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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 502578 views.

From: latterberry


Congratulations on getting all of those lovely quilts finished up.  Maybe that will give me the incentive to get my pile of flimsies done.  Good idea to give them to the crisis center.  I've given some to the pregnancy crisis center too, but they just give them to the new moms for their baby.  I've also given them to the children's hospital to give to the sick little ones.  My next batch is gong to an orphanage for a fund raiser they have tis summer.  Let us know when your blog is updated--looking forward to seeing them.

Yes, I would like some of that fabric - whatever part of it you do not want to keep.  Thanks!  I will e-mail you my new address.  

Dee did you mean to post the hockey fabric to Cathy?

Your 10 quilts are amazing. I have been working on your applique wonder. DBIL says it looks amazing so far.  I have started sewing stuff for him as well so I work on yours when I can. We drove to New Mexico yesterday and I will be heading back to Colorado Tuesday. 

No, the hockey fabric was for Jonna, but she figured it out. Excited to see your quilting. I will have to reserve a special place for it in the new house.

Last night I decided to fix something that has been bothering me for years.  This quilt is one of my favorites, it is hand pieced, applique & hand quilted.  It took approximately 5 years start to finish, completed 10 years ago.

The problem is the center block had faded very badly.  It was supposed to be black & white but one of the blacks had faded to an awful pink.  Every time I looked at it, I was unhappy - right in the very center of the quilt.  I had been examining it and decided it wouldn't be all that hard to pull those fabrics out, slip in new fabric and applique them down, rather than trying to piece them the way they were originally done.  I'm confident in my applique skills now, so the project was definitely possible.  

So last night I got to ripping.  Look at how much this silly fabric faded.  The quilt was never in direct sunlight, this happened from a combination of florescent (from my office) and indirect natural light.  The dark is what was in the seams.  Even under the quilting thread it stayed black - I kept trying to rip out quilting that was already out.

And here is the block with the new fabric pinned down.  It won't take long to sew it.  And as far as the quilting, I'm not going to worry about trying to tie off what I cut, I'm just going to quilt over it.  I'm excited to have this fixed.  This particular block was a copy of one Ami made at my 1st AZ retreat block swap, made from a pattern from Marcia's QuiltersCache.  I love this block, but hated the faded fabric.

I also spent time last night pulling fabrics to make a quilted clock from the idea Judy K suggested.

I think I'm going to fussy cut the outside diamonds from this and use the TOT to make the center star out of diamonds.  Haven't decided on the middle blue section.  Note, the fabric with the diamonds they are not wavy, the fabric was just wrinkled.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Wow .. that is dramatic and amazing!   Good job!

I have a similar problem with a wall hanging that has never been in direct sunlight.  The *main* focus is a sewing machine, done in black fabric, of course.  It must have been very cheap fabric because it has faded to a faint gray.  You can hardly distinguish the sewing machine from the light background fabric.  I have photos from when it was first done; the black is BLACK.

I had not considered replacing the sewing machine, as it is the main component of the wall hanging ... but given your sterling success with your block, I'll think about it.  

Wow what a difference. I had a beautiful scrappy quilt that was on my bed for years and years. Finally I just took it off and put it in the closet. Some of the fabrics were still fine, but others had faded badly and some had holes as well. The quilt was well loved over the years so I am not too sad about it. I just choose not to use it any more. There is no fixing it at this point. I just need to use a different quilt for the bed. Someday maybe someone will make teddy bears out of that quilt or something.

Since your quilt was never really "used" and just faded in one place your fix is awesome and will enable you to continue enjoying the quilt for years to come.

Just looked at the photo of the whole quilt again and that is some amazing applique around that border!!!!!