The Blues & Benjamin Biggs

English Shoulder Roast was on sale at the grocery store this week for 2.88 per lb. I’ve not had a pot roast yet this year. Early on Sunday morning the small roast that I purchased is going into the crock-pot with onions, carrots, potatoes, and some Golden Mushroom Soup and it is going to cook on low all day long until it falls apart. The house is clean, the bills were paid and in the mailbox on Saturday ( the gas bill is $75.00 higher than last year at this time due to the colder temps! ) and for the most part, Sunday is going to be a Slow Stitching Sewing Sunday here :)

Starting off with the blues

Many people are participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge  and I considered doing that this year. This month the color is BLUE. I have very little blue as I did a blue nine patch last year.  For the moment I just cut out two background squares from the one blue fabric in my ‘stash’ which was purchased for a Snowball quilt. I will do a little applique…a tea cup and a sewing machine. The sewing machine has a handle which I will try to embroider since I did not think that my current applique skill level could “handle it ” any other way :)  I have the prep work started..

sewing machine and teacup block prep

Since a sampler that I am working on ( all baskets thus far ) is from scraps and stash, I think that I’ll just do a few blocks for it each month using the rainbow color of the month, at least for now. So I’ll have a rainbow row or two : ) I will work on these for Slow Stitching Sunday and then I can link them up to So Scrappy next Saturday! :)

Speaking of BLUE I ran into the mission store this week and was happy to find a pair of nurse’s pants in dark blue which I could use in the rag rug. So I have some blue and yellow strips torn and I just need to stop in there again soon as I hope to find a bit more red or burgundy.

rag rug the latest with blue

Now on to my 3rd ( yes, third…well, I said I was doing this to learn :)  Benjamin Biggs block. My first try was not good at all. My second one was okay and put away to finish up as a Christmas pillow, since it was turkey red.

Seeing many ladies on the FB group doing other color schemes than red and green for this quilt I thought “why not.”   I have a limited amount of red and green and some cheddar and I had started a red and green block for a Christmas quilt, and rather than purchase more fabric, I went looking through my stash and realized that I had a nice amount of purple that I could use.

So on Thursday night, I spent awhile on the basting process, and then here and there on Friday and Saturday I sewed and sewed, and marveled at how much time I’d spent on this one block, lol! I hope it won’t be this way for the whole quilt! :)

This is where I was late Saturday afternoon. I’ll work on the ‘leaves’ portion next. They need basted and then sewn down.  Hopefully by next week I can show a finished block.

BB 1st block now purple

I can honestly say that I am doing the Happy Dance here…not because this 3rd attempt is perfect but because it is the very best that I can do right now. I am satisfied. :) A few points lived to tell the tale.

I did try back-basting and needle turn on a flower for another project and did not like it, since I needed a 3rd hand. This is glue basted on to freezer paper but I left the paper in. That way I had less troubles with fraying, which was my problem all along on the other blocks. I have a long way to go, I know that… :) But I am happy because I am learning and steadily improving and that is all that anyone should expect of themselves as they go along! :) 

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Vintage Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

I thought to share one of my two vintage quilts with you. I don’t think that I’ve done so on this blog as yet.

First of all, I won’t even pretend to have a fancy decorated bedroom. This is one of the standard spreads…and I have to warn you that my cat is in most pictures as the minute I took her off the bed, she just jumped right back up, so she wins.

Standard Spread

But on a Sunday or holiday if the family and other company are coming,  I put out the Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.  This quilt was at a local mission store a year or so ago and I held my breath, hoping that no one would purchase it before the end of the month when it would go to half price.

What family discarded or donated this priceless gem I do not know but this quilter appreciates it every time I feel its soft cotton and smooth it out over the bed, admiring the handiwork and ceaseless hours that went in to it.

This post is a bit picture heavy. If you only pick up quilts for decor or color you might not be interested but if you quilt, or have worked on a hexagon project, then you will probably enjoy some closeups of the stitching and old fabrics.

First of all, it’s a working bedroom as in part of my sewing room is over on the ironing board ( and the rest is in my dining room : )

working bedroom

Now for the quilt:

GF Collage


Here it is turned over a bit to show the stitching underneath:

GFG underside fine stitching

GFG another collage





Here are a few shots of how the edges were treated on this quilt:

Edge treatment 2


Edge treatment


Edge treatment 3

Having just sewn a few hexies together here and there for small projects such as pillows, I can truly appreciate the extraordinary amount of work that would go into creating a full sized quilt out of them. I hope that you enjoyed seeing this one and the beautiful old vintage fabrics.

And in the end, I paid 125.00 for this. I feel grateful and blessed that I could pick it up for that cost, because I could not have afforded more, and I’ll cherish it forever. I also feel very sad that I don’t know who made it…it is flawless…and I don’t know why her family did not see it as a priceless heirloom to be passed down through the generations.

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