Back to Hand quilting on the frame

I always have several quilts going at one time.    I have had one in my grace floor frame forever!    I decided that it needs to get finished and make room for another.


It is a top from about 1900, and the quilting is a free form fan pattern, no attempt at all to make it uniform and regular, and it should go very fast.     The bonus is that there is a nice view out the window while I work on it.

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I need to fill my bird feeders 😦

But I can see other wildlife out there


I did a video of the process of hand quilting it

A few garden pictures today
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Happy quilting







Re piecing

Yesterday I posted a picture of this vintage top.   Whoever made it did a nice job making the individual blocks but not putting the blocks together into a top.


I spent some time taking it apart and fixing the layout today.


I still need to sew the blocks back together but it sure looks better now that the blocks are in the right order.


Here is a side by side to show the difference


I think I’ll look for a coordinating fabric to add a border.   It is a bit small now.

I also made a few more blocks


but I got distracted playing with the vintage Viking sewing machine.    I have had it for awhile but didn’t have any bobbins but they came in the mail so I had to try it out .    It needed a cleaning and oiling


It is running great now .

I posted pictures of some of my machines yesterday……here are 2 more

Singer 301A and 600

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I also have my first machine, a Kenmore that I bought new about 25 years ago to make a slipcover (way before I was a quilter) and a 99 dollar brother machine that  I bought to replace the Kenmore when I started quilting.    The brother drives me crazy and that was the reason I bought the Singer 301 and started collecting.

A few things blooming today

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Teddy says HI


Happy Quilting


That’ll quilt out

After I finished the treadle quilting on the last quilt (  I began thinking of the hundreds of quilt tops I have.   Some of them are really great and deserve hand quilting.   Some of them aren’t so great.    One of the reasons a quilt top gets packed away and not quilted it that the maker wasn’t really happy with it.  Most often  it seems that it is because they really aren’t flat and therefore very hard to quilt.  I decided to try quilting one of my less than perfect tops with the treadle .

It might be hard to see how off this one is in the picture but it really is bumpy


The pink center squares are polyester knit. Polyester was first introduced to the American public in 1951. It was advertised as a miracle fiber that could be worn for 68 days straight without ironing and still look presentable.   It still looks presentable and it does help date the top as no earlier than 1951.

I could have separated all the blocks, pressed them, squared them up to all the same size and reassembled it but this one just didn’t seem like it was worth the effort….sometimes a quilt top is in really bad shape but it speaks to me and says fix me…this one didn’t.

I used Natures touch cotton batting and a green print backing fabric and pin basted it as flat as I could.  I used a walking foot to sew between the blocks and then free motion quilted on the Treadle machine.

Here you can see how it looked part way through the quilting.


The setting squares really were puffy!    It made  for a challenge to quilt that out without a bunch of puckers and pleats.   There are a few but overall it turned out pretty good.

Lots of quilting helped push down the fabric and make it look flat.


I washed and dried it and the shrink of the batting causes the “antique crinkled look”  which hides many flaws.    There are quite a few stains that did not wash out.


I’ll spot treat them and wash it again to see if they come out.

The finished quilt is 72″ 84″ .   Here are some pictures , It just came out of the dryer so it is a bit wrinkled (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy tested it


He says “not bad”

I am back to work on my applique rose top.

Happy quilting




Log Cabin Variation Finished

I bought this antique (circa 1900) quilt top in 2012


It might be hard to tell from the picture how wonky and puckered it is.     It required a remake to get it flat enough to quilt.    You can read how I did that here

I  started the hand quilting and got half done but it got set aside for another project and was forgotten.    I got back to it and finished it .    The batting is Hobb’s Heirloom Wool.  I used YLI black hand quilting thread.  Finished size is 75″ x 90″

I washed it and dried it as soon as I finished the hand quilting.   Machine washed in a top load washer on gently cycle with warm water and regular detergent with the addition of 2 Tablespoons of Dawn dish washing liquid (the dawn keeps stray dye from bleeding).  Dried in the dryer on low temp.
Here it is fresh out of the dryer.


It is hard to see the hand quilting in this light (daylight is best so I’ll take more pics in the morning) but here are more pictures (click to enlarge)

My new light really helped. I can get it very close to the quilt and it helps my vision a lot.   I can get back to quilting small stitches again now.   It is hard to see the stitching here but it is only about 7 stitches per inch .


I have a bunch of other projects in progress to get done…..

happy quilting


and Teddy


String Melon Patch Finished

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


I used Warm and Plush batting.


Here it is after the hand quilting was finished.


the next step was to trim the edges


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.


It measured 77″ x 86″

Teddy tested it out.


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


Here it is out of the dryer


The quilting really stands out because of the thick batting


Here is the back


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.


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

Happy Quilting.


Garden Inspection and a Pattern

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.


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

The other favorite was the cup and saucer


I will do a pattern for that soon.

Happy Quilting and Gardening



More Vintage Quilt Tops

The last 3 posts have been about all my vintage quilt tops and how I am organizing them in tubs with photos


Here are those posts , ,

I have 16 tubs packed so far….maybe 3 to go……but I did have several packed previously…so here are the photos of what was in those tubs. (click pictures to enlarge)

Lots of tops to hand quilt 😉

April Showers here in Lansing MI and Teddy hates to get wet!   He got rained on during his walk last night and was not happy

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I am making progress on some quilts….I will post new pictures next time

Happy Quilting