Quilting on the sampler

I’ve been quilting on my Gardeners Alphabet quilt for the past week or so.  I’m using Superior Threads Micro Quilter for the first time.  It is a very fine thread #100, and it is providing just enough texture to the linen backgrounds of this quilt.  Each block was hand colored and stitched by me, about two years ago.  The top sat for a while because I just didn’t know what I wanted to quilt on it.  I felt I couldn’t just sew a pantograph over the hand stitching after all that work I put into it.  In 2015, I saw a finished one hanging at PIQF, I took lots of inspiration photos.

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PIQF Display

I did a little more pinterest research too, there aren’t many pictures of finished quilts out there.  Even on Meg Hawkey’s “your spin on it” pinterest board there are only one or two.  I knew I wanted to sew feathers on the block borders, I was going to sew large ric-rak over them, but I think I like the feathers better.  I am trying to sew a different back ground pattern into each block. Each day I spend on it, I have to push my creativity, it’s good exercise for me.

On my design wall this week are two small quilts that I put together from left over scraps and a charm pack.

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This one is from the left over scraps from the Piccadilly and Small Piccadilly quilts, (see this post 2 From 1 Continued ).  The line is called “Pure Bred”, I thought it would make a nice baby quilt for a friend of mine who is a horse lover.

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This Baby quilt was made from a charm pack and some yardage.  It’s from the Moda line “Darling Little Dickens” I couldn’t resist the bunnies and sheep.  Of the three babies being born to friends this year, only one is confirmed as a boy.  I need to come up with two more boy quilts to be safe. 😉

Linking up today with Judy for Design Wall Monday over at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts today.

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This week has flown by for me.  I looked at the date this morning and realized it is Friday.  I wanted to participate in Design Wall Monday and then it was Wednesday.  I had a head cold all week, and the weather outside was uninviting, so nothing left to do but stay in and sew.

 

I got 5 quilts bound and finished,  got lots done on my Fen Sprite shawl, I straightened up my sewing room a bit, I worked on quilting my Gardeners Alphabet top, and I decided to make a quilt to enter in PIQF this year.   This last activity is a first for me.  I got the PIQF pamphlet in the mail in Monday, I already knew there weren’t any classes I wanted to take, but I looked through it any way. In the middle there are entry forms and the contest rules.  This years theme is “Every Day”, and there is a Modern quilt contest for “Mid Century Modern”.

I am beginning on a home remodeling project this summer on my home.  Its a 1960’s ranch home that has been remodeled a few times (too many styles mashed together).  I want to bring back some of its original 60’s charm.  The clean lines of Mid Century Modern really appeal to me.  I have been trolling Pinterest daily for ideas and trends of that era.  So when I saw the MCM quilt theme, I suddenly had ideas and colors popping into my head faster than I could write them down.  There is an artist I saw on Etsy, who had some prints and cards of a MCM style that really caught my eye.  I emailed her about using them as inspiration for my quilt and she was enthusiastic about it. Yay!  I quickly sat down and ordered fabric.  This week is going to be for working out a pattern.  There will be curves ahead, and avocado green and turquoise too.  I’m excited!

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On my design wall this week is a quilt for a friend.  It’s made up of Marvel Comic prints from Spring Creative and Camelot fabrics.  I ordered them on line and didn’t think there would be a disparity in quality, but there is.  The Spring Creative brand fabric does not have the same hand and thread count as the Camelot.  Sad because they were priced about the same, and the subject is licensed to both.  I came up with the following block:

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I made twenty of them, at 16 X 16 inches, they will make up a nice size throw.  I’m using a dark gray Kona for the sashing and borders.  The backing fabric print will be his favorite NFL team’s logo.  Its pretty busy with all the comic pages and colors.  I figure it won’t show dirt/use quickly though.

I worked a lot on the Hosta quilt this weekend, I’m about 70 percent done.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll finish it up.

I have also been knitting away on my Sprite’s Fen Shawl for the Shawl Society II KAL.  I’m using a lace weight yarn, so its hard to see what the finished garment is going to look like, but I like it so far.  I’m about 35% done.

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Linking up with Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday today.

Hosta

I started quilting my Fire Island Hosta this week.  I started out the week finishing the True Blue quilt, taking it off the frame, and laying the RWB crossed star quilt on the frame.  I left the RWB thread, that matched perfectly, on a table beside it.  While I was getting the pantograph programed, so it would be ready to go the next day, the dog came into the room and left in a few minutes.  I shut everything down and closed up the studio for the day.  Later I noticed the dog was chewing on something, yep, the perfect thread spool.  More than half of it was off the spool in a tangle and what was left on the spool was dirty and wet with dog spit.  I ordered another online, but it wasn’t going to get here until Wednesday.  So I took the next quilt in line for quilting, the Fire Island Hosta.  FIH with borders

I finished this top back in August 2015.  Since then I have seen quite a few in shows and gotten lots of quilting ideas.  I also purchased a digital quilting pattern for it.  I thought I would try my hand at placing the quilting motifs on it and stitching them out.  After a few hours of fiddling around I gave up on that idea.  There were too many places that the designs weren’t going to fit, and I couldn’t figure out how to make them fit in.  I am able to do it with square and diamond shapes, but the curved and pie shaped pieces are above my expertise at this time.  Plus I didn’t want to mess up my top, its all batik fabric, which isn’t happy about having quilted stitches frogged out.  I got out all my curved rulers, and marking pens and started quilting.  Everything has to be done four times, and there are eight curved inserts.  Once I do a section, I take a photo, and move on the the next.  That way when I advance the quilt, I don’t have to roll back to see what I did.

I’m hoping to finish this weekend, we’ll see.

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for “Can I get a Whoop Whoop?” today.

RWB Star Crossed Rainbow

I finished putting the Star Crossed Rainbow top together on Saturday.  Once the blocks were together it went rather quickly.  My 1/4 inch seams must be generous, because my blocks measured 1/4 inch too small.  I think it was because of the pinked edges on the strips.  I “should” have done a test block and measured it, and realigned my sewing line accordingly.  Since all of my blocks were the same size I simply altered the size of the solid colored blocks.  Everything fit together well in  the end.

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I used Myra’s (Busy Hands Quilts) free pattern “Star Crossed Rainbow” from her  Etsy shop .  Instead of forty different colors I used twenty, and made two sets of them.  I hope to have this quilted and ready to go by the end of the month.  It is to be a gift for some very dear friends on the occasion of their anniversary, which is on July 4th.

I’ve ben plugging along on the True Blue quilt.  *Note to self: 8 inch wide end to end patterns can look just as nice as 6 inch wide ones, especially on a king size quilt.  Each row takes about twenty minutes to sew.  This quilt is 100 inches long, which means sixteen and a half rows, which means about six hours of continuous quilting.  That doesn’t take into account, thread breaks, bobbin changes or operator errors.  If I had made the rows 8 inches wide instead, I could have reduced that time to four plus hours.  Its a learning process 🙂

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Linking up with Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday today.

Stars and Bubbles

I finished up the Bubbles top Wednesday afternoon.  I am pleased with how it turned out.  I think I’m going to quilt it with wavy lines to give the illusion of the bubbles rising.  I have a complimentary piece of turquoise fabric for the backing too.  IMG_2623

The pink around the edges is my design wall showing.

I started on a new top today, something for 4th of July.  I found this free pattern on Busy Hands Quilts, it’s by Myra and called  Star Crossed Rainbow lap quilt .  Check out some of her other patterns as well, they are well written and can be scrappy or color controlled.

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Instead of rainbow colors I am using a RWB jelly roll and a tea dyed muslin for the background.  These blocks are for the center of the star and the corners.  I used a pigma pen to number the strips, I used 20 different colors.  The quilt shown above uses 40, things can get out of order quickly if you don’t have the strips marked.

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I loaded a quilt on the frame last week, and I can’t remember what I named it, the pattern name or anything about it other than I made it some time after finishing Hampton Ridge.  I has a lot of scraps in it from that quilt.  Maybe the pattern is from a book, I don’t even have any photos of making it. Hmmm. Ah! I have it. It’s True Blue by Carrie Nelson.   The backing is a 108″ wide civil war type print that I got on sale a few months ago.  I’m using a pantograph that came with my machine, it is loops and leaves.

Linking up today with Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for “Can I get a Whoop Whoop?” and Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Bubbles

This week I was itching to make something quilty.  Not too complicated, not very big, but it had to be colorful.  I got a bunch of this fabric a few years ago, it’s an ombre fade from dark to light to dark again.  I thought it was time to use some.  I had made four of these blocks a while ago but they got pushed to the side for something else.  The Bubble fabric is called Effervescence by Robert Kaufman the colors compliment each other.IMG_1677

I didn’t take notes on sizes or cutting methods for the above blocks, and I was impatient to start something.  I recalled a recently seen quilt that was made up of dots formed by drunkards path blocks.  The blocks were set on a solid background to make them float.  That’s how I came up with “Bubbles”.

I used a 4 inch finished acrylic template kit from Bloc-Loc to make the 40 blocks.  The kit comes with the two pieces to cut around and then once you sew them together, the Bloc-loc template to square them up.  The finishing template has a routed out channel that the seam fits right into, there’s no ruler rocking and the blocks come out close to perfect. Take that curved seams.  I want to add that using a smaller diameter rotary blade is a must to cut the inside curves.  Here’s a good tutorial about making D.P. blocks at Red Pepper Quilts

Next up for this top is figuring out the background squares.  I think I’m going to do a mix of 4 and 8 inch blocks to get a final size of about 40 x 48″.

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for “Can I get a Whoop Whoop?” and Judy H. at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday this week.

Can you believe its been 40 years since Star Wars hit the screen?