HQAL: ‘Wishing you Good Will’ and lazy summer days with a good book

Summer is here with her array of blooms and bugs, mixing with bbq’s and cooler evening walks, while ‘Wishing You Good Will’ sits quietly at her place on the couch.


Each day reminding me, “you water the plants, you mow the lawn, you walk the dog, you read a book, you talk on the phone; when is it my turn?”

I have made progress and yes, it is so hard to work on her with the temps soaring. I have been trying to quilt at least 2/3 times a week. What has really struck me in this last 3 week period is the wear and age of this quilt. I have also been finding more and more small to larger imperfections and stains.


The fabrics are worn and I am finding more to repair than I had originally.


In this photo you can see the drastic change in the shape/size of the strips in the pattern. Instead of taking away, I think it totally adds to her beauty and marks her as classic but it also adds to a bit more buckling and puckering and not laying flat.

I know nothing about dating fabrics or quilts but I would love to have this looked at by someone who does. To me it feels very 1950’s, at least the fabrics, (those purple and white squares still throw me off) The wear of the material adds to the age although this simply could be material from then, put together recently and then discarded at the Goodwill (after all that hard work?) I still think this was a family find that the person had no idea what to do with. All thoughts welcomed 🙂


Changing gears just a bit, I must mention that I read a fantastic book that was recommended by Kathy Reeves Kathy   https://livinginrapidcity.wordpress.com

I ordered it from a used book site of the net. I wish I could say that once it came I spent most of my time reading and not enough time working on the quilt but that is not the case. The book was so good, it drew me in to its rhythm and mystery so quickly, I was captive and had it finished in 2 days. Thank you for the recommendation Kathy, I really enjoyed it.


The Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

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8 thoughts on “HQAL: ‘Wishing you Good Will’ and lazy summer days with a good book

  1. kathyreeves July 15, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    Your dedication in taking on this forgotten treasure inspires me every update! Just think how easy it will be quilting this winter.❄️ I am so glad you liked the book, it was so intriguing!

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    • nwpaintedlady July 15, 2018 / 5:52 pm

      LOL, yup I will be quilting way into next winter on this one. Thanks for the encouragement Kathy 🙂 ~ Sharon I really enjoyed the book, now to pass it on to a friend.

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  2. Deb July 15, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Your “ wishing you good will” is a little older than you think. I believe the rings have a lot of thirties fabric in along with forties. The purple & white fabric …I’m not sure ..as I can’t feel and see the texture very well. I’m so happy the old beauty has someone who loves it as it is!

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    • nwpaintedlady July 15, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      Thank you for your input and thoughts on the fabric. Some of the patterns seemed to have a 30’s/40’s apron feel to me. The purple and white does have a more modern feel – the construction of this doesn’t make sense with those blocks in the middle but regardless I do love this quilt. Thanks Deb!

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  3. KerryCan July 16, 2018 / 10:23 am

    I agree with Deb–1930s and ’40s, back when fabric was really fun! If you were inspired, you could reduce the puckering of the fabric by quilting more densely, maybe with crosshatching in off-white thread. That’s an old quilter’s trick–my sewing group is constantly saying, “don’t worry about that–it’ll quilt out.” Having said that, even aspect of the quilt, just as it is, adds to them charm!

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    • nwpaintedlady July 16, 2018 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you Kerry ~ great idea with crosshatching. There are a few spots I will certainly try that with. Just hear 30s/40s for this quilt material really deepens my feelings for rescuing this beauty. Thank you for your input. It is much appreciated ~ Sharon


  4. letsgocrafting July 17, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    That’s really a beautiful quilt. It looks like it was well loved and well used – just the way I hope the quilts that I make and give are used. I love that you are working on it!


    • nwpaintedlady July 17, 2018 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you for commenting, I am enjoying working on this beauty!


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