Monday, August 11, 2014

CR Down the home stretch...#2

Here is what is on the design wall tonight.
Yes, that's denim in the alternate blocks.
My client brought me a huge box of jeans along with the CR bags for his quilt.

Crown Royal-down the home stretch...

I have been working on this for the past 2 days.  I will not put any other quilt on the frame until I have finished piecing this quilt.  It will be next.
This quilt was commissioned by some very good friends of ours.

I have been working on it-off and on- for almost 2 years.  Mind you, we sold the farm in Idaho, moved to Ohio during this time....and I had a surgery....yada, yada..... 

These friends are headed out to visit us next month and spend a few days. Now, my goal is to have it on the bed when they get here!

Here are the finished blocks I am making from the bags.

I was able to create a way to use up all most all of the fabric in the bag and the gold braid to boot!
Here's how it works:
I cut off the drawstring casing and fish out the braid--taking care not to cut the braid because I will need every millimeter of it for the block.
I cut off the knot and fish out the braid
There is a 36" length of braid in each bag.
Here's what I end up with...when I get a dozen bags dissected, I iron everything and start assembling the blocks.
If I have cut the bag extremely carefully, I can get two 9.5 x 2.25 inch strips from the side length.
I need to cut the bottom curve off the front piece right where the width is 4 inches.
Sew the front to the back... 
Centering the words, trim this to 9.5 x 4 inches. 
Not much left of the bag and I am saving the chunk left from the back, I might use it later.
Here we are: the braid is stitched 3/4 inch in from the edge of the block making a nice frame.
I am getting close to my final number of 60 blocks this afternoon! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Lisa's Quilt

Today, I just finished quilting this beautiful quilt made by Lisa in Minnesota.  It is large enough I had a difficult time getting a photo of the whole quilt but here you can see most of it.
It was really fun to quilt. 
Sampler blocks are fun, you can be do creative. 

Basket weave quilted in the white/black setting triangles.  


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