Restoration of those vintage blocks.

A wonderful quilt came into the studio two weeks ago. The client whom I have known  for many years, was dropping of this wonderful vintage quilt. She  completed it for her soon to be 89 year old grandmother. The blocks where made for said grandmother 55 years ago by a friend !!!  From the age of the fabric & style guessing  it was made from late 40’s early 50’s clothing. The blocks where hand stitched with small fine stitches. The workmanship of said blocks is wonderful ! Now jumping ahead… Those wonderful blocks where never put into a quilt. Lori (the granddaughter) was asked if she would finish the quilt . The family plans to give it to her on her 86th birthday.

Into my hands it lands. First things first, the fabric is aged it needs some stability. One of my favorite products is Shape-flex by Pellon it is a cotton woven fusible . Yes this is adding to the expense of the quilt. These blocks you could almost see threw by adding said product now these blocks have added life. Did this to all the blocks.

Once this was done the quilting process could start. Ditched all the applique and blocks. Added a pretty corner flower to echo the flowers in the fabrics. Feathers in the border fabric as the borders where a whooping 10 inches. Did clouds in the background and bricks . The sashing did swirls and mirror imaged them. There are no computers it’s just me moving the machine. The needle is my pen. Once the quilt was finished them took it off the machine and now dealing with stains. Their are not many stains but over time those blocks did get handled and well not sure what each stain is . So out comes  my favorite spot remover, I will also make my special restoration spray and we will handle each stain until they are gone. Funny how skills from ones past come in handy. Spent a couple of years restoring train cars for the Cranbrook Railway museum & went to school to learn Restoration. Also worked for a dry cleaner and dealing with stains is coming in handy.  If they don’t come out then will blend fabric paints to cover them up. We will bring it back to it’s full glory.  So at the end of the day I hope I have done these women proud and they love the quilt as much as I have working on it. Restoring such a gem is a honor. I know it’s just a quilt but it has a story , it starts with the first woman that did the blocks, the next who kept them safe, the daughter that gave them to her daughter to give to the grandmother. This in my eyes is the true treasure , it’s love expressed with fabric. It’s a family heirloom or here’s hoping it becomes their Heirloom.  Check out our facebook page for the finished quilt pictures. Client loved the quilting and they still have 8 blocks to make a lap size one.

 

 

 

Christmas is Coming

1st Christmas quilt of the year finished.

1st Christmas quilt of the year finished.

Summer has ended , fall is here and Christmas is just around the corner. In the studio this summer we hosted a kids club. Once a week a couple of little girls came and made a small project which they then took home. Next summer we will be offering this program again because honestly it was so much fun and I think the girls enjoyed it.

The Kids club taught me that there is still a need out there for basic sewing . If you have an understanding of the basics you can create wonderful. Our school system does still offer sewing in the life skills class. But if your like me that was along time ago. So I was thinking…. would anyone be interested in a drop in class every Monday 10-1 & or 6-9 to make something for Christmas? Each week I would post the upcoming project on our facebook page . The Cost would be $40 dollars but that would include supplies and everything. Thinking Homespun Stitching .

Get a start on your Christmas gifts. I know a lot of people go to the local craft sales and shop but honestly there is nothing more rewarding than making something yourself and giving it.

So book your space, let us know what small project you might be interested in. The more input the better. Thinking the first Monday of November is when we will start. And the project will be a wall hanging. I have started designing it and will make it up next week. Each week will be a different project which will be kitted up so yes you will have to let us know if you shall be attending. If you can’t attend but love the kit one can purchase them for $25 dollars.

So consider taking a small class .

And if you have quilts that need to be finished for Christmas  now is the time to get them into the queue. Avoid the Christmas rush.

Also if you need a gift idea for that quilter in your life we are offering  $150 dollar gift certificates for $100 . A savings of $50 dollars. These gift certificates can be used for classes or longarm services only. This sale will be on until Christmas .

This week in the studio this gem was picked up by it’s owner. A Simple wool wall hanging but it turned into something I truly wanted to keep. Hence why I am designing my own wall hanging for our first Homespun Stitching class.