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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Close to another finish

I found this wall hanging, layered and pin basted, waiting to be quilted. I'm not sure how long it has been a finished top. Maybe 10 years? It probably hasn't been basted that long though.

29 x 29 inches.
I machine quilted a grid in the border, and I think I'll hand quilt the center part. Usually I make the binding when I finish the top, but I couldn't find any for this one. (I keep the bindings together in a drawer with a list of the quilt tops they go with.) It will be a narrow dark green to echo the border around the applique, but the width of the pale blue flange in the border.

My friend had a few leftover blocks from a project, and I really liked the fabrics and colors so she let me have them. I designed the wall hanging around those 12 small blocks, which form the corners of the outer border. I can't remember now if I based the applique design on a carpet or a fabric. I think a carpet. Like I said it's been 10 years (maybe more) since I put this together so the details are a bit fuzzy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Two small finishes

I machine quilted the Cascadia mystery quilt.


Sketched a plan in chalk and dove in. Straight lines through the on-point squares, and a zig zag through the straight squares. No time at all to a finish.


Then I dug out the earlier doll quilt I made from Lori's blog, which has been languishing for close to three years (!) and machine quilted it too. That also didn't take long. One night to quilt and add the binding. Then I hand stitched the binding down the next day.

19 1/2 x 25 3/4 inches.
 I love this quilt. I don't know why it took me so long to finish it. I'd better rummage through the top pile and see if there's another quick finish waiting while I still have the walking foot on my machine.


Quilted in a grid pattern following the seam lines of the pieced blocks.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Cascadia mystery solved

Cascadia Doll Quilt, 16 1/2 x 18 1/8 inches.
I finished putting together Lori's Cascadia doll quilt mystery. It was small enough that I layered the top and backing with right sides together on top of the batting, stitched around it except for an opening to turn it inside out. Now I just need to add a bit of quilting. So close to being finished now that it might actually get done! (My last version of Lori's quilt-a-long is still only a top.)


If the fabrics look familiar, they are leftovers from Prairie Flowers with a blue and a few browns from the scrap bag thrown in.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Warning: There's pink in this quilt too

Not sure why there's been so much pink in my quilting life lately. At least this one isn't a baby quilt. It's an old UFO. Four applique blocks have been finished for 10 years now. The plan had been to do six, but I decided that after 10 years of no progress, another block was probably not going to happen.

For seven years, I've kept this magazine with the blocks because I liked this pieced sashing.


But it didn't work. The scale was too big and it was too busy for the applique. But the print fabric looked good. Even my husband agreed.


I had only a yard of the border fabric. Also years old so no hope of getting more. Not that I would have. I prefer the results of making do, which pushes you creatively. I extended the sashing into the border to jazz things up a bit. And the border width was determined by the amount of fabric available.

For awhile I considered adding the sashing fabric around the edge either as part of the top or as very wide binding, but it was too much.


Instead I'm going with regular size binding in a not-quite pink shade. My husband suggested the fabric, and it is the perfect choice. You can see it on the right in the picture above. I'm surprised sometimes by how helpful he can be and how willing he is to give his opinion.

Below is a picture of the whole quilt. The colors are more accurate in the picture above. We are into that time of year where it is perpetually gray skies, and it will be awhile before I can get a better shot.

55 x 55 inches. 
Applique from the book 'Prairie Flower' by Barbara Brackman.
Now, I need to find my next project.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Yes, another pink baby quilt!

41 x 41 inches.
The baby quilt was for one of the neighbors. I had the top done ages ago, but with all the work travel this year, I hadn't gotten around to quilting it. Then a For Sale sign popped up in their yard, and I had the motivation I needed!


The backing is a soft pink minky. A little slippery to work with and did it shed when cut! I was covered in pink bits for days, but I'd use it again because I think babies will love the feel. I do.



The quilt was based on the pink fabric from my stash. The pattern is one of my own that I've made before, which leaves large areas of the focus fabric visible. The colors for the rail fence and star blocks are taken from the colors in the focus fabric: blue, teal, yellow and red. An odd combination, but a happy one.


For the quilting, I used the zigzag stitch from this quilt, and quilted a grid of horizontal and vertical lines.


All fabric from the stash and scrap basket except for the backing. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A pink finish

44 x 44 inches.

The very pink baby quilt was finished right as the baby arrived. A girl as expected. Hope she likes pink as much as her mother.


The back is a warm and soft flannel. Probably getting lots of use this week with its unseasonable cold. Temps below freezing and wind chills even lower. Brrrrrrrr.


Machine quilting in the ditch with the lines extended into the background.




I can't seem to get the colors quite right in any of my pictures.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A very pink baby quilt

The couple whom I made this quilt for are having a baby girl in a few months. I thought it would be fun to use the same pattern from their wedding quilt for the baby quilt.

The top is done, but it will be awhile before I get it quilted as things have been busy around here and that will continue for some time to come. And, I'm not sure how I will quilt it. Suggestions welcome.

44 x 44 inches.

The back of one section. I pressed the seams open.


I made changes from my original plan as I went along, deciding to float the star in a field of pink.


All fabrics were from the stash and the limited amount of each one determined the design direction. Thankfully I had enough of the background pink, which is a very old Jinny Beyer that has made it into many quilts. I have no idea why I bought that much of that fabric. It must have been on sale!


A few scraps will become a block that might make its way onto the back. Binding is done, but back is waiting for a trip to the quilt shop. I don't have anything in my stash that will work.