block. I really like it. 

This is my third Swoon block. I cut all my pieces with the green stripes going vertical as the fabric comes off bolt. As I was laying them out to piece the HST, I decided to turn them horizontal as it appeared then they would be up and down as I thought they should be. Well, that works on half of them and half of the flying geese sides. I was told it looked neat that way, even if it wasn’t intentional. I guess I will have to remember what I did so the other two color ways of these print combinations turns out the same way.

I have taken time off the end of this week to try and get back sewing on my memory quilt project. I have one in the process of cutting out the fabric. Another I have it planned out (another of the workshirt mosaic design but reversed where all plaids and one denim). I also have a rather different idea for a quilt for my son but the pattern is not released until late February. I need to be caught up with the others before then. My deadline is by March 19th.

I have chosen to use Uptown by Cluck Cluck Sew as another pattern for one of my memory quilts. I am making the twin size quilt and it takes 39 blocks. I am making 13 of them with denims as the outer rings and plaid shirts as the middle rings. The other 26 blocks includes 6 half blocks, and all of these will have a plaid outer ring and denim inner ring.

I am still in the process of cutting more plaid and denim rectangles.

Here is a layout of the two different style blocks.

This is Dogs in Sweaters, a new pattern from Elizabeth Hartman that is to be released for sale in February. I think  it would make an awesome quilt for my son and his fiancee. They have a little dog who loves wearing sweaters. I am thinking it would be possible to make each dog sweater from a short sleeve’s worth of material. Not sure as I haven’t seen the pattern but I am setting aside sleeves just for that purpose.

Speaking of Dogs, we have a new family member as of December 30th. Meet Gracie, our new Black Lab/Australian Cattle Dog puppy.

Don’t let Gracie fool you! She looks so cute and sweet at times….But oh boy, can the Heeler part flare up and she is a real pistol. She gives poor Lyric a run for her money. She can be quite mean to Lyric, biting and wrestling with her and on her. But then you will find them curled up together and sleeping. We were thinking getting the puppy was helping Lyric come out of her shell,  as she started playing with Gracie. Lyric still will not let my husband touch her other than taking food from his hand. We can tell that Lyric was likely a pretty good Mama when she had her batches of puppies. She is pretty tolerant to all the chewing and climbing on her. Last night, Lyric took over Gracie’s woodchip lined dog bed (which had been Abbey Rose’s) and also started chewing on her toys. The girls started playing tug of war.

This is what I come home to tonight after being gone for 5 hours shopping/errands.

Oh, no who ate Daddy’s slippers??? These were deer skin slippers lined with wool batting and Woolrich wool blankets. My husband wasn’t wearing them anymore as the rubber on bottom was cracked and had a hole started. I am thinking that Lyric had to be the big party to this mass of destruction. No way that Gracie could have done all that damage. This worrys me as my daughter owns numerous pairs of expensive cowboy boots. Lyric has never shown an interest in chewing on anything. The Heeler puppy has ruined her in a matter of days. LOL

I will leave you with this. Ihope to get sewing up some of the Uptown blocks tomorrow and layout more of the Swoon blocks so I can make up some of the HSTs ahead of time.

Thanks for reading my blog posts.

Have a great weekend.

Happy Sewing,



Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

Hi, Since we are well over half way through the first month of 2017,  I thought I better get a 2016 in review post written. I am very happy to be starting fresh with a New Year. Last year had so many ups and downs and I started more projects than I finished.

I thought I would share my top five posts for 2016 as a review.

This is the Fat Quarter Jelly Roll Slice Shortcut Quilt. The flimsy was completed in time for the bloghop but I wasn’t finished quilting it. I needed to learn that bigger isn’t always better. Most of the quilters on the bloghop made smaller versions.  I actually ripped out all the quilting that I had completed and now plan to requilt it.

This is Get A Clue Nancy Drew Mod Disappearing 9 Patch. I made this quilt for my son’s fiancee. Her Mom and my Mom shared the Nancy Drew Mysteries with us as kids. This is one of two quilts that was finished last year.


This is Harvest Berry Baskets: 2016 Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop and Tutorial. I had the most fun on this one out of the three block bloghops that I have participated in . I really liked how this one turned out.


This is TGIFF: Go West Flimsy. This is one of my favorite WIP from last year. I doubled the Go West quilt pattern and made it King sized. I hosted Thank God It’s Finally Finished linky party and shared the before photo. The after photo is connected to this blog post.

This is the 2016 Paintbrush Studios New Block Blog Hop: Irish Rose Chain Block Tutorial and here as well. This quilt block is included in the 2017 Quilter’s Planner  and is showcased the week starting February 12th.  There is a quiltalong this year making each of the 52 blocks. It will be interesting to see what others come up with this block.

There were many ups and downs last year. It was a year of great losses. We lost our beloved Father inlaw in March to a sudden illness. We lost our close family friend to a 7 month long battle with cancer in August. I made him and his wife a quilt for their 60th wedding anniversary in May. In October, my computer was struck by lightning and I lost all my photos,files and most of my quilt patterns. In December, we lost our beloved 11 year Black Lab, Abbey Rose who was my faithful companion.

In 2017, this is where I can be found. I greatly appreciate the friendship and support of all my blog followers. My blog followers have increased largely in the last 3 months due to my memory quilt projects and now that I am participating in the Swoon quilt along on Instagram. I will be writing a separate blog post for my new projects of 2017. I hope that 2017 will be more organized than 2016 and that I can get back to writing more regular blog posts. I hope to be finishing more quilts instead of just making more tops that need quilting. I plan to get flimsies from the last two years quilted this year and sell some of them. I did sell the Zen Gardens Bento Box quilt this month. I have been sharing photos from my Instagram on my blog’s Facebook page in lieu of full blog posts. I apologize to all blog commenters who have received much delayed replies back. I do strive to get back to you all with more timely replies this year. Thanks to you that have been understanding and haven’t given up on me and still read my blog posts.

I hope you all have a great weekend and check out my next blog posts for my current projects.

Happy Sewing,



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