Sunday, October 23, 2016

Finally Finished!

It seems like the final steps have taken forever, but Baltimore Garden is now happily hanging in our front room.  I wish I had a better camera and had some knowledge when it comes to photography, but it is what it is.  I am very pleased with the hang it dang it quilt hanger that I purchased to hang this quilt.  I have several quilts that I would like to hang in on this wall as the seasons change and this hanger allows you to adjust the rod to fit your quilt. Hope you enjoy the pics.

What a journey this quilt has been. I learned so much about applique and I love that the hand quilting and added trapunto balance well with the beautiful applique blocks.  I really enjoyed working on this, often thinking back to the originial quilter or quilters who made this quilt.  What it must have been like in 1848 when the originial was made.  I love that it isn't perfect but that it is unique!  When I first fell in love with antique quilts over 40 years ago, I just couldn't fathom having the tanacity to make a quilt.  But, now having several large quilts under my belt I can't imagine spending the time any other way, as I now know there are so many rewards to stitching and I enjoyed the challenge of learning the techniques needed to make a quilt!  Plus the final bonus of having this beauty hanging in my house to enjoy for years to come!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fall color

For those of you that follow along on my blog I have finished  Baltimore Garden and photos will be posted when I get it hung.  I still need to attach a sleeve but I am waiting for the hang it dang it to arrive.  So this week I did pull out the trailing vines panel that I prepped several weeks ago.  It's fall afterall and the north wind came down this week and cooled us off here in north Texas.   It sure feels good and although we don't have much fall color down here with our live oaks  I did plant a Natchez crepe myrtle that is showing some burgundy color and there is also plenty of color as I add each leaf to the prepped vine on my version of Trailing Vines. A quilt first made by Susan McCord.  Here is a link to some info about the quilt.  I love how they described the quilting 9-10 stitches per inch, outline or self quilting.  That tells me she just enjoyed her stitching and didn't get hung up about perfection.   She made some remarkable quilts out of tiny pieces of scraps. I am including pics of a couple of photos I found on line.  She really was talented don't you think?

Susan McCord's Trailing Vine
My version

Susan McCords Ocean Waves

Sunday, September 25, 2016


Last Sunday I finished stitching down the binding on Baltimore Garden.  What a joy to finally see those edges bound.  It makes such a difference!  But the quilt is still not completed at this point.  From the beginning I wanted to add trapunto to this quilt.  It is an easy process and very appropriate to use on a reproduction quilt.  I use yarn as my filler and add it by working from the back of the quilt.  Tim over at Tim Quilts has a great video that shows how it is done.  It's important to use a dull pointed needle so the holes made are made by pushing the threads of the fabric apart and not piercing them.  The holes made will quickly disappear by running the needle over the threads, but I don't even bother doing that as I will wash the quilt when it is completely done and those threads will fall back in line than.  Here are some before and after pics of Amish Ice Cream Social to show you the difference it can make in a quilt.

Prior to trapunto
one wreath with trapunto

four wreaths with trapunto
After finishing the binding last weekend, I just had to sit for a bit and add some stuffing to Baltimore Garden.  I hope you can see in the pic below the difference it makes!

Left side has tranpunto right does not.

 So today as the rain falls I will join the other slow stitchers over at Slow Stitching Sundays.  Although my slow stitches will involve a darning needle and some yarn, they will still be relaxing.  Hopefully they will get me thru the Cowboys/Bears match up that will happen later today. A bittersweet game for me as I grew up near Chicago as a Bear fan but now I am in Texas where you really need to be a  Cowboy fan!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A fun filled week!

I am looking forward to my slow stitches today, as I will hopefully finish stitching the binding down on Baltimore Garden.  It has been a long week and  my anxiety levels were high, as I thought about trimming and squaring up a quilt that I have so much time vested in.  So much can go wrong with a rotary cutter in my hand !  But, I decided  to just take a deep breath and measure carefully.  I guess the care I took squaring up blocks and the border while assembling the quilt paid off.  I had very little to trim off of the top and loved how it looked once I gave it that much needed haircut.  Over the hump, now to just enjoy the binding process.  I know many quilters don't like binding but I love doing the math to figure out what size square I need to make the binding.  Cutting the bias binding, pressing the seams open, pressing it in half and then stitching it to the quilt top. It makes such a difference to finally see your quilt bound.  What's not to like?

Moving along, I  have been wanting a table topper to go on the kitchen table since we moved this summer.  I finally decided after seeing Cathy over Sane, Crazy,Crumby Quilting working on her triangle star blocks that I thought that block would be perfect for my table. I think the vibrant colors Cathy is using in her blocks are probably better suited to showing off this block, but the fabrics I chose really look nice in my kitchen.  The plaid and muted cream fabric don't have as much contrast as I usually use, but they really worked well in my kitchen.  I pulled out some black solid for the background as I believe that every room needs a touch of black.  Ok the truth is  I am obsessed with black painted furniture. I am still trying to figure out how to break the news to my husband I plan on painting our oak chairs.  Anyway back to the table topper,  I was really surprised at how well it went together.  Of course my seams are not all perfect, I say they are just right.  I have it layered and basted and started hand quilting it.  Maybe, I can sneak in a few more stitches today.

While I was downloading these photos for the blog, I kind of chuckled at the difference of these two projects. The possibilities are endless and I guess that keeps us moving from one project to the next!