More Stars

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The last 2 posts were about lone star quilts.  Today I decided to show a few of the “other” star quilt tops I have waiting for me to hand quilt.

Here is how I have a lot of the tops stored.

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But  I do need to get a lot more of them organized

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Here are a bunch of vintage star quilt tops (click on pictures to enlarge)

Happy Quilting

Tim

More About Lone Star Quilts

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Yesterday I posted about a lone star top  that I have in my collection that is nearly finished.

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A quilt appraiser/historian and friend (Teddy Pruett) told me that she has seen this one many times and it is a “die cut”   I took another look at it and I agree.  The diamonds are cut so perfectly that it is clear they are die cut, remember this is years before there were rotary cutters and cutting mats.

There were companies that sold pre-cut pieces for quilting.  I dug out some of my old quilting papers and found this catalog.

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And here is a page from Nov 1932, Successful Farming (not sure if this one had pre cuts for sale because this is the only page I have)

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Here is a pre-cut   kit in my collection

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Here is a top that I finished.

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It started as just the star, I added the red around it and the smaller stars.  It was a lot of work to get this one flat!   The diamonds in this could have been bought as pre cuts

Here is another .  This one was finished when I got it.

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And here is another that needs to be finished

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Here is one that i am sure was made form a kit.  I got the top from eBay and hand quilted it.

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And here is another top from a pre cut kit.

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Looks beautiful until you look a bit more closely

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This is how the star pattern almost always goes wrong!  The seam allowances are off so it ends up with no way to make it flat.

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I will need to take it apart and see if I can save it.

Many many of these star quilts were made with die cut pieces or kits, but not always successfully!

Back to work

Happy Quilting

Tim

Rainy Day

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Its been raining off and on today and yesterday so I have not spent any time in the garden.  I have been working on quilting but I didn’t want to show more pictures of that until It is done.  I have been trying to think of something original to post about today so I decided to show another vintage UFO.

This Lone Star quilt top is nearly finished.  I will just need to add the setting pieces to finish it and do a bit of patching.

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It is 64″ wide so it will make a good-sized quilt.

There is a hole in it (likely mice)

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Fortunately I have lots of the original fabric and the original makers template.

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I have to decide what to put in those corners and since I have matching fabric I might do something like this:

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Or I could do the traditional setting

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There is no big rush to decide!…I have tons of others that are ready to go, but I am always thinking several quilts ahead.

In Floral Design class last night I taught about Tropical flowers and using negative space.

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Happy Quilting

Tim

Good News, updates, garden

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I got my acceptance letter today From AQS for my Tree of Life Whole Cloth Quilt.   It will be in the Grand Rapids Michigan AQS show Aug 14 – 17

This quilt was also at AQS in Lancaster PA earlier this year.  I hope for a better result this time :)

Here are some pictures (click to enlarge)

I have been working on the scrappy bow tie/ snowball quilt.

This is a variation on a pattern called snowball.  here is the original pattern

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A full quilt would look like this

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If you look at one quarter of a unit it looks like this

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and several together is like the quilt I am working on

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Here are some update pictures of the quilt (click to enlarge) Teddy was “Helping”

The baby Robins are growing

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So is the garden

Happy Quilting

Tim

Sunday upadtes… Garden and Quilt

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The Garden is growing.  I took some pictures this morning, and now I need to get to work on weeding!

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Making progress on the Quilt

And I have a turf war going on in the front yard.  A pair of Cardinals is nesting in the neighbors Tree and Robins  on my front porch.  They don’t like each other and spend the day fighting with one another.

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Happy Sunday

Tim

Redwork…..some vintage patterns to download

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The name Redwork is derived from the red cotton thread that was used to create this charming style of embroidery.  Redwork embroidery was very popular from about 1880 – 1920  Much of its popularity was due to its economy, simple and inexpensive. In America, dry goods stores sold 6 inch muslin squares marked with a variety of designs for a penny each. These “penny squares” are often seen incorporated into old Redwork quilts and linens.

Penny squares were often given to youngsters to occupy their time, as well as improve their embroidery skills. Most sources agree that penny squares were widely distributed in the early 1900s through the beginning of World War II, although their popularity had begun to decline even before that time. The simple designs were also made available in catalogs, newspapers and magazines. It would seem the interest in the designs outlasted the interest in penny squares. In fact, line drawing designs for Redwork were printed in publications like Work Basket throughout its publication and even in more modern magazines like McCall’s Needle Crafts.

One of my favorite books , “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” hes a little bit about penny squares see it here

I have a group of old Redwork blocks in my collection.  They were given to me and  have no information about who made them or where they were made. There is a variation in embroidery skill from block to block so I do not believe that they were all made by the same person.  One of the blocks does have the date 1917 on it.

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If you click on the pictures above they will enlarge and you are welcome to copy them.

I also have a big stack of redwork patterns

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I assume that these were traced from newspapers and magazines. I have 70 of these and I have scanned 20 of them so far.  If you would like the patterns click here   redwork 1   and you can print them out for your own use

I also have a Redwork quilt top that it pretty fun.  The pattern is called “Colonial Life”  and it is a Ruby Short McKim pattern originally offered in 1930.

“This is the Colonial History Quilt, designed especially for a boy’s bed, but girls who love stories of heroes may make it for themselves. If grandmother decides to make it for that lad, it will become an heirloom, a thing of joy and beauty to be used and treasured for years.”

the patterns for this can be purchased here http://www.mckimstudios.com/04treasures/quiltspecial/quiltspecial.shtml#sthash.nN6rTPnh.dpbs

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Happy Quilting

Tim

“The Sunday Plain Dealer has arranged to give its readers a service that will make special appeal to the boys and girls as well as to their mothers and grandmothers, and we’re pretty sure that father and the baby too, will like the finished result.”This is the Colonial History Quilt, designed especially for a boy’s bed, but girls who love stories of heroes may make it for themselves. If grandmother decides to make it for that lad, it will become an heirloom, a thing of joy and beauty to be used and treasured for years.” – See more at: http://www.mckimstudios.com/04treasures/quiltspecial/quiltspecial.shtml#sthash.nN6rTPnh.dpuf
“The Sunday Plain Dealer has arranged to give its readers a service that will make special appeal to the boys and girls as well as to their mothers and grandmothers, and we’re pretty sure that father and the baby too, will like the finished result.”This is the Colonial History Quilt, designed especially for a boy’s bed, but girls who love stories of heroes may make it for themselves. If grandmother decides to make it for that lad, it will become an heirloom, a thing of joy and beauty to be used and treasured for years.” – See more at: http://www.mckimstudios.com/04treasures/quiltspecial/quiltspecial.shtml#sthash.nN6rTPnh.dpuf
“The Sunday Plain Dealer has arranged to give its readers a service that will make special appeal to the boys and girls as well as to their mothers and grandmothers, and we’re pretty sure that father and the baby too, will like the finished result.”This is the Colonial History Quilt, designed especially for a boy’s bed, but girls who love stories of heroes may make it for themselves. If grandmother decides to make it for that lad, it will become an heirloom, a thing of joy and beauty to be used and treasured for years.” – See more at: http://www.mckimstudios.com/04treasures/quiltspecial/quiltspecial.shtml#sthash.nN6rTPnh.dpuf
“The Sunday Plain Dealer has arranged to give its readers a service that will make special appeal to the boys and girls as well as to their mothers and grandmothers, and we’re pretty sure that father and the baby too, will like the finished result.”This is the Colonial History Quilt, designed especially for a boy’s bed, but girls who love stories of heroes may make it for themselves. If grandmother decides to make it for that lad, it will become an heirloom, a thing of joy and beauty to be used and treasured for years.” – See more at: http://www.mckimstudios.com/04treasures/quiltspecial/quiltspecial.shtml#sthash.nN6rTPnh.dpuf

quilting it out

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I have been working on  hand quilting (using big stitches) the vintage top that I posted about  on Sunday. (see that here http://timquilts.com/2013/06/16/another-start/).

What I didn’t mention in that post is how un-flat the top really is.  There are a lot of bumps and puckers in the piecing and it takes a different approach to “quilt it out”

Here is what I have done so far.

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If you look closer you can see some of the issues

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I have my own way to deal with this.  I like to take care of it in the quilting rather than try to make the top perfect.  It is a vintage top and I really don’t want to make any big changes to it.

The first thing that is important is NOT to baste it very heavily which is probably contrary to what most people will tell you.  I put in very few pins to hold it together because I want to readjust the backing every time I move the hoop.  I start in the center and put the quilt in the hoop and then take out the pins that are in the hooped area, then I tighten up the backing separately from the top, from the back of the hoop then from the top I pull and tug the top in several direction to try to get the hooped area to be “flatish”  it wont ever be perfect but I can manipulate it block at a time and get it pretty close. When I have it how I want it I will sometimes add some pins to keep it in place as a quilt.

The results are pretty good

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I am not trying for perfection here.  This is not intended to be anything more than a pretty quilt that is warm and useable…its not headed to a show and the quilt police will no have to worry about it so if I cant get out all the puckers I an not going to worry about it.

If you look at the back you can see how loosely the layers are pin basted together

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No need to be scared of it, just work from the center out to the edges and you wont get any puckers in the backing even if you cant get them all out of the front.

Sometimes having the quilt inspector sit in it helps to press out the bumps.

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I have a lot of quilting to go on this but I think I am going to like it!

Happy Quilting

Tim

A new look at an old block

I recently posted about some wedding ring blocks and pieces that I plan to finish up.

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When we think of the Double wedding ring pattern we generally think of it like this.  A scrappy variety of fabrics in the rings and white background fabrics.  I quilted one like this as my second quilt.  Here it is

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Less common combinations are not unheard of. I have a few in my collection. (click pictures to enlarge)  Here is a vintage top that was done with only 2 colors in the rings.

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This one has a green background and the pieces in the rings are less random.

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Here is one with yellow background and much narrower pieces (Some publications are now calling this Pattern “Pickle Dish” but that is an incorrect name)

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This one uses shirting fabric with small print as the background

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This one in Green and Tan is one of my favorites.

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I have been really enjoying bright colors lately as you can see in the ring quilt I recently finished

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I have been thinking about how I might do a Double Wedding Ring today…not from a vintage top.

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If I did it like this, with half assorted colors and half solids and did a red background and light blue in the centers of the “melons”  it would look like this

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I know I don’t need any more projects but I might need to try this one.  I think it is a new way to look at an old block.

And for the gardening fans here are more garden pictures (click to enlarge)

Happy Quilting/Gardening

Tim

Another start…

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I have what I call Quilt Attention Deficit Disorder.  I have so many that I want to work on that I had to start another one.  It really is not a problem because I do finish them eventually, and it keeps me from getting bored with any one.  It is nice to have different quilts in progress because each one is a bit different in the way I quilt it and I can change off depending on my mood.  All the quilts I am currently working on have relatively precise stitching requirements with a very small needle and 40 weight quilting thread.  I decided to start another one and I am using 12 weight thread and an big embroidery needle. It is a totally different way of quilting.

I purchased the top quite a while ago and have been wanting to get to work on it for a long time.  here are a few pictures of the vintage top.

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It is machine pieced and honestly it is not very precisely done but I have no problem with that at all!… I love it as it is….It feels spontaneous.

The fabric is very thick…this is not your standard quilt fabric! It is like a gabardine twill.  I could not imagine trying to do standard little quilting stitches on this.  Normally I do between 8 and 12 stitches per inch depending on the quilt.  For this one I am doing 5-6 with a contrasting thread.  The backing is muslin and the batting is wool so that makes it easier to quilt.  I am just quilting it as I go, by the piece, no marking…I want to keep it spontaneous to fit the top.

I have just started so I don’t have a lot done but here are a few pictures. (Click to enlarge)

Happy Quilting

Tim

Quilting Weekend

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It looks like it is going to rain again.  I have so much weeding to do in the garden but the weather is telling me to quilt.

I am still working on hand quilting the vintage fans quilt.  I have 4 of the 9 blocks finished.

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Teddy went to the groomer today so he wanted to have his picture taken while he is looking his best

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I took a few more garden pictures before the rain starts up again (click to enlarge)

Happy Quilting/gardening

Tim