Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Wonderful Finish! (Finally)

It's time to spread the news 

Shout it out!

My antique reproduction applique album quilt,
affectionately knows as
Noah and Matilda,
is finally done!

84" x 96"

This quilt was started in January, 2015.

Dawn Cook Ronningen offered and
still has available this
Noah and Matilda BOM pattern
on her website Collector with a Needle.

She designed the pattern from
the antique applique sampler (1851) which is
part of her collection.

 She calls it 
Noah and Matilda because of the 
 two names found on the quilt.

My blocks were appliqued 
throughout 2015.

I used a limited number of fabrics 
to keep the look simple and classic.

Then I hit a road block
in 2016.


The border has 18 bunches of grapes.

I just couldn't face making
all the tiny circles needed for all
that fruit!

But once I got going,
 I discovered those circles
weren't as bad as I had thought
In fact they were pretty quick and easy
once they were prepped.

 Next I struggled with the corners  because
I couldn't get the four corners to match.
I ended up with two and two.

 We'll just say it adds some character.

It wasn't until I got the top
entirely put together that I realized
there had been a right and wrong side
to the French General fabric I
 had chosen for the background.
There was no going back.

More character?

Before sewing the quilt together,
I premarked the feathered wreath pattern
I wanted to quilt in the alternating blank squares.

I was taking a risk.
that the designs which were marked lightly
with a mechanical pencil
with a hard lead would not disappear
while the quilt was basted and when other
parts were quilted.
Fortunately, the designs were still visible
when it came time to quilt them.
( I know the photo doesn't show the lines,
but they were there faint enough for me to see)

I started handquilting in January, 2017 and 
worked diligently on it almost every evening.
That turns out to be about 150 days x 2 hours = 300 hours.
(probably more)

I used  3 spools  of Guterman handquilting thread
with a Dream Cotton Request batting.  

I knew it needed a red binding and I 
had only used one red throughout the quilt.
Because the pattern was printed diagonally

 the binding was cut on the straight of the grain
to maintain the diagonal pattern.

I chose a pretty wild backing in comparison
to the top.  It's a Minick and Simpson fabric
and the colors went perfectly.
  The busy pattern doesn't
allow the quilting stitches
to show much, but that's okay.

Thank you, Dawn,
 for this wonderful  antique pattern.
It was fun and challenging
and now it's done.

 Here's my quilt top with the orginial
Noah and Matilda quilt,
spring, 2016.

Today, I could finally
cross off another 17 in 17 project!!!!

Until Next Time-

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

No Hay...Hexies Instead

There's an old saying
"make hay while the sun shines".
Last week I had to change
the wording just a little.

" Make Hexies while the Snow Blows"

Even with the yearly signal that it's okay 
to plant annuals after Mother's Day,
Mother Nature had other ideas.

I decided it was a great opportunity
take advantage of the time
and start make the hexies I had been putting off. 

They're not for a new project, 
but for a not so mystery mystery
( I loved Shirley's take on it over at Stitcherydo)

They are for the final border of Petra Prins'
last years mystery quilt from Quiltmania.

Here's Petra's quilt at the Australian-Dutch Connection show
in Amersfoort, Netherlands.
It was in front of a window so it had a stain glass effect.

But here's Petra's final border and

the hexies and kite shapes I worked on
while the snow was blowing.

I had been dragging my feet for quite awhile
not because of the hexie part, but the kite shape.

I had tried thread basting these small pieces and
and didn't have very good luck.
I finally decided the only way to move on was 
to glue baste, which is what I did.

 It was fast and easy.
I just hope removing the paper will be too.

So while it continued to snow
 my pile of pieces got deeper and deeper
thread basting the hexies.

I had to lay out a few combinations

It was fun to work with the Dutch fabrics again. 
And I certainly made progress 
despite Mother Nature.
Until Next Time-

Monday, May 15, 2017

Quick, Easy, and Sweet

Last week was one of those 
weeks that was super busy
all for good and happy reasons.

Meet Weston Kimani Wolfe
Born May 10
7 lbs. 15 oz.

My 4th grand baby.


Stitching and sewing
definitely took a back seat, but
I had recently finished two projects.
First, were the "Sister Quilts" that I made
for my trip to the Netherlands.

The design was from this new book,
Simple Friendship
by Kim Diehl and Jo Morton.

Looking through my stash,  I quickly
chose this border and then easily planned the color
scheme around it.

Vintage browns and pinks always work.

Some simple machine quilting 
and these two quilts were finished 
and ready to share.

Simple Friendship is an excellent book written 
with the idea of exchanging blocks with friends or
easily sewing them yourself.
Both Jo and Kim share their interpretations of the same
blocks and patterns.  It's always interesting 
to see how different that can be.

My second finish was
working on this simple
embroidery while recently flying for a total of 22 hours.
Needless to say,
it didn't take me that long to stitch!

I had purchased the vintage linen towel at 
an antique show a while ago and my friend Becky found
the darling chicks on Pinterest.

I did some crayon tinting
and the embroidery was done with Cosmos
embroidery floss.
Quick, Easy and Sweet all rolled into one.

I'm not sure how Quick and Easy
the week was for my daughter,
but for me 

it was pretty Sweet!

Until Next Time-

Monday, May 8, 2017

Dutch Quilts, Fabrics and New Friends

Enjoying the culture and history of the 
Netherlands was just one part of my recent trip.
The other part revolved around quilts,
fabric and new friends.

Scene 1
Eight giddy quilters
eagerly walking down the streets of Amsterdam
in search of 

and the shop "Den Haan & Wagenmakers."

We were so excited about going in, it was
hard to stop and have our picture taken.

Petra Prins' Amsterdam shop is not very big, but
definitely filled with wonderful Dutch Heritage fabrics
and beautiful inspiring quilts.

It was one of those shops where you have 
to just stop and let your eyes rest in
one spot before looking some more,
otherwise everything is just a blur.

We were having so much fun!

I had told myself I would look for a kit
to bring back home.

This is the one I chose.

  but instead of the gold
border I picked out two Dutch fabrics.

I wasn't sure which one would be perfect so
it's best to get both.

This doll size quilt
would be perfect to make
with all the leftovers
I have from making Petra's mystery quilt.

Scene 2
One thing you learn when you travel 
is that people are the same no matter where you are.

 Our group had the sweet opportunity 
to meet with another quilting bee from
 Leiden, Netherlands.
Yvonne is a blogging friend 
and you'll want to check out her blog .

Just look at the beautiful Dear Jane she's made.

Doreen had arranged for us to all come together.
 What a thrill to come to Yvonne's home,
 share a delicious Dutch meal,
 and them meet the gals in her quilting bee.

 There was time for show and tell

 sharing some gifts,

and sharing that quilting rush you get when
quilters get excited.

Before leaving on the trip,
 I had made "sister quilts"
for Yvonne and myself.
It was so much fun to give her hers.

We had each made a block for signatures.
It was fun to get everyone to sign our friendship squares.

 This is mine.
It will be the label for a quilt I have in mind.

Getting together was definitely
one of the high point of the trip.
  "Quilting Sisters"

Scene 3
The next morning we were up early and
on the train heading to Amersfoort to attend the
quilt show 
The Australian-Dutch Connection
 You can read more about it on Judith's blog
who was one of the coordinators of the show.
It featured the quilts of Di Ford-Hall
of Australia

Cloverdale House

Gigglewick Mill Sampler

and Petra Prins of the Netherlands
 An's Treasure

the Quiltmania mystery quilt, 2016

It was so exciting to see these and many many more 
gorgeous quilts in person.

We attend Petra's and Nell Kooiman's
trunk show of antique quilts.

  The lecture was in Dutch, but we learned
 we all speak "quilt"!

I had traveled with only a small carry on 
so my shopping had to be somewhat limited.
But I did manage to bring home a 
few more Dutch Heritage pieces


 Di and Petra's new books. 
It was hard not to go crazy! 

Needless to say 
it was a fantastic trip

 from beginning to end!

Until Next Time-