Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February Finale

I am so excited! The Yellow Rose cross-stitch quilt is finally, truly finished. It has a binding. I stitched all day yesterday to get it done. Today I washed it...first a soak in cold water to get out the blue embroidery/quilting markings. Then, I washed with a little soap in lukewarm water. Finally, I rinsed an extra time to make sure there was no suds left. I had pre-treated some areas that had drops of blood (mine and/or my mother's). My mother always said that quilts were made with blood, sweat, and tears. Here is the quilt in all her glory! It is actually the first time I have seen it all at once. I love it!
I still have to machine quilt the Damask Rose throw-sized quilt. Maybe tomorrow. I won't let another project take me so long to finish. I promise!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Floral Stars and Yellow Roses

I finally feel like I am making some headway. Last week I finished piecing the throw-sized quilt..(See more about this here.) There are a few couple sashings that I wish were placed in different spots. I have not made up my mind whether to change them or just leave them alone. I do love the colors and the florals in this quilt.
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I went to Quilt Connection in Murfreesboro, TN to choose the backing and binding fabrics. Margaret Bogle is the owner. She had helped me choose some of the fabrics I needed for the piecing. When I went back, she spent loads of time assisting me. I was probably there for an hour. Luckily there were no other customers at the time. When I got the fabric home, it was perfect for the binding and backing! Thank you, Margaret. The small print will be the backing and the deep coral will be for the binding.

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My biggest accomplishment this past week was that I finished the hand-quilting on the Yellow Rose embroidered full-size bed quilt. I wrote about it in my very first blog post here. My mother had finished embroidering this quilt for me more than a dozen years ago. I worked on it a little at a time. Some years I never even touched it. But, this year I was determined to get it done. My mother was an avid quilter, needleworker, and talented crafter. Now, she has dementia and glaucoma and arthritis. I wanted to get this quilt finished so that I can have a photo of me and her with the finished product. She seems to remember doing the embroidery for me. 

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I just need to bind the quilt now. I've actually had the quilt top since the mid-1970's. I started the embroidery with pink roses. The thread was cheap and I did not care for the pink. So, many years later, mother told me to take out the embroidery I had done and buy DMC thread in the colors I wanted and she would do the embroidery work for me. I love the peacock blue with the yellow and orange. The white background has yellowed slightly. I don't know if that will whiten any when it is washed. So, I picked a tiny figured, white-on-white fabric for the binding. The background of the binding fabric is not a bright white. I think it will look very gorgeous!.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ripit, Ripit, Ripit!!!

I sometimes feel like I use my seam ripper as much as my sewing machine. LOL  One of the blocks I made for the Damask Rose quilt did not look right. There was not enough contrast to see the star pattern.

I ripped the entire block apart and paired that coral print background with another print with equally disastrous results. I finally decided that I just did not like that fabric in this particular quilt. It was a part of the Oasis fabric collection.  So, I tossed it out and used some other fabric that paired well. So, yesterday I finished all my blocks. There are 20 blocks that are about 10 inches square. I have started putting on the sashings.

I do love this seam ripper that I bought a few months ago. It is much larger than my old one and has a soft grip handle. I do not remember the brand. I think I picked it up at Walmart.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Oh, My Goodness!

I can not believe how long it has been since I posted. A lot has happened. It's called "life". Then, when I got ready to post a couple days ago, I accidentally slid my sd card into my dvd slot on my laptop. So, I was embarrassed and could not upload my photos. Today I got the nerve to try to retrieve it. Eureka!!!

I recently went through my stash and found a jelly roll that I had forgotten about. It is Oasis collection by Three Sisters for Moda fabric. It is mostly florals with corals, pinks, soft yellows, grays, beiges, and soft aqua blues. Then, I looked through Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, and Charm Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott that I bought last year. I found the perfect design. I had to buy a few fat quarters for the sashings. Most of them are from the Aster Manor. This collection of fabrics is also by Three Sisters for Moda.

The process.
Here are some photos of blocks I have pieced.

This quilt is called Damask Rose and is what I call "nap-size". It is 62"x50". The blocks and sashing colors and prints are supposed to blend for the most part. I can not wait to show my friend Sharon because that is the type colors she prefers in a quilt. As you can see, it does have an occasional pop of color.