Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Today, I probably did something never done in the history of quilting. Now...can you guess just where I am doing a little piecing on Wilhemina?? I'm doing some multi-tasking...a little scrappy string piecing Bonnie Hunter style and a little something else. I'll add a clue each day to see who can guess the second task I am doing while piecing. ;-)


The girls finally finished up the Tillie's Treasure quilt! Yay!!! Wilhemina and Gibbson Girl did a great job! This quilt ended up being pieced and quilted entirely with these two W&G machines. Piecing was done with the 1885 hand-crank W&G and ALL the quilting was done on the 1892 treadle W&G.

1885 Hand-Crank W&G (Wilhemina) and 1892 Treadle W&G (Gibbson Girl) with their finished
Tillie's Treasure Queen-Size Quilt.

The binding was sewn on the front side with my 1909 Davis Vertical Feed treadle, which is a
needle-feed/walking foot machine I use for all my bindings. Then it was turned and hand-stitched to the back side of the quilt.

I spent months trying to decide on how to quilt the borders. I was thinking of doing some free-motion quilting, but just couldn't bring myself to do it. No matter what I came up with, the main top quilting seemed to insist on straight lines done with the W&G treadle. So, I gave in and made it simple. I think it was the right thing to do and the continued geometric quilting was the best.
This will be Tillie's new home on the queen-size bed in the guest room.