Monday, April 20, 2015

Spinning Ball Quilt

I rotated the hanging quilts.  I thought spring was a good time to bring out The Spinning Ball.
The quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted.

Brackman #3535 credits the pattern to Hall.
Of course I had to pull out my Kretsinger/Hall book.  Plate XCVI shows a red and green Spinning Ball quilt (in blank and white).  "Made of green and red calico in Kentucky about 1850 by Mrs. Mobala Logan.  It is made and quilted with hand spun linen thread made in the Logan home.  The colors are clear and unfaded".

This Spinning Ball example is not as old, probably 50 years newer but still could be 100 years old.

This is the quilt hanging.
The maker pieced the ground fabric of multiple similar prints.

There are 56 spinning balls, most are made from two prints, but a few are multiple prints.

Some are appliqued to the ground fabric, some are inset.

Most of the purples have faded.

Not all of the 'blades' are placed in the same direction.

Facing edge flipped back over a
black and white Spinning Ball block

The quilt edge is finished with facing. Obviously not a technique "invented" by art and modern quilters.
I love this edge finish technique and plan to try it soon.

This facing finishes at a little under 1.5" on the back.

All of the hand quilting is completed with white thread.

No batting is used in the quilt.  When held up to the light, flannel stripe scraps were used as filler.  The quilt is so soft and cuddly.  I can see why it was used.

Here are a few more spinning balls.

Another scrappy one - four prints asymmetrically placed.

Here you can see the ground stripe doesn't always go on the same direction.

The balls aren't all perfectly round - I love that!

This one ball is a wonderful combination of blue chambray with a black/red print.

On the left and right side you can see the seams where the circle was inset.

This ball shows one of the changes in the ground fabric.

Another oval 'spinning ball'.

Tiny hand quilting stitches.

This block is at the edge.

Partially inset and partially applique.

The maker just improvised!  Part of what I think makes this a fantastic quilt.

You can also see the background fabric change in this block.

I hope you like this quilt as much as I do.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Progress Report

Machine Pieced - Hand Quilted
I am pleased to report the hand quilting is well underway on The Graduation Quilt.  Thank you for your inquiries, it helps keep me on track!

It is pin basted and I'm using a hoop.  My floor frame still has my Harrison Rose on it.

I am outline quilting 1/4" from the  edges of each piece, removing pins as I go.  I will then go back and add the detail quilting.  Each fabric gets unique quilting.  I also plan to quilt our names and dates in the blocks.
This very light section is the center.

Read more about this quilt HERE.

This is the second time I've made a quilt like this.

I say, "like this" because I misplaced the first set of templates I made for quilt 1.  No worries!
I just made a second set.  I like using template plastic I can write on for fussy cutting.  I use pencil and wipe of the registration lines for the next cut.

The layout on the first one is rather random.  I also used more feminine fabrics; florals, toiles and pastel lights.

Velma came running for the photo op.

"Have you earned quilting time today?"

Velma has decided she needs to keep the quilt safe and warm when I am not quilting.
She is usually buried underneath the quilt layers.  Today she slept for over two hours on top of the hoop - until I got the camera out.

Of course, I need to thank her for two hours I worked off the to-do list of chores.  Much more productive to finish spring cleaning.  I have until August to finish it.

She must know 'The Graduate' has a cat.

Side by Side 

I decided to put the two quilts together.
The Graduate Quilt has a look all its own - masculine colorful fabrics, a light to dark layout and uniform setting fabrics.

That's the way it should be - a gift quilt custom made for a very special person.

I am often asked the size of the hexagons - I finally measured - 4" a side.

Kim McLean Cover Quilt

My inspiration was a quilt I saw in Houston in 2004.
It was featured on the cover of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine in 2005.

I wanted to pull a chair over and sit and stare at the quilt in Houston.  I loved everything about it - 100's of reproduction fabrics, the layout - what's not to love?

My blocks are bigger, the finished quilt smaller and I played with the color layout.

The pattern was published in the 2005 Quilter's Newsletter Wall Calendar.  I don't have the calendar to see how the measurements compare to my blocks.

Here are the details on the inspiration quilt from inside the magazine.

I also like this detail picture because you can see some of Kim's quilting lines.  I'm always curious how the quilting is done.

Who knows, I may make a third - some year...

Have a great week, I hope it includes some stitching time.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Other Sewing Finishes

It was a special day today, hand sewing with the extraordinary Chintz Chicks.  I remembered to ask permission to share some of their projects.

This pair of purses is only one of Deanna's finished projects.

The pair of hexagon purses are from Brigitte Giblin - digital patterns found HERE.  Deanna modified the tops to work with readily available metal purse frames.  The top shape isn't exactly like the pattern.

Wonderful fussy cutting and flawless assembly!  The hexagons are hand pieced and the bag portion is hand stitched to the purse frame.

They look great with the toile print chair.
So far she hasn't used the purses.  She's enjoying them on her sewing room shelf.

Another great finish Deanna shared is this basket quilt made from 4" basket blocks.

Fun fabric combinations.

Started in a Jo Morton club several years ago a while back, it is now finished.  Sorry the pattern name and year details aren't currently available.

We admired her beautiful machine quilting.

The alternate blocks have delicate feathered wreaths.  Yes, that's right - feathered wreaths to fit in a 4" alternate block!  They are perfectly executed.

The quilt has not been washed.  I love it as is!  She is planning to wash and dry it to give it even more texture.

I should have taken notes - she used an invisible poly YLI thread for the wreaths.  The border stipple is stitched with cotton YLI.

The Honeybee quilt has a longer story I will share in detail in a future post.  Do you like it?

With permission of the owner of the antique top, our small group reproduced this queen size quilt.  We hand appliqued all 972 leaves, using a beautiful variety of reproduction fabrics.

The quilt will be auctioned at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum live auction in May.

It is a beautiful quilt!!
It was a day filled with inspiring projects.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOM Blocks and Organizing

Grounds:  Banana Yellow, Blue Dot and Orange
I started another color way of Catherine's Garden BOM.

It found a Judy Rothermel blue dot on white ground.

I've enjoyed the variety working with all of the colors and fabrics.
You may have seen Karen's HERE.

I keep my blocks, finished and in process in a three ring binder.
Each acid free page saver (from office supply stores) holds a pattern and all three color ways of the blocks.

The binder easily tucks into my take along tote, ready for those found moments of stitching time.

In the front of the binder I added a three ring school pencil bag filled with bobbins of threads, travel scissors and needles.  I also have an acid free 4" x 6" snap close container with larger supplies I can pop in my purse if I think I will be basting more prep on a longer trip.

  Always good to be prepared!

The blocks easily store without wrinkles.
Supplies and the patterns are close at hand.

I chose a decorative binder so when it is closed on the coffee table at home it looks nice.  More like a photo album...

This is flower 5, for month four - in upcoming months we have multiple flowers and the borders.

If you have not already joined, you can HERE.  You can always count on the blocks being ready before the first of each month.  It is fun to see those of you who are ready for the new blocks early!  I know that feeling.

For European customers, you know from your invoice the digital tax is automatically added.  For the rest of the world - tax is included in the $3USD price.  So much configuration for a little home based business!!

I prefer back basting, and baste ahead as I prepare for car trips or plane travel.

I am able to baste sections of all the blocks.  Some found time is best used on straight runs like stems.  Other times I can do smaller pieces.

I baste with high contrast thread, so it's easy to see in all kinds of light.
Yes, I have had odd looks on flights, but mostly people are just curious.

I once sat by a man from Africa who was quite intrigued.  After some discussion he then showed me phone pictures on the embroidered bed coverings his sister and mother make.  Lovely hand work.

Have a great week, I hope you have some flowers in your stitching and/or garden!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thank You, Bloomington Indiana

Thanks to generous reader Diane, I have a virtual tour of the American Quilt Study Groups 2014 Civil War Study Quilt Exhibit.

First, I big thank you to the organizations that are supporting this touring exhibit the next four years.  Their support enables this informative and beautiful exhibit to be seen around the country.

Main Street Bloomington Indiana

We enter beautiful downtown Bloomington, Indiana...driving down a wonderful American Main Street.

Diane tells me 40,000 college students fill the town during the school year.  The weekend of her visit was a basketball game so the town was filled with activity and excitement.

For those of you who may not know, America is a little crazy for basketball in March - March Madness.

Let's continue the tour...we need to find the exhibit host - Monroe County History Center.

Monroe County History Center

Here it is...
What a beautiful building.

Diane tells me the building used to be the Carnegie Library - just about every county seat in Indiana had a Carnegie Library.  Most have been converted into history museums.  You can read more about it HERE.

The exhibit is in the Rechter Gallery, where rotating displays are FREE to the public.
American Quilt Study Group Presents: Quilt Study of Civil War Era Quiltcan Quilt Study Group Presents: Quilt Study of Civil War Era Quilts
The purpose of the Quilt Study is for members to replicate, either exactly, or as an interpretation, a quilt of a particular style or period. In this way, members can learn from the textile the history, techniques, and perhaps something of the person who made the original. This year, the Quilt Study replicated 25 Civil War Era Quilts. Opens: February Closes: June 2015.

Exhibit Entrance and Sign

This is the entrance to the exhibit.
The sign explains the exhibit and the study AQSG Members undertook.

This is the gallery shot Diane sent.

The next best thing to being there!

It is impossible to get all 25 quilts in one photo.

Here is another angle.

The music stands hold the information card for each quilt not on a wall.

Besides each beautiful quilt, there is a wealth of information about quilts in the Civil War era on the important tags that travel with the quilts.

If you get a chance to see the quilts, I hope you go!  PLEASE tell the venue that you came to see the quilts.  We need to get the word out that  quilts related to antique quilts (as well as antique quilts) attract attendance!!

Diane also provided a shot of my little flag quilt.
You can read more about it HERE, and see my inspiration quilt.

My quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted, and includes the 19th C. setting and construction.

I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour.
I am so appreciative to Diane who made this post possible!
Have a great weekend,