Several years ago my mom gave me this quilt frame kit. It was around the time Gavin was born, I guess, because it never even came out of the box. I thought it would be just lovely to hand quilt all my quilts, so I kept the kit tucked away for a day when a small dose of sanity and abundant free time returned to my life.
Free time. Right.
Now that I am older and wiser, and now that I have realized that there will never be enough time for me to “get around to” doing a lot of the things I’ve been putting off, I’ve just started doing them, free time be damned. And you know what? I’ve made time. I’ve stayed off the computer. I’ve stayed off the phone. I’ve gone fewer places. I’ve wasted less time.
I was worried that it would take me months to finish hand quilting a big quilt (I am notorious for stalling out on big projects), so I decided the first project to go on the frame would be a baby-sized quilt top that I pieced several years ago. There’s nothing like a little instant gratification to make you feel good about a new endeavor.
The pattern is Lady of the Lake from this book, and it’s for a just born little lady who was lucky enough to get born to one of my most favorite people in the world.
Thanks for teaching me a lesson, Marley.
Time for a little show and tell. This is a quilt I made for Erik before Miss O was born. My mom saw something like it in a magazine, and collected a bunch of patriotic fabric for it.
I had the top assembled in a day. It was super easy. Just width of fabric stripes in various red, white, and cream fabrics, and 6-inch squares for the stars.
I used everything that had an Americana feel, even if it wasn’t strictly patriotic or red white and blue.
The stars are just appliqued on. I used fusible web (Steam-a-seam brand), ironed them in place, then topstitched around with the blanket stitch setting on my sewing machine. I’ve washed this quilt a bunch of times, and the stars aren’t fraying at all.
You can’t really see in the pictures, but I had this quilt professionally machine quilted with (this is the really cool part of this quilt) the Marine Corps Hymn! If you have ever heard a bunch of motivated Marines sing their song, you are very lucky indeed.
The Marine Corps Hymn:
From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of UNITED STATES MARINES.
Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze,
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job –
The UNITED STATES MARINES.
Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By UNITED STATES MARINES.
The talented ladies at NMSL are having a UFO/PIG-along for the month of August. I have my fair share of these sorts of projects languishing among my sewing stuff, so I’m in. Here’s what I’ve completed for Day 1:
This little teddy bear top only needed buttons and button holes. Why did it sit for so long? Around the time I started this top my sewing machine started to go a little funny with the tension dial, and I couldn’t stitch a button hole. By the time I got my machine back from the shop, I had forgotten about it.
I also finally put the binding on this little quilt:
The binding is leftover from another flannel quilt I made last year. I had just enough leftover to do this one, and I’m tickled with the match. It pulls everything together, and gives it a little zip.
I didn’t do the greatest job on this, but it is done, and as Rowena says, "Done is better than perfect."
This project is barely visible on the horizon, so don’t expect any updates soon. I just wanted to show some pretty pictures. I don’t know if this will be one quilt for Miss O, or if I should split the blocks and put the more pink-ish blocks in Miss O’s quilt, and the more orange-ish blocks in Little G’s quilt.
My mom found all of these old "double wrench" quilt blocks at a thrift store near her home.
This is my favorite, and there are several of them.
I don’t think I’ll use this one, or at least I’ll be taking it apart and getting rid of the solid purple squares.
Here are the fabrics I’ve pulled out of my stash to finish it.
For several weeks, a group of twenty something folks on the Mary Jane’s Farm chat forum have been swapping charm squares of quilt fabrics. I’ve sent out twenty packets already, have a few more to post this week, and have already recieved six packets in return. We each cut about six 6" square pieces of quilting fabric, throw in a few buttons for good measure (because buttons are fun!) and mail them out. There has been some confusion as to who exactly is on the list of swappers, but we have been muddling thru that. So far I have 26 people on my list. I’m going to make a patchwork quilt out of the squares. O will need a few new blankets when she starts sleeping in her toddler bed next year, and I know I like to take my sweet time finishing quilts, so this is a good time for me to start. I’ll probably have enough squares to make a couple of quilts, actually. Before I even joined in the swapping I had something like 100 six-inch squares. Maybe I’ll make a patchwork quilt for our bed, too.
I’m going to hit the lumber store this week for the materials I need to assemble my quilt frame. It will take a little time to get everything cut, but perhaps I can start quilting our green puss in the corner quilt after the holidays.