Tuesday, May 29, 2012

vintage quilt and sweet gifts

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! 
Well, I finally finished the vintage baby quilt!! I did a basic hand stitching around each block, and choose a pretty aqua and blue calico for the binding. This was my first time hand quilting, and I definitely need more practice at it!! But, it was a good experience, and I look forward to doing it on my grannie block quilt! 
I really love how it came out, with all the pretty fabrics, and cute vintage inspired backing!
While quilting, the only problem I had was trying to get the animal quilt blocks not puffy. Any tips? I tried using a hoop and a frame, but it made it too tight to stitch. 
Would love to hear how you hand quilt or if you have any good tips!
I hope the sweet lady who beautifully embroidered these adorable vintage animals blocks so many years ago, would be proud of the quilt! It will be a treasured piece in my home!
Last week, I received a most lovely gift from the sweetest Chris of Perfectly Printed! She has a beautiful and inspiring blog full of vintage goodness, so make sure you visit and say 'Hi!'
The gift was wrapped in a pretty vintage pillowcase, with sweet lace and fabric strips and a cute note! Does it get any better than that? ;)
Inside were these sweet vintage quilt blocks!! Chris was so generous with the beautiful butterfly and pink cross stitch quilt blocks. I adore them all, and they make my heart so happy!
Love the pink and green cross stitch, and I can see these pieces becoming a pretty table runner for the summer!! 
Oh, the sweet butterflies! Aren't they so pretty? I can't wait to start using them for some projects!
Love all the pretty vintage fabrics, and the hand stitching is beautiful! 
Thank you so much Chris for sending such prettiness!! I am so thrilled to have these treasures! What a sweet friend you are!!
Over the long weekend, I was able to get two more grannie blocks done! The one on the right are all my favorite linen fabrics!! Love how it came out!
Also, I was able to get some grannie squares done! These colors are so pretty together!!
Wishing you a wonderful and creative week!! 


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  1. My you are sure getting a lot done on your projects..good for you! - I don't know much about quilting but I think that the puffiness comes from the thickness of the batting, that is just an idea. - You might want to go and visit 'Notes of Sincerity' blog, she does a lot of this type of thing, she's a real sweetie too. Here's the link..http://notesofsincerity.blogspot.com/

    Such a generous gift from Chris, isn't the blog world great?!

    Have a good Tuesday. xo

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    1. Hi Sherri!! Thank you!! Oh, Trish is the sweetest, and has been such a huge help in my hand quilting venture!! She is so talented, and we have even chatted on the phone about quilting, which was so fun!! I only wish I lived near her so I could soak up her skills in person!! The blog world is great, and Chris was ever so generous with sweet goodies! Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday, too!! xo Heather

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  2. What a great baby quilt! Hope you have somebody to snuggle up in it!

    Tammy

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    1. Thank you Tammy! One day I hope to have a little one to snuggle up in it!! ;) xo Heather

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  3. Your baby quilt is darling!!! And to think you hand quilted it... you have so much to be proud of! I have only hand quilted a very small wall hanging! Your granny square are the best...love the colors!!

    And you're welcome!

    Best, Chris

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    1. Thank you Chris!! I love the vintage feel hand quilting gives! I am sure you wall quilt is beautiful!! xo Heather

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  4. Your quilt is adorable Heather. I love the butterfly pieces. I agree, they would be pretty made into a runner.

    xo,
    Danielle

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  5. That old quilt, pieces with hand embroidery is heart warming..cute, sweet, a treasure. Lots of cute.

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  6. Absolutely perfect. I am just in love with the embroidery design and the fabric. Chris is a sweet heart. I know you are meant to have those sweet quilt blocks. Smiles...Renee

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    1. Thank you Renee!! I was a lucky girl to come across those blocks!! ;) xo Heather

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  7. Heather, you have been a busy bee. I am in love with the baby quilt. It came out perfect. The colors and borders are wonderful. Also love the butterfly quilt squares. What a generous gift.

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    1. Thank you! I have been busy, but it is all fun! xo Heather

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  8. I can't believe all the cute things that you've been getting done! The woman who stitched the baby quilt blocks long ago, would be SO happy to see that her hard work didn't go to waste, and is now part of your beautiful quilt! Good job Heather!
    Erica :)

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    1. Thank you so much Erica!! xo Heather

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  9. What a sweet gifts !! love it...have a nice day darling...love Ria....xxx..

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    1. Thank you Ria!! Have a lovely day,too!! xo Heather

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  10. You are one productive lady! Your projects are all coming together so nicely. I'm completely smitten with your vintage baby quilt. Absolutely adorable.

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    1. I am trying to be as productive as I can with my long list of projects!! It's all fun, though! Thank you!! It was a sweet quilt to put together!! xo Heather

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  11. Hi Heather, the quilt you put together is absolutely delightful. I'm glad to hear that you're keeping it. What a wonderful package of textile goodies you received. I bet you were excited to get those. Have a great day. ~ Abby

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    1. Thank you so much Abby! I was very excited!! Have a lovely and blessed week! xo Heather

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  12. Oh My goodi-goodness, your little quilt is so adorable! You did a great job, fabrics are just wonderful and coordinate beautifully with your little sweet blocks. So much inspiration, thank you for sharing :)

    xo Patrice

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    1. Thank you so much Patrice!! You're so sweet!! xo Heather

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  13. Your baby quilt is soo sweet and wonderful! I love how it turned out!! :) Love the quilt blocks, they're so pretty, a runner would be very sweet! I love your new granny blocks...such pretty fabrics you used :) Hope you have a lovely day Heather! xo Holly

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    1. Thank you Holly!! I am glad to being enjoying the sweet quilt now!! Have a lovely day, too!! xo Heather

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  14. You are so talented Heather, love your squares and the baby quilt is just gorgeous. You are so lucky to receive a gift like that as well. Hope you are having a happy week sweetie

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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    1. You're too sweet!! Thank you!! Hope your week is going great!! xo Heather

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  15. Heather..
    You did such a wonderful job on the baby quilt!!
    It's darling.

    How thoughtful of your friend to send you the quilt blocks.
    I just know you appreciate them, and that you will do them proud.

    Have a great day!!

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    1. Thank you Kerin!! It was a fun quilt to make!! Hope you are having a wonderful week!! xo Heather

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  16. Hi Heather ~ My mother does a lot of quilting, It is so neat that there are people who are talented to make quilts, Your quilt is so cute.

    God Bless You Heather~
    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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    1. Thank you Michele! Oh, I am sure your mother has some beautiful quilts!! Have a lovely day my dear!! xo Heather

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  17. Heather, your baby quilt turned out so beautifully. Love the fabric you used for the backside. So wonderful to take those old embroidery pieces and bring them back to life. Very talented, you are. My sewing is the pits. I had to sew a hole in the crotch of my son's pants the other day and even he said he thought I could do better. Ha! How sweet of Chris to send you all those beautiful blocks. She knows that you will make good use of them. have fun! Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. Thank you Tammy! It was a fun quilt to make, only wish my embroidery skills were as good as the sweet lady! Maybe one day! That is funny! I don't know how good I would have done either! You my dear are quite talented with crocheting!! Have a lovely day!! xo Heather

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  18. Wow, you had a very productive long weekend! I think your little quilt came out just beautiful and I love the idea of you picking up something another creative started and carrying it across the finish line for her. Well done!

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    1. Thank you Kathy!! I having been trying to check things off my long list, that I keep adding, too!! at least it is all fun! ;) xo Heather

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  19. The quilt is beautiful, Heather! It is so tricky using a hoop. Sometimes I do and a lot of the time I don't. If I have to use a hoop a don't stretch the fabric very tight because then I can't get a rhythm going with the needle. It will get better as you practice, I'm still learning how as well and I noticed the other day that while my stitches were farther apart than I liked, at least they were uniform in size. Enjoy! Thank you for all your sweet words of encouragement!

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    1. Thank you!! I had the same problem with the hoop and frame. Thanks, I am hoping to get better because I really love the vintage feel it gives quilts! I am looking forward to getting uniformed stitches!! Have a beautiful and blessed week!! xo Heather

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  20. Absolutely adorable stuff! I'm just an average quilter but I would think that you might need to do some stitching on the square itself...maybe do an outline around each embroidered design if you're wanting to keep it simple. I love hand stitching on a quilt...that's the only way I do it. Slower but adds such character and charm. :)
    The pieces Chris gave you are too cute and she was so generous. You have a sweet friend indeed!

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    1. Thank you so much Velma! I thought about doing that, but then I wasn't sure. So thanks!! I will have to give that a try next time!! It is all the tricks that I need to learn. I agree! Love the vintage touch it adds, too! Have a beautiful day!! xo Heather

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  21. Wow, all of this is absolutely beautiful! I love that top blanket--gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much Lindsay, you're so sweet!! xo Heather

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  22. Where do I start when your post is full of such loveliness??

    I love the butterflies!! You are going to have fun with them!!

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    1. Thank you Amy!! I have been having such fun!! xo Heather

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  23. Hello sweet Heather, I love your quilt! You did a beautiful job sweetie!!! The embroideries are so darling and you chose the perfect fabrics to go with them. I am sure the lady that stitched them would be very happy that you made them into such a sweet quilt! Have you decided where you are going to display it? I love all of the old quilt pieces your sweet friend sent you. I know you will have fun with those. Your quilt blocks and granny squares are beautiful and sweet! Have a lovely day! xo~Paula

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    1. Thank you so much Paula!! Xo Heather

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  24. Oh, I just love how your baby quilt turned out! So, so sweet!!! I don't have any quilting tips for you- I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to quilting, and yet I do it anyway!

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  25. Cute baby quilt! The hand quilting class I took, she had us use a hoop but not keep the fabric tight.

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