Friday, June 7, 2013

Summer Quilt


I didn't realize that I haven't posted in awhile. I've been busy with 4 different projects at various levels of completion. I didn't want to post any pictures of any of them yet. They're just not ready for their blog debut!

The 4 projects are:

1-I'm still plugging along trying to get the Blogger's BOM finished. I have 4 blocks left to go! But then I'll have the sashing, borders, etc. Getting there but not quite yet!

2-I'm almost done my little summer shrug sweater. It's partly sewn together while I add ribbing to the edges. It would look like a mess if I posted any picture of it right now.

3-I've got the Electric Quilt Summer Series for June in pieces. It's being paper pieced so it really has to be worked on a bit more.

4-My last project is a quilt I'm designing. It's my first time doing something completely on my own so I'm very slow! I'm still constructing blocks which will have to be sewn together in correct order, if I ever get to that point!!

I have to go Father's Day shopping which also happens to be my husband's birthday this year! I'm lucky I only work part-time. I seem to have too much to do all the time!

However, it seems it's finally summer so I thought I'd share a quilt with you. This quilt was made by my husband's grandmother, Blanche Dickinson. She passed away in the late 80's. After she died at the age of 94,  her few possessions were distributed among the family. I wasn't a quilter then but always admired the quilts she had made. I got to keep her summer quilt which I just love!


Being a summer quilt, it has no batting and she tied it with embroidery thread. Each butterfly is hand appliqued onto muslin using the sating stitch in a contrasting color. The edging is finished with prairie points. It measures about 62" X 72". The backing is also muslin. It's machine pieced. I actually have her old Singer sewing machine. I learned to sew on that machine when I first got married. She made this quilt during the 1930's. My father-in-law remembers her working on it when he was a small boy. No one knows where she got the fabric. Was it old clothes? Did she actually buy the fabric?  I wish I could have asked her. I didn't know enough about quilting back then.

Lily liked hanging around the quilt. Can you see her??
Back to working on my projects! Have a great weekend!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

9 comments:

  1. What a lovely heirloom quilt! All that hand work--satin stitching is lovely. I hope you have a good weekend...Hugs, Julierose P.S. Come see my "giveaway"

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    1. Can't wait to see your blog! Grammie made a really gorgeous quilt. I love it! Enjoy your weekend but watch out for Andrea! Been raining awful here all day!

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  2. That's a lovely heirloom summer quilt! Lots of work and patience gone into it. Looks like your projects will keep you busy! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I'm hoping to get these projects done very soon. I feel I have too much going on! It's raining awful here! Guess it's remnants from Hurricane Andrea. Good day to stay in and finish up projects! Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. You have been a busy gal! The summer butterfly quilt is adorable. Amazing she added prairie points. It is nice to have a light weight quilt not so much for warmth but something to cover you if taking a nap. I have a light one that has real thin batting that I grab in the summer time to cover up with when taking a nap! Looking forward to seeing all your finishes!

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    1. I'm hoping to finish up some of these projects soon. It's a good day to stay in and sew. What's left of Hurricane Andrea is visiting us today! Thanks for the nice comment!!

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  4. I'm sure that your husband's grandmother would be so glad to know that her quilt is being treasured by you. Can you imagine what she would think to know that it's photo was being shared on the Internet?

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    1. Imagine having to explain the Internet!? I think she'd like that it was being seen by so many people but not sure she would understand!

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