Iris Quilt

When I was a little girl my mother started this quilt. It took her quite a few years to finish it, as she did all the applique and quilting by hand. It is (and was) much loved and used for a decade or two at least. I have not had it in use for several years now as the floss she used for the flowers is wearing thin. I’m afraid to wash it even for fear little pieces will come off and be forever lost in the plumbing somewhere.

So I began re-stitching it. It has been at least two years now since I’ve worked on it but I think about getting it out once in a while and resuming the process.

Here is an image of the quilt:

And here is a better picture of the damage, followed by a picture of some of the repair stitching.

Embroidery is not something I am proficient at but by the time I finish the last stem and flower and leaf I’m sure they will be looking much nicer than these first few! Part of the leaf issue with this example was that the seam allowance on the bit of fabric was pretty much frayed into oblivion. I had considered making new bits for damaged/missing motifs but decided against it. Matching the fabric for both color and “age” would have been a large task. In the instances where I have too little (or no) fabric to repair I will just fill in with some sort of stitch instead.


Quilts! finished!

They still use their quilts. I still haven’t taken any photos of the quilts.

Dec 20, 2006
I managed to complete oldest son’s quilt earlier this week. It is crammed into a smallish box. hehehe. Yesterday, I took the plunge, and committed to a marathon day of yarn-pulling. Rather than work a bit, and quit when my knees or hands started to ache (technique I’ve been using since I began this project), I started my day with pain-killers. And then I pulled thread, tied knots, and snipped tails, for something heinous like 7 hours.

But, the quilts are finished!! I gave the little guys their quilts last night, because it seemed silly to wrap them and put them under the tree, when both boys have known I am making them blankets. They are already asking me several times a day if it is Christmas yet, and are we opening presents yet. I didn’t want to add to the crazy of the season. Oldest, however, may not realize I made him one too. Hard to say. Teenagers sometimes seem to be in another world, but really aren’t.

I may post photos of the quilts later, but they (in my opinion) turned out a bit “Charlie Brown”. So I may take new pictures of the quilts In Action while in use by Boys. The errors and “learning elements” won’t be so obvious then. LOL.

Needle Puller

Nov 30, 2006
The salvation for the quilts being ready in time for gifting this holiday season is a small but mighty gadget known as a Needle Puller. Gripping the needle to thread the yarn through the quilt layers, and pulling yarn through, was making my fingers hurt and raising a blister on my thumb. Not fun. During a window-shopping expedition we made a stop by JoAnn Fabrics, so I could pick up a leather thimble. I figured those are flexible and should offer enough protection for the task.

Well! I found Needle Pullers, and bought those instead. The ones I bought are small thin flexible rubber discs. About an inch / inch-and-a-half in diameter. The surface on both sides is lightly textured, allowing the puller to grip the needle firmly. Wonderful invention!!

I think I may have seen a couple of these among the bits & bobs of my Grandmother’s sewing things, and didn’t know what I was looking at, so dismissed it as some kind of odd junk. Now I know better!

I’ve been working on Frederick as well, and hope to have enough progress soon to post another update.

Fish City and so on

So Fish City is an official UFO. I believe I cannibalized the fabric in order to kit up other charts… I never did make much more than a couple of inches worth of progress on it. Some day I’ll get back to it because the piece is just adorable.

Sept 30, 2006
We’d ordered pizza delivery for lunch today, but it was so late we got our food for free. What to do with a sudden bit of extra money? Why, go stash shopping of course! I have been wanting to look at the new DMC Variations threads, but when I browsed through the kits and charts I found the Stoney Creek Fish City chart. w00t!!

I’ve wanted this chart since I first saw it, since I know my little boys would absolutely adore it. The only mistake I made when I returned home, was letting them see it. Tomorrow, I must go on a mission to purchase a sizeable piece of cloth. Because I need another WIP, yes I do! And also, if I don’t start it, the boys will mope.

I’m not usually excited about kid-oriented patterns. Fish City is one of the exceptions, and another design by the artist, Noah’s Sub, would be another exception. I may eventually acquire the Noah’s Sub. I should probably finish a few things first…

Oct 3, 2006
I started Fish City- insanely I purchased 18ct Aida. I get rather confused over the difference between Aida and Evenweave, but I *think* if it were an evenweave it would be a 36ct? The stitches, they are small. I have to turn my light to its brightest setting, and a lot of time translates to a small area completed. It’s going to look simply stunning when it’s finished though, so I’m not complaining.

The progress so far is the bottom few rows of the lower left corner page. I think the chart extends about ten more stitches to the right before it moves on to the next page. The project is 5 pages of chart wide by 3 pages of chart high. And the thing I AM going to moan about is the large number of 1/4 stitches. On teeny tiny Aida. If I’d actually looked closely at the chart before purchasing cloth, I would have picked a larger spacing..

On to more visible progress! Corte Medieval. I’m really starting to get into this piece, in a “I could stay up all night and stitch” sort of way. Sleep still wins over stitching, but it’s been a near thing on a couple of evenings. I really love the way the many near shades of colors blend so nicely in this piece. It shows up better in the scan than in my livingroom lighting. I can’t wait to finish this page so I can work on the section of chart that has the figures’ heads. 😀

All of this has been put on a temporary hold because I want to make my boys quilts for Holiday gifts. Yesterday, like a maniac, I cut enough squares for 3 quilt tops, laid out the squares to plan the “look”, and stitched one top together. It is crooked. I have determined that I view sewing as utilitarian, and not as art. Today sometime, or possibly tomorrow, I need to sew together the blocks for the other two quilt tops. I’m not doing anything insane like hand-quilting, or even machine-quilting. I’m simply going to use yarn to “tie” the quilt layers all together. Something cheerful and primary color.

I also cut some plain muslin into 12″ squares, so I can at my leisure, create art blocks. I want to piece some Sunbonnet Sue blocks, and try some crazy quilting. These things would be more of a “wall art” kind of thing, because I plan on using a lot of fun embellishments, which wouldn’t hold up to wear&tear of a bed quilt. Anyhow, that quilt idea isn’t something I’m doing soon- the muslin is just prepped for “some day”. LOL

And as if all that weren’t enough, I need to remember to contact the nice woman from whom I bought my spindle, for lessons on using said spindle as well as a look-see at my spinning wheel, and perhaps purchasing bits & bobs necessary for prepping and spinning an alpaca fleece.

There are more projects in my pile, and I think I’d better plan on living forever if I want to finish everything crafty and arty that I think is shiny and alluring.