Showing posts from October, 2013

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival–ROYGBIV

Fall Blogger’s Quilt Festival time is here again. This time I am featuring my Jelly Bean Stars quilt, entering it in the ROYGBIV category.   If you have been reading my blog for a while you have seen this one before. If you are visiting for the first time, welcome.

This is one of my favourites.  I love the colours.  I love the pieced sashing.  I love that I designed it so that I didn’t have to cut triangles and I couldn’t possibly cut off any points.  I love that I used up little bitty bits of scraps for the string centers.  I love the quilting in the borders, straddling the two different borders with a single motif.  I don’t love that I don’t have it anymore, but I do love the friend it went to, so it’s OK.

This is also the quilt that started me thinking about writing quilt patterns.  It isn’t the first one I wrote up, but it is the one that made me think I should try.  I did write a pattern for Jelly Bean Stars this summer and it is available in my online shop.  Click the "Patt…

Basting Frame Tutorial

The idea of reducing my UFO count to zero is intriguing so I’m going to give it a shot.  After all, the list is currently only two quilt tops long.  There will never be a better opportunity!With that in mind I got around to basting my Quilter’s Scrapbook quilt over the weekend.  This was the 3rd or 4th quilt I basted using the frame and I think I have finally figured out the easiest way to load the quilt. I took pictures this time to refresh my memory next time.Here are all the parts and tools:4  straight 8 foot long 1x2 boards wrapped in muslin (I cut two of mine down to 7’ to accommodate the low ceilings in my quilting space) 4 C-clamps (they don’t have to be two different sizes, but mine came in a package like this) 1 tape measure 1 pencil 1 carpenter’s square a large supply of medium or large size safety pins (oops, didn’t get them in the picture!)Here’s a close-up of the wrapped boards.  3” wide strips of muslin are folded in half lengthwise.  One end of the strip is stapled…

Just in time for cool weather

Autumn Moons is finished, just in time for cooler fall evenings.  It has already been curl-up-on-the-couch tested by both kids and declared cozy.As you can see I had trouble picking a picture…All the quilting was done with a walking foot, taking the curves slowly, figuring out where to start each curve to minimize the amount of quilt that would need to be pushed around through the throat of the machine as I turned the fabric under the foot.For the quilting in the leaves I tried a curvy leaf shape inside one pieced leaf but wasn’t sure I liked it.  In the next leaf I tried just straight lines from each point to the stem.  That was OK, but still not quite right.  In the third leaf I did both.  That was a winner so I went back and added the missing parts to the previous two leaves.The unquilted tops list is now officially a shortlist of two!  Well, two plus the 3/4 quilted Canada Quilt in progress, but as it had lots of quilting on it by now I don’t think it belongs on the unquilted list…

Slow Sunday Stitching

Today I am linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’s Quilts.  There are lovely hand stitching projects there every week and it’s nice to know I have company in the slow stitching department.I’m still plugging away at hand quilting my Canada quilt, picking up momentum as it gets closer to completion.  There’s nothing like seeing the end in sight to motivate me!  I think the quilting is about 3/4 done, and all the bits for which choosing a quilting motif was challenging are finished.These are not the true colours.  They are really much brighter, but adding light or using the camera’s flash washes out the quilting.  It’s just not a good time of day to take pictures of quilting details!Looking at this now, I wish I had left some unquilted space behind the letters. The letters seem to have lost definition.  I may go back and redo this, or I may not.  I have already rethought, unpicked and redone a few other parts of the quilt and I’m not sure I have enough enthusiasm left to do…

Walking foot quilting again

I am determined to whittle down the list of flimsies waiting to be quilted.  I know my pile isn’t as high as some others’, but I really start to spin my wheels and be very unproductive when I have too many unfinished projects in my sewing nook.  I just don’t know where to start and feel guilty working on new ideas.So, in the last couple of weeks I pieced a quilt back and basted and started machine quilting last fall’s autumn themed quilt. (Last fall’s flimsy.  Do you see the inertia a project acquires once it becomes a complete but unquilted top?)This one measures about 48” x 60”, not a bad size to manage on my machine.  These days I am drawn to the crispness of straight lines so Walking Foot and I are continuing to work on our partnership.  We’re stretching a bit to include arcs.  I know the accepted wisdom is to use free-motion quilting for curves, but I know my current free-motion limits!  I want crisp arcs in those circles, and my free motion skills won’t give me those so I’m turn…