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Update on Granddaughter’s Quilt

Not a lot of progress on this young ladies quilt but it’s a start and want it done by end of February. I have it on the quilting frame but ran into an issue of using old needles that aren’t sharp enough and found out today that I need to begin the stitches in the middle of the quilt.  I bought new needles and hubby is going to help me re-frame it.  Here’s a preview of what’s to come:





With all the cold, wind and snow moving in I may just make some progress this weekend!!

What’s a hankie for???






For several years I’ve been collecting dainty ladies hankerchiefs and my mom made sure I got some that belonged to my grandmother.  Some belonged to my husbands aunt and some I found at yard sales still in their original packaging.  I’m working on some ideas about using them in a quilt for my guest room.  This quilt would not be used a lot and the hankerchiefs will match the feminine decor in the guest room.  I may use some of them in a shadowbox as well.  I’ll probably continue collecting them for more future projects.DSCN5063































Denim quilted swing and lawn chair cushions

I love to recycle and this spring decided I needed some new cushions for the porch swing and the backyard swing.  I wanted something durable yet easy to clean.  I had huge tote full of old jeans that I had recycled and would use for sewing projects.

First I measured the seat and back of the swings and one is much larger than the other.  I started cutting out 4 1/2″ squares from t he denim.  I then layed out a pattern of sorts on my quilting wall.

cutting out 6 inch blocks

6 inch denim blocks

Then I started pinning, piecing and pressing.

pinning is tedious but necessary

seams much match up

pressing apart qtr inch seams

pressing apart qtr inch seams

pinning together two rows

top finished_now for the bottom

I stitched two of these together on three sides, inserted batting, and sewed up by the hand the fourth long side.  The final project has six layers of batting in it and makes for a very comfortable pad in the swing on the front porch.



IMG_0023Of course, this is only one seat made.  I still have to do a matching cushion for the back of the swing and a complete set for the back yard swing.  There is always something to do!!!

Four more blocks. . .

This has been another successful quilting day for me.  First I corrected the mistake in block six from yesterday.  Then I spent two hours cutting the pieces to make the two different blocks  that follow.  There are four different blocks but two versions of  each pattern; subtle, yet vibrant differences when you look carefully.

Block  # 7

Block # 7

This is block 7  of the Sampler Quilt I started yesterday.  It’s a simple block but look at the difference changing the colors can make in Block 8.

Block # 8

Block # 8

Block # 9

Block # 9

Block #10

Block #10

You can see the same difference in placement colors for Block 9 and 10.

I plan to do this throughout the quilt, that is, two color placements of the same block.  It will give me practice for all the blocks that will wind up in the quilt.  I’m really pumped to complete the entire king size quilt.

This is the correct Block six that caught my eye yesterday and it only took about ten minutes to pull out the seams, turn the blocks and put it back together.

Corrected Block #6

Corrected Block #6

I may not be as productive tomorrow because I have 36 half pints of blackberry jelly to process, but more about that later!!

My little piece of heaven

I have a little piece of heaven and getaway right inside my home.  I call it my “Quilting Room” and it’s all mine.  It’s not a huge room but it’s perfect for some solitude to quilt, look through quilting books and magazines for the next project, embroidering blocks and more or to just sit and think.

Right now I have an old vanity with a missing mirror that I use for my sewing table.  It has three drawers on each side for storage and  a space underneath the middle for my knees and the foot pedal.  It just needs to be about two or three inches lower and about a two feet wider. I do try to make do with what I have to save money.

I have one of three sewing machines set up in my sewing room, an embroidery machine, a cutting table and all of my computer “stuff”. The rest of the room is lined with shelves which are loaded down with totes of fabric, quilting and sewing tools,  and all my sewing/quilting books & magazines. I did spare some space on one wall to use for my quilt design wall. I place my quilt blocks on it when I’m ready to put the blocks together.  I stapled a large piece of quilt batting to the wall and the blocks stick to it and don’t fall off.  You could also use the back of a vinyl tablecloth with cotton batting on it.  That’s what I used to use until I started making larger quilts.

I’m thinking about moving the computer to a new location in the house to free up more space to set up another sewing machine so I can work on two projects at one time.  Why do I have so many sewing machines??  I used to have only one and when it started having some problems and had to be in the shop, I was lost!  I caught a new Singer Simple on sale  and couldn’t resist the temptation and bought it.  My old machine is a Brother that my husband bought me for Christmas over twelve years ago and it’s only been in the shop three times.  It’s my old faithful.  The third machine is a Brother also, that a dear friend sold to me when she had to move and it sews great.

 The one I want to bring in to replace the computer is like the one I learned to sew on with my Grandmother.  It’s not Grannies but it’s very much like it and it’s a treadle machine.  I’ve been wanting to use it for years.  A treadle machine may just tell me how good my knees really are now at 58 years of age (me, not the machine, it’s older).  I don’t even know if it works but I’m willing to give it a good cleaning and try.  As you can tell, I love to sew, quilt, crochet, embroider (hand and machine), and most all crafting.  When the treadle machine moves in we’ll post again but until then, it’s time to find a new quilt pattern to start.  How about a red and white windmill? Or, a blue morning star?  Even better, I need a new purse!!!

Where’s your little piece of heaven?

Where do you go to relax and dream?