Know Them, Raise Them, Be Them Sampler

Life has been crazy hasn’t it? Before the Covid-19 pandemic and all the changes around the worldwide response to that, I started working a lot for my local quilt shop again last fall, helping them get their computers and data together for a new point-of-sale system. Between that and a sampler that I’m writing and my son graduating high school, I have not really found time to post any new content here. I apologize for that because I can see people are checking in and I’d like to keep y’all up to date!

Guys! I’m writing a whole sampler! It’s a big stretch for me and as always happens with my creative process, I go through stages of loving it, not loving it, just wanting it done, and being so excited that this HUGE project is something I can even do! It’s really just about complete – just need the testers to go through the setting instructions for me.

More fun still for me is that it’s the “Know Them, Raise Them, Be Them” sampler honoring 20 women throughout history to whom we can look for inspiration. I wrote condensed biographies of each woman (and got great proofreading and editing help from my husband and from a dear friend). I have to say that the research and thinking about each story was wonderfully reflective and educational for me. I hope it’s the same for many quilters.

Here’s my first flimsy of the quilt, photo taken on a hazy day:

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And it’s getting quilted at The Quilt Shack at Lichy Woods. Her Facebook page is at  https://www.facebook.com/quiltshacklichy if you want to follow along. She’s doing some very fun custom quilting for me.

The patterns have been published on Gruber’s Quilt Shop’s website over the last several months as many of you already know. We’ll have the whole package for sale there as soon as testers approve the final setting instructions!

Thanks for stopping by –

 

 

Upcycled Silk Scarf Part II

I finished editing Part Two of my Upcycled Silk Patchwork Scarf videos.  Since we are near the Holidays I’m not adding other links at this time. I also have another upcycled project I will be starting on soon to share so I had to make sure I got this uploaded now!

 

Silk Patchwork Prep

 

I’ve basically finished an Upcycled Silk Patchwork Scarf – I can “quilt” or stitch it together a bit more but I have done a good chunk of it.

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Squee! I am so ready for cool weather with this – it’s going to be nice and warm. I used a mix of old ties from my father and husband, a couple second hand store ties, some raw silk remnants from my mother’s stash, and silk decor fabrics I picked up at Goodwill. I tried my hand at video blogging my thoughts and process in prepping for the project here:

 

 

Please comment if you have questions about anything. I plan to do another video with further tips and explanations of how I approached this but have to get through the Chaska Quilt Expo next week first. I do have to tell you right now though that it’s a mind-‘splode switching back to quilting cottons after sewing silk on the bias, the cottons are so much more stable! (duh… right?)

 

Here are a few other “working with ties” or silks videos or blogs I looked at while preppng my own fabrics. Just about everyone has a different approach of course. Surprise, surprise!

These 2 have some great tips, and they have fun!

 

Beautiful scarf project made from mostly old kimono fabric:

 

Chatterbox Quilts – no info on washing but great shots.

 

Harvesting silk ties from mamaka Mills
https://mamakamills.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-to-sew-memory-quilt-using-silk-tie.html

 

String Block from Ties, they don’t wash first but excellent vid

 

Memory Quilt using ties

 

Foundation piecing quilt blocks with old ties on foundation

 

More about “burn testing” fabrics
https://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/Burn-Test-Chart.html