I just got some good news. I live at the beach but I’m from Utica, NY. I belong to the Mohawk Valley Quilt Club. This weekend is their quilt show. My sister Mary McCorduck is up there now. My hexagon quilt “A Walk in Frida’s Garden” has won 1st Place, Judges Choice & Best in Show.
The blocks are made from one piece of fabric based on artist Frida Kahlo (born July 6, 1907 – died July 13, 1954 in Coyoacan, Mexico), fabric by Alexander Henry. I used the original fabric on the left side only. Printed on the fabric are two quotes made by Frida Kahlo & printed on the fabric in spanish. I machine embroidered them on the borders in english. On the top border, embroidered is “Feet, what do I need them for when I have wings to fly”. She survived a terrible bus accident where she was impaled by a steel post, but was in pain most of her life. The second quote I embroidered along the bottom border: “I Desire to Live, I have already begun to paint”. I had left over blocks, so I reduced their size and appliqued them in several place on the quilt’s edge as if they were spinning off onto the border.
“Remember Me” has won a 1st place ribbon! This quilt consists of Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star blocks and machine embroidered blocks. There are 22 machine embroidered obituaries from my family the McCorducks, Lansings, and Fischers, the oldest is from 1900 (113 years ago).
I have a new granddaughter due in the next couple of weeks. Yesterday was the Baby Shower, so now I can share what I made for Samantha. Have you ever machine appliqued? It is pretty cool. This pattern is by Lunch Box Quilts.
It came out so cute. Finished size is 36″ by 50″.
I used a cut away stabilizer and sprayed some 505 temporary adhesive on the stabilizer. Then I centered the background fabric on the hoop. My machine has a basting stitch, so I basted down the background fabric.
The typical sequence for embroidery applique is first the placement stitch. Place your chosen fabric over the placement stitch, being sure it covers all the stitches
Then the cutting stitch.
Using very sharp-pointed scissors I trimmed off the excess fabric following the cutting stitch.
Then the satin stitch.
This stitch sequence is followed for every piece of fabric you add.
I can’t wait to meet my new granddaughter!
The excitement is building. Three of my friends and myself are going to the North Carolina Quilt Symposium next week. We have signed up for fun classes. I myself am taking Augusta Coles “Curved Log Cabin, and Judith Baker Montano’s “Beaded Garden Pouch”. Well, the 4 of us are hardly shrinking violets. But just in case we were in danger of fading into the background we have chosen avatars for ourselves and I have embroidered them onto t-shirts. These Sew Ladies are from Loralie Designs. We have named our group of talented ladies “The Real Housewives of Virginia Beach”! I hope North Carolina is ready for us!
Quilt Ninja Jackie “The Quilt Label Lady”
Queen Lisa, of Purple Goose Quilting Services, longarm quilter extraordinaire
Lynn, Queen of Border Magic, She can make a King Size quilt out of a napkin.
Pandamonion Ellen, quilter, jewelry maker & artist.
Every time I mention I’m making an Obituary quilt people shiver. I love my family and my family’s history. Finding obituaries is finding a treasure trove of information. I get really excited when I find information that tells me what they and their lives were like. This is how I remember them, how my children and grandchildren will get to know them.
Remember Me! This was truly a labor of love and a learning experience! I have a tendency to jump into projects feet first and figure out the details along the way. My sister and I had collected so many wonderful obituaries that one day I said “I know, I will make them into a quilt”. I started entering the information into my lettering software and began embroidering them. Some took over 3 hours to embroider. Then I had to figure out how to connect them into a cohesive top. I’m not sure if I was successful or not. I just started playing with them on the design wall, measured the negative space and figured out how to join them. The star blocks are Rapid Fire Lemoyne Stars (my favorite). I know it looks a little weird, but I kind of like the randomness of the top. I had real trouble with the borders. The embroidery shrank up the fabric, so I had to rip out what I could and add fabric to try to square it up. I got one end of the top square but not the other. I couldn’t take off the whole border as part of the embroidery went into the seam. I did not want to start over so I just went with it.
These obituaries start in 1900. That’s amazing, 113 years ago!!!
I have been carrying my own grocery bags to the store for almost 10 years now. I like to help the environment and I find them strong so you can really fill them up. Also they are washable! I’m from Upstate NY. There is a store there called Hapanowicz Brothers, and they make some great food. So I figured, why have boring bags. In honor of the Big Party Kielbasa I made this bag.
I just love The Piggly Wiggly. It makes me smile every time I say it!
This is my Lunch Bag. I love Steampunk.
This is the old textile mill behind my grandparents home in New York Mills, NY. I love that building.
The Quilt Ninja was born in 2008 When I entered and won First Place in the Virginia Consortium Of Quilter’s (VCQ) Apron Contest. I used Indygo Junction pattern Sewing Smock IJ694, but gave it my own twist by machine embroidering the pockets with quilting designs. I would reach around and grip the ruler from the pocket on my back while simultaneously whipping out my rotary cutter and crying out “Quilt Ninja”! The Quilt Ninja has been my alter ego ever since. This year I remade the vest using the Easy Silhouette Vest IJ730 because I lost 50 pounds.
In 2008 I won first place in the Tidewater Quilters Guild Show, Virginia Beach, VA for Wearable Art. I called it “Head Above Water”. I used the One Block Wonder process for the blocks. I laid down the pattern and designed the blocks over it until I couldn’t see the pattern anymore, then I sewed the blocks together, repined them to the pattern piece and cut out the pattern using Indygo Junction Retro Raglan Jacket IJ764. I thought it looked like water, so I machine embroidered fish swimming on it.
In 2011 I made my “I Love New York” jacket using the Indygo Junction Easy Silhouette Jacket IJ741. I hadn’t lost the weight yet so I enlarged & lengthened it and lined it. I machine embroidered NY items on it such as the Statue of Liberty on the sleeve, etc. On the back I embroidered the Textile Mill behind my grandparents’ house in upstate New York. My tribute to NY.
I guess you can say Indygo Junction Patterns inspire me!
I made this quilt for my sister in 2010. While we were searching for family graves and information we found a story on the Town of Vienna, NY’s website. it was full of information about our ancestors. It contained great stories and Civil War information. It was a treasure trove of information, so of course I put it into a quilt called “Yankees in Tara”.
Why yes, I did! I started working on this idea 2 years ago but was overtaken by events. My goal this year is to finish the Obituary and Cemetery quilts. My grandmother Bessie was very into family history and geneology. Of course I and my sister took it for granted. When Bessie passed in 1987 all her family knowledge went with her. In the past 3 or 4 years my sister and myself have worked hard to find the secrets of our past. Our hard work has been rewarded. We have many great obituaries, some over 100 years old. So, that is how the idea began. I have typed the obituaries into my lettering software and machine embroidered them. I have 2 more to get done but I ran out of the fabric and black thread today.
In my head I envision the blocks randomly arranged on my design wall. When I get a pleasing design I will measure the negative space and make blocks to fill in and join the obituaries. I’m thinking I will choose one simple block and either enlarge it or reduce it to fit, and stick to a simple color scheme of blue and brown. I’ll keep you informed!