Can you believe that it's Friday already? And the first Friday of summer, to boot! Well, we all know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on! Are you ready? Let's get started!
But before we get started, here's a HUGE WHOOP - there's a fix for the Blogger comment problem!! Go to this blogpost and follow the directions she provides - I've already done it and it works!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!
Several months ago, a friend of mine brought me a top that her grandmother had made. She had fond memories of it from her childhood and wanted to know if it could be repaired so she could use it again...
This was a really big coverlet - about queen size - and in pretty rough shape, so I couldn't get a picture of the whole top laid out. This was the best I could do! The top was raw edges on the back, no batting or backing.
Cute turtles, right? They were appliquéd on all manner of fabrics - cottons, polyester double-knit, even lining fabric. The lining fabric didn't hold up so well when my friend washed the top before bringing it to me. Neither did that green fabric bordering each of the blocks.
My friend loved the gingham, but it was faded a lot, and in patches, so we decided to replace it with new red gingham. We also needed to replace the green fabric, which was a loose weave that didn't hold up well, and my friend chose a blue chambray.
Lots and lots of frog-stitching (does it count as frog-stitching if you didn't do the original stitching?) and I had the gingham and green fabrics off of the turtle four-patch blocks. That was when I realized that the four-patch blocks weren't square, or even the same sizes! So I took them apart, squared up the turtles to the same size, and appliquéd some of those turtles to new fabric where their background blocks were frayed or damaged. Whew! That's better!
And here's the completed top, spread out on my queen-size bed. When I quilted it, I used a wide flannel instead of batting, so it has weight, but not thickness. It's actually more like the bedspread it was originally, just without the raw edges. Quilting is a random meander everywhere except over the turtles.
Here you can see the backing I found at that great Joann's sale a little while ago - isn't it perfect?
I really do love the way this turned out! There's something so satisfying about taking an old and well-loved piece and turning it back into something useful. I hope this will last for many years to come, and allow my friend's grandchildren to form a whole new set of fun memories surrounding it!
So - - - can I get a whoop whoop?
And now it's your turn!
What's got you whooping it up this week?
What's making you do a little happy dance?
Share! We want to dance right along with you!
And it's always more fun to dance with friends!
The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.
Hope to see you there!!