Monday, November 20, 2017

Linen top done and more quilting

I worked hard yesterday to get the remaining blocks done for the linen and lace quilt, and today, I sewed it together into a top!! Yippee!

The blocks ended up at 15 1/2 inches square. I may add a border to get it to a better queen size for the customer.

These blocks were a booger to make! I hope she likes them...
Once I had linen off my mind, it was time for work. A favorite customer came by today with a scrappy quilt she made in a hurry for a girl newly diagnosed with stage four cancer. The girl is her daughter's best friend. We exchanged pleasantries and I said I would get it done right away. I did. Here it is.

This pretty quilt, made with so much love, it should make her feel better.

The panto is called Feathers Galore

Lots of fun scraps. I love the Eiffel Tower!
Mr Wazoo kept busy in the man cave doing this quilt for another customer. Its a Christmas gift.

The customer made it a patriotic theme for her brother.

Panto: Star Spangled Banner

I also quilted the third of the Christmas gifts made by one of our repeat customers. All of them are huge and all are to have hearts in the quilting. I'll get the binding on tomorrow after our guild board meeting.

Big Red!

Panto: Hearts

Bright starry backing.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, I also need to get the needed supplies for the feast. We'll be traveling on Friday to see Mr W's mom in South Carolina, and then pick up our daughter from Charlotte for a weekend visit. Thanksgiving comes on Saturday here, we'll have turkey with all the trimmings with friends and family. Thursday, I'm thinking a cookout would be the cat's meow!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

More linen follies and some quilting, too.

Yesterday, I made another eight blocks for the customer linen and lace quilt. Eight seems to be the magic number of how many I can do in a day of sewing. Oh well, with 24 done, I only need another six to have the blocks done and start sewing the quilt top together. Yippee!
I made another of the lace on pink blocks.

This one combines a pillowcase and lace

Another pillow case and part of a table topper that has some holes and stains on the part I didn't use.

Pillow case and big, thick crocheted doily.

Pillow case, table topper and hanky.

Reeeeally thin hanky, and some lace.

Another beautifully embroidered hanky.
The pile is getting smaller...I think. One block didn't get its picture taken, but it will be in the finished quilt. Oops.
The Millie was chugging away while I worked, and I finished two customer quilts for the day.

A Christmas gift for a boy

I love the ethnic turtle  focus fabric! Panto: African Samba

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This wall hanging will be flying to San Antonio, to a son who just moved there.

Panto: Swirling Snowflakes

A peek at the back
During the day, Sears delivered the new freezer to the back porch! Its a little bigger than the old one and is frost free!! Yahoo! No more defrosting. We got a cabinet at Home Depot and the beer fridge is now at a height where I can reach the Dos Equis without standing on tip-toes. Just in time for Saturday night pizza.

I'm thrilled it has a light inside! Getting ice cream in the dark will be much easier...

The little freezer is going to the thrift shop on Monday. Somebody will give it a good home, I'm sure.

Beer fridge now lives on top of a cabinet. We'll have the drawers full before too long. We just can't help ourselves when it comes to keeping stuff...

His and hers beer

Lots of room and no more precarious piles of stuff in the freezer. Thanksgiving turkey in the drawer, too!!
Today, I hope to have the last blocks done for the linen quilt. I have a tee shirt quilt to make for a customer. It will be a Christmas gift, so I need to get going on it! Down to the studio I go.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Second verse, same as the first.

A full day of sewing and I only managed to get eight more linen and lace blocks done. They are really tedious and take a while to prep and sew, but they are going to look nice in the memory quilt. With yesterday's eight, I now have sixteen...only fourteen to go! I'm sorry about the pictures. They don't photograph very well.

Lace on pale pink

Lace on a turning twenty block

Lace pillow case hem and a hanky butterfly

Lace and a crocheted doily

A 100 year old christening gown, worn by four generations

Great-Grandma's hand embroidered hanky, carried by her, her daughter, and her granddaughter at their weddings.

Its hard to see it, but the baby dress has the name 'Pat' embroidered on it

One quarter of a square table cover, mounted on pale pink.
Mr Wazoo kept busy in the man cave quilting this Christmas project.

This pretty jelly roll race quilt will be a cheerful addition to the quilter's decorations.

Panto: Holly Berries

The pattern looks even better on the back.
I finished the chicken quilt by making and sewing on the binding today. After show and tell at the guild, I will hang it on the living room quilt ladder.
Back to hand work for the evening. More block sewing tomorrow.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Linen and lace progress

After a morning filled with errands and appointments, I finally got to work and made some progress with the antique linen and lace quilt. Most of the blocks are cut from the pillow cases and table cloths, but some are from my stash. I made some Turning Twenty blocks to supplement the plain blocks, and add a bit of color. The doilies are a nice touch to the plain blocks. I folded one doily that was torn, and made a little basket from it. The handle and lace insert are more of the items I have to work with. The quilt is coming along, but it is tedious and slow.
I start the blocks by pinning components on the background fabric. This background is from an antique pillow case.
Here is the hand embroidered hanky and a beautiful crocheted coaster sewn down with invisible thread

This is the little basket made from a torn doily and some crocheted lace.

These hand made doilies are remarkable!

Some are made of thin crocheted strands

Others have complicated repeating patterns

This block has a border attached with hand done faggoting. The original piece was a small table cloth I cut in quarters. I had a circle of lace and a doily layered before sewing.

Blocks lined up and ready to sew

Blocks, linens, baby clothes and lace...stay tuned for more fun!
While I sewed the lace blocks, the Millie was perking along in the background on a customer quilt...until the last row. The backing was 2 inches too short!! GAAAHHH!! I took the quilt off, added to the bottom of the backing, re-loaded it, and quilted the last row. Then I left it for today, since I have to get two pillow sham backs out of the same fabric!! I hope they fit. I measured everything and knew it was going to be bad.
With the quilt all bunched up on the cabinet, I carefully sewed the strip of backing to the original backing. Fortunately, I had the backs for the pillow covers to use for the backing extension.

With the quilt reloaded, I was able to finish the last row of quilting.
The best way to finish the entire project was to butt the pillow tops to the bottom of the finished quilt and just keep quilting across them until I finished.

Ta-Da! The finished quilt. And its a beauty.

Digital panto: Frolic

The pesky, but pretty back

These are the pillow covers
Mr Wazoo worked in his man cave, diligently finishing quilts for customers near and far.
This bits and pieces quilt was made from orphan blocks. I remember the original quilts! They were nice, but this one is exciting to me.

Panto: Flourish

A local customer made this colorful quilt using the new Grunge dots fabrics.

Panto: Bubbles

This lovely quilt is mostly batiks. Perfect for Fall!

I forget the name of the panto, but it is all leafy and pretty.

You can see the design better on the back.
A fun footnote! My friend, Audrey Hiers, is one of the featured quilters in the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine. Today, I went to her house and did a little interview for the local newspaper, and took her picture. We had a pleasant morning, chatting about quilting and all the things we have in common. Quilters are a wonderful family, and that's what makes quilting such a joy. We all share the same feeling of accomplishment when we finish a quilt and give it away. We are quietly leaving our legacy for the next generation. That's another reason I love my job!

My friend, Audrey