Monthly Archives: November 2017

Nov.26.. Hand quilt along

My how time flies! These last few weeks have been busy with caring ,visiting with my Mom. Then family coming home for thanksgiving. It hasn’t left much time for quilting or sewing. I was surprised at just how much I did get done when I sat down to post my progress. Here’s the update on the fire island hosta …

A few more stitches…

I did get my double wedding ring quilt top marked and started on….

I started another project when just sitting with my Mom ,I needed something small to work on. I have been wanting to do a cathedral window quilt for awhile with these old scraps that came in a bag of other scraps. I think someone took the bigger blocks from these border pieces,these were cast offs.

I believe they are fabric pieces from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Some of the fabric is too thin and old to use ,some can still be lovely displayed in a little window. I have just what is in the bag to take apart with this stack already done.

Here is a few blocks with the old pieces…

It has given new life to the oldies.😀

Now off to make more food for dinner,there’s to be twenty sitting around my dinner table .

Oh , and check out what some others are doing by hand….














Nov. 9 … Quilt marking

Every quilter as they are working on a top start to wonder how they wish to quilt whether it is to be machine quilted or hand quilted. I’m a hand quilter so this post will be focused on hand quilting.

First it is important that the top’s seam be ironed neatly ,you don’t want untidy or twisted seams like here as it will not lay or look right when quilted.

You want the top to lay nicely for you.

Then some things to consider.. well let me show you…

Here I wanted a traditional grid but added just a little to the fans to give a lacy fan look…

This bear paw block I wanted to give a soft pad to the bears paw. You can see it a little better on the backside.

Then this broken star quilt had lots of plain open spaces to show off lovely designs..

To make these I use paper with black marker then placed under the fabric. If you have a plain light color fabric you can trace it with very little problem.

The grid work I use a ruler or yard stick.

For a foundation pieced quilt,it is harder to quilt because of many seams, quilting over seams is hard on fingers. The hosta quilt I did has lots of stitch in the ditch work.

To add interest to this quilt , I did rays,and a scribble around the spikes to soften and showcase the spikes.

Sometimes the fabric will give you a pattern to follow

Today I worked on marking this top

I laid some designs on the top for ideas. The top design I think is to large ,the middle is to round it will just be adding more circles, the last one will give it a nice floral design. The rest will not need to be marked as I will do stitching about a quarter inch away from seams in each ring patch.

I use a chalk pen from Fons&Porter and a school pencil for marking.

There are many idea inspirations to be found online,magazines or books. For beginners I would suggest simple work like grid,clam shell or parallel lines not to may twist and turns until you learn how to handle your needle with confidence. Then just be creative ,that’s what quilting is about.😀

If you have a tip be sure to comment to share it.


Nov.5. Hand quilt along

For starters on this new hand quilting sharing, I have two quilts that I want to share .

First this quilt I would like to finish before to long as I have another one waiting to be done,just like it in different colors.

I have just a few more rolls to go,here’s the corner that I’m working on.

The next one ,I need to finish ,mark then I will hand quilt it in a lap hoop . It is a lap size quilt perfect for relaxing in the evening with family,the other quilt is a queen size and in a frame in the sewing room.

I have one row to sew on yet,and am thinking of putting a flower design in the center navy space.

Here’s a few more sites you might like to check out to see what they are hand quilting








Nov.2… The lovely Davenport home

Savannah has some beautiful old homes, hubby and I stopped to visit one. Bless his heart he was rather bored through the tour,while I was totally delighted.

Mr. Davenport was a builder from the north,but he moved to Ga for he believed that he had more of a chance to build a business in a growing city. He put a lot of hard work and money into his house so that when the wealthy came to his place they would be impressed. Mr. Davenport did well with his business,until his untimely death at 44,due to yellow fever. His wife a resourceful lady,took on a boarder to bring in an income for her and the seven children,(6 boys and one girl). That was the town gossip ,of course for she was a widow,and the boarder a man.

Now the tour…

Floor vinyl in entry way..

The entry, then to the left was the office,and to the right,ballroom and parlor.

The fireplace in the office was impressive , also the floor boards were the full length of the room except one place where he joined the boards.

The parlor

Chairs were pushed back to the sides of the room when it was to be the ballroom. The wallpaper was hand painted. It was so cheerful,and elegant.

The ceiling motif

At the end of the parlor was Mrs. Davenport’s sitting room that would open up to the ballroom if more room was needed.

A cute cradle was in her room..

This was her sewing table,the glass piece with the doll was used as a model,when she went north she would put a model dress on the doll then come home to make herself one like it. The belt like piece is what she would put her needles, thread, and scissors in to roll up to put in her packet when she went visiting to sew with other ladies.

Then up the beautiful stairs…

When coming up the stairs to right the boarders room still under reconstruction,to the left was the little girls room,and she had a feather bed with netting. There was also a very cute tea set.

From the little girls room right into the parents room where a lot of family time was spent on winter evenings. As you walked through the door to your left was the potty. Must say it was a creative one.😀

It would hold a bowl in the bottom for removal for dumping.

Their feather bed,and baby cradle, and the the sitting chair

In her wardrobe,she had only four dresses… imagine that….

then into the boys room . You walked crossed a little hall to enter their room. All the boys slept in this room when Mrs. Davenport had to take on a boarder. There were no feather beds as they were to be boys growing into men. They slept on a canvas with a straw or Spanish moss mattress

And the pot under the bed.🙊 their tub that was used every Saturday night

No stuff chairs here..

Then down the stairs and out the back door to the garden only where the fountain is today was garden and pens for pigs,horse and chickens. There was also an outhouse included but no longer there. The kitchen area and slave rooms were still under construction. She had four slaves that helped her with the household chores,I believe they were all ladies.

we walked along the river front early in the morning other wise you have a hard time seeing because of all the people.

Like here,but there are cute things to notice with people too.

One day doesn’t give you much time to enjoy a beautiful place,but we made the most of it. Hubby did too as he enjoyed the food.