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Quilt Repair

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I made this Trip Around The World quilt for my brother in 1989. He asked if I could put a new binding on it, the edges were getting tattered. On closer inspection, it needed more work than just new binding. I didn't know how to quilt by machine at the time, it was tied with embroidery floss and over the years the ties came out. It was a good thing the polyester batting was sturdy like a Brillo pad, it hadn't ripped or shifted. The edges were all crumpled up, I tried to press everything flat with an iron but it wasn't easy. The heat couldn't be turned up too hot on the iron or else the polyester batting would melt. After mashing the edges down as flat as possible, I cut the binding off. Then I had to clip the edges together every few inches with Clover Wonder Clips as I applied the new binding. Some fabrics were ripped, I had to do some zigzagging. The backing was in surprisingly good shape, the fabric still looked like new. Finally, I did some free motion tacks at inte…

Never Ending Binding

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It always takes so long to hand stitch the binding on a queen size quilt. This Birds in the Air quilt is just about finished. :)

Four-Patch Quilt Completed

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Now that this quilt has been gifted to my daughter, Lindsay for her birthday, I can post pictures. After I finished the quilting, I noticed a red spot on the white border. I put a dot of stain remover on it in an attempt to clean it. After the border was wet, I discovered that there wasn't a stain, it was a piece of red thread under the surface. I was able to extract the thread with a "Varicose Vein" puller, that's what I call the Clover Soft Touch Thread Pick. Quilters need all kinds of tools to get the job done. :)

Stitching Pillow

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This strange looking contraption is a stitching pillow. It's for propping up a project so your neck doesn't get sore while you are stitching by hand. The little pocket holds a pair of small scissors. I used some 20-year-old orphan quilt blocks along with some frog fabric, seemed like a good idea to me, haha! I followed a Quilt Roadies tutorial on You Tube which can be found HERE. I made mine from 18 1/2 inch squares, the instructor used 15-inch squares. I wanted to have my work really close to my face so I'm not hunched over. I stuffed it with a combination of Polyfil stuffing and fabric scraps.

Christmas In July Is Completed

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Formerly known as "Quilt Top #23", "Christmas in July" is now completed. I started assembling the blocks in July, so the name stuck. I quilted it with Glide thread in the "Sand" colour, it almost looks like shiny gold thread. The blocks are a 20 year old conglomeration of a set of blocks that I won in the guild and others from a block exchange. I used up some odds and ends of Christmas fabric for the back.

Baby Quilt Completed

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The baby quilt is finished and ready to give away. Nothing like a deadline to get me going.

I Need To Make A Baby Quilt In A Hurry

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I found out yesterday that someone I know is going to have a baby soon. A quilt would be a nice gift, but I don't have any ready right now. I dug through my box of leftover bits and found just about enough blocks to make a quilt. I made a few more, then sewed them together with sashing in between. The quilt top was done last night, today I pin basted and started the quilting. Hopefully, it'll be finished before Saturday, then I can deliver it. Normally, I'm slower than molasses, but when the pressure is on, everyone better get out of the way or they'll get trampled. :)