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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

 

 

 

 

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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.

Ready For Fashion Week

This wonderful photo was shared by blogger Jamie Gates of

https://applegategenealogy.wordpress.com/blog/

and with her permission I am sharing it with you. Although the photo is only in black and white,  I thought it was a great photo to highlight the fashion; the patterns and prints of this time period. Please stop by and take a look at Jamie’s blog. She is one of my favorite genealogy bloggers that I follow.

Meet the Berry’s: Violet Frances (Berry)1912 – 2000, Bemis Bertha Bell (Berry) 1898 – 1980, Rehbien Walter James Berry 1895 – 1971, Dorothy Georgina (Berry) Allman 1913 -2000,  Goldie Florence Berry 1896 – 1982.

 

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A Saturday & Sunday Finish

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I just finished the Saturday and Sunday kitchen tea towels. While they turned out really sweet I could kick my self with one of the wooden shoes. I had posted a photo of Monday and Tuesday

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but in my rush to get the project finished and in the mail for gift giving on time, I forgot to get a photo of Wed. – Fri.. So no photo finish with this race.

On all the towels I kept the dress colors the same, the dark blue and turquoise except on Saturday for birthday cake giving!

Is it only me? why tea towel I thought and a quick google look see answered my question.  Simply put: the term tea towel is used in England and here in the states we know it as a dish towel. Tea towels were used to dry the china that was used while serving tea ~ makes sense. Here we use it for just about everything and anything. There are endless sites and posts on tea towels. I never thought I would find tea towels such a fascinating read ~ but I have.

 

 

 

 

Hand Quilt Along: Wishing You Good Will update

Welcome Gretchen to the Hand Quilt Along! So nice to have you join the group.

Well three weeks passed and I started strong, alternating between my four major projects (way to many for me) I wish I could say I finished strong but I didn’t. I ended up working on the embroidered kitchen tea towels hoping to finish for gift giving on Oct. 4th. I got M-F done, photographed M&T, a part of Wed. then in a rush to get the gift from  WA to NY on time, I forgot to get pictures of the three other days  😦

Gift received on the 4th (amazing) my stepmom loved it! I sent a note that the 2 remaining days would follow and of course we did speak.

So what about Good Will? Dusty tried to insist it wasn’t him that pushed her off the couch after routing around in her wonderful downey softness. I was frantic looking for the needle (found) and I learned a great lesson

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Honestly, it wasn’t me

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I did manage to move the hoop a few times so I know I made progress. You all know what she looks like so I will say bye for this check in… and happy crafting!

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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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen

Tunisian Lace Crochet

I took a small detour from my quilting project, from the embroidered tea towels, and cross stitch project. I was lured by some gorgeous yarn I found at the local Goodwill.

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With the name Liquid Amber, how could I pass it up? I couldn’t.

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I decided to crochet a simple scarf, 20 across, using the Tunisian Lace stitch. This would let the knotty jewels of bound bundles shine as well as allow the yarn itself to be the focal point.

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This scarf screams Autumn is in the air.

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One lacey scarf completed and perfect for fall gift giving.

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Hand Quilt Along: September Update

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I am making steady progress on Wishing You Goodwill. The new plan from last posting; spending 2 hours each day on each project; was more wishful thinking than doable.

I did stick to my plan though, whether it was 10 minutes or half an hour, stitching did get done which meant progress was made and Goodwill was happy and smiling from her place on honor on the couch

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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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , Edith,   Sharon, and Karrin

2 First Place Ribbons won by Ninety-nine year young woman

One of the pages I follow is the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show Facebook page. Showing up on my feed today was an article from the Lake County Examiner, Lake View, Oregon on a woman who won 2 first place ribbons for a quilt she entered in the Lake County Fair.

Please take a moment to click on the link – you won’t be disappointed. Fernette Weaver is priceless and the quilt a masterpiece and oh yes she is a hand piecer and quilter.

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http://www.lakecountyexam.com/lifestyles/ninety-nine-year-old-weaver-s-quilt-wins-two-first/article_a7d8c3b0-b098-11e8-91c5-7b9002fb62a7.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

 

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Tea For Two and Some Double Trouble

The tea towel/flour sack kitchen towel set project has been started. I had forgotten how much I enjoy embroidering and how careful you must be with the hot iron transfers. I single pinned the transfer on. Lifting up just a tiny tiny bit to see how I was doing, I didn’t get the transfer back down in the exact right spot. By towel/day 7 I had the technique down pat.

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Two completed while binge watching The Father Brown Mystery’s series on Netflix.

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Wednesday is saying ‘oh my’ as I  wasn’t the clearest with the transfer printing. You can see where I doubled up a bit. I think it will be ok since I had a similar problem on Monday.

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Well I thought 6 season of Father Brown would see me through this project but I guess I was wrong. I am just starting Wednesday and am into the 6th season with 5 more episodes to go.

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.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharon, and Karrin