Now that the big stitch quilting obsession has passed, I am working on my block of the week blocks again. Above is my simplified cotton version of Lisa Bongean's wool version, which is below.
This block need lots of stuff still added to it, but it is coming along.
While I was in the hand quilting frame of mind, I hand quilted this one too. I am doing something wrong with the blanket stitching...it is pulling away from the edge of the circles to the center, after rinsing the quilt. Tell me how to do it right?? Is my tension not tight enough?? I do this by hand...Thanks!!! Remember to sign up, if you like, for my giveaway last post...
Ok, here is a close up...I am muffing it up somehow...it looks great at first, but then it pulls like this...now you experts, what in the tarnation am I doing wrong??
Progress on the woolie Primitive Gatherings block of the week has been stalled, due to my obsession of big stitch quilting this quilt. TA DA!! I am done with the quilting!
I did baptist fans across all the blocks, and a cross hatch in the black and white border squares. It was fast and furious...and fun!
So if you have hung out with me this long...how about a giveaway? I would love to give away this duplicate book to some scrappy quilter. Just leave me a comment about where your summer dream vacation would be!!
I know you all have seen this quilt before, but I am loving it especially today, because it is hand quilted and made all from old plaids from the thrift store and other places. It is big stitch quilted, all by hand. It is soft and worn and just one of my favorites.
Here is Rosie on the quilt...she is in the middle of whatever I am doing...I love that little doggie!!
Above is my current big stitch quilting project...the latest plaid sampler I made. It is fun to see it all shrunken and becoming so soft and homey looking after stitching and washing.
Twosies!! I have been sewing lots and lots of 1.5 inch squares together; the goal is to make a postage stamp quilt. Here are the first three rows...it is doubled back due to the difficulty of taking a picture of just a long strip.
I have been stealthily cutting a few 1.5 inch squares from every fabric I have, or maybe eek one square out from a scrap...so this quilt is truly a work of scrap!!!
Good afternoon, everyone. The time has come, folks...I must part with some treasures. Many people are downsizing, and I am one of them. It was always my intent to hand quilt the above quilt top, but I am just not getting it done, so I would like this quilt top to go to someone who will complete it, or enjoy it as it is. It was told to me that this quilt is from the 1880's, but I have no knowledge of this. It is entirely hand pieced. The middle blocks are pinks and indigos, but the outside blocks are different colors...a little maverick. I paid $120.00 at the Dallas quilt show for this, and am offering it for 1/2 of that...$60.00 plus whatever postage is. (Update! Claimed!! thank you!)
Some quilt books too...Some brand new, others older...how about $25.00 for these. I am sure I will find some more to throw in the box as well... ( Claimed!) thank you!
I am going through kits and fabric too...I feel the urgent need to finish some things up in my life...do you ever feel that way?
Quilted!! A couple of quilt tops that have been lingering in the quilt closet...quilted! I am delighted for these quilts, being to this stage. I bought these blocks, I think on e-bay, long ago. AND set them together long ago...then carefully pressed the top and hung it in the closet...until recently! Darcie of October's child had started working for the post office, and recently has decided to return to quilting. So....she quilted these for me!
And lookie!! A hand dyed back from her stash...it is so pretty and soft in real life...the picture does not do it justice at all. Excuse the fold lines...I just got them unpacked!
This is another top that has been lingering in the same closet...time to geterdun! She quilted swirlie circles on this one...
A bigger view.
And the current Primitive Gatherings woolie block. I had real problems getting these wools to adhere...I think my wonder under is old!! I look forward to hand blanket stitching these pieces down.
Here are the cotton on cotton quilt blocks I am making, using Lisa Bongean's summer block of the month patterns. I am making the wool version too, but these cotton ones appeal too...I am not making them exactly like hers, but using most of her elements.
All these are fused, and just need stitching!
And this little quilt is completed, bound, and packaged to gift to the recipient. Hurrah for finishes!! (even little ones...)
Hey, I had a thought...now don't fall down at that news, LOL!! Several bloggers have mentioned that blogging comments and participation seems to be down. Would you share your thoughts about that with me? Is it because people are so very busy? Or that folks are using face book or instagram?
I am thinking this...that we as bloggers sometimes are our own worst enemy. We are lurkers... We love comments...but don't comment. We love participation..but don't participate. I am speaking about myself here. So...I have a period set aside every night, to comment to you...to respond to you!! I say I am too busy...well that is a bunch of bologna for me!! Yes I run around like a nut from morning to night, but I know very well that I have time for anything that is important to me...and you all are important!! I know all about what you are doing...Vicki at LA quilter, moving home to the south, Bonnie and her travels, Janet and her miniature quilts, and on and on!! I read with alacrity every post...so...every night, I have a period of time set aside to just comment and enjoy your blogs. I think if every blogger sat down for 15 minutes and just commented to her friends, and found some new bloggers too...it would be much more busy and fun in blog world!! What do you think? 15 minutes??
Here is my block four, the summer Block of the week from Primitive Gatherings. Nothing stitched down on this one, but it ready to stitch!! Wool on cotton...the wool tickles my nose!! I feel for the poor staff that have to cut all those wool pieces...sneezes!
This is the beginnings of a little heart quilt for a friend at work. She gave me a much need hug when I really needed it last week...so I will finish it up and get it to her. It is small...maybe she can put it in her office or something. Rick rack, anyone??
And I put another border on this little quilt...just need stitching time on this one too.
I just want to say how grateful I am for each of you...friends far and near. I have loved getting to know you through your blogs and comments and e-mails...you are a rich treasure to me.
Country Threads had a sampler, a free offering in 2013. Here is my version! It is made all of plaid scraps, with muslin as the background fabric. I made a few changes as my fancy and the materials at hand dictated; and here is what I came up with.
A favorite block...that little pinwheel block!! Love that one, for some reason!! Country Threads is also having another sampler quilt along for this year...check them out! I am saving the patterns, but I have not started it...yet!
Many of you know I am working on the current wool sampler from Primitive Gatherings. I am experimenting with making cotton blocks too...see above...and below!
I like the basket!
And the bird...
The sampler calls for lots of little four patches, so I got caught up on making all those while I had some time.
KIND OF A DOWNER!! Warning, warning!! don't read if you are just here for quiltish content...
I had some pretty rough days the last stretch I had at the hospital...I sure hope these next days are better, and not so emotional is so many ways. I had to terminally wean a patient from the ventilator...and he lasted about 5 minutes without the vent support. Just broke my heart, friends...seems like after 25 years of nursing it would be easier...but it still hurts so badly...I think it is the family pain that infiltrates my heart and makes me sad. I know the patient is in heaven and all is well for him. Taking a deep breath here and preparing for my next patients!!
This is a picture of a scrappy quilt in the book, "Super Scrap Quilts", a Martingale publication. The book was at a local quilt shop, and I did not resist all those fun scrappy patterns!! Above is a fun quilt that I fell in love with...because...
I had just the right fabrics for it!! All the blocks are cut out from 2.5 inch strips...and the little bow adorned bundle is 1.5 inch strips, left over.
And one inch strips too!! So I can see a tiny log cabin quilt shaping up from these little pieces. Fun, fun ocean colors!
While waiting for my next Primitive Gatherings applique block, I decided to sew these blocks together. This is last year's Country Threads free block of the month. I have had the blocks cut out for a long time, but was afraid I would mess up and knock the stacks over...and little pieces would be everywhere and impossible to figure out what went with what! Anyway, it was hard to dust around the little piles each week, so today was the day. Hopefully I can make more progress tomorrow. I am not sure about that large brown/cranberry block, but in the original quilt it looks wonderful...so I will trust and go for it!! These are all plaids...love plaids...
A seventeen year old...with Lymphoma. Years and years and years ago...they did radiation for this, in a last ditch effort to have this young person's life, after all else had failed. And miracle of miracles, it worked!!
Fast forward 40 years...he has had so many problems from all that radiation. Not the least being a heart valve that was almost stenosed shut. So a new valve for him!! And all is well...walking in the hall one day after heart surgery...yahoo!! I love those days as a nurse!!
This morning's walk...I walked 3 miles. The thunder growled low and dark...the sky was so low and thick, I could feel the moisture...and then the rains came, almost to the second of when I got back to the house. I love days off!!!