Teddy has become quite the popular little guy. He has a lot of fans and recently Pepper Corey (http://www.peppercory.com/) sent him some fabric. She Selected Perfect colors for him.
Here he is wearing a piece
He knows when he is looking stylish!
The fabric is from her line of Peppered Cotton (see it here http://peppercory.blogspot.com/2013/08/shot-cottons-1-introducing-peppered.html)
it is a gorgeous line of fabrics in some amazing colors
Teddy has agreed to let me use some of each for quilting….and I plan to buy some more…I can imagine so many uses….
you can buy them here
and Happy Quilting
I am blessed to have some very generous readers. Hazel recently sent me a wonderful antique bear paw quilt top.
She purchased the top for $5 at an auction house in Lynchburg VA about 1995. It had purple printed fabric and batting machine sewn on pillow case style on three sides. Hazel replaces a small amount of the pink and two large claws and a few of the black and white checks. I have to admit I can not tell which are the original and which are the replacements….she did a beautiful job!
The fabrics are just wonderful and I can not wait to quilt this!….I love everything about this one. It is all beautifully hand stitched …notice the very small seam allowances
Click pictures to enlarge
I will post more about this beauty when I start quilting.
Getting close to the end on the current project
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!
I have been working on an antique quilt top. It was made in about 1900 and I believe in the south ( I say this because it came to me from Florida)
It is a great combination of fabrics, and I love it, but it was a bit of a mess. It had been washed so there was a lot of threads to cut off of the back, and the sashing was very puckered…it was stretched as it was sewn and that made it almost pleated around the blocks with the blocks distorted.
I decided that I would take it apart and put it back together to make it more uniform and flat.
here is some of what I cut off
the fabric pieces are the extra sashing that was gathered up into the top as it was put together. The pile is the thread mess from it being washed.
After I had the sashing out and the blocks pressed I realized that it was never going to be right. The blocks varied in size as much as an inch and a half and were anything but square!
Because I was thinking a Southern woman made it I remembered a phrase that a friend of mine often uses ….”Bless your heart”
This is a term used by the people of the southern United States to express to someone that they are an idiot without saying such harsh words or to excuse themselves for speaking ill of someone else.
when I saw the blocks all I could think was “bless her heart”
I think you can see how off they are! I had a few choices. I could take the blocks apart as well, and re piece them all…that would take forever and be not a lot of fun. I could trim them all to the same size and make them square but that would chop off most of the points and pretty much destroy them. I opted to put it back together the best I could and try to make it flat and quiltable.
There are a few puckered bits in there that I need to go back and fix but overall not bad. It is about 70″ x 90″ and I plan to use a thick batting….puffiness hides imperfection!
I think I will hand quilt this one next…It shouldn’t take long because I plan to do a fan pattern and do it all without any marking.