Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I&A Wedding quilt

Without further ado (and procrastination!), here are the pictures of the big project that has been going on around here :) Our family and another family that are good friends of ours have been working on this quilt quite steadily for the last few months and were able to give it to the couple on the first weekend in December. The quilt pattern and design is based off of this quilt . My goal was to make a reproduction of this original using reproduction fabrics and sticking to the orignial design and feel as much as possible. The obvious difference is the colors that we used. I do wonder though, how much the originial has faded over time and how bright the fabrics were orignially.

I drafted the block myself but really anyone can do it. It is just simple geometry :) (Note: All of these meausurements are with 1/4 inch seam allowance asumed) All I did was decide what I wanted the finished block measurement to be. For this quilt, I think we went with 9 inches because it is divisible by three. The next size up I would have considered would be 12 inches. The reason that I need it to be divisible by three is because this block is divided into 3 columns and three rows, if you look closely :) Making sure the finished meausurement is divisible by three just makes it easier in the long run. Ok, since we know the finished block is 9 inches and we have three square "units" by three square "units" in the block, we know that each finished square unit should be 3 inches. Now know that we need four 3 1/2" squares of the dark fabric and one 3 1/2" square of the light fabric per block. Now what about those triangle units? We know that we want them to be the same size as the other squares when they are finished so we just add the seam allowance nescessary to compensate for when the triangles are sewn together. That will be a half in this case. You can experiment if you need to if you are doing a different size. SO! That means we need 2 more 4 inch squares of the dark fabric and 2 more 4 inch squares of the light fabric for the 4 triangle unit squares. Once you have those 4 inch blocks, cut them on the diagonal to get 4 triangles from each block. Alternate the dark and light and then sew them together. Once you have those, you can then sew all 9 of the squares together and you have one finished block.

This quilt is a king size and I think it has over 90 blocks with 3 inch sashing, if I remember correctly :)

Just as a side note, if you are ever wanting to make a quilt from any particular aread, I have found quiltstudy.org to be a huge help! You can type in any year or design that you would like to reserach and hundreds of quilts come up! It does take some time but is really worth it! For this quilt, I typed in the years 1830-1865 and I found it quite interesting that nearly half of the quilts that came up were appliqued! It seems that applique was the popular technique when a lady wanted to show off her handiwork where as piecing was more practical for the lower classes. Material culture is so interesting :)

Anyway, on with the pictures:

Au revoir


Thursday, December 17, 2009

See you all after Christmas

Hello all,

With a Christmas party coming up this Saturday and quite a few people coming into town for the festivities not to mention all the presents that need to be made and packaged for that, I am going to be taking a break from blogging till after Christmas. I can't really post about any of my recent projects anyways so I thought I would let you know as to not leave you all hanging :) I have a major project that I really want to share with you all and quite a few little ones also!

Have a very Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 14, 2009

What a concept!

I just saw this video over at the Teaching Good Things blog and had to share it with you all! I think this man is an absolute genuis and I am so happy that I heard about this today. His ideas could really change so many people's lives!

Just a thought :D


I have been tagged :)

When I first started blogging I promised myself that I would never do a meme but here I am! My sister tagged me after all, so I just had to do it for myself :D

So here we go:

1. Thank the person who gave the award.
2. Copy the award.
3. Post it on your blog.
4. Tell seven things about yourself that your readers don't know.
5. Link seven new bloggers as recipients.
6. Notify the bloggers with comments on their blogs.
7. Keep being awesome!

Thanks for tagging me, Becca :D

1. Well, I started sewing when I was around 8 years old but I did not seriously start sewing till I was 13 or 14. My mother does not sew and I never really took formal classes so I have taught myself a lot but I also converse a lot with friends who have learned the same way as I have so we learn a lot from each other also. I think my first major sewing project was colonial dresses for a play that my friends and I were putting on. I still have great memories of those times but the dresses were cut down and made into other things a long time ago :D

2. Rebecca and I's one year Civil War reenacting anniversary was back in October! Honestly, it seems like we have been doing this as a family for as long as I can remember but it has not been very long at all! I have grown so much in my sewing projects not to mention how many friends I have gained and how much I have leared spiritually and mentally through the entire experience. I think I can safely say that it is one of THE best things that has happened to me in my short life :D

3. I have been playing the harp for almost a year and a half now and am enjoying it immensely. I played the piano when I was in grade school so that helped me a lot in how to read music but now that I am older, I practice more so that has made a huge difference. I played for a dear friend's wedding this past weekend (I promise I will post pictures once I have permission) and I was even invited back by the care taker of the church to come and do a concert. That is way out of my comfort zone but I have a friend who might do it with me so I am excited about that :D

4. I am a senior in high school and seriously considering becoming a student midwife in the next year. We shall see where the Lord leads ;)

5. My personality type is melancholy (primary) and phlegmatic (secondary). If you don't know what that is you can always google it :) It is very interesting and I would love to know what you all's personality types are!

6. On a day like this when I don't have to be anywhere early in the morning I stay in my pajamas for most of the day! I have to be at my harp lesson by 2 so I better get going :)

7. I am having a Christmas party at my house on saturday for all of our reenacting friends and we are going ice skating! I am very excited about it as it will be a more relaxed time for all of us to be there but I am still trying to figure out food and if I should do party favors. To me you can't have a party without party favors! I love making them but I would have to make nearly 50 of them......I am thinking about doing those hanging cone/ cornucopia things. Do you all think that is a good idea? I wish I could invite everyone I know in the blogosphere but alas it is impossible! :) I promise to post pictures soon after!

I tag anyone who has not done this yet and actually reads my blog :D

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Un-even 9 Patch Quilts

Hello all,

I have fallen off this blogging band wagon so fast! I guess I need to get into a routine of posting on here :) I am aiming for once a week but even that hasn't happened yet. Eventually, my friends, eventually!

Anyways, because I can't post about Christmas projects and other surprises, I am going through pictures from the past that I can show you all.

This is a friendship quilt that all the girls in our reenacting group helped put together for one of the ladies that helped found our group. I followed the instructions here but we added another row of blocks and sashing to make it more of a twin size than single. We used scraps from our dresses and other projects. We also signed all the white squares in the quilt with our names to make it more meaningful for the recipient.

Sewing the sashing and blocks together.

Pinning more of the sashing and blocks together.

Basting with Oscar's help :)

Quilting all the layers together at the quilting bee.