Friday, December 8, 2017

Beyond the Cherry Tree Revisited

This post is a reminder for me to get out this quilt and continue my hand quilting!
I knew it would be a long term hand quilting project when I finished the top. It is about 100x100 and I'm slow as molasses! 

I am copying the original antique quilt motifs. This was generously provided by Gay at Sentimental Stitches. She just had a sale on this pattern but I missed it! I would have loved to pass on that savings to you all!
To see the whole original quilt go HERE.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Quilts

I never really thought I'd make a quilt especially for Christmas, but I guess when you quilt for 25 years you end up with a few for various holidays throughout the year. 
I haven't actually decorated mush yet, but did get my harvest quilts down and most of the winter/Christmas quilts up. I think it helps insulate the house from the cold too! LOL

Here they are waiting for placement. 
Here are some smaller pieces, gifts, swaps and woolies waiting for the perfect place to shine this winter.
 My favorites are the ones that are predominately red and green.  This turkey tracks was a challenging one to make, but I did 3 blocks a month for several months so it didn't get so tedious and the set in seams didn't drive me to drink! (or quit!)
 This one is a beauty, in a Need'l Love book. My first and only time doing Hari Walner's machine trapunto. Quilted by my friend Kathy in Ohio.
 I usually have this hanging on my banister but this year I chose to hang it in my room so I can dream about it every night before I go to bed.
 This is Wear Warm Clothes by Country Threads. An oldie but goodie.
 I think the basket quilt is by Cheri Payne. I made this one eons ago in 2000!
 The twelve Days of Christmas in wool by Cheri Payne. 
 A crib quilt reproduced by one owned by the Aurora colony historic museum. (or ancestor)
Patriotic Santa by Joined at the Hip. 

I know many of you have seen these December after December..... sorry. I'll guess I'll need to make some new ones! LOL

Have a great week!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday Follies!

Happy December! Wow! I can't believe this year is almost over. 
I got the center star quilted and took some photos so I could have a chat with my friend about possible quilting ideas for the frame. My original thought was to go circular but I was pretty sure marking it accurately would be difficult and it wouldn't look humble, just poorly done. 

I took 2 photos hoping the quilting would show up in at least one photo.  Kathy helped me solidify a decision and you lovely quilters will have to wait to find out what I decided to do. I hope it goes fast so I can wrap up this project before the end of the year.
I basted my antique rose block which we are calling "Rose of Houston 2017" Just in case we decide to make this a yearly event. I love the backing and it will go splendidly with the front. You'll also have to wait to see this one too, since Laurie reads my blog.
Thank you Dotti for the adorable as ever dresses for me to bring to Colombia. They are as cute as ever! If you are wondering, the deadline was the end of November and I have plenty now. Thank you generous quilters! I love you to pieces!!
My Instagram feed for this week. 

Happy December 1st!

Susan R, I received your money for the book. Thank you for the extra- It will go to my mission trip. 

Love to you all! Have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Vintage Quilt from Arkansas

 I showed a small section of this quilt the other day and a few asked to get a closer look. Today the weather was perfect for photo taking outdoors.
I purchased this humble quilt from a friend's sister because the style didn't really suit her decor. It came from Arkansas and it looks to be from 1890-1910's. That fan quilting is amazing and I even used it to make a fan quilting pattern for myself to use on another quilt.

The back has faint signs of feedsack writing. This is the clearest section. 
It appears to say B-R-I-C
the below it S-H-E-E

It's one of my favorite vintage quilts!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Brick Wall of Wabash County

 I got the final border on this quilt Saturday night! Whoop! Whoop!
 Here's a few more photos when it wasn't as dark.
 It will need a good press before I send it off to be quilted.

Here is the quilt we saw at the quilt show in NY last spring. Kathy and I traded flying geese and bricks so we could have a larger variety of fabrics. This quilt was designed by 
Tara Lynn Baisdon of Sew Unique Creations and is based on a vintage quilt from Wabash County Indiana.

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Humble Quilts

Thank you all who come and read Humble Quilts, leave encouraging messages and emails. I really enjoy sharing my life with you all! 
I have many things to be thankful for.
Blessings to you all.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Heart of Gratitude

Since this is the week of Thanksgiving it seems appropriate that I share my gratitude for all of you who have made dresses and donated to my trip to Colombia. 

 Laurie made these despite having back surgery and still recovering! Thank you friend~!
 And I received 2 boxes from the Sunriver Quilt Club. Thank you Carolyn, Donna and Marlene for getting these to me!
They also included other girl outfits and goodies. Thank you!!! 
 Do you also realize your donations to my mission trip will also help bring clean fresh water to a community that doesn't have any? 
My, what we take for granted! I cannot imagine having to walk 1 or 2 miles (or more) for fresh water. 

 I remember being so surprised at how sandy Peru was. 
The community was so appreciative. They realized that their lives would change so much because fresh water would be accessible for them. Thank you for thinking BIG and sharing with me!

Blessings to you have have helped!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Blues

 Here was an awesome quilt from Houston.  Blue and white is always wonderful, but I LOVE this unique pattern too!

Doing some hand quilting on my one block Eclipse quilt. 

 Here's my indigo fabric after washing off the cassava root. It's a little messy, but for my first try I like it!
 All of these are washed in retayne and synthropol, ready for use!
This was a quilt Kat and I saw at a show in Buffalo. We bought the pattern and shared blues and backgrounds. It is designed by Tara Lynn Darr, of Sew unique Creations.

 If you look on the left side of this quilt you will see the bricks that need to be trimmed. Before adding a flying geese border we add a 2 1/2" border. I trimmed the top and bottom very carefully.
 Then measured so I'd know what length to cut my 2 1/2" border. 46" across the top
 45 1/4" ?? This is not looking good. 
 44 1/2"??? 
And the bottom 45". Originally I only measured the top and bottom, but with a whole inch discrepancy I measured 2 more spots through the center. (and that meant I had to trim all 4 sides) Yikes! It didn't help too much, but I took the average of all 4 measurements and cut my strips that length. I'm pretty sure if a longarmer quilts this one, they'll need to pull out their magic tricks to make it work! LOL  It's the Humble Quilt way.

Have a fantastic weekend, friends!



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