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Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Bid Me Goodnight
Topic: Quilting

Once again, the entry title is the name of my latest quilt - a kind of inside joke because it will be 'bid' on at auction and it is a queen-size bed quilt. This is only the 5th time I have made a queen quilt (also have done 1 king) - not a big percentage out of 202 quilts!

This quilt was made by request, for a fund-raiser auction, but I used mostly fabrics I had on hand.

The initial plan was to use a panel I had with 18 units of paintings of Alaska wildflowers. I had picked this up on a vacation cruise some years ago and was waiting for the right pattern to come along. When I saw a tutorial on Missouri Star Quilt Company for using 2" blocks to surround 6" squares I knew I had the right pattern for me. Only problem was that the floral centers were 6x12, so I had to adjust the pattern. Done.

That tutorial used a 'jelly roll' of 2 1/2" strips to create the surrounding blocks. I happened to have a kit, given to me as a gift, with beautiful batik fabric strips. I never liked the pattern in the kit so these had sat languishing in the stash. Eureka! The colors were perfect with the flower portraits.

Then I got the request that the quilt be queen sized. Hmmm, I had enough for a lap quilt! So I rummaged through my stash and found some florals that I could add in, even if they were not the portrait style - same color ranges, though. I had to add in some other batik fabrics (cut into strips) so there would be enough to surround all the blocks. This gave me the opportunity to weed out some of the original batiks that were red or black or navy blue that really did not suit the pallette.

SO - I laid it all out, sewed together in a 7 across by 4 down grid only to realize I had the mattress dimensions backwards! AAAAAaaaarrrrgggghhhh! Now, what to do? Take off one column from the side, cut and block-border two more of the fabrics and create an addition row at the bottom. Now I had a grid layout of 6 across and 5 down with the exact dimensions of a queen mattress. Whew!

I calculated what borders I would need to create a drop on three sides. From my stash I added a 2 inch border all around, a 4 inch border to the sides and bottom (plus a 2 inch top border) and an 8 inch border to the sides and bottom. At the corners of the 4 and 8 inch borders I put in cornerstones of 2" blocks left over from the block bordering. This gave me a 14" drop.

This was quilted with 'bountiful feathers' from Urban Elementz with a 'silver' gray thread, yellow backing and Hobbs Heirloom cotton/polyester blend batting. Binding is one of the batiks that has a color blend from grayed green to red violet.

Throughout this process, with all of its changes, someone commented "You are truly creative." My response, "You mean, 'you really make it up as you go along'!" (More than you know)

When I was truly all done I had big chunks left of the yellow backing fabric, the widest border fabric and another of the border fabrics. So I made a set of matching pillowcases to go with it. By placing these at the top of the bed it will make up for there not being a lot of quilt at the top edge to enclose pillows like you would with a bedspread.

After all that, are you ready for some pictures?

The only place tall enough to display it was on pant hangers hooked to the house gutter. It still drags at the bottom.

Look how well those batik blocks pull out the colors from the flower panels.

A better view of the floral fabrics:


A closeup of one of the wildflower portraits. You can see how this one has a dragonfly. Others have butterflies which will play into the outer border.


Here you can see the quilting pattern as well as the sequence of the three borders (2", 4", 8"). The colors in the butterfly print were a perfect match for the florals and it was already in my stash!


Here is a view of the pieced cornerstones in the borders.


And a peek at the backing and binding.


I didn't get a photo of the pillowcases. They are yellow with a butterfly cuff and a 1" flange of the teal border.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 24 August 2020
The Shirts Off My Back
Topic: Quilting

Armed with a stack of my grandson's t-shirts, collected by his mom, I set out to make my first t-shirt quilt ever!

The first step was to read all about it - advice from other quilters on materials (stabilizers, sashing, batting, backing, threads) and on methods (pressing seams, quilting, special needles). I experimented with various layouts and finally realized I was going to need to put in a couple of extender rows to get the size out of only 15 shirts. I ended up adding the back of one shirt that had gradeschool classmates' names on it so I would have 16 to work with.

I pulled 3 different flannels from my sister's stash - one for sashings and backing, one for the panels and binding, and one for the outer border. After cutting off all the shirt fronts I ironed on the stabilizers and then measured to find the largest size I could get. As it turned out I could cut 13.5 inch squares from all but one shirt and for that I could bring it up to size by adding borders all around (from the back of a black shirt.)

The extending panels ended up being one near the top that ran the full width of the quilt and one near the bottom the width of two shirts. I had a plan for those so they wouldn't be so plain.

So assembly took place, sandwiching and quilting was accomplished and then I put my plan into place for the panels - iron-on lettering! I had my brother and sister-in-law use their Cricut machine to cut 'collegiate' style letters to spell out NEBRASKA in red as well as his last name, HOOPS, in black. I used a combination of the Cricut Press and my iron to apply the letters. I had already quilted at this point so it took some work to get the letters to stick down in the stitched valleys.

Here is the final result (followed by detail shots of the custom quilting in the shirts, by theme)


Details:

This got outlining of the image plus background stippling.


This is the one shirt I had to extend to reach the size of the rest. I filled the background with bubbles.


Archerygot a background of pointy meandering


Rise up was outlined and filled with scallops.


The first banner with iron on lettering. The quilting was varying depths of chevrons to echo the fabric print.
 


Swirly waves fill this background around the logo which is outlined.


It was perfect that this logo sat up so high. It fit perfectly in the windshield of a stylized Jeep logo.


Never having seen this show I had no idea what was up with the pineapple. But I figured it must be important since it was on a LOT of the pictures I saw. So I just madea large one on the left and meander filled the rest.


Simple echo quilting


Beets, of course!


The basketball net is not obvious on this one but yo can see the 'swoosh' as the ball goes through it!


Hard to see - left half is tire treads, right half is silhouette of Jeep tire with Jeep logo on the hubcap.


The lower panel had blank shirt backs on each end. On this side I made an X-Box controller.


Easy to assume that this is a sports reference, but it is actually his name!


Since this blank block was red, it was begging for the outline of the state.


Our bass player got three lines of music staffs with random notes for the background.

 
Tennis shoes! In a continuous line drawing.


More echo quilting


And the last is allover meandering.

So what do you think of my result?
 
As long as the 'kid' likes it, I'm happy!
 
Ddd

Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
All-Star Animals
Topic: Quilting

Even though I am not being paid for making this quilt, I am still considering it to be a commisioned piece. The fabric was furnished to me with the request that I make a large lap quilt for a fundraiser for the Oregon Zoo.

This was such fun fabric and great colors. I did add some of my fabric from the stash to broaden the variety but kept them in the same colors (black, medium and light grey, and yellow.

I had a general idea of what I wanted to do - fussy-cut centers of stars that featured the animals from the print. I used graph paper to draft out a plan that used:

1) 170 two inch half-square triangles with a light grey floral print and 4 black fabrics with figures in taupe:


2) 36 four inch blocks of zebra print set on point inside white corners.


3) 22 six inch blocks of sawtooth stars with a variety of fabrics used for the points, white background and animal centers.


4) 10 eight inch blocks of sawtooth stars with two different fabrics used for the points, white background and animal centers.


5) 8 ten inch blocks of two-toned stars with animal centers set on point.


6) 8 twelve inch blocks of four fabric sawtooth stars with 6 inch stars in the centers.


When you put it all together you get a colorful and fun layout with lots of movement.


A grey 3 inch border frames this, followed by a binding of the small black polkadot.

The backing is the zebra fabric and I used a 5-point star-and-loops pantograph to quilt it with light grey thread.

You cannot see it in the photos but I used bright yellow thread to write in script "The Oregon Zoo" up the lower left border and "All-Star Animals" down the upper right border.

The auction for the items donated to the Oregon Zoo will start August 1st and continue for 2 weeks. I hope this makes a lot of money for them.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:15 PM PDT
Saturday, 18 July 2020
Little Orphan Angles
Topic: Quilting

Well, I think I am done rooting in the 'orphan blocks' bin for a while! The 'Mitered Mania' quilt I made in January yielded 5 extra blocks and 2 additional strip triangles that did not match up. So I tore apart the 5th block into two triangles and made an arrangement with four blocks in the center with two triangles placed on each end.

Strange shape. I pulled out some recently used backing fabric to add corner triangles and then side borders (blue floral). 

Still needing to grow this I looked in my drawer of fabrics with a variety of colors in them. Eureka! I found a piece of butterfly fabric with all the right colors. It was then that I noticed that the green strips in the blocks had butterflies. I used this new fabric (leftover from my sister's stash) for uneven borders to expand the width more than the length.

To keep expanding the size I pulled out another recent backing fabric (the yellow pinstripe was back for all of the last three quilts I finished) and added another round of uneven borders.


Now with a 'theme' of butterflies emerging I decided to quilt with loops and butterflies. I used a fine, light yellow thread for this.


The binding is the same as the backing used on this quilt.

Ddd

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 11:55 AM PDT
Thursday, 16 July 2020
Point Taken
Topic: Quilting

Having used up all the squares I could get out of the recent strip sets I found that I still had an upright triangle that could be cut from each end of each set. I did this and when I opened them and rotated two of them together on the long edge they made little hourglass units.

Of course now I am dealing with true leftovers and having created all these units I had to figure out a way to set them together to create a quilt top. I measured the hourglass units and discovered I could sliver trim them and get 5 inch squares. This meant I could set them alternating with charm squares for a perfect fit.

The question was, 'do I have any charm squares?' Yay, the answer was, 'yes'!

I had leftovers of a couple of stacks in a range of orange/golden/rust that I set in a gradiant arrangement and alternated with the hourglasses turned this way and that to form a secondary pattern of diagonal squares.


How those metallic finish warm colors changed the look of these scraps (again). I accented the teal in the blocks by adding a narrow inner border.

Here you can see the metallic finish on the squares and the brown border as well as the edge to edge quilting.


I truly used up every scrap of these orphaned strip sets after cutting all I needed for that first quilt, 'Get To The Point'.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:40 PM PDT
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
More To The Point
Topic: Quilting

The reason for naming this quilt as I have is a direct result of the block origins.

You will remember the last quilt entry was titled 'Get To The Point' - an arrangement of mountain-like peaks. Well, when cutting the tube strips for that quilt one must match up identical squares. But it you cut more blocks to the end of the strip set you end up with one extra block that does not match anything. In fact, you could get one extra from each side making TWO mismatched blocks.

So I cut all those extras and then arranged them as pinwheels with no matching combinations. This was not large enough and I wanted some sashing so I went back to the orphan blocks bin and found several black and white blocks from my late sister's stash. These I cut into sashing for the verticals and then I cut whole black and white strips for the horizontal sashing.

A couple of borders brought it up to a small lap size.

Look how the orange border transforms the 'theme' from gold and gray of the previous quilt to a lovely orange and black, perfect for a fan of the Oregon State Beavers.


Even though the pinwheels are all straight lines and points I wanted to make the quilting in swirls to show their potential for movement.


This is a pantograph from Urban Elementz.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Get To The Point
Topic: Quilting

This quilt has been languishing in the longarm pile because I couldn't decide how to do the quilting on it. I ended up doing a lot of research while other quilts jumped the line to get completed first. Sometimes it just happens that way.

The pattern for this was from an online blog entry and is a 'tube quilt' I used a jelly roll I picked up at a quilt guild's stash-buster sale for $10. I didn't really like the prints in the roll but for $10 I couldn't leave it there!

A tube quilt like this starts with two strips sewn together side by side, then laid on a wide strip of the background fabric and stitched up both sides, creating a tube.

One then cuts triangles from alternate side seams and, when they are pressed open they become a half-square triangle block with two colors in the one side and a solid background in the other. (Got that?)

As you move down the tube you get two block colorways depending on the side of the strips you car cutting from. Match up two that are the same and rotate one of them and you create a mountain.

These are placed side by side to create rows which are then stacked for the overall layout.

The jelly roll was not enough to complete enough matching sets so I threw in a few strips from my stash. The background is made up of a mixture of white-on-white fabrics.

When it came to the quilting I did not want to use an overall edge to edge design. This stumped me for quite a while but I finally settled on swirly clouds for the background and point to point arcs for the strip sets.


This was all done with free-motion quilting as was the continuous pattern in the borders.


This was a totally new process for me as I waited until all of the other quilting was done and then rolled the quilt forward and back on the machine to complete each section.

The binding was just a bit brighter than I would have liked but it was what I had on hand.

Ddd

 

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:02 AM PDT
Saturday, 11 July 2020
The Greatest of These
Topic: Quilting

This quilt was FOURTH on my list to finish. I had the first three already pieced, matched with backing and batting and ready to go on the longarm.

Then I caught a new glimpse of the supplies for this one and I just had to pull it out and work on it.

The supplies included two charm packs of coral solids that I got on sale for less than $5 each. I had cut four fabrics from my stash to have enough for the pattern. Speaking of that, the pattern was only a magazine ad for a fabric line from 3 years back and I couldn't find the actual pattern for it. Fortunately, it was a simple thing to see that I just needed half-square triangles and blocks with two snowballed corners.

The background fabric was from my stash, a print with a little basket-weave look to it.


As usual, my camera colors are off - this is much too orange. Think pink!

I used a new pantograph for the quilting pattern - hearts! and used pink thread top and bottom.


I had originally planned to bind with the same fabric as the outer border, but it just looked unfinished. So I pulled out a red and white stripe and I am SO glad I did.


This is a 52x60lap quilt that will be an engagement gift.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:14 PM PDT
Thursday, 25 June 2020
Wild Goose Chase
Topic: Quilting

More play with the orphan block bin....

First a peek at the final result and then a step-by-step on the source of the blocks used.

This is a smaller lap quilt which could be a wall hanging, too.


The starting point for this was the center block. The orphan bin also contained some leftover strip sets from the same source.


This was the source of all those dotted fabrics - From October 2015:


One of the blue blocks was what I had on hand


Then I matched in some half square triangles


Which were orphans of this quilt from Debember 2015


This quilt is ALL half square triangles and I used both the red/tan and the green/tan combinations.


I kept pulling scraps from the leftover 2 1/2 inch strips bag to build the size with borders upon borders.

When I got to a reasonable size I didn't want to put on a big clunky border so I found some fabrics that came to me from my sister's stash and played with my new Accuquilt cutter to create a bunch of flying geese. These were arranged going in one direction so they chase around the quilt.


Yesterday's quilt border leftovers provided the fabric for the striped binding. (In turn, the cut-offs from the backing on this one provided the binding for that one.)

Quilting is done using a pantograph that mimics the flowers in the dark bordering strip (and spacing pieces toward the center).

This was made in the "add a little and set aside till the next idea comes" manner and I quite like the final result.

Ddd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:37 AM PDT
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Random Nature of Things
Topic: Quilting

As long as I have been quilting (not quite 10 years) I have been saving the leftover blocks from quilts I have made. Sometimes it was because the pattern changed along the way so I didn;t need all I had made, sometimes the process of making the block made more than the pattern called for.

I keep all of these in a case labeled 'Orphan Blocks' although it sometimes contains strips sets that were sewn but not needed or parts of blocks.

I decided to sort through that bin and start with a block as the focal piece and then build around it with other blocks, partial blocks and strip sets that either used the same fabric or was coordinating in color combinations.

This is the first one I completed. After the main image I will show where the original blocks came from and note their vintage!


The feature block in the center came from the same original quilt as the diagonal stripes.


These were leftover parts from a Celtic Knot quilt I made in April 2012.


The white block with the cathedral window was part of the border.


The angled stripe blocks werepart of what made up the knots.


When rummaging for coordinating bits I found some that originated in this Quilt made in May 2014.


Parts that came from this were used here in the new quilt:


I used leftover 9-patch blocks to make faux cathedral windows to mimic the center block.

The borders around the center block came from leftover strip sets.


All of that green background was also salvage. A local lady was a manufacture's representative who had 'books' of fabric samples to take to the fabric stores so they could order stock. When those books were outdated she would put them in a big yard sale and sell the swatches by the pound. The swatches were all random sizes so I used my Accuquilt to cut standard 6.5 inch blocks.

You can see that the angled stripes were not large enough so I framed them in the same fabric used on the cathedral blocks. That framing fabric is the WRONG side of fabric recently used on the All-American Style quilt made earlier this year.

I quilted the green background with leaves and vines and also carried that in a more linear fashion into the strips bordering the center block.

The cathedral squares got some echoing curves and straight line quartering. I used a looping meander around the center cathedral block.


And there you have it - my first orphan block recovery project.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 10:21 PM PDT
Thursday, 4 June 2020
All-American Style
Topic: Quilting

This was an easy quilt to name. Pattern is a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company called 'Turn Style'. Fabrics from my stash in red, white and blue. Fabric with historic American flags all over makes up the border and the cornerstones. Quilted with stars in bright yellow thread. It all came together as All-American Style.

The block pattern is a disappearing hourglass that starts with two ten inch squares - stitch, whack, stitch, repeat... Made in two color combinations and assembled by alternating the directions, separated by gold sashings.


Isn't that flag fabric neat? I wish I had bought much more of it when I was it originally. But I can't find it anymore.

I wanted the quilting to be noticable so I used bright yellow thread and stitched stars and swirls to stay with the patriotic theme.


The colors appear brighter than they actually are in this photo. I used the same blue for the binding.

Ddd

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:19 AM PDT
Monday, 25 May 2020
Ninty Eight Point Six
Topic: Quilting

On Facebook I got notification through one of the quilting groups I am on that a lady was sponsoring a 'quarantine quilt-along'. She would provide the pattern and do periodic instructions throughout the day. We would follow the directions and do our piecing between her live broadcasts.

I chose to pull black-and-white fabrics from my stash along with a fabrics I have disliked since the moment it came to me (from a grab-bag my sister-in-law got at an auction). Very strange piece.

My quilt ended up at 49 x 65.


Over 6000 people world-wide participated in the quilt-along.

So I finished this up today on the longarm machine. I used a pantograph of large flowers with cream thread. It doesn't put up too much contrast on the darker fabrics.

I chose a black on white dot for the binding.


Not my usual style at all. But there was no telling what the result was going to be before we started.

Because it was a quarantine quilt I named it Ninty Eight Point Six.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:30 PM PDT
Friday, 22 May 2020
Betty's Love Of Cabins
Topic: Quilting

A few years back our group was given a whole lot of fabric by the family of a lady who had passed away. Her name was Betty. We've all been using it and we refer to the results as 'Betty Quilts'.

One of the fabrics I took was printed with blocks of faux applique. I used some in a quilt before but I had 13 of the applique prints left. I cut them down to use as centers in 12" blocks created by adding three rounds of scrappy log cabin strips (cut using a friend's die cutter).

Twelve of the resulting blocks were sashed together with a dotted fabric and then I used more Betty fabric for the outer borders.


The over-arching theme of these fabrics is 'hearts'. So after I had quilted around the motif in the applique blocks, the applique blocks themselves and the sashings, I quilted free-hand hearts in all the outer borders.


Then I found the perfect fabric for the binding in my sister's stash - the perfect blue with little irregular hearts.

This will go to the hospital for their Passages program.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:14 PM PDT
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Next In The Lineup
Topic: Quilting

Look to the title for the quilt name!

This quilt uses the other half of the blocks from the class I took at the Sew Expo (Constellation, posted on May 17).

Whereas that quilt mixed thm with big red blocks, this time I combined them with white blocks. When I split up the blocks for the two quilts I saved most of the bright prints for this one and those with softer colors on the other where they would not compete with the big reds.


How much that changes the look!

The white fabric blocks have awesome line art scattered squares that inspired the quilting. I got a pantograph with crazy angles and used it with white thread. This lets it blend in on the face of the quilt and only stand out on the red border. That border is the same fabric as the red blocks on the other quilt.


I finished this off with even more lines by adding a pinstriped binding.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:42 PM PDT
Sunday, 17 May 2020
Constellation
Topic: Quilting

The quilt for today is actually one of two I made using blocks from a class I took at the end of February. The pattern is called "Button Box" and was taught at the Sew and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup (Washington). It is actually a very basic block constructed with partial seaming. All of the fabric for the blocks was provided to us already precut.

I wouldn't have chosen these fabrics for myself but the instructor seemed to be pleased as punch about them.

In any case, I finished about half the blocks in class and the rest at home. From my stash I chose two different fabrics to interleave with the sewn blocks and made two tops for lap quilts.

For this one I used a bright red with multicolored stars. When I got it on the longarm today I pulled out a pantograph with stars and swirls and loaded up bright red thread for stitching.


Here is a closeup of the stitching on one block.


You'll recognize the border which is the same stripe used on the last convergence quilt I showed.

For the backing I had a large piece of white with multicolored stars. There was enough to use as the binding as well which you can see in the photo above.

While I had the big roll of batting on the table I decided to go ahead and cut the pieces I would need for the rest of the quilt tops I have done. So not I am ready with five more items ready for the longarm machine.

I actually have many more kits cut but I am MAKING myself wait to piece any more until all these are completed.

Sigh!

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 8:48 PM PDT
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Flung Flowers
Topic: Quilting

Back to a new quilt finish. And it is yet another of the convergence quilts.

In fact, if you scroll back a couple of days you'll find that this uses two of the same fabrics as the Ascending Roses quilt. That one I combined with two taupe fabrics and this one I combined with two pinks.

I also added a thin inner border before a wider dark border. I also used the same fabric from the narrow border for the binding.


I used a pink thread to do the quilting - a new pantograph I ordered with big flowers.


I like how this gives some interest to the very plain border fabric.

Ddd

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 3:46 PM PDT
Sunday, 10 May 2020
Ascending Roses
Topic: Quilting

This is my fifth quarantine quilt completed. Two were quilting only and were for family members. This one is the latest of three that will go to Passages at the hospital.

I actually have SEVEN more tops that I've pieced during this time at home that are waiting to have the longarm quilting and binding done.

This quilt is one ov several sets of fabrics I cut out for Convergence quilts. My hubby kindly consulted with me on the wide border and suggested the mitered corners using fabrics from the opposite corners. LOVE THIS!


The quilt finished at 38 inches square. More of a decorative throw instead of a lap quilt.

I wanted to get some new patterns of pantographs for the longarm quilting. While I was shopping I found a BUNCH that were free for download. They come in a pdf which you print at home. By copying multiples and taping them together you get the traditional roll. You just make enough to accomodate the quilt you are working on.

I used one of these free pantographs for this quilt.


And now I'm off to work on another.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 1:02 PM PDT
Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Converging Daydreams
Topic: Quilting

You may remember the 'convergence' quilts I made a while back. I was having so much fun with that pattern that I cut our PILES of parts to make more. I did make a couple of tops and set them aside when making masks so they haven't been quilted yet.

However, I had enough fabrics to cut TWO of a fabric I loved with multicolored lilacs on it. Well, I got to daydreaming about how I could combine those fabrics to make one larger quilt with the same feel to it.

I found, first of all, that trying to draw this idea on paper was worthless as every time something wasn't working out I had to erase the phole thing and start over. GAAAAAHH!

So I started working by the seat of my pants. 'What if..." and then cutting and interleaving and sewing back together. "Now if I do this..." and trying that out.

When I was all done I had a beautiful, if smallish, lap quilt. I was so excited by it that it went right to the head of the line of projects to go on the longarm machine.


I used a pantograph called 'paisley' to quilt this.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:28 PM PDT
Thursday, 23 April 2020
Log Cabins Under the Needle
Topic: Quilting

Well, I haven't given up on quilting even though none have made an appearance for quite some time. Actually, I have been making lots of quilt tops and setting them aside to quilt later.

In addition to that I made 137 face masks for distribution. We kept a few for ourselves and gave out some to friends and neighbors. I still had 108 to donate to the local hospital for staff to wear when not at work. they were delighted to get them.

When that was done I pulled out the last of the projects I was asked to do the quilting on from my late sister's materials. She had pieced a simple wall hanging, a top for a throw pillow and a large bed topper - all of them 100% flannel.

She had left behind a rough sketch of ideas on quilting the pillow and bed topper which I incorporated into the free-motion work I did on the longarm machine.

I didn't get any photos of the wall hanging as it was simple half-square triangles from the leftovers of the quilt.

Here is the bed topper:


The bottom is the closest to true colors. Here is one of the cabins close up:

Cornerstones each for an oak leaf:

The doors all have woodgrain:

 
Windows have a frame and sashing:
 


Each chimney has scrolled smoke coming out:


Vertical sashing features vines and leaves:


And every cabin sits on a stone foundation:


The throw pillow is a single cabin with the same red sashing (quilted the same way) all around. The pillow measured 22 inches, so you can see the scale of this bed topper.

The flannel was not as linty as I expected so I had few challenges in quilting these pieces.

Ddd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 5:04 PM PDT
Sunday, 8 March 2020
Button Box Quilt CLass
Topic: Quilting

I took another workshop class at the sewing and stitchery expo - this one on making a specific quilt pattern.

All of the pieces were cut for us and they provided the thread and the machine to sew on.

Of the 50 blocks in the kit, I got 8 completed, another 19 done 3/4 of the way and the rest laid out with color choices so they are ready to go. The pattern gives a multitude of layouts and they had samples of these in the classroom that we could take pictures of for later deciding what to do with our blocks.


I'm not enamored with the fabrics they included! The supplies did not include sashing, backing, or batting. I may decide to make a bag or something for a kid out of these.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST

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