Just a short post today.I’m diving in once again with my fellow A to Z Patriots. Beginning Saturday, April 1st (no foolin’ here), I’ll have a post a day (except Sundays) for the entire month of April. I am going with another “Handmade” blog theme. This year I’m calling it, “Quilts and Quotes”. I’m creating a quilt block for each letter of the alphabet and adding a positive quote, saying or tidbit for each day as well.
Sorry, no pics until the Challenge has begun. I hope you’ll check back each day to see how the quilt-making evolves.
Til the ‘day of submergence’, I will keep up with my normal style, including Thursday Doors with the well-respected Norm 2.o and friends.
I’m pleased to present Part 2 of the ‘Years Bound Together‘ project completed by my eldest daughter and myself last Sunday.
We decided on a layout.
sorry for being redundant.
This gives you a view of the way the blocks are sewn together.
You need 2 equal-sized blocks, 1 front and 1 back. Our back blocks are 100% cotton.
It’s important to place each block set with wrong sides together.
While sewing, the back sides will be facing right sides together.
You’ll have 4 layers of blocks.
This results in the seam exposed to the front.
This seam is to be clipped carefully. Don’t clip past the stitch or you may have issues after washing.
If you do clip past the stitching, go back before washing and give it a little reinforcement with a zig zag stitch or two. No one will see this 🙂
We used some of the odd sizes for the top and bottom border. Some of these border pieces are from polo shirts that were details about past offices held. You could easily use any decorative or plain piece of a t-shirt that would give you a border. Be creative!
Playing around with color editing really brings out the chevron design of the backing. It is Shiny 🙂 Even after washing.
Quote that seems to go with this project:
Memories are the architecture of our identity. (Author Unknown)
Hope your Father’s Day 2016 is filled with beautiful memories!
Just finished a table runner with some pastels. Went with the baby blue for the binding and machine quilted by stitch in the ditch fashion. Perfect for an outdoor spring setting or even a lap warmer for chilly evenings.
Some past runners
A bit blurry but colors still come through
Just messing around with stitches
and a crocheted one…
All this has me wondering how many still have dinner at the table these days? Do you most of the time or just on special occasions? Or only at restaurants? Would a ‘dressed-up’ table be more inviting to your everyday meals?
Growing up we always ate at the table and so has my own family. I highly recommend dinner together. I’m proud to say that when my grown children are home at lunch during the daycare mealtime, they grab a plate, sit with us at the table and converse. No cell phones. Just plugged-in to our voices. And the little ones take notice, believe me. Of course, Mom’s cookin’ might have a little to do with it.
I let my daughter name this one as it tells in the entry.
Quilts are known usually by their quilt blocks used. Since this one used all hand-cut appliques created by myself, I chose to give its entire composition the name. I have a similar one hanging in my bedroom above my bed in navy and white.
Made for a full/queen sized bed.
some outline hand quilting around each applique piece
Clamshell hand quilting in each block and half block
Hand quilted and hand appliqued.
Signature not the neatest looking on this printed Chantilly lace-type yellow backing. I love yellow. The name chosen by who knows because I didn’t document this one. Until now. 😉
The 3rd applique quilt, also undocumented & the last in the applique trilogy. I will only post a picture for you. Keeping with the A to Z quick-reading plan.
For today’s post, just sharing a sampling of some pieced blocks I’ve acquired.
These were some of my youngest daughter’s first quilt blocks. She saved them in a little sewing box and when music became her new love,
Last night’s final performance for the 81st season of the Sedalia Symphony. My baby girl plays the violin 🙂
she gave them to me. I have a little secret plan for them 😉
These were experiments. Top one from watching a PBS show. It’s a bit wonky (quilter term). The bottom is from an online free pattern. A star of sorts, the web address is probably gone by now. This was before Windows came out. I’m old.
I’d enter these into ugliest quilt blocks category. They need to be made into a potholder? Maybe dismantled.