Repairing an old quilt

I’ve been working on repairing a quilt for my niece (yes the same one that just had a baby!). When I went up for her baby shower she pulled out an old quilt made for her by my grandmother and asked if I could repair it. I’m so bummed that I didn’t take any ‘before’ pictures – ugh, what was I thinking?!!!

Here are a few pics after repairs, all basted with new backing – a twin size flat sheet.

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I have no idea how long it took my grand mother to make this or if she did it with a group of friends but it sure looks like more than one person worked on it. The original backing appeared to be a sheet so I did the same thing. She also chose to tie the front & back instead of overall quilting, and with years of use the batting got all balled up inside. That balled up batting plus the separating and fraying of the top made it pretty clear I’d have to take it apart to repair it properly.

Oh boy was that fun – NOT! I spent one whole evening just unpicking the binding and removing the ‘ties’; as I worked, balled up batting was falling out everywhere – what a mess! Once it was all apart and most of the batting removed, I started repairing the frayed and separated squares. I did not want to remove the frayed fabric for fear something else might fall apart so I placed new fabric squares over the old fabric and sewed it in place. I pre-washed the new fabric so it wouldn’t shrink later and pucker. Once all those spots were addressed I moved on to the areas where the stitching had come out and sewed those pieces back together.

Because of years of use, the top is no longer square and I’m not going to try to square it up because I’d need to cut into quite a bit of the outside row. Of course this means quilting and binding could be a bit of a bear! It’s a good thing I love my niece so much!!

That’s about all I’ve been working on this week. I’ve scheduled a trip up to see my new great-niece on 11/28 so I want to be sure this is finished so I can take this quilt with me. I think I’ll be getting another t-shirt quilt job – another one of my neighbors has reached out and asked if I can make one for her daughter who recently turned 10. She spent many years in gymnastics so I think there will be many shirts for that time period.

We’re still planning a move to Myrtle Beach although the timing has changed a bit. The builder has fallen behind and instead of the house being completed end of Sept (!) he’s now committed to end of the year. So much for enjoying the holidays in the new house! Oh well, there’s always next year ๐Ÿ˜€ย  Here are two pictures from last week, they’ve finally started putting the brick on.

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And that’s about all I’ve got going on right now…have a great Thanksgiving!!! โค

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Big News!

I’ve got lots to share quilting wise but the biggest, bestest news is: I’m a Great Aunt!!!

My niece gave birth to a 5lb 11oz, 18″ long little girl on Friday, Nov 10. Her name is Campbell Elizabeth and she’s perfect!! She came about 2.5 weeks early and they’re keeping an eye on her but she’s doing really well ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’m just so tickled…my niece has been trying to have a baby for many, many years so this is such a blessing. I’ll be traveling to Maryland later this month to spend a week with them, helping out in any way they need me to – squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

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A few weeks ago I mentioned that I made some seasonal table toppers for a friend who lives near Seattle…and here they are! She saw me post about my own Pumpkin topper and asked for one, as well as a Christmas topper.

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I used decorative stitching on the tree to mimic garland…I love it! Now I need to make myself one ๐Ÿ˜€

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I added to my Honeypot Bee collection with this October block…every time I make one I get all giddy because I still love that Blueberry Park fabric!! Can’t wait to put all these blocks together ๐Ÿ˜‰

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As I usually do, when I’m knee deep in a big project I just have to pull out some fabric and start a new project :-s I had a charm pack of Batiks and I was feeling the seasonal change so I added a brown background fabric and made up this little baby top. It’s sitting patiently in my ‘tops’ box until I get back around to it.

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I also finished the Quilt for Vegas and put that in the mail this week. I used fabric from a half-yard bundle of Mini Bracelets I’ve been hoarding for a few years. I did straight line quilting to mimic the block pattern and used text fabric for the backing.

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Last but not least…I F.I.N.A.L.L.Y. finished the Memorial quilt. This one really challenged me because of all the different clothing fabric – velvet, satin, crepe, and rhinestones – wow! The customer picked it up yesterday and she was thrilledย which makes all the hard work worthwhile ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did double straight line quilting in each row…used Kona Navy for the back and binding. It measures 67″ square.

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Now that I’ve finished these big projects, I think I’ll spend a few days cleaning up my sewing room before I dive into anything else…yeah, that sounds good – let’s see if I can do it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Getting my ‘sew-jo’ back

Woohoo, yippee, hooray! I F.I.N.A.L.L.Y finished piecing the memorial quilt top!! I kicked my own butt, made myself get in my sewing room and just get it done!

Before I left on my business trip I pieced a few more rows with 5 more stacked and ready.

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When I got back I spent almost all day Saturday (starting & stopping) and I finally got the top all pieced (small victory!). Now I need to get to the fabric store to buy enough Navy solid for the backing so I can baste this puppy for quilting.

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I was planning to baste the Quilt for Vegas top on Saturday too but that didn’t get done.

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this picture taken before it was all sewn together

I did cut the backing and batting for it and have it folded together ready for basting but I like to baste more than one quilt at a time so I’ll wait until I have the Navy fabric and do both of the quilts. I’ve had this wide backing fabric on hand for quite some time and I like how it references all the colors.

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That’s it for now…I hope to get to the fabric store early in the week as we’re expecting temps in the 70’s by Thursday – perfect basting weather ๐Ÿ˜‰

ttfn…

2nd verse same as the first

Ugh, I just cannot get myself into my sewing room to finish that memorial quilt – argh! It’s so frustrating! I’ve had ample opportunity but have chosen to do almost anything else ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  Over the past week I’ve only managed to sew together 4 rows…pitiful! I keep telling myself I’m going to ‘get in there today and finish putting it together’…but I don’t.

I’ll stop whining now…I’m just hoping by writing this out here in the blog-i-verse it will spur me into action ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve been doing my morning routine faithfully every day which includes Meditation, Affirmations, Morning Pages, Exercise and Reading. I spend about 10-15 minutes on each one and I do feel better overall. I’m still reading/listening to The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins – I could listen to her talk all day!

Yesterday was my 32nd Wedding Anniversary…WOW, I just can’t believe it’s been 32 years!!! We spent the day putzing and then went out for a nice dinner at Del Frisco’s in Charlotte, it was delicious as always! We came home and watched the 7th game between the Astros & Yankees game…so happy the Astros won โคย  On to the World Series!

Unfortunately I won’t get much sewing done this coming week as I’m headed to Columbus, OH for a business meeting Mon-Thur.

Since I always like to post a picture, here’s the only social media post I put up these week…my Sammie girl sound asleep! Ah, I would love to zonk out like this!

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ttfn…have a great week!

A bit of a slow week

I didn’t get any work done on the memorial quilt or the #quiltsforvegas quilt {{{hangs head in shame}}}

I did however complete two commissioned table toppers…one for fall, one for Christmas…but I can’t show pictures yet because I just mailed them out yesterday and the recipient follows this blog :-pย ย I’ll definitely post pics next week!!

Outside of that, the only new information to share is I’ve rejoined Weight Watchers! I’ve packed on 25 pounds over the last year and I clearly need more accountability to help me eat better and exercise. WW has helped me in the past so I know it will help me again. Once I meet my goal I need to KEEP GOING to the meetings so I don’t slip backwards again, like I did this time. I know better so I need to do better!!

I’ve been listening to the audio book “The 5 Second Rule” by Mel Robbins and I love it!5sec

She makes so many good points – I’ve had many ‘ah-ha’ moments. This is my second time through and I’m hearing things I missed the first time…I’m going to listen to it over & over until I’m sure I’ve heard it all. I highly recommend the audio book because Mel reads it herself and she delivers it with wit & sarcasm that might be lost otherwise.

I woke up extra early this morning (5am!) to watch the Shanghai Final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal…it did not disappoint. Roger was on fire and Rafa just couldn’t get any traction. I’m going to need a nap today for sure!!

That’s all for now…have a great day!!

 

Making progress and a new project

I was a bit more productive this week in regards to sewing & quilting. I started and completed a top for #quiltsforvegas. In light of the tragedy, the Las Vegas Quilt guild has put a call out for generous quilters to help them provide comfort quilts for the victims and first responders. So horribly sad there is even a need but I just had to contribute in any way I could, so I pulled my stash of colorful fabrics and followed the recommended design.

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There’s still plenty of time to help out if you can – they’re accepting completed quilts, fabric, blocks, batting, thread – help of any kind – through November 15 (and beyond if necessary).

I received the new package of stabilizer last week and completed cutting & prepping the final bricks for the commissioned memorial quilt. I played around with the color/print placement and finally landed on this layout (I had to stop somewhere or I’d never move on!).

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I sent this photo to the client and she was pleased. I still need to piece it all together but I asked her what she wanted for the backside – I suggested a solid or low volume print because there was so much color & movement on the front…thankfully she agreed! She asked me to pick a solid color, something dark & masculine (ha!). We landed on a nice navy blue – whew! So the next steps are all planned out – I’ve even thought about how I’m going to quilt it…I’m going to do straight lines about a 1/2″ on either side of the horizontal seams, hoping it will also give it a bit more of a masculine feel since she’s gifting this to her Uncle.

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I’ve been continuing on my Bullet Journal journey…I keep track of all my to-do’s and next actions (although I don’t always DO them!). I followย Boho Berry Tribe on Facebook and have caught “fountain pen fever”. I already have a Platinum Preppy and a Pilot Metro Retro Pop…but I just had to buy a Lamy Safari in Green…ah, that color is just fabulous and I bought matching green ink…woohoo! The ink is a little bit lighter/brighter than this picture suggests…it’s really nice!

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That’s the highlights from last week…I hope to get the memorial quilt all pieced this week and then go shopping for the backing fabric. I think I’ll go to the fabric store rather than buy online – I want to be sure I get the correct shade of Navy Blue ๐Ÿ˜‰

ttfn…

 

Just a tad late…

I’m still in a little bit of a sewing/quilting funk. This commissioned quilt project I’m working on using random clothes has really got me all wigged out! The clothes they gave me are SO.BRIGHT!

Here are the ‘bricks’ I’ve already cut and stabilized.ย I sent the customer this suggested layout to get her reaction and she likes it!! So I guess I won’t be adding in any blender fabrics!! I may still play with the placement to see if I can somehow make it a bit more cohesive but this is all I have to work with!!

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If you want to offer any ideas or suggestions – I’m wide open to it ๐Ÿ˜€

I needed a break and I also needed a new table topper for fall so I pulled out my seasonal fabrics and put this little puppy together in one evening – it measures 14 inches square. I quilted curved lines on the pumpkin but the thread matches so well you can hardly see it. I may go back over it with black…or maybe not!

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I’ve made no progress on the Redskin quilt other than deciding on the design I want to use…I’ve still got it on my ‘to-do’ list so there’s hope!

That’s all for now…I plan to pick up where I left off with this glass ๐Ÿ˜‰

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