Sunday, October 23, 2011


It was a lovely day in North Texas yesterday and I spent part of it at a state park with my quilting guild.  We were demonstrating the art of quilting at the Harvest Fest taking place at Penn Farm, which was the home of some of the first settlers in this area.  The historical museum people were there also with their covered wagon.

Our guild and the LQS are helping the historical society by making this quilt, which is a replica of one made around 1857.  The names of the first settlers of Cedar Hill are embroidered around the edge of the quilt.  We had it set up at the farm to demonstrate hand quilting.  It's actually the first time I have every quilted on a frame like that.  It was kind of fun!

Here's a picture of our booth.  We were also selling tickets to a raffle quilt - hanging on the right side.

I also did some hand quilting on a doll quilt I'm making for Abigail.  It's made with leftover fabric from a quilt I made my DS & DIL  I love the delicate polka dot with flowers fabric.

Last June I won a giveaway from Kathleen and I showed you the fabric.    Finally, this week, I decided I better do something with it as it is fall fabric.  I wasn't sure what to do, so I looked through some magazines.  Nothing that would work, except I did see one with large 9-patches, so I decided to do that.  I wasn't sure how big it would turn out, but I just started cutting and making 12" 9-patches.  I had 7 FQs and one yard of fabric to work with.  I was saving the yard for the border, so when I used up all the FQs (except for some leftover strips), I had 8 blocks and I needed one more to make a square lap quilt.  What to do???  Then I got some inspiration and decided to make 4 six inch strip blocks and put them in the middle for the 9th block.  One FQ went for the inner border and the yardage is for the outer border and hopefully enough for the binding.

  Then I went to JoAnn's and got some flannel for the backing.  I had it all sandwiched together and started quilting, but just wasn't happy with the batting at all (it was too thick), so I ripped out the quilting I had done (only about 12" square) and today I will put in some lighter batting that I think will work much better.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a good week!


  1. That raffle quilt is gorgeous. Bet it raises a lot of money!
    You have a beautiful hand quilting stitch. Very nice.
    And a clever finish for your lap quilt. Glad you hadn't gone any farther before realizing the need to unpick. That can be aggravating.

  2. It looks like a wonderful day out, the covered wagon is awesome. I love history like that, it takes my back to the Little House on the Prairie days.
    You quilts looks lovely to.

  3. Love how it turned out! It always amazes me how little fabric it takes-or is that just my imagination?


  4. You do such beautiful quilting by hand! And the doll quilt fabrics, all of them, are very pretty. The fabric from Kathleen worked out beautiful too! The raffle quilt should do very well! Saturday certainly was a nice day, and today too! I hope the weather next Saturday is that nice!---"Love"

  5. Wish I could have seen the covered wagon and of course all the booths.
    The doll quilt is so cute. Your stitching is so perfect.
    Love what you did with the fabric. Very creative adding the strips for the center. Great fall project.

  6. I am glad you found such a wonderful use for the fabric;) I am impressed;)
    Happy Quilting!!

  7. What a fun day! Did you have to dress the part, too? I love that raffle quilt. Your little hand quilting project is sweet and I like how you made the fabrics you won work for your project.

  8. I would love to have come to the Harvest Fest. I love the little doll quilt.

  9. That's a terrific stall and raffle quilt. How marvellous that your guild is re-creating the flag quilt. Pretty fabrics in the doll quilt and your lap quilt is super. It's always nice to see your excellent work Ruth. ann :-)

  10. Wonderful doll quilt for Abigail she will have a "treasure" from you! Your hand stitches are perfect.

    The raffle quilt is lovely--I am sure you will make lot's of money for it. Would have loved to have been to your outdoor event.

    Carolyn :)