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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