Anita's quilts and quilting

A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.

Candlewick quilt

This one is mine and took a lot of time to quilt.  Its candlewick done with embroidery floss.  This is one side.

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This is the other side.

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The cut out corners are to allow it to fit a four post bed.  There are roses in the quilting areas around the candlewick designs. I did stitching close to the candlewick dots to make them pop out.

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There is a tiny design of continuous curves in a one inch grid and very dense straight lines to flatten areas while raising the designs in other areas.

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I know its very hard to see the design.  I did my best but the light just wouldn’t cooperate.  I’ll try to take better photos after the fair if anyone would like.  Here is another photo showing a close up of the candlewick.

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Whew, that was a LOT of quilting done.  My Grandma Mama taught me how to make these.  She also told me candlewick quilts got their name because women made them with thread normally used for making candles.  It was a thin unbleached cotton thread that was braided together and dipped in hot tallow until a candle was formed.  She told me the base fabric was a type of unbleached muslin used to make the covers for the wagons going west.  Women in wagons going west didn’t have big box stores along the way so they used what they had available to make life pretty using their craft skills.

The quilt would be washed in very hot water to shrink it after the designs were done.  Shrinking held the stitches in place very tightly and also made the quilt very white.  I plan to make another one of these.  Its easy and is something I can do while riding a city bus from place to place.  Hmm…. maybe I’ll make one the way Grandma Mama would have made them.   That might be fun.

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4 comments on “Candlewick quilt

  1. Linda
    August 17, 2015

    I love your quilt and I love your blog. You are so interesting and know the coolest things. I would love to soak up your knowledge.

    • Na Na
      August 17, 2015

      Ummm…. help yourself. I put my knowledge on the blog for all to have. (giggle) I’ll try to share more as my time allows.

  2. kathi
    August 17, 2015

    THAT quilt is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love it!!!! It must feel pretty darn good to finish a ME project!!

    • Na Na
      August 17, 2015

      YES, YES, YES, it feels great to finally have the time I need to finish a ME project. There are trade offs though. Less work also means less income. I’ve been doing hand work, like the candlewick, when a bus or setting with my mother at the nursing home. I hope all is well in your life.

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