Quilting : 1857 Album & Shenandoah Botanical

I pieced a backing for my 1857 Album quilt top this week as well as sewing several pieces of batting together. Then I created the quilt sandwich using basting pins.

This top is comprised of some of the 1857 blocks; not all. It’s a nice long couch quilt size.    It’s going to go down to my middle son’s house and get lots of use in their living room.

I began tying it with crochet cotton.

My supervisor, Kanga,  was nearby, as usual.

I had at least 1/4 of it done, freeing up basting pins, because I also wanted to get back to some hand quilting, since Scrappy Granny has been out of the hoop for awhile now.

I had purchased the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album quilt pattern from the Virginia Quilt Museum, and participated in a sew-a-long for awhile.  Dawn and Doreen host this and there are many ladies who continue on creating all of the blocks, and some others are just beginning. If you are unfamiliar with this, you can visit the blog HERE.

As for me, I appliqued 6 blocks to result in a nice couch sized top. Here it is from February 2016. If you ever wonder if time flies, just dig out a quilt project that you are finally going to quilt and finish! :)

Pin basting started….

I recently posted about the resurfacing on my street, and all of the noise and vehicles.  They tore it up first, and by Tuesday they were creating the new surface.

It is all done now and peace and quiet has returned :)

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Finished up my Quirky Quilty 365

Audrey from Quilty Folk had an idea last year that we should all sew circles, 1 per day, for 365 days.

There were many participants with a wonderful variety of interpretations on this idea.

I will say that they were all lovely and that mine was probably the weirdest, lol!   The center represents the Tree of Life from the Kabbalah ( I was reading a book on that at the time. )  All of the little circles represent the 9 months that I lasted doing it before quitting, and the bottom 3 blocks are my rendition / adaptations of a few blocks from the “Home Sweet Home” book by Barb Adams & Alma Allen.

One year I had a hollyhock that grew to over 20 feet, one block was worked on around the 4th of July… so it is nice that I finished the tying and binding on the 3rd of July in another year :)

My quirky Quilty 365 is crossed off the list of quilt tops to finish. It measures around 75 x 55.

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