I recently got an email from Teri in Richland MI. Teri’s son has an antique store and had a pile of double t blocks that weren’t selling….do I want them?
How could I pass that up? What a great gift…Thanks again Teri!!
So here they are….
I am not sure this will be the setting I use but here they are spread out on a vintage piece of fabric. I would guess them to be from the 1880-90 era and the fabrics mostly very stable…click pictures to enlarge
I will be putting them together into a top soon (famous last words)
I have another great gift quilt top from another reader that I will post about next time…..you don’t want to miss it…it is super!
and now for another snowflake
here is the pattern
this pattern is for a standard 8.5 inch piece of paper
here is the progress
I am getting near the half way point on the current quilt.
I think it will be a week yet before it is finished.
I took a break from quilting to make another snowflake pattern. See yesterdays post http://timquilts.com/2013/12/01/how-to-make-a-snowflake-2/ for the how to on folding
Peacocks seem to be popular this year so I did a snowflake with a peacock
here is the pattern snowflake 12-2-13
here it is cut out
and here it is unfolded and pressed
Happy Quilting and cutting!
Last year I did several posts about making snowflakes and posted a pattern here (http://timquilts.com/2012/12/03/snowflake-pattern/)
Here is another tutorial and a pattern
For this snowflake I am using an 18″ square piece of paper.
The folding is the same for whatever size paper you use. Most often I use regular computer printer paper (8.5″ x11″) and cut it square
First fold it in half along the diagonal
Next fold it in half again
Now fold in one-third to the center
and then fold in the remaining third
It will look like this on the other side
Next draw on the design…here is the PDF for this one (snowflake-12–1-13)
you can make any design you want and it can be very simple or very complex…no rules!
then cut it out
And carefully open it up
I then press them with an iron and light steam to make them flat
give it a try and have fun!
I did some more hand quilting yesterday…it is moving along fairly fast now that I have a rhythm going. I am quilting in a 22″ hoop on a stand and the arcs in the quilting vary in size but are about 18″ across.
Here are some more pictures (click to enlarge)
I said earlier that I might only do one tree….but I had to do the Santa tree
click pictures to enlarge
One more tree….not decorated yet, but here is the tree skirt
I haven’t done much hand quilting the last few days but I am getting back to it today. (click pictures to enlarge)
More pictures as soon as I make some progress
I am starting to hand quilt the Bless Her Heart top I posted about last time http://timquilts.com/2013/11/22/bless-her-heart/
The block is called Rolling Stone among many other names
I am using muslin backing and wool batting. For thread I am trying out a huge spool I got from an antique dealer.
It was made by American & Efird Mills. It is 4 cord left hand twist and there is 6000 yards on the spool. I wondered how Old it was so I did Google search….began in 1891, on what was known as Dutchman’s Creek. Charles Egbert Hutchison launched Nims Manufacturing Company with six investors. The company was successful and in 1920 was consolidated, with other textile mills, into a new corporation known as American Yarn and Processing Company. In 1947, the company bought controlling interest in the Efird Manufacturing Company, located in Albemarle, NC, and founded by J.S. Efird. After the completion of the merger between American Yarn Processing and Efird Manufacturing in 1952, the company name changed to American & Efird® Mills, Inc. So the thread is from after that date of 1952. And it is thick! about twice as thick as normal weight hand quilting thread, and great to quilt with.
I marked some big arches with a #2 pencil and I am just roughly eyeballing the rest as I go. My Intention here is not to make it perfect because I don’t think perfect fits with the top. (click pictures to enlarge)
Here is the back
And Teddy Dressed for Thanksgiving
And Happy Thanksgiving!
Last year I wrote about the lighting of the Michigan State Capital Christmas Tree and a history of Christmas trees that you can read here: (http://timquilts.com/2012/11/27/michigan-capitol-christmas-tree/ )
This year the tree lighting was last night
Since the state tree is up, and I was thinking trees I put up one in my house. I know for many it is way to early but we had snow today…and I think it is best to do it when you feel it.
This year it is all snow and Ice (click pictures to enlarge)
and a Christmas village underneath….this should get me in the mood to get ready to teach Christmas floral designs!