February 10, 2013

Angela ~ First UFO Project and Goals

Here's my first UFO project for the year.  No, not Chaucer the cat, but what he's so grandly made a bed of.
This is a full size quilt my Grandma May made for me in the late 1960's, the last quilt she hand-quilted.  Grandma made all 10 children, the many grandchildren and maybe some of the great grandchildren a quilt.
Made of left over pieces from clothing she made for herself and my cousin Judy and maybe others.  I got Judy's hand-me-downs as I was a bit younger but built the same.  Grandma quilted it with the diagonal lines you see across the blue patch.

Over the years it has had a lot of use and many of the patches and a good portion of the domestic backing had holes or hung in shreds.  A lot of the quilting lines have disintegrated also.
I repaired the patches by appliqueing new patches on.  I found cotton fabric in 60's patterns, thankfully that part was easy, and to make it blend in with the older faded pieces I used the backside facing outward.
I got a huge white sheet at the thrift shop for $2 to use for the new backing, safety pinned it in place and would occasionally quilt on it.  I am quilting inside the patches following the seams, that way I can preserve Grandma's quilting but have a secure backing.  I left the original backing and the original patches (shreds & all) in place, just worked over them.

As you can see I am a practical quilter who does not worry about getting 12 stitches to the inch, I doubt I could see ones that tiny anyway.  I quilt the way Grandma did, I'm about the same age she was when she made this quilt.  It's about half done at this point so I don't know if it will get finished in February or not but I am shooting for the end of March for sure.

Other UFOs I will work on and hopefully finish this year are the St Nicholas cross stitch,
A Halloween cross stitch piece and an embroidered renaissance ladies piece.  I'd like to finish them all this year but if I finish the quilt and St Nicholas I'll feel really good.  The Halloween piece would be a bonus and the renaissance ladies could become a piece for next year.  That one I would like to delve into stump-work for parts of it.

13 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

This quilt is going to be a favorite when done. You must be pretty close if you think you can finish by March.
How is the sheet for quilting? I've heard people complain that hand quilting a sheet is really hard because of the tight weave. Your thoughts?

ladyhawthorne said...

It's about 1/2 done already and goes pretty fast, I get about 1/2 of what's in the hoop done in an average evening.
I'm having no trouble with the sheet and that may be because it is 100% cotton. That's one of the reasons I snatched it and a couple others up. They were a donation from a local hotel and are very good quality. I use the others for sleeping.

Debra Spincic said...

I'm a big fan of sheets for machine quilting, for sure. Glad to hear you aren't having any problems with the sheet.

Hand quilting is a lot like embroidery. Once you get the rhythm going, it speeds right along.

ladyhawthorne said...

Quilting is kind of a no brainer thing for me. I can listen to a talk show or a movie and just keep going. Since I am not a perfectionist about stitch length there is no stress to this either. Sometimes I really need a mindless activity, especially when it is stressful at work like it is now. With quilting I get to do something useful, mark another project off my list and chill out all at once. My kind of multi tasking!

Debra Spincic said...

:-))

Barbara C said...

Your post reminds me of an old quilt of mine that I'd like to repair. It's nice to strengthen these old pieces so they can continue to be used. Your St. Nick is beautiful. It will be a joy to have that piece in your home I'm sure.

Cy said...

I, too, have an old patchwork quilt that needs some patches replacing like this. I bought it (very cheap) from an Oxfam shop in UK where I used to live. They were selling it as a "dog blanket"!!! Can you imagine how good I felt to save this treasure from that fate. Someones love and hard work went into making it. Just goes to show that some people just don't know what treasures they have in their hands. Ought to be a law against it.
Good luck with your goals Angela. Your quilt really IS a treasure quilt from your Grandma and well worth repairing and saving to prolong it's memories.

Suztats said...

I'm so pleased that you're preserving the quilt your grandmother made you. It is indeed a treasure to have. Even Chaucer agrees. ;-D
Your St. Nicholas cross-stitch is beautiful, and what a lot of work! How large will the finished piece be? I've done one large piece of counted x-stitch (12"x18" is the stitched area) and it took months and months to do. I love it, though. St. Nicholas will be wonderful hanging up for Christmas 2013!

cq4fun said...

I like the fact that you didn't *replace* things on your grandmother's quilt, but simply repaired it. The xs is beautiful, and, as always when I see something like this, I'm in awe of the patience and time and eyesight it takes! It will definitely be something worth framing when you finish.

ladyhawthorne said...

Nicholas is about 12 x 18 and he's done on linen over 2 threads which I have not done before but much prefer over aida cloth. He's also the first cross stitch I've done that is not outlined, the picture emerges from all the various colored threads used. Many!

ladyhawthorne said...

I started Nicholas several years ago and put him down to do something else for a while and never got back to him. It does take a good bright light to work on it and my reading glasses.

Debra Spincic said...

I admire your persistence. I gave up hand cross stitch about 10 years ago and have not looked back. It was getting too tedious for my tastes. I do enjoy all the pieces I've done through the year though.

Judy S. said...

Over 2 on linen, wow! Your St. Nicholas looks quite near to being done; wish I could see it up close as it looks like there are lots of close color changes. He's going to be a real treasure when you finish, and so is that quilt. I'll bet your grandma is rejoicing to see you working to restore the quilt she made for you!