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.

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HAND QUILT ALONG: in the snow

This morning we woke to a light dusting of snow. I was so sure we would escape the rest of this winter without any. We had a little heavier snow fall back in November but the following weeks and months had me in only a heavy sweater, scarf and gloves. I never really needed to bundle up and brave the elements.

Snow: the perfect time to bundle up under a comfy hand stitched quilt; so I decided to take my quilt along project out into the backyard to capture my progress. It’s been slow going, perhaps because the weather has been so mild and has called me outside to tend and ready the gardens. I did get one full wedding ring stitched and have moved on to capture and stitch the joining ring.

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I have abandoned the quilting stand and prefer to quilt with the hoop on my lap.

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This close up actually alerted me to stitches pulling out. I need to go back and fix this.

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Look who was across the stream watching me

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In light of this weeks senseless tragedy, I would like to repost something that I read on Bella’s page. It spoke volumes to me in so many ways. Not only do quilts connect us to nature as in photo’s above but they have a profound affect in connecting us to the human story. Thank you Bella for permission to repost from your page.

“Our quilts have the potential to connect us with others. We can add a message to them as Mary did, then share the message with all who will listen. We can donate them to a charity and help someone else in need. We can make quilts and give them to a homeless person who might have nothing but what is on their backs. As quilters, we are creators and all creators have the potential to change lives. Mary has inspired me to do this and I hope she has inspired you too.” ©

The QR Code Quilt

https://createdbybella.com

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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, Deborah,  SusanJessicaSherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.

Hand Quilt Along: First Post

This will be my first post to the

Hand Quilt Along 

Thank you for welcoming me into the group. It’s hard for me to believe I have been hand quilting for over 40 years now. I was taught by two beautiful woman from Oklahoma, Alma Wall Ayers, and Wynotha Wall ~ sister-in-law’s. My first 2 quilts I pieced together by hand but had them machine quilted; from then on…..a purest at heart and home.

done in the mid to late 70’s that’s Alma peeking out in the corner and me

Finding  the ‘Hand Quilt Along’ group through following the blog, lovethosehandsathome by KerryCan,  https://lovethosehandsathome.wordpress.com

I was instantly inspired. That’s what I needed. Inspiration and the push to get going on a project I had sitting for the last 2/3 years, begging to be picked up every time I passed by.

Here is my project, a wonderful hand pieced quilt top that I found at our local Goodwill. I picked it up for $3.99. Yup, I could hardly believe my find. I felt like a thief buying it and couldn’t get out of the store fast enough.

When I look at this top I see someones dream discarded and I wonder the reason. What life’s event left it unfinished and then finally discarded to a Goodwill store? This top feels worn and tired to me. The material swatches look like older prints and I am not a fan of the purple and white anchoring squares for the rings. But I am ready to continue with this project and stitch life back into this quit top ~ it’s time for its beauty to shine through

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This Wedding Ring quilt top was entirely hand pieced and was in relatively good shape. The white has some yellow shading. The solid blue rectangles in the ring were done in a burlap-py type of material with quite a few spots where the sewing had pulled apart and was fraying. I had to do a considerable amount of repairing before I could begin. I am using a solid dark blue flat sheet for my back and polyester batting. The top is quite large and I will be reducing it’s size. I hope to be able to salvage some the pattern to make a pillow or two. In getting this ready to start I realized why I haven’t begun to quilt this. Sheer fright…I have no workable space for laying out a quilt this side. To assemble the 3 layers I set it up on top of my queen size bed, running over the sides; nightmare, but I got it done.

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Above is a Frank Edmunds Quilters Wonder Quilting Hoop Frame with stand. I usually quilt with just a hoop on my lap and thought with this project I would give something with a stand a try. ©

 

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Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah,  SusanJessicaSherryNanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon and Bella.

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. Please contact Kathy if you would like to join along.