Monday, September 12, 2011


I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to show you this quilt.  It is still a top.  I completed the top last night while we were watching the specials about 9/11.  The hours spent on it I did not keep track of, which made me decide I am going to keep a diary with the one I began last night.  Yes I began another one, but before I reveal the other one I will show you this one.  The pictures aren't great but I couldn't wait (I will replace them with better ones when the camera battery is charged.)

The quilt top grew to be very large.  I was unable to hang it on the wall because it was so heavy and being hand pieced I was worried  the weight would pull out the stitches.

Here is "Treasured Time"
The top spread over a queen size bed. 

The right side of the bed.  The border is Jenny Beyer Eyelash (Navy) from her "Moonglow" pattern about 10 years ago (I used all but a couple of inches X 6 inches).  It is 4 inches when finished.  The squares are 4 inches finished.  The drop on the side is about 24 inches.

The left side of the bed.  You can't see it in the photos the navy border is on all 4 sides. 

I haven't decided how I will quilt it yet.  I was wanting to hand quilt it, but when I realized how large it had grown I am contemplating machine quilting it.  I don't have a long arm but I do have a short arm, but I am not sold on the idea of pantographs on it.  I do know I will not be using my home machine to quilt it!

I forgot, there is a very nice memory attached to this quilt.  When I was getting close to finishing ...the first time, I decided I wanted to make it several rows larger.  I only had 4 blues left in the stash which I hadn't used in sashing.  I queried my internet friends for blue rectangles 2 1/2" X 4 1/2".  I needed 80 more.  I didn't want to repeat any of the blue fabrics in the quilt.  By the end of the week I had 90 rectangles in my mail box.  In all of those there was only 2 doubles with the ones I had already used.  When I look at the quilt I think about how people I have never met came to my rescue.

There are no repeats in the colored squares either.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011


14" X 37"

 For the beginnings of this project see:

This project was an eye opener (lesson) for me.  I've never embroidered a table runner before and when it came time to add borders, I added and ripped 3 versions.  I should have taken pictures to show you, but at the time I was upset my ideas didn't work (on paper they looked good but when applied they looked tacky).  It was the same when I planned the embroidery.  I had planned four design sections (see the blog "Wedding Gift Season"), and was glad I completed one section on each corner first.  The extra sections would have made it too cluttered.  I didn't want to compete with the platters or the vase she might be using on it.

I have only Quilted on my regular sewing machine once and never quilted by hand.  I did both here.

These pictures are of the two embroidered units on the quilt:
                          LEFT UNIT                  RIGHT UNIT

I don't know if you can see it but I tried my hand at hand quilting.  I outlined the two units.  I started with a hoop and two thimbles.  I used the plastic ones that are fitted to the fingers.  I used one on the under finger and one on the right middle finger.  I moved them around to other fingers during the experimental stage.  I was very interested in learning to do this because I want to hand quilt the huge "Treasured Time" quilt.  It can be seen in the following blog.  I have attached all but one border which is pinned on awaiting me to sew it on.

New pics will be available as soon as the border is attached.  I don't know if I will be up to the task of hand quilting it but I know it is too fragile to put on the quilt machine.  I know from doing this little bit I need a teacher or a good book.   Another lesson I learned from the small project is I will have to have the quilt on rails.  It is too much to handle in my lap. 

I had to discard the hoop when I was half way through one of the units.  It was very uncomfortable for me to use.  and then I discarded the right hand thimble.  I was more comfortable using my finger nails to push and control the needle.  I did give it the "ole college try".  but I do need help. 
I marked the runner with the blue pencil and quilted on the machine.  I didn't mention I thread basted the runner every four inches both ways.  I wish I had done it every two inches.  It seemed there was too much play in the fabrics and batting.  I used the even feed quilting foot which came with my Janome machine.  I had tried  to use the quilting bar once and was very disappointed in my consistency with it.  I knew if I measured and marked it would be even.

I was very glad I had not pre-washed the fabric before I embroidered on it.  I didn't pre-wash the backing or the batting either (the backing is the same fabric as the front).   I used Hobbs 20/80.  They did shrink up giving the runner an old item, with a soft feel and look.

On the back I didn't put a lable.  I just embroidered my name into the backing.  I did not want to personalize the runner till I find out if they like it and want to keep it.  If they do then I will take it home and put their names and date on it.

Every gift needs a card to accompany it.   I used the embroidery pattern to design the card.  It is printed on card stock and colored in with colored pencils.  The size is 6 X 9 inches.

For the inside I printed a piece of onion skin with design and line drew the colors.  Inside I wrote care instructions with the fabric contents of the runner.

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