2/22/13

25 Blocks Finished!

Today I finished quilting the final 4 of 25 blocks of my Two Grandmothers baby quilt.  I have some new followers.  If that describes you, you can read the history of this quilt right here.  And welcome to my blog!  I'm so glad you're here.  I've been working on quilting this all week.  You can see the other blocks here, and here, and here.  Oh yes, and right here.  Phew!  That's a lot of days spent quilting!

Here's what I did today.  First, Mary had a Little Lamb.  If you'll recall, Mary had a lamb that followed her to school one day.


Since I had already determined that I was too inartistic to draw a lamb, I decided to go for the school.  I quilted little schoolhouses and a path leading up to them.  Then I did a sort of micro-stippling in the lamb for his wool.


Do you remember Little Boy Blue?

Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn,
The sheep's in the meadow,
The cow's in the corn;
Where is that boy
Who looks after the sheep?
Under the haystack
Fast asleep.
Will you wake him?
Oh no, not I,
For if I do
He will surely cry.

It was tempting to do the haystacks, but I was afraid they would just end up looking like a big mess.



I decided to stick with the horn, and I quilted trumpets with visual sound waves blaring from them.  (I needed some way to fill the block and to move from one trumpet to the next; thus, the sound waves...not that you would be able to see them ordinarily.)


Rock-A-Bye Baby was fairly simple.  And was Rock-A-Bye Baby really a Mother Goose rhyme?  Apparently so, since I just looked it up.  In any case, if you'll recall, the baby was in the tree tops, and so that was a simple choice.


I made a tree trunk on the side of the block and a branch across the top.  Then I filled in the remainder of the block with leaves.


And last, but not least, Wee Willie Winkie.  Here's how his rhyme goes:

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Up stairs and down stairs in his night-gown,
Tapping at the window, crying at the lock,
Are the children in their bed, for it's past ten o'clock?

It actually goes on at some length.  You can read the whole rhyme right here.



I decided to stick with the upstairs, downstairs part of the rhyme, and simply filled the whole block with steps.


So now, all I need to do is quilt the sashings and the border.  I'm hoping to at least get started on that this afternoon.  I'd really like to get the binding sewn onto the quilt and finish it up before the weekend is over.

And with so many days of quilting, I thought you might need a kitty fix.  Smitty was my faithful quilting companion through this whole process.  That's catnip all over his bed there.  He's quite insistent about getting his daily catnip.


Gracie prefers the fireplace, and she really hates getting flashed in the eyes.  This isn't her most flattering pose, but there you go.


So whaddaya say?  For quilting all 25 blocks:


30 comments from clever and witty friends:

Colleen said...

Whoop whoop whoop!!! And thanks for th Smitty fix. Im not sure why Im so obsessed, it may be he reminds me of my late Opus.

Cath said...

Oh, definitely getting a whoop whoop from me. Love seeing Smitty and love the photo of Gracie.....doesn't look too impressed...poor love!
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Sheila said...

Congratulations on finishing the blocks! Love to see both Gracie and Smitty enjoying themselves. Have a great weekend.

Lynda Otvos said...

Whopping it up for you here in the Bay where the sun is peeking out periodically and the clouds are scudding by as the rain, which you must have gotten a bit of, nears.

Thanks for the kitty fix. CatCat is sprawled across my side of the bed, prohibiting me from joining OO in a nap. Hmmm !~!

Kate said...

Love those last four blocks, it's been fun to see what you decided to use for the quilting in each block.

Boy Smitty is looking so grown up these days. He definitely has camera presence.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Definitely a Whoop!!!!!! Can't wait to see this one all finished.

The Slow Quilter said...

Whoop, Whoop, you have been quilting up a storm. I am new at this hand embordary, what stitches are you using for the words and the drawings?

WoolenSails said...

You got those done fast and they are wonderful. Always enjoy kitty photos.

Debbie

carla said...

Hi!!! They are all so sweet!!! Love them all!!! Thanks for the kitty fix too!! Love them too!!!

Rachel said...

whoop, whoop, whoop! Nicely done! Love the details and (as you know) I love these blocks. Waving to Smitty and Gracie!

Createology said...

I adore each of your embroidered blocks. The addition of special quilting really is priceless. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Junebug613 said...

WHOOP WHOOP!!! Congratulations on getting all the blocks quilted! I just noticed the "i" is missing in "willie". Your Mom is sending you hugs again! :)

Thanks for the kitty fix and for sharing your fantastic work with us!

Carol Swift said...

For sure you get a WHOOP WHOOP! I love all your stitching...very nice!

Teresa in Music City said...

Oh absolutely you do!!! Congratulations and WHOOP WHOOP!!!!

Sher S. said...

Definitely a WHOOP WHOOP!!! I have really enjoyed all the nursery rhymes, they bring back my childhood. I do remember all of them and the words to go with them. Thanks for the memories. ;)
Thanks also for the kitty fix, I love seeing both of them.

Brown Family said...

Awesome!

Lyndsey said...

Most definitely a whoop whoop. You most definitely are artistic since you can come up with the ideas and complete the quilting so beautifully. You're just viewing artistic as being able to draw things as they are but it is also about interpretation and ideas.

A Smitty fix was much needed and I love seeing Gracie. The markings around her nose are so cute.

Dana Gaffney said...

You did good, it looks great, now you need a grandchild.

legato1958 said...

Adorable!! I can't believe how creative and patient you are, to embroider all of those loving details into every block! For some reason, these blocks bring back lots of memories, of my childhood and my daughter's....
thanks for the kitty fix, too! That's my catnip!

Susie

29820a10-3a35-11e2-8d1d-000bcdcb471e said...

You deserves several Whoop Whoop's - you have done a wonderful job on this pretty quilt.
So love all the quilting designs you come up with for each one.. Where do you get your ideas from???
Sure enjoy all the antics of Smitty and the elegant Gracie with her subdued ways...
Thanks for the inspiration with all the cute projects you are always coming up with.. keeps me inspired to do something..
MaryLou

Carol Evans said...

Another big whoop for you and a head scratch for Smitty and Gracie

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Yea! You were very creative in your quilting ideas. I like them.

Diane Wild said...

You did a remarkable job and inspired me to tackle the quilting on Sunbonnet Sue. Thanks, friend.

Lou said...

Great job!! Can't wait to see it all finished!

KatieQ said...

You're probably happy to be finishing this project, but I have to admit, I will miss it. I've enjoyed seeing the different designs you chose for each rhyme. I particularly like the stipple for the lamb's wool and the steps in Wee Willie Winky.

Snoodles said...

Awesome job! Moses wants to high-five Smitty for the catnip bedtime! Your quilting is just stunning, really love it!

Dar said...

Absolutely you get a Whoop, Whoop!! They are all so cute and your quilting very creative for each one. Have a great weekend.

Judy1522 said...

Great job! I have enjoyed seeing what you quilted on each block.

Sarah said...

I have enjoyed seeing all your quilting ideas. They are clever. And your ability to quilt the ideas out is really great! Well done.

Melinda said...

My husband has a sock monkey collection and I made him a sock monkey quilt for Christmas. He has about 40 sock monkeys of all sorts. We love sock monkeys.