One of the significant events my quilting adventure this year was learning to paper piece! I stumbled upon a garden quilt while looking through back issues of my grandma’s quilt magazines. It was for a wall hanging so I doubled the size of the pattern and my neighbor taught me to paper piece. So now let the paper piecing adventures begin!
Finished in August 2014.
Over the winter while finishing up my history degree I did a research project on my families genealogy. The family I research was the Charles Squire family. His wife Maria Alzina Finch (Squire) was born in Belle Plain, Minnesota in 1841. She married Charles Squire in April 16, 1864. Charles and Maria settles down on a farm in Scott County, Minnesota in 1865 after Charles returned from the War. They moved to Glenwood, Pope County, Minnesota in 1882. Maria spent the rest of her life there until her own death on October 6, 1924.
In July my parents and I visited the Pope County Historical society and found in the archives a quilt top made my Maria Squire. I was able to have a close look at the quilt and take pictures of it. The Quilt top was made by my Great-Great-Great-Grandmother.
Along with the Adoniram Judson outfit that I made and the 1930’s quilt that I completed I made finished the following projects:
I made a set of tea-pot embroidered towels for a wedding gift:
This past weekend my cousin and I had the opportunity to finished a quilt that was begun in the 1930s. We purchased the quilt blocks at an antique shop and determined it would be an interesting challenge to finished the project. The quilt blocks were accompanied by a newspaper clipping that contained a pattern. The quilter who had begun the quilt had finished the pieced blocks but had not gotten around to the embroidery portion of the quilt. After we embroidery the quilts blocks I pieced the remainder of the quilt on my treadle showing machine. The final step was to tie the quilt and that was finished this last weekend. The project got me thinking a little bit about the history and legacy of quilt making…
Quilts have a long and fascinating part of American history. Families have snuggled beneath quilts as they read inspiring stories of adventure, risk, and kingdom building. Quilts traveled in covered wagons as the pioneer families settled the frontiers. Every little scrap of fabric to be found was sewn into quilts and blankets by the resourceful women during the War Between the States. Quilts also were sewn from scraps left over from the famed “Flower Sack” dresses of the Depression era of the 1930’s. Quilts express the wonderful ideas of multigenerational thinking and resourcefulness. Therefore, they can remind us of our tasks of dominion under Jesus Christ and our heritage as Christians. They also brighten our home and serve the practical purposes of warmth and comfort.
I have quilts that were made for me by my great-grandmother and my grandmother. They remind me of my own heritage, and remind me of the Providence of God, and His kindness towards me. I’d like leave a similar legacy for my own children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren (should the Lord bless me with them): I’d like to pass down to them a legacy of resourcefulness and Christ-centered womanhood.
I have had a number of friends inquire about how I make my skirts. I thought I’d share this online in the hopes that other people might find it helpful. This will explain (hopefully…) how to make a nice denim skirt out of two pairs of jeans.
To begin you’ll need two pairs of jeans (if you want a fuller skirt boot cut jeans work well) the size that you want your skirt.
To begin rip out the inside seem of both pair of pants:
Now take the first pair of jeans and cut the legs off right below the pockets:
With the second pair of jeans rip-out the front and back seam part way up:
Take one of the leg pieces from the first pair of jeans and tuck it inside the second pair of jeans like this:
Turn the raw edge of the second pair of jeans to the inside of the skirt:
Line up the hem line of the second pair of jeans and leg piece from the first pair and pin it in place:
When pinned the the inside of the skirt should look like this:
Next sew very closely to the folded edge on the outside of the second jeans:
It should look like this when it is sewn:
Next turn the skirt inside out and trim off the excess fabric near the seam:
Follow the same steps for the front of the skirt:
Finally hem the skirt to the desired length:
I made one Log Cabin Baby Quilt from Reproduction fabrics. I do not have a picture of that quilt. However I have pictures of all the other quilts I made in 2010.