HQAL: Check-in on the Baby Quilt

As the weather continues to cool and the baby shower looms as a reminder to get her done, I have been busy these last few weeks working on the baby quilt. I have finished with assembling the top.

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If your eyes hadn’t noticed, I’ll point it out, top row (or it could be a side or bottom row) is off a bit. When I was placing it as a middle row it was very apparent I had made a mistake but instead of re working, because it was the only row off, I decided to use as an end row where the mistake, once all put together, would be less noticeable.

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Mistake- no worries – be happy! I am very happy with the color scheme. At first I thought it might feel to grown up for a baby but with it’s satin ribbon border on and small lace trim I think it’s statement will be fine ~ here’s to love and a happy, healthy, strong and bold baby girl.

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The backing is a brushed cotton flannel, baby soft! I doubled the batting for a extra cush and warmth. Not quite sure what I will do with quilting this yet. I’ll start out simple, stiching just outside the ditch around the inside of two of the coordinating triangles in each block and then go from there.

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the pages of the other participants in this HQAL to see some wonderful projects in the works.

Hand Quilt Along Links

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, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb,Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrin,
Gretchen and Kathi

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HQAL: ‘T’ Block Arrangement

At our last posting I had finished all of the ‘T’ blocks and showed the arrangement I had for them. I was not happy, in fact, I was pretty discouraged, this was not anything like my vision at the start.

Original arrangement looked like a mash mosh of nothing

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Following the suggestions of the group, I placed the darkest blocks as corner stones, a dark middle surrounded by the lighter blocks.

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Look at the difference

 

 

A second suggestion had the lightest grouped in the middle, a bit darker framing and the darkest as the corner blocks.

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Here is the difference

 

 

I am leaning towards the first change with the darkest as the 4 center blocks. It just draws the eyes in and the 4 corner blocks really pop out. The second arrangement still seems a bit flat and none dimensional.

While I was extremely anxious to get this started I had to put it aside to begin another hand quilting project. Excitement is mounting with grand baby #1 due for my sister-in-law in early October ~ a girl! I am afraid a baby shower may be looming in September and I am hoping to get this done in time.

Deciding to shy away from something to juvenile, I opted for a more refined girlish look in dusty rose tones with green sashing matching the leaves. I will add a thin lace ribbon border with the satin ribbon binding.

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For the backing I choose this rose colored geometric pattern in a soft brushed cotton. It matches the simple pattern of the quilt top.

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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.

Please take a moment to visit the pages of the other amazing crafters and thank you for stopping by 🙂

Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenand Kathi

Quilting and Cross~stitch

Always checking in at our local Goodwill store for a treasure or two, I spotted the sweetest framed cross stitch project I just had to rescue.

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Quilts and Cross~stitch, can it get any sweeter? 

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Sadly this beauty was not signed and is a reminder to me to sign and date; somewhere! A lot of work was put into this and the backstory and maker has been ‘lost’ while she sat in the picture bins of this thrift store. Who knows how many Goodwill thrifts she sat in before making her way to our corner of the country.

Her new markings read: Found August 9th 2019 at the Bellingham, WA Goodwill store.

HQAL ~ T Blocks Done

How does three weeks go by so quickly? It has and here we are with another  posting for the HQAL.

It seems like forever since I have been working on the individual ‘T’ blocks. I finally decided to stop and take a look at what I had.

Spread out on a queen size bed, not convinced this will be the lay out but it has given me a good idea on whats going on. I am going to stop making blocks and put this baby together.

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I have to say I am not thrilled with the multi colored blocks. My original vision was so different but they’re done now. So on to deciding what I want to do with the sashing.

My thought was because they are so uniquely different a frame of black may be what’s called for. A dark brown? A solid dark wood grain fabric? I think a light color is totally out, am I wrong? I just feel because there is no real rhyme or rhythm to these blocks, I needed to isolate them and make them feel individual.

Color, ideas welcome please 🙂

I also made another small pillow using the scraps from one of the last blocks. I backed it with a beautiful section from a vintage table runner, edged with a string of pearls I thought was just perfect with the red dotted material.

 

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Another pillow ready for gifting

Take a moment and be sure to visit the pages of the other participants in this HQAL. There is some amazing hand work going on 🙂

Hand Quilt Along Links

Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenand Kathi

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.

HQAL Update: You’ve got to be kidding

This was one of those blocks when you say outloud to yourself~ you’ve got to be kidding.

Oh sure, in the beginning I couldn’t figure out how to make the flying geese, then I bought the Eleanor Burns flying geese ruler and thought that would be the goose that laid the golden egg,  finally it all clicked or had it?

I didn’t take a picture,

darn it.

I had finished the block, did a final pressing, held it up and there it was, I sewed one set of  geese facing in the wrong direction. This one was heading south when it should have been going north.

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It’s an easy fix when hand stitching to pull out the stitches and repair. Repressed, held up and admired, even by my husband, perfect, then photographed ….. can you spot the the 2nd error? Of course you can but it took me those few extra minutes.

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What? OMgoodness ~ you’ve got to be kidding ~

Finally fixed

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Block #2

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And with those tiny scrappy triangle cut offs and the opposite side of the vintage embroidered scarf I used before, I made another small pillow for gift giving.

 

 

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Please take some time to visit the the pages of the other hand quilters in our group.

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, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen and Kathi

HQAL ‘T’ Quilt Update

Spring has been such a welcomed pleasure and it was hard to find time to get some blocks done this past 3 weeks. But I did it and I am so thankful for the accountability to my quilting friends on this HQAL…it’s just that push I need 🙂

Continuing to work on my T quilt with 2 done for a posting seems to be my norm.

#1 in pink and brown

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#2 teal, blue and greenish gray

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I am working with 4 variants of the T pattern. This is a continuation of a quilt along that was led by Bella, who unfortuately had to withdraw due to health reason.

Welcome to Kathi, glad to have you joining this HQAL

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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, just send Kathy an email and she will be happy to walk you through the process of joining. Please take a moment to visit the pages of the others to see some amazing gorgeous projects.

Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenand Kathi

So this last 3 weeks in addition to the 2 ‘T’ quilt blocks, I completed 1 block for Kate for the Overian Quilt Fundraiser. This is my first time participating and while my block is very basic and I am not even sure if it is exactly what she was looking for, I was happy to give it a try as the cause, Kates efforts in leading this project, is amazing! Please stop by and take a look at whats going on with this at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/category/ovarian-cancer-fundraisers/

This quilt project has the fantastic name ‘Scinteallate’ and already some of the blocks sent in that I have seen are exactly that scinteallating! Mine is on its way from WA state to Australia, if not already there.

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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

Connecting Through Quilts and Genealogy

Recently I purchased a beautiful 1930’s era quilt off of ebay. It was listed as ‘Vintage Texas 1930s 14 Point Star Quilt’. As I began to read more of the description, I realized this quilt had a story. It was in the hands of her grandson, Charles  Merrill, who had lovingly inherited her from his mother. The quilt had been hand sewn which immediately perked my interest (as I only quilt/sew in that pioneer fashion of no machine). The lister went on to say he had no children to pass the quilt on to, which was one reason for selling along with wanting her to go to someone who would appreciate her. No one else had made an offer/bid – it seemed I was destined to caretake this beauty.

Hand pieced and quilted by Alice Hall 

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14 Points is pleasantly worn just as the listing had said, with some age spots and storage stains but nothing that can’t be overlooked.  She was loved – that’s what I know. There is a lovely flower border on two sides. She is not a true white, but rather an eggshell color that dominates her front and solid backing.

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Her stars are tired but her stitching is strong. Sadly she is not signed by Alice but the fact she was past down and kept in her family adds to her worth. Immediately I knew I wanted to know more about Alice Hall and her family ~ combining my love of quilting with genealogy.

14 Points was handcrafted by Marion Alice Hall nee Charles and this is her story.

Marion known as Alice was born March 1890 in White County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of John Green Charles b. Dec 1855 and Nancy Frances Wamack b. Sept 1861; both of Tennessee. John G. Charles’s roots run deep in the south, farmers, and Nancy France’s roots run deep into the history of our country. She descends from William Wamack/Womack, Sr, of Henrico Co. Virginia. There is a considerable amount of information on this family that can be found with a simple google search. The Wamack American roots started in about 1640 as immigrants from England.

I first found John Green Charles (4) living with his parents James Charles and Eliza Templeton in the 1860 census in White Co. TN.  John was one of four children, older sister Serina (6), Martha (3) and Solomon (1). A Lydia Harty (14) was also living with the family. James was a farmer and his personal property was valued at $400. Eliza tended the home and cared for the children. I am sure she saw her share of farm chores and I like to think of her piecing a quilt by candlelight in the early evenings when all was quiet at home. A son named Munrow joined the family in 1864.

Alice’s Parents

 John Green Charles and  Nancy Frances Wamack married on July 5, 1876.

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By 1880 Nancy Frances had given birth to two sons, James Luther (1878) and William (1879). John was hard at work as a farm laborer providing for his family.  1900 ~ is the next census the family was found in and they were still living in White Co., TN. Marion Alice (10) had joined the family by this time and was #6 of 9 children that had been born to John G. and Nancy Frances in those past 20 years. Marion Alice shared life along with siblings  Luther, William, Nancy, Eliza, Jo, Maudy, Charlie and John F. b. May 1900. Sons Luther and William were working on the farm by then. From the census, I learned that John G. was renting and not the owner of the land. I quickly discovered that whatever happiness the family was experiencing was shattered by the death of their mother, Nancy Frances, on the 25 Sept. 1900, White Co. Tenn. This left John G. a widower, 45, with 9 children, infant son John F. was 4 months and the oldest son Luther, 22.

The family made a move sometime before/by  1907 to northeast Texas to the small rural community of Dial, Fannin Co..  I had fun doing a little research on Dial.

You can read about Dial here:

https://www.honeygrovepreservation.org

I was able to find Alice’s sister Maud on the Dial School Class of 1907 ~1908 photo. *Also notice a Zollie Hall attending school as well . This is Alice’s future husband. I was also able to find her brothers Charlie and Frank in following school pictures on the site.

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The web site holds some wonderful old photos of this rural community. I just loved this one from the Honey Grove Preservation page.

Picnic“Several wonderful photographs exist of outings to Beaver Dam, which was apparently a popular picnic spot northwest of Honey Grove on Bois D’Arc creek.  Photos from the Collection of the Estate of John and Thelma Black.”

Another shot of the quilt by Alice Hall ~ can’t you just picture the family picnics that could have been held on her? Possibly at Beaver Dam?

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So by 1910 the family was at home in the community of Dial. John G. was still farming  and the census revealed he was working on his own account although he was renting. Living at home with him was Marion Alice (19) now using simply Alice, daughter Maud (16) son William (27) Charlie (13) and John F. (Frank) (11).

1912 brought another change and that was with the marriage of Alice to Zollie Hall.

On the 17th of March, 1912, Alice M. Charles married Zollie Hall (b. March 1892) in Fannin Co., Texas. Zollie was the son of Mathew Sanders Hall (b. 1842 Dyer, TN) and 2nd wife Henrietta (b. 1854 Hardeman, TN) Raynor/Rainer.

(I must stop and interject that March 17th was my marriage date ~ my husband’s name was Marion Phillip ~ perhaps there was more to my acquiring this quilt than meets the eye ~ if you think in terms like that ~ I do)

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I love the shy smile on Henriette’s face in this photo.

On Aug 17, 1913, their only child, a girl, Imogene Hall was born to Alice and Zollie Hall. Zollie and Alice lived with baby Imogene on Pean Gaf Rd. in 1920. 1930 brought a change in address and I found then living on Country Line and Church Rd. But by 1930 Alice’s father John G. was living with them. Zollie was still farming and at 73, John was still working as a farm hand.

Corresponding with Charles, Alice’s grandson, I got a small glimpse into the life Alice and her family led. One of the memories Charles shared with me was that his mother Imogene rode her horse to school. She would leave him tied up outside and then at lunchtime go out to feed and exercise him. This memory brings me back to the picture above of the young man on his horse. Could he be on his way to school? It’s easy to let my imagination run a bit wild. Charles also shared:

“Mom was very close to both of her parents and growing up in a religious family provided emotional support.  I went to church often at the small rural church that was built in the country where everyone farmed.”  

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The photo is of the Church building at Pecan Gap

It was torn down, moved and rebuilt at Dial.

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The November meeting showed a report given on progress to obtain a building.  The minutes stated that “a church house at Pecan Gap bought and paid for $120.00.  Place selected to build the church on Brother Lee’s land also shingles bought to cover the house and on the ground.”  Brother J. W. Melton was selected as foreman of tearing down, moving and rebuilding the building.

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In March a date was set for the second Sunday in April to dedicate the new building.  A committee composed of W. G. Lee, J. B. Lilley, J. W. Melton, and Will Taylor was selected to purchase an organ for the church.  Other histories recorded that the building would seat 350, and was valued at $3,000.  The dismantled building was hauled from Pecan Gap by wagon to Dial and then rebuilt.

Again on the Honey Grove Preservation page under ‘Churches’ I found Zollie and Alice listed “Copies of associational letters from 1948-1953 are in the book….. Delegates to the Associational meeting were Mr. & Mrs. Rayford Stroud, Mr. & Mrs. Cleve Melton, Mr. & Mrs. Charllile Charles.  Alternate were Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Carter and Mr. & Mrs. Zolie Hall”

Charles went on to share with me “On Sundays, my grandmother (or mother) would have a lunch (which we called dinner) after church.  Usually, there were five of us including my father, W.M. and sometimes the minister and his wife would join us.  Friends of Alice and Zollie might also drop by for visits on Sunday afternoons.

A special time for me was to spend time at grandmother’s house during the summer for up to a week at a time.  Alice was an avid gardener and always had flowers blooming in summer.  I recall Iris’s and Zinnia’s and roses. 

Alice was a petite person and her height was about 5 ft. 2 inches.  She and my mother would cook together and did some quilting as well.  I recall that quilts were the go-to choice for bed covers and in Northeast Texas, the winters get quite cold.  I can recall having up to three quilts when I was staying with them during the winter” 

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It was during this time period that Alice pieced the quilt I now have the honor of caretaking. I learned something else from 14 Points grandson, Alice was quite artistic and not only did she quilt but later on in her life she enjoyed oil painting.

Landscape by Alice Hall

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This painting was graciously shared and permission given by her grandson Charles Merrill, holder of this beautiful landscape by Alice to share with you. I understand she was self-taught.

Searching newpaper.com I came across Zollie Hall mentioned in The Paris News (Paris, Texas) 06, Oct 1942, Tue

Headed ” Some Cotton Picker ” Zollie is quoted talking about the cotton and corn harvests along with the mention he thought he was a real cotton picker picking 500lbs of cotton a day…wow that’s a lot of cotton. Reading the history of Fannin Co. and the communities it held, cotton was one of the major agricultural crops for the area.

Meet Alice and Zollie Hall 

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It has been such an honor to share this quilt and life of quilter/painter Alice M. Hall with you. May her memory be a blessing to all those who knew her and to those of us who have just met her.

Zollie and Alice are laid to rest in the Oakwood Cemetery, Honey Grove, Fannin Co. Tx

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Thank you to Charles Merrill for sharing your amazing gifted and loved grandmother with me.

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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.

Please Help Date Me

Please help me date this beautiful Dresden Plate quilt that I found at our local Goodwill. She is just lovely and in almost pristine condition. Aside for half dozen small size rusty looking spots, I can find nothing else wrong with her.

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The back is a solid white, heavy, coarse cotton, the same as used on the front.

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While material patterns are reproduced, I have enlarged two sections of material I am hoping will give you a clue.

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In the photo above you can see one of those tiny spots. When I first brought her home she was dirty, with numerous yellowish discolored areas. A good dry cleaning and she cleaned up beautifully.

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The quilt measures 61″ X 81″ and each plate block measures 15″ X 15″ What concerns me about her is the connecting stitching of the plate blocks which appears way to tight to be hand stitched and seems to me to be machine stitched (?) They most certainly could be.

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I would love to hear from you with any thoughts or opinions on the age and construction of this beauty.

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