Lots of Progress

gardening, Granny’s Got Style, Mini Tumblers – “Tumbling Into Insanity”, Williamsburg Beauty, Winter Wonderland

Well I did it – I finished the quilting on Granny Tuesday night and I got her off the frame.  I spread her out on the living room floor to trim the sides and here is what she looks like on the floor –


Plenty of the backing fabric is left over to make binding – I think the colors of the stripes will go well with the scrappiness of the front.


More photos to follow after it is bound, washed and dried (partly by dryer and partly by sun) the quilt is plenty large enough for the bed so I don’t mind a little shrinkage – the first time I have used 80/20 (cotton/wool) and I know there is supposed to be some shrinkage and my test piece that I did sometime back was a 10% shrinkage on high in the dryer – so I think I might start out with a partial dry spread outside and when it is part way dry put it on medium to shrink a little bit. Or it might be easier (lighter) to dry part way first then bring outside LOL  right now it is 104 x 104 inches.


Winter Wonderland – I have the decorative stitching done that connects all the blocks together and I did it using the smocking stitch on the Janome – I think it turned out well and I got it done in under an hour compared to the 1 to 2 weeks it would have taken to do embroidery stitches by hand.  I was just ready to get this part done.


A close up.


More work on the applique block for the Caswell Quilt – the small leaves, flowers and buds/berries are done – working on the bigger leaves now.


The Tumbling Into Insanity quilt with the large polka dot backing is ready to go on the frame for pin basting to get it ready to be machine quilted on my Juki. I anticipate this taking several weeks at least if not more to get it done – we will see.    I would have already done it yesterday and forgone working on the applique and the machine stitching on the Winter quilt but I needed Mike’s help to do some adjustments on the frame.  I had a couple things coming loose on it over the last year and the work really needed to be done while the frame was empty – just made it easier – but now it is fixed and ready to get a quilt on it.  I’m not sure how long it will take to pin baste this large quilt – is is about 104 x 104 like Granny is so it will take awhile, I might even have to get more pins!


Yesterdays bounty from the garden – it is starting to come in- I pick tomatoes before they are totally ripe as the sun seems to blister them a little bit and the bugs start to get to them as well – I wash and put on the windowsill for a couple days.  Green beans are about to be taken out of the garden as they are about done – end of the weekend if no more grow.


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17 comments… add one
  • Deb Jul 2, 2015

    Granny looks wonderful and the decorative stitching by machine looks perfect !
    You have been a busy lady as usual 🙂
    I can’t wait for my first ripe tomatoes but the poor things need some sunny days…

  • Kristie Jul 2, 2015

    Your garden goodies look delicious! Haven’t got anything out of our garden yet, should be soon. Love your granny quilt, such beautiful quilting on it. What is your next quilt to hand quilt besides basting the tumbler? I just love seeing your hand quilting progress.
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  • Marianne Jul 2, 2015

    Congrats on getting Granny done! Looks great! I saw a quilt at VQF very similar to your red work quilt – done in green and red thread with a little coloring here and there. Very pretty. I’m always amazed at how two people can execute the same pattern using different fabric or materials and get such different looks. That’s why we love quilting I guess!

  • Kathleen Jul 2, 2015

    Wow you did good.
    It’s beautiful.
    I like to see your process of pin basting on the frame. I have a frame but no space to keep it up all the time but to use it that way sounds like something I might be interested in doing.
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  • Thimbleanna Jul 2, 2015

    Wow Karen — Congratulations on a fabulous quilting finish — Granny is beautiful! I’m going to miss seeing her on the frame {sniff}{sniff}.

  • Vicki W Jul 2, 2015

    GGS is beautiful! It’s always exciting to get to the binding stage.

  • Sandra B Jul 2, 2015

    The Granny’s Got Style quilt is awesome!! All the fabrics are great…and your border adds another dimension to the overall look! I will miss seeing it on the frame, but I am also looking forward to following the progress of the next one you hand quilt.
    Love the decorative stitching you did on Winter Wonderland….now you can start the pieced blocks! I still have a ways to go with my ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas redwork quilt. Cannot wait until I have all the embroidery finished so I can start the pieced blocks on it. I am hoping to get the embroidery finished by the end of the summer….we’ll see….
    When you first posted the polka dot backing fabric, I really liked it….seeing it next to the Tumbler quilt, I like it even more….it is perfect!!
    Your garden harvest looks great…you just cannot beat fresh veggies!

  • Mary LeClerc Jul 2, 2015

    Love the quilt and the backing. Are you going to cut the binding on the diagonal stripe?
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  • Debbie Jul 2, 2015

    Wow…so fun to see all your “finishes” today! I didn’t realize the granny square quilt was so big….very nice!

  • Archiethewonderdog Jul 2, 2015

    Granny looks wonderful – bravo!
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  • sue Jul 2, 2015

    What a lovely quilt Karen. Looks fabulous and I love the backing. I can’t get over how much you get done in a day. I think you must have more hours in a day than what we have down under. Haha. 🙂

  • Sandi Jul 2, 2015

    Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the backing and it will make a great binding. Hugs,

  • Gretchen Jul 2, 2015

    The Granny quilt is beautiful. I love the border quilting, well, the whole quilt is wonderful. Enjoy sleeping under her. A groundhog did a number on my tomato plants. 3 have survived but they don’t look good. I don’t know if I’ll get any tomatoes this year or not.

  • Astrid Jul 2, 2015

    Congrats on the Granny finish so far! Love the scrappy look. Nice decorative stitches on the stitchery. Nothing tastes better than homegrown vegetables!
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  • Kathi Jul 4, 2015

    I love that your Granny is off the frame… I had forgotten you had a striped backing on it… and you made it come out straight too! Excellent!!!! Love all your other progress and love the veggies you harvested… I don’t make enough quilts to warrant a cutter… but I think you will enjoy it… will make things faster to cut too! Kathi
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  • Kathy Jul 4, 2015

    Seeing your Granny all finished just makes me smile … what a fabulous job of quilting. Of course, I’ll always be partial to hand quilting. 😉 Good call on the machine stitching on your Winter Wonderland.
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  • SuperMomNoCape! Jul 7, 2015

    Your Granny square quilt turned out amazing! Your Snowmen look super too! I’ve enjoyed following along as you worked on them and am almost sad that there aren’t more… but I do know that feeling of when a project needs to get finished, it needs to get finished. It was fun to see that you’re already harvesting from your garden. Our garden has hit a few bumps along the way as we’ve had an unwelcome visitor eating things… but so far the potatoes and tomatoes have been safe.
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