String Melon Patch Finished

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I finished the String melon top.
I made it with these vintage blocks

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I used Warm and Plush batting.

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Here it is after the hand quilting was finished.

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the next step was to trim the edges

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Next is the binding.  I used bias binding.   It was cut at only 1 1/2 inches wide , then folded in half so it was 3/4 inch then machine stitched to the top, folded to the back and hand stitched.    It makes for a very narrow binding.

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It measured 77″ x 86″

Teddy tested it out.

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I always wash and dry a quilt when I finish it.  so into the washer …..Teddy is waiting for it to be finished.

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Here it is out of the dryer

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The quilting really stands out because of the thick batting

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Here is the back

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The Warm and Plush batting was definitely harder to hand quilt but I love the look of the finished quilt and the weight….really heavy.   It did shrink quite a bit, it is Now 73″ x 81″

I do think I will use the batting again.

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It rained most of the day today but here are some garden pics from yesterday.

Happy Quilting.

Tim

more hand quilting

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More of the hand quilting done , just the left side to finish.   (click pictures to enlarge)

Here are a few more garden pictures

Happy quilting

Tim

May Day

The Bleeding Heart plants are really starting to look great

May Day, May 1st.
In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away. The person receiving the basket tries to catch the fleeing giver; if caught, a kiss is exchanged.
Here is a May Basket quilt. (or at least one that reminds me of may baskets)

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you can read more about how I made it here  http://timquilts.com/2014/07/06/liberated-baskets-finished/

Spring is in full swing and there are daily changes in the garden.   here are pictures from today (click pictures to enlarge)

Happy May Day

Tim

Garden Inspection and a Pattern

I need to sniff this!

The weather is beautiful this morning so Teddy and I inspected the garden and  I took some more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

The garden is mostly buds at this point but I will post lots of pictures in the future when they bloom.

When ever I go out in the garden I find so much more work that needs doing.   The weeds never stop growing :)     I have given myself a gardening nickname:   Seymour, because I can always see more weeds.

Yesterday I posted some vintage quilt top pictures.    This one got a lot of attention.

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When I purchased the top I made a tracing of the design and a PDF file of the pattern.   If you would like to make your own here is a link to the pattern http://timquilts.com/2012/07/07/sunbonnet-duck-pattern/

The other favorite was the cup and saucer

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I will do a pattern for that soon.

Happy Quilting and Gardening

Tim

 

Spring is here

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I spent some time in the garden this morning doing a little weeding and pruning .   Here are some pictures. (click pictures to enlarge)

I got started hand quilting this quilt.

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Not much done but a start

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More on that next time.

Teddy says HI

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Happy Quilting

Tim

Next project

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A few weeks ago I finished this top

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I ordered some backing fabric for it.

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And today I bought the batting.

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I have used it before and I really like it.   I will post pictures when I get started on it.

It has been cold the last few days but the weeping cherry tree is in full bloom.    When I got the camera and told Teddy to come outside for pictures he just stared at me.

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I guess he wants to wait for it to warm up again.

Here are some garden pictures without Teddy (click pictures to enlarge)

I said I was done working on the Mackintosh Rose ….but I did a little more

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Happy quilting

Tim

Am I fast? not so much

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I do a lot of blogging as well as Facebook posting about my hand quilting.   It is really fun to share what I am doing.  I really get a lot out of the exchange of ideas, questions, and feedback.   There is, however, one consistent comment that really bothers me.    “Wow you sure are fast”.    Let me assure you I am NOT fast.   Honest I am not.
Yesterday I posted a picture of the progress of a rose on the whole cloth quilt I am working on.

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I worked for most of the day Saturday to get it to that point.  I worked on it for the remainder of Saturday and part of today.   If I add that all up and it is something like 16 hours (for the filling not the black outline) and here it is .

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That is less than one square foot of quilting.  It is slow, it is time-consuming, It is not magic, it is NOT fast.   It is consistent long hours of work.  I would love to be fast because I have so many ideas and quilts to do…..and I am faster now after hand quilting 6 + hours a day for 6 years than when I started, but I am not faster than most other hand quilters. I understand that it looks fast when all you see is a progress picture, It looks like it magically happened, but there are many many hours of quilting between pictures. When people say I am fast I feel like it really minimizes all the hard work and hours I put into it.

Now that I got that off my chest let me share some garden pictures.   I took a quilting break and planted some Pansies …. and took a few pictures of the beginnings of spring flowers in the garden.   (click pictures to enlarge)

Back to work

Happy (slow and steady)  Quilting

Tim