Nov 22 I began a remake on an antique top, read about that here http://timquilts.com/2013/11/22/bless-her-heart/
Today I finished it. It is all hand quilted.
(the color is off here….it is not this bright but the flash does that)
I went with big fan quilting because it seemed appropriate for the quilt. I did not select this pattern to enhance the blocks or the piecing, to the contrary I did it to cover up the imperfections. The big sweeping arcs are in contrast to the piecing and hide the fact that the lines aren’t straight, and the points are all cut off.
The batting is wool, which is very light in weight but has a lot of loft which helps to make the quilting defined and also helps to take up the puckers that I was unable to get out of the top.
I did a very narrow binding, and a muslin backing.
Here are more pictures of it fresh out of the washer and dryer (click to enlarge)
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
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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!
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
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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!
I finished my flannel quilt
Here is is fresh from the dryer
A also got a new quilt top to add to the collection (circa 1900)
It needs some work, but I love the gold and gray colors (Click pictures to enlarge)
And I was honored to be notified that MY Tree of Life Quilt has been accepted to be in the MANifestations exhibit, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum’s Twelfth Biennial Exhibit of Quilts Made By Men. Here is the quilt
the exhibit runs from February 3 – April 29 2014 https://rmqm.org/zz/exhibits/upcoming-exhibits.html
I had a quilt in the last show in 2012, here is the post about that show, http://timquilts.com/2012/02/05/rocky-mountain-quilt-museum-show-and-tell-part-one/, and here http://timquilts.com/2012/02/05/rocky-mountain-quilt-museum-show-part-2/
Back to work for me
On Tuesday I got back to work on a quilt that I started last September.
here is what it looked like Tuesday with 16 blocks done
and here it is today with 32 blocks done
16 more blocks to go and then the border.
I made the top with flannel and the backing is also flannel and the thickness of the fabric makes it difficult to get tiny little stitches but that does not bother me at all, not every quilt needs to be show perfect!….this is a quilt that I intend to use!! I am quilting it at a size that feels comfortable. It turns out to be about 6 to 7 stitches per inch.
here are some more pictures of the front and the back (click pictures to enlarge)
Teddy felt bad that he didn’t get his picture taken yesterday so He jumped up on the chair to pose today ( I stand on that chair to hang the quilt) He looks a bit of a mess because he has not been brushed yet today but here he is
I looked at the site stats this morning and I find that the most visited post this month is one from last year. I made a lot of snowflakes last year and it seems that people are finding that post again.
here is the post http://timquilts.com/2012/12/03/snowflake-pattern/
and here is the snowflake that I made the pattern for
Now I need to get to work
I know I don’t need anymore of these but I just can’t help myself. The simplicity of the pattern and the assortment of fabrics made it too good to pass up.
This is a 2 block pattern
A simple 9 patch and a square with half square triangles at the corners. when the all come together is makes a nice pattern
The small squares are 1.5 inches so the blocks are 4.5 inches (they are actually all a fraction larger) overall the quilt top is about 84 ” square.
Now how old is it? A rule for dating a quilt is that it is only as old as its newest piece. This was made with a variety of fabrics or scraps. When clothing is made there are leftover pieces of fabric after the pattern is cut out. those pieces or scraps go into the scrap bag and eventually they might be used in a quilt. The scraps can span many years and in the top that is the case. I will say 1890 for the date of the top but there are pieces of fabric in this that I believe to be much older. As you look at the pictures it might look like there is black fabric. The black is actually indigo (I always have trouble getting a true color on those pictures) or dark brown.
Here are a bunch of pictures of the fabrics. I find it so interesting to see these old designs (click pictures to enlarge)
They all come together nicely
I have to let this one sit for a while…I have so many started already…but it will be hand quilted one day.
now back to work