Life is indeed a stitch!
Berryhill Heirlooms and Susie Gay present techniques, heirloom sewing, hand embroidery and other musings that you will enjoy and appreciate. Come and join in the fun with Susie, a Home Economist, and savor a little rest from your hectic day...and yes, it's a Degree she uses every day!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Completed Cream and Sugar!

Oh my goodness I've just completed my first bed size quilt!  Lori, the wonderful lady who quilted it on her long arm, finished it way earlier than I expected and I adore the quilting pattern. 

Since I already had the French bias sewn up and pressed I was ready to put it on the quilt in no time. I machine stitched it to the front and followed instructions in my quilting book "Floral Bouquet Quilts" by Sharon Evans Yenter of In The Beginning. Easy, peezy!

Pressing the machine stitched bias away from the quilt makes it easier to roll it over to the back to prepare for hand stitching.
I pin a little at a time and slip stitch the bias down, then pin some more and stitch. I had one side done in no time! So it was perfectly possible to slip stitch one side a day and finish it in four days!
How wonderful is that?
I love the diagonal stripes of the bias going around the circumference of the quilt. Notice the backing is a lovely pinky peach floral. And check out the swirly quilting pattern!
And here is the beauty all completed and ready to be used! What fun I had doing this, working each month on some of the squares. Block of the month quilts are easy to do, a little at a time, until before you know it, it's done.  Love that!.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Medallion Last Border

The Cream and Sugar Quilt is out the door and into the hands of Lori who will quilt it on her long arm. So I dived into the Medallion Quilt's last border. All of the sections of the 'Piano Border' were done...they just needed to be put onto the quilt along with the pieced corner blocks. It was a bit of a "goat rope" getting it all together. Each long border was pinned and carefully stitched.

The finished quilt top hanging over the railing!!  I really like the final border. I have enough of the dominate red fabric to make the French bias binding to bring it all together. That was shear serendipitous luck because I had no idea how much fabric to buy with no design in mind when I purchased it all.
I went ahead and made the French bias for both the Cream and Sugar Quilt and the Medallion Quilt since I had all of the equipment set up. After cutting lots of bias strips I pressed each seam open and then began pressing it in half lengthwise. (Note that I wrote "pressed" not ironed!  Ironing, that back and forth motion over the fabric, can stretch the bias. Pressing, an up and down motion, doesn't.) It's a lot of bias for a bed sized quilt and I didn't want to wrap it around a flat piece of cardboard that would put creases in it while waiting for quilting to be done. So I grabbed a leftover bolt board that has rounded sides.....perfect for wrapping the bias around!!
Being my nerdy self I figured out a way to do this task efficiently and quickly.....board on the right and press from right to left.
 Then wrap pressed bias onto board from right to left and repeat.
Now I have the bias for both quilts neatly stored on the bolt board ready when I need it.
I do love it when a plan comes together!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Medallion Quilt Quarantine

Ah, yes....more time, more projects to work on. I finished the Cream and Sugar quilt top. I'm waiting for the cotton batting to arrive before bundling it up and taking to the long armer. And I ordered the batting for the Medallion quilt at the same time (I dislike paying for shipping, don't you?). Here's the top hanging over the upstairs railing.
The Medallion quilt top is close to being finished so I'm really motivated. I moved into the dining room to work on it as my sewing table is very small and the quilt is getting too big! I decided to add a small border in the cream Kona cotton to offset the previous pieced borders before adding the new (and final) pieced border. I purchased a quilt book at a thrift store a while ago that I knew would come in handy for this project: "Pieced Borders The Complete Resource by Judy Martin and Marsha McCloskey, copyright 1994".
It has been perfect for me, a novice at designing quilts. The selection of different border treatments in the book and all information pertaining to them has proved invaluable. I knew in my mind what I thought I wanted to do and this book clarified my ideas. I decided on a type of log border called "Keyboard". The book has wonderful pages of borders with the related pattern pieces on other pages in different sizes.

A close up of the border I chose:
I traced the pieces onto paper from the book so I had a visual with measurements on them to help when cutting pieces with mat, ruler and cutter. So helpful! (The pattern pieces in the book have no measurements on them.) There are four pieces to cut for each "block" of this modified log cabin border. Below are piles of pieces and partially sewn ones, ready to get stitched into a border.
I so love the colors, working on the featherweight and sewing away the hours in quarantine!