Friday, December 5, 2014

Quilting a New York Beauty!

Let me first say the fascination I have with the folks who can make this quilt!  Hats off to my customer, Gay, who is a fabulous seamstress and did such a beautiful job on piecing this beauty!


 I'll just stream the photos for your enjoyment!  I think it finished beautifully and I was sad to send it back to her!










And I always think backs are beautiful too!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How To Clean a Vintage/Antique Quilt Top

I'm a little particular about the smells and condition of the quilt tops I work on, for myself and customers.  I have a terrible mold/mildew allergy, so there is no tolerance for them in a quilt top!  I have found a few things that work well for me.  Here we go.....



AMMONIA, is the secret to removing mold and mildew.  I soak 1 part ammonia to 7 parts water in the bathtub, overnight.  Every now and then I go in and give it a good stir and a squish.

The next day I gently squeeze out water, rinse, repeat, at least 3 or 4 times.  You will find the water is so dirty and smelly that once or twice is just not enough!  I rinse until there is no more brown in the water.  I squeeze out all the water I can without twisting or wringing.  Then I lay it out on the grass for most of the day.  Depending on the fabric and the stitching, I might air fluff it in my dryer for about 20 minutes.


This quilt had a lot of "tea" stained areas due to age, so it got a second soak for the staining AFTER it was quilted with a product called Retro Clean.  It comes in powder form and I also mix it in the bathtub and let it soak overnight.  Same process, squish out all the water and then lay outside for a good sun soak.  I definitely give it some time in the dryer for a softening.


This quilt came out looking brand new when it was finished!  It's initial bargain price of $10 took a little work to get to the finish, but all worth it at the end!


I used an all over sunflower pattern for the quilting.

I love the vintage fabrics and especially how white and bright it became!


Need a vintage quilt, quilted, and wonder what it would cost?  This top was 80" x 90", which is 7,200 sq inches.  I charge 2 cents per sq in for an edge to edge design, totaling $144 for the quilting.  Add in 3 yds of batting at $10/yd and the total is $174. Shipping both ways will also run about $20-$30, depending on the size of your quilt.  That's it in a nutshell!  Email for a quote and time frame!



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Leaves", by Jenifer Dick.....quilted by Kelly Cline

I'm thrilled with this quilt!  Designed for this months edition of Modern Quilts Unlimited is Jenifer Dick's quilt, "Leaves".



My granddaughter was with me when I found a copy.  Even she seemed to love the colors!




This is a large quilt, 90" x 90".  I couldn't get the whole thing in one picture so you can imagine these two shots side by side create the whole thing.




Jenifer and I both share a love of 70's colors and these are definitely my favorites.  I used Glide thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.  I had so much fun designing the quilting for each area of this quilt.





Backs are beautiful too!


Want to make this?  Grab a copy at your nearest quilt store.  Jenifer has easy and well written instructions in this issue.  I happen to know a longarmmer that can duplicate the quilting ;)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Vintage Pansy Collage Quilting

This is one of my favorite tops to quilt, the collage top.  A mix of crochet, linens and applique made this piece unique.


I let the design of the top decide the quilting.  I couldn't go into the crochet as much as I would like, but I did manage to get some of the inside quilted enough to keep it secure.


I am extremely pleased with the outcome and so was the customer.  Success!!



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beautiful Applique!

I recently finished this beautiful applique for a customer.  It only took her 6 months to complete, which astounds me.  I'd be 10 years on something like this!!  I love the texture that was created by the quilting.







This was a photo I shot one early morning when I came to my studio.  It felt somewhat spooky and calm at the same time.


I always think backs are beautiful too!



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!