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Quilt Restoration Step 5: complete!
It took just over a month to hand-quilt around the appliqués. The rest should go lots faster... Once I learn to use my new machine.
As I did the hand quilting, I realized how fragile the original purple fabric is. For the next step I plan to machine quilt the sashing and corners of the blocks to add stability.
A little paper-piecing project as I shuffle around all my sewing machines. Thanks to Lindsey K Musel for the lessons and The Fabric Stasher for the pattern!
No new pictures, but tonight I hit the 3/4 mark for hand-quilting on the restoration project. I started on August 28 with step 1. Step 5 (the one that is now 3/4 complete) was started on September 15. Each block takes approximately 2 hours to hand-quilt around the appliqué, so I figure I have about 18 hours into it right now. Three blocks to go!
I'm hoping to push through this week and finish this step, though I have a busy week ahead of me, including training on my new machine. With the delicate nature of this quilt, I plan to do some additional machine quilting.
Isn't she pretty? 😁😁😁
I can't wait until she & I are ready to roll!
I'm adding a new tool to my sewing room! By the end of the month, I'll have longarm quilting capabilities!
But.... I desperately need to sell my current quilt frame, a q-zone, to make room! It's currently assembled, and I can offer local delivery. $800 or make a reasonable offer.
It's apple time again!
What does your LQS (local quilt shop) have/do that the big chains don't?
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Quilt Restoration, step 5.
After a bit of time off, the quilt is on the rack and the hand quilting has begun. The first of 12 blocks has been quilted.
Quilt Restoration, step 4.
Today I brought up the sewing machine and used an appliqué stitch around the blocks.
This hadn't been part of the original plan, but some of the seams were coming apart and this seemed like a good way to secure them.
Because I'm adding a new piece to something that had already been quilted, washed (fabrics & batting shrinking differently) , and was well worn, nothing really lays flatly. That means some minor puckers on the front and major puckers on the back.
Overall, I think it's coming along nicely. I expect the next step will take much more time.
Quilt Restoration, step 3.
I prewashed the new backing in hot and dried it. I used spray baste and pinned the edges before flipping it and pinning it from the right side.
Next step will be stitching around each block. I keep debating whether to do this step by hand or machine. But I think I know which I'll do. Just not tonight. 🤪
Quilt Restoration, step 2
I've been debating the best way to do this. The original backing is extremely fragile.
I started out using fusible interfacing, but that just wasn't working well.
After doing this for one block, I took a break to think about how to continue, and decided on basting spray.
This worked a lot better, but of course there's lots of fabric missing, too.
I did consider cutting off the loose parts, but hopefully the basting spray will keep it in place until the new backing is fully quilted in place.
I think I'm ready for step 3 - - using basting spray to add the new backing before it's flipped and pinned to stitch around the blocks before hand quilting.
I've been asked to repair a quilt. I'm a novice quilter, so we talked about some ideas and options, and then I took it to a LQS (local quilt store) and got more advice along with some new backing, thread, and cleaner. Thanks to The Fabric Stasher for their advice & patience!
Today I've started the first step, removing the knit fabric "pocket" that looks like it may have been added to keep the quilt in place over the back of a chair.
The back is pretty shredded, so I'll be adding a new backing and plan to requilt over the original hand quilting. For the next step, I want to secure what I can of the original backing.
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I unexpectedly ended up out of town this weekend, so I'm trying my hand at hand quilting. I've finished 2 blocks.
What happens when you cut lengths of rope for your bowls and accidentally forget it should be "yards" instead of "feet"?
You get some tiny bowls! 😂
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I'm finally playing with my new machine and quilt rack! I think I'm going to have some fun. ;)
But, I'm going to need a new home for some yarn because I need more space!
Oh, and I need lots more practice with FMQ (free motion quilting), even if I'm tracing a drawn line.
But I did manage to make some leaders *without* going to the store. 🤪
It's looking promising!
Here's hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew!
Let's talk retreats.
Who's been on a crafting retreat? 🙋♀️
Who would like to attend a crafting retreat? 🙋♀️
What does an ideal crafting retreat include?
I just may have some ideas up my sleeve if there's interest.
I got to try glass blowing while I. The Smokey Mountains! The question is, do I mark this off my bucket list or jump into yet another hobby?
Here are what the "quilts" looked like after dark!
Quilts of Dollywood
I found space for my quilt frame!
When fun gets in the way of fun...
I've unboxed my latest toy, but currently lack a place to set her up.
So, I'm looking to (finally) set up the Q-zone quilt frame I've had longer than I care to admit. But first I need to clear the space where I intend for it to go.
In the process I found some UFOs, one of which is our college t-shirt quilt. That will be a great practice piece when I get the frame set up.
Oh, and I should be packing for my next vacation! How much fun can one person have??!!
Not a bad workspace. What's one of your favorite unusual crafting spots?
Name a project you plan to finish before the end of the month.
4 sewing machines
3 embroidery machines
Lots of yarn
+ plenty of ab workouts (from laughing)
= lots of memories & completed projects
This was almost a bigger bite than I could chew this week, but I think the top is done!
It's the week of my family creative retreat! I ambitiously decided to make a queen-size quilt featuring my sister's embroidery to give to Mom for her birthday. It's already a day after her birthday and there's still much assembly required. But the center is finally complete! Only 24 of 72 or 80 blocks. Only one more day to work on it.... Not sure the top will be finished before we head home let alone finishing the quilt.
It features squares from a sheet my parents had with blue roses. The embroidery is blue roses. I made a couple of rope bowls with the sheet, and hope to eventually make a dresser scarf and a couple of quilted squares for the bedside table.
My sister also embroidered a crown with a blue rose for Mom, and I rewired and updated lamps Mom & Dad had received as a wedding gift more than 50 years ago.
Last night I was having a conversation about regifting something that already belongs to the recipient.
I'm working on such a gift right now. (I'll reveal after it's been given.) The person with whom I was speaking had swiped a previously gifted wall art/frame that hadn't yet been used, added the missing pictures, and regifted it to the original recipient.
It's not the first time I've done this. I've swiped my mother's teapot, added a pin cushion and supplies, and gifted it back to her.
What kind of regifting like this have you done?
Are you taking time to craft this holiday weekend?
I've been working on this afghan for some time now. It recently occurred to me that it reminds me of the carpet that was in my parents' bedroom from when I was a kid. 😂
What new project would you like most to try?
It started so innocently! I just carried a box downstairs, and saw scraps of a sheet I'd used for a quilt. Next thing I know I'm in the middle of a project. 🤷♀️
What's been your craft of choice for this week?
I really wanted this to work with 2 stakes, but I guess it needs 3. I glued the base back together after yesterday's mishap, and today I set it out. I have a feeling my bourbon piece will need 3 stakes also. It's not the end of the world, just not what I'd hoped.
How many of these pieces can I put around my own house? For testing purposes, of course. 😇 Eventually I hope to sell them.
Meanwhile, I have high hopes for these hanging garden art pieces. I adore the little girl with the umbrella. Scatter a bit of birdseed on the tray, and I hope to get some visitors in view of my window.
Back to the drawing board.
I'm back to working on these! I'd hit a little snag and then was gone working on other projects for a week, but I think I found a solution today!
My two new pieces of garden art have been installed!
I've learned a bit, and expect to learn more.
1. Don't rush it. If you do, you'll end up needing to restart the clock.
2. Heavy pieces like this should probably have 3 stakes instead of 2.
3. Longer pieces for inserting the stakes would be beneficial.
4. Buy more glue!
5. Be open-minded to bits and pieces around.
6. Goodwill is a great place for supplies; The Create/Exchange is even better!
7. I should really take the time to find a 1/2" drill press key to see if I can get my dad's old drill press running, and learn to drill through a variety of materials.
After today's step, I think these just need 24 hours to cure, then I can plant them outside in the flower gardens and see how they hold up to the elements. So far I'm really pleased! Hopefully this will be a new thing for Down Tilly Lane!
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