Be Creative!

I don’t own a lightbox… but I DO own a small glass-top table that is in the bay window of our kitchen.  It’s usually our main table for meals, but it works wonderfully for marking quilt tops!

First, I take a small lamp out of my bedroom and plug it in near the table.

Turn the light on.

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Tape pattern to the table.  Lay quilt top over the table, and weigh it down with a few stacks of books.  Close the blinds, and VOILA!  You have an impromptu light box!

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See how well it works?

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Trace the pattern carefully with your marker of choice.

Lay the quilt top on the floor to admire.

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Ahhhh, yes, this one will be fun to hand quilt!

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Balderstone

I really enjoy looking at Strippy quilts.  You can see some beautiful examples of Strippy creations on my Pinterest board called

Welsh and Durham Quilts

My favorite part of quilting is doing the actual quilting… by hand.  Because Strippy quilts are all about hand quilting, I thought it was time to create my OWN Strippy quilt!

My husband family on his mother’s side is from Lancaster, England, right in the heart of the “Northern Country” where one would have seen Strippy quilts on a regular basis.

Robert Balderstone (born before 1849 in England) married Elizabeth Parker.  Together, they had a son, also named Robert, b. 1864 in Lancaster.  The younger Robert married Gertrude Douglas Lunt, who was b. in 1877 in Manchester, Lancaster Registration District,  England.  My husband’s mother was named Gertrude after her.

My newest quilt project is a Strippy quilt in the traditional style, in two colors: blue and tan.  I have named it “Balderstone” after my husband’s ancestors.  The tan shows up as almost white here, but it is from the Pepper Cory line of fabric called “Peppered Cotton.”  It has a tan and almost gold look to it.

Balderstone.Begins

Today I began marking the quilting patterns on the quilt.  It is a little tedious, but I enjoy it.  I am marking it with Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers.  Yes, the lines will wash out completely.  I used them on another quilt and love how they work.  I also use the chalk pencil (white chalk pencil in a red case) for marking guides on the darker fabric for placement.  Works like a charm and rubs/washes off easily.

Durham Feathers

Stay tuned to progress updates on this quilt in future posts!