Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
I took it off the frame this morning and did an inspection of the quilting.
Today, I will trim the edges to prepare for the binding. The decision is what I will use for the binding, sew one edge with the machine and finish with basting the other side.
Next will be deciding the next quit to go on the frame and marking it for handquilting!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I have been steadily working on the Dresden Plate quilt and now have one end of the borders to finish. But because it is cold, I have to relocate where I am working on the quilts; the kitchen. I am sipping tea and working ona beutiful Grandmother's Garden Quilt; the hexagons. this quilt is totally done by hand using paperpiecing, which so far I have found, is the best way to hand piece this quilt. For every "flower I do it takes about 4 1/2 hours to sew together!
From blustery IL!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Here she is! 3/4 of the way finished! I dislike when this happens....I like the way it looks, but, I have to sell her...what can I say? I have three dresden plates to quilt and the border just on that one end. Then I can sew the binding on...can't wait to see the finished quilt.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Early this morning, I was reading my devotions where they were talking about Abe Lincoln. Hello...I was intrigued as good ole Abe lived here a while in this state! Found out Lincoln was born 200 years ago! Okay, now I have to design a quilt...
My interests also go back to the civil war quilts, pioneer quilts, Baltimore Album quilts and 1930's reproduction quilts, okay, I like most reproduction quilts. I discovered that some museums are being more than kind enough to have some people come in and reproduce patterns for us to purchase!!! Okay, I am more than ecstatic!!!
To me there is nothing more peaceful than recreating a quilt from start to finish just like that person did years ago. What were they thinking when they were making it? What were their lives like? These women, and yes some men were artists! But they may not have thought as themselves that way.
There are many who are making the Jane Sickle quilt. And there are so many more patterns available as well as museums who are displaying these wonderful work of art quilts!
My middle daughter; Amber hopes she can make it over tomorrow to take pictures of the quilts I don't have on my web site; yes, including the Dresden plate who is 3/4 finished now! When the quilt is finished, she will go up for sale at Etsy on the site there. Okay, this will be sad to sell it...but I can't keep them all!
After I finish the all 6 of those quilts, I will be working on reproduction quilts.
Civil War, Baltimore Album, Mariner's compass, Whole cloth, and early 1930's quilt patterns.
I spent about 8 1/2 hrs quilting today! And I don't think I am done...
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I have the top over half quilted! The digital camera my daughter borrowed me turned out not to have a driver...so maybe I will have to get someone to come over, take pictures with their digital and send them to me...
I have a Plaid Star quilt top, 1930 Feathered Star quilt top, Butterfly's In My Garden quilt top, Amish Baskets quilt top, and Stepping Stones quilt top all sewn together, waiting and ready to be handquilted, in the near future.
I am also working on a Grandmother's Flower Garden, A Maple Leaf appliqued quilt and A Country Bride Quilt.
I have been down cleaning out and organizing what use to be a parlor, into my quilting room. It use to be my craft shop, when I was selling crafts. Sold stuffed animals and dolls and handmade baskets, mini-quilts, etc.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Since then, I have spent around 21+ hours handquilting the top. She is on an old antique quilting frame. I bought off a lady in town for $10. Wonderful old thing...
I decided on 3 blocks by 4 blocks (12 total blocks). But, when I make another; it will be 4 blocks by 5 blocks (15 total blocks).
I am waiting to borrow a digital camera from my daughter, otherwise the next best thing I could do is use the scanner to get close-ups of the quilt.
This isn't my first quilt. Some of the quilts I have done are on my web site at: http://timelesscountryquilts.tripod.com/