Monday, December 23, 2013

Started Back Quilting!

Hello Everyone! Christmas is soon
upon us - I hope you are ready!
While straightening up my garage a couple
of months ago - I came across 3 quilts tops
all ready to hand stitch. So I will be stitching them up!
I did not take the other 2 quilt tops out of
the bin so I do not know what condition
they are in. The first quilt I looked at
was this 9-Patch.
Believe me when I tell
you they had been in my garage for at least 13
years!  And stored an additional 7 years
before that!!! These quilts (not included
the quilts in my attic, were all
cut and sewed together back in
the early 90's when we were living in
Oklahoma.  I hope to get around to
hand stitching them as they have waited
long enough.
However, time sure does fly by fast! I sure did not realize
that it had been that long.
Anyway this 20 year old quilt top that you are about to
see is finally getting hand stitched. You will
see safety pins all in my quilt tops. I have never
basted a quilt to its backing. Not only have I been
lazy at that but I never wanted to waste thread.
With my quilts I never waste anything. When I get tired
of seeing the same ole piece of scrap around, then I
donate them to someone else. But I have not quilted in
a long time so I have not had anything to
donate. Last year I got tired of having so much
clutter so I donated to the Library 180 quilt books.
It took me many years to collect them. I only kept about
a shelf full for myself.
In my quilts I use anything that I can get my
hands on. The dust ruffles that you use on the beds
is one of my favorites to buy. I particularly look for
them at thrift stores. If the inside part that goes under the
mattresses is a little holy - it is okay with me!! Cause I use that
part for the foundations on all of my string quilts. On most of
these string quilts, I do not even put batting in between.
I just tie them.
Also I have always used sheets for my quilt backings.
Back then I was able to find sheets for 50 cents each.
It did not matter to me if it was fitted or flat. But I
did like to get as many flat sheets as possible. I always
used the fitted sheets for sashing's between blocks.
So in my attic I know there are at least a couple of big
bins full of white cotton sheets to be used as backings. 
I am what I call a 'thrifty quilter'. I have been
shopping at thrift stores since I was first married.
And I love it. I wash all the clothes very good
and the best part of this is - I do not have to
worry about anything shrinking!! Cause it has
already been shrunk by other good people.
I am a Traditional quilter, I think. I love the old patterns
and I never stray from white or cream colored quilting
thread. My tomato pincushion holds at least 8
threaded needles at one given time, ready for use. Time
to get the pincushion ready.
Anyway, as you can see my quilt top is full of safety pins. I
used to have quilting frames in the early years but the last time
that I owned a quilting frame was 1980. I got
tired of them breaking every time we moved.  So then I
decided that I should just stitch them the way women
back then stitched them. And I have hand quilted this
way ever since then. 
But what is new with me on this quilt that I will be
hand stitching is, this will be the first time that I have
not marked the quilt top. It has been 20 years since
I have quilted so I will be rusty!!
So I am not going to mark the top - just hand stitch!
I will be doing the cross-hatch.
When I checked this quilt top - I was amazed to see
that it was in surprisingly great shape!! The sheet
backing has not yellowed. The cream squares
look great! My pins did not rust or
leave any marks in my fabrics, however, there is an age
mark on one of the green squares. I will put a
safety pin here to help mark the spot to treat in
the washer once I finish quilting.  I am surprised
that there is not anything else wrong with it!!
I have been thinking a lot lately about women of long
ago that quilted. I am not an expert but I do
not believe that every woman owned a quilting frame.
Nor do I believe that every woman participated
in a quilting bee. I think that some women
sat in a rocker or at the kitchen table and quilted.
One of my grandmothers had 5 daughters. Her
daughters cleaned, washed clothes along with
other chores. My grandmother
cooked 3 meals a day. She also sewed clothes and
made quilts. She never had a quilting frame and with
10 children she never had time for a quilting bee.
I have spread this quilt out on a table. There are piles of sheets
and clothes at the back to help hold it up. I will be quilting
this way because I get hot very easy now and this way
it helps to keep the quilt off of me. For many
years I quilted while watching television on the
couch or a chair. This was when I was cold natured,
which that is not the case now.
I want to see how long it takes for me to hand stitch
this quilt top if I work on it every day without it being
marked. I want to see about how many weeks it
will take to stitch the entire top with the
exception of the binding.
 I am sure that my stitches will not all be
straight or even but this does not bother me. This will
be the first quilt that I have hand quilted that
will have cross hatch quilting on it. If cross hatch
quilting turns out to be fast then I will be stitching
many quilts with this pattern.
I will start my quilting tonight and take pictures
of my progress. Here is the 9-patch quilt that I
will be hand quilting.
A close up of one of the blocks.
The rose backing is already pinned to the top along the muslin
border. It was always easier for me to quilt like this.
I can tell that the batting is thin. It is still a crisp white!
How did I manage this?? It has been safety pinned
like this for 20 years.
I always loved this sheet that is why I pared these
two together.
 I know that I have another quilt top that has this
same sheet as a backing already pinned together
also. I do remember these sheets costing me 50 cents
each. Today if you can find this sheet, it will
probably cost you. But I think that I might look on the
net. Look how white it still is. The sheet has held
up better than the fabric when you think about it.
Thanks for visiting me!! Come again!

1 comment:

diamondc said...

Dearest Conny: It is good to see you back to quilting.
Merry Christmas