Sunday, July 7, 2013

Trying New Applique Method and More Little Quilts



This is one of my current projects.....a Jo Morton Club 12 quilt that is taking a lot more time than I anticipated even knowing that I am rather a slow appliquer!  The applique is an experiment for me in "back-basting", a method that you can Google and find tutorials.  I think this is the best method for this particular little quilt but am not convinced I will like it for more complicated blocks.  I love to applique but I like to get to the needleturn without quite so much prep work!  This project requires that those little slices and block corners nest together nicely and that did happen most of the time!  Now the project turns into my evening work as I handquilt it.



These little (quite little....the wholecloth on the far right is 8" square) quilts hang on a clothesline in my shop.  I made them in the early 1990's, a time when for some reason there was a great interest in miniatures and several books were published.  These were made before Paper-Piecing was known (at least by me!) by traditional sewing.  The little Ohio Star is made with late 19th century fabrics and may have been the first quilt I made making it up as I went along.  The fabrics were given to me by my brother-in-law who was living in Vermont at the time.  They were being thrown out while cleaning out the home of an elderly neighbor!!  Wonder how many times that has happened to fabric/quilts over the years!


This little quilt was made with a fragment salvaged from a neglected and filthy quilt ....had nothing to lose by washing it in the machine and low and behold it survived nicely.  I have more fragments to make more little quilts if the time ever presents itself!  Piecing in some areas looks to have been done by a child.  Most of the fabrics appear to be late 19th century except for that bright blue/buff piece from about 1840-50.


Newest fabric arrivals!  Five bolts from Judie Rothermel's "Dressing Gowns" #3. Love these busy little prints for block backgrounds!
Three bolts from Molly B's "Harvest Palette"....... Large prints are a particular favorite of mine and good rusts are hard to find!
More from Judie Rothermel......Chocolates, Strawberries.  Always on the lookout for nice double pinks.
I really mean it when I say I love large florals.....especially ones that look olde! These Jacobean-type florals are perfect for reproduction quilts......Molly B Studios from Marcus Brothers.




And this is "Gabrielle" by Mary Koval for Windham Fabrics.

And if you have stayed with me this far, I want to share this old sled that was recently found by my husband while taking down an old chicken coop on the property.   Sled was probably made in the 1930-40's, repurposing old skis for the runners.  The kids had a great time on a nearby road that has the perfect hill for sliding......in those days of sparse road traffic, the road would even be closed so the kids could slide!  

14 comments:

  1. ooohh, i definitely have to have those rusts...your sled is much older than mine, the one i have belonged to my grandmother when she was little. has her name on the back (grace)...and love all your little quilts....

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  2. I have tried the back basting method and I think it is a bit of prep work also. But it does hold the applique pieces down nicely. I think you're right in that there are times it is nice to use and other times, just the traditional method of needleturn is better. What a lovely quilt! Just gorgeous.

    All of the quilts pictured here are just wonderful!

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  3. The Jo Morton design quilt you are working on looks very good. I can see where it would be tedious to do. Not difficult but making sure everything matches up would be the iffy part. Good luck on your stitching project. I will be watching for further reports.

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  4. Your Jo Morton quilt is beautiful ( I have tried to applique and I am terrible at it. Beautiful fabrics

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  5. I am so intrigued by your JM quilt. Which piece is appliquéd? The colors a fabulous.

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  6. Love the fabrics in that Jo Morton quilt.
    Those floral fabrics are beautiful. I never see any like that around my neck of the woods.

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  7. Your green and gold quilt are so lovely! Wonderful colors and design.:)

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  8. I always know that I will come away from away inspired after reading one of your posts, Cyndi. Your minis are stunning...both old and new!

    As for the new fabric? My husband is thankful that we don;t live closer. Not me! Gorgeous stuff!

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  9. I really enjoying seeing all your little quilts, thanks for sharing. Your Jo Morton quilt is wonderful, what is the name of it, I would like to find the pattern. All your new fabric is lovely, especially the Jacobean ones.

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  10. Cyndi,
    All I can say is, I love your taste.

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  11. Lovely quilts! I'm not interested in trying back basting but know many who love it.

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  12. Good evening! I visited The Busy Thimble today and enjoyed it so much! I am so inspired by all your lovely small quilts!!! I loved them ALL :-) I can not wait to get started on my husbands Quilt of Valor. When on the internet looking for your store hours I found your Blog. I joined and have spent this evening reading starting with your first post. I look forward to joining your 2014 Jo Morton Club. I hope to see you again soon in the near future. May you have some cooler weather, this evening cool air is really nice right now. Happy Stitching :-)

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  13. P.S. I love the sled and I meant to ask you what kind of flowers the pretty red ones are outside the shop, they looked like a kind of cone flower... maybe?

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  14. I just heard you won't be at Maine Quilts this year. I'm disappointed. I'll have to try to stop by the shop on Thursday on my way to Maine.

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