Monday, December 7, 2009

Modified dresden plate

I just finished wrestling 2 big quilts; trimming and getting them in their bags. My back aches and I didn't get a full size picture; which I know I'll regret but it has been overcast for 4 days and someone put away the ladder that I use to hang quilts indoors. So by the time I get the ladder in (I'd have to move the car) and wrestled with them again I'd be totally wasted. So here are some close-ups of the interesting fabrics used in 2 Modified Dresden plates.
These were the last quilts my customer's grandmother Beulah made. She was 76 years old with rheumatoid arthritis so this was an amazing painful job to do for her. The tops were finished in 1976. You can tell these were made from a decades long stash.

Don't you love polka dots?

This looks like a World War 2 fabric to me. Beulah's sons had pajamas made from this fabric.

1950? or 1960?
My favorite fabrics in the quilts.

The sweetest combination.
An interesting cartoon print.
Another 50's or 60's? Anyone know?

Monday, November 30, 2009

One Block Wonder

I've seen many One Block Wonder quilts; one was Halloween fabric, one roses etc, but I love this butterfly one.

I love the King Tut variegated threads, here in a purple, red blend.
So fine thread in the bobbin.
I used a feather pantograph.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Framed 4-patch

Isn't this a bright and cheerful quilt? The piecer's first big quilt!

I used a variegated King Tut thread on the top; Harem. The bottom is a pink so fine. The quilting hardly show on the front but with the pink thread it shows up on the back. It is a pantograph with butterflies and flowers.

Night and Day

Fabulous quilt! I used 3 colors of Isacord thread on this. Ribbons in the stars and the yellow border. Feathers in the white and the big triangles. The back is navy, the same as the navy in the front but the color didn't turn out right.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thimbleberry Panel

Isn't this a sweet panel and framed just right by the piecer.

Quilted with 'Windbown'. Stone variegated king tut thread with beige in bobbin. Polyester batting.

Jars of Bugs

Isn't this a fun quilt? Not sure I could sleep under it though. This is a heavy polyester batting and the quilting shows up great, on the front anyway.
Dragonfly pantograph. Gray variegated King Tut thread, solid gray on back.

Where did the quilting go? It's there I promise and actually visible in real life.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Basket weave or fairy in a basket

This basket weave made from jelly roll was made for a new baby. I love the soft colors and simplicity of the design.

Individual motifs of a Fairy holding a flower in each block. In each row of blocks the motif is reversed; and the fairies alternate colors; green and cream.
The border is my curling feather and I used Isacord thread.

Pink hands

A birthday present. I outlined the hands and did crosshatching behind them. (One friend told me that she couldn't be paid enough to do isn't that bad, a bit time consuming but it looks really great.)
I can't see the quilting here at all, but I really did quilt it.

A grandson's hand print.
Bordered with feathers. All quilted with Isacord thread which is shiny and looks great here.

baby quilt

This turned out looking so good quilted. I love the spotty fabric she used in here, she got it at Hancock's...(they are out, I checked.)
The quilting is a panto of Noah's ark. Perfect.

Here you can see part of the panto. I'll certainly use that again and again.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Spotty Dotty Quilt Project

I call this my Spotty Dotty Quilt. I offered to teach machine applique to my guild and since my 2 daughters are expecting I came up with these symbionic quilts. One uses the scraps created by the first quilt. The one with the black borders is for a boy. (The border is minkee-I'll never do that again.) The smaller quilt will have a colored border once we know if it is a boy or .

I promised the ladies at my guild meeting to post a tutorial to remind them of the steps I taught at our guild meeting. Materials needed:
black and white fabrics-4 different ones for each block
4 fabrics of the same color-the example is of 4 different purple fabrics
fusible web
Cut each fabric into 4.25" squares. (This is different; I'd gotten 4.5 inch strips out of 1/8th yard cuts before but the last batch I could only get 4.25 inches so I changed the size.) Two of each black and white and 1 of each purple.

Make 3 4 patches out of the fabrics and press the seams open. Here are the 2 black and white ones ( the purple looks the same.) (edit; pressing the seams open is the best plan since it makes everything lay flatter is really a pain to do and I decided after a few that it was really not worth the flatness and pressed the seams to one side.)

Trace circle onto the paper side of the fusible web.

Do not cut the circle out on the line; cut 1/4 to 1/2 inch on either side of the line. You'll end up with skinny donut shaped circles, like this;

Fold your 'donut' in quarters; I marked mine with a pencil so you could see it.
At the ironing board lay the 'donut' on the back side of the purple 4-patch; the fold lines need to lay on the seams.

Then cut on the line. The first cut is the hardest, fold it and clip on the fold.

You'll have 2 parts of the 4-patch.
Lay each resulting piece of purple on a black and white 4-patch, lining up the seams. Press.

Machine applique;
I choose a black machine embroidery thread to do the applique with. Set your machine to the width of zigzag you desire. Lay a piece of paper under the block and stitch around the edge of the circle. (The paper prevents the stitching from causing the block to ripple-you could use a tear-away stabilizer from the fabric store; but paper works for me.) Tear the paper away and give it to your grandson to make a circle book.
Then trim away the extra material. The purple circle will have the black cut out from behind it and the Black and white circle will have the black and white cut out from behind the purple

Here's a link to 2 heart quilts I made using the same technique.
That's it; It's crazy that this took so long to write...If you can understand what I wrote let me know.
can't understand what I wrote let me know so I can fix it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Patriotic Sampler

This is a sampler made from Quakertown Quilts first Saturday about 2001.

Hobbs 80/20 Thread; King Tut, Isacord, and So Fine.

Hand guided, custom and computer guided.

Sailboat Quilt

'All Over Waves' free motion quilting.
Quilted with a pale blue Isacord thread.
40 X 47
Hobbs 80/20 batting

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Liz's Shower

For my daughter's wedding shower her fiance's family tied this quilt for her. She brought it to me and we loaded it and cut off the ties. I did an allover meander of leaves and ribbons. I also managed to get their names and year of wedding hidden among the bottom leaves. She didn't want hearts but the leaves look like hearts to me. Black So Fine thread.

batting; 2 polyester batts?
black So Fine thread

Going away to college Quilt

This was made by a loving mother for her daughter to use at college. I used a beige so fine thread and an allover meander of curling feathers. I avoided stitching in the middle of a photo except where the photo was so large it needed additional quilting.

I would have loved something like this on my bed at college; how about you?

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