Sunday, July 16, 2017

Clothesline Quilt is Done

Once I got all the orphan blocks quilted, I just had fun quilting.

These blocks were all done by a lady who is deceased.  I was given them, along with her fabric stash several years ago.  I used some of her blocks for a couple of wedding quilts for her granddaughter and grandson. You can see those quilts here and  here.  

Other than my thread, this entire quilt was made from her fabrics.  The size, design and color were dictated by that factor.
These cute blue birds are made from the scrap of blue silk I found in her stash.
The clothesline is maroon.  That was the darkest color I could find in her fabrics.
I had this single flour sack block with an appliqued tulip. took me a few days to decide how to work it into the quilt.
It's appliqued to the very bottom of the quilt with a row of ghosted tulips.

While the most diverse and interesting blocks are hanging on the clothes line, the 4 blocks that were the most similar are inserted into the backing.

The floral backing has some blue so it looks quilt nice with front.
The binding is a piece of blue/white shirting. 
Here you can see it all together with my sweet new satin labels.
First time I have used them.
Flip side:
How fun is that?

I made this to give to this lady's daughter as she recently lost her husband.
This completely uses up all the vintage blocks I have been given.
 I am so glad I was able to put them to good use. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Clothesline Quilt Update

I just started this last night.
Got all the blocks quilted and now ready to go back and do a fun background filler.

  I have to check the back with every roll, to make sue the blocks are taut.
There was a lot of fullness in them, and I don't want any big tucks.
I placed this block at the very bottom of the quilt.

I will ghost in more tulips all along the bottom border. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Receiving Blanket

Just sewed up this little receiving blanket for my great, great nephew out in Colorado... can I be old enough for that?
I love making these and have a supply of flannels just for this occasion.

I learned to sew across the finished blanket diagonally in each direction to help prevent the flannels wrinkling up after washing many times.  I always prewash my fabrics, but still, flannel tends to stick to itself in weird ways when these blankets are used/washed many times.

These used to finish about 40x40, but flannel yardage is getting skimpier between the selvages, so instead of starting with a 44" square, I had to start with 42.5. Which finished at about 38.5.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Orphan Blocks

I have finally decided on an arrangement for all these orphan blocks.

I am making this little memory quilt for the block maker's daughter.  She doesn't know I have all these blocks of her mother's...they were given to me a few years ago....more of the story later....

 After much thought, I decided to move 4 blocks to the back of the quilt.

 I pieced them in so the centers all run in a horizontal line.

The remaining blocks will be 'hanging" on a clothesline. 

The birds are made from a piece of blue silk that was included with the fabric that came with the blocks.

The single flower block will go at the bottom of the quilt.
Quilting this will be fun, fun!

More of the story when I get this finished...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time for a Break...

Whew!  After about a mile of machine blanket stitch, I am ready for a break.

 It still needs a larger border, but I am going to put this away for awhile and work on another project.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Design Wall Monday

Design wall Monday (on Tuesday again...) My next project will be a quilt made with all these orphan blocks. They were made by a lady who passed away and I am making this for her daughter.

I put them up so I could look at them for inspiration while I finish the applique on this quilt top. I am just starting on the 3rd vine row.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Coming along slowly....

So, one appliqued vine down and 3 to go!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Design Wall Monday

I found another unfinished project when I cleaned out my studio.  I got this as a kit, (on sale ) and started piecing this in 2008.  I was going to use it for a practice I had just gotten my APQS longarm. But, I got so busy quilting that I never had time to finish this top.

Good thing I had all the diamond strips already pieced or this fabric would just go back into my newly organized stash for another project. I have long since lost the pattern, so I am just winging it from scant memory, that and the fact that I had everything pre-cut and labeled!  Everything but the applique....but I will figure that out later.

Surprisingly, my past self did an excellent job of piecing so it went together with nice sharp points.  I got all the diagonal cut strips enclosed with sashing so now I can start making the folk art flower appliques that will go in the negative spaces.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Snowman Quilt is Done!

After starting this 60 x 60 quilt 9 years ago, I finished it tonight!

Fabric and pattern: "Snow Wonderland" by Whimsicals for Red Rooster.

I used the panto, "Flurry" by Lisa Thiessen from Threadsongs.

Backing is primitive snowmen on a field of grey.

It was 90 degrees today . . .
. . . still, I can't wait to snuggle under this in front of the fire next winter!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Snowman Quilt Flimsy!

Well, it's only taken me since 2008 to finish this quilt of mine. 
I loved it then and I really love it now!

Fabric is "Snow Wonderland" by Whimsicals for Red Rooster.  Pattern by Whimsicals.

Can't wait to quilt it now with a special snowflake pattern.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Cheater Cloth

So, when I cleaned out my studio, I rediscovered 3 cheater cloth panels that had been given to me years go. 

I decided I would use them for practice and make them into charity quilts.  After recovering from an injury to my hand, I had not quilted or sewed much for over a year....yes, I needed the practice for my muscle memory.  

I added a couple of borders and this 46 x 48 size was a quick quilt to complete.
Notice how much green is in this fabric?

Using white thread, I quilted around each pattern, no rulers....all freehand.
Notice how the red dominates this fabric?

I pieced this pale blue backing from some 36" vintage fabric I found.  I was determined to use whatever vintage fabric I had in my stash. I probably wouldn't have ever chosen this blue backing, but in the end, I really like it....a refreshing surprise.

Wow, notice all the blue in this fabric?

The binding is made from a piece of 36" vintage fabric also. 

In contrast with today's fabrics, this selvage is almost negligible.

Here's the quilting pattern on the back.

The blue and green help to balance all the red.
Interesting...I learn something every day.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

A,B,C Wall Hanging

I love this wall hanging.
I found this fabric kit when I cleaned up and organized my studio.
Pattern by "Joined at the Hip."

I used most of the kitted fabrics, but I changed out the brown floral border for this red. 

An afternoon of machine applique...

And then it was quilted.
 I like my wall hangings to have a lot of dense quilting to make them stiff.
They will hang better that way. 

I hate to waste, so when I make wall hangings just for me,  I always use muslin for the backing and I use up lots of my leftover bobbin thread.  I used up 7 different thread colors on the back and now, I have 7 empty bobbins for my next large quilt.

Here it is on the wall in my spare bedroom.
I love it!


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