Stitching Saturday

What is this latest sewing project that I have just walked over, hoping to shed a few hairs on to it as well?

Kanga by the latest sewing

Well, I will get to that in a bit.

Around late spring or early summer I had pieced some half triangles.

Hourglass pieces

Perhaps I’d do an hour glass quilt with them.

Hourglass pic 2

Then, thinking how I get bored easily, I was considering doing a row-along instead.

My inspiration was the little display left for me by some recent munchkins that were here…they left some of their toys in a neat little row on the piano. Since a row-along is a variation of a sampler quilt, and I enjoyed the three samplers that I made thus far, ( Over the course of about 20 years! :)   I thought that it might be more suited to my limited attention span in the end than a quilt made of just one pattern.

( I see that the Tin Man and the Lion are missing…I will have to find them or Dorothy will get lonely )

Row Along on the Piano

I considered this for a few days but in the end, I think that I shall make a table runner for the sideboard with these blocks.

But as to the latest project that you just walked on, I used one of the same fabrics to start an applique project. I used it for the basket.


Just Starting the Garden Applique with Basket

I came across an applique quilt over at Supergoof Quilts. At some point she mentioned that the pattern is by Susan Smith.  After shopping around, it appeared that I would need to order the pattern and have it shipped from Australia,  & it would be close to 50.00.  I’d not make the entire pattern, anyway, it is too labor-intensive and extensive for me.  ( see HERE ) I printed out a picture of the middle portion and thought that I would attempt to do a variation of that, and that alone will be quite a challenge for me! :)

Ingrid at Supergoof is a master ….if you are not familiar with her blog ( I was not ) and visit there and look around, you will be amazed at the quilts she has completed. The Google Translate Dutch to English leaves much to be desired, but I did manage to understand that she uses a fabric glue pen to prepare some of her applique pieces. I have only done basting or freezer paper + ironing applique prior to this so I thought to try the glue pen. The brand that she recommended was not available in my local JoAnn Fabrics but I purchased the Fons & Porter one and it worked just fine.

If you have never done applique before, for this basket I drew the shape as best I could. I pinned it to the fabric and cut the fabric out 1/4 inch or so larger around the paper. Then I glue basted the fabric to the paper, which was much less tedious than the aforementioned methods. Once the applique was hand sewn onto the background fabric, I cut away in the back and pulled out the paper.

cutting away the back of applique

I bought one yard of white Kona background fabric and that glue pen.  I have enough fabrics in my ‘stash’ for flowers and leaves. I am referencing a black and white printout of the middle of that quilt for placement.

Printout for guide

I have quilt magazines that I have purchased over the years with templates for flowers and leaves and such and I’ll probably use some of them as well as freehand draw. I have never made those little circles before…there will be a good deal of learning curve in this for me. Yet it should be fun to have a garden to work on during the winter months.  I will most likely make many mistakes ( as always ) but I shall learn from them along the way :)

I am still plugging away on hand quilting the nine patch couch quilt for my son’s gift.  Another block almost finished…

quilting the nine patch another block

The quilt feels nice at this point…while yet still unfinished it feels like a comfortable soft quilt that one would like to take a nap under. I love working with the cotton batting. ( Warm and Natural )

Hand Quilting Mid Oct on Couch Quilt for Scott

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Baskets and Laura Ingalls Wilder

Here is a view from my dining room into the living room. If you look over to the left you can see some baskets on the dry sink….I have sewing supplies and fabric stashed in them. Looking towards the window in the living room there are more baskets on top of the radiator.

long view into the living room

My latest basket…purchased for 5.00 at the thrift store, is in the middle.

new big basket from thrift store

Whenever I stop in there, I check the area where they have baskets hoping to find one that is nice and large and can handle a good amount of books and magazines and one day, they had ‘my’ basket.

What is peeking out of the top ?  This :

what is peeking out of the basket

I was returning a library book and they had a sale going on. Perusing the books, I came across this old, falling apart book by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I could not resist. I think that it was one dollar.

Little Town on the Prairie collage

Quite old, from 1947…a second edition . It is in the basket because I started reading it. It’s been a long time since I read ” Little House on the Prairie” and some of the earlier books as a child, though I do recall reading “Farmer Boy ” to my boys. How about you ? Want a snippet ? : )

” The fresh, starched white curtains moved softly in the wind, at the open window. The scrubbed board walls and the floor were a soft yellow-gray. A bouquet of grass flowers and windflowers that Carrie had picked and put in the blue bowl on the table, seemed to bring springtime in. In the corner the varnished brown whatnot stood stylish and handsome. 

 The afternoon light made plain the gilded titles of the books on the whatnot’s lower shelf, and glittered in the three glass boxes on the shelf above, each with tiny flowers painted on it. Above them, on the next shelf, the gilt flowers shone on the glass face of the clock and its brass pendulum glinted, swinging to and fro. Higher still, on the very top shelf, was Laura’s white china jewel box with the wee gold cup and saucer on its lid, and beside it, watching over it, sat Carrie’s brown and white china dog.”

Later on I became enthralled at the section where they are sewing Mary’s clothes prior to going away to college. Page after page of incredible detail in regards to sewing dresses and petticoats and lace inserts and whalebone stays, etc.  There was much concern about hoops. Someone had heard that they were coming back in style, but no one could acquire nor access the latest issue of Godey’s Lady’s Book to decide the question. All of  the skirts and petticoats had to be made wide enough to work with hoops, just in case.

They had made four new petticoats for Mary, two of unbleached muslin, one of bleached muslin, and one of fine white cambric. Around the bottom of the fine cambric one, Laura had sewed with careful, tiny stitches the six yards of knitted lace that she had given Mary for Christmas.

No sewing machines yet…everything made by hand.  And what had to be made was complicated, quite complicated.

This book about the girls as they are older now seemed a bit more detailed than the earlier books.  I found an interesting article on the Net ; not the standard sort of biography ;  at the Ideas section of the Boston Globe, titled Little Libertarians on the Prairie about Laura and her daughter Rose.

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