Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This, That and the Other...Wednesday

I've been getting a few quilt tops out of the closet to finish working on. This lovely little house quilt was one I made from Diane's book when I reviewed it back HERE. 

I kept the quilting simple, big X's, little X's and some stitch in the ditch. I used Randy's method for machine sewing down the binding. It's going to help me get a few of these done. Recently I've befriended my yoga teacher, Mai, and they have just moved into a cute little house. I thought it would be perfect for her. She isn't a quilter and I'm not even sure she liked it, but that's okay. It was a gift from my heart to hers. 

 I was asked to make this little cake block by two fellow quilters. I wish my handwriting was better! 
It's a fun little block. 
The countdown is on for the "Year of the Rooster Challenge"
Mine is complete! I thought this French General label with a rooster on it was perfect! If you'd like to mail yours to be on display at Two Thimbles Quilt shop you can make arrangements with Lee at the email below.

You can also send her a photo and this information to 

If there are a few people I'll do a linky. Barb and Danice are the only ones I can remember who did it, but Lee at Two Thimbles let me know there were about 6 people that ordered after seeing the blog posts by me and Barb. Let me know if you want to do a linky party. We will do our reveal April 7th. 

We will be sharing our Fall festival on April 3rd. I better get busy on some flying geese!

Have a fantastic day, friends.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Vintage Knock-Off

One of the quilts given to me in Washington last month was this "vintage" knock off! After closer inspection I'm thinking it is from the 70's. It has cotton batting and no tag. The quilting and binding construction seems to be the giveaway. 
I did quite a lot of reading on Tim Latimer's HERE. There is some good info here especially if you plan on opening your wallet for a quilt.  This one, along with 4 others was given to me. There isn't anything wrong with having and enjoying a knock-off, there are just too many folks trying to sell them as old or antique.  If this one is from the 1970's than it is 30+ years old! 
This is the first time I was able to open it up and get a good look. I facetimed with my friend Laurie and that is when we came to the conclusion it was a newer overseas made quilt.  It is certainly cheery!

 I washed it to try and clean it up a little and it definitely wrinkled a lot.
 This is actually the backing- I love how that little piece is sewn in there. This is wrapped around the front to bind the quilt.
Here's another view from a distance.

Someone will enjoy this quilt, but it won't be me.

FINAL CALL for the little quilt swap! I'll be drawing names later today.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Boro Bag Friday

I've been fascinated by French General's woad dying and more recently her Boro bag workshop. 
What's Boro? Well, I'm glad you asked!

Japan's mended and patched textiles are referred to as boro, or ragged, both in Japan and abroad.

Boro t
extiles are usually sewn from nineteenth and early twentieth century rags and patches of indigo dyed cotton.  The diversity of patches on any given piece is a veritable encyclopedia of hand loomed cotton indigo from old Japan. In most cases, the beautiful arrangement of patches and mending stitches is borne of necessity and happenstance, and was not planned by the maker.

 I saw Kaari was putting together kits so I bought one for me and my daughter Rene to do together. It comes with the linen bag, a piece of foundation fabric and batting (you sew the indigo onto the foundation before adding it to the bag)

The kit comes with absolutely everything you need! I can't wait to get started.

Lots of signs of spring in central Oregon this week!

Sign up for the Little Quilt Swap and read all the details HERE. Don't delay! The deadline is just a couple of days away!

Enjoy your weekend, friends.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ABC Sampler

My applique is getting more primitive the more I do! 

  This is M- for Mother. There was a lot I didn't like about this one, but when it is all assembled it won't matter much. 
I appliqued the heart block and added it to the K-L-Q-R section. One one of the samples I'm using for a guide it has the alphabet stitched in here and one was plain- I went for the plain one! I can add the year and my initials later.
Getting it all to fit is a real hit or miss challenge.

See Karen's version HERE. 

Have a fantastic Wednesday!

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 4th Annual Doll Quilt Swap

The past three years I've hosted a doll size quilt swap and both have been resounding successes! Time for our 4th Annual Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap 2017. 
Continue reading for all rules. When the number of participants continues to rise, please READ everything before asking me a question. Please take the time to make a quilt that you'd like to receive. Due date for your little quilt to be in the mail is May 1st. Please do not participate if you cannot meet the deadline.
State Historical Society of Iowa: Mary Barton Collection

State Historical Society of Iowa Mary Barton Collection- Quilt Index

Fabric: 1775-1910 is a wide span of time but that is what we are looking for. Look HERE if you are unsure what reproduction fabric is.
We are not using 1920's-Current
Not primitive style, like Jan Patek, or cutesy like some of Primitive Gatherings or Joined at the Hip. (which I love, just not for this swap)
We want the quilt to look like it time traveled from days past.

  • Hand or machine quilting is fine. Quilted with a few ties is fine. Ties only is not.(please no yarn)
  • No pre-printed panels
  • Please attach a label and add a note so the recipient knows who to thank.
  • Thank the person who sent you a quilt. 
  • If the workmanship is very poor and it looks like it was done very unthoughtfully I want to know and I'd like     to see photos. 
  • We will have a linky party so we will be able to see all the little quilts!

  • 24" x 24" or smaller. (It doesn't have to be square), Civil War reproductions, a label, with a deadline of mailing by May 1st.  

    If you cannot (for whatever reason) send international please let me know.

    If you are interested please send me your full name, mailing address and if you do NOT want an international partner.   
    Even if you were in a past swap, please send me the pertinent info. 
    I'll take signups through Sunday, March 20, 2017- Midnight PST
    I will send you your swap partner soon. 
    If I do not know you, if you have never commented on my blog or we've never emailed than I may not allow you to join. Don't take it personal. 

    It isn't a race (although there is a deadline) there is no reason to rush and do a crappy job. This type of workmanship is not acceptable.  It doesn't have to be perfect. So many of my points do not match, but I do know how to attach a binding and basic quilt construction. Have fun and enjoy the process!

    Need some inspiration?

    The swap is now closed with 76 participants!



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