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Monthly Quilting Review – April 2018

I seem to need some method to keep me accountable, if only to myself. With that in mind, I am publishing a monthly review to document my progress. Maybe this will make me more productive as well!

I am currently working on:

COMPLETED – Restoration project 

Here are the steps taken to complete this project.

  1. The worn back and batting were removed and all damaged embroidery threads were removed.
  2. I attached a piece of white flannel on the back of the top to give it strength as it was quite fragile.
  3. I machine embroidered all the seam lines.
  4. I machine appliquéd all thirty (30) flowers, leaving the placement exactly as it was when I started – this turned out to be the most daunting task.
  5. I layered the newly restored & reinforced top with new 100% cotton batting & a soft blue plush, dotted fabric – also to keep the quilt as close to the original as possible.
  6. I added simple machine quilting along the seam lines.
  7. The binding was the backing fabric folded forward & top stitched.
  8. The finished product is quite heavy, but very cozy!

My friend was extremely happy – here is what she posted on social media. The story is so sweet. I’m so glad to have been able to help:

A little over 20 years ago my Nanny made me a beautiful quilt. I’ve cuddled with this quilt when I was sad for having left Newfoundland, when I was happy to have Mike back home with me, and all the days in between. Over the years the quilt took a beating. The stitching around the flowers had fallen away and it was worn nearly through in spots. I had loved it too much. Lucky for me I have a good friend in Connie Collins who happens to be a very skilled quilter. Connie repaired every flower, every square, one by one. She strengthened the entire quilt so I will have it forever. She spent ages and ages repairing it but never changed it from my Nanny’s quilt. Thank you Connie! I appreciate it more than you know.

Deck-ade The Halls (started in 2014) – progress 🙂

The back has been assembled using left-over fabrics from the top;

The quilt has been sandwiched – I am still pondering how to quilt it;

Next step: quilt & bind.

Sand & Sea Table Topper (new)

I needed a quick and somewhat easy project after the complex restoration project, so have assembled a mini-jelly roll of gorgeous batik fabric in blues & browns.  

Next steps, sandwich, quilt & bind.

Sand & Sea top

New projects planned:

Vacation Memory Quilt: Every year while on vacation, I purchased a few fat quarters that will remind me of those vacations. I have been looking for the perfect pattern to make a memory quilt. Progress: no new progress this month.

I’m happy to report that it has been a very productive month…

Until next time, happy quilting – Connie 🙂


I am living my dream life in the country! I love photography, travelling, cooking, baking and I even try my hand at quilting.

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