Raggedy Ann and Andy

Barbara and the ladies at her church have been hard at work making quilts.  If I understand it correctly, they either raffle or auction them off to make money for their church.  What is really cute about this quilt is that, although it is a Raggedy Ann and Andy quilt, there are hand made dolls to go with it.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of them to share with you so you could see how cute the quilt looks with them.  However, I do have pictures of the quilt.

Here’s a full shot.  Simple, but imagine it with a Raggedy Ann and a Raggedy Andy sitting on it.

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And, here is what I added to the blocks.  There are plenty of things I could have done with this, but I really wanted it to be playful and I was hoping the ladies at Barbara’s church would be okay with it.  Do you think it’s okay and “fits” the quilt?

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I have another picture of the third row of blocks, but I cannot get it to upload here, so I guess I will just have to show you the back. Maybe you can get an idea from this.  Just imagine it reversed.

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If you are interested in this quilt, you will have to be real nice to the ladies at Queen of the Holy Rosary Wea Catholic Church in Bucyrus, Kansas.  Maybe you can get in on the fun!  😉

Hearts and Flowers Stitched with Love

Jane brought me this to me at our last guild meeting.  Her sister had embroidered the blocks and it was (is) her sister’s first quilt.  We could have done a lot of different quilting on this quilt, but I think perhaps Jane didn’t want to overwhelm her sister with too much fluff (smart thinking!), so we kept it simple.

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You can see that Jane’s sister embroidered cross-stitched hearts along with Lazy Daisy flowers in the blocks.  We figured cross-hatch quilting would pick up the cross-stitching and some fun flowers would pick up the embroidered flowers.  So, Jane opted for quilted flowers in the background of the blocks and cross-hatching in the sashing (strips of different fabric in the areas between the blocks) that also extend out into the borders. She is planning on cutting a curved border – you can see the markings for that in this close-up.  I also repeated the cross-hatching in the center of the embroidered hearts.  Simple, but fun!

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While I was working on this quilt, I made sure I had everything lined up so the quilt would be “square” (actually, a rectangle, but for quilter’s wanting straight edges along all borders… “square”) by using a laser square.  You can see how as I rolled the quilt on the quilt frame, I used the laser square to make sure the quilt is rolled how I would want it to end up square, with the rows and columns all straight.  I used the seams as my guide.  It seams were a little off, I would gently nudge them into straight lines with my fingers.

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If you haven’t borrowed (forever borrowed) the laser square from the toolbox in your garage, put it on your wish list, because I have found it to come in handy for a lot of quilting strategies.

Are you ready for Christmas?

Now is the time to get those Christmas quilt tops to your quilter.  Soon enough all quilters for hire will have a waiting list and you will risk not getting your quilt back on time if you don’t get it to them soon.  I know it’s early to be thinking about Christmas, but if you have a special person in mind that you would love to gift a quilt to, now is the time to get that quilt done and get it to your quilter.  You might even check to make sure he or she will be able to get to yours in time for Christmas.  So, are you ready?

I have had a lot of fun the last couple of weeks working on Elaine’s quilts.  Working on these quilts has helped to get me into gear for Christmas and thinking about gifts, etc.  Wait ’til you see these quilts!  My jaw literally dropped when I opened the package sent via USPS.  I have always loved embroidery.  It brings back such comforting memories of my mom.  So, that was a double blessing with these quilts.

We will start with her “Merry Little Christmas” quilt.  Here’s a shot of it in its entirety, and then I’ll add close-ups of different areas.

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Center medallion – isn’t it cute?

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top center

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bottom center – she had gifts with tags on them to a couple of people, so I quilted a gift with a tag “from” her

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And a few more “I Spy” quilted surprises.  I usually hang customer quilts on my design wall, but it was so dark down there today, I decided to bring them upstairs and hang them in front of the mantle.  There is a window on either side, so the quilting really catches the shadows across the quilts.  My quilting doesn’t usually show up this well.  🙂  I may have to use this strategy again.

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Elaine’s other quilt is appropriately named “Over the River and Through the Woods.”  Here’s a shot of the entire quilt.  Not only does Elaine do wonderful embroidery work, she also does a great job of piecing her quilts.  I am so glad I ?specialize? in quilting, because my piecing leaves a lot to be desired.  :

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Row by row, so you can see the pictures embroidered by Elaine.

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And, some close-ups of the top row…

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Middle area(s)…

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And bottom row…

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Those 2 lines sloping down to the barn in the picture on the left are supposed to be sled tracks.  Can you see the stick skier coming down the hill in the picture on the right?  I had too much fun drooling doodling on these quilts!  And, Elaine was a sweetheart for letting me!