Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Headed to AQS Chattanooga!

I received an email last week that this quilt was accepted into a BAQS Exhibit that will be held at AQS QuiltWeek in Chattanooga.  If you're wondering what that stands for, it is the Bad Ass Quilters Society, which I'm tickled to be a part of!



This quilt began as a top that I purchased last fall on ebay for $25.  It is vintage 1930's and was just beautiful to begin with.  The flowers were appliqued to white muslin, very simple.  I did a lot of echoing of the flowers and added a whole bunch of fill.  You might also see the secondary tile design.


It hangs fulltime in my studio and my granddaughter "pets" it each time she walks by.  That makes it all the more special!  It will be hanging in Chattanooga, September 10-13.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Crazy, Wonky, Red Vintage Quilt

I finished a quilt last week that I absolutely LOVE!  I bought these pieces off Ebay last fall for $9.99, to be exact.  No one else bid on them!


I loved the old fabrics, but mostly the one in the upper right hand corner that says "Gay Blade".  The origin of this phrase is a dashing swordsman, which can be seen by the design.  One of the strips was paper pieced, so I began my research here to determine the age of the fabrics and the date it might have been made.  I was frustrated when I could find NO dates, NO headlines, nothing that told me the year of this paper!  I finally found something about a coach at a local college.  So I plugged it into google and bingo, he coached in 1962.  That was easy!

You can see in the bottom right there is a wedding or engagement photo of a woman named Claire Hunter.  Let me begin this synchronistic story by telling you this came from Tulsa on a Thursday in October of last year.  On that Saturday, we were driving TO Tulsa for a wedding........the wedding of Claire and Hunter!!!  Gave me goosebumps!  I wrote the woman who had bought these pieces at an estate sale and told her the irony.  She then told me we would be passing on the highway, as she was driving to Lawrence (my town) to visit her daughter in college!  WOWZA!  Pretty full circle right there.  I knew these pieces were meant for me!


Last week I finally stitched all the pieces together, using a lot of red sashing.  Turned out to be a massive king sized monster.  It will fit my bed perfectly and I'll have a great story to tell!



OH, but wait!  I meant to show you the backing!  My dear mother-in-law passed a few years back and left oodles of fabric, which I was lucky enough (sometimes) to inherit.  She had 10 yards!!! of this crazy spotted fabric.  I used ALL of it for the backing!  Yay!  So now I have a part of her in this quilt too!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Published!!

I quilted a table runner last year for Barbara Brackman and Karla Menaugh's new book and it's finally published.  Pretty tickled to have a piece included with my name ;)


You can find it on Amazon for about $20.  It really is a beautiful book with great patterns and instructions to replicate some classic designs.




The table runner even made the back cover!



The above pics are when the runner was still on the frame.  White on white quilting is tough to photograph, especially for a book.  You can find out more about the book on Barbara Brackman's blog.  It was a fun project for sure!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Double Wedding Ring

I've had a vintage double wedding ring for at least a year, purchased on ebay for about $15.  I won it with another top and a basket of scraps for a total of $30.....score!  It was meticulously pieced and the vintage fabrics were fabulous.  I finally dug it out a few weeks ago to practice a digital computer pattern before doing a customers' double wedding ring.


I know I'm drawn to these old quilts because of their fabrics.  I love the quirky patterns and I'm sometimes wondering if the maker had messages in the quilt.  There are quite a few of the "horses' behind" pics (maybe the maker didn't care for the husband choice ;-).


And then I love what looks like two cowboys dancing ;)


I love the digital patterns that I found!  They "skew" nicely to the odd middle shaped square of the main block.  The "melon" shape also has a great stitch pattern.  Both of these designs let me avoid ditch stitching, which I so appreciate!



The final quilt is stunning and the dense quilting really gives it durability.  As soon as I get the crazy scalloped binding finished, I plan on giving it a gentle wash and clothesline dry.



The back is beautiful too!!


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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Vintage Crosstitch Star Quilt

What to do with an antique/vintage crosstitch kit quilt?  Well, this one is a beauty!  The handwork on this was magnificent and precise.  It was almost 2 weeks on the frame, but well worth the time invested.  You can see the full story at https://lorieast.com/wordpress/blog/.






The pictures speak for themselves.  It was heavily quilted.  A bit of traditional mixed with a lot of modern fun!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hankies only!

This quilt was created by a customer who has a family collection of hankies. She used multiple shirts and then did the black stitching by hand for added interest.  Pretty darn cute!
If you're from Texas, you'll love this hankie!
Teeny tiny feathers!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kit Quilt "Tree Of Life"

I recently finished and delivered this beautiful appliqued quilt, created from a 1950's kit titled "Tree of Life".  For history sake, it was produced under the brand Progress.


You can see it has the original blue dot pattern lines still intact.  I struggled in the beginning to remove the lines, so that I might quilt it as I wished.  After much research and talking with a number of quilt historians, I decided to quilt as the top outlined and to keep the dots as a piece of history.


It was probably one of the more difficult quilts to quilt, mostly because I'm not a fan of following the lines and being "told what to do".



The end result is beautiful.  I'm guessing there are about 30 hours in this one.



The owner is in an assisted living home and was thrilled when it was delivered.  She told me her aunt had made it in the early 1990's, which I had noted and labeled on the back.  FYI, her family had not wanted it :-0  It fit her bed like it was meant to be there.  Maybe it was!