Showing posts from September, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Finish

I spent all day yesterday finishing the border for these 12" blocks.  I didn't expect to make such a big quilt when I began but it ended up being 82" X 99" with the borders.
I worked on 4 different quilts today.   1. Framed and prepped an applique for a quilt center. 2. Quilted four blocks on the frames. 3. Cut apart plaid shirts & shorts for Billy"s quilt. 4. Layered and basted 1/2 of the bow tie quilt.
I need to concentrate on one thing at a time.  It gives rise to unwelcome anxiety to jump from  project to project in the same day.
It was 93 degrees today.  Makes me double check the calendar.  Yes, it really is September 25th. Robin

Oh, I forgot!

I finished this great quilt last week and forgot to do a post about  it.  It is Hallowe'en 1904 by Blackbird Designs.  The pattern is long out of print

It is just so festive.  It's Halloween, it's autumn, it gets you in the mood without being scary.

I "Big Stitched" it in black and orange thread.  The big stitches are just a little bigger than my regular stitches and I think it turned out to be fabulous!!!

This quilt stays right here - this one's for me.

Stars and Wormy Apples

Here are some close-ups of the quilt I mentioned in the previous post.  (Savery Friendship Star Quilt)

I was able to purchase a new battery for my camera and the charger came yesterday so I'm able to take and download pictures for the blog once again.

I am stitching this top with DMC size 12 thread in Ecru using a size 1 Milliner's needle.  The needle makes a large enough hole for the thread to glide through but I have to double knot the ends so  the knots don't glide through as well.

I love the way the quilting makes the stars pouf up.

I'm just quilting around the stars, around the center, and on the outside of the blocks so it's going fast.

This quilt will be done in a couple of weeks which makes me happy.

Another thing that makes me happy is wormy apples.
I know that sounds weird but it's true.

We have a golden delicious tree out in the backyard and this year all it has is wormy apples.  As the wind blows them off of the tree I have been cutting around th…


I was going to show you what is on the frames but my camera battery is dead and I can't find my charger anywhere.  It is so exasperating!  I remember putting the spare battery in to be charged and plugging the charger in an outlet.  That was two weeks ago and now there is no charger to be found and no spare battery.

 $70 later I have a spare battery and a charger on order.

All I can figure out is that the house guests we had for 3 wks - who have a similar camera - thought it was theirs and it's in a suitcase somewhere.  They said they didn't have it.  But, the gleam in my 3 yr.old grandson's eye is not to be trusted.

The quilt on the frames is my Savery Friendship Star Quilt.  It's been waiting in the queue long enough.

This is an old picture of the top.  I'm quilting it like the original which is just around the stars, the centers, and the block.  I'm doing it in a moderate "Big Stitch".  I love the way the star poufs up from the quilting.


A Quiltful post

My bachelor uncle died while we were in Wisconsin last year.  My siblings and I got together in July to go through boxes and boxes of things that he has saved.  You might remember all the milk glass I posted here.  We finally found homes for all of it.

There were two wonderful quilts in amongst all the pictures, certificates, yearbooks, glassware, and WWII medals.  And because I quilt, they were given to me.  Wahoo!!

The first is a Bethlehem Star (I think) on white with a white backing.  The quilting is exquisite!  This was made by my Great Great Aunt Mollie.  Her full name is Mary Narcissa Davidson Emmons born 1854 in North Salem, Indiana and died 1940.

She was quite talented with her needle.  Did I mention the quilting is wonderful?  The quilt is all hand pieced and hand quilted.

I put my hand in the picture to give perspective.  She did such fine work.  I am honored to be the caretaker of this beautiful quilt.

The second quilt is made by my Great Aunt Nelle 1888 - 1961.  She was a…