Finished Applique and a new antique


I finished the Applique  on the kit quilt

here is the package it came in.

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I will quilt it with #8 perle cotton thread

blue perle

This is an enlarged picture….the real thing is much thinner.

I want to make it my own so the colored thread will set it apart, and I will likely do much more quilting than the pattern calls for.

I got a new Antique quilt top.

As with most quilt patterns it has many names.   Sterns and Foster (Mountain Mist) called it Homespun in their pattern (Pattern #34 in the Mountain mist Series)

It is often called Burgoyne Surrounded, The design commemorated the Battle of Saratoga.  Where British General John Burgoyne was surrounded and surrendered on October 17, 1777.

Here is an example from about 1900.


Mine is a bit of a mess.


As you can see it needs pressing.  I will see if that does the trick to flatten it out.

It was unfortunately machine washed, and that is always a bad idea for an unquilted top.  It causes a lot of distortion and it also causes a lot of fabric loss at the seam allowances


The fabrics are white with blue dots, and pale orange with a small pattern



after I trim off all the extra threads, and give it a good pressing I will decide what to do next.   If it doesn’t have any major problems like opening seams , or very large bumps, I can probably hand quilt it as it is.   It was made to fit around bed posts, see the cut out corners at the foot. .


I think I will keep it that way.   If I do need to make any repairs I could remove the extra at the foot and use those blocks to repair the others since I know I would not be able to match the fabric any other way.   If I took the foot piece off the finished quilt would be 75 inches square, with an added border I could make it larger.

I plan to finish a few of the works in progress before I start anything new……will see if I can stick to that ;)

Happy Quilting


Fantasy Garden


I worked on hand quilting the Fantasy Garden quilt a bit yesterday.    It is a small quilt so it wont take long to finish it.   (click pictures to enlarge)

The more quilting I add the more I like it.   It is hard to see the quilting in pictures but it does show up well in person.

More about a few other projects next time

Happy Quilting


Measure, cut, pin, sew


I am working on the log cabin variation top.    It deceivingly looks simple. If you look at the vintage inspiration tops you can see what can happen.


How did they get so off?  They did not measure.    It seems like a little thing but it is so important.   The temptation is to cut your strip and take it to the machine sew it on and then cut off the extra.

Here is a strip as an example, it is long enough with a bit extra on the right.


The temptation would be to take it to the machine, sew it on and then cut off the extra bit . We like to think we are very good and have no need to pin, we can easily keep the edges together and lined up as we go.     This is not a good idea because no matter how careful you think you are when you are sewing that much length there will be some fabric shifting, the feed dogs pull the fabric forward into the needle, but no matter what you do there will be just a tiny bit more pulling on the bottom piece of fabric than the top so the top will always end up just a tiny bit longer than the bottom and if you multiply that little bit row after row you end up with a very wavy top like the ones above.

To prevent this measure and pin.

I lay the fabric strip next to the top and mark where to cut it.


I could do a ton of math and figure out the exact measurements for every piece but yikes that sure sounds painfully tedious.   So I measure as I go.

Then I pin the strip in place


This prevents any slipping of the fabric across all that length.   Then sew and press.


Press carefully!   It is very easy to distort the fabric if you pull or stretch as you press.

It is also not a bad idea to be sure that the top remains square as you go.   I have had a few spots where I needed to trim a sliver off of the edge to square up and keep straight lines.   The bigger it gets the harder it is to keep it on track and flat.   I do not want a top that is a bumpy mess so I am taking my time on this.

I did decide to mix up the fabrics a bit.   In a previous post I talked about separating the fabrics into dark and light (   using a black and white photo.    I decided to mix a few lights into my darks and a few darks into my lights.


here it is in black and white where the value differences show better.


I think it makes it more interesting to have a bit more variety.

Teddy is enjoying watching

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But has not yet mastered the sewing machine.    (he can’t reach the pedal )

Happy Quilting




Applique update


I have made some more progress on the applique kit. (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy is looking a little scruffy, he goes to see the groomer on Monday.   He seems to approve of the top so far.

I am really looking forward to hand quilting it.

Happy Quilting


Progress report


I got a bit more hand quilting done on the Bella Suede quilt.

here is the back


Also progressing on the applique top (click pictures to enlarge)

I am thinking about how to quilt this one


it is only 45 inches square so it should go pretty fast.

Back to work

happy quilting


The Winners


I selected the winners of the fabric giveaway this morning.

I used a random number generator to pick 4 numbers.  The numbers correspond to the number of comments in the post.

here they are

giveaway draw 2

I will send an email to the winners today requesting a mailing address to send your winning fabric.

The first winner is Amy

you win the Color Weave 3 bundle


Next is Sara

you win the Fantasy Garden

fantasy garden

Next is Sharyl Dawes

You win Port City

port city

And last is Sandy

You win One Nation

one nation

Thank you P&B Textiles for this great giveaway!

I added borders to my Fantasy Garden quilt top.

First I had to consult with Teddy.   He was curled up napping


but he was happy to wake up and help.


here it is before borders


First I added 2 inch white border


Since the top is going to be a wall hanging I wanted the borders to be the “picture frame” and the white fabric is the the matting.

Next I used the remaining fabric to make a 2 inch border


I will use white for the binding as well.

I also made some more progress on the applique quilt kit

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I have a plan for the Color Weave fabric…..I am not sure when I will work on that but once I have an Idea I usually need to get to it pretty soon :)

Happy Quilting


More Applique


I did a little more work on the vintage applique quilt kit.


Here is one corner


The kit instructions included a list of DMC embroidery floss to use for the applique.   The instructions were to use one strand of floss to do the applique with a blind stitch.   I decided to use 2 strands and use a button-hole stitch.

It is difficult to turn the edges under and stitch the piece down with a button-hole stitch, but I don’t like to do raw edge applique so I am turning the edges under and basting them first.


The pieces are all numbered and the top has a numbered diagram as well… it is easy to find where the pieces need to go.    This is number 5.


I am doing standard applique on the stems….the stems are bias strips that come with the kit already folded


here are some more leaves added….I take out the basting thread after the button-hole stitch is done.


A flower and a bud added


I still have a good amount to do, but it is going a lot faster than I expected and I am already getting excited to do the hand quilting on it.    I think I might do the quilting with light blue thread.

I am planning to finish the Fantasy garden top today

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It is still really cold here!  (4 degrees, 4ºF = -15.556ºC, and the windchill is -15, -15ºF = -26.111ºC)  Here is what my weather app says:   Hazardous Weather…
*wind Chill Readings Will Occasionally Reach 15 To 20 Below Zero This Morning.
* Frostbite Can Occur On Exposed Skin In Less Than 30 Minutes.

Sounds like quilting weather

Happy Quilting