Friday, June 3, 2011

Trimmings of a quilt...

It's been a while.....but I'm back today with a beautiful quilt made by Karen who lives in a neighboring town.  I met Karen through her wonderful daughter Kelsey.  Remember Kelsey? I posted about her quilt here back in March.  Kelsey is a doll who made this wonderful quilt for her boyfriend for Valentines day.  Here's a picture of Kelsey and Dan....


Karen is Kelsey's Mom...got that?  Karen came with Kelsey when she picked up her quilt and asked if I could help her (Karen) get a quilt done that had been sitting around for years.  Karen had started hand quilting it and decided that hand quilting was not her cup of tea.  I told her no problem, the hand quilting would have to be removed but we could get it done.  It wasn't too long after that Karen contacted me again about her quilt.  All the stitching had been removed and she was ready to have it finished.  I was pretty excited to see her "vintage" quilt of 30 years ago. I honestly don't know what I was expecting, but I often question what floats around in this head of mine.  I *think* for some reason I was expecting wild prints from fabrics in the 60's, remember those wild, big, bold prints in yellow's, orange's and greens?  Well, you all know how I do math.  Anyway, Karen's quilt was this beautiful blue and purplish quilt with whites.  It was a very well done sampler quilt.  I know where Kelsey's talent come from.

I learned a lot doing Karen's quilt.  Here's a picture of the back of the quilt as I received it.  Look at all of those threads!  This is my number one panic button when working with light color fabrics in blocks!  The thread showing after the quilting has been done. Click for a closer view......


Working on Karen's quilt was great for me.  I took the time to trim all of those loose threads!  I went over the back of her quilt three times trimming and cleaning, trimming and cleaning.  It was no big deal, had my ITouch listening to a book so it made the time go quickly.  It paid off, here's the same area after I trimmed all of the threads....


Here's a closeup of the quilt as I'm quilting it.  You can't see the threads at all!!  It was wonderful!  Made a huge difference and I loved the results!! 


You can see more of Karen's quilt on my other blog:


While I'm on the topic of perfectly trimmed tops. I can close without mentioning Terry!  This woman has sent me 3 of the most perfectly trimmed tops, and WOW!! Terry posted about a quilt that I had done for her yesterday, here's the link to Terry's blog. And if you missed it here's my link to the same quilt:  Terry's quilts.   By now you might be wondering why all my fascination with the trimming of the tops.  I've got a set of blocks, imagine that, me-Empress of Blocks having a set of blocks that white is the background.  I was petrified to work with these blocks because of the threads! Not any more!!  I'm ready to take them on!!  Let me at them!  I CAN do this.....okay, now I've just got to find the time. 

Speaking of time...I've spend more time than I should have rambling on about all of this and should be movin' on.  I've got some blog reading to do and a drop dead cute owl quilt on the frame.  Can't wait to show you that one!  OH!!  And I'm holding back again, Lisa sent me a couple of quilts.  One of hers and one of Aunt Mil's, and you know Aunt Mil, she makes those monster size quilts!  Lovin' Aunt Mil!! 

Have a wonderful weekend,
thanks for checking on me,
hugs,
joanne

love to hear what you've got to say.................

10 comments:

Stray Stitches said...

Good advice! I hope I didn't have too many threads floating around on the back.

Barb said...

Both quilts are just lovely....

Yes, I try to trim my threads as well....but great advice and I will be better, promise.

I saw the quilt you did for Terry on her blog....you are awesome young lady!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I've never sent any of my quilts out, just do them myself. But then again, that's why I have so many ufo's :-D

WoolenSails said...

Beautiful old quilt and wonderful that you could trim it and do the stitching for her.

Debbie

Allie said...

Gorgeous quilts!! I've learned the hard way to trim those threads on the back - I had one that I thought I had trimmed, got it quilted and lo and behold, two of them showed through. I added some applique, lol. Turned out to be a happy mistake after all! But it was a SIMPLE quilt. I've seen the work you did on Terry's quilts and they're gorgeous!

Terry said...

Silly me...I just figured everyone trimmed their threads! LOL I have some white blocks with maple leaves appliqued onto them from about 25 years ago. If I ever get them made into a top, I'll be sending that one off to you too! :0)

sewmeow said...

yes.......we gotta trim those threads on the back.

Gene Black said...

LOL... I didn't realize that I did good by trimming the threads. It is just the way I was taught in the one little class I took. :-)

JCnNC said...

What a wonderful job you do with our quilts - you always seem to know what they need. Anxiously awaiting mine to arrive. I have two or three more coming your way as soon as I get backs done. Judy C

Micki said...

What a great quilt that Kelsey made!
She is so talented!
Micki