Irish Stars Top Complete

On Wednesday…

I did not work in the garden.

I did not vacuum.

I did not do the dishes.

I did not do laundry.

I did not read a book.

I did none of these things.

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What I DID do was assemble the Irish Stars Quilt top.

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When there are 323 blocks constructed primarily of 1-1/2″ squares, it is slow going.

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Seemingly tiny mistakes matter, and have to be picked out and done again.

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But, in the end, it is worth it!

Crazy Curtain Quilt Finished

Grandma’s curtains have new life as a quilt.

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It is quilted with an all over panto called Pipeline.  It seemed to suit and I am pleased with the results.

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The backing is something I had on hand from a great sale a few years back.

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Green binding AGAIN! After several auditions, this seemed the best match for the slightly faded period fabrics.
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I am so happy to have been able to give these curtains purpose again.

A Sparkle Jane Project

Daughter, known as Sparkle Jane, is also having a productive sewing summer.

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This is a project she started and put away a few years ago.  As sometimes happens, it was time to get it out and make a decision.  The funny thing is that both of us thought of it as a dark, slightly depressing, quilt.  It isn’t!  She was able to quickly finish and assemble the top.

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Next step is finding the perfect backing fabric.

Three Wishes Finished

This quilt somehow seems like it should be bigger than it is.

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But, it isn’t–just 40″ x 48″.

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Another freemotion quilting experiment.  For those of you who are good at this, don’t smile too hard at my first attempt at pebbling.  I call them “fruity pebbles” and pretend that is what I meant to do.

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The back again gives clues to the front.

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I’m really not sure what to do with it.  I just liked the colors and THE PATTERN.  Some things just exist for themselves. And that is OK.

Donation Quilt Finished

My annual Children’s Hospital donation quilt is complete.

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THIS TUTORIAL was a good starting point.  I added more to make it a nice throw size.

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This was, I think, my third attempt at freemotion quilting.  Some parts of it are better than others, but one must start somewhere.

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The front and the back go together well and the back gave inspiration for the quilting motifs.

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It will be part of the Festival of Trees fundraiser during the holidays.

Crazy Quilt Top

What to do with those curtains?
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Following the advice of Susan and others, I settled on Option #1: Just square them up and stitch them together.

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First, I picked out the hem and all edges, removing the hanging sleeve, which was not part of the pieced unit.

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Then, while ironing, I scanned for loose seams and holes.  I marked them with a pin as I found them.

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There were a few, but not too many, all things considered.  There is some fading, but not as much as you might expect, considering that they hung in windows for years.

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After considering options, I decided to mend them in the manner my grandmother probably would have, using a sort of darning type look.  We’ll all pretend it is decorative stitching, which belongs on a crazy quilt, right?! (Pretend, too, that the picture isn’t fuzzy.)

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Squaring up was where it got scary–I have to cut this?

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But, when there is no other way, one must do what needs to be done.  And it was worth it.  The seaming isn’t as obvious as I thought it would be.

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And the whole thing looks pretty good.

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My original estimate of “pieced in the 1960s or 1970s is probably wrong.  Looking at the fabric, I don’t see fabric that modern.  There is no polyester knit, which my grandmother was not shy about using in a quilt. It probably was more like the 1950s. My father doesn’t remember.

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This fabric has already been in service for a long time, but I do think it will be a good quilt.  Finished top is 83″ x 86″.  I hope to quilt it sometime in the next few weeks.