Saturday, July 11, 2015

American Ships Quilt Progress

Here is an update on My Ruby McKim 1936 American Ships quilt!

I've made some great progress since packing my sewing machine away for our move.  Who knew that all I had to do was stop sewing...ha ha.  What is a girl to do when your whole house is packed up and you are living out of a suitcase?  I'm so glad I kept this project with me.


I can definitely see how I am improving on my stitches since beginning this project.  I'm also getting a little faster with each one.





I like how I was able to bring in a lot of colors on this one.



I may have to redo the Monitor Merrimac.  The thread looked gray to me in the store, but after pulling it out and laying it next to the white, it is really close in color.  I wish I had thought to compare the two in the store.  Darn!  Fortunately it isn't a very detailed square.  After I buy some more thread, I will decide whether or not to keep it or redo it.



I do try to pull up images on the internet to figure out what color to do the flags in.  Sometimes the pics online are just black and white and I have to wing it.

I created a page tab above where I have all of my quilt squares displayed in one place.  This is going to be such an amazing quilt when finished.  I have a long ways to go yet, but I have completed 23 squares now.  There are multiples of the compasses and anchors to do.

I have 6 more ships traced to keep me busy during our move, but after that, I need to buy some more Kona cotton; I miscalculated and didn't buy enough when I first started this project.

We are enjoying our last few weeks in Germany now.  Europe is such an amazing place to live.  We are going to miss it, but I am anxious to return to the United States.  It has been a long time since we have been around family and our children are growing up fast!  I am also getting excited at the thoughts of walking into Joann's and other fabric stores--not to mention the sales on the Big 4 patterns!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

17 comments:

  1. You should make lots of progress now that your machines are packed away. All the blocks look great, but I especially like the lifeboat, I think because of the bright colours. This quilt really is going to be amazing. How many blocks to go?

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    1. Pam, I have 11 more ships to go, but there is also a large ship to appliqué in the center. I am not sure if I want to do that or deviate from the pattern and keep it all embroidered. There are also a lot of rope design squares to do that will surround the center ship.

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  2. I bet this puts you in that meditative zone. I've always wanted to do something like this. I've done a little hand embroidery but always got distracted. Are you drawing the boats yourself? So far, this is really pretty!

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    1. Justine, I find it very relaxing! It's kind of funny because I have a hard time motivating myself to do it, but once I start, I don't want to step away from it. This is actually a Ruby McKim pattern from the 30s. It was printed weekly in a newspaper back then. I bought the pattern and have to trace each ship onto the cotton fabric. It takes time and contributes to the extremely long process of getting it done.

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  3. Awesome! You've made a lot of progress!

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    1. Yes!! I should have done this when we moved to Germany. I spent several weeks doing nothing waiting for furniture when I could have been working on it. Oh well. I hope I finish it before having to make another move!

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  4. Very cool! Good luck with your move!

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    1. Thanks Liza Jane! We are excited about the move, but the closer we get to leaving, if feels like time is slowing down!

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  5. What beautiful embroideries! Hope your move goes well.... have you been in Germany long? :)

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    1. Thank you Christine! This is the first embroidery I have ever done! When I bought the pattern, I had to research how to do it. I still am having a little trouble getting rounded areas to work for me. We have been in Germany for 4 years. We're excited to go home, but sad at the same time. Germany is such a wonderful place to live with so much to do and see.

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  6. these are just so beautiful! How many total squares do you have to make? It sure will be worth the time and effort in the end. Do you have something in mind to make the girls? ;-) lol.

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    1. Hi Kristin! I actually haven't counted up the total number of squares that need to be done other than the ships. I still have 11 that need tracing, as well as the larger center ship to do. I just know it is A LOT! One of my girls did ask me a while back what I was going to make her since I was making this for her brother--yikes! I told her...not this! ha ha I reminded the girls that they get a lot more clothes made than their brother does. I've actually made all of them what I call birth quilts. They have their names, date of birth, and place of birth appliqued around the borders and then the girls have appliqued hearts on squares for them and our son has a big star patterned quilt with things appliqued in the center.

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  7. This is going to be a beautiful piece :)

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! I'm really getting anxious to finish it. I just want to see it hanging on my son's wall in his room. I have plans for my husband to make a themed wooden quilt hanger for it too.

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  8. Love your ship blocks!

    I can sure understand your excitement about moving back home mixed with feeling of knowing that you'll miss your time in Germany. Dave and I went through that when our posting ending in Lahr way back in the late 1980s. Enjoy the rest of your time there and best wishes for a smooth move.

    And thanks so much for linking up to last Monday's Stitchery Link Party and for having the party's button in your sidebar! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you! We just enjoyed one final outing this past weekend; we took a river boat cruise on the Rhein River. It is so beautiful here with so much to do. But, I'm anxious to see the States too--there are so many parks and things we have yet to show our children.

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