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Sam’s Quilt ~

There has been quite a following on Facebook on this story of Sam’s Quilt.  Time for an introduction and then a follow-up:

Sam is my great-nephew.  I went to visit several family members in Minnesota back in June of this year.  It was an awesome visit, but Sam especially captured my heart.  Sam is 5 (now 6?).  Upon being re-introduced to him by his Mom (my niece, Michelle), who told him that “this is the aunt that made Thomas’s (his little brother) baby quilt” ~ Sam immediately piped up and said “YOU made that quilt?!!”  When I said that I had, he immediately asked if I would make him a quilt… and quickly followed it up with his choice of color preferences:  “green with blue flowers!”, he’d said without hesitation.  He knew what he wanted right away!

Sam and Michelle 2014

Before I even came home from vacation, I began looking online for just the right fabric… “green with blue flowers”.  It actually took me 3-4 days to find just this right combination without being too feminine.  Then I picked out “accompanying” fabrics that would add to the “main” fabric.

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A few days after getting home, I began the planning of this quilt for Sam.  I was determined that it would be spectacular.  After all, I’d never had someone actually ASK me to make them a quilt, and I was quite flattered.

The entire project was going to be delayed, over and over, as I had health issues from beginning in May and continued right through the entire summer.  That really slowed me down.  There were days and weeks that I just couldn’t even sew.  There were a couple of trips to the hospital, one included a few days’ stay.

As I s-l-o-w-l-y recovered over several weeks, I did continue to work on Sam’s quilt as much as I could.  And it came along nicely.

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With the help of my husband, the quilt got sandwiched, quilted, bound and complete.  I had decided to use a stencil (for the first time) to aid in the quilting part, it was a stencil of 8 hearts, upside down and made to look like a pretty flower.  So I set about penciling in the design from the stencil on each of the squares on the sandwiched quilt.  It took a couple of days just to accomplish this part, as I was still recovering.

The process was:  decide on colors/patterns, buy the appropriate fabric, cut the fabric pieces for the top and sew them together, then “sandwich” the top, batting and backing and stencil the quilting design on the top.  Next you quilt the sandwich, following the design you had just stenciled.  Next you trim and bind the edges, and finally wash the quilt to get out the stenciling marks.  THAT’S where the problem came in.  The stenciling marks, which were BLACK, would not wash out!  Needless to say, I was pretty distraught, and I went to my Facebook friends group “Quilt Along With Pat Sloan“, who I knew would have the answer/remedy I needed to get those awful marks out.  I posted a plea for help on getting these marks out this quilt, and as expected, I was thankfully inundated with dozens of replies and suggestions on what to do and what to use.  I tried MANY of them.  I spent an entire Saturday cleaning, scrubbing, soaking, washing, spraying ~ washing about 5-6 times in the course of the day, but nothing worked.  Exhausted by the end of the day, I had decided there was nothing to be done but make another quilt for Sam.  There was NO WAY I was going to give him such a mess with marks all over it!  Indeed, that quilt was not going to be leaving this house!

Sams quilt washed (1)

So, I guess it’s been a couple of weeks now since I have reordered the fabrics online, and purchased others at Hobby Lobby, and I have been working very hard to recreate Sam’s quilt.  I’m hoping to have it done and mailed to him by Halloween.  Fortunately, my health is coming along well now, and I’m able to spend hours at a time at the sewing machine piecing, bordering, ironing etc.  Indeed, I’ve just finished piecing the top together this morning.  I should mention that I did not use the same pattern this time as the first time.  I wanted to try something different, something that would show off the quilting parts better.  I think I have achieved that.

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Sam’s quilt top – second try. Top complete!                                Finished size 5′ x 6′

 

Heart quilt design stencil

Heart quilt design stencil

Now, with the quilt top done, I need to choose some backing material and the batting.  Usually I would use up scraps from the making of the top to make the backing, but this time I’m out!  I’m pretty sure there’s nothing in my fabric stash to match so I guess a-shopping I will go!

That’s about where things stand right now.  I’ll continue to update as it nears completion and is then sent to Sam.  Maybe I’ll luck out and I’ll get a photo of Sam as he enjoys his gift!

Thanks for stopping by and checking in.  Hope you enjoyed by post.

Blessings ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

Quilting to Crush Cancer ~ Updated 5-28-14

Relay for Life Logo

Do you know someone who currently has some type of cancer?  Either themselves or a family member?  Do you have a friend, acquaintance or know someone who has survived cancer of any kind?  A friend of mine died last week from cancer, and, for some reason, this one death has brought the whole cancer fight to the forefront of my life.  Suddenly.  I have been affected by cancer in my family.  I have a 14 yr old great-nephew who is a young survivor.  My father had cancer (though he passed on due to other causes).  Did you know that this month, March, is National Colon Cancer Awareness month?  Have you ever had a colonoscopy?  Ladies, do you check your breasts often and regularly?  Me?  Yes, yes and yes!

I not only talk the talk, now I’m going to walk the walk!  I will be walking to save lives on Friday & Saturday, June 13-14, 2014, at CW Baker High School (my alma mater) in Baldwinsville, New York.  Why?  Because I CAN and want to for those who cannot.  Relay participants, including me, all participate because we’ve been affected by cancer in some way, and because a Relay For Life event gives us the power to fight back. This is my opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember people we have lost, and help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

To help the ACS receive even more donations, I’m not simply asking my friends, family etc. to make a donation, but I’ve giving it a little more “interest”.  I’m making a queen size quilt to raffle, and here’s your chance to not only make a difference by donating to the American Cancer Society, but you just might win a great quilt in the process!

My Relay for Life Quilt is an approximate queen size quilt.  The top and bottom are 100% cotton.  The batting is a collaboration of cotton, bamboo and rayon… and is soft yet light.  The colors of the top are navy blue print, lilac, and ecru & beige print.  The backing is a “mottled” purple.

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This disassembled quilt has been kicking around in my closet for about 4 years, and I finally decided to pull it out and finish it just for this purpose.  It is currently “in the works”.  I am working on “sandwiching it” this weekend, and begin quilting next week and will hopefully have it bound by the end of this month.  I will continue to update and post photos as I go along.

Now to the nitty gritty.  Would you like to own this quilt?  Maybe you’d like to give it as a gift to someone who likes purple?  Maybe you were going to donate to my relay anyway, and this gives you that much more incentive!?  Chances at winning this quilt will cost you a $10.00 donation to My Personal Relay for Life.  I am participating on a local team called “The Pastor’s Flock“, with friends and my daughter, Kristen.  Our team has a $1,000 goal to reach, and my personal goal is $100.  You can help us reach and surpass our respective goals by taking a chance on this quilt raffle.   Here’s how:

Go to My Personal Relay Page and click on the “Donate Now” link, right there to the right of my photo.  Do Not Donate Anonymously.  You need to donate using your name so I will know to put your name on a raffle ticket!  A $5.00 donation will get you one raffle ticket; a $20 donation will get you four and so on.  Once you donate, I will receive an email notification that you have made a donation on My Personal Relay Page, and I’ll know to add your raffle ticket to all the others who have donated as well!  ONLINE DONORS HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT JUNE 10, 2014, TO MAKE YOUR DONATION AND GET A RAFFLE TICKET IN YOUR NAME ADDED FOR A CHANCE TO WIN.

When and how will you know that you’ve won?  The quilt will accompany our Team, “The Pastor’s Flock“, to the event on June 13, 2014.  There, it will be displayed and there will be an opportunity for others to buy raffle tickets for $5.00 each while at the event.  Those who purchase raffle tickets at the event will have their names added to the online donors and all will be mixed up before a winner is chosen!  One ticket will be drawn, and that person will win the quilt.  If I know that person, I will notify him/her in the most expedient way (email/phone/text/Facebook/Wordpress blog)… OR there is a space on the online donation form under Section 2  “Your Gift” where you can fill in a “private note” for me personally.  Give me your contact information there.  If you’re an out-of-towner donor, you’ll need to pay for your own shipping (I’ll get in touch with you about that).

Hey, did I mention this is an overnight gig?  Yep, it starts at 7 pm Friday night (right after a 10 hr day at work!) and goes on all through the night until 7 am the next (Saturday) morning! (see the logo?)  Talk about challenging!!  There are “events” throughout the night to keep us motivated (and awake!).  If you go to THIS LINK, you’ll see how Relay for Life Baldwinsville participates in the fight.

I think that about explains it all, don’t you?  Now, who wants to help me AND my team reach our goals?  Who wants to win that gorgeous quilt?  Who wants to help END CANCER?  You know what to do ~

CLICK HERE TO DONATE ON MY PERSONAL RELAY FOR LIFE WEB PAGE.

~ Thank you for your generous support ~

If you would like to ask a question, or need information, you can email me at

tamalecks@yahoo.com

Tamara Eckstadt

UPDATE~

May 28, 2014 ~ Time for an update!  Well, the quilt is all done ~ has been for awhile.  I should’ve updated this before now!  Been getting ready for the Relay for Life part now.  I’ll be hauling a bunch of stuff to the school grounds for this overnight campout… tent, sleeping bag(s), chairs, table, some sort of lighting (we will have one electrical outlet) etc.  I’m putting together an on-site bake sale at our vendor’s tent that will be set up near the hub of activities – also near the porta-potty (we’ve got our priorities straight!).  The event starts at 7 pm and continues on all night until around 4:30-5:00 a.m.  There will be bands, entertainment, themed laps around the track, all kinds of other fundraisers in the midst.  Sounds like a busy/fun night coming up!  I’m tentatively planning to have our Quilt Raffle drawing at midnight (EST) ~ hopefully going to have our Team Captain pull the winning drawing.

Here are a few more photos of the quilt being raffled…

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I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my Relay for Life Quilt for the quilt raffle.  Lotsa work and love right there.  I think the best part, so far, is that everyone who has purchased a ticket(s) is someone I really care about ~ whether they’re family, friends, co-workers and/or colleagues.  I’d love to see any one of them win this special gift.  And I’d love to see more family, friends, co-workers and/or colleagues get in on the raffle!  It’s SEW EZ!  The links to donate/purchase a raffle ticket are above.  Only $5.00 per chance!

I’ll be updating again, once more, but this time from the event.  TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

New Craft in Town ~

 

Current Spring quilt project barely in the works

Current Spring quilt project barely in the works

 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an avid quilter.  Sometimes, though, I just don’t feel like working with fabric, yet I want to keep busy doing something “crafty”.  Recently I explored the possibility of taking up latch hook, as I dabbled in it when I was in high school, and really enjoyed it.  But, after exploring the world wide web, I found some links to plastic canvas projects… another crafty hobby that I enjoyed in the mid 80’s.

After stumbling upon a pattern for a Bible cover online, I knew this was how I was going to be spending some of my time this weekend.  I had long-wanted a new Bible cover, but couldn’t find a decent pattern to make one from fabric as I had wanted.  But when I found this plastic canvas pattern, I immediately got an “itch” to go to the nearest craft store and shop.

Back side of new plastic canvas Bible cover in progress

Back side of new plastic canvas Bible cover in progress

I spent most of Saturday afternoon working on this new project.  You can see the picture of what’s supposed to be the final result on the pattern near the glasses.  Mine isn’t going to be lavender, though, I fell in love with the “pink camo” yarn, and I will duplicate the cross on mine as seen.

But I won’t pretend to know even anything about what I’m doing.  I cut the canvas as directed… sorta.  I needed it bigger, since my Bible is bigger than theirs, apparently.  And I didn’t really like their pattern, so I just kinda made my own, taking some tips from one of the websites or Youtube videos I saw online.  I might have it done Tuesday or Wednesday, if I remain diligent about working on it.

The Spring quilt?  I bought border and backing fabric for it today at Spring Lake Fabrics.  I’ll be working on that tomorrow after church.  I’ll keep you updated on how each project comes along.

Meantime, why don’t you try a new craft or hobby?  It’s a brief trip out of the winter doldrums. 

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  BTW, Happy New Year!

TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Sew What?

I have not blogged in almost two months, a record for me.  I also haven’t taken any “serious” photographs in at least that long.  For awhile I thought I’d lost “it”, that inspiration that has been sending me out all over several counties to find interesting things to photograph and share.  While I’ve since discovered I still  have “it”, I’ve realized that “it” isn’t on my top list of priorities anymore.  And there just isn’t THAT MUCH around where I live that’s interesting to photograph, or that hasn’t already been done over and over by someone else in the area.  How many times can you take a shot of a waterfall, or water, or a lake or a pond?  And while there are many seasonal things going on locally to photograph, I think I did them all last year.  And I haven’t even gotten to the part where my camera has been taking some pretty awful shots for the past few months.  And, no, it’s not the photographer!

So, putting the camera on the shelf for awhile, I’ve gone back to my sewing room as my creativity outlet for awhile.  Quilting gives me more long-lasting satisfaction anyways, so I’m happy to be back after a month’s absence.  I was working on my “Pure Decadence” quilt, and actually have it all sandwiched and ready to start quilting it, but Christmas interrupted my intentions.  I needed our immense diningroom table that I had been using to sandwich the quilt for Christmas present wrapping.  So the quilt got put on a back burner until after the holidays.

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For awhile I was making fabric Christmas gift bags, sew easy!  I found a pattern online and I just loved it.  Not only can you make them for Christmas, but also any other occasion you can imagine for which you might need a gift bag.

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And I remembered I had a small quilt project started!  It was one where I had found this beautiful fabric while looking for something else, and I decided I really wanted to work with it to make something special.  At the time, I didn’t know what that “special” thing was going to be, as I was completely uninspired.  But having been working on this simple little Nine-Patch quilt top for a month or so now, I have finally decided who is going to get it and that it is going to be a Spring 2014 surprise for someone special.

Spring Surprise 2014

Spring Surprise 2014

 

Meantime, I have been cuddling up with my pink quilt very often lately, especially while watching t.v. in the family room.  I’ve been thinking that, although I create a lot of “theme” quilts etc., I’ve never really made a “seasonal” quilt.  And I want to make something “Christmassy” for winter cuddling during the holidays.  There has been a particular Christmas quilt in my “Keepsake Quilting” catalog that I have been wishing for for about 2-3 years now.  I’ve never purchased a “kit” before, but I really, really want to give this a try.  So, I may splurge and get this for myself after Christmas.

Christmas quilt kit from "Keepsake Quilting"

Christmas quilt kit from “Keepsake Quilting”

The hardest part will be keeping it for myself.  I always want to keep giving my creations away!  I can think of several special people that would enjoy this quilt as a 2014 Christmas gift!  However, at this time next year, I will be soundly sleeping through several afternoon  t.v. shows in my family room cuddled up with this finished quilt!   Until then, I will continue to work diligently on my “Spring Surprise” quilt and will keep you posted.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a looksee.  Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

Quilting in Wyalusing, PA ~

Just got home from another long trip down to Lake Winola, PA, to help my mother-in-law and sister-in-law prep for moving.  Having our “big” pickup (Dodge 1500) loaded and pulling a loaded trailer, Al decided to take the back roads, “scenic route” home as to avoid having to drive hideously fast on Route 81.  

Indeed, it was a beautiful, yet tiring ride that led us through some small towns and villages in Pennsylvania that were colorful and interesting.  The leaves were changing everywhere, and I held my camera close to me because I knew that, pulling a trailer, I would have to do way more than yell “Al, pull over” when I saw a potentially breath-taking photo op, because Al would NOT pull over hauling the load that we were hauling.  I knew if I wanted to grab some photos, I would have to point and shoot quickly.

When we approached this tiny little dent in the side of Route 6 near Wyalusing, PA, Al began to slow down a bit as we needed to find a place to get gas in the truck.  As we pulled into a tiny gas station, with a Dunkin Donuts attached, I began to look around as he filled the tank.  Hmmmm, there was a totem pole to the right.  And a large, billboard-size painted sign to the left that I recognized as a quilt pattern.  I’d heard of “Barn Quilts” and tours of such wonders, but had never seen any besides those on “Quilt in a Day” with Eleanor Burns (my personal hero and mentor).  When we pulled away from the gas pump, I glanced at the side of the Dunkin Donuts part of the building, and there was ANOTHER quilt block pattern!  Could we possibly be in the midst of a CLUSTER of barn quilts?!! 

Barn Quilt Block on the side of a Dunkin Donuts in Wyalusing, PA

Barn Quilt Block on the side of a Dunkin Donuts in Wyalusing, PA

I saw a sign that said “Blah blah blah ‘Quilted Corners of Wyalusing'”, and sure enough, more quilt blocks painted on barns and buildings were strewn about, some just off the main Route 6, but I could see them just the same!  I snapped photos as quickly as I could as we went by, but was able to save only these three.

A barn quilt block from Wyalusing, PA

A barn quilt block from Wyalusing, PA

A final barn quilt block in Wyalusing, PA.

A final barn quilt block in Wyalusing, PA.

I missed a few, and some were too blurry to post.  But when I got home, I researched the phenomenon online and Al said we could go back again to take the “Self-guided Driving Tour” some time.  Check out this link about it, maybe you’d want to take the trip down too!

That’s all for this time.  Thanks for stopping by and checking out  my post.  Feel free to leave a comment, or c’mon back again soon.  TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

P.S. ~ I wanted to leave you with just one more picture I took yesterday.  It’s a macro photo of my mums that accompany my “Forgiven” red oak tree in my front yard.  Planted last year, both the mums and the oak tree are thriving beautifully!

"Forgiven Mums" in spectaular bloom!

“Forgiven Mums” in spectaular bloom!