Finally the sun was out enough to dry an area of the yard so I could take a few new photos of the Postage Stamp quilt. This quilt has at least 4,000 – 1.5 inch squares in it – wow that was a lot of little pieces saved over the years – I actually ran out and had to cut more to finish the quilt. I machine pieced the blocks –the applique flowers, little birds and things are done with hand dyed wool and stitched with embroidery thread (2 strands) the clamshells were done with templates and glue basted in place and then appliqued in place (they were not done in EPP fashion). I started piecing this quilt in the middle of August 2015 and finished the top October 1, 2016 – it sat aside for short while before I put it on my 3 roller hand quilting frame on November 14, 2016. I was more than half finished hand quilting this quilt when we decided the sewing room needed a redo – the old floor was sagging, wiring needed to be redone – and right now the room is still ripped apart although the new ceiling is about finished – one day in the fall perhaps it will be done? Anyhow due to the sewing room redo I pin basted what was left to quilt and took it off the frame and the rest of it was done in a hoop – finished the quilting April 22 and now it is on the bed. After washing and drying the quilt it finished at 94 x 95 inches. I found a sketch of the patchwork on pinterest – no pattern – you could pretty much make the squares any size you want and go from there. I based my borders on a pattern in a book by Wendy Williams – I went by the photos and free formed cut my pieces from wool. I used quilters dream 100% wool batting. I didn’t keep strict track of quilting time but based on other quilts this same size I would say between 120 to 150 hours of hand quilting.
On my bed for at least part of the summer before it gets changed out with one of the other quilts in the stacks – way too many quilts in this house – lol – no one can have too many can we? I have been asked why two borders and not four – because one is always behind the foot board so kind of a waste of time in my opinion and the head of the bed it would be under the pillows – another waste of time. All that applique takes time and money! like I said hand dyed wool is not cheap – you tend to save the tiniest pieces for the accents on flowers and things.
After working with hand dyed wool for the applique I really found out that I like it!! I started a new applique project in January making only one of the 9 blocks needed to make a wall hanging. It got set aside for awhile but I am getting back to it now and realized I needed more bright colors – I didn’t have enough. I ordered some from Shakerwood Woolens in South Carolina and I must say I am so pleased with their service and their prices are pretty good for hand dyed wools which we all know are expensive – I was going to order from the place I got the wool for the Postage Stamp but got to looking and found I could save about a third of the price from Shakerwood Woolens and didn’t have to pay postage. No affiliation just a satisfied customer. I was supposed to get the package on Monday but it arrived Saturday – that was nice! Here is my small stack of hand dyed woolens – pay no mind to the jars of pasta sauce in the background LOL they are holding down the Hexie border that I had glued earlier in the day and I forgot they were there!
Hand dyes are available in a variety of sizes – I think these are all 6 x8 inches plenty to make flowers from.
The next pattern block I will be working on – I do believe this will be some of my hand stitching for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy , Quilting is More Fun than Housework with Cynthia,Love, Laugh, Quilt and Em’s Scrapbag, and Esther’s Quilt Blog and My Quilt Infatuation.
The blue flower block. The pattern is called Midnight Garden by Deborah Kemball. Little blurry photo – sorry about that.
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