Sparkle Jane (Daughter) has started a scrappy sewing group that meets at her shop once a month and makes items for donation.
The favorite project these days is the Welcome Home blocks (tutorial coming sometime soon) that are assembled to make large couch or twin sized quilts (60″ x 80″).
Sparkle Jane herself did the assembly work on my “new” Featherweight. It sews straight and true.
And in the end we had one completed top and only 6 blocks short of second. YAY! Next day scheduled for November 21.
It was a big push to finish before I start Teacher Work Days. Once school starts intense projects are much harder.
This quilt was made for JoAnne by her mother Florence about 1976. You can tell that Florence was resourceful. She used the fabric she had.
Every block needed some repair, and that was how I approached it: One block at a time. You can read more about some specific repair techniques HERE and HERE.
Since the one-block-at-a-time system seemed to be working so well, I quilted it the same way–A meander-stipple around the birds in each block. My freehand quilting is not great, but it disappears into most of the fabrics and, hopefully, no one will look at the back too much.
Speaking of the back, it is a white piece of wide-back flannel (prewashed) that I hope will mimic the feel of the fleece when it was new and stabilize the overall structure of the quilt.
The wide binding was not in good shape, but couldn’t be removed without danger, so I put a narrower binding over it. The wavy nature of the quilt made it hard to achieve a uniform look, but I hope the original binding peeking out preserves both the quilt and the memories.
So, it is complete and should be back to its owner within a week.
Here are before-during-after shots. What an interesting experience this has been.
The entire quilt was a bit of doozy…30 of 30 blocks needing help.
For insight on how I fixed blocks with ruined backgrounds, see HERE.
Today I am sharing one way to fix a damaged applique. I am not pretending this is a great way, but this block needed two different techniques. So it seemed a good example.
A previous repair had stitched netting over the damaged fabric. I suspect much of the damage on this block, and a number of other places on the quilt, was due to a combination of different shrinkage after washing and very light quilting.
So I removed the netting and cleaned up the frayed fabric so I could see what was going on.
The small frayed area at the bottom could be sort of darned using matching threads. the larger torn area needed matching fabric.
I stitched the bottom area first (no good picture, sorry) and then a line on the matching fabric right where the stripe color changed. Fortunately, not in the way of the eye.
You can see the darning repair in this picture. Once I attached the matching fabric I pressed it open and trimmed it just outside the zigzag edge. Then I turned in under and stitched it down like turned edge applique.
And finished it off with a matching zig-zag stitch as close to the original as I could. Whew! From a distance and on a galloping horse, it doesn’t look too bad.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Days Filled With Joy understands her job. If you are in a funk, there is nothing like a good mystery to get your mojo going in a positive direction.
I don’t know that I was really in a funk, but any excuse for a good scrappy quilt, right?!
I am so pleased with how this turned out. As I chose to add sashing between the blocks I ran out of the original background piece and had to (after looking at FOUR different stores) do the outer border from something different. Indoor light and quilting will hopefully minimize the differences.
Thank you, Joy, for a fun quiltalong. I have really enjoyed myself.
Step 8 of the mystery quilt was revealed today. While I love the blocks, I was wanting a slightly larger quilt.
So I’m trying out an idea to see what happens.
I might be getting ahead of myself, as she says borders are coming, but here I go anyways…
Well, it is a Sparkle Jane project. She works at a local Sewing Machine and Fabric Shop.
They needed a block for Quilters Trek (fka Row by Row). Fast.
I might be (a LITTLE BIT) biased, but I really like the design she created. Some pieced elements, some applique. Can be created vertically as a wall hanging (as shown here). Or horizonally in a row. Tablerunner? I want to make a baby quilt with the flower blocks and a section with the applique Forget Me Not words.
Or just make potholders.
If you are interested in a kit, you can get them here: http://www.wimmerssewing.com/shop/c/p/Forget-Me-Not-Kit-x50100847.htm
Whether you are a Quilters Trek (Row-by-Row) person or not, you might enjoy this design. And, it is an official-first-published Sparkle Jane design…what’s not to love!
The Black and Bright blocks are complete.
It was breezy out and I couldn’t get better pictures, but there are 9 in all. Trying to decide what to do next. Sashing and setting…borders? I’ll share more when there is more to share.
Just a note, I did about 15% bright in the black/white blocks. I tried 10% first, but it wasn’t quite enough. This feels about right…
Susan introduced me to Joy, of Days Filled With Joy, who is currently hosting a quiltalong.
Yesterday I did steps 1 and 2. Today 3 and 4. I am not sure when the next one is coming, but if you already have 2-1/2″ squares, or can easily cut some, you might want to consider joining.
No, I don’t know what it will look like; it’s a mystery (ooo…oooo…spooky music).
No, I don’t know how big it will be; it’s a mystery (ooo…oooo…spooky music).
But, won’t it be fun to find out!