Repaired the top. Quilted it and bound it. I have learned the best way (easiest) to fix these things is to take it apart. I again used some vintage fabric to make the replacement patches and sewed it back together. When it was given to me to repair there were just two long lines of quilting going top to bottom long ways. The patches were free to shift and shift until they either wore away or parts just fell apart. I quilted every single seam. That patchwork isn’t going anywhere! No batting and a thick ticking like back. I just reused that as it was in great shape.
When I returned it to my client it was a strange experience. We are friends and he met me at a mutual friends house. He stepped outside and greeted me and I handed him the quilt. I expected him to open it up and admire it or take it inside to show the others but instead he said thank you and took out to his car. I said I hope you like it and he responded I’m sure I will. We went inside and there was really no further discussion of it with our other friends so I wondered if he would be happy. I’m not sure what happened but the topic of the quilt came up again. He mentioned that his was probably the only one still in existence. I think that was his way of demonstrating his happiness. I had asked for a small amount given we are friends. He ended up giving mr more than I asked. Maybe that was my another sign of his pleasure.
A few weeks ago I went to a retreat. I wore a t-shirt I bought at Walmart. Bonus points to those that know who it is. I wore it our last night there and Lo and behold, here comes Marilyn Monroe. We had someone celebrating a birthday so she sang Happy Birthdayto her.
I’m not sure why I acted like such a fan girl. It was just fun!
I haven’t done One Monthly Goal posts in a while. This month I’m going to put the binding on this quilt that I repaired earlier this year. I’ve already made the binding I just have to attach it now and will probably machine sew it down.
Are you playing along?
Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal linkup.
About the time I finished up the last two churndashes I decided to use up the red and white fabric that I had to make another quilt. My friend is in the process of making the Oh My Gosh quilt and I thought I would like to make a shoofly block. Normally I don’t follow along with sew alongs because I have a list of things I’d like to finish myself. But I got the idea to make a chain quilt because that’s what stashbusters had done last year. Part of this decision was because Pat from stashbusters commented that she tries to use up fabric and not put it away in her stash and I thought that was a great idea.
I made the chain blocks and shoofly blocks and laid them out. I was not really thrilled with how they looked. I think that is because the scale of my chain blocks were too large for the rest of the quilt. To me it just looked like a lump of busyness all slapped together.
My solution was to add blue solid blocks between the other blacks to break up the busyness. I will have to try another chain layout sometime in the future and pay attention to the scale of the chain.
After making this quilt I was tired of working with the red and white fabric and put it away. I declared that I was cured of saying the phrase “I’ll take the rest of the bolt”. I will assure you I am not cured as I have had several end of bolt purchases since stating that. I did move onto a new category of fabrics to try and bust and I will post about that next.
During many of these discussions other topics came up such as minimalism and organization. Someone mentioned the YouTube videos made by a group called The Minimalists. I watched one of them and they gave you 10 suggestions of things to work on and the one that really caught my attention was putting away your toys. It’s suggested that you put your toys away every night before going to bed. I thought what a great way to describe all of my quilt goodness that was all over my house.
I haven’t really started to put things away but I have continue to work on organizing my home. I came up with a plan for getting all the fabric refolded and put away in neater fashion. I now have a table that I can use for the folding but I’m getting ready to go on vacation so I will not start on that process just yet. I have three volunteers it will be coming over to help me with a folding and putting away. I hope while we’re doing that I’ll be able to divest myself of some things.
On my Stashbuster group there was a Marianne Memorial Sew Along. Normally I don’t participate in sew alongs because I have plenty of things that I want to accomplish and I find that it just slows me down on those things. But not too long after they started their sew along Chookyblue started one as well for her blog readers. So I decided to jump in.
Chookyblue suggested a pattern for everyone to follow. I decided I wanted to do a red quilt so I went looking for all my reds and whites that would work together. The first thing I was surprised about was how little red fabric I had in my stash as I love red. This should not be surprising since I probably sew it up as soon as I buy it.
I decided to strip piece it because I figured that would go a little bit faster and turned a block out pretty quickly. I decided to go ahead and do a plaid one as well since I have lots of plaids.
How much longer after choosing the plaids I turned out a block of that combination as well. I found this black to be fun, fast and easy.
I decided that I would not add borders and so what you see below are my quiltops. They are both about 60 x 80 which is my current favorite size to make.
Stay tuned as this activity spawned another quilt that I do not have a photo of. More coming soon. Happy quilting.
I have another repair job to do! This comes from a friend of ours who’s baby quilt had come undone. I took the job on and have separated the top from the back. There is no batting and it was done in QAYG style. I’ll be replacing the missing squares and quilting it with its original back. The binding was dry rotted and I will have to completely replace it.
My goal for this month is to complete the repair and bind it.
Thanks for all the well wishes for the recovery from my spill. I was advised to wear my boot for two weeks. Once I returned home I went straight to my podiatrist and he suggested I go three so I did. Toward the end of the week I started practicing wearing shoes in the house. I was shocked at how stiff my ankle was but I seem to be walking normally again.