Dec. 9… Hand Quilt Along…

The last post I wrote had this same title….. 🥴 There simply isn’t enough time to do all I would like to do unfortunately,but never mind that as I’ve had a blessed three weeks. Thanksgiving was filled with family and grandchildren,after they all left to resume their normal activities,I had one day to clean and get ready for my mom who is still with me!

Wash day after Thanksgiving 😀

My mom was the one who taught me to sew at an early age of 12 to sew my own dresses,slips and other clothing. The poor dear had a time of it ,as I hated to sew clothes! I would slip out to do any other kind of outside work,or bargain with Mom or my younger Sister who loved to sew clothes at even a younger age than I ,that I would make the evening meal if they would finish my sewing. I still would call mom after I was married to see if she needed some cleaning done ,wood chopped or yard mowed in exchange for her to do sewing for me.😁

I would love to say I grew up and now love to sew my own dresses ….. but sadly I can’t I can only say I bite the bullet to get it done.

This just blows my mom away that I love to quilt … will spend hours at it day after day. How can I explain that there’s freedom in quilts, no pattern to follow to the T, delightful visions of quilt designs and the feel of cotton fabric…. I know it just doesn’t make sense to a lot of folks ,that’s okay for I would have never understood either if I hadn’t stumble into making simple block knotted quilts to keep the children warm when there was no heat upstairs in the old farmhouse.

I learned quilting the hard way by figuring it out on my own for back then computers were to costly,and besides who had heard of YouTube. So I had corners that didn’t match Or wavy borders and of course some puckering in the quilting . I loved the challenge that quilting has given me ,still do.

So what do I quilt the most .. modern or traditional… I reckon most of you bloggers know that one! Machine quilting is truly beautiful, modern quilts are wonderful to see but the old traditional quilts surpass them all in my eyes.

So mom , I’m truly thankful you taught me to sew even if it was clothes. Here’s a photo of her.

I have been working on Grammy while visiting and taking care of mom, last update I had 27 blocks to quilt ,I have finished 10 of them .

Until next update….

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Nov.18…Hand Quilt Along…

Quilts connect the past with the present and the future

I would like to introduce you to “Grammy”, she was buried among to other unfinished projects that I have stuffed away. Grammy was a delight to rediscover,and I was rather surprised at not having had finished this top. Oh ,bother what can I say other than I am feathered brained at times 🤷🏻‍♀️

I called this one Grammy for it was reminds me of my Grammy.. dresses and aprons that she would wear. The fans are old vintage fabrics from the 1920’s to the 1930’s set into muslin ,the backing is an old piece of cotton fabric that was 36″ wide ..so I’m guessing it might be a 1940’s piece.

Grammy just after I had marked her for quilting

Where I was when I left off…

Which is a good half way done..

Where I’m picking back up an unfinished job.

It is a queen size quilt. Here’s where I start…

Next quilt along I’ll count the blocks that are finished and how many more I need to go as it will be hard to show with lap quilting how far I’ve gotten.

Now for the Fire Island Hosta quilt.. here is where I was..

I was working on the end at the top last update ,now I have that end finished rolled the quilt worked from top to bottom ,rolled again,now I am working at the bottom moving towards the top of the photo.

That’s it for me. Have a great week!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracy, ConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

Oct.28..Hand Quilt Along

I found this on google,…perfect I thought to go with the old fabrics in the double wedding ring quilt . This granny didn’t make this quilt with a certain family member in mind but I’m sure it will find its favorite person down the road.😀

I have finished the double wedding ring quilt. It is a great feeling to see it hanging on the back of the couch…finally ..after being forgot then to be found while looking for something else.😁

Now I must find another project that’s been floating around that needs finishing up,and also get back to the Fire Island Hosta quilt.

Have a great week!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracy, ConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

Oct.7…. Hand Quilt Along….

Always do the right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

~ Mark Twain~

It’s update time… that means three more weeks have flown by… while that means I have had a change in the daily routine ,for we took Leona camping, I was able to quilt on my double wedding ring that I had put away until cooler weather. The weather hasn’t cooled off much as of yet , but the breeze off the lake was perfect for quilting.

So here’s the update… no work done on the Fire Island Hosta quilt worth bothering with. So here’s the Double wedding ring quilt …. last time…

I had nine of the circles finished… today I have 17 circles finished with three more circles until complete.

Details…

Also a warm welcome to Gretchen! Glad you joined us.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

July 29….. vintage top and a grateful heart

I was able to finished putting the old scrap fabrics into a top. I like the way the simple pattern gives an added feel of vintage to the fabrics.

It is raining very hard out side so picture taking was done on my small sewing room floor,so the quilting frame casts a shadow on the top. Better pictures later.🙂

I have been sewing on some scrappy blocks ,not sure how I will arrange them for a quilt top for the church sewing ladies. The scrappy blocks I sewed unto some real thin fabric ,it will make for a sturdier top when knotted.

Also got a few more rings done for my double wedding ring quilt . I’m over half way done on piecing-this top together. It is full of many different vintage scraps from the late twenties to the early forties. The top when finished will have 8 rows across and nine down so it will fit our queen size bed nicely when finished.

And now for the grateful heart…….

That white van that is in the ditch is the van my son drives for work,as he does the service work for our door business. A fella ran a red light and hit the back end of the van rolling it to its side then sliding on its side down the road.

So with grateful heart I thank God for his guardian angels over my son last Tuesday, for other than a very stiff neck and sore shoulder ,he is just fine.

The dark spot was the point of impact.

Have a great week!

July 17… vintage scraps

After a hot ,muggy time of mowing grass,working in the garden, picking tomatoes and okra ,I was chased inside by an upcoming thunderstorm. Once inside the house I didn’t feel like looking at dirty dishes, or anything that had to do with kitchen for that matter!

After a refreshing shower, I wondered to my fabric stash just to browse through it all ,for just because,and yes I know that’s weird😀, I was really intending to go quilt on the Fire Island Hosta quilt until I came across a box of old scraps! Ah… I had to see how these oldies were smelling….. smelling?..yes,smelling!

I had purchased these scraps off eBay,the seller was very honest saying these scraps were old ,dirty with a smell. I almost decided not to buy them for if old scraps are too dirty, smelly ,they are better off being thrown out, for any hard washing just puts them back to a tangled mass of threads good for nothing. The old vintage bug got me though and I bought them!🤷🏼‍♀️

On the day of their arrival, I opened the box to a stack of stinking ,dirty of fabric. I promptly took it to the laundry room! I sure didn’t want hubby to see that I got suckered into this deal,that was all my fault!😳 That box sat there for at least a week ,maybe more (hidden out of sight ,of course ) for I had other demanding things to do as it was springtime.

I finally dug it out of hiding when hubby had a long day at work,now one needs to understand that hubby didn’t have a problem with me buying old fabric ,he really likes the old quilts ,scraps that I bring home. The problem was ..I was to embarrass to a admit my bad judgment on buying a box of scraps! Okay ,stop laughing it wasn’t funny… then!😁

I got the dawn dish soap and baking soda out ,fill tubs of hot water, sorted whites from colored … and began to soak,scrub change water,soak,scrub and change water by hand until I began to have hope that I wasn’t so stupid after all. Laying it out on the grass and hanging on the wash line the bigger pieces, the sun even helped me out some more.

When the pieces dried, I layered them on an old clean sheet,with little pieces of batting that had a drop of lavender oil on them,put them in a box to iron at a later date.

I was so delighted when I opened that box up to the wonderful smell of fresh air and lavender,I know then that I was a winner for buying those scraps. I will let you decide if I’m right.

There is an interesting array of pieces that I’m pretty sure date to the 1860’s to 1920’s. There’s also madder dyed fabric pieces. Some of the scraps were used ,as there were cut up sleeves,shirts ,bodice piece ,old quilt block ,pocket , and a tying belt maybe that was once used for an apron.

I like to think a young girl was learning how to sew on the belt here.

Look at these old pieces… that are older than you and I.

Here’s a madder dyed piece that’s in good shape!

I did make up some blocks from these scraps.

Here is how I’m thinking of putting the quilt together,it will take a little laying out for the brown strips aren’t all the same but I think it will look nice all scrappy.

Does hubby know now about the oldies? Yep, he saw the blocks laid out ,thought they were beautiful, so he got the whole story.😁

March,26… sketching and vintage fabrics

Two wonderful words to me! I have been practice sketching things that I see ,of course old churches pop out to me. Here are two churches that I’ve done.

Possum Trot Church,built in 1850 with scripture verses written on the inside walls because of a shortage of bibles.

Then the Summertown Methodist church built in 1881 and was in active use until 1995 even though there were no bathrooms or air conditioners.

And I’m still working on old vintage scraps. I had cut a stack of 3 inch blocks out not sure what I was going to do with them until I came across this block photo. Perfect for all my little scraps that I could get triangles cut out of . I did change it up a little.

Here are some of my finished blocks..

I almost gave up on making these for the blocks that have the muslin strip with the triangles corners were not matching up right for nice points,and I was ripping out way too much for my impatient nature.

I had to either come up with a fix or ditch the pattern…. here’s how I fixed it.

I marked the corner lines by butting the block up to the corner lines on the paper then the ruler to the straight line ,marked with a pencil… and it works like a charm.

Now I’m much happier sewing.😀

These are 1930’s to 1950’s fabrics

Have a great week !