Friday, November 14, 2014
It was densely quilted.
Here’s how I block a quilt:
I wash the quilt in cold water. This gets off all the blue washout marker lines. Then I put it in the dryer for about 5 minutes. While it is still warm. I lay it out on a freshly vacuumed carpet, and pin it to the carpet using T-pins. I had a fan handy, so I turned the fan on it and it was dry in about three hours.
The blocking helps to flatten out the lumps that come from dense quilting and somehow, the fibers remember to stay flat in subsequent washings.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
It’s a king sized quilt in the storm at sea pattern. Lots of measuring, lots of cutting, lots of acute and obtuse angles. I’m using fabrics from Zen Chic’s Figures line. Right now I’m still in the planning stages. This is going to take awhile.
Friday, November 7, 2014
I’m glad it’s done. I’m not sure if I will ever do another throw sized quilt with matchstick stitching, but I do know I’m not going to make the pattern again.
So, here’s a giveaway. Just leave a comment below and I’ll pick a random winner. The winner will receive the original pattern and a template for making the octagon shapes. It’s a fun pattern.
here’s a link to the prairie grass patterns website so you can see more about what you might win.
I'll pick a winner on Monday afternoon.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
I finished the piecing on a scrap quilt. It’s up on my design wall for awhile to allow me to think about how I will quilt it. It is made from 2 1/2” squares from my scrap bin. I think I have enough to make three quilts…but more on that later.
And here’s a quilt I’m quilting for a friend in Florida. She made the beautiful top, and I get to do the quilting and finishing.
I had to do some testing to find the right thread, needle and tension combinations. Doing free motion stitching on batiks is often a challenge because the fabric is very tightly woven.
The best part about my new studio arrangement is that I can have two machines set up at the same time. Sometimes I piece, sometimes I do free motion and sometimes I quilt using a walking foot. I have learned that I cannot do one type of stitching for very long without injury, so it is wonderful to be able to switch between projects without having to change machine set up.
Friday, October 31, 2014
I quilted the blue scrap quilt with the serpentine stitch. I only quilted it with about a third the rows of stitches she suggested.
You can see the texture better on the back. The quilt measures 50” X 64”.
I quilted the orange bow quilt diagonally with the scallop stitch. It’s a decorative stitch on just about every machine made since 1960.This quilt is very densely quilted. It measures 30” square.
They were both fun to do, and I highly recommend the class on Craftsy, Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The quilting lines are 1/4” apart. It’s not easy to keep the lines straight and I have drawn registration lines on the quilt to help me stay straight.
Best guess is that I only have about 150 lines to go.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I decided to make two quilts, one from cool colors and the other from warm. The block construction for the two quilts is exactly the same, they are just set differently resulting in very different quilts. One difference between our construction is that she used five 2” wide strips for each block and I used four 2 1/2" wide strips for each block. This endless play of color and design is of the things I find so satisfying about quilting.
The blue green one is ready to pin baste and quilt, the salmon one is still in the construction phase.
Further down the scrap food chain is this pile of 2/12” squares ready to assemble into 16” blocks for yet another scrap quilt.
I thought I was doing so well managing my scraps until I found this big bin crammed with scraps.
The first step for me will be to cut these scraps into manageable sizes. I sort them into 5” squares, 2 1/2” strips, and 2 1/2” squares. Anything smaller than that is packaged by color and sent to my local thrift shop.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
This piece began with painted papers left over from various projects. I never wash paint down the sink, every bit of paint is applied to paper and saved. here’s a link to how I do it.
My idea was to solicit favorite hymn or scripture texts from the congregation. It was important to me that the writing be done in the participants’ handwriting.
I wanted to create a wall hanging similar to the ticker tape quilt I did earlier. Arranging the papers on the background fabric is fun, not unlike working a jigsaw puzzle.
Finally, it was ready to go under the needle.
and attach the binding
It’s ready to hang.
I intentionally left one paper that will always remain blank. It’s so anyone who views it can insert their own hymn or scripture text.
Now for the technical stuff.
The quilt measures 25” x 43”. I used a 60 microtex needle, 100 wt. silk thread in the needle and 60 wt. poly thread in the bobbin. Like sewing on leather, there is no do over on paper, every stitch makes a hole that does not heal. I dropped the feed teeth and attached my free motion foot. I tried to use a fairly large stitch as every stitch micro-perfs the paper. It’s a good thing this quilt will hang on the wall, it will not hold up to much handling.
Should you decide to do something similar, I found that paint markers and sharpies did the best job of adhering to the paper. Ball point and gel pens tended to smear.
Another Heather Ross collection, this time Briar Rose. I had big ideas to make up the collection in Tula Pink’s City Sampler. I started making the 6” blocks months ago and only managed to make 16 of the 100 blocks. Yesterday I looked at those 16 blocks and decided to add borders and sashing and make a 40” baby quilt. Almost done.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Here’s the front and back of a baby quilt that used Angela Water’s Coral pattern. It’s for a dear friend’s first grandchild.
This one will go to the Wrapped in Love group at my former church. It’s made from orphan blocks from a bed quilt I have yet to finish. I didn’t think I could find a suitable back in my stash, but I tried using the wrong side of a bright turquoise and yellow print and it worked well.
I’ve had this fish fabric for years and wanted to try Fresh Lemon’s Lemon Squares pattern with some Kona solids. I had enough to make two baby quilts.
The one I finished late this afternoon is almost the last of my Comma fabric. I am partial to Zen Chic’s designs. This pattern is the old stack of coins pattern that is great for using up odd sized strip scraps. I promise you, the vertical rows on this quilt are straight! I did narrow straight line channel quilting on it. My phone photo doesn’t do this one justice. It really needs to be photographed on the floor with a baby on it.
And today on my doorstep I found this! A complete fat quarter bundle of Far Far Away.
I was a winner of a random drawing from Windham Fabrics. I am a huge fan of Heather Ross’s charming illustrations and her Far Far Away fabric line does not disappoint.
Friday, June 20, 2014
I have turned away from the lure of emails, blogs, twitter and instagram announcements of new fabric lines and sales, and it has not been easy. How have I done it?
1. I’ve been busy
Yes, our Florida home has sold. We are moving to North Carolina in mid-July. It has cut into my sewing time to make sure the house is always clean and tidy, not to mention getting my studio ready for the move.
2. I’ve made some scrap quilts
This one measures 54” X 72” and will be made for a hospice resident through our church’s Wrapped in Love program.
3. I've organized my fabrics
Nothing like a visit from Pattiwagon to jump start action and creativity
Getting my fabrics out of bins and organizing them by color was immensely helpful in showing me my fabric collection. As I was sorting all kinds of creative ideas entered my mind on the things I would like to do with my stash. I bought the largest magazine backer boards available and used over 200 of them. Here is a tutorial on using them. I purchased the magazine backer boards from a local comic shop. The magazine boards are slightly larger than the comic boards. When we move, I’ll put my fabrics in a closet to keep them protected from sunlight, but my current closet shelves are wire which will not do for upright storage.
I’ve got a plan for my fat quarters, but right now they are neatly folded in plastic bins.
4. I've tamed my craving by pinning fabrics I wanted to buy
I established a Pinterest board for pinning photos of all those yummy fabrics as they were introduced. In some ways it satisfied the need to purchase.
I may keep going with a modified fast, the rules of which I have yet to establish. I am almost out of Kona Snow, my go to background fabric. I need some Art Gallery squared elements for binding a pair of twin quilts, and some Kona Kumquat. That’s about it. I think I can live off my stash for awhile. Except…I must have some Charley Harper prints for baby quilts and I’m enchanted with Kati’s fox quilt.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
A few months ago I finished a pair of twin quilts using lots of my V. and Co., Kate Spain and other stash fabrics.
They have been languishing in my closet waiting for backs. why you ask? It’s my fabric fast. I would have liked to purchase 6-8 yards of the same fabric and be done with it, but I have this huge stash of small yardage. I had selected some of that yardage, but never could get inspired to make it work. I also wanted to use some of the orphan blocks from my Vintage Modern Quiltalong fail, but how? The task seemed overwhelming.
Enter Patti Wagon:
Much designing was done on paper
and on the design wall
I did not have enough fabric to make them identical, but PattiWagon and I are both pleased with the two unique pieced backs.
Some day I’ll get them basted and quilted, but for now I’m happy that they are ready to go.