Saturday, March 21, 2015

Chevron Continued..3


Making some progress here.  After floundering around with the smallest blocks, I decided the most efficient way to piece this quilt would be to piece these 4 patch blocks and then mix and match the colors for the rows. 

I thought I would share my method for getting nice, evenly matched points when piecing. 

For these blocks, I pressed the seams open.  I don't often do that, but you will have 6 layers of fabric a the center junction, so you have to distribute the thickness by pressing open seams.


Start by putting a pin right at the junction of the center seam, where the colors meet.

 Then pushing the pin through the top, pierce the back piece in exactly the same place..where the blue and black fabrics meet.  If you have carefully sewn your seams from the beginning, this will be exactly 1/4 inch from the edge.
Keeping the pin perpendicular to the fabric, wiggle the pin a bit, just to get those points exactly lined up and seated well.   Keep this pin in this position. 

Put a second and third pin on either side of this centered pin.  Leave the center pin in this position. It will keep those 2 points lined up exactly.


Start stitching your seam keeping this upright pin still in this position.
Carefully stitch over  the first pin and on towards the upright pin. By this time, you have pulled it up a bit so your fabric can advance as you sew--but it's still holding these 2 points in position.  As you can see, one more stitch, and my needle will drop exactly into the hole where this pin is standing.  As I take the stitch, I pull out the pin and continue stitching the rest of the seam.  You will have perfect points every single time.  It's pretty fast once you do it a few times.

I do the same thing at the beginning corners to match up these 2 diagonal seams.  Put a pin perpendicular to the fabrics, at 1/4 inch from the corner, exactly in the seam.
Then pin the fabrc in place just behind the first pin.


Perfect points and junctions every time.












Chevron Quilt

I have all 164 HST blocks done and awaiting the design wall.  Let the fun commence!



Friday, March 20, 2015

Chevron Quilt

I'm starting on this chevron quilt for my granddaughter--solid black and solid brights. I just haven't gotten to the oranges, reds, purples, and yellows!

Instead of using charm squares, I am using a couple of layer cakes and can get 8 HST blocks super fast.  Here is a video that shows this technique, but I hate marking with a pencil, I skip that step and just iron 2 diagonal "marks" in my color fabrics...then sew on either side of the crease.

Here is the video.




Thursday, March 19, 2015

Purple Daisies

I just finished up this classic embroidery top today for a lady just put into Hospice care. I got the quilt in the mail yesterday, stitched up the top panels, cut and stitched the backing, quilted it, bound it and boxed it for the mail. 
I remember my Mom sitting in the evenings, hand embroidering tops like this. These are the tops that are pre-marked with little blue dots in addition to the embroidery pattern. You can't iron the top or it will set the ink and the dots will never wash out. These were made by "Hershners." They are still in business, but they don't make these tops anymore...so, I guess they are collector's quilts now.

I find is very hard to quilt on the dotted line.

I just love all these purple daisies.  What a lot of work!

The purple backing and binding is the perfect compliment to this top!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Quilt of Valor #68

This Quilt of Valor was made by Bonnie of Canton, OH.

I love all the browns and reds she used to compliment the Eagle/flag fabric. 

I have not use a pantograph for a long time, I dug through mine and found this one: Allegiance by
Kristen Hoftyzer.

I really like all these rich colors in this quilt. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quilt of Valor #67

This Quilt of Valor was made by Bonnie from Canton, OH.

I guess you could say I decorated the flags. 
I picked a couple of backgrounds and repeated them in each color.
Check out this cool border fabric...

I used gold thread top and bottom.  I love gold thread for QOVs.

I love this fabric with the shooting stars!
Border is a simple and efficient wavy line.

The true color is the pictures above.  It's navy, not electric blue.  



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quilt of Valor #66

This is QOV #2 for the Central Massachusetts Quilts of Valor group.
I just finished it and it's in the mail back to MA to their binder.  

I had this hanging up in my studio for the past week and tried to come up with a design for the blocks--some are partial blocks some are whole.  So....I decided to just quilt the different fabrics with unified and simple designs. 

I used "Deloa's Boomerang" arc ruler to go clockwise all around the outer border.  I used gold thread so it's really hard to see in the dark fabric.  
I like how it turned out and will do it again.  The 4 corners work up into extra long arcs and with this star fabric, it reminds me of shooting stars.

Surprise!  Flag print on the back~ 




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Quilt of Valor #65

This Quilt of Valor was made by the Central Massachusetts Quilts of Valor group.

~ It's made of crumbs~


All the colored strips are crumb strips, some have up to 20 different fabric pieces sewn together.
I chalked in a dozen randomly placed stars, echoed them, and then quilted the rest of the top with swirls.  Swirls are great to quilt down all those itty bitty pieces of fabric.

I used navy blue thread top and bottom.  The back is a tiny red/white pin stripe and since you can't really see much quilting on this brightly colored top, the navy makes a nice contrast on the back.  

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I think I like how it turned out.



Thursday, February 12, 2015

DWR Done!

This Double Wedding Ring is finally complete and tomorrow morning, will be on it's way to Southern Utah for my sweet friend Shirley.  It was a treat to quilt her unique top.

We wanted something different than the traditional treatment for this stunning quilt with modern colors: black, grey and white.  Asymmetrical freehand feather plumes are centered in each ring, but also centered in a grid-like box that is hiding in the background.



97 x 97




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