Saturday, July 23, 2016

Eye Fabric

Do you see eyes in this fabric?

My friend Julie and I are making the Celebrating Mary Brown quilt by Corliss Searcey together. This is actually Julie's quilt but I get the fun of helping her applique some of the blocks. This little owl block is one of my favorites in the quilt. I love the little star flowers. In the directions for this block Corliss suggests looking for fabrics with circles for the eyes and this fabric was perfect for just that.

 

Some of our other finished blocks are these star blocks, great opportunity for some fussy cutting of fabrics.

 

I have not ever stitched a feather wreath block before but again Corliss's instructions of tracing out the wreath, basting down the whole piece to the background and just trimming each feather as you needleturn worked perfectly.

 

Love the movement of this pink fabric chosen for the other wreath block in the quilt.

 

Next up are two flower wreath blocks. I am doing a little off block applique for these layered flowers.

Julie and I live in different states and it has been fun texting and showing pictures of fabric choices and block progression, to us it is called the "Friend To Friend" quilt.

I am also keeping up with my Rowdy Flat Library Quilt mystery BOM by Susan Smith. This is the center block of the quilt. It was quite a block with well over 125 little appliqués, but the result is a beautiful center.

 

I enjoy looking at pInterest and always get good ideas for quilting, gardening, cooking etc. My daughter gets lots of decorating ideas from Pinterest and is a big fan of Annie Sloan chalk paint. Well, being influenced by all of the before and after pictures on Pinterest and wanting a little change in my kitchen I decided to give it a try and got brave and painted all of my kitchen cabinets!

I painted them Paris Grey and really am happy with the results, I took my time and worked on them for a week between cleaning, painting two coats and waxing them so now I have my very own before and after pictures: Ta Dah...

 

Of coarse new cabinet color led to new cabinet hardware and then new wall color. We built our home 26 years ago so this has been a fun little "do it yourself" update that my husband has joined. Now imagine the new wood floors! We are studying you tube videos and are going to continue with this do it yourself redo.

Happy Stitching (and remodeling),

Cheri

 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Next in the Quilting Queue-Roseville Album

I do want to get Roseville Album quilted this summer but it keeps getting bumped down the line behind other projects. Finally today I got the top and back pressed and the quilt stretched out on my tables. I am all set up with a movie on the iPad, now I need to just keep pinning, just keep pinning ...

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Reproducing My Great Grandmother's Quilt

My great grandmother was Anna Beukelman De Groot. She was born on July 4, 1865 in Holland. When she was one year old her family emigrated to the United States. She lived to her nineties and passed away in 1956. She grew up on a farm in South Dakota. My father remembers her telling of hiding in the cellar when the local Native American Indians would come to their farm. She married a farmer and lived near Orange City, Iowa (a very Dutch community to this day) raising nine children. This is a four generation picture of Anna taken in 1953. Anna is pictured in the single picture and on the far right of the family picture. My grandmother, Jennie De Groot Schiebout (who also was a farmer's wife and had twelve children of her own) is next, then my father Herman Schiebout Jr. holding me, Cheryl Schiebout Walker.

Last year my Aunt contacted me and said she had a quilt made by Great Grandma De Groot. She wanted me to take a look at it to see if there was anything that could be saved on it as it was quite worn. The quilt was sent to me and the study began.

I believe this butterfly quilt was made in the 1930s. There were kit quilts made like this about that time. Some of the butterflies look like feed sack fabric. My great grandmother hand embroidered the butterflies. Her embroidery held up better than the butterfly fabric.

 


The fabric in this butterfly looks very similar to some Aunt Gracie reproduction fabric in my fabric stash.

This was the most well preserved butterfly. My Aunt was thinking she might like to use the good parts of the quilt to make throw pillows or maybe a smaller wall hanging. Unfortunately this was the only whole butterfly block in the quilt.

Anna quilted her quilt with the same black embroidery floss that she used on the butterflies. A simple fleur-de-lis in the opposing blocks

and outline quilting around all the blocks.

In some of the worn seams you could tell the opposing blocks were a bright bubblegum pink.

All in all the quilt was quite worn. The batting in the quilt was a layer of flannel and the back of the quilt was a very sturdy cotton broadcloth.

As a matter of fact the back of the quilt was in the best shape with most of Anna's quilting stitches still visible. I really wanted the back of this quilt, worn soft with age, to be saved. I came up with the idea of making a new quilt top with reproduction fabrics and quilting it to Anna's original quilt. I was able to trace the butterfly from Anna's quilt and did most the the embroidery on my sewing machine using a 12 weight black Sulky thread.

The running stitch inside the butterflies was done with my machine's mock hand quilting stitch using invisible nylon thread on the top and the black thread in the bobbin.

I layered the new quilt top onto Anna's quilt but did decide to add a layer of batting to give the whole quilt a little more stability.

I also made the reproduction top slightly smaller so I could completely cut away the very worn bulky binding on Anna's quilt. I quilted it very simply much like my great grandmother did. I outlined the butterflies, the blocks and borders and used the 12 weight black thread to quilt the fluer-de-leis in the pink blocks. I used cream thread in the bobbin so my quilting stitches would not be competing with Anna's black quilted stitches on the back.

There is a little heart quilted in each corner of the quilt because this was a labor of love for me.

I get to keep the quilt in the spare bedroom for the summer as my Aunt is traveling but it will be sent to her this fall.

Happy Stitching All,

Cheri

 

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Beekeeper Block

The first day of summer is still a couple days away but it feels like the dog days of summer here in Nebraska. Hot and humid with nothing but high 90s and even a couple 100s degree forecast days on my phone's weather app. However, these are great stay indoors and quilt days. I finished the second block of the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt mystery BOM. This was a fun block with hexagons ,

lots of little bees,

the queen bee at the top,

and even a place for my initials at the bottom of the block.

The mystery calls for 5 blocks with a pink toile fabric in the center and the toile I used in the first two blocks was just not quite my favorite.

It seemed a little blurry. After I finished both blocks I came across the same toile fabric in blue and white.

I liked this fabric way better and switched the centers out of both of the completed blocks. I did not notice until after I took this picture that I had the first block, on the left, upside down AND had stitched the new center in sideways. So, if you are counting, I have now stitched the centers in these two blocks five times.I finished up the block by inking in the legs and antennae with a Pigma pen. I was going to embroider them but made the mistake of counting how many I would have to do.

Happy Stitching All,Cheri

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Caswell Quilt block and other applique prep

I have completed another block for the Caswell Quilt (Corliss Searcey pattern from threadbear.com.au). I used a back basting technique for this block. I was not sure about the colors I had picked for the flowers

but as I finished each layer it came together in the end.

I have a few applique projects going on this summer and I seem to be doing a lot of different prep work involving insects. A swarm of little bees that are all prepped for an upcoming block on the Rowdy Flat Library quilt. Since these were small I prepped them off block with freezer paper and starch and glued their teeny tiny little wings to their teeny tiny little bodies and now I just have to applique them to the block.

And for a completely different project I have a swarm of butterflies ( do butterflies swarm???) cut out with steam a seam on the back and ready to be put on background blocks with blanket stitch.

This is why I love applique so much, there are so many different techniques to keep it interesting, back basting, needle turn, raw edge blanket stitch, off block prep, tracing, cutting, glueing etc etc etc.

Happy Stitching All,

Cheri