Friday, February 22, 2013

Quilting At The Beach

We have been staying at a beach house, actually called a fish camp locally, on the Galveston intercostal waterway.

When we rent a house like this we like to invite family to join us. The first part of our stay was with my brother and sister in law.

The guys fished and the gals brought our sewing machines and had a little quilt retreat.

There have been lots of herons and other interesting birds on this bay side of the island. This is not a great picture but we have nightly pelicans that swim just on the edge of the pier lights checking out the fish that come to the lights.

I have been working on getting some appliquéd blocks sashed and put together. I am two thirds done with Sally Post, I just love the bright colors in this one.

The second quilt I am working on is the red and green appliqué blocks.

I have all the blocks put together and now am starting a few hundred half square triangles.

I decided to put a dogtooth border around the center appliqué blocks, but I am going to piece them not do appliqué. Then I plan to put a 7 inch white border, which I will quilt with a feather border and finally one more border of half square triangles.

Today I am going to pack up the sewing machine. Our son's family is coming and this second weekend at the beach will be spent playing with my four year old grandson and keeping a close eye on him with all this water around.

I also brought my reproduction sampler from Scarlet Letter and have gotten a good start on it. Stitching on linen is a new challenge for me, but I am happy to say I have put in more stitches correctly then ones I have had to "frog" - a new term for me in the cross stitch world (rip it, rip it).

Happy stitching from a girl who is very glad she has missed snowstorm Q,

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

18 grapes

I was working on my last border of Ladies of the Sea (pattern by Sue Garman) this weekend . I was down to the last 18 grapes and noticed that crinkly look to my thread that you see at the end of the spool.

Oh no, this close and I did not want have to order more thread to finish these last few grapes.  But, I made it!  The top is finished!

 I have  been working on her a lonnnnng time, about 3 1/2 years, but then I have to give myself credit for all the time she had to sit while I was doing the long arm quilting business.

A little review about her.  The patterns were originally put out by Sue Garman as a block of the month in 2007 and 2008. Each ship is surrounded by a wreath with flowers from the area of each ship's origin.

I bought the patterns as a set in 2009 when they were made available to buy the whole set at once.  The background fabric is a Kona Cotton and all of the applique is with left over Hoffman Bali Batiks in my stash.  I machine appliqued  this quilt using King Tut variegated threads in a small blanket stitch.

There is a lot of hand embroidered detail but I did each ship's rigging with a 12 weight black thread and the straight stitch (straight being the key word where the riggings were concerned) on my sewing machine.  I brought all the starting and ending threads to the back of the quilt and tied them off, threaded the tails in a needle and ran them under a few stitches before clipping, whew, that is probably the part that took 3 years.  

I am so pleased with how she has turned out so far.  I thought briefly about hand quilting her, but I have another hand project I want to start and it makes me a little crazy to have to many projects going on at once.  Today I have raised up my cutting tables on PVC pipe and got the quilt layered and the pinning has started, I will machine quilt her.

I am off to the real sea, for a couple weeks away from the winter weather.  I have still not figured out how to blog from my Ipad so I will be back next month. I am taking my sewing machine and a couple smaller projects with me to the beach house where we will be staying.  I intend to set up in front of a main window and watch my DH fishing, watch the ocean, take lots of walks along the shore, and sew.

Happy Stitching All,

Friday, February 1, 2013

Vintage Quilt Kit

My friend Renee, from my applique group, purchased this unfinished quilt top on eBay.  It was just the preprinted top, no applique fabrics, directions, or even a picture of the finished quilt.  She did all of the hand applique and  now has a good portion of the hand quilting finished.  The edges will be cut into a scalloped shape.  Isn't it beautiful.

We have had  fun trying to learn a little more about this quilt.  The edge of the quilt was printed Progress #1376.  Some of the little tidbits we have learned is that the quilt was named Garden Poppies.  The Progress company produced quilt kits between 1923 - 1994. About 135 different patterns have been documented.   They sold to department stores like Macy's and catalog companies like Lee Wards.   Unopened vintage quilt kits from this period sell for upwards of $395.  I looked up Garden Poppies at the Quilt Index and they have two similar quilts made from kits  from the Bucilla company, they were both made in the early 1980s. 

This quilt top was preprinted with a stamped blue ink for the appliques and dotted quilting lines. All of the applique lines have been covered by the applique, but she is a little concerned about the light blue dots for the quilting guide lines.  I think they are hardly noticeable, you have to look hard to see them (like a quilt judge would do if she were to ever put the quilt in a show) and they add to the charm and history of this quilt.  She is willing to wet the top, but just does not want to put the whole thing through the washer at this point.

I have been working on the two latest blocks from the Sally Post Floral Sampler.  I think I only have the greens to finish on these two blocks, then another block becomes available on Saturday over at Sentimental Stitches.  I just noticed on my blog list that Gay over at Sentimental Stitches and Brenda from Dear Jane have come up with another bimonthly Just Takes 2 quilt for 2013.  Schoolhouse blocks with different patchwork blocks on the sides of each school house.  Too, too, cute! 

Happy Stitching All,