Thursday, February 23, 2017
I found a better picture of the hand appliqued "Hearts" baby quilt that I made in 1995. Of course, there are hands holding up the quilt like many of my old photos. :) Nowadays, I have a photography backdrop frame that I hang quilts on with curtain clips.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Last week I dug up a stack of crazy quilt blocks from a few years ago. I counted them and realized there would only be a few more needed to make a quilt top. Using some orphan blocks left from other projects, I added strips to them so they were the right size. Next came sashing between the blocks and a small border around the edge. I looked for something to use for backing and discovered that muslin would be a good fit. Since it wasn't too big of a quilt, I pieced together some chunks of quilt batting instead of using a large piece from my precious dwindling roll. I layered and pin basted it, then started quilting in the ditch between the blocks. Since it's a crazy quilt, I threw caution to the wind and started doodle quilting on the odd shapes. The picture is in progress so there might be stray threads showing.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
I made this baby quilt about 13 years ago as a gift for someone at work. She wanted a quilt that was made from all plaids, her favourite type of fabric. I found the pattern in either Quiltmaker or Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, I can't remember which one. To this day, the quilt is still treasured, it was nice to make something that was so well received. Many of my old photos have hands holding up a quilt, hehe!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I was looking through some old pictures and I ran across this one of a comfort quilt that I made in 2002. This one was made for an internet quilting group that I was in for years. Many of the blocks and fabrics were sent to me, I assembled them, did the quilting, then mailed the completed quilt back to the person who distributed them. Since then, I still keep on contact with the members, but most of us have migrated to Facebook instead of a Yahoo Group. Things evolve with social media, but we still stick together. :) These days I tend to donate comfort quilts locally. Canadian postage has gone up sky high, I can't affort to mail parcels anymore.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
When I was a kid in school, we had to run around the track in gym class. I was always so slow, all the other kids would pass me, it almost looked like I was first. I was way ahead of the pack, haha! Fast forward to today, I am still slow, making a quilt is no exception. "Scrappy Trips", formerly known as "Quilt Top #16" is finally finished! It's quilted with a random fat paisley design, using King Tut thread in the "Mummy's Dearest" colour. I made a scrappy binding, using leftover pieces from other projects. Normally, I stitch the binding entirely by machine, but since the fabrics changed all around the edge, I hand stitched it to the back. It seemed like I was sewing around a whole acre, which took a few weeks to do in my spare time. I'm going to keep this one for myself, it's going on my bed today. This was made from a free pattern on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
I finished sewing together the "Dappled" quilt top last night, but waited for the morning light to take the picture. I could hardly fit the whole thing in the photo because the room is too small and the quilt top is so large. Maybe I need a bigger room or a photography studio, ok, now I'm just dreaming. I had to do some "surgery" on parts where the same fabrics were too close together, so some blocks were switched around. I don't have a design wall, there's no place to put one around here. It's not possible to lay the blocks out on the floor in case Igor the cat races through and mixes them all up. I have to arrange rows of blocks on the bed and hope for the best. I ordered some pale green King Tut thread for quilting and matching Bottom Line thread for the bobbin. Our next quilting retreat is coming up soon, I'll start quilting this monsterst that time.