Made my me - quilted by Jenny and on it's way back for binding! I LOVE this quilt! But I am not keeping it. It's a 50th birthday present for my cousin. I have never made the same quilt twice but this one has me considering it.
Yes, I am still sitting here in the jury assembly room and day dreaming. So as I mentioned in my earlier post, I am hosting the Tumbler Party. During the first round, each party participant sent me 12 fat quarters (yellow, aqua & gray) and I used my Accuquilt Studio cutter to cut the FQ's into tumbler blocks and then put them into a great big pile and sorted them like a deck of cards. The cutting is easy, it was the sorting I found to be time consuming and also relaxing. I have to say I did have fun seeing all the different prints and am tickled with the little scraps of fabric that I ended up with (I'll be cutting what I can into 2.5" sqaures so standby to see what's next). A few of the members sent extras for me to keep too - that was unnecessary but totally cool. I am beginning to see the quilt tops put together and the different layouts and seeing that and the joy everyone else is experiencing in this fun swap makes it worth repeating! I will be asking for RSVP's for the next round later this month. Please join the Flickr group if your interested in attending the party this next round. The colors will be gray, red and brown! Until then check out some of the quilt tops being put together:Nicole, Melissa, Nikki
Why, yes it is! While sitting in the jury assembly room, it occured to me that it has almost been a year since that this 'lil blog has been updated. What quilty things have I been doing? I will have to post more pictures when I am back home but for now will ask you to check out the pictures and links below.
I just completed this quilt for my son:
and this one which is the last quilt I blogged about before my blog break:
February was my turn in the Bee Happy Bee and I decided on these blocks: I am so pleased with how they are coming along. The pattern is Allison's Designs Crimsom Rambler but I reversed the print/solid arrangement. I do love this pattern it's quite simple yet yields stunning results (ppssst... no paper piecing). I used Kona Pepper and a variety of my favorite blues & greens from a Poseidon fat quarter pack. And I had a few yards of Valori Wells Olive Rose print in the same colors which I added in for the center squares just for kicks!
Stay tuned for more solid quilt works in progress :) I did mention I was on a solids kick didn't I?
I am not talking about bliss from Anna, Lead Commander in "V". Of course I am speaking of Moda Bliss! Isn't it just lovely? I used my Bliss charm pack and Kona White and made disappearing 9 patch blocks. Then I squared them up "wonky" on my Accuquilt Studio cutter using a 12.5 inch square die.
This quilt is a gift for my sweet Aunt Georgette, matriarch of my family. The colors and patterns of the prints remind me of growing up in her beautiful 1940's home.
I am not a fan of handstitching binding and I think the fake piping flange adds a touch of "wow" to the finished product. I send my large quilts to a fablous long arm quilter who uses a similar 'fake piping' method to machine stitch the binding - I love her results but have not been able to duplicate them too well (ok and I was a bit of a lazy binder). An online friend gave me the strip measurements she was taught and I tried it and found my binding method of choice. I will not likely hand stitch binding again!
I promised this tutorial some time ago yet computer issues and other priorities prevented me from posting. I am demonstrating this technique at the April OCMQG meeting so if any of you make and sew your binding from these directions will you please leave me some feedback? Thanks!
These directions assume you already know how to do binding and if you do not Jaybird Quilts has a great tutorial.
Ok, so I *just* popped on over to Jaybird Quilts to make sure I had the link correct for her binding instructions and found another tutorial for what she calls Binding Flange. I noticed her technique is different but the result is just as lovely!
Here is how I make the binding:
choose two different prints for your binding
cut the outer edge 1 3/8 "
cut the piping/flange piece 1 5/8"
sew your strips together just like you would normal binding in one long strip (short end to short end RST)
then sew them strips together to create your 2.5 inch binding (long ends RST)
press your biding in 1/2 wrong sides together
now sew the binding onto the BACK of your quilt with the piping print showing (facing up), sew as you normally would (I am using a white piece of paper in this picture which represents a finished quilt top)
when you flip the binding over the front of the quilt (white sheet of paper in this case) you can see the bit of piping showing. you will want to use thread to match that piping and sew down your binding from the front. stitch in the ditch if you can but as long as you stitch in that piping it will look awesome!
I will post more pictures when I finish my next quilt ;-)
I have yet to download the photos from Hawaii where I worked on the Lonestar so the update on that project will have to wait (I am sure your in great suspense) ~ for now here are a few pictures of my virtual bee catchup work plus a couch pillow I made for my sofa. Will be back soon!
Happy Sunday! I am way behind on posting here and have a lot of explaining to do :-) ... but until then I wanted to show you that my latest quilt is back from the quilters. Hope you like it! I do. It's already being used as my bed quilt. I used Denise Schmidt's Hope Valley line with Kona solids inbetween. I will be back this week with a follow up on the Fandango Lone Star, a stash report mostly discussing my renewed passion for solids and a tutorial on machine pieced binding!
I just received my order of AMH's Innocent Crush and I must say until it arrived I did not get what all the fuss was about - don't get me wrong I really do love AMH's lines - all of them - but never did I expect Innocent Crush to steal my heart and become a not so innocent obsession! I already ordered more and have well.. hmm.. 3 quilts picked out to make with this line, some pajama's, pillow cases, pillows, hexies and oh yes, I will die cut some and share with friends.. look back for more on this crush topic and in the meanwhile check out this Curlicue Crush!
I am leaving for vacation next week and taking my Fandango jelly roll and little sewing machine with me.... 9 days in Hawaii and I will have everything I need to get Fandango Lone Star finished. Stay tuned for pictures and updates :)
Round 3 of the Hexie Swap is wrapping up this week. Round 4 sign ups open!
Have an awesome Wednesday and I will be back over the weekend.
I typed an entire history and top making process earlier but lost my internet connection and was not able to save my work ..uughh.. teach me to save drafts eh? ;-) Here is the short version...
Got some vintage blocks from a lady who got them from a Menninite auction in Kentucky .. decided to honor the block maker by finishing what she was not able to. I sashed them with Kona Sand to match the feedsack neutrual fabric the maker used... I sewed the blocks on to strips as one would if sewing a log cabin block. I found this to help even out the edges of the block. I am sure there is a "correct" way to do this however I found this method to work just fine.
.... look at her nice hand stitch work..
Pressed the blocks a lot .. ....They sure were wonky .. .
Square 'em ... 12.5 inch blocks.. looking pretty!!
Found the perfect sashing in my stash ~ Kaffe's Ikat Woven Streaks in pool!! Lovely fabric...
I host a hexie swap on Flickr and we are about ready to start the 2nd round. The idea is people mail 6" squares to me, I cut them with my Accuquilt Studio Die which cuts a 5 5/8"W x 4 7/8"H (14 cm x 12 cm), sides 2 13/16" (7 cm) hexagon shape and mail them back. I am new to swap hosting and the first one was so fun I am excited to do another. Please visit http://www.flickr.com/groups/hexieswap/ for details and to sign up if you are interested! :-)
Yikes! In order to avoid rows of 13, I made this quilt too long instead of too wide... it's about 90" X 54. The only thing I can think of to correct this is to cut the side tumblers and add a strip of Forest Glow on each side. What do you think?
I love organic products for cleaning and cleansing, I eat mostly whole food, prefer natural over anything artificial, buy local where practical and sometimes where not. Many times I have thought about switching to using only organic fabric for sewing & quilting and besides bath towels have not done so.......... until now. Please leave me a comment and let me know how organic fits into your contemporary quilting & sewing.
Just look at this lovely collection from Fabricworm ~ how could I resist?
Monaluna Circa 50 Woodland Chain Strawberry (Organic) Riley Blake Cheery Circles Red Rosmarie Lavin Spa Floral Outline Turquoise Patty Young Blossoms Red Felicity Miller Gypsy Round Flowers Pink Monaluna Circa 50 Woodland Friends (Organic) Monaluna Circa 50 Tree Stripes (Organic) Robert Kaufman Pure Organic Solid Aqua
This quilt was so easy to make! I had intended on quilting it myself by following the zig zag pattern which would have been nice. But then I scheduled shoulder surgery and just couldn't wait to use this quilt and it called for a cherry quilt pattern (don't you think?) ... .it's a present to me!