Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Finishes

I’ve been watching Jacquie Gering’s Creative Quilting with your Walking Foot on Craftsy. (the first project was matchstick quilting) Here are a couple of finishes using different stitches with the walking foot.
blue scrap front
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”.
blue scrap back
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.
orange bow
orange bow quilting
They were both fun to do, and I highly recommend the class on Craftsy, Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

W.I.P. Wednesday (Work in Progress)

What was I thinking? Matchstick quilting on a throw sized quilt? It is going to be a work in progress for a long, long time.
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

Scraptastic Tuesday Link Up

Even though it’s a little more work, I’ve been creating quilts from my scrap bin recently. I found this quilt on Leanne’s website and promptly began sorting my warm and cool 2 1/2” strips.
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.
cool quilt2
warm quilt2
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.
postage stamp quilt
I thought I was doing so well managing my scraps until I found this big bin crammed with scraps.
more scraps2
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.