HQAL: Update with 2 more T Blocks on display

As I continue to work on completing the blocks for my Capital T and Variants of T, I am getting no closer to mastering these darn flying geese.

Here are the 2 new blocks for this posting

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Notice in the one above the flying geese are a bit what I am calling ‘katawompy’. Those  geese wanted to go in a different direction – shame on them. Not quite sure where I went wrong and rather than toss it or redo, I decided that imperfections like these are what says ‘I am hand made and not machined stitched’ Shes a keeper 🙂

I received the flying geese ruler by/from Eleanor Burns, Quilt in A Day, convinced this would be the answer. I gave it the old college try but I am not convinced I got the true nack of using it yet.

The block below did come out spot on.

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I think this may just be my favorite color combo so far

 

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,  MargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

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Hand Quilt Along Update

Two new blocks completed for the ‘T’ block quilt.

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My original plan was to create two of each block for this quilt. However, having come up just short on material with some of the choices, that idea is out the window.

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With the block above, I flipped the color pattern for this one (see below) It’s so interesting to see the effect of color placement as well as the difference in color that lighting has on a block. Aside from vibrancy of the color of block 2, I like it better.

 

A big thank you to Nanette of  https://doitrightquilter.com  with a gentle nudge that a flying geese ruler from Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day, would help me, I have ordered one and am excited for the ruler to arrive. I know it is going to help with crafting these beauties.

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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

Please take a moment and visit each of these wonderful quilters to see what they are working on and their beautiful creations.

T Block Quilt Along

This month T block was called Imperial T and I have to say it is my favorite block so far. That’s most likely because I am finally getting the hang of the flying geese.

Imperial T 

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So far I have completed 3 different block patterns, the Double T, Capital T and this month’s Imerial T. Block 4 will come out tomorrow and I am excited to get started on it.

Isabella of    Then and Again Quilts  is hosting this “T” Quilts, Sew-Along – please click on either link to learn more about it and come quilt along with us.

The history of this block is fascinating and Isabella has been doing an awesome job of investigating and learning about this wonderful block, sharing her knowledge and coaching us along in the quilt along.

The origin of this block is in question but seems to have been associated with the temperance movement at one time but I want to leave the history to our hostess who has done a considerable amount of research into this topic. ** the above sentence was rewritten as a clarification and an addition to my original posting – I have heard from Isabella regarding the origins of the T quilt and that there is not enough proof that this quilt stands for the temperance movement.

http://www.womenfolk.com/quilt_pattern_history/temperance.htm

Temperance or not I found an amazing letter pertaining to the Temparance movement that I am sharing.

While looking on ebay for vintage photo’s – a hobby – I came across a ‘lot’ of pictures mixed in with some magazines and letters. One letter jumped out at me and I had to purchase the whole lot (minimal cost) to get my hands on this

Amazing Letter 

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I have been unsuccessful in locating any information on a Roxborogh Throckmorton or his poor departed friend Avery Fortesque (Ancestry/google)  I have no clue to an actual time frame of this letter as no date was written on it. The temperance movement has seen many waves of renewal and activity.

I have no real proof this letter is even genuine.  However, I have been able to find numerous accounts to the movement specific to the term ‘temperance disciple’ in newspapers.com Here are two I found that are quite fun, if fun is the right word. One from Buffalo and one from Brooklyn.

 

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Daily Commercial Advertiser (Buffalo, New York, United States of America) · 19 Jan 1837, Thu · Page 2

 

 

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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, Kings, New York) · 9 Jul 1845, Wed · Page 2

 

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If you would like to participate in the sew along click here. You can also visit the other participants by clicking on their link below. Happy Quilting!

Please take a moment to jump over to Bella and Nanette’s page to see their blocks

Nanette & Bella

Cutter Quilt Ninny

More often than not, especially today, I feel like I am back in the stone age when it comes to quilting. It’s not just because I consider myself a quilt purist, (only hand quilting) I never owned a rotary cutter (bought my first 3 months ago) or pre-cut templates or quilting rulers; 60-degree triangle rulers, triangle square up ruler, strip wonky ruler, strip tube ruler, the types are endless, I was lost to the world of quilt lingo up until joining my first quilt along a year ago.

The quilt vocabulary I knew were backing, batting, and sashing. But more recently, in fact in this last week, I learned a new term; cutter quilt.

Who knew that the beautifully framed quilt square I did as a gift for Velma and one for myself came from using a cutter quilt, I didn’t. From a quilt not able to be saved I cut out two of the squares and repurposed them….I created this art piece from a cutter quilt.

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It certainly makes perfect sense now. It did not make sense when trolling ebay for vintage quilts and I came across a number of these for sale. They were smaller sections of quilts and in the heading for the quilt for sale, the term cutter quilt was used. That seemed odd to me, my mind jumped instantly to a ‘cutter’ as in a boat. That didn’t make sense but I trolled on.

I eventually wrote to the poster of these beauties and asked her why these quilts were such an odd size and here was her reply.

New message from:   bayberrycottage  Top Rated Seller(631Purple Star)

Good morning! These are quilt “pieces” for crafting, sewing and such. The sizes are the “cut” sizes, as they are cut from what are called “cutter” quilts. Thanks for your interest. Enjoy your weekend!

Now you may be thinking what a ninny, everyone knows this. In fact, I do feel like a ninny with a capital N.

Of course, it makes perfect sense. But in my defense and returning to the word cutter and boat here is the definition of a cutter:

Wikipedia says:

A cutter is typically a small, but in some cases a medium-sized, watercraft designed for speed rather than for capacity. Traditionally a cutter is a smaller sailing ship with a single mast 

hmmm ~ smaller sailing ship ~ smaller quilt piece, do you see where I am going with this? or is it simply what it sounds like ‘cutter quilt’; cutting away pieces from a larger piece.

And then there’s good old handy google – I could have just googled ‘cutter quilt’ and brought up all kinds of information on this but I didn’t.

So just in case, there may be another ninny out there …….

 

November “T” Block Sew – Along

Back one month ago, I was delighted to join the “T” Block Sew – Along that is being host by Bella of

Then and Again Quilts

Some of you may remember her excellent post on the history of this block ~ The “T” possibly standing for the Temperance Movement…..

With so many projects on my plate I was hesitant but decided to dive right in and participate and I am so happy I did. Bella will be providing a new block pattern with instructions each month. I have posted from Bella’s page the following

From November 2018 – November 2019 we will be making “T” blocks: One new variation each month

T Blocks 1-4T Blocks 5-8T Blocks 9-12

THE ABOVE IMAGES ARE USED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE WEBSITE HTTP://QUILTHISTORYTIDBITS–OLDNEWLYDISCOVERED.YOLASITE.COM 

 

In preparation for beginning, I printed out the instructions, picked out my fabric, drew out and cut my templates.

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I also found it helpful to go on to youtube to look at a short tutorial on this block. I must admit I got a bit lost when it came to making the flying geese. But once I got past that success was around the corner – semi success that is. My block turned out 1/2 inch wrong, my second attempt was the right size but two corner pieces were way to short – my measurements were off again somehow but it sure looks good before assembling 🙂

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Here is my first block for the first month of the sew along

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Bella sent extremely detailed instruction and she was there to answer all my questions during the process, of which I had quite a few. I am working this project all by hand, no machine for this beauty. It’s a block in a day and even with hand stitching it was easy to get the block done in a few hours. I also may try reworking this block with the solid material as the T.

I am so excited to be participating in this sew along. I think it is going to not only be fun but it is going to improve my skill and quilting knowledge. There is plenty of time to join in and sew along so if your on the fence about doing this I say…join us.

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If you would like to participate in the sew along click here. You can also visit the other participants by clicking on their link below. Happy Quilting!

Please take a moment to jump over to Bella and Nanette’s page to see their blocks

Nanette & Bella