Farm Kids Quilt (1)

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Repost from –> July 11, 2011 (edited)
Weekly Photo Challenge: Old Fashioned

The topic for July 11, 2011 week’s photo challenge hit right in sync with what I’ve been up to lately. I get nostalgic from time-to-time and try to find or make something from the past to reconnect with my memories. Gardening season is particularly nostalgic for me because my parents planted a big garden every year. My Mom loved it and spent as much time as possible tending it and harvesting the scrumptious veggies. I’m thankful I live where I can have a garden because gardening makes a special connection of so many treasured memories for me.

This year along with my thoughts of Mom’s joy of gardening came the memories of her joys of sewing and quilting. These thoughts put me into the quilt making mood. I wanted to make one like a sampler quilt of the ‘old fashioned’ designs that were Mom’s and my favorites.  Mom made many beautiful quilts. In the early years all her quilts were to keep our large family warm and snug at night. In later years after we young’uns were grown and in our own homes, she’d make quilts and donate most of them to charities, but a few she gave to family. I have a couple that she made me and I truly treasure them.

I’m having to make the patterns from scratch and it’s not been an easy thing to do. I look online for the closest design and then I take paper, pencil and ruler and make them like I remember Mom’s to have been. I’ve a great admiration for my Mom and the way she would whip through making a pattern by grabbing a piece of paper and scissors and just cut it out freehand with no measuring. After she finished a quilt top, she would either quilt it on her sewing machine or do the tacking method. Mom was a talented seamstress and could sew up most any design of quilt or clothing or anything else without a store bought pattern. She was truly an artist with fabric.

When I started making my quilt blocks I wanted a couple of them to be farm kids. My Mom had a farm-boy quilt top that she made when she was a teenager. She also had an incomplete unfinished farm-girl quilt top. I always loved the quilt tops and wish she had of finished them into full quilts. Every so often, she would take the farm-boy quilt top and lay it out on the bed and speak about it in such loving nostalgic tones. It was just wonderful. Mom hand sewed each applique into place. It must have taken her months of dedicated work to get them all together. I recall that some of the fabric pieces had their own story of where she got them. I wish I could recall everything she’d said about it. The farm-boy squares were pieced together with red fabric borders (that’s the color I remember it to be.) It was such a fun and cheerful quilt top.

I don’t know where Mom’s quilt tops are now and I didn’t have them to go by. I had to create the farm-boy from memory. I couldn’t find anything online that resembled him. There’s a Sunbonnet-Sam but he isn’t like Mom’s farm-boy. It took me a few days, but I finally managed to design what I think is a close rendition of him. The farm-girl was a bit easier, she’s known as Sunbonnet-Sue. She has many variations. I wish I had better memories of her but Mom didn’t get her quilt top out but just a couple of times. I’m lucky I even recall her at all. I think my farm-kids look okay. I cheated and used the sewing machine to applique them on. I’m too lazy and impatient to hand-sew them on.

Anyway, at this moment I have all my blocks made and will make a post on the quilt top when I get it all sewn together. I think Mom would be proud of my efforts. I remember how much she enjoyed when I made quilts for my son and grandson. I sure wish I had her talents for the ease of design and making the quilts. Mom was truly a wonderful homemaker: sewing, cooking, canning, gardening, yardening and so many other things.

Do you ever get in nostalgic moods and try to find or recreate a something from scattered bits of memory? How did it go? Are you like me and fairly satisfied with the results of your efforts?

Wishing you all good old fashioned down-home fun times of making memories and carrying on traditions.

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July 25, 2011

I’m happy to report that
I found time today to finish my quilt top.
I think it turned out pretty well.
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My husband looked at it and told me, “That’s pretty. I feel warmer already.” lol
I hope I get it quilted before winter so we both can feel it’s warmth. :p

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Today, January 23, 2015
Check back soon for the last post of the
quilting and finishing of my Farm Kids Quilt.

Wishing you all a happy weekend.
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How I Coffee Dye Fabric

codg00-2015Back in 2011, I made two quilts. On the the first quilt I made, I ran into a problem of finding the right print fabric and I had to improvise. I coffee-dyed a piece of fabric and then cut my heart applique out of it and used it in the quilt.

I posted about it on my ex-blog Enjoying Creating. There was a discussion as to if the coffee dyed applique would hold it’s color in the years to come…
Well, over the years, I’ve washed my quilt 4 or 5 times. And the coffee-dyed heart is still holding it’s color.

This may not work on some fabrics that’s washed every week or month, but it worked-for-me on my heart applique.

Since it’s been a few years, I’m making this post mostly a repost of of my 2011 tutorial blog post (from my ex-blog) to share my method of ‘How I Coffee Dye Fabric’

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‘How I Coffee Dye Fabric’
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I couldn’t find the right fabric for a heart applique for a quilt block, (well, that’s a lie, I did find the fabric online, but I refuse to pay between 9 to 12 dollars for a half yard of fabric + shipping/handling)
I went through my fabric and found some that’s pretty close to what I wanted. The main-color is way too white and clashed dreadfully with the white background of my quilt blocks. It took me a few minutes to think of coffee dying the fabric. I looked up directions and was pleased to discover that it’s not too terribly complicated.
I adapted and adjusted some of the steps and am really happy with the way the block turned out.

Have you ever used coffee or tea to dye fabric? Did it do well? Did the the color hold up fairly well over time?

If you try my method of dying fabric with coffee, let me know how it does for you.
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How I Coffee Dye Fabric

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1) Make coffee like
you normally would
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2) Place fabric in a glass dish
Pour coffee over fabric
Allow it to set for 30 minutes
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3) Remove fabric from dish
wring out excess coffee
allow to dry
I put paper towels on top of my fabric square
& paper towels underneath it & ironed it dry

If a darker color is wanted repeat step 2 & 3
I repeated this twice for mine.
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4) I used vinegar to set the color.
I put just enough vinegar on the square to
cover it and then let it set for 30 minutes.
Afterwards, I ironed it dry like in step 3

5) Wash the fabric with dish-washing detergent
rinse & let it dry or iron it dry again
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Here’s the finished dye job

I cut a heart shape out &
appliqued it on my quilt block
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Here’s a comparison to
the original fabric and the newly
coffee dyed applique heart.
I’m real pleased with it.

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*Here’s some Hopefully helpful hints*
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If you’re going to use vinegar to set the color, ‘DO NOT’ use an aluminum pan.
The first square I made, I tried using an aluminum pan and it was terrible.
The vinegar reacted with the aluminum and turned it a nasty splotchy dark color.
Here it is, on the left side of photo, next to a successful square to show the difference.
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I froze the leftover coffee in a bowl and added the left over coffee in the pot each morning for a few days to it. Now I have a handy supply of coffee on hand, if and when I take a hankering to coffee dye fabric again.
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Happy Crafting!
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Internet issues update – quilt post plans

pcstuph0Our internet & phone issues worsened over the past few days.
Today we had the tech-guy visit and fix everything (hopefully).
He even sped our internet up a bit.
Hopefully, we’re ready for smooth surfing ahead.
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IMG_8623There’s been some interest in the quilt in the photo with Sheli & my s-loom. I’m going to make 3 posts about the quilt. The posts will be re-post from my ex-blog enjoyingcreating. Some of the content will be updated or edited as needed.

The first post will be about my method of coffee dying one of the appliques.
The second will be the story behind the quilt.
The third one will be the quilting of the quilt on my sewing machine.

I’ll start posting my quilt posts soon… Unless my internet goes down or offline life needs my undivided attention…

sewmiconHave a dandy of the rest of the week!

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Blue Jean Water Tote

1-jeantoteI needed a tote for my water that I carry to the garden, on walks or short trips away from the house. I wanted  something simple that also had small pockets for keys and little things like that. I studied on it awhile and came up with a pattern using a pair of may husband’s old worn out blue jeans.

I cut off one of the legs and folded it, sewed the sides together and it made 3 pockets: 1 for water bottles and 2 for little things.
The other leg and rest of the blue jeans went for straps, flaps and stuff.
Once I got started on the project it went together quite well.
It’s not necessary for me to worry about insulating the water bottles to keep them very cold. We don’t like our water very cold.  I have enough room in the water pocket to wrap the bottles in a hand-towel to take care of condensation.

I didn’t make a tutorial for my jean-tote, but I did take alot of photos. lol
I’m pleased as peaches with my tote. I know it’ll be real helpful this Summer.

Do you have a special water tote you use for gardening, walks or short trips away from the house?

Do you have a favorite pattern for old worn out blue jeans?

Here’s wishing you all a great rest of the week.
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