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Friendship Quilt

Mercredi 28 janvier 3 28 /01 /Jan 13:10
It's really time to continue working on my friendship quilt  which I have started in 2003. I have added three new squares to the quilt and slowly it will be growing.
And slowly it will become a real heirloom piece and a great rememberance on all my stitching friends from so much different countries in the world.
Want to say thank you for stitching a square for me and for becoming part of my quilt and my history.
And here's the back of the quilt where I have stitched the name and the location of the stitchers. I like this "none colored" side!
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Vendredi 16 janvier 5 16 /01 /Jan 22:10
When Gigi had offered this lovely freebie on her blog I couldn't resist to start it. I really was in the mood for a little finish  and now I have to show my first finish in 2009. It's stitched on 32 count green Belfast linen and it's really lovely! THANK YOU GIGI!!!!
First I have wanted to finish it as a little ornament, but now I think I'll use it as a square in my friendship quilt. It absolutely has the perfect size for such a square.
I really have to continue to add squares to this quilt. Each of this little stitchings I have collected is a great rememberance on stitching friends in different parts of the world and I really treasure this lovely gifts.
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Dimanche 27 mai 7 27 /05 /Mai 23:26

Today I added two more squares to my friendship quilt.

And as promised I took some pictures of my way of finishing this quilt.

First I sew a backstitch border with perl cotton # 12 over 4 threads. I do this border 30 x 4 threads, so the square becomes about 10 cm. I do the same border on the second square (the back)

 

'Then  I iron a fusible batting on both squares back

And then I finger press the linen and stitch this two pieces together, only through the perl cotton back stitch border

Then I stitch it on the other squares, only through the perl cotton again.

I`m doing this from the back side, I think this way it looks better on the front.

And with this way of finishing my quilt is never and always finished. And I can display my little quilt imidiately and it can grow and grow and maybe when I´ll become old it will become an "adult" quilt :-)!!

And because I really love it, I have to show the back of the quilt also!!

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Samedi 12 mai 6 12 /05 /Mai 13:08

Just I finished a new square for my friendship quilt. It`s a part of the LHN design Country Stitcher - City Stitcher. I think it fits perfect to the thema of my quilt.

I`m more than happy that  Annemarie had stolen  :-) the idea for my quilt and Vonna opened a Blog for such friendship squares exchange.  http://fairsquaresrules.blogspot.com/

I think that will become a great place to collect some more squares.

Here`s my collection so far but only finished on the computer.

I got some emails from friends, who want to know my way for finishing this squares. I`ll take pictures when I`ll finish the next square.

I think there would be a not so time consuming way, but this squares are really special for me, because they are a great rememberance to my stitching friends, so I chose this way.

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Vendredi 4 mai 5 04 /05 /Mai 09:05

One of my goals for May was to continue working on my Friendship Quilt.

http://romyaustria.over-blog.com/article-1035187.html

So I pulled out my squares, and I really love to play with them. I started a new square, it`s a part of the LHN City Stitcher Country Stitcher. I think this design will fit perfectly to a friendship Quilt.

 

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Samedi 19 novembre 6 19 /11 /Nov 22:14

and today I put two more squares to my friendship quilt. Okay, it´s really a mini quilt - but I think four squares are a quilt and now it´s great enough to display it on a little children chair.

Here´s the front

 

and the back of the quilt

 

Maybe one day it will become great enough to display it on my bed :-)!!!

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Mercredi 16 novembre 3 16 /11 /Nov 00:00

I just received a beautiful Italian square, from my dear stitching friend Angela!!

She stitched for me a part of the Workbasket Flower Sampler. It´s perfectly stitched one over one!!!!! and I absloutely love it!!! Thank you Angela!!!! 

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Lundi 31 octobre 1 31 /10 /Oct 00:00

Today I got a package from Catherine abc. I really was curiously to open it, because I didn´t expect to receive anything from France!!!!???

And look what she sent to me!!! A wonderful square for my friendship quilt, and some other extra goodies!!! Isn´t that a lovely surprise!!! Catherine really made my day :-), thank you so much Catherine!!

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Samedi 29 octobre 6 29 /10 /Oct 00:00

I just finished a new square for my quilt. It´s from the Quaker Medallion Bellpull by Ruth Ann Russel. It´s stitched mostly with my favourite Gloriana silk colour "Blue Gras" on sand linen.

Slowly I really become addicted to stitch and collect those squares

 

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Jeudi 20 octobre 4 20 /10 /Oct 00:00

Finally I started assembling the first two squares for my Cross Stitch Quilt. It took about three years to find the perfect technique how to do this. I was looking for a way to finish each square separately, so that the quilt will be finished always and never. Now I´m really happy how it comes along.

After I started collecting the cross stitch squares, I thought it would have been nice too, to do a quilt only in monochrome colours. But I think there is only time for one quilt in a life :-)!! When I started the finishing of the backside, I had an idea. I´m writing the name, year and location of every stitcher in backstitch on the back. For the squares stitched by myself, I´ll stitch something like the year or my initiales only in ecru colours. It´s a little a time consuming way of finishing, but I love how it comes along. Now the quilt will become reversible, and I think it´s worth the time to become a heirloom piece.

I´m looking forward to future exchanges, to get more squares for the quilt!!

Because you asked, I´ll try to explain how I join the squares. First, all the squares are stitched on the same stitchcount (32 count linen). I´m doing a backstitch border with Perl cotton #12 all around the design over 4 threads. The same backstitch border on a second piece of linen. Inside the backstitch borders  I iron on a piece of fusible batting. Then I fingerpress the linen at the backstitch and wipstitch the two pieces of linen together. (with Perl cotton #12). So one square is finished. After I finish a second square in the same manner, I wipstitch them together going only through the perlcotton border.

Sorry, I´m really not good in writing instruction :-). Will try to take pictures when I´ll finish the next square.

Par Romy in Austria - Publié dans : Friendship Quilt
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