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a quilting project

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Each winter I do three things to stay warm and content:

  1. I drink tea; only a cup a day but it warms me inside
  2. I knit; mostly socks and just to keep up with my voracious need for warm socks
  3. I make lap quilts; I cannot think of a warmer occupation on a cold evening

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My quilting project for this year may seem a little out-of-season. I took all the bits of Christmas fabric I have collected from various projects over the years and put them into a small patchwork lap quilt – just 40″ by 40″.  If my husband and son look closely they will see my husband’s Christmas necktie, little bags for ‘coal’-flavoured candy brought by Santa one year, a pair of Santa-patterned shorts I bought as a joke, remnants of the Santa Cool sock I won one year at work at Christmas and so on. When there was a ribbon or draw-string associated with the remnant, I just incorporated it into the quilt. Perhaps someone will use the coal-sacs for a little treasure.

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not quite complete to the right of the Coal fabric … I will just sew another patch on the bare spot …

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the two amber ribbons are part of a gift bag …

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some of you who used to work with me may remember the year we decorated and I won the Santa Cool stocking in the lower left corner … those were the days!!!

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Today I went to Fabricville and found two pretty Christmas berry-patterned fabrics to use for the back.

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If you have read about my ‘quilting’ before, you will know that my stitches are long and uneven and they look more like basting than quilting. But my little quilts are solid. I keep them on every chair in our living room as another way of keeping the cold away!

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I will show you the final quilt when it is done in a week or so.

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Do you have small remnants of Christmas fabric and do you have a plan for them?

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Copyright 2018 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

February 12, 2018 at 7:00 am

warming winter – my finished quilt

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Last week I began making a small quilt for my guest room. The fabrics are printed with lavender, morning glory, violet and primrose, perfect for a room themed with purple flowers! To see my method for this quilt, see my post for January 11, 2016.

https://janetims.com/2016/01/11/warming-winter/

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I promised a look at the finished quilt. Here it is, back and front and front again!

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I tried something different with this quilt. I used some drawstring details from the blouses I cut up for fabric and made the quilt so it could be rolled and tied. Now it can be stored neatly on the corner of the bed and unrolled when needed!

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I have plans for a few more quilts this winter. Lots of cold evenings with needle and thread …

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Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

January 15, 2016 at 2:46 pm

warming winter

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After Christmas, especially on cold evenings, I stay warm by making lap quilts. These little quilts warm you when you make them, and when you use them!

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the patchwork of the lap quilt I am making

the patchwork of the lap quilt I am making

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These evenings, I am working on a quilt for my guest room. The theme of the room is purple violets, so this quilt will use fabrics printed with various purple flowers.

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some of the patches I am using

some of the patches I am using

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My quilting methods are not academy worthy. I don’t follow any pattern and my stitches are a bit long and haphazard. Thanks to an aunt who gave me a store of left-over fabrics last year, I have lots of pretty fabric and quilt-backed material to use as a batt for my quilt.  I begin by measuring out the quilted fabric. My guest room lap quilt will be about a meter by a meter.

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I use ready-quilted fabric for the quilt batt

I use ready-quilted fabric for the quilt batt … the fabric doesn’t have to match the quilt patches because it will be covered in the end

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I cut rectangular blocks of fabric in random sizes and baste them to the backing. Then I apply other fabric patches by top-stitching. Gradually, the quilt takes shape.

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patches go on in a random pattern, wherever they seem to fit

patches go on in a random pattern, wherever they seem to fit

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For this quilt I have a plan to incorporate a drawstring tie, so the finished quilt can be rolled up and tied to use as a neck roll. For the ties I will use salvaged bits of the dresses I used for fabric patches.

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I like salvaging parts of the clothes I used to make the patches … pockets, ties, drawstrings and hems may make it into the finished quilt.

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Once one side of the quilt is done, I will work on the other side. I do the backing with wide strips of fabric, stitching through all layers of fabric so the whole quilt is sewn securely together. I’ll bind the quilt in more wide strips.

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My quilt will be done in five or six evenings. I will be showing you the final result! You can see one of my quilts from last January at https://janetims.com/2015/01/23/stitching-a-small-quilt/

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Copyright 2016 Jane Tims

 

Written by jane tims

January 11, 2016 at 7:05 am

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winter around the corner

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As the weather gets more wintery, I adopt a strategy for getting through the next few months. The aim of the strategy is to keep warm!

  1. Put the kettle on and have a hot drink every morning. My hot drink of choice is tea with a little milk, but I also like hot chocolate and occasionally a cup of coffee.
  2. Make soup for supper. I love onions so every hot soup begins with these. Tonight we added Canadian bacon, a can of corn, a cut-up sweet potato and some spices.
  3. Knit. As I’ve said before, I can knit anything. I even knit a new top for my strawberry cookie jar! My usual knitting produces socks on four needles.
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I think I am the only one on the planet who has knitted a new top for her cookie jar

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3. Make small lap quilts. I love to work with fabric. My method is to piece together bits and quilt as I go. Last spring, my aunt gave me lots of fabric to work with so I will not be short of patterns! I am not a very good quilter but the work keeps me warm as I sew and the result is a cozy lap quilt.

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a couple of examples of my latest lap quilts

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4. Walk outside every day, to acclimate myself to the colder weather. I have a great walking stick, wooden, hand-carved with an owl.

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my owl walking stick

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What are your strategies for keeping warm in winter???

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Copyright 2015 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

November 25, 2015 at 7:15 am

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