Friday, November 17, 2017
I enjoyed making these simple baby quilts. They are just a large uneven nine patch block made with two coordinating fabrics which were 1.5 yards. The inner section is 24 by 34 inches and the borders are 8 inches wide.
I bought the fabrics when a quilt shop nearby was closing earlier this year. They are all Riley Blake/Penny Rose fabrics.
I quilted the first one on my Tiara.
I quilted the second one on the Bernina Q24.
I found it easier to quilt this design on the sit down quilting machine because I could keep the borders more continuous. I chose a simpler border design on the second one to make up for that.
The first one has wild quilting in the center, feathers in the border, and flowers in the corners.
It has a cute red with daisy stripe binding.
The same red daisy is on the back.
The second one has a heart/swirl combo in the center, circular loops in the border, and flowers in the corners.
It has the same red daisy stripe binding.
The backing is the cute strawberry print from the top.
They both finish about 40 by 50 inches and will be donated somewhere soon. (I might take them to the local Project Linus.)
I love simple baby quilts!
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
I enjoyed the Halloween decorations and quilts so much that it was hard to put them away. At least I was able to pull out some November/late fall decorations. My November bunting is the only one I didn't sew, but I did make it at a craft night at church.
I folded two Halloween quilts so that the orange minky showed and put them in my cabinet. I like how they look with the table runner I made in September.
An older mini quilt is on the kitchen table.
A Thimbleberries quilt is by the stairs along with Spring Race folded to see the minky and quilting.
It needs a little more color over there, so I have planned some more fall quilts.
I hope I have time to get to them later this month. However, I have Christmas things I need to make and these will probably have to wait for next year.
My basement is still decorated for fall, but I have been itching to see what my new Christmas tree looks like...
My husband keeps expecting to come home from work and see some early Christmas decorations in the basement. It hasn't happened... yet!
P.S. I think he just wants me to put the tree up early so that he can put his trains up early.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
It is no secret that I enjoy making quilts that are pieced simply so that I can spend more time playing with the quilting. When I saw the "Big Square" quilt in Christina Cameli's first book, First Steps to Free Motion Quilting, I knew I wanted to make at least one. Well, I made three and can see myself making more. The difference is that Christina's pattern is for a "Big Square" and I like rectangular quilts. So I altered her pattern by making the top and bottom borders bigger. Since it was no longer a square, I started calling these my "Framed Quilts." The center panels have some really big frames. These quilts all finish about 40 by 50 inches.
The first quilt was made from a fat quarter of Jungle Party fabric which I saved for this quilt when making animal quilts last year. I just couldn't bring myself to cut the cute print into four inch strips.
I quilted this on the Bernina Q24 with a spiky spiral which reminds me of claws. I thought it was a good design for a little boy quilt. The center panel is quilted with a medium stipple.
The quilting design was so big that it was a bit difficult to fit it around the center panel on the long arm. It would have been easier for me on my sit down machine.
I bound the quilt in the same blue as the inner border.
It is simple, but I think it turned out really cute.
It was quilted on the Bernina Q24. I quilted spirals in the center, loops in the inner border, and wild quilting in the border. This improv style of machine quilting made it really easy to quilt around the framed section on a long arm machine. I could just use a design that would fit whatever space was there. It was so much fun to quilt like that!
Instead of a collection of closed designs (like on this table runner), I used open FMQ designs that echoed. I quilted spirals, flowers, hearts, leaves, paisleys, and anything else I felt like in the moment. They all played really well together.
The binding is the same blue as the inner border.
I really love this one and hope a little girl will as well.
The third quilt used part of a Snail Trail panel I bought on clearance at my LQS a few years ago. Other parts of the panel were used in a stripe quilt I made last year.
I also quilted this one on the Bernina Q24 with wild quilting in the large solid border.
The difference is that I quilted spirals in the center of the large flowers, inspired by the flowers in the panel.
The princess quilt had a simple loop in the center of the big flowers.
I really like the spiral flower centers.
I bound the quilt in a darker green.
I didn't piece an inner border because the panel had its own wonky borders.
It is such a bright, cheerful quilt!
All three of these framed quilts will most likely be donated to Primary Children's Hospital at Christmastime this year. The solid fabrics were purchased earlier this year when a quilt shop nearby was closing. The solids were by Moda and Riley Blake, but I don't remember the names.
I look forward to playing with the open/echoed wild quilting designs some more.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
My mom and I recently took a three day longarm class/workshop from Amanda Murphy at Nuttall's Bernina. The classroom was amazing and a lot of her quilts were hung around the room.
I loved this free motion quilting sampler.
They also had a lot of her fabric for sale.
And here is a close-up of the quilt on the left, because I told Sandra how awesome it was. ;)
The first day was about free motion quilting on the Q-series machines. Here is a peek at some of what I did that day.
The second day was about ruler work and combining it with free motion.
The third day was about using the Q-matic and combining it with free motion quilting. I didn't take any pictures of that. ;)
It was wonderful taking a class from a Bernina Quilting and Long Arm Spokesperson. Amanda Murphy was able to give little tips and tricks for doing things on the Q24 which I found helpful. It was also wonderful spending that time with my sweet mother.
My mom and I bought some of her fabric and patterns, and I'm looking forward to trying some of her techniques on future projects.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
I am happy to say that I have finished this quilt for the Cotton Stitchers club. It will be donated to Quilts of Valor.
My original blocks, mentioned in my previous post, were made from scraps.
However, I had to cut into yardage to make enough blocks to finish the top. I made some more crazy disappearing nine patch blocks and some friendship star blocks, including two reverse star blocks.
The backing and binding were donated by Daines Cotton Shop. I donated the batting and thread. I quilted it simply with loops and stars on the Bernina Q24.
Here are close-ups of some of the other blocks that were donated.
The backing was extra wide, so I didn't have to piece it.
It was a great group project, and I hope to make another with my Cotton Stitchers club sometime. While we have had some service days before, this was our first pieced and quilted quilt.
Quilt Stats #212
Name: Quilt of Valor
Pattern: Donated 12 inch finished blocks
Fabrics Used: Various red, white, and blue
Batting: Warm and White
Size: About 60 x 72 inches
Date Finished: 2017
Here it is in my living room waiting for me to take to the next meeting.
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