Hand Quilt Along: Wishing You Good Will

The quilting process of ‘Wishing You Good Will’ has been completed. 1 year and 1 month ago I began this beauty. She was a Goodwill find that needed some love and tenderness to restore. She sat for quite a few years until I hooked up with this Quilt Along. With the encouragement of all of you, I began this journey with her.

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Next step is to do her borders. No thoughts yet on what I will use or do. Idea’s appreciated!

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A sea of blue. The color is not true – it’s a much deeper midnight blue. I just could not get the lighting right ūüė¶

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And mentioning lighting, If you haven’t read KerryCan’s¬†post on using lighting for photo taking (which was excellent) all I can say is – I tried my best Kerry! ¬†Winter time in a room with little to no natural lighting was not the best for this show and tell. You can read her post by clicking on the link below.

https://lovethosehandsathome.wordpress.com/2019/02/07/of-making-hay-and-glamour-shots/

One last look

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This 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.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan,  Nanette,  Edith, Sharon, Karrin, and Gretchen

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HQAL: November Thank You to Wishing You Good Will and the HQAL Crafters

Three weeks has past since my last post on my progress with Wishing You Good Will. She is a true beauty with 35 double wedding ring rings to quilt. Taking a quick look back at my posts for August I had noted that I had completed 9 of the 35 rings (having begun this journey in January)

With thankfulness I can post I have now completed 16 of her beautiful rings. I am so amazed at the progress made.

 

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Feeling like I have been hand quilting this at a snail’s pace, moving backwards at times, I am filled with gratitude for Good Will. She has given me hours of reflection and quiet solitude. She has seen the snows of past February cleansing her soiled and stained face. She has delighted in the return of spring renewed and anxious for the buds to bloom. The hot sun of August warmed and comforted her tears of memories past. And here we are coming to the end of a year ….

I am filled with gratitude and thankfulness for finding and joining this HQAL, for the woman and quilts I have had the honor of following. You have encouraged me and renewed my commitment to this craft of hand quilting. You have brought Good Will into the forefront of my life with so many lessons learned from her after sitting on the shelf for years untouched. You have reminded me that we all need to be loved and touched, hugged, appreciated for our inner beauty. Cared for, encouraged, complimented, questioned, shown interest, pushed. There is an accountability not only to the group to report on my progress but an accountability to the quilt herself. To finish her story…….

Good Will was tossed aside, left, abandoned….I know it sounds a little far fetched and perhaps silly but when I think of my project in human terms it transcends its bounded fabrics and wraps her lessons into the fabric of my life. She reminds me to check in on friends, question, encourage, show interest in their inner lives to bring out their inner beauty to make our world just a little more meaningful.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for this HQAL, all the wonderful projects and people I have met along the way.

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This 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.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan,  Nanette, Sassy , Edith, Sharon, Karrin, and Gretchen

 

 

 

 

HQAL: Wedding Ring Quilt says “I do”

Double Wedding Ring Quilt History | AccuQuilt : AccuQuilt

Though the pattern was first published in the United States in the early 1920s, the quilt pattern can be found as early as the late 19th Century. The Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern has long been a symbol of love and romance with its interlocking ringssymbolizing marriage.Apr 15, 2017     https://www.accuquilt.com/blog/education/a-history-of-the-double-wedding-ring-quilt/ 

I have been working steadily on ‘Wishing You Good Will’ and while I feel I am making progress it still remains slow and difficult to gage. Working on her these last 3 weeks I have begun to think about the fact it is the wedding ring pattern; weddings, brides, flowers, saying

“I DO”

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What I have found with Good Will as I move methodically around working on her, is the  amount of worn and torn fabric I missed when first repairing her. In addition the amount of staining is more than I thought and a good dry cleaning is so needed, although it will not remove that damage. Still she is beautiful!

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I began thinking about this quilt in a whole different light. I imagined this quilting process to be like the build up and anticipation to the wedding. The beginning of the border will be the equivalent to the wedding ceremony and once that is completed it will be the big celebration reception party. I can tell you right now, once ‘Wishing You Good Will’ is completed I am having a huge ‘finished the quilt party’ and your all invited.

In the spirit of marriage, weddings, rings, brides, grooms, guests, toasts, flowers and the wedding ring pattern, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite wedding photos

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My Grandmother Catherine Langellotti & Grandfather Frank Civitano

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My Grandmother Minnie Lipschitz & Grandfather Isidore Haimowitz

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My Great Aunt Rita Langellotti & Steve Stalupe

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This beautiful bride is a photo I found in an antique store and was able to reunite with a descendant. I love the aproned like skirting on her dress.

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My Aunt Coletta Civitano’s wedding photo with my grandfather Frank Civitano from photo above

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My Great Aunt Julia Civitano & Nick Forese

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Brides of 1915

 

 

My 1st cousin 2x removed Dominick Caso & Rose Haughey

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Some how thinking of ‘Wishing You Good Will’ in terms of brides and flowers, laughter and most of all love has helped me turn this daunting task into a true labor I love!

My beautiful granddaughter Heather & Trent

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This 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.

Hand Quilt Along: Wishing You Good Will

17Here we are again with another three weeks for an update on progress. I had set aside Sundays for the day to work on ‘Good Will’ but I think I need to step up my game. 35 of these huge wedding rings to hand quilt. How many have I got done? 9 and you can do the math on how many more to go. Then I need to tackle the border and I haven’t even thought about that. I am rethinking my quilting strategy – my entire crafting strategy and division of time. Perhaps 2 hours a day on the 3 projects I have going might work better. In fact I am going to try that for this interval of 3 weeks. Since I am now retired that just might work.¬†My 3 projects: A counted cross stitch, the stamped Monday – Sunday Tea Towel set and of course Good Will and lets not forget the beautiful tulip quilt patiently waiting her turn. I would love to give her some attention.

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I want to welcome Karrin to the HQAL and I am excited to see what everyone has been working on. Please take a moment and take some time to see what everyone else is doing.

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This 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.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan,  Nanette, Sassy , Edith, Sharon, and Karrin

Hand Quilt Along: Connecting through a Vintage Photo and Quilting

Mid way through the summer and here we are again with another update for the HQAL. When I got the reminder notice I had to really think, had I made progress? Yes, I have. I have made a conscious effort to quilt ‘Wishing You Good Will’ these last 3 weeks and while the progress seems slow, as said before, ‘slow and steady wins the race’ if this were a race. But something else happened in the last week before posting that I would like to share. Something that made me sit up, take notice and reflect about this quilt top I am working on.

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In my last post I asked about the age of this quilt. I had some feed back on my thought that this may have dated in the 50’s. It was overshadowed by others thinking more like a 30’s – 40’s feel.

Another of my passions is genealogy, along with old vintage family photo’s ~ lost photo’s that I like to try and return to a family member. Whenever I come across a photo with some labeling I will purchase it and try to find its family. This week, that is exactly what happened. I had found this amazing photo at an antique store and got busy finding its home.

Brier Deming Family – wife Nancy with children and the gentleman labeled Uncle

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I sent out 2 queries and heard back from one gentlemen who was connected with the family. His name is Gary and in the course of corresponding not only did we share a love for genealogy but I learned his wife, Donna, was a quilter, and an incredible quilter sharing with me some of her magnificent quilts. This photo share of her work led to me spotting a gorgeous double wedding ring quilt that hinted at a twin for ‘Wishing You Good Will’. ¬†Inquiring about it this is what I learned:

“Gary shared “the double wedding ring quilt was hand pieced by my great grandmother Eda Mae Vercoe, who was a very talented seamstress and quilter.” She was born in 1880. She had never finished this hand pieced top and it sat in a cedar chest for about 40 years. In 2005 Gary’s Mom gave the top to his wife Donna who did this exquisite job of hand quilting and finishing this beauty.

Eda Mae Vercoe’s Double Wedding Ring Quilt; quilted by her daughter-in-law Donna

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The story does not stop there.

For Gary’s Mom’s 85th birthday in 2010, the quilt was given back to her completed as a gift. I can barely imagine the joy felt by all three of them in completing this circle of love.

What an incredible story!

It makes me wonder if this could have been a wedding quilt started by Eda either for herself or a daughter/son which was never completed?

On a last note for this post and getting back to the Deming Family photo that started this connection to Gary and Donna, this is what he shared with me in regards to the photo

“It might interest you to know that Nancy Deming (Brier’s wife), was the daughter of James Anderson O’Neil who was one of the men who were instrumental in having the US Government establish Oregon Territory at a time that it would have otherwise ended up being part of Canada!¬† So, without James’ efforts, Oregon, Washington and part of Idaho would now be in Canada!”¬†

Quilts not only connect us to the past but they connect us to friendships. ©

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Check out the others work that are doing the quilt along….

This 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.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Nanette, Sassy , Edith, and Sharon

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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.

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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.

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

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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 ūüôā

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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.

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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.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan,  Nanette, Sassy , Edith, and Sharon

HAND QUILT ALONG: Making Progress

When I decided to start quilting ‘Wishing You Good Will’ I admit, I was overwhelmed, terrified at the physical size and commitment this undertaking would require. I have always tackled much smaller projects and thought I wasn’t truly prepared. I literally have no room for a table type scroll stand, then I thought a hoop floor stand might just work.

I have kicked the stand to the curb 

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Well not really, but I abandoned its use in the first week and have been using the hoop perched on my lap since. I have been making slow but steady progress but still wondering if I will ever get to the borders.

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Good Will sits front and center in the living room daring me to forget or neglect her.

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If you noticed the horse in my background that is MOBO. That handsome bronco was made by D. SEBEL & CO., ERITH, KENT, ENGLAND from 1947 Р1972. This metal horse is one of the earliest model horses. I found this beauty in an antique store and could not pass up the purchase. I had a mobo, one of the most memorable memories of my childhood. He moves using a pumping up and down method on the stirrups, forward only. He provided hours of fun not only for me but for the kids in the neighborhood.

Hand Quilting and Childhood Treasures ~ it doesn’t get any better than that¬†¬©

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This 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.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan,  Nanette, Sassy , Edith, and Sharon.

 

HAND QUILT ALONG: Please forgive me

My goal was to finish hand quilting ‘Wishing You Good Will’ before summer set in. I am far from that happening.¬†With the warmer weather here, the sun high and glorious I am finding it harder and harder to sit myself down and work on ‘Wishing You Good Will’

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First of all, Good Will, you are massive and bulky and heavy and warm, so warm. You ¬†and the Sun are in a battle for my attention “Come wrap your self in my love and quilt me” Good Will calls. “Come and play in the garden with me under my spring time rays” Sun taunts me.

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I have found so much to distract me from staying on course. You must forgive me if I decide to stop and take in the beauty around me (on my morning walk)

 

 

But I am making progress – slow but sure and the lure of your beauty brings me back to you.

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You are the colors of this beautiful spring in the northwest ~ but

You must forgive me if I decide to curl up with a good book instead of quilting

Or if I decide to take a walk along the stream bank instead of quilting

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Or if I mow the lawn instead of quilting

Or if I water the gardens instead of quilting

Or if I swap veggie starts with a friend

Or if I chat with a grandchild instead of quilting

Or if I visit with a neighbor instead of quilting

Or if I decide to bbq instead of quilting

Or if I put out peanuts for the stellar jays

Or if ……I simply do absolutely nothing but take time to be thankful

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This 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.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan,  Nanette, Sassy , Edith, Sharon and Bella.

 

 

 

Hand Quilt Along: Take Time To Smell The Flowers

Since last I posted, I finally feel like progress has taken hold and my ‘Wishing You Good Will’ quilt could possibly be finished by years end. But I am not racing to finish but drinking in the beauty of this spring reflected in its shadow. From my garden I photographed the amazing flowers below – they reminded me of Wishing You Good Will.

 

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I tried to photograph the massive size of this beauty for you. It covers a queen size bed, draping over the foot, cascading to the floor. The sides hang over about a foot on each side. I am thinking of finishing it with a scalloped edge – but I am not there yet – what do you think?

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The Rhodora

On being asked, whence is the flower?

In May, when sea winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
To please the desert and the sluggish brook.
The purple petals, fallen in the pool,
Made the black water with their beauty gay;
Here might the redbird come, his plumes to cool,
And court the flower that cheapens his array.
Rhodora! If the sages ask thee why
This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for Being:
Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!
I never thought to ask, I never knew:
But, in my simple ignorance, suppose
The self-same Power that brought me there,
brought you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Please take time to smell the flowers along your quilting path ©

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This 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.

Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan,  Nanette, Sassy , Edith, Sharon and Bella.