Monday, January 28, 2013

Under the Wire

I almost didn't make the January BOM post and slipped in just under the wire. Lots going on, but here are the blocks my friend Janice and I sewed this month.

This is from Apple Avenue Quilts free block of the month. It was only the second time I've done foundation paper piecing and even though it was intense, I find that I love the way it makes all the lines so straight and the points so pointy. Janice was not so brave, and went with the second choice for the month....
This lighting makes the white look pinkish, but it's actually white and light blue. I think she did a great job!
We are now on our way to our February block. I'm anxious to start, but must finish up my BGW's bedding first. I'm almost done and then we'll have a reveal. I also have the log cabin pin basted and ready to start quilting. I can't wait to see how it turns out!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

One for Moi

My goals this week were to get the log cabin ready to quilt, get the biggest part of granddaughter's nursery linens done, and do one thing for me. Or "Moi" as Miss Piggy likes to say.

The log cabin needs one more narrow border at the top and bottom and she will be ready. I'm waiting on payday to get the rest of needed supplies to finish BGW's (Baby Girl Winston) nursery and that should happen by the end of the weekend.

For myself, I have wanted to make a table runner ever since I received this marvelously beautimous fabric in the mail from my good friend Tonya.  So, today was just for me and I practiced my fmq.
At first I tried to be very precise, but as the hours continued, I decided to just let it flow and enjoy myself. So, none of the stitching is right on target.
I had such a good time!
Did I mention how much I LOVE this fabric?!! I would have made curtains for my kitchen window, but there was only enough for the runner.
For the back and binding, I used some vintage fabric leftover from my mother's stash. It's obviously VERY vintage because there are some little holes in places. Since it's only for me, I didn't worry about that and there is enough stitching that those holes don't have a chance anyway.

This is where I placed it.
I'm happy happy happy.
I'm hooking up with Marcia's Minutes for Me!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Progress Progress

When I am working on three projects at once, trying desperately to get them all done asap, time seems to stand still and I find it hard to see any progress. Fortunately I was able to sew all day yesterday and today and finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

This is the log cabin quilt. My very first one.
The blocks themselves seemed to go pretty easily, and even the rows were not too bad, but connecting the rows gave me some moments of frustration. It's together now, thank goodness, and all I need to do is add borders. It's going to be queen size and it will definitely be a challenge to quilt on my little machine. The red fabrics look really bright in this photo, but they are actually shades of burgundy.

This is one of the projects for my granddaughter's nursery.
In case you can't tell, it's a window topper.  I didn't have a pattern, and just looked at something similar we liked and tried to figure it out. It turned out pretty well and hopefully it will hang just right. I also finished the bed skirt for the crib, but don't have a photo of that. It's already on her little bed. ;)

This is the third project and the least  demanding since there really is no deadline.
Just a fun little hexagon paper piecing project for myself.  I AM ready to get it finished but it will still be a little while.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Quilting Ancestry

When my mother passed, I was going through an old trunk and I came across an envelope with quilt patterns. I didn't really think much of it at the time, except that I am the sentimental sort and I had just started quilting, so I tucked it away in my sewing room.

I found it again today, and was much more enthusiastic about it.  The envelope was addressed to my Great Grandmother for whom I am named. My first name for her mother, my great-great-grandmother and my middle name for her.
Aletha Jane Sanders Wilson
 As was common for the day, it was addressed to her husband's first name, or initials in this case. He was commonly called W.T., but she called him Tom.
There was no date on it at all, but the stamp was only 1 cent. I couldn't find any reliable information on mailing a letter for that amount.  I looked for information on the pattern number and the 2500 series was copyrighted circa 1940. That would have been about the right time my gr-grandmother would have been quilting I'm thinking. In any case, I am excited to find these, but they are in such good shape, I doubt she ever used them.

Aren't they awesome?!! I love them and plan to try copying them and at least trying to make the blocks.
I never saw my grandmother quilt, (her daughter-in-law) and I'm assuming her arthritis was so bad by the time I came along, that she couldn't do needlework.
Willie Bearden Wilson
 My mom had a quilting rack, but I never saw her quilt. So, the bug has apparently trickled down to me. I'm one of four girls born to my mother and the only one who quilts.
Sue Wilson Brown and me
At one time I owned one of my gr-grandmother's quilts, but because my brother had nothing that belonged to our ancestors, I gave it to him. I have other things, such as her purse and a cameo broach she often wore. They are worth more than gold to me.

So, I've taken a stroll down vintage lane to visit my quilting ancestor, which I must admit has me just a little teary eyed. I wish I had been old enough to remember her when she passed away, but I was just a small child and we didn't live near her. I'm told she was a beautiful person inside and out and I hope I inherited a little of her, besides the quilting.
"Grandmother Wilson"

Sunday, January 13, 2013

In Progress

I don't have any new projects finished. Truth is, I took a little break and have just been doing a little hand stitching the past several weeks. But, I'm ready to get back into the game. Currently, I have three projects going. Two are hand pieced and one is machine.

Commissioned Log Cabin
A lady in my church asked me to make her a Log Cabin quilt in the colors of burgundy and green. I'm doing it in a chain and this is as far as I've gotten. There are 42 blocks as she wants a queen size. I've never done a Log Cabin, and had no idea how much fabric it would take. I've learned it's taking more than I thought but hopefully I purchased enough. I'm also learning that the supplies are costing a bit more than I anticipated. Since I quoted her a price without knowing what I was doing, I'll not make much but I consider it my guinea pig Log Cabin and the experience will be reward enough.

Summer Quilt
This light weight quilt is for my husband's "man cave". It's been pushed aside time and time again for other more pressing projects. I'd really like to get it done, but since I'm hand stitching it, there will be some time before I can finish it.

Paper Pieced Hexagons
We can blame give credit to Hillbilly Tonya for this. She has started me on a path of hexagon piecing and it's rather addicting to be honest. You just keep wanting to add more hexagons to get a nice pattern going. I'm sure I'm not doing it the proper way, but it's working for me. I realize looking at this photo that I probably should have used the aqua in place of the green, but it's too late now. It'll all turn out ok.

I do have one's my January block of the month square, but I'll wait until my partner in crime fellow BOM lady Janice is finished with hers and I'll show you both.