Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Quickie Quilt

This little quilt for my guild's charity efforts was done start to finish in just a few hours. 
 Minimal piecing and superfast peacock feather quilting.
The fabric arrived today for second grandson's wedding quilt that will go on retreat with me next week.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

The Borders Are On!

Finally this quilt top is ready for the longarm and I discover I have no more KS wool batts, argh! Not very good planning on my part but I ordered a box and it should be here Friday from the East Coast.
The quilt will be plenty long enough for a generous pillow tuck, DH hates frou frou pillows never knowing what to do with them at bedtime! I am very pleased with the overall result, the colors blend perfectly with the rest of the room's decor, wall color, art over the bed and the beautiful barn door made by DH with "blue-stain beetle kill pine".
The backing  for this quilt is already here and I have no excuse not to embroider the label before I quilt it. My dear brother arrives from Australia in two weeks for a visit and I want to have  as many  projects as possible cleared out by the time he arrives.
Meanwhile there is a small charity quilt I need to complete for my quilt group and that goes on next,  followed by the construction of another KS for second grandson and wife recently wed last month! I ordered the fabrics and they should be here by Wednesday, unfortunately I had insufficient stash fabrics for a blue Tumbling Blocks quilt.
 These are what I have ordered, I am going for a specific look that requires little contrast between to two lighter fabrics so I am hoping these will work or else I will be searching some more!
The meet-up group I recently joined has a retreat in the White Mountains the end of this month and the tumbling blocks quilt will be a good project to work on.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Progress On My Bed Quilt

I was able to spend some time this week finishing the piecing of the center of my bed quilt that has been on hold for months. It will get wide grey borders on three sides to fit a Cal.King bed but I need to wait until tomorrow to lay it on my bed to check the necessary width for the borders.
After the struggle at the end of piecing to press the seams in the chevron quilt I was more meticulous step by step this time to press every row back and front  as I sewed and now all my seams are perfect and perfectly flat. It did take more time stopping between each row and carefully pressing but the pay-off is worth it and when piecing was done so was pressing!
These are the two grey fabrics I am considering for the border
 Seen together there appears to be a marked difference in value,
 but when apart oddly they seem much more similar.
 I am leaning towards the darker though the lighter one has a more pleasing pattern - I will look at them in the daylight once I lay the quilt out on the bed.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Chevron Delivery!

Grandson Daniel and his lovely wife Ashlee came for dinner this evening, they had requested "the real Shepherd's Pie" so of course GM obliged. I roasted a leg of lamb last night and used the rest for the Shepherd's Pie. I meant to take a pic and forgot but did remember when I gave them their quilt!
They are so excited to have a quilt that fits their KS bed, and just in time, they moved into their condo last weekend. Daniel said "Finally my feet will be covered!"
May they sleep happily under it for many years until it is worn out - and I will need to make them another!
PS. I sent them home with enough Shepherd's Pie for another meal!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Chevron, Bound And Labeled!

Only three more rows to attach to mine and then the grey borders. Should be ready to quilt it by the weekend.Yippee!
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Black And White Chevron Take Two!

Tada, it is quilted and I am very happy with it. 
 Quilted with my absolute favorite and fastest E to E design, the peacock feather.
And it seems to compliment about any piecing design.
Now for the binding with the white print.
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Friday, September 2, 2016

A Little Aussie Quilt

Linking up with Needlework Tuesday, a bit late!
The collections of fabric in my stash seem to age to a certain point where they begin to cast resentful looks at me every time I go to the stash, "use me" they say "please make me into a quilt". Yes, that is why they were purchased and every so often the nagging succeeds and results in a quilt!
Such is the case with the Aussie fabrics in this quilt. I have made a dent in them but a lot of others yet remain awaiting inspiration! All those in the square blocks are hand dyes from a now defunct business in Queensland called Oz Dye-Arts. I was very sad when they ended the business and so ordered a lot of things like the kit below, before they finally closed their doors. 
Their iconic hand dyes were the only thing of the kind available and so quaintly Aussie I just loved them but unfortunately had not the foresight to buy more than a fat quarter of each in every color severely limiting quilt design choices. I was able to utilize a lot of the FQs and now am mostly left with yardage in my Aussie fabric collection.
 I quilted it up with a repetitive modern design happy just to have it done!
 I will need to switch from quilting and do a bit of binding after this next project as the black and white chevron goes on the longarm. I really do need to quilt up the last few completed tops of my own and have done with the backlog maybe then I will tackle the true UFO's!
How do you handle aging fabrics, do you feel guilty allowing them to lay around unused?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Black And White Chevron Quilt

This may not seem enough for a KS quilt but there are 272 seven inch HST's here for oldest Grandson and wife's quilt.
 Here it is ready for the final pressings, once from the back with a hot dry iron to be sure every seam is flat and laying the way it should be and again from the front with a spritz of water on every seam to ensure that there are no folds.
Then I can be sure that there will be no surprise pleats or lumps to misdirect the quilting or break a needle, put my timing out of whack and waste my time fixing it! Better to spend the effort pressing though it is certainly not my favorite part of the process.
 Although I have a large Polder ironing board it's still awkward and labor intensive. pushing all that fabric around
But the results are worthwhile, now it hangs straight and flat and perfectly prepared for quilting. I will order the backing tomorrow and hopefully have it all finished up for delivery next week. I am planning to make shams to match but they will be a fast project.
Now back to the longarm to quilt up a couple of tops while I await the backing.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bella Verona

Jennifer's beautiful quilt was a bit of a challenge to quilt - I had planned a semi custom but due to the complexity of the design just could not see how to smoothly transition from a custom border to Edge to Edge, it would have looked ungainly and clumsy, IMO!
I defaulted to feathers, an elegant choice when no other theme seems obvious. The outside borders are a reverse feather design, the large top border and the similar blocks forming the central cross pieces received a feather curl. It's hard to see with the neutral thread but any other color might have been too distracting from the intricate piecing.
Three different feather designs for the various border areas
I was then left with a T shaped area at the outside end of the cross pieces that lacked quilting and considered several options before I settled on crosshatching. I am quite pleased with it, honestly,  I was rather tired of all the feathering!
View from the back shows the feather curls and the space I needed to fill between those and the borders.
Quilting always shows better on the back and makes a whole quilt effect for a reversible quilt!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Quilt Group

I had not been a member of an actual quilt group in many years and recently decided I would like some quilty fellowship once in a while so I have joined Sunrise Quilters, a very active guild where my good friend BJ goes. Last night was my third month and I have officially become a member, just have to make my paper pieced name tag.
This group has a new block each month and any who make a block get a chance to win all of them.
There were only seven blocks this month and I had made two so I got two chances and they ended up being mine!
It's a very easy block so I made two more this evening.
This makes a baby quilt size so I think I will sew it up as is and quilt for a spare baby quilt.
I will play around with the arrangement and rotate alternate blocks to make it more interesting or perhaps try sashing. The white open spaces allow for some fun quilting, and it's always nice to have a baby quilt available.

Monday, July 25, 2016

ThirtyFifth Avenue BOM, 2013?

You know you have the deadly, incurable quilting pox  really seriously when you cannot remember the year you made a quilt- it's likely you have made too many to recall these details! So this stunning design has been completed and awaiting a turn on the Big Girl machine for simply ages, I just could not decide how to quilt it because I wanted to custom it. I had quilted one for Kathy K a couple of years ago, an Edge to Edge design using gold thread and it turned out very pretty.
So I finally succumbed to guilt and decided to do an edge to edge design, sometimes thoughts of these incomplete quilts disturb my peace of mind until I cannot bear it any longer!
It is hard to tell in the photos but I used a beautiful 100% cotton variegated King Tut thread called  De Nile and it shows up nicely against the black.
To me this is a very Amish looking quilt, it's also a Q-K size but does not have a designated home!
The pantograph is Jitterbug by Meadowlyon Designs and it's the first time I have used it, I think it gives some nice movement to the quilt.
The blocks below are part of a block swap at the quilt group I have begun to attend. Each month a different block design is given and then there is a drawing for the "winner take all"! The only requirement was for a white background so I pulled some brights from my scrap bin.
Then  I decided to make a second from the grey and yellow palette for  my new bed quilt. I will get two chances to win now!
Linking up with Needlework Tuesday

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Beach Sewing!

Mostly lovely sunny breezy weather at the beach this week.
The kids put up two tents in the front yard, one for the girls and another for the boys, no gender confusion here!
 Button loves the beach endless space to roam and all kinds of unusual critter smells like crab shells.
About noon today a weather system came in with rain and overcast skies,
not sufficient to dissuade the kids from joy riding on the inner tube behind the boat, you can barely see them in this picture.
 I brought along my current project the black and white KS chevron quilt, wedding gift for our oldest grandson. You can hear the ocean from every part of the house and from where I sit I can look up and see the ocean out the adjacent window on my right.
 I am using the four at a time HST method with 10.5" squares, and I will have a big stack to cut when I get home as the 12.5" ruler I brought along is not quite long enough to easily cut the squares on the diagonal.
As you can see I have done a few but it's a little tedious.
Tomorrow I will need to rotary cut more squares and sew them together but I am done for today, it is vacation after all and it's cocktail time at the beach!
Linking up with Needlework Tuesday, a little late!