Sew Fun 2 Quilt

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ready to Pin!!

I have been busy this week getting some quilt tops ready to pin, so they will be ready to quilt!  I like to pin several at once, as it's a bit of a process to get the ping pong table out and set up :)

I also cleaned up my sewing room a little bit this afternoon, as we're having company this weekend.  It really does look better!

Here are a few more UQSM quilt show pictures taken in SLC.

Encaje Azul Mexicano (Mexican Blue Lace)
by Diane Wingo, Tennessee

Your Place or Mine
Pieced by Marva-Lee Otos, Alaska
Quilted by Margie Kraft, Alaska

Look at the sheep!!

High Flying by Patti Sandage, Tennessee

by Patti Sandage, Tennessee

There is a LOT of beautiful hand work in this amazing quilt.

The Big Bang
by Kathie Beltz, New Hampshire and quilted by Mara Novak, Vermont

by Karen Kay Buckley, Pennsylvania
quilted by Renee Haddadin, Utah

A beautiful collaboration!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mystery Quilt

Hi Fashion did a mystery quilt this year in two color ways and I participated in in the black and white group.  I got my top done yesterday (pictured below) and I pieced a back using some scraps from the front, plus another piece of fabric.  Now - on to the quilting!  Wait .... I have to pin it first.  I am actually getting a few quilts ready to pin, so I only have to get the pinning table, I mean ping pong table, out once to pin several :)

Where do you pin quilts?

Someone is ready to go camping!!  Good thing she has Doggie to protect her :)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace

It's time to share some photos from the Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace show that took place the first weekend in May.

This quilt is called: Lake Clark National Park, by Nancy B. Adams, Virginia

For a fabulous slide show of the competition winners, head on over to their website at:

Can you guess who made the quilt above?
Janet Stone (Kansas), of course!  It's part of her alphabet series!  This one is called:
The A-E-I-O-Ewes.

Look at the quilting in this beautiful orange quilt!

Orange October by Marie Eldredge, Utah

These two were also made by Marie.

Lime Green and Southwest Turquoise, both also beautifully quilted.  I think I need to take some quilting lessons from Marie!

The quilt below is: 21 Blocks, by Katie Blakesley, Utah

 Rocky Mountain National Park, by Nancy L. Evans, Virginia

I love quilts with cute, whimsical houses on them.  This one is called The Enchanted Village and was made by Judy S. Fitzgerald, Utah.

Love the quilting too!!

The quilt below is called: Three Wisemen by Linda Adams, Utah.  It was quilted by Sharon Rawlings.

I am sewing quilt backs, fixing up bindings and getting some quilts ready to pin!  I have a COOL new TOOL for bindings that I bought in Paducah.  I'll try it out and then tell you all about it soon!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Yes! Men Make Quilts!

I was fascinated with this quilt that is hanging in the classroom at Inspiration Fabrics here in Grand Junction - and then I met the maker!

I have known his wife Trudy for several years, as we have taken some classes together, but I had no idea that her husband Bill is a quilter too.  He made this castle quilt for her in 2010.

It was fun, and interesting, to have him point out construction techniques, the people and all the love that went into it that makes it so special for them.

He also made this magnificent quilt in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Veterans of the 505th 82nd Airborne Division.

Such amazing talent and artistry among quilters - I am so inspired!!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Woodland Whimsy Quilt Top - Complete!!

I finished my Woodland Whimsy quilt top!  Yeah!  Some of you know that I debated on whether to outline the blocks with some kind of stitch.  I polled several friends and most thought the blocks should be outlined.  A few, myself included, thought not.  The quilt I was looking at, to compare, had the blocks outlined with the fly stitch. I really didn't like the look of that so much, so I decided to try a more subtle outline stitch (I used the Portuguese Knotted Stem Stitch - my new favorite stitch :) to see if I liked the look of it OK.  I did, so I kept going and did end up outlining all of the hexagon blocks. It gives the borders a little definition, hopefully without being too distracting.  I think it will be easier to stitch in the ditch around versus the fly stitch.  We'll see, because now ..... onto the quilting!  Yikes!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Beautiful and Old

I can say these are "old" because they are all (or most :) older than me!

Beautiful Wedding Ring quilt above...

Left: 1940's Log Cabin quilt.  Julie guessed it was probably quilted more recently but is still worth $500-$600.

Kim's Trip Around the World quilt above I have shared before.  Julie suggested changing out those two random black hexagons to make it more aesthetically pleasing but .... I don't know .... there is something about leaving it the way the quilter made it - even though we have no idea why she did that!

To the right is a 1920's Seven Sisters quilt.  This is a very cool pattern!

Another Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, made in the 1960's or 1970's.

An embroidery cross stitch quilt, probably made in the 1960's.

These two quilts belong to me!  Both were pieced by my Great Grandma McPherson.  We all called her Grandma Mac.  She lived until she was 99 1/2 years old.  My mother used to make a lot of my clothes and these quilts are pieced with a lot of scraps my mother gave her grandmother.  My Mom recognizes fabric from some of mine and my brother's clothes in these quilts.  Julie said the quilt above is called Periwinkle design, probably pieced in the 1970's (or late 60's).  My grandmother Opal Dickerson had it machine quilted, back in the day when machine quilting "on a big quilting machine" was probably pretty new!  The stitches are seriously 1/4 inch long or longer.  Machine quilting has come a long way!
The one on the left, Hands All Around, was also priced in the late 60's or early 70's, and was hand quilted by my Grandma Dickerson - the stitches are lovely.
I love these two quilts and am thankful my Mom gave them to me :)

The quilt above, Rollingstone, was dated 1900 - 1915.  The blocks were made around that time, the quilt was put together and quilted more recently.

This Yellow Flowers quilt is most likely from a kit - 1940's - 1950's.  After working on Woodland Whimsy, I appreciate the hand embroidery!

1940's Dresdens
Julie said it was very popular in the 1940's to blanket stitch appliqué using black thread.

Another 1940's Dresden quilt with the black blanket stitch!

Above:  Spider Web - pie shaped pieces made string quilt style. The blocks were probably made 1890-1915.

Left:  1935 Signature quilt.

Pink and White Sunburst - machine pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted around the 1930's.

Lone Star - Hand pieced and hand quilted in the 1950's.

This isn't really Sunbonnet Sue ..... Julie thinks the blocks were made in the 1930's or 40's.  More hand embroidery!  Including the ringlets (hair)!

1940's Boston Common quilt

Below is that Seven Sisters block again!  She said this pattern was often made in the south.  This orange and blue one was made in the 1940's.  I love it!

1930-1940 tied Crazy Quilt

Circa 1870 Square in a Square blocks with a Sawtooth border on each block.  The blocks were possible pieced together into a quilt later than 1890.

I hope you've enjoyed viewing these quilts made by quilters who came before us.  I appreciate their talents that have been passed down through generations.

One quick note - Julie said there are two types of appraisals - verbal and written.  She said verbal is sufficient most of the time and it's less expensive, less detailed and offers a range of value.
She can quote the retail or fair market value, which is usually lower than the replacement value which is used for insurance or donation purposes.

She also said, besides labeling ALL of your quilts, take good pictures of them and keep those pictures in a safe place!