Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival

It's Bloggers Quilt Festival time again thanks to Amy's Creative Side!

I'm entering my quilt into the Applique Quilts category.


Several years ago; I took a class to learn a new applique technique called "Back Basting". We started with Baltimore Album blocks. I took me over one year to do nine blocks. When it came time to put the borders on
I realized that I didn't buy enough white on white fabric and by that time the fabric was out of print. And so the quilt top sat in my closet for a long time.

Until the beginning of 2014 I decided to complete some of my WIP. I decided to take part of the Baltimore blocks apart and make individual Wall Hangings out of three of them. I have other plans for the rest of the blocks.

The "Rose Wreath with Red Birds" is one of my
favorites. A truly Traditional Block dated 1854, it can be found in  "Baltimore Beauties  and Beyond" Volume One by Elly Sienkiewicz.

I used needle turned applique along with the back basting method for all of the pieces. I find that using YLI silk threads are best for
needle turn applique - it seems to make your stitches almost invisible.

(If you're interested in learning the back basting method there is a very good easy to follow tutorial By Sentimental Stitches)

After taking this block apart from the others; I thought that it could use ...something. so I decided to  hand embroidered around the turquoise flowers and center hearts using a simple blanket stitch. I think it gives it a little more texture and interest.

To keep with tradition this quilt is hand quilted with straight line quilting on the diagonal. Also, some echo quilting around the leaves and flowers.

The binding is done the Sharon Schamber way. You can find her video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE  HERE

After the binding was done I needed to add a sleeve. There are many tutorials on the internet but my favorite
is Susan Brubaker Knapp's


I am very happy with the way this wallhanging came out - it measures 20' x 20' and would certainly brighten up any space.

Many Many beautiful quilts in this
festival - Hope that you'll go and 
take a look!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Echo Dyeing with Cleome Flowers

An Eco Dyeing experiment with

 Cleome Flowers.

If you're interested you can read

about it HERE On my new dye blog.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Vintage Quilt Top

Can This Quilt Be Saved?


I bought this vintage quilt top

last year on the internet. I had

stored it away until I had the time

to work on it.

I'm a member of a Quilt History Study 

Group here in Lancaster; so when I 

saw this piece for sale I was so excited!

I recognized some of the fabrics from

about 1890 - 1900. But I wanted to bring

it to the Study to make sure.

Now when I say a "piece" for sale I mean

that the seller called it a "cutter quilt".

I clicked on "buy" and bought the piece.

Later I went back to view the piece again

and I noticed that there were SIX OTHER

PIECES for sale! So I e-mailed the seller

and asked if they were cutting as they 

sold or if the rest of the quilt was

still whole. 

To my relief; they said it was still whole

and asked if they should cut another 

piece for me....NO!!  I will buy the 

remainder of the quilt "UNCUT"!

When I received it in the mail I was

so excited! Granted it does have some

torn spots but it's Queen size!

Just look at these old fabrics!

This is just one piece of the corner

of the quilt that was cut. The quilt

was not quilted but tied.

You can see where some of the pieces

are torn. 

Here's the back....

All hand stitched with small stitches

and straight lines. That's a lot of

work for all these pieces and queen 


That's one of the reasons that I would

like to salvage what I can. 

I noticed that one of the blocks were


Front view of repair

Back view of repair

What I did so far to this piece is

I removed the back and the batting.

The quilt did have a funny odor sort

of like a chemical smell. I had to

put it outside in the shade to air

it out for a couple of days. Taking

it inside at night. 

Here I just removed one block that

was in shreds. I will continue to

remove all of the damaged blocks on

this piece before I work on the rest

of the quilt.

It will take me a long time but I 

believe it will be worth it.

I will post the other part of the 

quilt very soon.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Eco Dyeing with Pyracantha Orange Glow Part I

I have a blog called Materialistic 

Visions that I started and neglected.

It's about my dyed fabrics and now

I'm going to use it also for my

echo dye experiments.

Here's what on the blog today---

Experimenting with Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’


If you're interested here's the link
Berry experiment

 Have a great week!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In October 2012 Melanie Testa, a breast

cancer survivor, had a "Call For Art" 

breast pockets. She wanted at least 1,000

pockets with the hope of having the story

published in a New York newspaper. But then

on October 25, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit

the Atlantic coast. It was a category 3 and

caused so much destruction! And so 

newspapers were filled with photos of the

devastation, people walking around with

no homes and just the clothes on their 


In the October/November 2014 issue of

Quilting Arts magazine is an article about

Melanie Testa and her call for

Breast Pockets. 

 Some of the artistic pockets that Melanie 

received in 2012 are published here  -

 and I am very happy and humbled that one of

my pockets was chosen for this publication!

 Upper right hand corner is mine.

I wrote about it Breast Pocket Here.

 Art For A Cause

Quilting Arts magazine is having a 

reader's challenge. 

"In the spirit of health for our sisters,

hope for a cure, and honor for those who

have traveled this path, Quilting Arts

readers are asked to create their own

breast pockets."  

Please pick up a copy of Quilting Arts

magazine for the details.  Honor someone

you know/knew who had breast cancer. I had

made them in honor of my sister-in-law Joy

and my two cousins, Ruth and Rosemary who 

died from breast cancer. 

I'm making them this time for to honor

two friends who are survivors! (Thank God!) 

Please remember to get your  Mammography this month!

I know it's uncomfortable and can be scary -  I had

gotten a call back because they had seen something that

they wanted to check.  Went back with my heart

pounding but thank God all was well.

Please consider making a pocket or two - it doesn't 

take that long and it's fun but most of all it's for a 

good cause!

Happy Quilting!