Monthly Archives: September 2013

Erba’s quilt and the method and inspiration behind it.

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This beautiful quilt belonged to my grandmother, Erba.  I have adored this quilt since the first time that I saw it.  To me it is not only uncomplicated but also elegant.  My grandmother passed away about 15 years ago.  When I was asked if I wanted anything of hers to remember her by I asked for this quilt.  It reminds me of her too, an understated elegance.

Let me tell you the history of how Erba’s quilt came to be.  This quilt was made by a lovely woman who designs and makes quilts.  That woman does happen to be my mother but she has created some breathtaking quilts.  My mum’s name is Mary and I will address her as such to prevent confusion.  I asked Mary where she got the inspiration for this quilt.  Mary told me that she wanted to make a quilt for Erba and asked her what colors that she liked and Erba told her that she liked pastel colors.  Mary had seen a quilt in a magazine that was called “White on White” by Georgia Bonesteel.  Mary thought that it fit Erba so she set out to design a quilt based on the quilt that inspired her.  The monotone “White on White” really emphasized the hand quilting.

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This is one of the pictures of the quilt that inspired Mary to create her own white on white quilt.

I asked Mary if she made the entire quilt top and then did the hand stitching/quilting.  Mary said that she did “lap quilting” which is making the block, sandwiching the batting between the top and backing fabric that is a bit larger than the top and then doing the hand stitching.  When all of the hand stitching on the blocks are completed then the tops are stitched together with the sewing machine.  She told me that the batting is then trimmed and the backing fabric is sewn together by hand with a hem stitch.  Mary then stated that this is the type of quilting inspired by Georgia Bonesteel.

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I asked Mary how she first heard of Georgia Bonesteel.  She told me that she was ironing one day and the television was on the PBS station and a program featuring G. Bonesteel and her lap quilting came on.  Needless to say that the ironing did not get finished at that time and Mary found and new activity that lasts to this day.

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I asked Mary how many quilts did she think that she has made and she stated that she knows that she has made at least 30, possibly 40 quilts.  She went on to tell me that since everyone in the family is so tall most of the quilts that she has made for family members have been extra-long.  That means a lot more quilt.  When  I asked Mary which one has been her favorite quilt she stated that all of them have been her favorite.  Each one that she has made has had a special meaning.

Mary went on to state that those who are starting in the world of quilting show go to shows and review books about quilting.  She advises to look at the quilt blocks/patterns, fabrics and color combinations.  Mary states, “Don’t limit yourself to the exact pattern of a quilt block.  Let it inspire you.”

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Another first, a crocheted market bag.

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I found this project in a crocheting magazine and thought that it would be so handy to have.  I have made another one before I made this one and it is just not right.  I made the strap way too long and the bag hangs down to my knees when the bag has items in it.  That is my 6 feet 3 inch knees.

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For this one I thought that it would be a good idea to follow the instructions.  I did, at least most of the instructions.  It turned out so much better.  I look forward to using it now.  I am going to make one for my mum because she uses tote bags/market bags all of the time too.

Look what I did with the filet crocheted border that I made.

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I made it into a bottom border of a t-shirt that I tea dyed.  I really like the color combination.  Have a look at a shot that is closer.

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This project involved another first for me.  Because I sewed the border to a knit t-shirt and because my sewing machine has stretch stitches for use, I decided to try one of the stretch stitches.  I already had ball point needles which is recommended for stretch material.  I set everything up and got started.  I like the stretch stitch.  I have avoided because …….. I really don’t have a good reason.  I have just avoided projects that involved stretch fabric.  Well, not anymore.

I am not finished with adding borders to this t-shirt.  I am hard at work doing some more filet crochet borders and some more baubles for this t-shirt.  Be watching for that blog post to come very soon.

This is a first for me.

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This is a little purse/tote that I found on the back of the wrapping of a ball of Peaches ‘n’ Cream yarn.  This was very easy to make.  I am very glad that I found it.  I have never made a purse/tote before so this is a first for me.  I had another first with this project.

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The other first for me was attaching/inserting eyelets.  I have discovered how great this is.  I had recently purchased an eyelet maker and this was the perfect opportunity to use it since the pattern called for it.  I can’t believe this but I was following instructions.  Success!!

I will use this as a tote because it measures 9X12X3 inches and is entirely too small for a purse for me.  I am going to use this because I made a mistake.  I had planned on putting it in our Etsy shop for sale but then I found the mistake.  Oops.

Please watch for more blog posts in the upcoming days.  I have so much to share with you.