“Family Threads” has a new home

I made the quilt below for my brother Michael and his wife Karen.  It was made in the Spools quilt pattern and includes pieces of fabrics from quilts I have made through the years, some dating back to the 1970’s.  It also includes some fabric from my mother and my aunt (my father’s sister) that date back to the 1930’s and 1940’s.  The quilt was made as a surprise for them for Christmas, and I’m excited to share that they have received the quilt and love it.  It will hang on the wall in their home.

The back was pieced using fabrics left over from the front and includes a hanging sleeve to make life easier.

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Stormie the Quilt Inspector gave approval for shipping, even though she knew it was going to a home with a dog (Nutmeg).  Way to rock the Christmas spirit, Stormie!  Hopefully I can share a photo of the quilt – called “Family Threads” –  in its new home in the future.

If you’re a quilter, you know the love that goes into every stich of every quilt you make.

May 2012 be filled with lots of loving stitches!

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 5

I squeezed in some Christmas Day sewing this afternoon and evening.  It was a relaxing way to unwind after all the excitement.  Good music on the stereo, good conversation with my dear hubby, a good glass of white wine… very peaceful and perfect.
The photo below shows the progress on the quilt to date.

This portion of the quilt (inside the red line) has been hand quilted enough to remove all brass pins holding the three layers together.  The innermost 9 blocks have quilting on either side of all sashing strips, however these 9 blocks still need quilting inside the block.   My goals now are to:
1) Quilt on both sides of ALL sashing on the complete quilt, removing brass pins as I go. 
2) Quilt the outermost border and outermost band of blocks around the entire quilt. 
3) Trim outside edges and put a row of machine stitching one-quarter inch inside the edges to hold in place
4) Quilt all of the rest of the blocks
Here is what the back looks like now:

Quilting in this phase included the following blocks:
Gathering Basket by Nancee Marchinowski of Michigan

Economy by Caron Mosey of Michigan (me)

Dove by Betty Grant of Texas

The quilting within each blocks depends on the individual block’s design.  Some blocks are getting simple quilting, some are more elaborate.  The applique’ blocks tend to get outline quilting around the shapes (one or two rounds, usually), while the pieced blocks are being enhanced with quilting that will not detract from the design, yet supply enough design and stitching to hold in place.  I hope that makes sense!
Quilting on either side of the sashing will be a tedious very boring job, but getting rid of the brass pins will make it easier to stitch.  The thread tends to find any pin it can find to wind itself around!

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