Still No PIGS

I’d hoped to finish two PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) in May but it didn’t happen.

I had a project for Creative Machine Embroidery to make.  See my blog here to see that pretty quilt.

Then I planted my garden. And I went to Spring Market in St. Louis. And on and on the reasons excuses go.

The bottom line is that my second PIG for May is quilted and ready to be bound. (My husband asked me a couple of nights ago if I was going to hem my quilt. We both laughed about that. He remembered almost immediately that he meant to ask if I was going to bind my quilt.) I guess it will be my first finish for June.

One of the real reasons that I have so many PIGS is that I am easily sidetracked. While I am sitting at my desk writing this, I am thinking about not one or two but THREE new projects that I want to do. They have nothing to do with anything I am doing for publication, they are just things I want to do.

Let me show you the inspiration for one of those projects.

This lovely crazy quilt, Second Chances by Rhonda Dort of Houston, Texas, was at Spring Market in St. Louis. In her artist’s statement, Rhonda said she’s collected vintage handwork for years and that 90% of the linens she used were in very bad shape when she started this project. Look at the details in the close-up.

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Second Chances by Rhonda Dort of Houston, Texas

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Second Chances detail

In 2008, I made Onie’s Hankies. I made crazy quilt blocks and added hankies, parts of hankies, crocheted lace and tatted lace from my mother-in-law Onie’s sewing room. When I’d used most of what Onie had, I added machine-embroidered lace and purchased lace. I assembled the blocks, batting and backing with my serger and also added the piano key borders with my serger.

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Onie’s Hankies

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Onie’s Hankies detail

Until I saw Rhonda’s Second Chances, I really thought Onie’s Hankies was a neat quilt. And it IS still very special because of the connection with my mother-in-law. But I think I want to do a second take. I still have lots of crocheted lace and embroidered pillowcases.

If you look at Rhonda’s quilt, she added a huge number of pearls and lots of silk ribbon embroidery. I think that because of all the stitches attaching the embellishments, her original linens are nicely reinforced and stable enough to show on her lovely wall hanging for a long time.

I wanted to give you some ideas and instructions about crazy quilting and found Allie Aller’s  book Crazy Quilting at,  and on I found Crazy Quilting with Karen Charles. I hope that helps.

Until next time, happy quilting!

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7 Responses to Still No PIGS

  1. Tami Von Zalez says:

    I was all set to sandwich and start quilting my patriotic PIG when I saw a post of a low volume scrappy quilt. Then it turned into a shabby chic wedding quilt. Easily sidetracked? I just attribute it to my adult ADD.
    I am on the hunt for a serger, I think it would be a perfect addition to my sewing room.

  2. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    My grandma always called it “hemming” a quilt. First time I heard someone say “bind” I was confused!

  3. Rhonda Dort says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words! I am honored that you would feature my Second Chances along with your beautiful quilt! If interested, there are approx. 140 progress pictures of this piece start to finish on my Pinterest board titled: My Second Chances hexagon quilt, a project now finished!

  4. Linda Stratton says:

    I would love to know what size hexies Rhonda used in her Second Chances piece. The work is stunning.

  5. Thearica says:

    I learned to call it “hemming” a quilt by both of my grandmothers. I occasionally still catch myself saying hem and I just smile when I do because I know my granny’s are watching me from heaven and smiling down on me.

    I also catch myself saying “lining” instead of backing as well but not as much.

    nothing wrong with either in any case. We shouldn’t try so hard to erase our past and what actually made a lot of us love the craft of quilting in the first place. new and modern is good but not for the sake of erasing our past.

  6. Bernadette says:

    Would love to see more hand embroidered quilting

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