Celebrating My 200th Post (And a Whole Cloth Quilt)

MacCupcake200thThis posting makes a grand total of 200! Who would have guessed that when I started chatting with people all over the world about the wonders of crafting and sewing that I would last this long.

I have been wanting to make some visual changes to the blog but first I wanted to celebrate this momentous occasion. Ha! (Okay, that’s done.)

While The Kid and I were cruising Texas, we stumbled across signs for an estate sale that had just started. Outside of Corpus Christi (if I recall correctly). If you know about me and The Kid, you know that we love just that sort of thing. Of course we went.

Was the cutest little house you could imagine. I mean tiny. If I had to guess, I would say the whole house couldn’t have had more than 500 square feet. And I doubt it was that big though. From all appearances and overheard conversations, it was an older woman, probably a widow, who lived in the home. Lots of wonderful knickknacks and very high quality furniture. In fact, everything I saw was the highest quality – from the dishes in the kitchen to the rugs in the living room and everything in between.

Squeezing into a closet between the bathroom and the bedroom, I came across three quilts folded on a shelf. One quilt was  quite new in a Sunbonnet Sue pattern. The other was a typical 2″ square patchwork that had obviously been used. It piqued my interest, but at the same time I spotted the third quilt. A soft yellow backing, I kept turning back corners trying to uncover the pattern. It took a while, but it finally dawned on me that it didn’t have a pattern, that it was a whole cloth quilt.

It was big and had a big price tag. But I knew that I had to have it. I did negotiate a little discount, but even if they hadn’t been open to me making an offer, I would have paid full price.

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It looks like it had been folded and sitting on that shelf for quite a while. I am going to have to figure out how to encourage those creases out.

The more I look at it, the more I am coming to believe that it has machine quilting – I had hope for a hand quilted cloth. But the machine stitch is whimsical and of high quality and I have been using it on my bed and boy oh boy, is it warm. It is very large, probably a king sized quilt and is the same cloth for front and back and the binding.

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Isn’t the color awesome? Reminds me of buttercream frosting.

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The motif is leaves and feathers, and repeats about every 20 – 25 inches. Beautiful, isn’t it? Just beautiful.

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I’d like to think that someday I will hand quilt a whole cloth quilt for myself. Its not as far fetched as I might like to think… I have so many quilt tops finished, then quilted and more that need to just be finished that I probably shouldn’t start anything new for a longggg time! LOL

julie

 

 

Back To My Quilting Roots

I just seem to be all over the place these days. Work is consuming me as I have joined a new team and am learning all new technologies. I just haven’t been able to land on a single project at home, so many are this close to be completed, yet I can’t seem to wrap my brain around any one thing or get those last few details finished.

Then a box arrived in the mail. A long forgotten group of quilt tops that I had sent off many moons ago. I have this wonderful friend in Arkansas that has been quilting my tops for as long as I can remember, probably close to 15 years. I don’t even remember how we connected, but I remember that I trusted her completely to make decisions about patterns and styles and thread colors. She has experimented and I have always been over-the-moon happy with her work.

So, once I moved to Missouri and put together my wonderful sewing room, I put together quilt tops like there was no tomorrow. I suddenly found that I had more than 200 completed and it was going to be a fortune to have them quilted, even with my wonderful quilting friend. I let them accumulate for some time. I finally thought it was time, so I sorted through, found some of my favorites or ones that I promised to friends and sent them off.

I got the first few quickly but it came with a note. Gloria was having trouble with her machine and it would take some time to get someone out to her home to get it fixed. Did I want her to ship the quilts back? I told her to hang on to them and work on them when she could.

So, a week or so ago, a box appeared on my doorstep! Yay! Quilts that needed to be completed. I’ve not worked on these specific quilts for some time, in some cases years!

So, when I was struggling with completing a number of projects, I turned it all over for a chance to finish some long awaited quilts. Here are a couple…

Jeans Quilt

The first one is a just one more of a series of scrap denim quilts that I’ve been doing for a while. These are made from many different pairs of jeans, some mine and the Kid’s and from friends that thought of me when cleaning their closets. I take apart the jeans and harvest the largest squares and then down until what I can get are 2″ x 6″ pieces. That is what went into this quilt along with pockets in each corner. If you look closely, you will see a second quilt underneath the latest, the Kid has placed dibs on both. They are backed with a soft flannel, one green and the other blue. One more still to go will have red backing. They are incredibly warm and soft, from years of wear… there is no breaking in needed for these quilts.Small QuiltThis quilt is simply the left over blocks from a larger quilt. The hearts were the first real attempt that I did in doing applique, not exactly my cup of tea. But I wanted to really give it an honest shot to ensure that I wasn’t passing up something that was really going to excite me. And I realize that this isn’t going to be it. 😦

One more quilt arrived in the box that I haven’t had a chance to get finished… and I want to take my time with it. It is made with a multiple of red and white patterns and it is stunning! This will definitely be completed this weekend. I will share it with you then.

Every quilt gets a special finishing touch. I know that I should be more detailed and more informational and more creative, but for the most part, once I sew that last stitch on the binding, I want to be done. So 25 or so more stitches secures this little note in the corner on the back.

Name TagSo, a little time spent doing one of the things I love doing the most and I have given myself some time to figure out how to get organized and see a better path for the other projects that need to be completed. And I am looking forward to the next box of surprises.

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