The Quilt In The Attic After Soaking


The last time I showed this quilt it was soaking and looked like this.


 That day, I changed the water 2 more times. As a rinse, the last 14 hours the quilt soaked in fresh water with less than a tenth of the recommended Vintage Textile Soak per gallon.  This is the Nine Patch Quilt on the drying rack after 24 hours of soaking.


The off white squares are looking cleaner.  Overall, the color seems to have faded a bit.


The piecing of the lighter blocks is fascinating. If you look closely, you’ll see that  nothing was wasted.  The intricate, detailed, and good use of fabric by quilt makers in the past is amazing to me.


I am already thinking of what stencils I want to use and how I want to quilt the solid blocks.  This quilt is anther step closer to being finished!

I hope you’re having a great weekend!


Quilting At The Knees


Quilting At The Knees – is when the quilt is rolled enough the knees of the quilters touch (gently bump each other) under the quilt as they hasten to finish the top.


 I have only a little more feather work on the edges to finish quilting on this wall hanging.


The center is done!  I should have the quilting of this top done in 2-3 days!  This quilt is for sale and can be purchased by clicking the STORE button found at the top of this post.

Hope the pieces of your life are coming together for you!


The Fruit In Our Yard: Strawberries!


This is a picture of the strawberries in June. I wasn’t sure how they were going to turn out this summer.


I was happily surprised the other day when I found a few batches still in season…


and they looked so delicious!


I picked a few for my family.

Truly, the goodness of fruits and vegetables is their taste and what can only be found on the inside!

I hope you’re having a great day!


The Quilt In The Attic


This is a Nine Patch Quilt from my Mother-In-Law’s attic.  Over 20 years ago, our family made a trip to Michigan to visit my husband’s parents.  This quilt was among the treasures at their house.  I politely asked if I could have this top, so I could turn it into a quilt with special memories.   I was given permission to have the quilt in hopes that one day it would be finished.


This is a quilt whose time has come to be finished.


 While moving into the quilt studio cabin last week, I found this handy supply of Vintage Textile Soak.  I bought this soaking mixture when I first moved to Oregon.


I am trying this soaking solution out today.  The directions say to let the quilt soak from 4-24 hours in 3 Tablespoons of Vintage Textile Soak per gallon of water.


After 1 hour of soaking, this is what the tub looks like.  The water looks like a cup of tea.

I’ll let you know what happens!

I have a feeling we are going to be surprised by the results!


Fruit In Our Yard: Blackberries!


The Blackberry Blossoms In June


  The temperatures were hovering around 100 degrees/ 37-38 C today. It’s as if the blackberries had been baking in the oven of nature’s kitchen. While taking pictures of the blackberries, an undeniably fruity and sweet fragrance wafted in the air around the (overgrown) hedge of blackberries in the yard; it smelled like homemade berry muffins.  Truth be told, the scent of the warm blackberries was one of the most wonderful things I have ever experienced!


The blackberries are looking good for the 1st of August!

Hope you are having a great weekend!