Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Pink and Blue

Pink and Blue,

Boy and Girl, 

I put together two quilts

That I want to show you.

I guess this my funny way of showing
you what I finally finished last week.
But there's a story that
goes along with these two quilts.

It begins with these
cute vintage animal designs.

I'm guessing
that they are a 1940's to
early 1950's pattern.

The designs were ironed onto
both pink and blue fabrics.

They were embroidered with
2 strands of pink or blue floss.

On the blue animals
most of the embroidery was done with a
very tiny couching stitch,

while the pink animals
were done with very
small running stitches.

Instead of hand appliqueing the
pieces down, the edges were turned
and then machine stitched.

So, who made these blocks and then
appliqued them onto two large pieces of
toweling material?

No one knows.

But it was someone who wanted to make
something special for a boy or girl,
someone with some needlework skills,
but someone who never finished her ideas.

The next part of the story is that
a friend of mine, Liz Marweg rescued
these panels a few years ago on one of
her many jaunts for junk trips.

Then a few months ago she
passed these sweet pieces on to me.
One day I got brave and
started to cut.

Keeping it simple, I divided
the blocks into two quilts,
one with blue sashing and
one with pink, but
both with pink and blue animals.

The only border fabric I could find in my stash
that even began to go with these quilts
was an old Susan Branch teapot fabric.
It pays to have a stash.

Also I just discovered that Susan Branch
has many sweet designs on Spoonflower.

Then to add a bit more texture I added blue ric rac and
a pink ric rac to the edges before attaching the bindings.

I love how these two quilts finished
with simple machine quilting outlining the animals,
some quilting in the ditch,
and straight lines in the borders.

The animals are the stars.

A Boy's Quilt
28" x 39"

A Girl's Quilt
28" x 39"

It was the combination of 3 people's
love of quilt making that eventually
got these quilts finished.

Until Next Time-

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Is Your Quilting Like Visiting a Salad Bar?

The other day I was 
in Whole Foods Market.
I walked past their salad bar
which always looks incredible.

A salad bar gives you the options of
creating your salad your way, adding just
the right ingredients in the amounts you want.

My week of stitching has been like making choices at a salad bar.
I have lots of projects all
neatly set aside. Ready for sampling.

Should I do more machine quilting?

I've been working on two different quilts.

Maybe I'll do a little on both.

Another choice might be to
stitch the binding on this.

Have I made you lick your lips and
wonder what this is?

Look what came in the mail this week.

All these crisp and delicious
rainbow zippers from
Need Zippers?
This is a great link.

Why all these zips?

More bags ready to be made.

Does it look like I'm ready to make
some muffins to go with my salad?

Just a convenient way to
store a gazillion little applique pieces.

Maybe my stitching salad
needs more pieces prepped 
for this project.

3 mouthwatering blocks done and 
4 flavorful piles
ready for stamping.

Then again,
is it time to try a new ingredient on my salad ?

This appetizing
bag has been tucked away for a while.
Maybe just a nibble.

Hope you have some
inviting ingredients 
for your stitching salad this week.
Gotta love a good salad bar.
Until Next Time-

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Sweet Land of Liberty

My mini for the month of July
came about as
a combination of genealogy and
a quilt group challenge.

Sweet Land of Liberty
32" x 32"

The quilt challenge was to make a monogram quilt.
Use your initials however you want.
A letter could be represented by a color,
a pattern, a type of fabric or an idea., etc.

My initials are K,E,R.

Here's what I was including in my quilt.

K = kinship, relationships based on family ties

E =  the American eagle, representing strength, dignity, freedom

R = remembrance, honoring those who came before me

A couple of years ago, my daughter and I
became interested in finding out more about our family linage.
I have a cousin who had done some extensive research
and definitely helps you get access to records
that would be difficult otherwise.

Through our research we found
our kinship to many relatives who were Patriots of
the American Revolution.
April 19, 1775 - September 3, 1783

I began with the 
center of my quilt and reduced the size 
of an Eagle from one of the many 
 Lori Smith's patterns I have.

It's there in the center representing 
the national emblem of the United States.

With the genealogical work we had done
the first Patriot we discovered was 
Simeon Wheelock, 
my 5th Great Grandfather.

Simeon and his wife, Deborah Thayer Wheelock
lived in Uxbridge, MA with their 8 children
in this home built in 1768 and is still used today by
the Deborah Wheelock chapter of the DAR .

photo By Kenneth C. Zirkel - Own work,

Simeon was a blacksmith by trade and 
was involved in many resistant activities leading up 
to that first confrontation at Lexington and Concord.

Simeon along with 3 of his brothers,
Caleb, Calvin and Luther, and their father,

answered the alarm on
April 19, 1775
and were part of the civilian militia 
that marched to that first military engagement.

Those 5 men from the Wheelock family
along with 14 other members
of different family units
all are recognized Patriots
in their willingness to sacrifice their
lives to gain independence from Britain. 

This quilt was made in remembrance of
those men and their wives and families, 
my grandfathers, uncles, grandmothers,
who participated in the events and battles
of the American Revolution.

They are not the famous Patriots

who you read about in the history books.
They were regular folks
concerned about their families,
their lives, their livelihoods, along with
their rights to 
happiness, justice, and equality.

This is a quilt I have been wanting to 
design and make for quite a while.
I was inspired by Barbara of 
by her ability to incorporate genealogy into her quilts.
Thanks, Barbara.

It's been a couple months since I 
actually made a monthly mini, and
I'm linking this to Wendy's blog
so you can see what others
have been creating.

Until Next Time-