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WIP Wednesday — More Denim Coverlet Squares

It’s very slow work stitching through this denim, but I’m so happy with the look of it. I have to come up with about 60 more designs, and it’s getting more difficult. When I think of something, I have to make a note of it immediately or I’ll forget. If I get really desperate, I might…

WIP Wednesday – Denim Appliqué Coverlet

Although I’ve already completed a portion of this coverlet (16 squares), I’ve decided to change my process, and finish all the appliqué on the squares before I put any more of them together. Then I can lay them all out on the floor to decide where to put each one. It’s a challenge to find subjects…

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #9 – Bye, Baby Bunting

Since it was discovered that blankets should no longer be used to cover baby in her crib, she needs cozy sleepwear for cool nights. Bunting is back, baby! Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #9   Bye, Baby Bunting, Daddy’s gone a hunting, For to get a ribbit’s skin, To wrap the Baby Bunting in. Baby Bunting is…

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #7 – Jack Sprat

Dyspeptic — now that’s a word you don’t hear much anymore, and certainly not one you would normally read in an article intended for children. It does seem to be a good description of Mr. Sprat, however, since it means irritability brought on by indigestion. I think I would be irritable, too, if I never…

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #6 – Simple Simon

It’s interesting that Ruby McKim decided to use the third verse of the Simple Simon rhyme for this quilt. She also used it a decade later in her Rhyme Land quilt (pattern available here). Many children are probably familiar with the first two verses, having to do with the Pie Man, but this verse is less well known.…

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #5 — Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

It’s interesting to read the little comments under each nursery rhyme. The author must have been either Ruby Short McKim or a McKim Studios employee, because I’ve found the same text in several different newspapers. Of course the comments are old-fashioned, and some are a little odd  — maybe due to the recently introduced “scientific” theory of raising children. Mother…

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern #3 – Jack and Jill

I’m really excited that several readers are stitching along with me — Patty and Robin are making their blocks 6″, while Cathy is following the original instructions, and making her blocks 10″. Here is Mother Goose Quiltie #3 Jack and Jill went up the hill To fetch a pail of water; Jack fell down and…

Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern – Ruby Short McKim, 1920

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle published this McKim series in their children’s section, The Junior Eagle. I hadn’t realized they were originally meant to be made by children, and I love that the Eagle went beyond just publishing the patterns, and sponsored a contest for the little quilt-makers (prizes listed below). Today we have a drawing…

Replacement Album Doll Quilt for Swap

If you happened to read the update on my last post, you know that I ran into a problem on the Shoofly doll quilt for Lori’s swap. I was about 3/4 done with the quilting when I encountered a block with weak fabric. It’s not unusual to run across unstable fabric when you’re purchasing antique tops…

Shoofly Doll Quilt Top for Swap

UPDATE:  What a drag — I was nearly done with the hand quilting, when I encountered a block with an unstable print. This is always a risk when working with these very old fabrics, and although I try really hard to catch any little pieces with issues, I missed one this time. 🙁 Now I’m going to…

Denim Applique Coverlet Update

I’ve decided to call this a coverlet, since it doesn’t really fit the definition of a traditional quilt sandwich held together with stitches, and it’s not particularly warm and snuggly, either. It’s going to be a sort of bedspread for a twin bed, but not floor length, and I’ll crochet a scalloped edge around the outside. Now…

Denim Applique Quilt — Progress

After much trial and error, I think I have finally come up with a plan for this quilt. The process of figuring out how to embellish and join these blocks required lots of stitching and almost as much unstitching. For some reason, it’s just about impossible (for me, anyway) to envision how embroidery and crochet is going to…