Saturday, March 25, 2017

Like Old Times

I bought this quilt top from Ebay for a song several years ago.  My intent at the time was to finish it and I think the time has arrived.  I just love it!  It has a lot of feedbacks and fabrics from the 20s to 40s, I believe.  I spent the afternoon taking the yellow borders off and then trimming the inner pink border down.  To my eye, both were to wide.  The yellow borders were cut on the lengthwise grain.  The original 36 inch wide fabric was torn into 4 equal parts and then sewn onto the quilt with what looked like carpet thread.  I'm guessing the maker put the borders on as a 'placeholder' of sorts and planned on adjusting the width later.  I was really afraid before I started!  But she did a fine join with the borders and I ended up just having to ease the pink inner border a bit.

Here's a closeup of a block.  The blocks are about 11 inches square.

My favorite block.  I went over it carefully looking for any popped seams and nothing.
I love how the maker cute the stripes lengthwise.  I would never have done that!  But maybe she had no choice.
I'm thinking of doing a simple vertical/horizontal grid using my sewing machine.  From what I've read white thread was the color mostly used so I might stick with that.
I'd also like to reproduce using present day reproduction fabrics.
If anyone can add any insights into finishing vintage tops, please do!  
Talk to you later~

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Orphan Adoption

Update:  I closed the comments and notified the winners.  Thanks to all who visited my blog.

Hello!  It's been a while!  I thought I'd just back jump into things by participating in Cynthia's Orphan Adoption Event.   The premise is to get unloved projects, patterns, fabric, quilt tops, into the hands of someone who wants them and hopefully will put them to good use.

All of my items are free, no strings attached, you may finish and donate to charity or keep for yourself.  I am willing to ship only to U.S. addresses.  If more than one person wants an item, I will choose the winner by Random Number Generator.  I'll pick names on Friday, March 24.  Please, make sure I can contact you.  Leave your email in your comment if need be, and the number of the item you are interested in!

Number 1.
Left over blocks from a kit I made.  I believe the line was called Animal Crackers by Free Spirit.  I've got some pinwheel blocks and about 1-1/2 yards of pink fabric.  The quality of the fabric is super nice.  I might be able to locate the pattern that was included.  If so, I'll include that also.

Number 2.
Random orphan blocks not necessarily for the same project.  A creative project for sure.  I might be able to dig up a few more mismatched blocks to add to the mix.

Number 3.
This is a sick of 5-inch fabrics, a random mix of fabrics left over from projects I've worked on.  I haven't counted but there's a lot!  And they are an accurate 5 inches square.

Number 4.
This is a finished quilt top.  I started with a panel with the cats, cut them apart and added flying geese, square in a square, but about halfway through I just wasn't feeling it anymore.  I have the backing and binding I'll send along with it.  I had originally intended it as a charity quilt.  It's lap size or a large wall hanging.

Be sure to check out Cynthia's blog for the rest of the Orphan Adoption participants.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Machine Sewn Binding

Today's the last day for linking up to 100 Quilts for Kids and here's my final quilt.

I just grabbed the red and blacks/whites scrap bags, started cutting and sewing.  I must say, after several scrap quilts I am finally seeing a dimunition in scraps around here.  Plus I've been able to use up some fabric that's been in my stash forever, like when Clinton was president, the first term!

Here's the back.  About three minutes after I took this picture, we had a sudden cloudburst.  Weird weather here today in south Florida.  We're back to fully sunny now, five minutes later.

I attempted machine-sewn binding on this quilt, for the first time.  I like the speed of it but I did miss sewing on the binding to the back by hand.  I'm weird that way! I don't really think hand-sewn binding is any less sturdy than machine-sewn but the speed of finishing up in twenty minutes was nice!  I used a scant 2.25 inch cut for the binding width.  I think I'm going to try a generous 2.25 inch cut the next time.  Here's the binding,

Could be better but not too bad for a first attempt.  This one, like the others will be donated to Quilts for Kids.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Some Finishes

Hi quilting friends!  I've been on a mission to use up some of my scraps starting with making some charity quilts that will be donated to Quilts for Kids.  I got the idea because every time I'd go through my stash I'd run across this vacationing duck fabric.  I must have bought 3 or 4 yards originally, what was I thinking?  Somewhere along the way I must have used some of it for borders because I had long lengthwise strips left over.  It was time to use it up!


I used one of the simple patterns on the QFK website, one that seemed to maximize the duck usage!

I used stitch number 719 elongated on my Bernina to quilt what I hope look like waves.  Seemed appropriate.  Yay! But then I found more duck fabric! So I made this also using nothing but fabric from my scrap bags.

Sorry about the bad iPhone pictures but it's been so long since I used my camera the battery was dead.  Yikes!

I quilted wavy lines using a pre-programmed stitch again.  I think I got a little carried away with this one.  I was hoping to make a dent in my scraps but no such luck!

And number 3!

More scraps and the last of the ducks! Yippee!  I used 3.5 inch squares and quilted it with straight lines on either side of all seams, about half an inch away from the seams.  I've found this whole process quite liberating and decided I need to do it more often.  No agonizing over the perfect fabric and where it should go in the quilt.  I just grabbed and started sewing.

If you've made a quilt for charity you can enter the picture or blog post over at Quilts in the Queue and be entered for prizes.  I'm off to look for a box.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Finish Number Two

Hey everyone, another finish to share.  First I want to thank everyone on my last post for all the kind words you left.  I really appreciate it!

This is a quilt I made after participating in a red/aqua disappearing 9-patch a few years ago.  You'll notice it's not a disappearing 9-patch at all but an Arkansas crossroads quilt.  After I received my 100 blocks and started working with them it was clear I had swapped with quilters who were a bit sewing challenged.  Of the 100 blocks I think I had 23 or so that were usable.  So I did what any perfectionist would (Ha!), and took them apart and made new blocks.  It wasn't as bad as it sounds.  It was fun seeing the variety of fabrics.

I've been working strictly from my stash for backings. Here I just sewed together some low volume white/reds.

And quilted straight lines with my Bernina 1530 in an all-over grid.

Well, two finished, 5,435 to go!  :)  It feels that way whenever I peek into my "studio" closet.  Whatever was I thinking!

Talk to you later!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Finish Number One and Giveaway

I set a goal for myself this year to try and finish some of my many quilt tops overtaking my "studio" closet.  Notice I didn't say all!  Even I am not that foolish.  I resolved to join just one sew along and I did that just so I could do some piecing in addition to machine quilting and sewing on binding.  Here's my first finish that occurred in mid-February.  Oh my, what a time I had with this top!

Before I go into that ordeal, here's the back.  My clothesline is too short to allow for it to hang right without dragging on the ground.

I hope you don't mind all the pictures but I am most proud I finished this top and now it's a quilt.  What's ironic is that I started with this top thinking it would be easy.  It's from a few years ago and made from all leftovers from other projects.  I first tried to machine quilt a zig-zag with my walking foot.  Ended up ripping out about five rows after not liking it.

Then I figured I'd use my Bernina Artista 180 which I hardly ever use.  I used stitch number 4 to make serpentines every half inch or so across the top.  I had such problems with just the top shifting.  I had pin-basted every 3-4 inches, and tried decreasing the presser foot pressure to no avail.  I'd quilt about 6 inches or so and run into such shifting I had to stop and unpin the basting, then re-pin the part I was sewing into.  I had to do this SEVEN times. The only thing I can think of is that I was sewing across the bias of the blocks.

I'm proud of my seam on the back and how well I matched the pattern! The backing is from Joann's from several years ago.  It's a really nice quality.
Here's another look at that seam  

The texture is great with the quilting. I could pet it all day.  

ETA:  It took a whole spool of Aurifil thread to quilt it, 1422 yards of color 2021.  That's amazing!

Now about that giveaway.  I was asked to try out a new product that's really neat called StoryPatches.  It came out a few years ago but I'd never heard about them.  I think the idea is rather clever.  It's a small patch that you sew onto the back of your quilt.  It looks like this, 

and is about two inches square.  The package has directions on how to attach audio, photos, or videos to the label via the website.  The account at the website is free.  To hear the message or see associated video that the person who used the label left, you scan in the QR code.  Pretty neat!  There are also iron-on versions of the label but the one I am giving away is sew-on.  

To sweeten the deal, I've got a book to giveaway along with 3 fat quarters,  

So leave a comment about whatever you'd like and I'll choose a winner for one StoryPatch sew-on label, A Single Thread book, and three fat quarters of Alex Anderson fabric. Be sure to leave an email where I can contact you if you're a no-reply blogger.  I'll choose a winner on Tuesday.

Giveaway Closed

~~~ Thank you for your comments!  The giveaway is closed and the lucky winner is Betsy.  I've already notified her by email.  A reminder, if you are a no-reply blogger you need to leave your email in your comment so I can contact you! ~~~