Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Quilted Joy! Recreating the Past

Quilted Joy Too - 36" x 36"
2014 - Sandra Starley
I love sharing quilt history through my antique quilt collection both by trunk shows and classes as well as recreating and patterning pieces in the Starley collection. So pleased to announce my newest reproduction pattern Quilted Joy is now available on my Etsy shop. Click here to see details and to purchase.

Detail from antique inspiration quilt

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Getting Started With Hand Quilting -Back To School Blog Hop

Have you always wanted to learn to hand quilt?? Well, what is stopping you?
Starting is as simple as picking up some fabric, batting, needle, and thread. 
STOP making it a big deal and
START quilting!!

Just DO IT!!!  And HAVE FUN!!!

So many of us are perfectionists and that leads to paralysis. We tend to wait for that "special quilt" before starting to hand quilt and when we have the special one we are afraid of ruining it ...  Any of this sound familiar?

The best remedy is just to START stitching.
Batik Tulips - Sandra Starley - pattern available

Here are the very simple basics:
  1. 15-inch piece of fun fabric for the top, 
  2. 15-inch piece of batting (I recommend a thin wool or silk batt), and 
  3. 15-inch piece of fabric for the back.
  4. Cotton thread
  5. Quilting needle
  6. Thimble
Folk Art Applique - Sandra Starley- pattern available

Grab a chalk pencil to draw a simple grid or geometric design. Use a white lead for dark fabric or the pencil chalk for light colored top. Or try quilting along the lines of a large plaid or a floral or holiday pattern - no marking needed.

Cheddar Stars -Sandra Starley - pattern available

Layer starting with backing wrong side facing up, batting, top fabric right side facing up. Hand baste (simple running stitch through all 3 layers) or pin to secure. And don't forget a thimble to protect your finger. Think of this as a test and don't put pressure on yourself. It is only a little bit of fabric. Get comfortable with the process on this sample instead of your great masterpiece. If you like it make it into a pillow, if not, save it to look back on in a few years and see your progress.

Detail - Virginia Is For Lovers - Sandra Starley

Just Try It!!
Thread a quilting needle with a cotton thread - it doesn't have to be special quilting thread or a super teeny needle. You will need to tie a small double knot at the end of the thread and pull it through into the batting. Use your needle to pull the thread end out of sight. There are two basic stitches: rocking stitch or stab stitch. Try both and see which you like. Try different battings - see which suits YOU best. Same with needles and thread. Find your bliss!!

Mini Moab Landscape - Sandra Starley - pattern available

Hand quilt where it will show - block centers, borders. Feel free to machine quilt in the ditch, in seams, etc. Showcase the hand quilting. As you grow in confidence start using fun, bright threads and bolder designs/patterns.
Detail Pennsylvania Posies - Sandra Starley

Keep on Learning - visit the rest of the blog hop stops to learn something new everyday this month!
Here’s the blog hop team and their topics: 
Day 1 – September 1 – Sam Hunter: Sewing Long Seams Without Stretching –
Day 2 – September 2 – Susan Arnold – Joining Binding the Easy Way –
Day 3 – September 3 – Angie Wilson – Fussy cutting tips and techniques –
Day 4 – September 4 – Andi Stanfield – No-Mark HST: Let your machine be your guide –
Day 5 – September 5 – Bobbie Gentili – Say YES to Y-seams –
Day 6 – September 6 – Mel Beach – 5 Reasons to Say Woo Hoo! to School Glue –
Day 7 – September 7 – Laura Piland – 7 Ways to Use a Laser on Your Sewing Machine –
Day 8 – September 8 – Suzy Webster – How to solve loops in free motion quilting –
Day 9 – September 9 – Tara Miller – Accurate Stitch-and-Flip Corners –
Day 10 – September 10 – Latifah Saafir – Accurate Seams Using Masking Tape! –
Day 11 – September 11 – Sarah Ruiz – The Magic of Glue Basting –
Day 12 – September 12 – Jen Shaffer – Ways to stop your ruler from slipping while cutting –
Day 13 – September 13 – Cheryl Sleboda – Basics of ruching (a vintage fabric manipulation technique) –
Day 14 – September 14 – Raylee Bielenberg – Choosing quilting designs for your quilt –
Day 15 – September 15 – Jen Strauser – Accurate and Attractive Machine binding –
Day 16 – September 16 – Jane Davidson – Matching points for all types of intersections –
Day 17 – September 17 – Teresa Coates – Starch and starch alternatives –
Day 18 – September 18 – Jen Frost – Benefits of spray basting –
Day 19 – September 19 – Sandra Starley – Getting started with Hand Quilting –
Day 20 – September 20 – Karen Platt – Drunkard’s Path Made Easy –
Day 21 – September 21 – Kris Driessen – All Kinds of Square (in a Square) –
Day 22 – September 22 – Sarah Goer – Planned Improv Piecing –
Day 23 – September 23 – Kathy Bruckman – Organizing kits for on-the-go sewing –
Day 24 – September 24 – Cheryl Daines Brown – The Secret to Flat Quilt Tops: Borders –
Day 25 – September 25 – Cherry Guidry – Pre-assembling fusible applique –
Day 26 – September 26 – Laura Chaney – Getting started with English Paper Piecing –
Day 27 – September 27 – Ebony Love – Cutting Bias Strips from a Rectangle –
Day 28 – September 28 – Tammy Silvers – Working with heavier weight threads in your machine –
Day 29 – September 29 – Kathy Nutley – Create a perfect facing or frame with 90 degree angles –
Day 30 – September 3 – Joanne Harris – Using Leaders and Enders –

Monday, September 9, 2019

Back To School Blog Hop 2019

 Sam Hunter is once again heading up her fun and super informative Back to School Blog Hop 2019 for the whole month of September. Yes, a whole month FULL of great tips and tutorials! You can easily accomplish your goal of learning something new every day by following/hopping along!

Visit Sam's blog to see all the links and be sure to come back here on Day 19 (9/19) to learn how to get started on hand quilting. I'll show you how easy it is to get started and how much fun you can have in the zen zone of hand quilting. All you need is some fabric, batting, needle, and thread and finally "making that first stitch!"

Monday, July 22, 2019

1876 Centennial Log Cabin

Antique Log Cabin quilt featuring dated 1876 Centennial fabric, part of the Starley Quilt Collection.
It features the brown Centennial cheater cloth on the right side of the picture. Fabric was printed to celebrate America's Centennial (100 years) in 1876 and it has 1776 and 1876 in the print.

More of the quilt along with the red colorway of the 1876 Centennial cheater print - such a cool fabric.

More of the fab fabrics including the cheater as well as a fun novelty print with horseshoes and dice.

Even more wonderful prints.

Technically this is a summer spread or coverlet because it does not have 3 layers. No separate backing layer or any batting BUT it was sewn on foundation fabric squares so it has a "back" and it is bound with no raw edges.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

2019 Monthly Color Challenge -June Challenge -Orange

I’m participating in PBJ -Patterns By Jen’s Monthly Color Challenge for June and the focus color is orange. Each month is a different pieced pattern with a color scheme inspired by a special flower. This month's color is orange and the flower is the Sundaze Blaze Strawflower. The block is a 12" Card Trick. The pattern is here -available for free for the month of June. Scroll down to the end of the post to find links for the other bloggers participating in this month's challenge.

Strawflowers are super cool - they are the perfect cut/dried flower as they are almost already dried as a new bloom.

I  chose June because it is my birth month and because I LOVE ORANGE quilts and strawflowers too. So my first task was to decide which group of orange fabrics to use for my block. One option was Halloween but that didn't seem very true to the floral inspiration.

Next, I looked at Cheddar Orange antique reproduction fabrics which I often use in repro quilts but again, they didn't seem to capture the strawflower.

The third choice was the charm, a selection of orange prints and batiks.
For all the choices I took pictures and played with the black and white feature to determine the value or contrast between the fabrics. **Take a picture on your phone and edit color to black/white. Or put the fabrics on a copier and copy on black/white. These fabrics don't have a lot of contrast between dark/medium/light but there is enough to make an effective block.

Card Trick or "It's All About the Triangles"  :)
All of the steps/parts of the Card Trick pattern involve triangles and most involve diagonal seam half square triangles.
The first step is making 1/2 square triangles for the 4 corners. Take 2 squares, draw a diagonal line and sew a 1/4" on both sides of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line. 2 square sets (light/medium and light/dark) make 4 1/2 square triangles. 

Next is to make the block center which is an hourglass. You repeat the diagonal seam 1/2 square triangle method with a medium and dark square. Cut apart and press. Carefully, place the 2 squares right sides together with opposite colors touching (see photo) so that you will create an X, 

Draw another diagonal line on the back of one of the 1/2 squares and again sew 1/4" on both sides of the line. Cut apart and press. You will have an extra hourglass block.

The final 4 blocks are pieced triangles - simply sew 2 small triangles and then add a larger triangle to make a square. These blocks go in the North, South, East and West positions and are the blocks that really create the Card Trick illusion.

The final steps are joining the 9 blocks together in rows and then sewing the rows together to create a 12" block.
 It is a fun block to make but you do need to be precise in your sewing. I used batiks so I didn't have to worry about right or wrong sides or bias stretching.

*********The other bloggers joining in the fun besides Jen and me are:
Kathy Nester of Penny For My Thoughts
Kathy Bruckman of Kathy's Kwilts

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tumbling Block Stars

For several years, I've been collecting an unusual group of tumbling block star block quilts that feature a solid fabric center star. See the center star of this one below

The quilts were made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and about 20-25 examples have surfaced so far. Most are from the 1880s and 90s. This one has a novelty calendar print dated 1881. Some have very careful fabric selection and color placement as seen on the 2 blocks below with the fabrics in opposite points being very close matches. However, most of the other blocks are more random.

 Lots of wonderful novelty prints including birds and a wonderful cheater print with cats and dogs. See the dog above and he's in from this novelty fabric.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Patterns Through Time - Antique Quilt Trunk Show

In March I was so happy to share my antique quilts at the Sew On and Sew Forth Quilt Retreat run by Amy McClellan of Under The Garden Moon. I presented my Patterns Through Time trunk show where I share at least a dozen different quilt patterns with 2 different examples of each pattern. For example. a 1890s Rocky Road to Kansas and a 1930s version. I discuss the pattern and its history and explain the differences and similarities between the two examples.  I also cover general information on quilt history and quilt dating. 
1890s Rocky Road to Kansas from Penn. (left) and 1930s version from Utah (right)

  1830s Mosaic (early Grandmothers Flower Garden) and a 1890s Diamond Field (another GFG variation).

3 examples of Caesers Crown from the 1800s - middle and right ones are signature quilts.

Patterns range from common 9 patch blocks to the very uncommon French Stars shown above. Top quilt is from 1870s, made in Pennsylvania. Lower quilt is from the Ruby McKim pattern and is from the 1940s/50s.

Hope you enjoyed this sample of my Patterns Through Time trunk show. I'd love to come share these treasures with you! Have Quilts, Will Travel. See pages under the banner photo for more information on my trunk shows and classes.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Text It! Blog Hop and 2 Giveaways

3/18 **GIVEAWAYS CLOSED** Lucky winners are Janet and Barb

I'm a huge fan of Word Play quilts/text on quilts. So when I heard there was a new book on the subject, I had to join in the fun. I’m so excited to share TEXT IT! Quilts and Pillows with Something to Say and my project from the book, the Home Pillow. **Don't forget to scroll down for the book giveaway and also a thread giveaway. ** Sherri Noel is the author and she has done an excellent job.

Here's my "Home Quilt" top. I'm really happy with how it has turned out so far ... I made 5 houses, instead of 6 in the pattern, to fit a handy pillow form but now I'm thinking of making it into a wall quilt. Size is 15 x 15.

The original version.

To see more Home Projects, visit the other stops for the project (see full hop list further down).

Joanne Harris - QuiltsbyJoanne  **Canadian resident giveaway**
Patty Dudek - ElmstreetQuilts
Andy Knowlton -ABrightCorner
Sandra Starley - UtahQuiltAppraiser
Cindy Pieters - StitchinAtHome  **Canadian resident giveaway**

These little house blocks (3 x 6) are just too cute
Such fun and easy piecing- rectangles and squares for the main section.

And diagonal squares to make the roof. Great instructions for everything. I used bright and happy batiks for the blocks and Carrie Bloomston's Newsprint fabric for the background. I really like the combination of b/w and batiks and of course, I had to use text fabric for the TEXT IT project.

The next step was to decide how to add the text. Here was my auditioning. I decided to use chenille yarn and hand couch the yarn to create "home". I haven't couched in years, I've going to have to do more! The pattern uses bias strips for this lettering and a number of other great techniques for lettering. It includes 7!! different alphabets, a delightful variety of fonts/styles even a alphabet composed of English paper pieced hexagons. You will love all the fun projects - 10 in all.


#1 Martingale is giving away a hard copy of this great new book to one of my readers. US only.

#2 Auriful Thread is giving away - 2 large spools, colors will vary. Available worldwide.

   To enter, please leave one comment with your favorite phrase/buzzword/motto and the country in which you live. If you are a no-reply blogger, be sure to add your email. If you are not sure, add your email so I can contact you. I will do 2 random number drawings at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.













Joanne Harris - QuiltsbyJoanne  **Canadian resident giveaway**
Patty Dudek - ElmstreetQuilts
Andy Knowlton -ABrightCorner  
Sandra Starley - UtahQuiltAppraiser
Cindy Pieters - StitchinAtHome  **Canadian resident giveaway**









Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Top Traditional Quilt Blog - Thank You

Honored to find I was just named one of the Top 15 Traditional Quilt Blogs (and the #2 spot to boot) by Feedspot, a Blog Feed service.

If you are just finding out about me, I am a nationally Certified Quilt Appraiser through AQS - one of less than a 100 in the US and Canada and the only one in Utah. I'm an avid antique quilt collector, researcher, and historian. I enjoy sharing my antique quilt collection via the blog, facebook, Instagram, etc. under Textile Time Travels. But I LOVE sharing my quilts in the cloth, in person with quilt guilds, shops, quilt retreats, etc I specialize in early quilts from the 1800s, both applique and signature quilts, as well as museum quality pieces.

See my pages - listed under the banner photo for more information on quilt appraisals, antique quilt classes, trunkshows, etc.
I also enjoy making traditional antique reproductions of quilts in my collection and  teach other to make them as well. I even sometimes make modern versions of my antiques. I also like to make other types of modern quilts.

To see the other blogs - lots of great blogs (and friends) that I follow, here's the link 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Turnabout Patchwork Blog Hop & GiveAway

Update -random number generator picked comment #10 - Lori DJ. Thank you all for stopping by and commenting! --Giveaway closed--

Happy to be part of Teresa Mairal Barreu of Sewn Up Patterns' book tour/ blog hop for her delightful new book Turnabout Patchwork After trying these techniques, you'll never look at a traditional block in the same way, ever again.
Please be sure to leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of her new and creative book. And be sure to visit her blog and the others on the tour for more chances and to see the awesome projects and win prizes too!

Double Disappearing Nine Patch Block - Cross

This is my miniature Cross Quilt top - which finishes at only 10 inches. I think it will be my new February and Valentine's Day quilt or maybe a holiday pillow.

I started with 2 1/2 inch strips instead of the recommended 5 inches so I'm the crazy tiny piecing person. Since this pattern is a variation on the Disappearing 9 Patch block, I started off making 9 Patches. It takes two 9 Patches to create one Cross block and one supporting block.

Here I was playing with the fun design options with this pattern. There are several different ways to arrange the Cross blocks and the background block.

Black and white and pink are my go-to happy colors and you can't go wrong with polka dots, hearts, and stars! Check out Teresa's new book and join in the fun!!! & Remember to leave a comment here for your chance to win a digital copy of Turnabout Patchwork from Martingale.

Hop on to see what other quilt designers have created starting with a simple nine patch block, slicing it and rearranging it into different blocks and layouts - February 8th and scroll down further for the full blog hop.

February 8 – Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis
Sherry Shish blog: Powered by Quilting
Stepping Stones
Bobbi Bridgeman blog: Snowy Days Quilting
Anja Clyke blog: anjaquilts
Two for One
Mania Hatziioannidi blog: Mania for Quilts
Sandra Starley blog: Textile Time Travels - you are here :) 
Anjeanette Klinder blog: Anjeanette Klinder
Blog hop schedule
January 30 – Quarter Snow Ball
Jen Shaffer blog: Patterns by Jen
Lorinda Davis blog: Laurel, Poppy and Pine
Sweet Bows
Kate Colleran blog: Seams like a dream
Sandra Healy blog: Sandra Healy Designs
Moira de Carvalho blog: Quilt Design Duo
Lynn Kane blog: Puppy Girl Designs
Sun Dunes
Sarah Goer blog: Sarah Goer Quilts
Tammy Silvers  blog: Tamarinis

February 1 – Modern Shoofly

Flying RainbowsGretchen Wylegala blog:  Snug Harbor Quilts
Flying ButterfliesAnorina Morris blog: Samelia’s mumRaewyn Barge blog: Stitching Farmgirl
Flying Flags
Tammy Silvers blog: Tamarinis
Becca Fenstermaker blog: Pretty Piney
Flying Confetti
Laura Piland blog: Slice of π Quilts
Sarah Ruiz blog: Saroy

February 2 – Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star
Anne Boundy blog:  Said with Love
Joanne Harris blog: Quilts by Joanne
Sarah Myers blog: The Quilted Diary
Becca Fenstermaker blog: Pretty Piney
Diamond Star
Sarah Vanderburgh blog: Sew Joy Creations
Sarah Scott blog: Piccolo Studio

February 4 – Striped Fabric Block

ShellsGail Sheppard blog: Quilting Gail
Julie Burton blog: Running Stitch Quilts
Xs and Os
Linda McLaren blog: The Quilting Biker
Sarah Scott blog: Piccolo Studio
Cheryl Brown blog: QuilterChic
Stephanie Jacobson blog: Steph Jacobson Design

February 6 – Coordinated Strips

Afton Warrick blog: Quilting Mod
Diamond and Crosses
Linda McLaren blog: The Quilting Biker
Brandy Pettit blog: Pampered Pettit
Knots and Crosses
Leanne Parsons blog: Devoted Quilter
Andy Knowlton blog: A Bright Corner

Would you like a copy of Turnabout Patchwork? Then leave a comment :) Martingale is giving away a digital copy to one of my readers. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post with your favorite quilt style, technique, or pattern (old or new).
Be sure to leave your email address so that I and Martingale can contact you, if you win. The giveaway closes at 11:59 Eastern on February 15, 2019.

 --Giveaway closed-- Thank you for all the comments and visits.
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