Tying Quilty 365 ( and other quilts over time )

Sunday was my boys first Father’s Day without their father. The oldest who lives in Missouri doesn’t come home for Mother / Father days but the other two are used to doing something. I hoped that they’d get through it ok.

Scott ended up going to a swap meet with my DILs’ dad… ( car and motorcyle based, I think ) and they camped there and came home on Sunday afternoon.  The DIL and grands were working on a big breakfast-for-dinner for him when I was down there.

The youngest was invited to a friends house. That friend has a pool and Nate posted a video on my Facebook timeline of Koopa, wearing a doggie life vest, happily swimming in the pool alongside another dog.

Well it was another super hot day and I knew that I’d spend most of it indoors. I had gotten this far on my Elizabeths Pride applique.

While I was sewing I was thinking about quilting….as in while there was still much to be done in regards to hand quilting Scrappy Granny, I was close  enough to the end that I had most of my basting pins freed up now.

I really should use them to tie a quilt prior to using them for another hand quilting project.

Of the quilt tops that I have in finished or near to finished stages hanging in an upstairs cupboard, several will be tied and not hand quilted. When I hand quilt something and give it away, people don’t use it. It goes on display. If I tie it, people are snuggled under it on a couch, bed, or it goes to a picnic or football game or what-have-you.

I decided to pin baste and tie the Quilty 365 top. I won’t give that away…it can go on the twin mattress set upstairs that we had to get when the youngest moved in for awhile.

It is always fun when you go to quilt something ( hand, tying, or machine quilting ) that you finished awhile ago and now are revisiting …

I always use a curved needle. I purchased a set in JoAnn Fabrics ; there were four needles. Two are larger for tying with thick yarn and the smaller ones are just right for using crochet cotton.

Tied quilts hold up beautifully.

This is with my oldest in Missouri…he’ll be 40 soon and it went off to college with him:

The next two are on the girls beds at their house.

This one is displayed on a chair in their family room and often covers the kids on the couch.

And not too long ago I’d tied the Gradient quilt for my youngest and just washed that again recently and dried it on the line.

There are a few others that I am recalling….one or two go frequently to the football games with the kids. And anything hand quilted they display and never touch; same with my mother.

Here at my house the hand quilted couch quilts get plenty of use, though. My youngest was constantly under the Stars & Spools quilt that I had recently finished :)

Well, back to tying. It’s not as fun as hand quilting ; it is rather boring and tedious, but a little each day will get the job done .

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QUILTY 365 minus three months

I started Quilty 365 in November.  Had I hung back awhile and seen what others were doing I might have copied some of their ideas; there are some absolutely stunning quilt tops out there. Karen worked ahead and has hers in the frame already. It is gorgeous.  ( HERE. )

Mine will never win the prize for ‘most gorgeous’ but it just may win for the most wonky :)

Because I was reading a book on the Kabbalah around the time that Audrey over at Quilty Folk had her brilliant sew-a-circle-a-day idea, I thought to have a middle panel with circles symbolizing the Tree of Life, surrounded by my calender circles.

tree of life glyph applique

I didn’t have a PLAN, as in…I just thought to make my way around, with something on the bottom, and if it all filled up, I could either stop at that point or put more circles on a backing fabric.

I began my daily circles on November 11th, and two days later the Paris attacks occurred. I made a circle for that but there were too many horrendous days this year to keep commemorating acts of terror and insanity :(

I thought to mark full moon days with a crescent moon, Sundays, Holidays and Birthdays with larger circles. That money circle in the photo below is for Black Friday :)

quilty 365 tree of life finish on line

At one point I got tired of circles and did little hexies instead for awhile. I also burnt out in regards to caring about the full moons at some point, too.

If there was a birthday or a holiday I usually wrote above that circle.

twins circle polaroid

By the time of my grandson’s birthday in the latter part of July, my pen had dried up and I have yet to order another one :)  I was quite tired of this by the last panel, and looking forward to being done with it.

Originally I’d been  thinking of doing something on the bottom with an appliqued sun, moon and stars. But I remembered an old project…these house blocks.


I’d made the block with the flag over the house last summer and the other 2 blocks the year before. They were my take and adaptions of blocks in “Home Sweet Home ” by Barb Adams and Alma Allen. One of the blocks reflects a hollyhock that grew that summer to over 15 feet tall.

Well, with just a little strip sewn on to each side of the house blocks, they fit the bottom of my Quilty 365 calender quilt.

At the sewing machine, I started laughing to myself, thinking that once I was ready to put this together into a real quilt down the line, I’d better do a label.  Can you imagine some quilt historian finding this in a thrift shop 100 years from now and wondering WHAT THE HECK IS THIS? :)

quilty 365 collage

At any rate, the last circle on the last panel is  for August 9th. That’s 3 months and two days short of the time that I started, but given all of the circles and berries that I sew for various applique projects I don’t doubt that I’ll have ended up with 365 this year ; they just won’t all be in this wonky top :)

You might also enjoy :  Delicious Pumpkin Pie Cake Recipe  or  A Finished Quilt ( Snowball ) 

Sharing at : Freemotion by the River / Quilty Folk