Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Vintage Quilt

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My BFF asked me to alter a vintage quilt for her. The quilt originally had only a top and a backing. No batting had ever been put into the quilt. Actually, I like the idea of doing that for a summer spread. But, she wanted batting. I love this quilt. It has appliqued butterflies. The body of the butterflies are stitched in a satin stitch with black embroidery. The atennae and around each butterfly is hand-stitched in black embroidery thread, too. We think some of the fabric was from flour sacks. It was made for her long ago by a friend's mother.

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BFF's thinking (she does not sew) was that I could simply put in a layer of batting and a new backing and catch everything in the seams. I knew that with one washing, all the batting would be in a wad. So, after I made the top, batting, and backing sanwich....I machine stitched around every square. This also reduced some of the strain on the loose weave of the mint green sashing strips.


One thing I love about my BFF is that she is not picky. So, I could use this project to practice for my own quilts. I really enjoyed learning to put on a double-fold binding with mitered corners. She said, " I don't care if the binding even matches." Big mistake! LOL I had a jelly roll of green fabrics. While BFF is not too fond of the MINTgreen of this quilt, green is actually her favorite color. I pulled out the lighter colors because I did not want too much contrast. I sewed them end to end and machine stitched to the quilt. I finished it off with hand stitching. I really do like the binding and thought it was quite FUN!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Got My Daisies!

Someone recently posted a comment to my Daisy Circles post. (see here) . This was the comment: "Hi there I was in the process of listing Vogart pre-stamped quilt blocks called Daisy Circles and I came across your post. Thought I would let you know.Have agreat day."
That was all the information given. I assumed that meant she was listing on eBay. I found them on eBay.ca (Canada). So as of this a.m., I have another 12 blocks on their way! Yay!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Have you seen my Daisy Circles?

Many, many years ago I bought some Vogart pre-stamped quilt blocks to be embroidered.They are called Daisy Circles.  I only bought 3 packages of 14" blocks. Each package has 12 blocks.  I have embroidered one strip (equals 2 blocks). Occasionally I look for more on eBay, but haven't found any. If you see any, PLEASE let me know.
This is the package. I did not get the Vogart name in the photo.
Two block strip-embroidered.

Close-up of one embroidered block.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

This Week's Lesson

I really like to learn something new everyday. But, this week I have learned a BIG lesson. Always have a project with me" just in case". I came down to Memphis to visit my Mom and my sister on Monday and take care of some business re: Mom's care. Since I only planned to stay overnight, I didn't bring a project or my Kindle with me.  Mom was unexpectedly admitted to the hospital on Tuesday. I have been at the hospital day and night ever since. Now, it's Thursday and I'm still here. I keep thinking of all the projects I have back home that I could have been working on. I have quilt projects, embroidery projects, cross stitch projects, etc. But did I bring any with me? Why, NO!!! I don't think I will ever leave the house again without my Kindle or a project. I may even kit up a few new ones. Haven't really wanted to read much. I do have my laptop with me. But, all I can think about is those sewing projects I could have made progress on.  Lesson learned!

Thank goodness, Mom is doing much better now.

OK, so back to my new addiction...playing Angry Birds on my smartphone. LOL




Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!!!

Hope everyone has been enjoying their Indepedence Day week-end. We in America have so much to celebrate. We really do live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. And, speaking of the brave, I have begun to make the pillowcases for the wound soldiers. I am on the sewing team of Soldier's Angels.  I had already ordered some fabric from Fabric.com. Then, on Friday I went to Joann's and bought loads of patriotic fabric at 50% off. I also bought spools of thread for 50% off. I admit I got a little carried away. LOL

I have seen many tutorials for making a pillowcase. They were very confusing and difficult to understand. I thought,"Gee whiz, why are they making this so difficult?" But, then, I saw a tutorial on MaryQuilts.com. Finally, something clicked and this turned out to be so easy. Wow! Once I made the first one, the next one was easy-peasy. Here are two of the pillowcases.

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I really love the blue cuff. This photo is a little dark, but you can see what it says. Isn't it great?
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Here is the second one. I need to make at least 5 to send to the troops. Should only a take a couple hours to finish up.


BTW, I have "adopted" two soldiers now. Guess I better get to packing those care packages.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Disappearing Act

No, I haven't abandoned my blog already! LOL I have been wanting to try making a Disappearing Nine Patch quilt for a while now. So, in my usual fashion, I researched the quilt online. I made notes along the way. I can not find the blog that was most helpful. Sorry. But, the quilt was a black and white print with a bright colored accent. That accent color is what got my attention. She used the accent color as the center block. I think it was red. After the 9 patch was cut, the accent color made a distinct patten to an otherwise random design.

When I first began to buy layer cake fabric collections, it seems they all had browns, tans, and blues. So, I figured I'd just put them all together in one quilt. The 3 layer cakes I had were Moda "Alliance" , Moda "A Morris Tapestry", and Moda Sweetwater "Pure". I pulled the layer cake fabrics with these 3 colors and cut them into fourths. I left some fabrics out because they had red or a design that would not work well. I then had a stack of 5" squares. Next I cut some dark brown fabic from my stash into 5" squares. This is my accent fabric. Here is the way I made my 9 patch squares look.

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I thought I took a photo of this square before I cut it, but now I can't find it. But, imagine for a moment that the block has not yet been cut. For each one, the center square is of the chocolate brown. Then, I cut the block through the center in both directions as pictured above. I turned the top left block and the bottom right block so that the brown square is on the outside corners.. I left the other 2 blocks in place.
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Can you see how the little brown squares form a design? Plus, I realized that if you want an even more random design you could mix up all the resulting smaller squares. But, mostly I just stuck with the one set. Tip: Once the squares are cut, I place the first 2 squares together and put a single pin on the side I am going to stitch. Then the same for the other pair of squares. Makes things quicker when I get to the machine.

I haven't squared the blocks up yet, but laid a few out to see how it was going to look. I believe that lots of contrasting fabrics and an accent center square make for a beautiful result.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Giving Back to Our Heroes

I am very proud of my daughter. She always manages to find ways to pay it forward. I am taking a cue from her and joined the Soldier's Angels group online. Following in my DD's footsteps I have adopted a soldier. I write to him weekly and send a care package monthly. I think that William is in Afghanistan. His address sort of indicates that.

I am also going to make pillowcases for wounded soldiers. I just received some wonderful patriotic fabric by UPS. The fabric is 100% cotton by Marcus Brothers from the American Valor quilt series. There is enough for 5 pillowcases which is the minimum to send each time. I especially love that the words "Thank you" are printed on both the case fabric and the cuff fabric. I'll include photos when they are made. Thinking of putting on a narrow, red contrasting band, too.

I also found some wonderful Hallmark cards in their "Hero" line that only cost $1.99 each. I don't know if they always have these or just because it is soon to be Independence Day. I bought 5 of them because sometimes I might not be able to think of something to write about. The soldiers are so busy that you rarely get a response. But, they do appreciate everything that is done for them. I feel fortunate that I don't personally know anyone in the services right now. But, I pray for the safety of all our military.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I'm Baa-accck! And things... they are a changing!

I have decided to revive my blog. It probably needs CPR at this point. LOL.  So, I decided I would just change everything on my blog except my previous posts. So, I have a new look, a new blog name, AND a new domain name.

So much has happened. I kept putting off blogging and before I knew it, months had passed. My sister Karen and I spent a lot of time getting my Mom's house cleared out and sold. It's a 3 hour drive for me. So, no easy task. But, now it's done and I can spend time with my mother at her assisted-living facility when I drive that far.

In the meantime, I attended my niece's wedding. My husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage. And, we just returned from our first vacation that did not include visiting relatives. We went to the Smokey Mountains, through Cherokee, NC, and to Asheville, NC. In Asheville we went to the Biltmore Estate.
Ever feel like your world is upside-down? We saw this at Pidgeon Forge, TN
I bought some stone ground corn meal at this Old Mill in Pidgeon Forge.

My DH is afraid of heights. But, he has proof that he was at 5046 feet above sea level. This was at New Found Gap on the Tennessee-North Carolina state line. His daughter will be impressed!
We toured the Biltmore House and the Biltmore Winery (former dairy barn). We had a delicious lunch at the Deer Park restaurant on the estate. The table over looked a beautiful courtyard.




Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blocks of the Month (BOM)

Wow! It has been 2 weeks since I posted. Guess I have been reading a lot of other blogs instead of posting to my own. Some of the quilting and crafting blogs are just so inspirational. I have been working on 2 BOM's. One is from the internet and one from my local quilt store. First I want to show you the BOM with the civil war reproduction fabric colorway.

The other BOM is from the internet. This block is an embroidered and pieced block from Little Miss Shabby. This is one of those blogs I mentioned. I had a jellyroll (2 1/2" fabric strip collection) that I am using for the piecing. The colors are so different from what I usually choose.

This second block is for a quilt called "Little Birdie Stitches".
My DH said,"You are making 2 quilts?" Oh, if he only knew. Hee!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Quilts, Quilts! Quilts!

Happy second Saturday of 2011. Woke up with a dusting of snow on the ground. Luckily, not enough to prevent me from getting to my favorite quilt store. Quilter's Attic in Goodletsville, TN is starting their BOM for 2011. This was the first day to get it. I went there thinking I was going to choose the Black and White with Bright colorway. But, the Civil War block fabrics were prettier. It is done in brown, tan, and a deep blue. This is a combination I've wanted to try for a long time. I had thought it would be great colors for a Tennessee Waltz quilt. But, they had a bed sized TN Waltz in blue and white on display that was very dramatic. I have a lot of black and white prints that I have collected over to years. I want to make a Bow Tie quilt with it. I'm thinking a narrow red inner border and a black toile print wide outer border. I will call it "A Black Tie Affair"....someday!


Another major reason (do I need a reason?) for going to the quilt shop was to buy a bunch of 1/2 yard cuts of neutrals. You can just never have too much of those. I bought 11 different pieces. A couple days ago I began to cut the pieces for a Sister's Choice scrap quilt by Bonnie Hunter over at http://www.quiltville.com/. I wanted to use off-whites, tans, beiges, and slightly gold neutrals for this quilt's background pieces. But, I didn't have enough neutral fabrics. One of the neutrals I bought today had a slighty greenish tint to it, but will work fine. One just never has enough neutrals.