Update from the Sewing Room

I keep thinking of great bloggy things that I want to write about, and then I go off and do something else (like mow the lawn or hang out the laundry) and my ideas fly away like birds. Scattershot.

So instead I’ll catch you up on my sewing life.

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I signed up to take a block of the month class at my LQS (that stands for local quilt shop for all you non-quilters who wonder what the heck I’m talking about.) It’s a applique class that will teach me all the cool things that I can do with my sewing machine beyond simply sewing. This is my first block. I added the bird and his tail is going to extend over into the sashing, which is why it looks unfinished. I HAVE to add my own creative mark, right? Right! It’s machine applique. I’ve never done machine applique before and I am still sitting on the fence with it. It looks very…manufactured (to me, anyway.) It’s a very different look from needle-turn-by-hand.  I’m linking this new project up to the NewFO Challenge over at Cat Patches. The object of the challenge is to start a NewFO (new fabric object) every month, which can then become a UFO (unfinished fabric object), which is something I have no problem accomplishing, lol!

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003And I also started a project from a book, which makes me eligible to link up with the Let’s Book It party over at Vrooman’s Quilts. The object here is to make a project from a book that you actually already own. What a concept! I have an entire shelf (okay, two shelves) of quilt books full of things that I want to make someday. So I have started an applique project from a book that I’ve had for years, called My Whimsical Quilt Garden by Becky Goldsmith  Linda Jenkins. It uses needle-turn applique. Here is my first block, which is NOT finished yet.

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PLUS, I made the Ring Toss quilt  (blogged here) from my Project Linus book. So I am doubly eligible for the Let’s Book It party!

AND, my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt is featured this week as part of the Tuesday Archives over at Val’s Quilting Studio! It’s really cool to see my quilt featured on someone else’s website! Go check it out!

And on the dress front…

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I am still working toward my goal of sewing a dress out of real fabric (as opposed to a bed sheet).

Now…can I get a Whoop Whoop?

What are you making?

Vintage Dresden Plate Quilt

This Dresden Plate quilt was given to us by Kelly’s grandmother, Louise Collins when we were newly married, many years ago.

001Louise was born in 1895. If she were still living, she would be 119 years old!

027It was given to Louise by her good friend Cathy Dunbar of Vancouver, BC.

002I am relying on memory, but I think Louise told me that the quilt was actually made by Cathy Dunbar’s sister, whose name I do not know.

033The quilt appears to be machine pieced. The applique is done by hand.

008It is hand quilted.

019She used green thread 🙂

035I don’t know how old the quilt is, but I am guessing it was made in the 1940s. At least, the fabrics appear to be from the 1930s and 1940s.

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I am most definitely not a fabric historian, so if anyone of you can date these fabrics, please let  me know your opinion on its age.

026It’s in rough shape. The backing has mostly rotted away.

025Definitely005 well-used and well-loved.

We used if for several years on our bed at the cabin.

smaller corner shotI washed the quilt on delicate cycle and put it in the sun to dry.  It was very grubby, but came out nice and bright.

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This old quilt just makes me smile. I hope Cathy Dunbar’s sister is smiling down on us as we continue to use and enjoy it.