I’ve got a really fun project on the longarm this week, compliments of Mary Kerr. This is for an upcoming book of Mary’s, but you’ll have to wait to see the whole quilt until the book is published, so sorry!! These blocks can be shown though! Mary has such a knack with taking old blocks and repurposing them with other parts and pieces. Check out her other books here on her website. https://www.marywkerr.com/ They are all fabulous with loads of ideas on what to do with vintage quilts, embroidered linens, tops, blocks, etc.
This was the beginning of a block. I did a small bit of ditch stitching to stabilize the center and used the Kelly Bean ruler to make the ‘rays’ in the yellow and also to stitch around the center. FYI, that circle center is stitched in, not appliqued!! Whoa, I know!!!
I’ll continue with lots of ditch stitching and ruler work for a few days, then I’ve got an idea for that pink background. We’ll see how that goes, maybe next week I can share that!
I did a quick video this morning with rulers on one of the blocks. Have a great day and I hope you’ll try ruler work, on your domestic or longarm machine, it’s super fun!
I’ve just finished a 4 part type ‘series’ (very casual, mind you!), creating and quilting vintage pincushions on my longarm. The quilting can, of course, be done on a domestic machine or a longarm, I just work best on a longarm. If you’re looking for a free class or something to maybe inspire you to do something with vintage parts and pieces, here they are in order from #1-#4. Feel free to ask any questions. Hopefully, I cover lots of answers in the videos. They run about 30 minutes each and you can watch anytime. They were shown in a live Facebook feed, but recorded and posted forever now.
What a beautiful finish to an already amazing top!! A hand pieced, hexagon top, made up of 3,200 pieces. A definite heirloom quilt, created by my good friend, Marla. She hand stitched this quilt over 2 or 3 years. I added an edge to edge digitized design, Fanfare, by Anne Bright.
The quilt finished at 100″ square. I used Hobbs 80/20 Heirloom batting and 40 weight Glide thread.
The back really shows off the texture!
To get an idea of the size, here are the hexes in my hand. I believe she started with 2″ hexes and they finish at 1 1/2″. It’s a spectacular quilt with an endless amount of ‘woman hours’. If you’re working on an EPP (English paper piecing) project, keep up the good work! It will be a quilt one day. 🙂
Before I show you this fabulous quilt, I have to mention that my favorite HOBBS batting seller is having a sale this weekend through Monday, June 8. You can see what they have when you click on the link. This is out of Overland Park, KS, and you can also pick up curbside!
I’ve got a beautiful, EPP (English paper piecing) quilt top that I’m quilting for my friend, Marla, this weekend. She hand pieced this 100″ square top over 2 or 3 years of car and plane trips, waiting rooms, etc. Her handwork is exceptional and I’m so excited to quilt it for her.
These hexes finish at roughly 1 1/2″. EPP is essentially a piece of paper with a piece of fabric formed around it, then each piece is whip stitched together by hand. Here is a photo of the back, which is just as exquisite!
Marla also did a ‘stay stitching’ around the perimeter, which secures the outer edges so that nothing comes apart. It really helps a longarmmer when this is done to avoid split seams when loading on the frame.
I’m using a beautiful edge to edge digitized design by Anne Bright called, Fanfare. You can find that on her website here. https://annebrightdesigns.com/product/fanfare-b2b/
My tip on a busy quilt, don’t spend money to custom quilt it, you’ll never see the quilting! Using an all over pattern really gives the quilt texture and won’t take away from the piecing.
I can hardly wait to finish this one and hope to do that today! Hope you’re having a great Sunday and don’t forget to check out the batting sale on all rolls, packages and pillow forms. I’ll be sure to post the finish of this quilt later this week!
It’s been a couple of weeks since my husband and I made a quick trip over to Kansas City and picked up a few tubs of vintage linens. I had an email from a follower, my new friend, Peggy S. She was looking for someone that might pick up 5 tubs of linens she was purging. Well, I talked my husband into a little road trip and here I am, enjoying the process of sorting through a vast array of linens, quilt blocks, towels, tablecloths, etc.
These are not just tiny tubs, they are large! I’ve picked out a few favorite linens to clean up. I always soak linens in a mix of Retro Clean (for stains and yellowing) and ammonia (for mildew and mold, 1 part ammonia to 6 parts water). I buy Retro Clean on Amazon, link below. It’s fabulous for whitening and brightening anything! I usually soak at least overnight in a sink or bathtub. Follow directions on the bag. My soak does include both the Retro Clean and ammonia together.
I’m sure my neighbors, those who don’t know what I do, are always wondering about the beautiful things that are always laying out to dry or sunning themselves on the grass. Did you know that sunshine mixed with the chlorophyll from grass, will whiten your fabrics? I usually lay these pieces on the grass once the sun comes out for the afternoon.
I’ve stacked these in my garage so I can slowly work through them, admire and choose a few to work with. I also plan to do a few giveaways to share with other vintage lovers!
I pulled out a few tablecloths yesterday and gave them an overnight soaking. This morning they are out to dry and hopefully I will have some inspiration to quilt up something here very soon!
This was a tied quilt top. Nothing particularly fancy, but I love the shape of the green pieces. Hoping to do some custom quilting on this one, once the mood sets in! 😉
I hope you enjoyed the view from my porch this morning and a few inherited treasures. Many thanks go to Peggy and her generosity. I’ll pick something special today and be back sometime this week with a GIVEAWAY. I do know it will be one of those tablecloths laying in the driveway group. NOW, which one!!??!! Have a fabulous Monday everyone!
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Hey, welcome to FRIDAYYYY!!!! I was supposed to be speaking, teaching and FISHING in Greenville, NC, but alas, I am hanging out at home. Honestly, if I can sew or quilt somewhere, I’m pretty happily entertained!
So, let’s have a fun day, Friday!! I’m going to GIVEAWAY a set of my 4 rulers (for the domestic or long arm machine) AND ALSO have a 20% off sale on the set!!! Regularly $55, today only $44. The price is already set up in my shop, so no code is needed. If you happen to be the winner and you’ve ordered them, I’ll simply refund your total. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/product/4-ruler-set
Comment below to be included in the GIVEAWAY….What would YOU be doing this weekend if you weren’t at home? I’ll draw a random winner Saturday evening, April 18, at about 8pm. Have a wonderful FRIDAY everyone!
I’m so tickled to have found this amazing, super quirky quilt top!! Most sewists might have left this as a dresden plate only top, but the maker added these red and blue circles that make no sense. I LIKE IT!! I am so drawn to the craziest quilts and often think, ‘what was she thinking’? If only we knew! So, I make up lots of good stories! I like to think she might have been a Jayhawk fan (University of KS, located 3 blocks from me) and that possessed her to make those bold circles. HAHAHAHA!
Sadly, the year has ended with no March madness. I’ve slowly worked this out, grieved and I’m back to sewing. Tough for all the basketball fans out there, but worth it to stay safe and healthy.
I’m really excited to get this one on the frame. I have no idea how it will be quilted, but quilts usually start talking to me the minute they are on the long arm. Time will tell!
The fabrics in this one are 1930’s and 40’s and it’s been completely handpieced and embroidered with a buttonhole stitch around all the circles. It was fairly clean when I got it, but I’m giving it a day in the sunshine to brighten and freshen up. Did you know that the chlorophyll from grass mixed with sunshine will actually brighten fabric??!!! It really works!
I’ve often had my neighbors tell me they want to snatch up whatever they see on the yard. So far, no one has, but I do check out the window every now and then.
I give it about half a day on the front and then half a day on the back. The back of a top really tells the story. LOTS of hand stitching on this one!
I’m always on the lookout for a quirky quilt. Where do I find them?? Online, antique stores, thrift stores, estate and garage sales. Right now, online is probably the only way to shop. It can be done 24 hours a day, which can be a little scary when it’s 3 am and I can’t sleep! 😉
Have a great rest of your week! I hope if you are self isolated, there is some sewing in your day. I’m just now headed to my machine, but I really wanted to share what I think is a happy quilt. Since I won’t be teaching or traveling for awhile, I’ll try to do some more show and tell here when I can. QUILT ON everyone!!
I’ve done this melted crayon project a few times with kids and even for just myself as an art quilt. If you are home with kids for the next few weeks, give this a try! You can choose to quilt it or make it into something else, like a pillow, journal cover, tote bag, etc. Let your kids decide what it might be. Have fun!
Are you looking for a quick and fun project for your kids or grandkids this weekend? Here is a fun idea with supplies you probably already have in your art stash and kitchen. The video will show you what you need and give you the quick directions. Have fun!!!
I’ve had this top for awhile, maybe 2-3 years, but the mood to quilt it finally hit me early this week and it went on the frame! The appeal is the 2″ bow ties. Can you even imagine piecing this one, by hand?!!
YES, the back of a hand pieced top can be overwhelming. How would you ever press this? Well, I don’t do it from the back, that’s for sure. However, this one has been precisely pieced and was done well. Each one of those little pieces is about 1″ in size, finished. Honestly, I can’t imagine!!
I never press these from the back. I gave this a good press from the top, not concerning myself about direction of seams because there really is no way to properly press those from the backside. I do give it some starch and try to make it as flat as possible.
I ‘float’ all my quilts, which means I don’t attach them to the bar that is sitting on the top. Many times, people will pin their top to that leader and bar, but I like the ability to manipulate my tops, especially the hand pieced ones. I am constantly tugging gently, spraying some starch and steaming here and there to shrink the excess fabric. I find I can get the best results by keeping the top free. You can see the starch and steam trick on my YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/In79vxH-IyY
I’ve chosen to put a swirl in the white spaces and simply ditch stitch around the bow ties, hoping to pop those shapes and fabrics without interruption. Small stitching will create the best curves, so I am stitching at 14 stitches per inch. This is also a continuous line of stitching. No need to break thread if you don’t need to. I try to get through most quilts without cutting threads, unless of course, there is a color change. It saves LOTS of time and thread burying, which I do with all thread tails.
I did a quick video on how I travel through these pieces. It’s all about looking ahead, getting a quilt path figured out. This always reminds me of the puzzle mazes on paper that I loved as a kid!
The rulers (for domestic OR long arm) can be found in my shop online. I use different lengths and shapes, depending on the work I’m doing. https://kellyclinequilting.bigcartel.com/products
I decided to only ditch stitch the blue and white squares, hoping they would create a frame around the bow tie blocks. I really want those bow ties to pop out and be the stars. I think they are!
You may ask what those red things are in the top of the photo. I use Red Snappers (https://quiltsonthecorner.com/red-snapper-12/ ) from Renae Haddidin. I actually ordered them way before I even had my long arm set up, 8 years ago. I knew I would never be a pin girl, so snappers are a clamp type set up. I can pull a quilt off and put it back on in a matter of minutes.
This is the look of a finished row. Walking away from the quilt at night really has a great look. I only have a few squares left to finish and then I can do the big TA DA!!! I always look forward to that!
Feel free to ask questions. I post daily on my Facebook page, so follow me there for progress. Have a wonderful day everyone!