Sunday, October 11, 2009

More handwork....

I just post an entire week's worth of posts.  It was about an hour of work to do, but what an accomplishment and I got to show all my pictures I've been holding on to.  I definitely will start doing this on Sundays for the week.  I've enjoyed doing it!

Here's another one of my commission works.  It's my husband's golfing friend and so I feel a bit more "pressured" to do a very good job (not like any of my other jobs I didn't feel the need to do my best mine you).  It's a 20+ year old quilt his mom made for him and it is obviously well loved and used.  After examining it, I discovered it needed 35 diamonds replace, a lot of broken stitches redo and some blocks need hand quilting.  A lot of work.

Here are a few of the blocks (there are 28 total, 25 need some kind of work):

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My biggest concern was actually finding fabric that would work.  I don't want to purchase new fabric for it because it's too bright compared to the other pieces, so I ended up at the thrift shop and picked up a few old cotton shirts and then luckily went stash diving at a friends who has pieces that fit the scrappy theme.

Next, is how to add the new pieces in?  I'm using hand applique technique.  I made a diamond freezer paper template (35 of them) and ironed them to fabric.  Next cut the 1/4" seam allowance, then basted the fabric to paper.


Now I've only got one block started (at time of publishing-plan to work on it a lot over the next week), but I'm happy with the end result.  I'm stitching in between the folds of fabric.   In the photo, the bottom left dark check is one I did and started the blue one that has the basting stitches still in.


Now, it's not going to lay perfect due to time and stress on the older fabric, but I think once it's quilted and washed again, it will work nicely.

Hoping to have it finish by end of the month!


  1. I think it is great that you are helping to save the well loved quilt. I hope you will show us your finished work. Great job!

  2. you were very smart to go to the thrift shop for this. This one is definetly a job but it looks like you are on a roll with it.
    Congrats on another commission

  3. Wow! That's a big job! I'm sure you'll do a great job - best of luck with it!