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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Gradient Scrap Quilt

The gradient quilt top is something that I worked on for awhile last year, starting in January, using the Rainbow Scrap Challenge monthly colors. I had no plan…it was sort of an improv thing….

A true scrap quilt in every sense….many of the pieces in here were gifted to me by a blogger friend when she was cleaning out her sewing room of older fabrics that had been used to make doll clothes, etc. Thank you Judy :)

I made the backing the other day, and then I was able to piece three pieces of batting together for the middle.

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Pin basting…

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I do not generally see many bloggers that I am familiar with ( aside from Posie Gets Cozy) tying their quilts.  Yet while I have machine quilted pillow tops and baby quilts, when it comes to anything larger the choice for me has always been between hand quilting or tying.

If I hand quilt a quilt and gift it to a family member, they treat it like a museum piece or something, only having it on display, while they use the tied ones all of the time.

The gradient quilt will be a couch quilt for my youngest son and it’ll get used and beat up so I am tying it. I’ve always used yarn in the past. I decided to use crochet cotton for this one. ( I didn’t know that I could until recently. )

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The hand quilting on Stars and Spools continues and my Slow Sunday Stitching time will be spent working on that as well as more tying on this gradient quilt.

Here’s what I am tying, front and back :

gradient-front-and-back-collage

I’ll be sharing at : So ScrappyKathy’s Quilts / Quilting is More Fun Than Housework / Thistlebear / Savvy Southern Style / My Quilt Infatuation 

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