Saturday, October 23, 2010

The First Quilt I ever Made

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This is my first quilt

The First Quilt I ever Made

In the early 80's we moved to Burlington, Iowa, it's in the southeastern corner of the state on the Mississippi River and yes, I learned how to spell Mississippi.


The First Quilt I ever Made

I had done some blocks, some pillows and then I saw in the paper a class being hosted by the local quilt group. I remember it being expensive and how I agonized over it for days. but finally signed up.
The teacher was "Liz Porter" at the time she worked for one of the magazines, Better Homes maybe, but is was a wonderful day and I learned so much.

The First Quilt I ever Made

It was a color graduation class which meant nothing to me at the time, looking at the quilt today I didn't get the whole idea. Liz brought letters to add to each quilt to identify, I used my initials.

The First Quilt I ever Made
Hand quilting was so relaxing to me, I had no frame, just a dining room table, pinned it very well and quilted. I checked out library books on how to do everything. The quality of books we have now is crazy different from then.
The First Quilt I ever Made

I was approached to join the quilt group after the class. I think I was a rarity in the group a "new" member. I remember being laughed at when they saw my round corners on the quilt. I love these corners.This is my quilt, I curl up under it daily, it's washed all the time and it's just over 25 years old. It's never looked better.


Sew Happy,  Beth

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Before Entry and After

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 Doing the new Star for the entry (last week), opened a whole new project.

The BEFORE

 

We changed the door out about 2 years ago, and I didn't get it painted.



Coat one and I did 5 coats to get the color I wanted.

I also, painted the floor with a really neat paint from Lowe's for concrete, it's really thick and not slick, it was a bit of a project but, worth it.



The After  and Done !

Sew Happy, Beth
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Monday, October 18, 2010

52 Weeks of Quilt Pattern Blocks

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52 Quilt Block Patterns in 52 Weeks

I'll be doing a quilt block pattern per week and sharing it. They will be all sizes and will be nothing that is in any of The Quilt Ladies Books or Ebooks.  Cutting and piecing instructions will be included.


52 Weeks of Quilt Pattern Blocks

I started with fabric, going through the closet and had a great time, mixing and matching. Here's my how to on Picking Fabric. I drafted all the pattern/instructions and have completed making all the blocks. So, I think it's time to start sharing them.

There will be one pattern per week,  stop back and see the first block.

The patterns will not be on the same day each week, to make sure you don't forget to check, sign up for Feed Burner on the side of this blog. You will received an e-mail when something new is posted on The Quilt Ladies.  Watch for the first block next week.

Sew Happy, 
Beth

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Triangle and Square Quilt in Black and Scrap Fabric

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Triangle and Square Quilt in Black and Scrap Fabric

Triangle and Square Quilt in Black and Scrap Fabric
This is a quilt that I made long ago, our oldest son's, I think? It has been on our guest room bed for years. I think I took it before he left....


I love the simple pattern, I machine pieced and it was long arm quilted.

Triangle and Square Quilt in Black and Scrap Fabric

I had fun with the back for the quilt too, The sun was so bright the day I took pictures that you can almost see through the quilt.

Triangle and Square Quilt in Black and Scrap Fabric 
Sew Happy, Beth

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Great, Great Grandma Made This Pin Wheel Quilt for My Mom

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Pin Wheel Quilt 
Great, Great Grandma Made This Pin Wheel Quilt for My Mom in 1936
I discovered quilts at auctions and after not being able to afford them, I learned to quilt. At the time we lived in Burlington, IA and on a visit, my mom arrived with this quilt.
It was made for her 8th birthday (about 1936), by her Great Grandmother. Mom tells how Granny's hands did not work well and my mom and aunt, helped with getting the fabric under the needle on the trundle sewing machine. They cut squares for her and help do the pressing.
Even then and through her life my mother has never quilted.
Mom  never used the quilt, it was always folded up in her closet, to good to use.

Great, Great Grandma Made This Pin Wheel Quilt for My Mom in 1936

The Quilt is in just about perfect condition and the colors of the fabric are wonderful.
Great, Great Grandma Made This Pin Wheel Quilt for My Mom in 1936


Great, Great Grandma Made This Pin Wheel Quilt for My Mom in 1936

The quilt back.

Great, Great Grandma Made This Pin Wheel Quilt for My Mom in 1936
 
All the hand quilted stitches,
Mom said it was taken to a lady and quilted. Granny couldn't do it herself.

Great, Great Grandma Made This Pin Wheel Quilt for My Mom in 1936

It's a joy to have this quilt and mom had a wonderful day telling the stories as I pictured the quilt.

Sew Happy, Beth


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