Saturday, March 30, 2013

Second Saturday Sampler


I finished applying the binding to two of my UFO Quilts.  Both of these quilts were made in 2005 as a BOM at Little Quilts - or as Little Quilts calls it their Second Saturday Sampler.
Both quilts were quilted with the baptist fan using the Quilt- EZ boards.


I decided to apply the binding by machine. The quilts were machine pieced and machine quilted so why not machine binding?
I used two steps to apply the binding.  First I used Sharon Schambers method of sewing the binding to the quilt and glue basting the binding down instead of pinning.  You can check it out here and then I tried Pat Sloan's method of sewing the binding down shown here.



I am try to decide if I should go back to using a straight stitch to sew my bindings down instead of the blanket stitch Pat uses because you are able to use a different color thread for the back and it matches better.  
I don't care how careful I was I just wasn't  able to stay close enough to the binding all the time.  I wonder how Pat does it?  The blanket stitch looks better on the front and the straight stitch looks better on the back.

Happy Stitching,
Nancy

My Lucky Day


Last week while I was visiting Kathies blog Inspired by Antique Quilts I noticed she was giving away some of her wonderful fabric collection so I left a comment and was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the winners.  This gallon ziplock bag arrived and inside was a wonderful assortment of 6.5 inch squares.


Now I have this fun problem of deciding what I want to make with them.  Should I make a scrappy quilt or save them to use in my appliqué"?
Thanks Kathie,

Monday, March 25, 2013

Little Tumblers



We had Shop Hope here in Atlanta this month and one of the things I picked up was this little tumbler pattern.  It makes the cutest little quilt using 2 inch squares or strips.  I used some of my leftover bits to make this little quilt.


I think it's just too cute.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Chester County Criswell


Block eight the Vincent Stubbs block
I don't think I would win any awards for promptness in blog posting but I thought I better get this out before the next block comes on the first.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

This Quilt



This is my first binding finish.  I thought I would start small.  This little quilt is called "This Quilt" and it is a pattern from Quilts by Cheri.  Cheri has some great primitive patterns and she is always posting free little quilt patterns on her blog.
This Quilt measures 30 x 17 and was quick to make because all the applique’ is wool.


I hope you are having a wonderful day,
Nancy

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Applique Update


Block seven of the Chester County Criswell quilt.  It’s called Royal Palm.  There are two blocks of this design in the Chester Criswell Quilt, one for six year old William and one for three year old Harry Clendenen.  The blocks were  made by their mother Elizabeth Clendenen.  I am only making one.  Block eight is already out and I need to get busy on it.  Don’t want to get behind.
The history behind this quilt is very interesting and if you would like to read about it go to this link.


These are the next three blocks of the  Sally Post quilt.  I have added the setting triangles and I think they look a lot better when you see them on point.  The patterns are available for free on Sentimental Stitches.  A new block is released each Saturday.  Be sure to click on the words below the picture not the picture if you try to download them.  
This is the group project for the year for “Prim Folk Art Quilts” yahoo group.  There are 36 blocks and the goal is to make three a month.
I am happily stitching, 
Nancy

Saturday, March 2, 2013

UFO's


 I have spent the last couple of weeks trying to do something about all these  quilt tops.
They have been hanging over this door for several years and I think people are getting tired of bumping into them every time they come into this room.  Not to mention this is the room where my DH's computer is.


This is the result so far.  I put an all over design on these simply because there were so many to do.  I know some of them would look better with a little custom quilting but I want to get finished before the end of this century.  They are trimmed but not bound and I will post about each one as I get the binding completed.

This is what I have left to do except for the little ones that are not hanging.  There are 5 of those.

I need to buy backs for some of them and some of them need something more than a pantograph.

Oh, and I am not counting all the appliqued quilt tops in the plastic bin. Oh my!   Those will require a lot of thought.  I have put so much work into them and am not the best custom quilter out there.

One thing I am earning from this experience.  No more making quilts just because they look pretty in a book or a magazine or because a friend makes it.  I need to have a purpose for the quilt and it needs to get quilted before I start on something else.  I mean I am running out of places to stack quilts.
I wonder is there anyone else out there like me?
Happy stitching,
Nancy