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?

Black And Bright Top Complete

It started as a color experiment.  My black and white scraps were overflowing, as were the solids.

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Not a bad combination.

It seems a little too much like other designs I have done recently, but I ran out of scraps before it could go further.

The binding will be scrappy solids to mirror those pieces in the quilt.  I hope to quilt it in the next few weeks and we’ll see how it looks as a finished piece.

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68″ square.  Not very big, but as big as I could go with what I had. And that is OK.  Nice couch quilt size.

Sparkle Jane Has Been Bee-zy

Sparkle Jane (Daughter) has reached that age where friends are getting married and having babies.  Her friend of many years is due this fall and Sparkle Jane wanted to make her a wonderful and unique quilt.

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Here it is!

The bee blocks are her own design.  The sunflower is adapted from a picture. And the squares, of course, are scrappy goodness.

It will be quilted soon and ready to go when the baby arrives.  Minky is planned for the back. Any suggestions for quilting?

Pebble Quilt Finished (Wedding Quilt #4)

It just feels like pebbles.  Well, really big pebbles.  And I have never seen blue and green pebbles…Anyway, I call it Pebbles because that is its name.

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And it is finished. Mainly because it was rainy here this morning and I was able to justify a binding blitz!

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I LOVE the back.  It was such a lucky find.

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And the quilting went well.  Just a pantograph called Zest.

It will be sent to the bride and groom soon.

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No special pattern here, just 4-/2″ squares and a four patch of 2-1/2″ squares.  But I love the look.  I also used it HERE a few years back (Very different quilt, obviously, but a good idea of how versatile it is.)