May 20th, 2013
So my son has a friend who is also four and she wanted a pretty pink doll quilt. Turned out I have no patience for little quilts. None. So we ended up going big and made her a 4'x36" from the fabric she picked out. Machine pieced, quilted and bound because small children have no patience and I didn't feel like fielding 'is it done yet?' for two months. Heh.
To get my son in on it I had him pick out each fabric square per row. When the rows were finished we had a toss-party and then he picked out the rows as they would be sewn to each other to make the quilt. He sat in my lap during the quilting and binding (can you tell?)
The only pic I have is blurry, unfortunately I couldn't tell before I bundled it out the door since my son was vibrating across the room to hand it over.
Ended up doing one for her little brother too.
May 16th, 2013
Sorry if this isn't the "right" place for this, but I wanted to rant a bit and I feel like this is the only place where people will "get it."
Someone broke into my little storage unit and stole everything in there. There were some boxes of odds and ends, but the bulk of what they stole were all of my handmade Christmas decorations. Including the tree skirt and stockings that I spent hours and hours quilting last year. I suppose I'll make more some day, but right now I'm so heartsick that I can't imagine doing all that work over again. :(
May 10th, 2013
|seweccentric||11:39 am - Black Cherry Quilt|
I finally finished! I started this quilt in 2008 and it kept getting pushed aside for extended periods. I finally made it a priority and I feel so accomplished now that it's done! The cherries are enormous 1-1/2" fabric covered buttons (with a layer of batting).Pattern: Black Cherry Quilt
Finished Size:55 1/2" x 71 1/2"
Source: June '08 McCalls Quilting
Fabric:Lakehouse Dry Goods (fabric kit)
Techniques: Machine-pieced, hand-quilted, appliqued
Hanging System: Dignitet by Ikea
April 20th, 2013
|mid_night_glory||06:12 pm - Dr. Seuss Quilt|
A couple of years ago (I think) I decided to spiffy up the bathroom by making it a Dr. Seuss themed room. At the time the only shower curtains available were Cat in the Hat ones, so, naturally, I made my own.And then, as often happens, I had a bunch of left over fabric. I mulled over for a bit what I might do with it, and then a conversation with my cousin decided the question: I’d make her a throw quilt:
I sent it to my cousin all the way on the other side of the world, in New Zealand. She likes it, and so do I.
Current Mood: pleased
April 10th, 2013
|ktmae||06:56 am - Dilemma|
Have you ever made a quilt that has 2 true sides? If so, how do you decide which side to design your quilting around?
April 4th, 2013
|mmegaera||04:50 pm - hoping this is an added inducement|
To joining the spinning star swap I'm organizing. I have 19 people interested (17 in doing all six colors and 2 interested in swapping only a few colors), between here and the email quilting list I belong to.
In the spirit of persuading even more of you, I pieced six sample blocks, one in each color, and took pictures. They're below the cut.
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April 1st, 2013
|clumsy_chord||02:51 pm - Batik Trip Around the Worldish Quilts|
So I decided to get rid of all my batik fabrics by turning them into Trip Around the World quilts. I was on vacation last week, so I got to work on that, and have two mostly-finished tops (of a planned four - I have enough strips of fabric to make 4 baby quilts, plus 9 additional blocks):
This is the first one I made, which is scrappy as all get out. I made six piles of fabrics - orange, purple, green, brown, yellow (which also had some reds and burgundies and beiges in it), and blue, and used as many different fabrics as I could to get it as scrappy as I could. So browns.. I think I only had maybe 4 different fabrics, so there isn't much variation there, but there are 10 different purple fabrics.
I think this layout has a different name, rather than trip around the world, but I don't actually know what it is. I think I saw somewhere that it's called barn raising, but then I thought that was for a variation on the log cabin. Anyway, I don't guess I really care :D
The second finished top is not really scrappy at all, and not really a trip around the world, at all, but you build it in the same way, just rotating the blocks differently.
This one was really planned. I decided that I'd make one with a really strict colour-scheme before I didn't have enough strips of a given fabric to make it all work together. There are two different blues, two different purples, and two different yellows in this, but since they're all so similar in value, you can't really tell unless you get up close. It actually kind of has an almost Easter vibe to it, with all those pastels, doesn't it?
Anyway, there are loose plans to put a border around each of these, but I haven't quite got around to it yet. And also, some of the fabrics I thought I had a lot of are actually smaller than I thought - normally I cut fabric from selvage to selvage, so I'd assumed these were too, but some have had one selvedge removed, along with enough fabric to make them a lot smaller pieces than I'd assumed they were.
March 30th, 2013
|mmegaera||09:40 pm - do we do swaps here?|
I've got an idea for a block swap. But I don't know:
a) if anyone would be interested
b) how to go about creating a swap here on the comm.
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Current Mood: curious
Two of my latest quilts:
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March 28th, 2013
|mid_night_glory||08:59 pm - Tea Time Quilt|
Last week I was on spring break, and while I had some grading to do, I also spent some time sewing. I finished this project-A Tea Time Quilt
It is in my much loved Attic Windows pattern (which I have used oh so many times). I am pleased with it.