Rag Bag Quilt: Handquilting

 

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I am currently handquilting the Rag Bag Quilt.  So far instead of marking my quilting lines I’ve just been eyeballing them.  The slight imperfection makes me happy for this scrappy quilt.  Unfortunately I found out very quickly I CANNOT eyeball the Baptist Fan pattern:/  lol!  I’m leaving in the sloppy stitches (which breaks my perfectionist heart) and I’ll have to mark the rest if the arcs.  (The picture makes it hard to see so you’ll just have to trust me…the fans look terrible;)

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Rag Bag Quilt Top:BASTED!

I spent the morning piecing a quilt back together from scraps, and the afternoon basting the layers together.  I’m using a wool batting for a change…fingers crossed I like it!  The top is warped in places from the previous quilters piecing… so I’m going to hand quilt this pretty.  I’m thinking an all over Baptist Fan pattern, but I’m not 100% sure yet. I’m not really wanting to mark a pattern on the top since some of these fabrics are 100+years old and they just don’t need me drawing all over them;)  So maybe just eyeball some straight lines…decisions, decisions…

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I have a day filled with Easter traditions tomorrow. Church, family and food. So blessed and grateful for it:)

Happy Easter y’all!

Rag Bag Quilt Top: FINISHED!

I just finished putting the Rag Bag quilt top back together!  It’s a gorgeous day (although a tad bit chilly) so I took the top outside for a few photos…Unfortunately the wind disagreed!

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LOL!   I guess I’ll have to wait until it’s all quilted to get a good photo.  I’m still working on finding a good backing…and I need to order some batting:)

 

 

 

 

Rag Bag Quilt Top: Starch & Iron

It’s a beautiful spring day in the south!  Perfect for opening the windows and starching a quilt top.

I have repaired all of the little holes and skimpy seams on the Rag Bag Quilt Top, so now I’m going to starch, pin and sew the quilt back together.  It’s currently in two pieces + two new strips to take the place of two old strips that were in tatters.  After ironing and sewing the rows together I’ll need to square the quilt up.  I’m thinking no borders.  Just hand quilt as is.  It should be a cute little quilt when I’m finished…fingers crossed!

 

My favorite starch…Mary Ellen’s Best Press

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I’ve run into quite a few crisscrossed seams that need to be clipped and ironed correctly.  Here’s a quick peek;)

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1.Carefully snip the seam… being careful not to cut the stitching!

2.Flip and iron the seam in the correct direction…and you’re done!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy;)

Rag Bag Quilt Top Repair

Working on the Rag Bag Quilt Top today!  Replacing and sewing over fabrics with damage.  I dipped into my civil war reproductions stash to find some close matches, and pieces that would go with the existing fabrics.

 

First off was this 1800s indigo with holes…

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 I was able to find a similar fabric to replace it with.  It matches so well I have a hard time finding the piece in the quilt!

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Like all of my projects I simply can’t refrain from adding pieces of Minick and Simpson fabrics.  Both of these fabrics worked great with the look of the quilt.

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I have a few long strip pieces that need complete replacing and then the quilt can go back together!  Then the problem of finding a good backing:/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antique Quilt Top: Thrift Shop Find!

I found this very interesting antique quilt top at a local thrift shop the other day.  (I’m calling it The Rag Bag Quilt;) It needs some minor repairs…a few pieces that need to be replaced or sewn over, a few seams that need reinforcing and it should be good to go!  I LOVE the craziness of the pattern and colors.  Some of the fabrics date mid to late 1800s on through the early 1900s.  One thing that fascinates me are the multiple prints in different colors.  Almost as though it was made from an array of factory samples.  The older looking fabrics have been hand pieced (very beautifully I might add)  the lighter newer prints have been machine pieced with what may be 1/8″ seam allowance. (Thus the need to reinforce a few seams;) Evidently hand sewing was this quilters strong suit!

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I’m ironing a few seams to re stitch on the machine this afternoon.

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I love old quilt tops.  The history is so mystifying!  Who was the maker and why didn’t she/he finish?

I’m looking for a good neutral backing for it.  I’m thinking maybe a repro shirting or maybe some actual mens shirts might go just as well!