July + Summer handwork projects

Fourth of July quilt

We had a fun Fourth of July holiday weekend. We had lots of family in town from out of state on both sides of the family. It made for lots of food, fireworks and family time. Good times for sure, but it also took some time to recover from all that partying. Not that I’m complaining.

Fourth of July Patchwork Quilt

This tied patchwork quilt is the first quilt that my mom made, sometime around 1976. It’s a little faded in a few spots but for the most part it’s held up fabulously! (That could be in part because there’s a fair bit of blends and polyester in that quilt. 😉 Quilting cottons were pretty scarce in the 1970’s.) All of my growing up years we called this the 4th of July Quilt. I love that it’s still pulled out to use for that holiday.

Orange Peel block prep

I haven’t had much machine time over the past few weeks, but I’ve been prepping and carrying around more of my Orange Peel blocks – I love having a handwork project for summer. I started this one 5 summers ago (I can’t believe it). It’s the never-ending project, but I’m not sick of it, so I figure I’ll just keep going and growing the quilt until I am sick of it.

A few people have asked me about my applique method. I choose to prep my ‘orange peels’ using a cardboard template and starch – that way I can take them with me on my travels and mindlessly applique them in place without having to do any needleturn. I’ll work on a quick tutorial to show how I do it.

I just added some fun red and blues to my stash – I’m loving the prints from Riley Blake’s Parade on Main for this project – especially those red flowers on the blue background.
Amitie Textiles Liberty Club

I have a few other hand-work projects I should pull out and work on this summer. Such as my Liberty stars that I started two years ago. (One of these days I’ll finish a handwork project instead of just starting new ones…) I recently got these gorgeous Liberty prints the Liberty Addicts Club from Amitie Textiles. They make me a little swoony.

Amitie Textiles bundle

This bundle is also an Amitie club- their Stash Builder Club. Amitie is owned by Jen Kingwell and after seeing her amazing scrappy quilts in person last January, I wanted to make my own quilts a little more scrappy-eclectic and so I figured the best way to do it would be to get a bundle of fabric curated by Jen herself! I need to get back to the Steam Punk quilt I started at that retreat and I think I’ll add these prints to that mix to make it a funky and fun quilt.

This summer, my goal has been to pull out and wrap-up some of these long time finishes, but here we are almost half-way through the summer and I sure haven’t got very far on any of them…

Cathedral Window quilt

Here’s one last handwork picture to inspire you. This is an up close shot of a Cathedral Window quilt being made by my cute 80+ year-old neighbor. The squares are about 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and she’s making a queen-size quilt – all of the Cathedral window applique work done by HAND. It blows my mind a little. I thought it was too gorgeous not to share. I’ll have to get a full shot sometime as it gets closer to completion.

So I may not be knocking big projects off my to-do list, but summer is treating me well and I’m trying to just roll with it. I hope summer (for all your northern hemisphere folks) is treating you well too.

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  • Reply
    July 7, 2016 at 8:00 am

    What a sweet quilt! Love the patchwork!
    I also love the fabrics you picked out for your orange peels. When you purchase fabric for that kind of project, how much do you buy? Just wondering, I usually don’t buy enough and am always going back to get more, if it is still around! 🙂

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      Amy Smart
      July 8, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      This quilt is SUPER scrappy so I’m just using any reds and blues for the ‘peels’ and light/cream background prints. It’s always hard to know how much to buy, isn’t it? This is one of the reasons I love scrappy quilts. Just substitute something when you run out and call it ‘scrappy’. 😉

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    Karen Seitz
    July 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I’m heading to a quilting retreat next week and have pulled out many unfinished projects, some dating back 3 years. Can’t wait to make progress on them! Thanks for the show and tell.

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    July 8, 2016 at 8:08 am

    The Cathedral window quilt is beyond wonderful! Great job. Looking forward to the orange peel tutotial.

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    July 9, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Beautiful handwork! I checked out your Liberty Stars as well! Can hardly wait for your Orange Peel tutorial! I just started a “Dot Your I’s” quilt!!!!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color
    July 10, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I have quite a few handwork projects in process or looming this summer too More than usual! Maybe it’s in the air.

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    August 28, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Love the tradition of the 4th of July quilt and your neighbor’s cathedral windows quilt is amazing.

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