I have a friend that loves to shop at Estate Sales. She found this quilt still on a quilting frame...the piecing was done...all by hand....but the hand quilting was only partially done.It looked like she was using up her stash with all the applique. I found a local quilt group who does hand quilting. They finished the quilting then I sewed by hand the binding. Unbelievable that the family did not want this. I donated the quilt frame to the group. It's now a lovely edition to my guest bedroom.
I started this quilt when my Mom became home bound. I could sit with her and work on it bit by bit. From the den, hospital rooms, time with hospice and beyond, I've hand stitched this quilt. It was a challenge, that's for sure and I don't have a clue as to how many 1" hexies are in it! I don't think I'll part with this one...ever!
This quilt was made for my cousin and has quite a bit of a back story. In 2009, this cousin got engaged. Her future mother-in-law was a quilter so she sent each household on our side of the family an 18" square of muslin and told us to make a quilt square out of it. She was planning on making a surprise gift quilt for the new couple. None of my family, including me, knew anything at all about quilting so we did various things such as iron-ons and applique. Each square represented our families and what we liked or our interests. 6 months after the marriage (and no word of the quilt), I asked my cousin about it and she said that the mother-in-law indeed made them a quilt but did not include any of our squares because they "weren't done right". They were given back to her in a plastic shopping bag. Cousin had felt so badly about it that she didn't tell us until I asked. Fast forward to 2018, I asked my cousin if she still had those squares in a bag because now I had a little bit of quilting experience and had the courage to tackle the project. These are the 9 squares she gave me. Most have permanent wrinkles from the years of storage and the iron-ons were delicate. I purposely did minimal stitching on the squares to perserve their integrity. The one in the middle bottom was starting to flake off so I decided to focus on the border and not handle it too much through the machine. (my first ever piano-key border, which I totally loved doing) I grew to love this quilt and I hope she does as well. In all the names/families represented on the quilt, 6 of them have since passed away. I think this will be a treasure to her. Hindsight lessons: 1. the muslin was very soft and thin so I wish I would have backed the squares with a stabilizer because as you can see, they have a bit of gaps. 2. I would have done a quilt-as-you go method so that I could have more stitching on each square without the worry of all the handling of pushing the quilt through the throat of my machine. Overall I do love it. Thanks for reading
I love this pattern-it’s my go to quilt pattern when I need a quilting gift in a short timeframe! I made a quilt for my daughter using this pattern (it’s posted on the site) and she liked it so much she asked me to make one for two of her friends who are getting married. She picked the fabrics based on their wedding colors. We thought it was especially appropriate for the wedding since it’s called the Love quilt. She requested the same dense, straight line quilting that I did on her quilt.
I did not know the end of this quilt journey would be so emotional. Thank you for all of your sweet comments. I wanted to share the photo my baby brother just posted all the way from Zimbabwe. He travels to Africa about 3 times a year for missions work and this beautiful couple takes care of him while he visits. They have been married almost a year and now they have the quilt in their hands. My heart is full and happy tears keep flowing. I am not an artist, and am fairly new at quilting. My brother and I put ideas together and he counted on me to select prints, colors, and designs. I started adding my own spin on the intertwining flowers and vines. I couldn’t fmq feathers for the quilting design because my brain would not work with my hand motion so I just made up the design as I went along. I was fatigued after an unexpected surgery but had to finish to make a deadline. My husband helped me take photos and fed ex the quilt to Texas so that it could then be put in a suitcase headed overseas. I will never forget this journey and love this couples smile in the photo. I am taking a break. It may be a long break. So thank you everyone on this app for being positive and cheering me on. P
I really got attached to this quilt and will definitely make another. It will travel over land and sea to another country far away. Finally, the quilt will be delivered in person to a newly married couple by my baby brother. I can’t wait to see a photo of the couple and the quilt.
My Grandmother made a Sunshine and Shadow quilt sometime before 1963. As a kid growing up, it was always on my bed. Years later, the fabric is fragile, seams are unstable, and the quilting is breaking here and there. I've repaired rips and replaced a prairie point or two. Finally, I decided that I should replicate Grandma's quilt with a modern twist using batiks instead of solids. I collected all of the colors as close to the original as possible and set to work figuring out a pattern. I used 3" squares in 4x4 patches and one sashing bar between the four quadrants. Without a pattern, I cut small squares to figure out the placement of each color. I made 3 1/2" strips that were 14" long into sets which allowed me to make four identical squares each time, one for each quadrant. There are duplicate squares in the pattern, so you can go faster by cutting those in volume. I'm not sure how Grandma made hers, but I think I've captured the look and feel of her original. If you have a fragile old antique quilt at home, think about making a new version to use again. It is one way to bring the old quilts back to life. The original quilt my grandmother made is pictured below, top-left.
My brother asked me to make a quilt for friends of his who live out of the country. These friends recently got married and wanted to give my brother a gift. The gift was a beautiful Persian Rug to take home with him. He thought of a wedding gift to give them when he returned. He requested flowers intertwined throughout wedding rings. I now need to free motion quilt feathers and fillers.
Buffalo Plaid was every where this last Christmas .. but like everyone else ... I love it !!! ... very homey looking and yummy ... I made this one .. from yardage .. in flannels ... My Son already claimed it as his ... figures. ... its okay. I made a pillow to match ... kinda cute.
I decided to make something with wool felt. I decided to sew it all by hand. The rabbit was store bought. My husband helped draw the rabbit patterns. The day after Easter I was wheeled into surgery. Hand sewing was relaxing and helped get my mind off the surgery. I embroidered the tails and outline of the rabbits using the button hole stitch and French knot.