Quilt Restoration

This might be out of my league, but I was asked to do it by a long-time neighbor and friend of my parents.

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Her mother made her this quilt when she was a young child.  It is much loved and is full of memories…

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Each block and each bird have their own personality.

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I am tentatively starting to work on it, making repairs one block and a time and hoping for a grand revelation on a finish.  It is mostly not-quilted and there is no batting…

Suggestions?  Ideas?  Encouragements?

Sparkle Jane String Quilt

Sparkle Jane (Daughter) wanted to try out a new technique–foundation string piecing.

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She using the tan as a constant diagonal line in the blocks, adding random strips of controlled scrappy colors as she went along.

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Narrow sashing between the blocks finished it off.

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She enjoyed the technique, but didn’t love the colors.  But, it was worth finishing, and it is finished, and that (as we all know) is good.

Baby Mountains Complete

This quilt started as test blocks for an idea to make a quilt for one of my grandsons, age  4 at the time.

It was quickly determined that I didn’t want to make more than 300 fiddly blocks for a child’s quilt.  He should be able to build a fort, or wrap a cat, or race around with a long cape…you know, child things.

But I did have cute blocks.  A few more were added and it turned into this baby quilt, which has been languishing for about a year waiting for quilting and binding.

Now it is done and put into the to-be-gifted pile waiting for the perfect baby to come along.

Black And Bright Complete

YAY!  A finished quilt is a wonderful thing.

Black and bright started as a bunch of black and white print fabrics leftover (mostly) from three black-based quilts I made a while back.

Add the bright pieces and you are off!

And a scrappy binding. And a suitable back.

Ta-dah, a quilt

A Trip Around The World

For some time now I have contemplated making a Trip Around the World (scrappy, of course) out of solids.  There have been some beautiful ones out there as inspiration and today (Friday) was the day.

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I hauled out the solids bin and got the little pieces.  Ta-dah!  The first block.

You will notice that it is not strip pieced.  There are some scraps that will only give a single square, and I want to be able to use those also.  It might take a bit longer on the front end, but the results should be worth it.

It is based on 2″ squares and will take at least 90 blocks (depending on my ambitions) for a quilt.  But, long trips start with a single step, and that step has been taken.

Mystery Quilt Complete

I am so glad Susan told me about the Days Filled With Joy Mystery Quiltalong.

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And I am even more glad that the quilt is now finished.

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It is an allover quilting panto called Pipeline.

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Taking these pictures just as the sun topped the mountain in the morning had the unexpected side effect of making the quilting pop.  Who knew?