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June 18th … A Drunkards trip around the world

I’ve had to put aside my double wedding ring sewing for there’s another project that needs to be done first. I need to put together a  quilt top that is to go into a grandma’s room that an lady in making in her house . I do not have to handquilt it as this lady’s friends wish to quilt it for her. The material that is to be used in the quilt is vintage and is pink. I wasn’t sure what pattern I should work with until I came across the drunkards trip around the world. Perfect …. why … it’s perfect for two colors, it’s an old pattern ,and it interesting enough that the design has been found in ancient Egypt.

I drew up my own pattern to keep me straight with the colors,also added the twist with the corners.


Fabric up close. I would take a guess that it is a fifties fabric , but if someone knows for sure then please let me know!

Three rows done


Does it look like it would fit in a grandma’s room?

It has warmed up big time in GA.. today it was 93f degrees (33.8 c) So the walk that I usually take was cut start until it cools off!!

That clouds were beautiful,hoping that it means rain is on the way!!

  This looks like a frog jumping over an alligators snout. Lol

Also was chasing butterflies..

  
And seeing if the little wrens weren’t too hot..


Their little mouths were open hoping for a bite.😀

The little dahlia was posing so pretty that I readily agree to take its picture.

Now off the make a menu up of the meals I wish to put in the camper for our trip to Kentucky . 

As Leona has a lower immune system, I don’t take her out to public eating areas or restrooms.  She also has a special diet that is easier on me if I just plan them out ahead of time. It is amazing to me that a child who the doctors at one time said she will only have a lifespan of ten years ,is now going on twenty. 

The next post I’m sure will be on wedding!😀

Until then.. take care , Deb

June 11…. update on a double wedding ring quilt

With all the other sewing that was being done, I haven’t been able to work on this top very hard. I did how ever take a few minutes each day to do a few stitches on it.


I have 77 of these done and 57 more to do, have two complete rows done with seven more to go.


There are many little stripes of  scraps that I can’t use in the double wedding ring , I made a log cabin block that took 1 1/2 inch strips . I really like the block. 


Did a few more blocks… I think a log cabin is also going to be made out of these old scraps.


There was a gorgeous sunset this evening ….


and of course , I need to add a few more flowers.

 

Oh yes.. I need to share what I found in my washing machine that made me take a second look…


It fell out of my son’s jean pocket when washing. He had been fishing. 

Have a great week ,

Deb

March,12 th…. a trip up north

It is that time of year when hubby goes to dealer meetings again. I alway enjoy riding along ,taking a littler sewing machine then while hubby is in meetings I sew away. Here’s a peek into our journey.

We started out with temperatures in the upper 70’s … so in packing I only put in a heavy sweater forgetting just how cold some parts of the US still are. I really didn’t mind the temperature drop until it hit freezing and below temperatures…. needless to say there were a few times I was nearly frozen myself.😄

 
From hills to flat land

 
From warm to cold

 
From upside down house to huge tires

 
From lovely farms to rocky views

 
From red barns to brown ones

Now for all the quick miscellaneous shots…

   

Soooo… what did I work on while hubby was in meetings….. take a guess😄


Yep the double wedding ring quilt. I have 54 ring sides done. 

 
What the rings look like before trimming. I did sew a few of the rings together to see if it was what I thought it was going to look like in my minds eye ..as to what quilt would really be. 


I’m happy with it! Sorry about the wrinkles as the iron was worthless there and I was afraid of ruining my fabric. Two of the rings aren’t sewn to the center neither.

I also took a book along to read,”Georgia quilts” what a wonderful book! I didn’t get it finished completely,but I did find a pattern in there  that would use my little scraps up ,that would make me very happy. It was made by two black ladies here in Ga .


The flower petals were done by Mary Lizzie Parham in her elder years then her daughter Annie Howard finished it after her mothers death. Fabric era… about the same time frame as what I’m working with now…. 

 
I believe the design is simple enough for me to make one similar.

We did go to two museums on the way home ,that I will do a later post on.

Deb

Nov 15.. an old knit quilt 

My daughter Lynn had given me an old quilt to repair that was her hubby’s ,given to him as a child.  It was a lovely double knit tied quilt made by his grandma. Years ago Lucas’parents bought a farm , in the old barn was this double knit fabric that granny salvaged. The repairs were to redo some seams ,also the ties were either missing or in poor shape.


The knit fabric is in wonderful shape,one would never guess that it has been used hard. When I finished the repairs it looks almost new!


I would guess these knits to be 50 some years old.


I know that knits are not poplar in the quilt world. I have made a few simply because they are tough and hold up to boy abuse…. one I made has held up for twenty one years,and still going strong. 

 
 these I made from old shirts ,dresses, skirts ,and fabric scraps that I would find..In our early years of marriage  money was a little short, which taught me to be creative. There was no rotary cutters or mats then,just cardboard ,pen and scissors . 

Now for an update on the nativity project… two blocks done


And the embroidered block quilt top….I thought was done until I laid it on the couch…oops…


I have it ripped out already for me to sew in right tomorrow.


Lynn sent me this picture last week,she took it standing in their field facing the neighbors. Isn’t  it gorgeous!!

Deb

June 26 th,Tumbling block vintage quilt

I do not own very many old quilts. One reason is .. I only have so much room in my small house, the other reason .. Often they are priced over my budget.

The quilt I am going to share today is a vintage 1930-40’s quilt. It was found while walking though a flea market with my daughter. The red caught my eye.. So I walked over to take a look ,maybe take a picture ,not even dreaming of buying it . Can you imagine that?!! Well, I didn’t have much cash in my wallet for I was only there with my daughter who was looking for boys clothes. I was more interested in watching my grandbabies. Until.. 

As I was looking at the old quilt, totally lost in all the lovely old fabric,I’m a very one tracked brain person who can get very lost in my own thoughts, when I heard this quiet voice saying ….. Here’s how that conversation went..

Ma’am,do you quilt?

A startled me.. Me? You asking if I quilt?!

Yes, you see the quilt needs some mending. The quilt was found in an attic and the mice got into it, also some staining.

Oh yes I quilt, the mice holes aren’t to bad ,it could be repair .

You would like to buy it?

Oh ,would I . It’s very beautiful. ( by now I’m holding my breath)

You can have it for $2.

2.00 dollars!! My mouth I know had to be wide open..

Yes, she sweetly reply. 

I have never pulled out $2 so fast out of my purse! 

With a kind” enjoy”,she handed me the quilt.

I rested assured her I would.

And still am! 

More lovely fabric scraps


Some repair work

Biggest stain mark..




The quilter did a stitch in the ditch around the little diamond

Whole quilt view..


Who ever the quilter, it was done beautifully.

Now for some heat loving plants . Crepe myrtles do really good in the south,as do the lantana. The last week, temperatures have been really warm in the high 90’s to low 100’s. I believe the thermometer read 104 today. These beauties love that heat while other plants back off blooming.




Have a lovely week friends, Deb

Jan. 31st, bowtie blocks and other projects

I enjoy making the bowtie blocks with light weight fabric for the center.I sometimes get fabric in with a pile of material that is to light to use for quilts. I like it in these blocks for it adds to the block without a lot of bulk.

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here is a finished block.

here’s is how I do it . I pick out my block fabric.

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Then I fold the light fabric in half with the right side of the fabric showing.

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then I sandwich it in between two of the pieces..with the open side of the folded piece with the top of the sandwich pieces.

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sew the seam,and open.

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lay down the other two blocks. here you see the green on top so you will lay the green down first with the right side of fabric up.

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sew seam then open it up again..

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then pull the block seams together.. opening up the light fabric,match the seams and pin.

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sew the last seam,and open again..and thats it with a little pressing.

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I did get a scrappy top done this week.This is fabric from the 70’s

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more later and then I will show the tops finished.

Happy sewing,friends! Deb

Jan.4th,2015.. a quilt using vintage keep sakes

I was given a pillowcase of doilies ,ties,table runners and and pillowcases along with some old dresses. The dear lady wanted these things made into a quilt for her sister’s birthday.They were things from their Grandmother and Mama. I told her, I sure would try.

So for several days the dining room table was a mess, the family ate in the family room.{so glad the family puts up with my messes!}

Here is what I did.I sure hope the sister is happy with it!

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I also finished up 13 pillows for christmas gifts for a customer made from shirts.I wasn’t able to get pictures of them all for time ran out on me ,and she needed to get some in the mail so they would arrive before Christmas.

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They were so fun to make !!

Now I’m working on a project for my Mama’s sewing circle. It is a New York Beauty.I have one block finished.

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Isn’t amazing how young children find modern tech so fascinating! here’s two of the grand children wrapped up in tech.I think it was Thomas the Tank engine.

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Blessings to all, Deb