Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Busy 2018

A little recap of the past weeks...on the quilting front we are in the final phases of a new pattern. Very exciting! It is so much easier now that my daughter and I live in the same city.  More on the pattern later.

I am also trying to hand quilt an hour a day.

The backyard is still filled with snow and busy with wild life.
We have had 6-8 cardinals at one time.
The deer love the bird feeders.  This morning the Canadian Geese found them and that is probably trouble.

I already have some spring garden plans.
* Plant a yellow peony
* Heirloom tomatoes
* Zucchini Vine
* Sunflowers in the wild patch
* Perennials & Hosta in the new beds

I had a free day yesterday so I went to some antique shops. Lately I've been attracted to spool pieces.
These pieces are made from vintage empty thread spools. I bought a footstool with a needlepoint top a while back.

This wall shelf was nice, I just don't have much wall space.

The real temptation is this planter box.
I can just picture it inside, in front of the stationary side of the patio door.

However, I didn't think it was sturdy enough to withstand the monkey cat jumping on it. She is dainty once perched but her jumping is....well, she's a klutz.

Do you see the center detail?

The shops are preparing for Mother's Day.

Imagine the delight a Mother felt when she received this!

The top box is made like my foot stool with half spools glued to wood.

The legs are made from whole spools.

I saw a couple quilts and can only find one photo on my phone.

This one was very nicely made.
I'd guess c.1950. I didn't open it up.

Machine and hand pieced, hand quilted.

The hand quilting was very uniform.

Simple, but effective and fit the style of the quilt.

If you look closely you can see some of the hand piecing.

It almost came home with me.


Yes, probably. Maybe just not this one.

This advertisement is still for sale.

I like it, but I don't.  It's a "look away, what did I just see" kind of advertisement.

Velma would be terribly offended if I added this to the collection.

Fortunately, it is way over priced, even marked down.

The Minnesota Quilt Project sponsored the speaker for the March Minnesota Quilters meeting.

I hosted Lori Lee Triplett from Quilt & Textiles Collections.
Owners of the Poos Collection of textiles.
The Thursday night lecture was "Exploring the Poos Collection".
Lori Lee shared the diverse expanse of their collection. There was something for everyone and the guild members loved it.  From African garments to an 1830 broiderie perse quilt.
On Friday she did an indigo dye workshop. I didn't participate, but went to help setup and take down. I brought some hand sewing. Participants prepared fabric for dye using many techniques.  They all had a great time.
Saturday morning Lori did a lecture and trunk show of a selection of their chintz quilts. This was very special and we are honored she brought these amazing quilts out of storage. No photos allowed.
On Saturday afternoon we hosted a small group study center with the quilts. A dozen of us spent hours with the quilts examining all of the beautiful fabrics, techniques and details.
Thank you Lori Lee and Kay for the sharing your quilts!

I may have company coming this week, lots of variables there...stop back for more quilting adventures!
Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Clam Shells

I have been posting more on Instagram and Facebook.  It is fast but I think lack detail. In a blog post I can provide more information.

Today I posted this photo of my clam shells.
There were a few questions so I thought I would make time for a blog post.

I started this project after visiting a quilt exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  A set of clam shell bed hangings caught my attention.  You know how that goes?  A new project was born.

We were literally moving across country the week I got home.  That didn't stop me!

I had templates sent to the temporary house and quickly found the local quilt shops. I even bought extra templates to lead my friend astray as well!

I decided on a charm, because more is more!
My rows alternate light and dark ever so subtlety.

Any template works, don't switch brands in the middle! Check the Length and Width. This is true of piecing papers as well.

My personal preference is to NOT use adhesives on my quilts.
I used a header strip to start, it is slightly wider than I wanted the quilt.
The first row of clams has a short side seam.
The first row is basted on the muslin creating the start of the rows. Later the basting threads and muslin will be removed.

Enlarge the photo to see the notes.

(BTW - That brown and pink print is one of the V&A prints sold at the exhibit)

It is a great pick up project because you can add a clam at a time. It allows for quick starts and stops, if needed.  I think I timed myself once and it took about 45 minutes to add a row.

I am not embarrassed to show you my stitches.
I think I am better every year. If anything I might have too many stitches per inch.  These clams measure 3" across when finished.

They look hand pieced, and really are, in a needle turn kind of way.

This row is growing.
The sides will be trimmed once I am ready for a border or binding once I decide. Be careful with these, this is a lot of bias.

There are two lights complete.
The third light clam at the bottom is just started.
For a while I was short on lights. Made me wish I hadn't don't the light and dark rows. Also, being a charm I always "needed" new fabric.

The clam being "applied" is pinned in place.

Find the center of the cut out clam. This is A, the place the previous clams meet. Turn it under your seam allowance and pin.
Next I do the two ends: B & C.
(I am using small appliqué pins I keep in a finger pin cushion)
Continue pinning D, E, F as needed.

Needle turn and stitch across the top of the clam.
I like to use a neutral thread and keep going adding clams. No need to start and stop.

I hope this was helpful!
There is no wrong way, stitch the way you find comfortable.
My clams will be about 60 x 80 before border or binding

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Worcester Beauty

Pattern Cover
This beautiful appliqué pattern is being sold as a fund raiser to help the 2018 Bethesda team host the American Quilt Study Group in Maryland.

To order your pattern email mdquiltheritage (at) g mail com and they will help you out!

Here's what they have to say about the quilt:
"Maryland’s rural Eastern Shore produced fewer album quilts than other parts of Maryland. This one’s bold motifs, many stylized almost to the point of abstraction, reinforce the grandeur of their Baltimore cousins by their simplicity. The quilt maker probably had seen high-style Baltimore albums but made a quirky “country” version of some of the standard big-city squares."
See the original up close on the DAR site HERE.
Be sure to click on the enlarge features
80" x 82"

2018 AQSG Seminar Date:  October 3-7
Thank you to Deborah Cooney who so generously granted permission to pattern the quilt.

I'm partial to the Cherry Tree block with the pair of baskets at the base. How about you?
Happy Stitching,

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year

Pin cushion: Ann Hermes, Notes From The Quilt Lab
Whole Cloth Crib Quilt - Hand quilted by me

Wishing YOU All The Best
in 2018
Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Finish One Start One

1/2" per side hexagons
I started playing with a new project this week.

This is Barnsley fabric (panel and stripe) from the Netherlands.  It is available from Den Haan Wagenmakers
HERE and Marys Quilt Shop HERE, but I think you have to call the shop.

The florets I pulled from my stash of finished ones I display in my coffee table. Nothing is sewn yet. The white of the design wall will be replaced with a subtle print. I am undecided about framing the panel.

I don't want it "over done" - I'm going for an antique look.

Fun to play with - will see where it takes me!

I shared this photo on Facebook and forgot to share it here.
A friend and craftsman made these display tables for me. They have a pull out drawer about 4" deep. This is a photo looking straight down on the beveled glass top.
Rather than keep my finished florets hidden away - I can enjoy them everyday.
There are a few of Mr. Collectors antique rulers in the drawers, all enhanced by a 36" doily underneath.
You can find me on Facebook and Instagram.

All Hand Sewn

I am pleased to say I finished a big project.
By finished I also mean complete with labels, and hanging sleeve.

Some of you can guess from the photo what quilt I mean.  Until May, it must remain unseen online.
For now I have it hanging where my holiday guests can enjoy it!

Mary Wigwam 1790 Ackworth School Reproduction

I was thrilled to add a sampler to my collection.
This reproduction Ackworth School sampler was stitched by Patricia Boyle (Beford Quilter) on 32 count linen.  
More information on the sampler and chart is found HERE.
I framed it by lacing the linen to an acid free mounting board. No adhesives. The glass has a UV coating.  The frame is a beautiful burl walnut I had made from a specialty company in upstate NY.  They have wonderful hard to find wood molding options.

This is the guest room where the sampler hangs.

Not as antique themed as the other rooms.

I like the colors in the sampler with the colors on the Palampore styled duvet cover.

There is also a chair in this room, so I could sit and stitch in here if I want to enjoy the sampler.

Always making time to stitch, heading into this busy time of the year.