Here it is March and the news of the world is not good. But, alas we Quilters continue on with life, aren’t we blessed? I have finished quilting my very first quilt that I made in 2000 timeframe, and it has been a long time in coming! I started quilting after retirement in 1999 watching Alex Anderson on TV while recuperating from back surgery. I saved all of her episodes on VHS tapes for future use. It was through Alex’s shows that I learned about the Designers, Needleturn Applique, and piecing.
We purchased our first travel trailer in 1999 and in 2000 I did Clay’s family’s geneology and discovered his ancestors on his Mother’s side went all the way back to the original Choctaw Chief Mo-Shu-La-Tubbe! After discovering this information (no Ancestery.com at that time) and many trips to Durant, Atoka, and Caddo Oklahoma, we met Mary Etta Freeny Peters. She filled us in on so much information regarding his linage that I decided to host a Reunion of all the Freeny’s in May of 2000 at Boggy Depot.
During that Reunion trip at Boggy Depot, we met a couple from Chickasha, Oklahoma. It was a great meeting since we both had the same name of ”Cook”. I was a Newbie quilter, she a seasoned quilter, and our husbands were both retired Fire Fighters. We became friends immediately and had many good times with them on many trips. I learned more about quilting from Juanita Cook. All about fabrics, Designers, techniques, and most of all she introduced me to Kinkame Silk thread for needle turn applique.
The day we met she showed me how to do the buttonhole stitch. When we came home I decided to make a quilt using the fusible technique and do some buttonhole stitching. At that time, I thought that Walmart had the best fabric. It was inexpensive and they had a good selection. What I did not realize was that the fabric was great for utility quilts, but not for heirloom or show quilts. I learned that in 2003.
I also purchased fabric from the New Braunfels Cotton Mill. Here is the quilt that I made at the very beginning of my quilting life and just finished quilting it yesterday! I cut out the figures and fused them and did the buttonhole stitching. The blocks sat for awhile, and in 2003 another friend introduced me to Quilt Stores. I purchased this fabric from Maywood Studios to add to the quilt. I designed the setting (I am surprised I knew what to do)! I now give you Raggedy Ann and Andy Blocks and Quilt which measures 65” x 90”. The quilt was too big and heavy to hang it for a picture, so I took close up pictures of the blocks.
This is the quilt with the blue binding on and secured and ready for hand stitching! I had to take a smaller picture to get the entire quilt in the picture. The Red is faded!
Here is a clearer picture of the true colors after I had finished quilting and trimming it.
There were some issues with the quilt. For one, I should have added another border. So when I quilted it there were areas where the top did not meet the batting. It was an easy fix! I cut strips 4” wide, folded and pressed them, and then used a 1/2” seam allowance which covered up the issues that I encountered when quilting it.
Tomorrow I will be loading the baby quilts and getting them ready for bindings and hand work. I need to find someone who loves to do the had stitching – maybe they can catch me up on the now 5 large quilts to hand bind! LOL.
The following is for Conservatives only:
I give a loud shout out to all the Truckers heading for Washington DC and hope that Pelosi and Biden (forget Harris) do not put them in jail! Oh by the way – looks like Chinese Virus is over with! What a cruelty joke on the American public taking away our freedoms, closing businesses, closing schools, forcing everyone to wear a mask and get the vaccine. Especially since even those who took the ”jab” got the Chinese Virus. Irresponsible mandates in order to keep your job – and not allowing Doctors to treat their patients with proven medications to help get well faster! And the list goes on and on – The Liberals wanted to have total control over every American and they succeeded! Now we have to deal with unbelieveable gas prices and the highest food prices I have ever seen in my life. But maybe now people will have to go back to work as this country is financially broke. If you wish to thank the person responsible, send a thank you card to a Liberal friend and the Idiot in the White House. As you can see, I have absolutely no trust nor faith in our Government anymore! But remember, they cannot take my freedom away to voice my opinion! AND THAT IS WHAT I AM DOING!
Hugs, and have a great week of quilting! Pray for Ukraine and the Truckers!
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