Valentine in the Sun

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day

February is the shortest month of the year, but for those who live in the northern states, it seems like the longest. I often try to find a way to escape for at least part of the winter. My husband’s cows start calving in February therefore he cannot leave. It is fun when I can find a traveling partner who also is ready to escape winter for a week or two.

Carol's first project

Carol’s first project

This year we were able to find a condo on Padre Island. I am sitting on the balcony with the sound of ocean waves in the background. The humming of Carol’s sewing machine makes the harmony perfect. We set up our sewing studio in our living room. The above photo is that of her first project. She had purchased the kit sometime ago.

A Jo Morton pattern

A Jo Morton pattern

The above is my first project. It was started at a Jo Morton class years ago. Jo taught hand piecing where you make no stitches into the seam allowance when joining two pieces. Thus you have more freedom when pressing the block. You may press the seam allowance any way you want or it wants.  The hand sewing was done to make the star blocks. I finished them up after getting home from the class. Then I packed up the kit and put it away.

The perfect HST?

The perfect HST?

The one inch finished HST was probably the reason for the stall. I have now made them using a roll of paper piecing which makes a mountain of HST with speed. I really did stitch on the lines perfectly. I finger  pressed the blocks prior to the iron pressing. I came down on the block like a helicopter to prevent stretching it. Then why do I have such an assortment of sizes?

The little 17″ square quilt is finished due to a lot of fudge work. It is not perfect but it has left the UFO drawer.

My first block that finishes at three inches

My first block that finishes at three inches

My second project comes from shopping at a quilt show a couple of years ago. The samples all look so great there. But as I have another project already going at home, any kits purchased come home and get neatly put away. My frustration in getting this kit out is that I forgot to ask if I could take a picture of the sample after I bought the kit. That should be standard proceedure.

Once again I am sewing on a line yet not everything is coming out perfect. We have discovered that the same error appears on all four blocks I have finished. Could the paper piecing paper have an error? I am going to play with it a little when I proceed.

Carol's blocks

Carol’s blocks

Carol is making faster progress. She is working with Little Black Dress II fabric. There are three of us that are using the same fabric and pattern.

Most winter guests in Texas find the Rosa Markets fascinating.  All the garments are in a heap and you climb around in it hunting.  I was looking for wool garments as that has become a fad to felt the wool and then make a craft item with it.  It has become so popular back home that the used clothing stores rarely have ony wool on the racks.  We will see if I do anything with my finds, but it was a fun outing on a drizzling day.

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Another fun find has been quilt shops.  We did some research before we left home to provide us with stops along the route.  Of course there are some disappointments.  One had gone out of business and another was closed as they were moving.  It would be wise to call ahead.   Another had fabric that was on the market over ten years ago.  The price had been changed to 11.99.  It should have been on a sale rack and long gone!

Happy Valentines Day to you and yours!

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A NEW YEAR AND NEW IDEAS

I trust that you had a great Christmas time and are now recovered from all the commotion. It takes awhile for my house to recover. new year Part of why it takes so long is that I have to find things back.  I put so much away to make room for Christmas and then I have to find just where I put it.

Ready for hot water and soap bath

Ready for hot water and soap bath

After about 10 days of thinking of where and searching I found two boxes well hidden so they would not get broken. I remember the days of spring and fall deep cleaning. Those days are long past. But my things do get a good dish soap washing when they come back out in January. The furniture gets an oil treatent also. good place January is also a time to plan and set goals for the coming year.  Just what will I spend my time sewing and quilting?  For the last couple years my small group has had each member declare a get-r-done project.  I had set two for this past year.  One of them did come back from the quilter in December and now it is bound.  The issue is, that it was a nice quilt but nothing real special.  I spent a lot of $$$ having it quilted and now I wonder if it was worth it.  Just where do I want to invest my time and money?  Is there a reason that I stopped working on the quilt?  Could I have finished it in a less expensive way and put it to good use?

A once in a life quilt

A once in a life quilt

This year I have asked the ladies to think about a quilt they have always wanted to make, but have put it off. We easily get distracted by a new idea or a challenge or something the group is doing.  You might even have bought the fabric for it, dreaming of making that special quilt.  The above quilt is one of those.  My friend Clarene has finished the top and is now working with her ‘winter in Texas friends’ to get it hand quilted.

A lot of hand stitching getting started

A lot of hand stitching getting started

I have several in mind, but need to decide which one to take on for 2015.  The above photo is that of a quilt I started two years ago, and has been put on hold.  I do want to spend some time on it, but I also want to do that special quilt.  I will post progress on both quilts.  I also need to post what our small group is planning to learn by doing.

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Easter bunny apron

Easter bunny apron

As for distractions.  I recently did a short program on APRONS.  The above is one in my collection and I have thought a few times of reproducing it.  Another lady asked for the pattern.  Yesterday I went to a print shop to photo copy all the sections on big sheets of paper and come up with a pattern.  This is exactly what I have asked the group to not allow!  Stay focused on our goals!  But I do have a granddaughter who would look so cute in it!

Another way to hand quilt

Another way to hand quilt

My friend, Clarene, that finished a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt top is working on hand quilting another one.  May you enjoy many relaxing minutes of hand stitching.

PARTY WITH QUILTERS

We all attend many parties this time of year.  One of my favorite parties is the one I host with my quilting friends.  Not only do we share the passion of quilting.  As we have gathered for the last five years we have become close friends.  We care about the other lives these ladies represent.

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Each one of us has our own set of relatives that we care about.  We share the joys and sorrows with one another.  Above is a sample of gifts the ladies will be giving to their loved ones.  Carol is fortunate that her siblings still gather together this time of year.  In addition to the fun fellowship they will each go home with a new table runner to sparkle up their home.

Album quilt of Carolyn's family

Album quilt of Carolyn’s family

Carolyn shared this family memory.  Several years ago she gathered the autographs of her immediate family and made a memory quilt of them.

Our groups monthly Christmas blocks.

Our groups monthly Christmas blocks.

Sharon had several near finished projects to share with us.  This one is the Christmas quiilt that we worked on through out the year.  The binding just needs a few more hand stitches

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She also shared quilts returned from a new long-arm quilter.  We are always interested in who is new in the business of helping us finish our projects.  This was our groups block exchange for parts of 2013 and 2014.

Sharon's Sylivia quilt, finished!

Sharon’s Sylvia quilt, finished!

2012-2013 we did the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler blocks.  We only did a part of the book and we each had more than enough blocks to make large quilts.  What is fun of this project is that we each have identical blocks but our own layout of them.

A fall panel quilt

A fall panel quilt

Sharon also shared a nice fall wall hanging she made using an opportunity fabric.

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Even though fall is past for us, there is always next year and it is fun to be ready.  Carolyn will be as she finishes up this project.  The 9-patches were part of an on-line block exchange that she participated in.

Donna's Bingo quilt

Donna’s Bingo quilt

Some in our group were inspired by the Little Black Dress fabric line.  I placed a large order for the fabric and we spent a day cutting out the quilt of choice.  Donna chose the above pattern and it has turned out so stunning.  The total name of the pattern is Boxtrot 2: Bingo by Creative Sewlutions. We all love to make quilts but we also want our loved ones to enjoy receiving them.  Therefore we often have to step out of our box.  Good for you, Donna.

There are no photos of the final part of our party.  I wanted to give my friends a gift:  RELAXATION.  Between the main course and dessert, I provided each one with a foot soaking.  They were a little surprised when I asked them to remove shoes and socks.  They were replaced with a tub of warm water, body oil, and epson salt.  They each received a tsp. of body scrub to remove any rough skin.  The final step was a little body oil to seal the foot from dry winter air.

They all went home refreshed to face the hustle of the season.

HOPITALITY SEASON

All of us will entertain once during the Thanksgiving – Christmas season.  A lot of us will do it several times.  A few years ago the theme for my guild’s quilt show was hospitality.  At the time I had other things going, but when I saw this pattern by Kim Dielh I was ready to start something new.

Old Fashioned Hospitaliy

Old Fashioned Hospitality

My Old Fashioned Hospitality will be in our quilt show, just three years late.  I am not dedicated to hand appliqué but I sorta enjoy the sit-down activity.    Like anything else it takes practice; lots of it.

Nutcracker Sweater

Nutcracker Sweater

After my gifts to my three girls went to the quilter, I started doing some Christmas shopping on the internet.  I saw these cute sweaters.  I have three young grandsons.  The sweaters and shirts got ordered.  Children do not enjoy opening clothes at Christmas, so I just give it to them at another time.

Nutcracker Christmas dresses

Nutcracker Christmas dresses

Could I find dresses with nutcracker fabric used on them?  I did but they were 30$ and they were just cotton and very simple. Could I make them nicer and cheaper?  I like the ones I made, but cheaper was not part of it.  I was able to find the fabric on line.  The order was 40$.  Then the patterns, that bill was over 20$.  What happened to the 4-5$ patterns?  Dress number three gets tried on today and then hemmed.

Little Elsie's dress

Little Elsie’s dress

Of course, then I had to hunt for white tops to go under the jumpers.  Do you know that every knit top made has some character stamped on it?  It was a major hunt.  Yesterday I stumbled into Gymboree at the mall.  They had plain white knit tops, and I had a choice to two neck trims!  As I checked out I told the clerk my excitement of finding a collar on a little girl’s top.  She said that I was not the first grandmother to say that!  So dainty collars on little girls must be way out of style!

The outfit would not be complete without tights or leggings.  See, I am a little hip as I know the term leggings!

Newborn outfits

Newborn outfits

As I have been in fabric shops for the past couple months I have been looking for a tiny nutcracker!  When I was ready surrender this idea, I found just the ticket!   I just removed one pocket and covered one logo.  We have a grandson arriving around Dec. 20!  I figured we might need two outfits as he might soil one before the first picture is taken.

With this clothes concept conquered I went back to sewing on quilts.  I felt all my body relax as I did so.  I will not make clothes again!

More shopping done.  I found cheap nutcracker ornaments to add to the ribbon on each grand’s toy present.  I have bought a nutcracker statue to go home with each family.  I love a Christmas with a theme!

Why do us women do this?  Hospitality means clean!  We want our guests to think that we are always tidy and clean!  Last week some gals were coming to my home.  I just had to wipe out the fridge.  They might open it for the cream for their coffee! Now with Thanksgiving coming…

after

after

Last night I tried the overnight oven cleaning technique that is all over the internet.  This is the after picture, so you can see that it does not conquer all.  A few tips:  Have the last person going to bed, put the ammonia and boiling water in the oven.  I went to bed two hours before the husband.  He did not really enjoy the ammonia scented air freshener.  Second, and this comes from a former Chemistry teacher, do not use your heavy metal dutch oven for the boiling water.  You will have to make tomato soup in it or boil cream of tarter in it to return the surface to shiny.

May you enjoy the season of HOSPITALITY!  marge

Dots of Clean-Up

Another Christmas present is done! Or at least the quilt top is done and it has an appointment with a great long-arm gal.

Love N Mariage

Love N Marriage

These are T-shirts that my daughter brought me with much enthusiasm a few years ago. I did not share her enthusiasm. T-shirt quilts do not excite me. It took three years to come up with an idea. She loved the polka-dot quilt, but it was already spoken for. It was finished and there was still a box of polka-dot fabric.

Finishing the border

Finishing the border

If you have the space, you occupy it, I finished this quilt up in the lower level large family room. There were polka-dots from one end of it to the other!

Clean-up

Clean-up

The big box became a medium box!

Fortunately, there was the final pressing. I like to spray the quilt with Magic Sizing and walk away for it to have time to soak into the fibers. Then I press it. I walk away again to be sure the fabric is dry and cooled down before I shift the quilt to the next part to be pressed.

During these minutes away I began the clean-up and packing away of scraps large enough for another project. My friends might notice in the background that some tiny pieces actually got cut into squares.

END OF SUMMER….SCHOOL BEGINS

I had created my own block of the month plan for 2014. I had three new quilts that I wanted to make and they are all pieced! They are all currently getting quilted and should be finished by the end of the year.

Polka Dots

Polka Dots

This is the last of the three Block of the Month projects. Yes, there are 12 blocks and it is not December yet. The inspiration to finish it was that each month when I got out the fabric to cut a new block, I had forgotten the little tricks to make it work. Such as one month I traced the pattern on the backs of the fabric. Thus the point is no longer at the top of the block! Thus I decided I just needed to keep at it so as I would not have to press the fabric every month. I could cut out multiple shapes at one time…..

I learned so much with this quilt. For one thing, the center circle covers a lot of sins, but not all of them. You can see that not every spoke is the same size. I also learned that this is the style of quilt my adult children would enjoy. One actually asked to have her name put on it! That has never happened!

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Inspiration

Inspiration from Sisters, Oregon

Inspriration always comes from other quilts. The above are a couple pictures I found on the internet.

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The above quilt won a red ribbon at the IA State Fair 2013 and went on to earn a blue one at the DM-AQS Show.

Quilt Shows are where I get most of my inspiration. Last year at the Iowa State Fair I saw two polka dot quilts. I began shopping for polka dot fabric immediately. I started studing patterns for the dots. Patchwok Fundamentals is where I discovered the pattern I wanted to imitate. Later, I realized that I could have ordered the pattern!

Patchwork Fundamentals

Patchwork Fundamentals

 Below are a couple of my favorites from this year Iowa State Fair and they are both medallions. My friends know that I love medallion quilts.

Best of Show at Iowa State Fair!

Best of Show at Iowa State Fair! – Pieced

I love the colors of this one!

Blue Ribbon winner at the Iowa State Fair

Blue Ribbon winner at the Iowa State Fair – Mixed Technique

One more Ribbon winner. I would love to visit this imaginary farm.

blue - Iowa State Fair

Blue Ribbon – Iowa State Fair

Below is another quilt I have ready for the quilter. The fabric line is Little Black Dress II. And the pattern is Mezmerized.

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My adult children are into more modern and I thought this might appeal to them. Instead they surprised me with love of the polka dots.

Our adult children have provided us with fun batch of grandchildren. Two of them are starting kindergarten this year. One of them has another grandpa who started school in Germany. There is a tradition there of giving a child a Schultuete on their first day of school. It is so cute and big! It is filled with things you might put in a Christmas stocking. Our little guy was so excited!

A first day of school Schultuete

A first day of school Schultuete

As a former school teacher I get rather nostalgic at this time of year. May all the little ones have a successful year.

Small Group Gathering

Clarene's medallion

Clarene’s medallion

My small group has been meeting for over five years. Clarene joined us for a brief time.  She and her husband love to travel so she could not commit for the long haul. The above quilt has just been finished.  It is hand quilted!  She and friends worked on it at her winter home in Texas. Years ago, we had each been challanged to make a medallion one border at a time. Clarene finished piecing hers on schedule and then waited for the opportunity to have it hand quilted!  It is lovely and worth the wait.

embrodery kit

embrodery kit

Five years in the making: Clarene had bought this kit years ago at a sale. She persevered to finish it! She hand quilted it on a lap hoop. Kits like this usually had the quilting lines, along with the embordery pattern, all printed on the fabric.  Many have been started, but fewer finished.

Clarene's Grandma's flower garden

Clarene’s Grandma’s flower garden

Clarene has the personality of if you start something, you finish it. Many of us quilters could learn from her. Her Grandmother’s Flower Garden is an excellant take along project. She does a lot of it while her husband is driving the motor home.  She claims that she did not know she was supposed to frame each flower with white.  We all love the result!  The stunning color goes with Clarene’s personality.

Of course we discussed the options of the best way to bind this special quilt design. Sharon is also nearing this delema.

Sharon's progress

Sharon’s progress

I find this pattern of quilt tops often at antique shows. Many women struggle with the finishing of this pattern. How do you quilt it? Do you quilt in every Hexy? How do you bind it? Do you make all those 60′ turns? Yikes!

Donna's first wool work

Donna’s first wool work

We go from very challanging to very relaxing. Donna look a class on wool work and fell in love! No ‘needle turning’. This makes another great travel project. Donna also winters somewhere in a warmer climate. This is also an easier project to finish. Put it in a frame!

Carolyn was working on hand quilting a darling house quilt, but I missed the photo op. Most women find real peace in handwork. I also think we are programed not to have our hands idle.

Our Christmas project

Our Christmas project

Joyce has not been idle. She has the Christmas project ready for a border! Others have also worked on theirs.

Sandi's finished project

Sandi’s finished project

Sandi even did the quilting on her finished project. You might not be able to see it, but part of the top is raw edged. The pattern has you use pre-cut charms and some of the pinked edges are exposed.

COLOR LESSON

Today’s color scheme was a little challenging. Double Split Complimentary: your favorite color does not even get to be in the block!

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Double Split Complimentry

Double Split Complimentry

I can enjoy both the pure color block and the subtle Civil War fabric block. That is our goal in this color study:sometimes try some different colors. At least add a surprise color to your favorite comfort zone of colors.

This block also provided a mini lesson on pressing.  We often hear “press towards the dark”.  but there are often times when you need to press the way the fabric wants to go.  HST and flying geese have a mind of their own.  Don’t fight them.  Let them determine how the entire block gets pressed.  On this block the top and bottom rows determine how the rest must go.  Turn the rows upside down and press accordingly.

Carolyn really enjoyed the design of the block; Sister’s Choice. She went wild making the block this past month!  May your small group also encourage you to go wild in your sewing room!

Carolyn's color blocks

Carolyn’s color blocks

SHOW TIME and Quilt Traditions

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Its that time of the year when quilt shows and meetings really thrive. Last week-end I traveled to Topeka, KS for the MOKA (Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas) quilt study group. Every thing about it was so fun. Friday night we met at the local museum for wine and cheese. We got reacquainted with past friends. Then we saw their quilt display that created a time line of quilts that represented some of the different trends in quilt making.

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Saturday’s session was at pictures Old Prairie Town. The flowers were all in bloom and it was a lovely setting to study quilts.

The focus of the day was red and green quilts and we enjoyed seeing part of the Poo Collection with the guidance of Lori Lee Triplett. Her presentation was fun and informative. Unfortunately I cannot share any of the pictures of the Poo Collection.

Susan Martin's quilt

Susan Martin’s quilt

Susan Martin showed one of her antique quilts on the theme of the day.

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Susan is also an avid maker of reproduction quilts and sells some patterns.

Of course we stopped at quilt and antique shops going to and coming from Topeka. No great finds came home with us, but it is always fun to look and get out of the car to stretch. At least that’s my story!

All Iowa Shop Hop Banner

All Iowa Shop Hop Banner

Adel Quilting and Dry Goods recently had their quilt show they call Little Sisters as it is an outdoor show and very charming.

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When you visit the show you have the opportunity to vote for your three favorite quilts.

And the winner is!

And the winner is!

I think this years winner was the above appliqué quilt done by Cyndi Craigmile.

upgrade of the race quilt

upgrade of the race quilt

The 12 quilts that get the most votes will be featured in the 2015 shop calendar. It is a fun competition.

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The above quilt was made from the block contest at last years Dallas County Fair. It was auctioned off this year at the fair. Fund raising has always been a part of the quilt world.

Generational Quilt

Generational Quilt

Another part of quilt history is the fun stories of a partial quilt that gets handed down through generations and then finally get completed. The above photo is one of those treasures. Marci Jenson finished up this one her grandmother, Grace Pickering, pieced. Another part of quilt traditions is that it was hand quilted by a church group of ladies as a fund raiser for their church.

Pineapple Quilt

Pineapple Quilt

The above is a pineapple quilt. I have taught a class on the pineapple block several times and ladies always enjoy it. There were other lovely quilts but it was a very windy day and not all my photos turned out.

My value quilt

My value quilt

Another tradition of quilters is meeting in small groups in homes. The group that comes to my home is awesome. The above is a swap project that we worked on for almost a year. We were to get into our scraps and stashes and find blues of various values. A little purple and green could also be included. We cut the strips various widths and made rough blocks about 9 inches. Each month a different value was assigned. We swapped the blocks and then squared them up ourselves. The pattern comes from an oldie but goodie book by Evelyn Sloppy: Strips and Strings. Hopefully this will get finished up in time for another quilt show!

COLOR LESSONS AND CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

My small group met again and we always have such a good time and inspire each other to better things. Of course my teacher instint always kicks in and I make them learn or try something new. We have lately been studying the color wheel and getting out of our comfort zone.

color wheel lessons

color wheel lessons

I did let them start by selecting their favorite color. Wasn’t that nice of me? The top row going acrosss is Monocromatic. Tints and shades of the favorite color. The columns belong to the different gals. The first two columns are using pure colors. However, most of us don’t use the pure colors very often so I allowed them to use what tones they liked. The first colomn with the black ground really shows off the pure colors. The second one with the poka-dot ground allows me to make a kid quilt when the lessons are finished.

First Row: Monocromatic
Second Row: Analogus going clock wise
Third Row: Complimentary
Fourth Row: Split Complimentary
Fifth Row: Triads. This was the new lesson and they cut their squares to take them home and make the block.

Carol's blocks

Carol’s blocks

We meet for the day and bring sack lunches so we get a lot done. In January I presented my self imposed Christmas block of the month. Several of the gals decided to join me.

Sharon's blocks

Sharon’s blocks

We all are tempted to buy Christmas fabric in November and December, but when do we have time to sew it up? Our goal is to dig in the Christmas box and see what we can do.

Donna's blocks

Donna’s blocks

It has been good as each month we have reviewed ways to make standard blocks: flying geese, Square-in-a-square, mirror images, etc.

Joyce's blocks

Joyce’s blocks

Joyce’s is so fun as she loves pink and can make it work to be Christmas and fit into her home decor.

Carolyn's Santa

Carolyn’s Santa

Friend Carolyn joined us for the day and brought some show-n-tell. She is making Santas all year long to sell in a bazaar this December.

Sharon's Christma

Sharon’s Christma

Sharon is the only one who has finished piecing our Christmas project from back in December. We all need a reason to get up each morning and one of mine is to see what happens in the sewing room! I sometimes surprise even myself!

Donna's quilt top

Donna’s quilt top

Other Show-n-tell was Donna’s quilt top. She selected the fabrics herself. She thinks she struggles with this, but didn’t she do great?

Sharon's Grandmother's Flower Garden

Sharon’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden

Sharron likes to have a sit down project and her current one is Grandmother’s Flower Garden. Seeing her progress brought up the issue, whether our children will understand our quilts and appreciate them. I think Sharon need to add a note of hours required to make a quilt like this one.

Sandi and Helen have had to miss a couple of our meetings for health reasons. I trust that they have found some comfort as Sharon does in hand stitching.

THREE YARDS, PLEASE

When I was growing up in the 50s, three yards of fabric could make about anything, garment wise. I remember standing by my mom at the local Anthony’s store when she would always say, “three yards, please.”

child's skirt from the 50s

child’s skirt from the 50s

This very wrinkled skirt is all I have now of those cotton skirts she would make for me. Later I made them myself. I so wish I had some of the other things she made for me, just as I wish I had kept a few of the things I sewed for my children.

This cotton is still so nice that I am thinking of taking the skirt apart and using it in a quilt!

Speaking of quilts, the first time I bought fabric in a quilt shop, the clerk asked how much would I like her to cut. She was a little startled when I said, “three yards, please.” It was a reproduction of a childs print from the 30s! What was I going to do with three yards of it?

Now that I am a quilt maker for some time, I can say less than three yards, but cannot seem to say more than three yards, like the 5-7 needed for a quilt backing.

Back for a Christmas quilt

Back for a Christmas quilt

Thus my quilt backs look more like the above photo. I just cannot say, “Five yards, please.” However, I will confess that while spending a couple days putting this back together, I kept thinking about all the pretty quilt tops I want to piece. Why am I wasting time piecing a back! I am sure my long arm friends also think, why did she piece this back. Now I have to get it on the frame just right. Then I have to deal with all this extra thread and seams! I will say that when I do this I do try to have the last lap of fabric a print and about 10-12 inches wide so that it is less obvious if it doesn’t quite get on the frame perfectly.

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Here is the front of the quilt and the two pieces went to the long arm yesterday! Yea! It is gone and I can work on something else!

I have already shared the five year quilt with you. I said I was going to tie it rather than invest the money in long arm work. I taped one side of the quilt down to the table. I topped it with batting and then the other side of the quilt. I crawled all around on the table to make the ties of serveral colors of matching yarn to make them inconspicuous. I am sure it was not a pretty sight, but I was alone!

When I untaped the quilt and turned it over I was so disappointed. The bottom side did not lay flat. Apparently I had streached the fabric when I taped the one side down. Now it bunched up. I wanted it to turn out nice so now I was going to quilt it myself. The bobbin was a thinner thread of a neutral that would fade into the quilt. The top thread was a dark color to blend in with the top.

Dark thread on light fabric

Dark thread on light fabric

The dark thread blended in nicely, except for on the light fabrics. Since my quilting pattern is Gig and Jag rather than smooth curves, the dark thread on light fabric had to come out! Hello seam ripper.

Side one

Side one

This also meant knotting every thread as it went back into the dark fabric. If you do not own self threading needles, buy them! There are times they come in handy.

side two

side two

Once I had the reversible quilt all edge to edge quilted in my unique Gig-n-Jag style, I was ready for the binding. No, I am not going to take the time to do a two fabric binding. Surely there is one fabric that will work on both sides.

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It was worth all the time in making the quilt for such a deserving gal. This week-end she placed first in National Talents for Christ. Along with the learning experience comes a nice college scholarship. Congrats to Megan!