Let’s play!

This last week I have been playing making Luscious Little Layerings! I’m no art quilter! It’s too messy for me and I’m not responsible enough, especially when it comes to burning things, my concentration span is to short and I may just burn the house down!

Every second year on this side of the world each Province (state) gets a turn to host a quilt festival. Well next year it is the Province I live in’s turn to host it.

The idea is to send the “layerings” (A4 size) to the 2015 Festival committee who will then post them on their website and keep them to be sold off as prizes at a Tombola at the 2015 Festival in Durban, South Africa. We are hoping to get “layerings” from some of the top South African quilters, so that when you do come to the Festival and buy a ticket for the tombola, you might be lucky enough to win one of those. The money earned at the Tombola from the sale of these “layerings” will go toward defraying some of the costs of the Festival.

If any of you would like to play along please click on the Luscious Little Layerings link and join in the fun!


What a Journey!

My “Dear Jane” piecing battle is over! The top is stitched together, sandwiched and machine stitched in the ditch. I’m now going to hand quilt each 4” block and the border by hand, using simple quilt designs.

My journey started by purchasing the “Dear Jane” book by Brenda Mangues Papadakis, 2009 and soon to follow the Electric Quilt Company “Dear Jane” software, googling the net I found a blog called “That Quilt” by Brenda Papadakis, using these three sources of information, my journey started.

I want my quilt to be as close to original as possible, so some of the fabrics are reproductions from the era, many are not, they are all a 100% cotton and prewashed! All the fabric for the quilt was kept separate from my normal stash. This also helped as I’m not a prewash quilter.

My methods of piecing of the blocks were either using the paper piece method and all the appliqué block were done by hand using the freezer paper method, assisted by Glue-Baste-it by Roxanne, I don’t enjoy hand work so gluing down each seam and appliqué piece before sewing it down made my life so much easier! My machine sewing thread was Master Piece #502 3,000 yards # 151, Canvas by Superior threads, using a number 70/10 machine needle. The machine quilting was done with the same thread. All my hand appliqué was done by Silk thread, #100 by YLI, colour 242 using hand appliqué needles.

I decided to make each row starting with row A1 end with A13 sew it together adding the sashing then moving to the next row, sewing the rows together as I was going! I would choose each piece of fabric for each block in that row, spray starch and press piece each piece of fabric before I started sewing the row. The border was started with the top row sewing in a clockwise manner until all four borders were done and I sewed each border to the main quilt as I went. Each block was pressed and squared off before sewing it together.

I NEVER sewed the next block before the block before was finished, even if it had to be hand appliquéd! I found this method helped me to keep track as it took me so long to make this quilt!

The “Dear Jane” quilt maker was born Jane A. Blakely on April 8, 1817 in Vermont she married a Walter A. Stickle 1850 and lived her married life in Shaftsbury. We know that she finished The Quilt in 1863, during the American Civil War. Jane passed away on March 2, 1896 at the age of seventy-nine. She is buried with her brother and his family in the Shaftsbury Cemetery. The original “Dear Jane” quilt is on display at Bennington Museum in Vermont, United States

The American Civil War, also known as the War Between the States, or simply the Civil War in the United States, was a war fought from 1861 to 1865. Leading up to the American Civil War, quilts were made to raise funds to support the abolitionist movement. Then during the war, quilts were made to raise funds for the war effort and to give warmth and comfort to soldiers. The patterns were much like those made mid-century, but the purpose was different. Quilts connected to the abolitionist movement and the Civil War were made for a cause, many representing the relevant flag.

What a ride! What a journey! Will I ever do this again? Don’t know! It’s like giving birth after the first one you say “Never again!” Then two years later you sit with another baby in your lap!

So watch this space!


The battle of “Dear Jane”

On September 5, 2014, Kwa Zulu Natalalian General NikkiM lead needle and threads troops in the Battle of “Dear Jane” against the forces of the Confederate General Jane A. Stickle. According to the Warren Western Reserve Chronicle, “this was one of the hardest fought battles in the South, the total force on the Union side was about 1 with needle and thread troops.” The “terrible struggle…lasted from 11 o’clock in the morning until sundown.” This early Dear Jane battle, to some considered a victory for the North and to others one for the South, was NikkiM’s first, showcasing her talent as a needle and thread leader and helped to propel her into the final stages of the war against 5602 pieces of Confederate fabric .
At the time of printing this article, the Confederate fabric pieces were in the process of a slow but steady surrender.
More to follow in due course.

Buzy Day August 2014

Hoo hoo!

Hoo hoo I’m done! This week I made 26 felted little hanging owl decorations! I made them for a friend’s birthday tea. She is giving each guest one as a little gift!

I found this adorable pattern from Jessica Levitt @ Juice bits, click on the link and scroll down and you will find the pattern template. I enlarged the pattern template by 30%, the owl’s body, wings and eyes are made out of pastel / ice cream coloured felts, the bellies are cut from various Kaffe Fasset fabrics and attached using appliqué paper. I machine buttonhole stitched each felted owl. Jessica stuffed her owls, I didn’t.

Till next week!


Tidying up loose ends!

Last week I mentioned I was “tidying up loose ends” all of the tasks were for other people and events!

Quilting a quilt for a friend!

Quilting a quilt for a friend!

Sewing a binding on a quilt for a friend!

Sewing a binding on a quilt for a friend!

Making a "disappearing 9 patch" samples for a demo for a quilt meeting.

Making a “disappearing 9 patch” samples for a demo for a quilt meeting.

Happy crafting!


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