Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vacation from Quilting

So, I have concluded that these 6 quilts were cut, ironed, pieced, ironed, quilted, bound and photographed over the last 36 days.  that's one finished quilt every 6 days.

I am going on vacation.

When I return to the studio, this purple Crown Royal quilt is my next project.

I have been working on this for almost 2 years in and around other projects.  I have set a goal to get it finished in May.  Here is a link to a post how I made the block way back in 2012 when I started this quilt.

See you in May!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More Vintage Blocks Finished!

Well, it's a quilt now and I am excited to see how it worked out.
I had several goals with this quilt:
1) To preserve this lady's 6 surviving blocks from vintage fabrics and make sure the blocks themselves were not altered from her original work.  
2) Somehow use up her collection of 4 patch blocks (that didn't match anything) in the same quilt.
3) To make this really simple quilt rock with some interesting quilting...nothing traditional.
4) This is for her grandson for his wedding...he and his fiance are ranch kids.
4) To only use what was in my stash.
Goal #1

Goal #2 The back

Goal #3 & 4

Goal #5  Everything but her blocks were from my stash of fabric and thread.

Would I have ever picked out all this for a quilt?  Not in a million years.
But...I think it's a great save for this lady's blocks to be passed on to her grandson.

Monday, April 14, 2014

More Vintage Blocks #4

The Back....
I just have another hour or so to finish up.
Unrolled it for a little peek at the back.

More Vintage Blocks #3

I went back up and finished the top. 

Simple lines and only an outline on the appliqued blocks.
I didn't want to take away or add to the original work this lady did.
I finished the center panel. 
I like how this is turning out. 
I stabilized the quilt all the way to the bottom and will start marking the reverse design (the diamonds and sun) for the bottom of the quilt.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

More Vintage Blocks #2

Ok here is where this quilt is going...

I have stabilized the applique blocks, but will do them last after I change to white thread.

This is a case of cutting the fabric and stitching it to fit the quilting design I wanted to do. came out pretty dang good!

Friday, April 11, 2014

More Vintage Blocks

I started this project way back in March....Here

Remember these?
...and these? 

Well, I just finished piecing the back for this quilt.  It's going to be interesting...

I am going to take this...

...put this on the back...
...quilt it using these tools...

....and it's going to rock!

....I hope.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vintage Blocks Have a Home!

Whoot!  It's quilted and I am thrilled with the back....the front's not bad either.

I started to quilt a separate design in the borders but after looking on the back, I decided it detracted from the back....I love the back.

So, I did a freehand overall. 
You will find it interesting that I used "Grizzly Bear" So Fine thread by Superior.
Look how it magically blends with different colors.  Here is looks rose colored:
Here is looks blue 
It blends nicely with the yellow. 
It actually takes on a bluish/green tone in the yellow. 

I will bind it in the morning.  I need to decide what color I will use.
I think I will sleep on it....

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Vintage Fun progress....

Ok here's the first 2 borders.  The skinny pink border is made from the backing fabric.
The top is finished with a 5 inch yellow print.
The dark swirls are blue like the inner sashing.
Here are the blocks I am using in the backing.
They were different sizes, so I made 2 columns and outlined them in the blue from the top sashing fabric.
Here is the backing done and ready to load. 
Can't wait to get it on the frame and start quilting!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Vintage Fun!

Do you remember these?

This photo is a very true color.
  I posted a while back about using these vintage blocks here.

In my search for the perfect sashing fabric, I came across the holy grail of vintage fabrics--right in my own stash!!

Selvage to selvage

...and the most perfect color too...
This helped to organize the chaos of the patchwork. I have to have organized scrappy. 

I didn't want to put cornerstones in the sashing because that would throw another scrap into the mix I had just tamed.  Here is what I do when you have to add a length of sashing between rows of blocks.

I press a mark at each intersection as if I had a cornerstone.
Then I pin the mark to the seam on the opposing row I am attaching, just like you would if were matching seams.

This makes a nice even grid without corner stones.

Ok, I am done for tonight. Tomorrow, I will put another blue/green (I wonder what they called that color?) border around this 12 block section and then think about what I will do next.

I have to come up with a plan to use some of these other blocks on the back.

I'm sure it will come to me in the middle of the night!

T-Shirt quilt #4

What a marathon!
I just put the binding on the 4th and last t-shirt memory quilt.

Quilted with Square Spiral by Karyn Emmerson

Batik Backing 
Just by way of review, here are the other 3.  They go to 4 siblings,so they are almost all the same size and we divided up the shirts so each quilt had certain shirts that would mean something to each person. 

Since I am often asked, I used gold thread on the orange and grey thread on the other 3 quilts.


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