|Quilt of Valor, top made by Linda L. of Colorado|
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Just finished this sweet little quilt tonight and will get mailed back to my client tomorrow.
It's all hand embroidered with crosstitch.
Quilted more bees in the white border so it was easy to work around the flange.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
I started on this a couple of nights ago. We are so busy with summer work and all things yard and garden, I have not even been in my studio for about a month!
My client is very talented with her needle. Her embroidery is perfect.
After quilting all the designs, I decided to put a simple crosshatch in the background of each "block."
I still have not decided what I will do in the outer borders, I do know that I will change thread in the brown border. I have to come up with an idea that will work with that flange in the white border.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Work in progress update--
Churning out a few more blocks for the Crown Royal quilt. I am able to use a rotary cutter to cut out the bags, but it's slow and tedious and I need every mm of fabric to make these blocks.
I spent about 4 house marking this top for a client in MN. Can't wait to get it on the frame!
I always take a few photos of the quilt and then print them out in B&W so I can doodle on the to come up with a design.
Then, I translate it to the quilt top.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I used black thread to do all the ditching, but am not a fan of dark thread on lighter colors. However, the ditching went pretty well, so I decided to just use black on the whole quilt. Most of the quilting is in the darker fabrics, and I tried to limit it in the yellow and light grey fabrics.
Since this is for a male, I am decided I liked the crisp look of the crosshatching for all the sashing and it will link up vertically and horizontally.
My sister and I went on a road trip down to Ocean City, Maryland over the weekend.
We took bicycles and biked 5 miles along the board walk.
We drove down to Chincoteague Island, VA.
We were looking for a place to have brunch before another afternoon of biking, look what we just happened to drive by!
It was a cute little mid century house. They had a very interesting item...
Yup, they had a whole hide here for sale.
We spent the afternoon on bike trails. We took our backpacks, some water and snacks (not nearly enough), biked another 3 miles and then hiked 2 miles out to the ocean and back.
Back in our room in Ocean City, MD we crashed early.
We got up early Easter morning and walked out to the beach to see the sunrise.
We found the Easter Bunny!
It was too cloudy to see the sun, but beautiful none the less.
|Atlantic Ocean, Ocean City, MD|
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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
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 #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
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
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. ..it came out pretty dang good!
Friday, April 11, 2014
I started this project way back in March....Here
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!