Thursday, January 19, 2017

My New (to Me) WISP

I have missed having an ongoing hand sewing project since I finished my last WISP (work in slow progress).  So when my mother asked if I would finish her lone star quilt, I happily agreed.  She started it about 20 years ago, but it has sat untouched for quite a few years.  Her arthritis now makes it difficult for her to hand quilt.

She started out quilting just the outside tips of the diamonds a quarter inch in from the seams.

The entire star was quilted like that.  But then she decided she didn't like how unfinished it looked, so she started quilting the other half of the diamonds.

She did get a lot done before putting it away.  Wedding quilts for her children and baby quilts for new grandchildren took precedence.  This quilt is for her.

I told her that my goal is to finish the hand quilting the star over a period of eight weeks.  One week to hand quilt each of the eight big diamond making up the lone star.  That seems doable, right?

I have counted and there were 258 half diamonds for me to quilt, and I have already started.  :)  I am usually too tired for sewing in the evenings, but some hand quilting may be just right.

I will machine quilt the rest of the quilt after the hand quilting is all done.  My mom wants lots of feathers.  I better get sketching!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Alissa's Mom's Quilt: Custom Quilting

This is the second quilt I helped Alissa make for a Christmas gift last year.  This one was a gift for her mom.  I shared the one she made for her dad last week.  I helped her make four others in 2015.

She saw a quilt with similar blocks online, but didn't see a pattern.  I drafted it out and did the quilty math for blocks finishing at 11 inches.  The quilt finished about 55 x 77 inches.

We purchased the fabric, cut it out, and decided on a layout together.  First we tried a random layout.  Then we tried a rainbow layout.  (Forgive the awful phone photos, but I think it helps to see both ways.)

You can see which one we liked better!  The rainbow layout made the colors sing.

Alissa did all of the piecing and I quilted it with an open feather design on my Tiara.

She decided on a pink minky for the backing.

She chose the bright blue for the binding which we also worked on together.

She was thinking about wrapping it up like a big Tootsie Roll for fun.

It was so much fun helping Alissa finish this quilt.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Another Stash Busting Finish

This is a stash busting quilt made using my Calculations for Race Quilt Variations.  I sewed the pieces together randomly, but cut it in half before sewing the last seam.  That way I could rotate half of it and keep the darker fabrics more evenly balanced.

The strips on this quilt were cut out at 5.5 inches so that it would be 80 inches long.  That made it so I could use an old four yard piece of fabric I had for the backing.

I just cut the piece in half and sewed it together.  The pattern was so busy that you can't really see the seam.  I like that it makes the quilt reversible depending on which side the recipient likes best.  The floral really is prettier up close.

I quilted it with an open feather design on my Tiara.

I used an older polyester batting which was more difficult to use, but I wanted use it up for this donation quilt.  It sure does make the quilting stand out.

My mom had the perfect dusty purple fabric for the binding.  I like the subtle color it adds to the top.

This will not be the last chunky race quilt I make.  I already have two more planned for more stash busting.

Quilt Stats #197
Name:  Ivory Race
Pattern: Race Quilt Variation
Fabric Used:  Creams and light tans from old stash
Backing:  Old Hoffman floral
Amount Used:  9.5 yards
Batting:  Medium loft Polyester
Size:  About 70 x 80 inches
Date Finished:  January 2017

This quilt will be donated to the local women and children's crisis center.  They like receiving twin sized quilts.


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out for more quilty inspiration.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Alissa's Dad's Quilt: Custom Quilting

I had so much fun helping my friend, Alissa, make this quilt for her dad for Christmas.  We purchased the fabric together, cut it out together, and decided on a layout together.  She did all of the piecing and I did the quilting on my Tiara.  Then we did the binding together.

It is made using the Falling Charms pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company, but instead of precuts we used yardage.  We used a different number of blocks to make the quilt finish about 59 by 84 inches.  It was harder than expect to find sixteen different medium/dark masculine blues, but I think we succeeded in keeping it masculine.

I quilted it with a loopy spiral to soften all of the geometric angles.

She chose a gray minky for the back.

I always love how the quilting shows up on minky.

The binding was one of the dark blues.

I think it looks great in my living room, and I almost didn't want to let her take it away.  ;)

I always enjoy helping my friends finish quilts.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dotty: A Finished Quilt

I have put all of the scraps from my Riley Blake Banner pannels to good use and made this cute baby quilt.  There are a lot of extra seams in this quilt because I was trying to use up all of the pieces.

The panels had the half triangles and strips on the sides and I was able to use them.  First I laid the left over triangles and the half triangles on my design wall.

Then I sewed the triangles together, and tried to cut them all the same size.  I had fun playing with the arrangement.

The center of the quilt top ended up being about four inches smaller once it was all pieced. The points are not perfect because I cut out the triangles using the panel print and they were not truly all the same size.  A little wonky never hurt anyone.

I trimmed all the panel side strips to 1.5 inches and sewed two strip sets.

These were then cut to 3.5 inches and added as a second border along with 2.5 inch cut Kona White.

The quilt top was so busy that I decided to quilt it simply with a medium stipple.

I purchased the solid Riley Blake Aqua fabric for the backing.

I love that it is the same color as on the top.  I did learn that unlike most solids, Riley Blake solids do have a right and a wrong side.  The wrong side is shinier and has a slightly different texture.  However, it worked perfectly for a backing.

I hand sewed the binding (Kona Deep Red) down to the back due to the high contrast.

I love how it turned out!  I decided to name it "Dotty" because of all the dots.  This will either be gifted or donated somewhere this year.

Quilt #196
Name:  Dotty
Pattern:  My own design
Fabric Used:  Riley Blake Banner Panel scraps
Amount Used: 3.5 yards
Batting:  Warm and White
Size:  About 40 x 48 inches
Date Finished: January 2017

This is my first finish for 2017.  Most of it was done last year, but I still had the handwork on the binding to do as the new year rolled in.


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar including Oh Scrap.

Monday, January 2, 2017

January Decor

Happy New Year!  I had so much fun getting out my winter decorations after putting away my Christmas decorations that I wanted to share.  I love decorating for the seasons, but I can't handle being surrounded by anything that feels like clutter.  Decorating with quilts and a few little things is the best of both worlds for me.

My great room is decorated with blue accents and snowmen.

My blue and gray bunting is proudly hanging from the mantle.

I have a table runner and Solstice quilt on my entertainment center.

My bigger blue table runner is on my kitchen table.

Two more quilts are by my stairs.  A Thimbleberries quilt is on the wall and Blueberry Juice is on the railing.

The upstairs landing also is decorated in blue.

My table runner with wild quilting sits on this bookshelf with daisies in a silver jar from JoAnns.

My Snowball quilt is on the wall and Beach Party is on the sofa.

Quilts with minky are always ready for a snuggle (or a photo bomber).

My formal living room is now decorated in a winter red.  Black and white and red is still one of my favorite color combinations.

I love having Twister Twin next to my black piano.  My red table runner is on the little bookshelf with red daises and a gold jar from JoAnns.

Christmas Addition is folded over a chair.  Chaos Controlled and Rich in Love are on the quilt rack.

One of my new buntings is over the window.

Yes, I was able to finish all of the buntings I wanted.  Here is January through June.

And here is July through December with an extra red bunting.

That makes 14 buntings total (There is also a Christmas bunting with a red binding strip.)  This may be the first in a series of posts on decorating with quilts each month.