I sometimes get so busy making ‘stuff’, that I forget to either take photos or talk about it. I’m SOOO not a writer, but love my right brain, artistic tendencies! I could make things all day, all night, and really never sleep. Except, I love sleep!! 😉
I recently made this pillow for a class sample, using a random vintage block that I’m sure I picked up in a pile of other things at an antique shop. I did a quick sew on my domestic machine, just to put on an extra border and some rick-rack. The rest was done directly on the longarm.
I’ll take you through my steps and we’ll start from laying it out on the longarm. I’ve used a piece of muslin for the backing since it really won’t be seen when finished.
I used a tatted coaster for the middle. I had recently picked up a set of these and just LOVE the tatted edges. I start by using channel locks to square the piece on the longarm, horizontally and vertically. Makes for a great square ‘canvas’ to work inside. ***If you spritz a bit of regular water on your small piece, it can easily be manipulated and directed where to stretch!***
I like the grid stencils that Dorie Hruska sells and I always use a blue, water soluble pen to make my marks.*** Don’t let these get heat set or “sunshine” set before you remove them. My favorite mix is 1 cup of ice cold water with 1 heaping teaspoon of baking soda. Put this in a spray bottle and remove marks. They shouldn’t reappear.***
Once I had the quilting done on the front, I needed to quilt a backing. I like to use vintage tea towels or tablecloths for backing. Uses them up and they keep the piece in the era.
From this, to that!
I made my life easy and used a digitized computer design for an all over pattern. Stitched up in less than 5 minutes! I have a new, Handi Quilter Forte with Prostitcher computer, an upgrade from my 5 year old Fusion. Loved my Fusion, but maybe love the Forte more!
My favorite type of pillow is an envelope pillow. I’ll pop along the photos for a brief look at the process. Try looking for a YouTube video, I’m sure there are many!
I split the piece in half (it began about 4-5″ wider than my pillow top)
I turned under both edges for a finished edge, machine stitched.
Then overlap these two edges about 2-3″.
At this point you simply lay the right sides together, adjusting your backing to be the same size as your pillow top.
Take this sandwich of pillow top and back, pin the two halves together, and sew around the entire perimeter. You’ll be able to turn the pillow inside out by using the opening in the middle.
I also stitched 1″ inside the perimeter to have a nice flange around the pillow.
Here’s a flat look at the finished product! I usually make a stuffed muslin pillow specifically for the inside, using leftover batting scraps. Each pillow finishes in different sizes, so makes me not conform to specific pillow forms. This pillow is about 20″ square.
Here is the super cute backing!
So there you have it! Let me know if you have any questions, I’m always happy to help or guide you. I just love making things like this from forgotten or tossed out vintage parts and pieces. I always think someone is looking down and smiling over my shoulder. Have a great week folks!
Last month I helped my cousin, Bonnie, make her family heirloom complete. She had given me the top months ago, but traveling and teaching kept me from getting it finished. Her county fair in July made it a priority! All of the bits and pieces of embroidery were done by her mother, Mildred. She used a churn dash block to frame the beautiful work done by her mother over many years. Her mother, my aunt, was a prolific embroiderer and quilter. There is no pattern to this quilt. Maybe these photos will inspire you to gather your family heirlooms into one big beautiful quilt!
Bonnie is the maker on the right and I know her mother is smiling from heaven!
I finally have a good grasp of my next months of teaching and traveling. Contracts are in the mail, so I’ll list the places I’ll be. I’ll list shop phone #’s, but otherwise if you need a contact name, please email me for more information. I am all booked up for 2018, so if you’re interested in 2019, please message me. I’ve got quite a few in the works and won’t add many more. Thanks! PS. I pretty much won’t fly Nov-Feb, unless it’s tropical. Hawaii, message me! 😉 Who wants to get out in snow!?? Not me!
Birmingham, UK–Festival of Quilts, Aug. 10 and Aug. 11, NO
teaching, but I will be hanging out! I’ll be visiting the Pinhole Quilting (Handi Quilter) booth from 2:15-3:15 on Saturday, Aug. 11. Stop by if you are at the show!
Baldwin City, KS–Thursday, Aug. 26, Maple Leaf Quilt Guild,
7pm talk/trunk show.
Harrisonville, MO–Friday, Sept. 21, MOKA Quilt Study Group,
6:30pm talk/trunk show.
Springdale, AR–Sept. 26 and 27, The QUILT Guild of
Northwest Arkansas; “Quilting Vintage Linens on your Domestic Machine”, 10-4pm, Wed, Sept 26, Limit 20; Longarm demo TBD, Thursday, Sept. 27; Quilting Vintage talk/trunk show Thursday, 6:30pm.
Wichita, KS–Tuesday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct.10,
PQGKS – Prairie Quilt Guild, talk/trunk show on
the 9th, full day workshop, Oct. 10,
“Quilting Vintage Linens on your
Domestic Machine”. Limit 20.
Holton, KS—-Wednesday, Oct. 17, Calico Gardens Quilt
Guild, 7pm talk/trunk show.
Fairfax, VA—-Friday, Oct. 19, talk, trunk show; Sat. Oct. 20, in
shop longarm classes; Sun. Oct. 21, full day
workshop, “Quilting Vintage Linens on your
Domestic Machine”. The Quilters Studio,
Morgantown, West Virginia–West Virginia Quilters, INC.
Friday, April 12, 2019, full day workshop,
“Quilting Vintage Linens on your Domestic
Machine; Sat. April 13, 2019, talk/trunk show,
time and place TBD.
Lynnwood, WA–Quilters Anonymous Quilt Guild
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, talk/trunk show, 8 pm;
Wednesday, July 10, talk/trunk show, 11:00 am;
Thursday, July 11, “Quilting Vintage Linens on
your Domestic Machine”, 9am-4pm. Events
held at the Ronald United Methodist Church,
They made it! I had a Facebook post from my good friend, Mary, to say they are hanging and beautiful. Look at that lighting! I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday just to see the 750 quilts hanging. For more information, visit the Common Threads Regional Quilt Show website. Holler if you see me!
I’ve worked my tail off to get to this week and finally I’m finished! My collection of vintage pillow covers from the early 1900’s, will hang at the Common Threads Regional Quilt Show, June 21-23, in Wichita, KS. I have a total of 21 in the collection, with many more to complete in the future. This is only the beginning! My husband asked me the other day how many I had. Really, you think a girl counts a collection!!? LOL!
My dear friend, Marla, helped me stitch tabs on each piece for pinning and hanging at the show. Here are a couple of my recent finishes.
Scroll through my website to see more in progress pieces. These are so dear to me. When I quilt them, I can almost feel the original maker working the original embroidery. Hope to see you in Wichita. Holler if you see me walking the aisles!
I’m always asked at a trunk show, “Kelly, what do you plan to do with your pillow covers?” The answer is, show them and share them! I’m obsessed by these beauties! I’ve been collecting them since I found my first Kansas pillow cover about 5 years ago. I can’t really tell you how many I have now because honestly, I don’t know! I’m guessing somewhere between 50-100, ready to be quilted.
They will be seen for the first time in their entirety at the Common Threads Quilt Show, in Wichita, KS, June 21-23, 2018. I’m hoping to have 20-25 in the collection. I’m madly working on them until that show, so we’ll see how far into the stash I can get. This is what the banner looks like that I ordered on Vistaprint. I love how it turned out! But………..
Apparently, they are sending this gentleman to hold the sign at the show!! I’m totally excited about that! Isn’t that kind? Unfortunately, he didn’t show up in the banner shipment. Maybe I need to make a call?
Here are a few more I’ve finished this year and I’ll continue to stitch until they need to travel to Wichita. I’ll be there hanging out with friends, so look me up if you attend the show. They will have 750 hanging quilts!!! I can hardly wait to go. It’ll take me 2 days just to get through those quilts. Enjoy!!
This weekend, Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, is my guilds quilt show, Kaw Valley Quilters Guild. I’ve finished a fabulous hankie to put in the silent auction. I’ll share a few pictures from the process, beginning to end result. I’ll admit these pieces are hard to give up once they are finished!
This beautiful hankie is bordered with exquisite lace. I couldn’t resist re-purposing this one!
I started with my backing, then 2 layers of Hobbs 80/20 Heirloom, and a piece of satin on top, about 20″ square.
My first order of stitching is to “ditch stitch” on the inside edge of the lace. This gives me a ‘frame’ to work with.
I use this Kelly Bean, notched ruler, to work around any shape or embroidery. Only on a longarm, just nest your hopping foot in the notch. Use one hand on your handle and the other to move around the ruler and hopping foot, magic!!
I love to use Cindy Needham’s Ultimate Stencils for designs in negative spaces. She has a fabulous E-book to go along with the stencils which I highly recommend. You can start to see the design take shape in the following photos.
At this point I have finished all of the inside quilting. I leave the lace loose and will use beads to tack down where needed. Lace lends itself nicely for embellishment!
I usually choose a simple piano key border. It calms your eye and doesn’t take away from the focus of the lace.
I love handwork of any kind and can spend countless evenings, watching TV and stitching. This piece required 3 solid nights of handwork. I used glass beads, pearls from a broken vintage necklace (my preference), and the tiniest of Hotfix Swarovski crystals. I like the glimmer, but I also want it to be subtle.
I love to frame these pieces or make into a pillow. With the heavy amount of beading, I decided a frame was in order!
You can find this on the silent auction block, this weekend, in Lawrence, KS. Here’s the flyer. It doesn’t say Lawrence, but it tells you everything else. Hope you can make it if you live in the area!
Don’t miss my local quilt guild, the Kaw Valley Quilters Guild annual quilt show, held in Lawrence, KS, April 7 & 8, 2018. I’ll post the flyer so you can see more about it and the location. YES, we have our quilt show at the Toyota dealership. It’s held in the the most fabulous space, their detail shop! Absolutely immaculate, large, and full of great light. We can also fit a large amount of quilts, about 150 will be hanging, along with a wonderful silent auction, vendors, boutique of members stash items, and our featured quilter, Leslie Campbell. I’ll be there all weekend, running the silent auction and selling my notched rulers and regular rulers at a vendor table. Holler if you see me!!!
I will also be traveling to Concord, NC, to speak at the Carolina Longarm Association, April 13-14. We’ve got a full 2 days of events. The 2 page flyer is below that gives the details and contact information.
In May, I travel to Salt Lake City, UT, for the UQSM show. I’ll be teaching May 2-5, 2018. This is a wonderful show in Sandy, UT, at the Mountain America Exposition Center. You can find my list of classes if you look up ‘instructors’ on the website.
The first of June, I’ll be traveling to the Pittsburgh, PA, area for a talk, trunk show, and classes at the Little Foot Quilt Shoppe in Evans City, PA. They have a whole weekend of fun planned, starting with a trunk show and catered dinner on Thursday evening, May 31. I will be bringing along my favorite heirloom quilt for all of these trips.
Alrighty, that’s it for now and should keep me busy enough! Hope to meet you at one of these venues!
I’ve recently found some new cloth labels that I REALLY like! I will admit to being lazy, but also know that I need a label on every piece I make. These iron-on labels by Dutch Label Shop are the bomb! They take all of 15 seconds to put on a quilt.
As you can see, I had 3 different styles custom made. I think when I run out of 2018 (if I get to quilt as much as I hope!), I will be able to write 2018 with a Micron pen if needed. You can see, there’s a perfect label for any purpose!
They arrived in the mail the day before I was leaving for an overseas teaching event. I was so glad to spend an afternoon putting on labels since I had neglected this task for quite awhile. Really, I should never travel without a labeled quilt!
Information is in the flyer, but you can also click on Dutch Label Shop to go to their website and shop. Even better, they’ve given me a discount code for my readers to use! Just enter kellyclinequilting15 when prompted during the purchase process for a 15% discount. I hope you like them as much as I do. Have a great weekend!!
I love to find these beautiful, vintage pillow covers. They tend to be about 100 years old and created in the early 1900’s during an era called, Society Silk. Many of these use silk floss and came in a kit with a pre-tinted linen, just as our kits come today. What makes these very special to me are the quirky sayings and silk threads that were used. I quilt these on a Handi Quilter Fusion, longarm.
This the the original cover. I removed the backing, which was a depression era, green linen.
I’m pretty sure the maker would be mortified if she knew she missed a spot. The magenta stitch is hers, the satin stitching would have gone over it to give some padding.
When placing designs on cloth, I use a blue, water soluble pen. I only make registration marks and try to do the smallest bit of them. A great tip for removing the blue marks, mix 1 heaping teaspoon of baking soda to one cup of water. Put in a spray bottle and marks disappear, forever! At least I’ve had no reappearing marks since I’ve used this method!
I usually don’t have a big plan for these pieces until I begin them. I let them ‘talk’ to me while I stitch and they usually SCREAM at some point! 😉
I use my rulers for all straight lines. The longer one is great for ditch stitching and long runs and then the smaller, Palm ruler, is super for short lengths.
The maker on this piece did some luscious embroidery!
I use these rulers for guiding me around the embroidery.
Viola’! Another great finish! I adore these pieces and hope you’ve enjoyed the beauty and re-purpose also!