Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fixing a Loved Quilt

A very special young lady in our lives has a quilt made by her Grandmother and is was loved and loved.  Abby even knows which triangles were made from her own clothes as a little girl.  Because it was tied instead of quilted this quilt struggle to stay together.  As I took it apart I found that instead of batting an old polyester comforter from the 70's was used.  I wonder if that rough fabric aided in the destruction of the fabrics.

 I used washed muslin for the backing, an 80% cotton batting, and bleached washed muslin for the quilt sandwich.  I then put on the triangles without any borders.  I squared up the triangles by using the channel lock on the quilting machine and basting every other row.

After squaring up the rows I stitched around the most damaged triangles.  I knew that if I tried to replace them the other fabrics would just tear.
After that I stitched borders right to the quilt sandwich on the machine.

 This way I could again use the channel locks and get the straightest borders possible.  The sides aren't as      straight but hardly crooked enough to notice.

Because you would be able to see the triangle patches from the underside we chose a busy pattern with lots of points to disguise the patches.  This is a modern folk art pattern called Wilma's Garden.  It has several different sunflower and fan flowers as well as a folk art cat.

Patched triangle upper left corner

Cat's head is tilted up  in the upper left corner.

All in all we are very pleased to be able to preserve this quilt so that it can be loved, used and washed for many many years to come.  When you look at the whole quilt you can almost feel Grandma's love for her little Granddaughter.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Quilt Rack

I was taking the dog for a walk last fall and a family was getting ready for a garage sale.  Out by the garbage can was a pile of wooden ladders.  After washing them up and varnishing them I have a new quilt rack in the living room.  I love it.  I will be putting one of the other ladders in our bedroom.

Fun With Adult Bib

Note the scalloped bottom

Just had fun with an adult bib.  We as adults always are dropping things on our clothes.  This was just too much fun. Some of the other styles are Tuxedo and Wedding dress bibs to be worn over the wedding clothes for a banquet, and a maternity bib.  Here is the french maid and Betty Boop like bibs.  Thank you to my imaginative and beautiful  Mother and Model.  Yes we did this on the Quilting Machine.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Police Special

 My Husband wanted a quilt for a very special Lady that cleans out the trunks and spruces up the police cars between every shift.  She always puts extra hand sanitizer and wipes for the computer screen in his patrol car.  I thought that the red, white and blue was appropriate.      

This quilting pattern has badges, hand cuffs and a gun. Not all women would appreciate a quilt with guns and handcuffs on it.  

I am grateful for the people who volunteer and do service for the Officers who are out on the streets every day.  Thank you for your service.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

Kansas State Quilt

 This is a Kansas State Quilt.  The overall design compliments the sunflower in the center of this quilt.  

This is the fill for around the blocks.

This is the maple leaf and a specific pattern for maple leave

These are the three borders.

This is the Sunflower Block.  One of my very favorites

The green triangle mimic the angles of the flower.  
I fell in love with this quilt book several years ago and have made several quilts from it.  I love the colors in this quilt.  They make my heart soar.  The warmth and the depth of these colors speak to me.  They must.... I must have made 300 blocks from this book.