Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sewing Inspiration

Nearly Done
by Walter Dendy Sadler 1854-1923

This cute plastic jar of buttons came from Walmart, and it comes in many different colors. The fabric swatches are some I bought at a garage sale from a travelling salesman who shows samples for orders, to fabric stores. These fabrics can also be found at Shabby Fabrics online.  These are the sample pieces that were being sold, and I liked  them because they were already all cut the same size. 

I am showing two quilts I made, just to try out a pattern I found in an old quilt magazine. The sheep quilt is a technique called trapunto, (an Italian way of quilting)  where I opened up the back of the appliqued sheep and inserted stuffing to make the sheep stand out. The insert is then sewn shut by hand and the entire back is covered with the backing fabric. Quilt batting (wadding) is inserted between the layers. As these quilts are showing some wear, I wanted to post a photograph for memory.

This was possibly my first quilt, using applique.

This is one of my first quilts, made X years ago.  I hand stitched an outline around the birdhouse and the birds. Here is the outline from the back view.


Anonymous said...

Dear Lady Lydia, a friend and I do so enjoy your blog though neither of us are members of the frequent commenter club. : -)

Your quilts shared today are so sweet. My mom used to do Trapunto as you described. Recently found that Martha Pullen
has an easy and by machine method that might interest you. Can't say
that this episode will always be available in full as many are previews only without membership. Hope it is helpful to you ~

God bless you! Joyce

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your quilting examples. I have a fondness for my first quilt as well...I have already had to do repairs to it, which didn't please me, but doesn't surprise me either. I'm quite a novice when it comes to quiltmaking, & this first effort of mine certainly is testament to that! Nevertheless, I'll always keep it, no matter how it looks. :o)


susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Wonderful quilts! The colors and patterns are so cheerful. I have never made a quilt, but I have quilts that are old and were made from grandmothers from both sides of the family. They have some damage, so I don't use them on the bed anymore, but have them folded and stacked so that I can still see them.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lydia,

thank you for sharing the darling quilts you've made. They really are cheerful and precious.

I love quilts and have done trapunto before and like it very much.
Must watch the Martha Pullen method as Joyce mentioned in her comment. Always looking for an easier way of doing things like this. Thank you Joyce for sharing.


Anonymous said...

How nice to see your handy work of old, Lydia. I have never made a quilt, but appreciate all the fine detailing it takes to make a good one....which yours is. It was fun to see something you made many years ago.