Yesterday I finished up the paper pieced trees. The panels are not yet sewn together to allow for possible changes. Today I will begin the left side border after sewing down a hanging sleeve and label on another quilt.
If you stop by my blog share what puts you in the Christmas spirit and whether you have begun shopping or making that special gift from your sewing studio?
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
I noticed on various bloggers pages that they have taken the pledge. The pledge is that they promise to show the process of their quilty project. I've not officially taken the pledge but thought I could at least share the process.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I saw a picture of a plaid look like quilt in a quilting magazine in the early 90s. It was on an elegant four poster bed and decided I wanted to have one just like it. The nine blocks are 3 inch blocks and are made from fabric that was in my stash for making Raggedy Anns and Andys and unbleached muslin, a venture for raising income while single parenting. Since I was no longer making the dolls I needed to use up this fabric. This definitely is a scrappy quilt. I didn't even know the term "scrappy quilt" when I made it.
It is king size and took about 12 years to complete since I had decided to go back to college and get my accounting degree, which took about 6 years while working fulltime. Thus, there was not much time for making quilts. I had intended to grid quilt but as you can see it is parallel quilting using a walking foot on my domestic sewing machine. The quilt was so heavy that quilting it was hard on the neck and shoulders.
What Inspired Me to Quilt Again
My youngest son called one day and requested that I make a quilt from his ties. I followed no pattern. Many of the various blocks are 3-dimensional. The background fabric is washable faux suede. Notice the kittens, Mercedes and Beamer, the names of my son's cats, stray cats that he found at the dealership, have ties that are cut-off from the ends of ties.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The sashing fabric has some black so I ended up choosing black fabric with purplish pink feathers and cherries which worked well with the sashing fabric. I took a swatch of the sashing fabric to my favorite quilt store where the shop owner assisted me in choosing the fabric for the border. I experimented with purple that matched the purple easter basket and batik reddish/purple shades. The one we chose seemed to make the quilt pop the most.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Through the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild we who chose to participate in the Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solid Challenge received a packet of charms that contained 5" squares of various colors, a total of 38 squares. This is what I designed using Electric Quilt. Each Crow's Feet Block has a quilting motif/filler pattern derived from Leah Day's website using her techniques for free motion quilting. This was done on a domestic sewing machine. For more on Leah Day's designs go to http://www.daystyledesigns.com/365project.htm.
For more on Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild go to http://charlottemodernquiltguild.blogspot.com/.