Something “Quilty” Fool’s Puzzle

My last few posts didn’t feature a quilt, so today I thought I would post something “quilty”.  I have been so busy with December functions that I have not has much time to work on quilting something new.

So here is one of my first finished quilts.

I bought the vintage top on eBay.  I added the border and then hand quilted it.

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The pattern is called “Fool’s Puzzle” which is a variation of the Drunkard’s Path pattern.

The backing fabric is from Connecting Threads. The batting is Warm and Natural, I quilted in a 24″ hoop and used Coats cotton quilting thread and #10 quilting needles.  The rose template I used in the larger white areas came from The Stencil Company.

I was very pleased with the finished quilt. 

Happy Quilting


Christmas Quilt Update

I have been very busy lately but I am committed to finishing a christmas quilt before christmas!   I posted about starting it a few weeks back


I do a few squares on it every day so I’m now about 1/3 done.

You can see the quilting much better on the back

I’m using a very simple quilting pattern and rather large stitches with burgundy thread.

I did the binding as I got the quilting done.  If you recall for the previous post about this top it had a narrow green border and I just folded it in half…then to the back and sewed it down

You can see how that border was almost ruffled (stretched out of shape as the original maker sewed it on).  It doesnt show as much when it turns into a binding

I think I will get it done in time…and I think it is going to be pretty!

Happy Quilting


Remember to sign your work!

I love antique quilts and quilt tops!  Antique quilts are treasures of our history and yet most are anonymous.  We may never know who made them or exactly when they were made.   Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you will always get credit for your work?!

When you create your next quilt please remember to sign it so that in the future there will be no question who made it.  Quilt historians of the future will thank you!

Many quilters make labels to sew onto the quilt.  This is a great way to do it but recently I have begun to add my name and date into the  hand quilting itself.

I am currently working on my pineapple applique quilt and yesterday I added my name and date to the quilting

It may be difficult to see in the picture but it is there to be seen in the future.

Adding the information to the quilt in this way does not detract from the overall look as much as the sewn on labels that I have used in the past.  I think It blends in beautifully but does the job.

Here is a signature block I did on another quilt

Remember that your quilting work is valued and important…don’t be afraid to give yourself credit!

Happy Quilting


Trees set to Travel to Colorado

I got some good news today in the mail!.  My Trees quilt was selected to be exhibited at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden Colorado.

This is the first quilt that I will have displayed.

The exhibit, Male Call,  is 1/30/12 – 4/28/12.  The quilts are all made by men.

see for details.

here is a detail picture of the quilt.

see my post for more about this quilt

Happy Quilting


P.S.  thanks to Karen Alexander for telling me about the exhibit

Pineapple Applique Quilt…progress report

I have made some time recently to get working on the pineapple applique quilt.  I have all the blocks echo quilted and one of the borders.

(click the picture to enlarge and see detail)

Here are a few close-ups of the echo quilting

And I always like to show the back of the quilt

It has taken a long time to hand quilt so heavily, but I am very pleased with the overall look

Just a guess as to how long it will take to finish….20 days.  assuming I work on it for 20 days.  I am looking forward to finishing it!  I can’t wait to see it with binding.

Happy quilting


Antique Bear’s Paw Quilt Top

What I need is a lot more time!  I am collecting so many quilt tops to hand quilt but each one seems to take 2 or 3 months.  Since time can’t be expanded I have decided I will live forever or untill all the quilt tops are finished.

Here is a recent acquisition. A bear’s paw quilt top from about 1880-1910

I love the bright colors

the top is not big enough to qualify as a full-sized quilt so I may decide to add a border.

It will make a great quilt one day.  But first I have 4 that are in progress to finish

Happy Quilting


Where did the summer go?

Today is the first day of fall.   Where did the summer go?  And why didn’t I get more done?   I intended to get a lot more done in the yard and finish at least 3 quilts. 

There is still some beauty in the garden….look at this Sweet Autumn clematis!

It starts blooming in the fall and covers the fence beautifully. (as always click pictures for enlargements)

The Mexican sunflower is still blooming away

They bloom untill we have a heavy frost….fingers crossed that wont be for a while.

Not bad-looking for the end of September.

Since It is the first day of fall I was trying to think of a “fall” quilt to write about.  I had a few in mind but the mailman helped me make the decision.  He delivered another eBay purchase;  A broken star quilt top.

It actually reminds me of candy corn.

This pattern is one that typically causes problems.  If the piecing is less than perfect it will not lay flat…which is why so many were never quilted.

Look at the center of this one.

I will need to take it apart and do some adjusting to make it quiltable.

It is all hand pieced and has very nice even stitches but not even enough to make it work .

It is hard to date solid fabric so I am at a loss as to how old the top is. It feels like it is at least 50.  I know that someone put a lot of time and effort into making it and was likely very disappointed when they found that it was not flat enough to quilt.  Some day I will fix that problem and finish it up into a completed quilt. 

I love the fall colors and it is one of my favorite patterns. It will be well worth the effort.

Happy Fall and Happy Quilting