Finished!

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I finished the Luxury Essentials quilt.

Here it is after the hand quilting was done.

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Teddy Had to test it out

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But he lost interest when I got out the ruler and rotary cutter to trim it….

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I used almost every last bit of the fabric in the fat quarter bundle

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But I saved 3 for the binding.   I cut the binding strips at 2.5 inches

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And here it is bound

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It is fresh out of the dryer after it had a good washing.    I used cotton batting so it has that crinkled look from the shrink which I love.

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Here is the back.

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I started this one on Nov 17  ….see that post here http://timquilts.com/2014/11/17/fabric-give-away/

Here is a post about the quilting  which I started on Dec 1 http://timquilts.com/2014/12/01/quilting-begins-2/

and here is one about how to make the block  http://timquilts.com/2014/12/02/block-layoutmeasurements/

I am really happy with the finished quilt!
Now back to work on some of the others

 

Happy Quilting

Tim

Christmas photos

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A few years I decided to make a Christmas quilt every year.  I take a picture of Teddy with the quilt .

Here is the first one I made

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The next year I Hand quilted an antique red and green top

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The back shows the quilting better

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The next year I hand quilted a vintage table cloth

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I added the red border

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I didn’t get one done last year :(   I finished 12 quilts but no Christmas quilt.

This year I am counting the Reindeer Snowflake quilt as the Christmas Quilt

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and the tree skirt

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I didn’t make a full-sized Christmas quilt this year…..and Teddy went to the groomer today and is looking particularly festive so I took a few pictures of him with the quilt I am working on today.

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I should have this quilt done this week if all goes well

Happy Quilting

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Tim

 

 

Thinking

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I have spent the day hand quilting the Luxury Essentials quilt.

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and while I am quilting I have time to think.   (Teddy thinks too, but I suspect we think about different things. )

I have been thinking and thinking about what I will make with the Bella Suede bundle of fabric.

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I have a few dozen Ideas of quilts that I think would be great with these fabrics so it will be hard to make up my mind. I suspect I won’t know for sure until I actually start.  I really hardly ever start with a fully developed plan.

I hope to have the current quilt finished in the next week or so, and getting close to the end of one always makes me get excited about the next one.

I already have a dozen or more in progress but I can’t keep from thinking about more.   So many ideas, so many dreams, so much fun!

The Holiday Season gets a little hectic and we tend to get stressed and frantic but quilting is so calming and such a great stress relief.    I hope you can take some time for yourself in the coming days to relax and quilt and think  and dream.

Happy quilting
Tim

Learning from the past

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I have hand quilted many vintage and antique quilt tops.  I have close to 300 old tops in my collection.  I have looked at and worked on a lot of quilts.  These old quilts can teach us much.    Today I am working on hand quilting this top that I made.

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I realize that my perspective has been influenced by all the old tops I work on.    As I work at hand quilting this one I see that some of my seams aren’t meeting up perfectly.  Click on the picture blow to enlarge it and you can see that some of the seams don’t line up perfectly…I circled them in yellow.

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Perfectionists and quilt police might need to cover their ears now.   It doesn’t bother me at all!   It is not perfect and I am totally OK with that.  All of the antique tops I have worked on have many imperfections and I don’t think it detracts from them at all.

Look at how uneven the borders are on this

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They are irregular in width and quilt wavy the quilt is not square and I still think it looks great.

Quilt makers in the past didn’t have a million specialty rulers, rotary cutters, die cutters, computer programs, fancy machines, detailed patterns, and shelves full of quilting books.   They had a basic machine (or just a needle and thread) and cardboard templates, scissors, and a pencil.   They made beautiful quilts!  Beautiful but NOT perfect.   I am not saying that we should not try to be accurate, or that we shouldn’t use new technology, what I am saying is that sometimes it is a good idea to look at the big picture.   The world isn’t going to end if all your points don’t match.  The quilt police are not coming to your house to arrest you if one side of your quilt is 1/2′ longer than the other.  If you ran out of fabric and had to piece 2 chunks together to make one it will not make it less beautiful.

Look at this antique top

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I think it will make a great quilt, but it is not perfect…..look at the piecing

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chopped of points and 2 fabrics joined to make one square, and it still works.

here is one I quilted a few years ago

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if you look closer you can see the imperfections in the piecing

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Each block was made by a different person and they are all different so none of them line up correctly.   This does not make it a failed quilt….it makes it unique.

That is a pretty extreme example of points not matching and those I make aren’t that off, but it illustrates the point.   If it isn’t perfect it is not a disaster.

So do your best and use all the techniques you have learned but if a point gets cut off or a seam doesn’t line up perfectly don’t lose sleep over it, our quilting past is full of imperfect quilts and they are no less beautiful or treasured because of it.

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Progress

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I have made some hand quilting progress.  I have all but the outside row finished on the Luxury Essentials quilt.

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It might be hard to see the quilting in the picture so here is the back

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Teddy approves

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I added a clear finish to my new Grace Hoop

It really soaked it up and I need to add another coat or 2.

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I have been doing some baking for Christmas gifts

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The real challenge is to not eat them all ;)

Back to work

Happy Quilting

Tim

New Hoop

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I am a frequent visitor to eBay.   I have been trying to be conservative and not buy every quilt top I see.   Last week I looked at Quilting hoops.
I have a very nice one already.

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It came from Ydoer Department Store.   They had a booth at AQS in Grand Rapids MI a few years ago and I couldn’t pass it up.

It took a few days of steady quilting to get used to it.    I had been quilting in a hand-held hoop and It is a bit different to use a hoop on a stand.

I really love it, I like the large size of the hoop (22 inches) and I like to have the weight of the quilt supported by the stand. The only drawback is that the stand is a bit short for me and I tend to get a stiff back after several hours.

So back to eBay…..I looked at several different brands and saw some great options.   The one I decided on was a Grace Hoop2   Not an inexpensive item when purchased new ($300 for the stand and $100 for the hoop) but this one was a real deal at $150 for both and free shipping.

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It is adjustable in height and folds up flat, you can see all the features on the Grace website http://www.graceframe.com/site/hoops/hoop2  (I am not affiliated with Grace ….just and FYI link)

Teddy was very interested in what I was doing.

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Mine is unfinished so I think I will stain and varnish it…..some day ;)    and I do like a larger hoop so I might buy the larger size (24″) but I think I am going to like it.   I can have 2 quilts going at once and not have to keep switching back and forth in the same hoop.

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once I had a quilt in it Teddy understood what was happening and decided he needed another picture.

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I have 9 blocks quilted in the Luxury Essentials quilt.

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It is hard to see in the picture …here is the back

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Only 40 blocks to go ….

Back to work for me

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Quilting Begins

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I started to hand quilt the Luxury Essentials quilt.

I started by layering and pin basting

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It might be hard to see in the picture but I placed a pin at the corner of each block. This is many less pins than most would recommend.  I find that a lot of pins just get in the way and the hoop will keep the layers together and smooth.

I am using perle cotton thread.

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And keeping the quilting very simple

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I didn’t want an elaborate quilting design to compete with the fabrics and the lines of the top

Teddy likes the colors

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I have a bunch of other projects going which I will be posting about soon but I wanted to get the quilting on this one started.

Back to work

Happy Quilting

Tim