Thursday, January 10, 2019

Patchwork Mysteries

Several years ago my husband, Dave, had given me a nook tablet.  I have read many e-books, mostly free of cost.  Even the Anne of Green Gables series that took me well over a year to read!  After finishing that series my search for more free books turned up empty.  That is when I turned to the the series of mystery/quilting books that an Aunt had passed on to me last summer...

I am so enjoying the stories of Sarah, a quilter and quilt historian and restoration expert, and her family and friends.  The way that she takes on a project and traces the history of the quilt maker inspires me.

In August I received a message from my sister-in-love,

I was given an unfinished quilt that my friend's grandma made. She has many quilts (they look hand made to me) and my friend is tasked with finding homes for them - the good ones will go to relatives, but she wondered if you might want to finish this somehow (not sure how as you wouldn't have the same material) and do what you wish with it? There is an obvious area on the back where she used a darker blue material for some reason.

Actually, it IS finished!  With the exception of six hand-stitched feathered wreaths.  And it is entirely hand stitched and quilted!  I cannot imagine the hours that have gone into this quilt...  by someone much more patient than I!  I will be finishing the wreaths on an upcoming road trip.

From Patchwork Mysteries, book 3, Muslin Mystery...

"A quilt can tell you a lot about itself, if you know how to look at it.  Some fabrics were sold only in certain parts of the country, so often you can tell where a quilt was created just by identifying the materials.  But what you really want to know is who made it, and what her life was like, when she was born and when she died.  And that can be hard to find out."
I am hopeful to be able to gather a bit of information on the quilter and will share the info when I get it, along with more details about this quilt and how it is made.

I am far from a quilt or fabric expert, but if I had to guess, I would say that the stars are made of left over fabric from clothing construction, or clothing spanning decades.  Some of the fabric appears to be flour sack cloth and others from the 60s or 70s, maybe even the 80s.  It includes cotton and polyester; silk and satin.  

I currently don't have any UFOs... Now I am not bragging... I am just a bit over the top about finishing a project that I start.  Even the year-long BOMs were a challenge for me to just let sit as I completed blocks!  

But if someone went through your UFOs and passed them on to another quilter to complete, what sort of info would you like for them to know? ... about yourself?  ... or about the project?

Would they have all of the necessary instructions and fabrics to finish the quilt?

Leave a comment and let me know... maybe I will ask that question of the grand-daughter I got the quilt from.

Quilt Happy!


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Friday, January 4, 2019

Save The Bees Finish

It is another 2018 Block of the Month Finish!  Woohoo!

I simply refuse to let the monthly blocks sit in a pile and become UFOs... two down (Pat Sloan's Let's Go Camping and Save the Bees), two to go (2018 Color Challenge and It's a Wild Life).  

The Save The Bees BOM was a short stint, but it was fun.  Two of the blocks offered a choice of applique or hand embroidery.  The embroidery would have been fun, but I wasn't really interested in that... (had there been road trips planned, I probably would have considered it to pass the time.)

And, well, applique... not my favorite, but thanks to the designers of the It's A "Wild" Life BOM, I have gotten over my dislike and fear of the technique.  It is far from my favorite, but has become a technique that I don't mind. (My favorite would be piecing!).

I chose to be a bit more creative and do some painting with thread.  It is really more like the paint with water books for toddlers.  I had received a set of aurifil thread in a give away and used the brilliant jewel toned colors from the set.

The bulk of the quilting is stitch in the ditch and then I did FMQ to outline the flowers and bees and did loops in the borders (similar to the path of the bees in the flower blocks, all with nylon thread.  The binding is a scrappy binding, adding a final pop of color and playfulness to the quilt.  The finished dimension is 52" x 46", the perfect size for tummy time on the floor with plenty of color and interest to entertain a baby.

This will be gifted at an upcoming baby shower that will welcome a little one... Eliza.  She was a healthy little(?) gal at 9 lbs 6 oz and 22-1/4" long.  I cannot wait to see her and hope that I have a chance to snuggle her and love on her.  

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I just love the way the quilting "popped" the flowers and the bee's path

And, quite honestly, I was surprised at how the appliqued letters and the honey comb block were not as stiff as I had anticipated.  Yay!

My first finish of the 2019 is "in the books".  You can catch up on the other blocks by following the label "Save the Bees" or follow the links here... Blocks 1 and 2, Block 3 and Block 4.

I have read from numerous quilters that, while they enjoy BOM sew alongs, they tend to not assemble the blocks to make the top, thus creating another UFO for themselves.  This is a concept that I cannot grasp...  

Have you had your first finish for the year?  

Leave a comment.  I'd love to hear what you have been working on. 

Quilt Happy!

Melva Loves Scraps - Home of the Quilters Through The Generations series

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Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
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Moving It Forward Monday at Em's Scrap Bag
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