7/21/14

Weekend projects

I spent most of the weekend at the sewing machine.  But, not doing what I wanted to do. 

Remember the baby quilt?  It has to be finished by Thursday morning.  I spent all day on Saturday a couple weeks ago piecing the quilt.  I got it all done, except one seam of the backing. 

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I spent all day yesterday quilting it.  By bedtime, I was so sore, I could barely move.  But, I got it done.  And, this morning, I trimmed the batting and back and am starting the foldover binding.  That won’t take long.  Maybe a couple hours, total, including the trimming. 

Here is the pieced back.

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You can’t see it, but I quilted a spiral of vine with leaves growing on it, starting in the center.  Then, in the border, just simple straight lines, an inch apart. 

We also took the last pictures for tomorrow night’s talk. 

These are some golden oldies that don’t see the light much anymore. 

First is the quilt that my Great-grandmother made me.  I was a young teen.  The quilt is made of double knit, with a heavy batting.  Sydney couldn’t believe how heavy it is.  Look at all the clothespins it took to secure it to the line.  It’s definitely not made for central heating.  You need a drafty wood house to get any use out of this one.

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My Mom made this quilt for me.  It’s 12 pointed stars, pieced and satin stitched to a muslin background.  I can look at some of the fabrics and remember clothes that my Mom and sister wore made from them.

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And, finally, my first quilt.  It was supposed to be a log cabin, but I lost the pattern between cutting and piecing.  I knew I needed to alternate the strips, but didn’t know it was adjoining sides, so I alternated dark and light around the square, so there is no dominant side.  And, then I sashed it together, which is another Log Cabin no-no. 

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But, I love it.  It’s machine pieced and hand quilted.  Queen size.  And, still warm. 

Remember on Friday that the two-spool was free motion quilting wonderfully?  And, I was going to adjust the tension? 

It hasn’t sewn a decent quilt stitch since.  Holy-moly, when will I learn to leave stuff alone?????

Okay, so that’s it for me today.  Hope you all had a great weekend.  Lane

3 comments:

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Lane, What treasurers you have, to own a quilt which your Great Grandmother made and also a quilt which your mother made. They are truly beautiful quilts.
Can you tell me what double knit is? I know it isn't knitting wool, but I have not heard of that expression when it comes to quilts.
I don't think you need to worry about the 'no no' when it comes to the quilt you made, because it really is lovely.
You have three very lovely quilts.
Best wishes
Daphne

Kath said...

I enjoyed seeing your quilts Lane. I always love to see the first quilt someone made.

Carla said...

What awesome memories and keepsakes.
Log cabin or not it's a nice quilt and we would have never known you didn't piece it that way on purpose.