Black Tie Boogie: a quilted poultry blog-hop

Well, here I am with a *UFO that is finally finished! I began this nine-patch block a year ago and then just set is aside and forgot all about it.  Then I heard about the Black Tie Boogie  chicken themed, blog-hop and just knew I had to participate!

So, after all this time, I resurrected the little Rhode Island Red.  She was constructed from some scraps I had left over from the first full-sized quilt I made.   I framed her in a half-inch border of red batik, followed by a two-inch border of brown batik.  Then I began the hand quilting, and binding, and now she’s done!

Hint:  Clicking the first photo will take you into the carousel for a closer look!

Please don’t forget to visit all the other lovely quilting ladies in the hop today!

November 21
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   Pigtales and Quilts ~ Happy Birthday Thearica !
Life on the Farmlet  <— you are here  🙂
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Thank you Vicky of More Stars in Comanche  and Madam Samm of Sew we Quilt for hosting this blog-hop and for making me feel comfortable to join into all the fun!

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* For my non quilting friends:  UFO = UnFinished Object  😉

As Promised: the mini-quilt is done

I promised not to keep you waiting, and I won’t, but I’m less than pleased with the end result!

I machine pieced and hand quilted the wall hanging and learned a few things along the way… well, to be honest that was the idea.  I just wanted the result to be more polished.  😉

All pictures are clickable to see the details… I could feel myself wincing as I typed this.

First, I had to disassemble the pieced top to adjust the trunk of the larger tree.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis part was actually easier than I expected. 

(original trunk was off-center and had to be replaced)

Once that was done I had to make my “quilt sandwich” and begin the hand quilting process.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA “quilt sandwich” consists of your backing, batting, and your top.

As a new hand quilter I was fairly pleased with my progress on the diamond background and my stitching.  One thing I have noticed with my hand stitching is that I tend to get smaller stitches as I go.  BTW, the pictured needle is about 1 inch long.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHm… maybe I should do a warmup before I begin on the finished piece?  😉

I also liked my stripped fabric, and that is not a typo! I made the green stripes by sewing together varying green colored strips.  However, this also added thickness and made it harder quilt too!

An unexpected flaw in the works was my piecing method.  If you must piece together a white background, then you need to use a white backing or thicker batting!  All my seams in the white background are showing in the final piece!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat pinned button on the bottom will be sewn on as soon as I post this….

Well, after all that hard work, I simply don’t like it all those seams in the white field.

However, it was a very good practice session for my next try!

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I made this. ‘-)

To understand the following, you would have to know that Tucker stole my Gutermann quilting thread and I couldn’t find it.  I eventually found it and posted this:

https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/what-once-was-lost/

The Managing Director sent me a message on Facebook that I didn’t see until months later wherein he had offered to replace the thread.  I explained that the thread color in question was not a usual color for my work and thanked him anyway.  He then said to name my thread and I told him I could use some polyester sewing thread in color 102 (gray) which I use a lot of in my machine piecing.  I received the thread shortly thereafter.  😉

I feel it was a very generous, and much appreciated gift!

The following is my response to him.

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Letter to Managing Director at Gutermann Thread

February 5, 2013

Dear Mr. *******,

I would like to properly thank you for sending me the two spools of gray sewing thread to replace the quilter’s thread my dog Tucker chewed up.   To show my thanks I have made you a little gift.  It is a bit primitive, as I am still learning,

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Sincerely,

Lynda Swink & Tucker too

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Tucker, my little (B)Rat Terrier

Oh yes, and Tucker wanted you to know that he has promised to never chew up such fine thread again!

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My enclosure…

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One six and one half-inch Mini Quilt depicting a spool of chewed thread.   😉    The work is machine pieced, needle turned applique, with hand quilting.  I almost sent this without taking a picture of it!  (That would have made me sad.)

I had fun!

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PS:  I still owe you a post, but I am trying to figure out how best to write it and if it even wants writing.  😛