Monday, April 23, 2012

Going to the Beach

My Wonderful Husband needed a break and his favorite place of peace is the Northwest Coast.  My favorite is camping in the woods.  I have to admit that his favorite is less work for us.  

Bob laughed out loud that I promptly took off the commercial comforter on the bed and replaced it with a quilt from home.  This is a quilt made mostly from scraps from our kids home made clothes and other projects that have been done over the years.  

I quilted it with a point to point pattern and
with the CS4 software I was able to center the loops
 on the center of each block.  

This is the back featuring about where a block is.

Nice to bring a piece of home with us to sleep under.  

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Chicken Quilt

This is a quilt made from a top that I bought on e-bay.  It said that it was made early 1900's and was made mostly from chicken feed sacks.  I couldn't resist since it was only 18 dollars.  When it arrived I was able to inspect it.  One of the chicken feed sacks still had paper on it.  The others were in the print.  It was also made from flour sacks, table cloth, mattress ticking, pillow ticking and a mans shirt.  I could tell that it was stitched on a treadle machine.  The stitches were so even and consistent.  No back tacking anywhere and even some hand stitching.  

The red stripe is pillow ticking for stuffing the feathers into.

Trying to find the date on this bag.  When did they start adding antibiotics?
The Blue stripe is mattress ticking. 

Cloverdale Nebraska Certified Hybrid Corn

Chickens behind chicken wire.  Again the red stripes are pillow ticking

Chickens strutting their stuff behind the chicken wire.

In the picture below you pick out the different fabrics.  Blue plaid is a mans shirt.  The blue pattern on the right is a flour bag, as is the peach colored squares near the right side.  The pansy fabric, I am guessing are a woman's skirt or shirt.  The red plaid is a table cloth.  The pillow ticking and mattress ticking are very course fabric and would shred my thread even though I had a large needle in the machine.  The feed sacks are very course also.  
 The green and white checks and the blue pattern at the bottom are also flour sacks.  The fabric at the top and above the bottom were flour sacks with no pattern.  Those I quilted the chickens in a red thread.  I quilted the whole quilt with a chicken wire pattern with the mother goose colored thread.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fun with Bibs

Just thought that these were just too cute

Only one of my new grand babies is a girl so she will like this one.

My son that went to Peru for 2 years told me that this
basically means, "I have hunger"

My favorite!

Just way too cute.  
These were all made on my quilting machine and then bound the edges with my Juki needle fed machine with a binding attachment.  The adult ones were made to order for a girls camp fund raiser.  They were made to look like a prom dress and a tuxedo.  Note the slim waist look for the dress bib.  Fun to design.  The two together paid for half of one girl to go to camp.  Not bad for bibs.
Note slim waist

The fake jeweled necklace pendant

Ready for Prom Dinner?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hawaiian Quilt

 This is a quilt that all of the fabric was brought back from Hawaii.  You can see the individual block down below.  I enjoy the very graphic nature of this fabric.  I found a quilt pattern that had very tribal feel to it.  It is leaves with curved veins on some and pointed veins on others.  Because this quilt is finding a home in a warmer climate I used a wool batting.  It is cooler in the summer and quilts wonderfully.  These wool battings are washable and also can be folded and stored without causing permanent creases.
Graphic blues and browns

Close up of small leaves

Close up of larger leaf.  Note the pointy veins on one side and curvy on other.

Close up of back of quilt.