WIP Wednesday: Blocks & Sleeves

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After a very long week in Michigan, it ended up that everyone else was leaving on Saturday so Friday night we changed my flight from Sunday to Saturday. As a result, my week wasn’t a total loss sewing-wise.

I spent Sunday morning looking at block patterns for the NURTURE Circle of do. Good Stitches. This month Stef asked for any block at all, using bright solids and white to make a modern sampler. After some thinking and trial and error I came up with the Ribbon Star block and a reasonable facsimile of the Linoleum block from Farmer’s Wife. I pieced it together using a mashup of tutorials for the Greek Cross and Purse Strings blocks.

Nurture Circle, February 2014

I first tried to do the Mod Circuitry pattern from Don’t Call Me Betsy but it seems that skinny strip sets and I are still not friends. My 1/4″ is not perfect and a tiny bit one way or the other over several seams adds up quickly. The strip set was supposed to be 6.5″ – instead it turned out 6″.

Strip sets and I are not friends.

I also made the sleeve for HST Journey for the gallery using Jessie’s tutorial. I started hand stitching it on Monday and got one side done. I hope to get the second side finished tonight.

One side of the sleeve stitched on

As a side note, on Saturday we went over to my late grandfather’s (and grandmother’s) house to look around a bit. My grandfather was an avid railroad fan and worked for nearly 50 years on the model train set in his basement.

My late grandfather's model train - 50 years of collecting and work. Amazing.

My late grandfather's model train - 50 years of collecting and work. Amazing.

The amount of detail included is just amazing.

My late grandfather's model train - 50 years of collecting and work. Amazing.

My late grandfather's model train - 50 years of collecting and work. Amazing.

My grandmother collected antique quilts. Many of her quilts were distributed about 10 years ago. At the time, each family member was given a quilt. Unfortunately due to some complicated family drama, of the four that went to my immediate family, I own the only one remaining because it was with me in my apartment when the drama happened. I was unaware that some were kept with my grandmother and grandfather (after she passed several years ago).

Just a few of my late grandmother's collected quilts. All hand pieced and quilted, some with embroidery and crosstitch(!)

The quilts she collected were frankly stunning. I’ve never seen a whole cloth quilt that was cross stitched and then hand quilted, nor some of the embroidery quilts she had.

Just a few of my late grandmother's collected quilts. All hand pieced and quilted, some with embroidery and crosstitch(!)

There was a hand-pieced and quilted hexagon quilt in her favorite color, purple. We were allowed to select another quilt as part of the walkthrough of the house. I selected a very simple pieced quilt with large tone-on-tone purple squares set on point and then hand quilted. It really is more like a whole cloth quilt than a pieced quilt as the quilting takes center stage. I didn’t have room for it in my luggage so my name was marked on the outside of the bag and I’ll come get it at a later date once the rest of the estate is settled.

Just a few of my late grandmother's collected quilts. All hand pieced and quilted, some with embroidery and crosstitch(!)

My aunt and uncle chose the cross stitched quilt. I had a hard time choosing between it and the one I got, but since my grandmother’s favorite color was purple I chose mine based on that.

Just a few of my late grandmother's collected quilts. All hand pieced and quilted, some with embroidery and crosstitch(!)

I’m hoping when I go up to Lancaster in April I might be able to take a few hours to go look at a shop or gallery up there for similar examples.

 

Q1:

  1. Waterfront Park top – 2/15 (blocks  made, need to stitch into a top, no progress this week)
  2. February do. Good Stitches blocks – 2/28
  3. Design, make block, and post do. Good Stitches Nurture Circle March Quilt – 2/28
  4. Make a back for the Chicopee Checkerboard top that Amy gave me, get it sandwiched, quilted, and bound. – 3/15 (back made, need to finish it, no progress this week)
  5. Nani Iro Wedding Quilt – 3/31 (top made, need to get the backing delivered and prewashed, pieced, basted, quilted, and bound)
  6. Nani Iro quilt for me – 3/31 (pieces cut, no progress this week)
  7. Nani Iro giant star – 3/31 (Nani Iro pieces cut, waiting on background)
  8. Nani Iro Baby Quilt – 3/31 (changed my mind altogether – a friend announced she’s expecting so I’m going to make this for her)

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  • Nadine Ruggles

    Well done on your blocks! The visit to your grandparents’ home sounds wonderful–that model train set is truly amazing, and the quilts are really special. You’re so lucky that one will be yours. :-)

    • http://www.modernbias.com modern bias

      Thank you! Yes, it was amazing… but definitely different since they aren’t around anymore. I am very happy about the quilt and considering starting my own collection now. :)