Sunday, November 2, 2014

Poor Little Tattered Puppy

I made my grandson a quilt 4 years ago, given to him on his 7th birthday. He requested a dog quilt and I found this cute Buggy Barn pattern. Yesterday he brings it to me and tells me how he sleeps with it every night but it has gotten some "holes" in it and could I repair them. So I am thinking, he has torn the binding or maybe a little tear in one of the patches, easy enough to fix...right? Wrong!

The fabric has desentegrated! I used this fabric twice in the quilt, once for the body of the dog and once for the background. Thank goodness I only used it twice. I checked all the other fabrics and they are holding up just fine. I make lots of scrappy quilts and now I am wondering just how many of the other quilts I have and have given away, did I use the fabric in.

I cut out paper patterns of the dog body and will applique new body parts on. The other I will have to think a little more on, since it is the background piece. The quilt was quilted by a "long-armer" and I don't want to take out the quilting, so I am thinking after I have the fabric repaired I will attempt to machine quilt from the back following the quilt pattern.

This is going to be a real challenge, and my grandson emphasized to me that he sleeps with it EVERY night - no pressure there. I may have to let him borrow another quilt to sleep with for awhile!

Big southern sigh,


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Making progress.......slowly

I thought I would just share my progress on the three projects I am working on now. There is a fourth that takes up a lot of my time, but can't share that one just yet.

First up is my modified OneBlockWonder quilt, which I have decided to call China Blue. I have reached the half way point in the quilt top and am still enjoying making these blocks. Still have not decided about the applique in the middle, whether to stick with all blue and white, or to spice it up with a splash of color.

Next is a wool applique table runner that I started a few weeks ago at the Quilters of SC fall retreat. This was a workshop conducted by Cathi Gainey and is her own design. I think this project is demanding some embellishment with beads to add sparkle, after all it is a Christmas Table Runner.

The applique is almost done and then I get to play with beads and maybe some Twilling.

Check out Cathi's beautiful wools and patterns at Shakerwood Woolens.

And of course a couple new Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. Still having fun working with these blocks!

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Designing with EQ7

I love playing with colors and designs in EQ7. I recently tried designing a One Block Wonder quilt and needed to have a way of separating the blocks as I am using a blue/white print with only a 7 inch repeat. It's amazing how many different blocks I am getting from this fabric.
So design #1 was simply adding white triangles between the hexagons.
This looked better on paper than on my design wall. The white was just to bright and detracted from the hexagon blocks, plus it just looked boring.
I liked the way the white stars appeared as a secondary pattern.
So I went back to my computer and played around with adding blue triangles to create blue and white stars. I liked this, and since I only had 5 rows completed with Design 1, I decided to rip the rows apart and switch to this pattern.
This time I had the 5 rows put together and realized that once again the design simply was not speaking to me.
But I do love that diamond shape that is appearing between the stars!

Alright! I think. This is definitely "THE ONE". Once again I have to rip out some rows, and reconstruct the firs 5 rows. I also am not going to mess with the design anymore...or so I thought.
My next fatal move is to look at some quilts at the York County Quilt show that included awesome applique designs. I just love applique, and then it hits me....this quilt need applique..that would make it so interesting. Hmmm.... But I have 7 rows done now...surely I won't even consider redoing the design ! Ok so applique on the borders, that's what I will do. But no, I want to use my print fabric on the borders to show the fabric that I used to create all the blocks.
And here it FINAL design.inwill do some kind of applique in that white diamond. The diamond measures around 30" wide in the middle and 45" tall, so plenty of space to do some fun applique. Have to come up with a pattern and decide if I want to keep it all blue/white/silver or add a splash of color. I now have 9 of the 15 rows completed and there is no turning back.
Here is a picture of my progress so far and a closeup of the blocks. These were taken In my sewing room at night, and the light is not so good, but at least you Have an idea of how it is progressing. Only shows 7 rows... But I have two more that I will need to use in the bottom of the quilt.
Wish me luck!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Patchwork of the Crosses Blocks

I have been posting my blocks as I complete them as a kind of timeline for how long it is taking me to make these blocks. It has been awhile since I last posted, and during that time I finished ten more blocks. Sooooooo....lots of pictures follow. I now have 41 blocks completed out of 56 needed for the Queensize quilt. I see the light at the end of this tunnel. To be honest, this is one journey I will be sad to finish, as I have enjoyed each and everyone of the blocks, from searching for fabrics, matching up fabrics for each block and the making the block. I just wish I had kept a list of all the different shops I have bought fabric!

I noticed on some of the pictures, I have them turned sideways. I started to fix that, but you know, some may end up in my quilt that way too! I started out using only reproduction fabrics, but got bored with all the dull colors, so had to add some brighter tones now now then.

Thanks for stopping by,





Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stack n'Whack Pinwheels

Finally, it's done! Making the pinwheels for this quilt were fun. You never knew what what the block would look like until you finished sewing it together.
I wanted to quilt it so the pinwheels would stand out, so I chose to do that pebblely looking quilting. What was I thinking???? It took days (weeks) to do, but I sure got some practice with free motion quilting.
I stitched in the ditch around the pinwheels and then all the rest of the quilting from the back side. It was the only way I could tell where I had quilted, the thread blended in so closely with the background.
I am including a picture of the back, so you can see the quilting, but don't look too close.

I have finished some more Patchwork of the Crosses, bringing my total to 30 blocks now. I need 56, so 26 more to go! Following are the pictures of my newest blocks. Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Stack-n-Whack fun

I have been having so much fun playing with Maxine Rosenthal's technique for the "One Block Wonder" quilt.

I pulled this image aff and I purchased the Kindle version of the book for $9.99 which is great to take shopping for fabrics. I must tell on myself though. I was looking for the book for over an hour one day, had tore my sewing area all up trying to remember where I had put it, even had my husband looking in my car and his truck. I called a friend to see if she remembered when I had it last, and she asks, " you mean the one on your iPad?" Oh yea, that's the one! Boy, did I feel dumb.

This is the first quilting book I have downloaded, and it won't be the last. Cheaper than a paper copy and takes us no room on my bookshelf!

This is the fabric that I chose to use, mainly because I love the pattern and I wanted a table runner out of this for my dining room. The repeat is only 8 inches, which I was afraid would be too small to get a good variety of blocks, but since it is not going to be a big quilt, I decided to give it a try.

Here is a sample of some of the blocks I made. They are half blocks right now since you sew the half block together in rows, and when you sew the rows together you get the entire hexagon block. This way there are no in-set seams :)

This is so much fun as you never know what you will get until you sew the block together and each one is different.

Of course, if you use a more fabric with a bigger repeat and more colors, your blocks will be even more unique, but for now, I am very happy with this look.

Tuesday I am taking a Stack-n-Whack class my guild is sponsoring where we will make pinwheel stars. Let the fun begin...I can't wait to get started!


I recently took a needle turn appliqué class from Joyce Walton, York County Quilters Guild. This was a great class and even though I have been doing needle turn appliqué for years, seems you can always learn something new and improve your skills by taking a class and learning what other successful quilters do. The class covered everything from fabric choice, the kind of needles and thread to use and embellishing your appliqué with embroidery, silk ribbon and beading.

I had quilted my piece, but felt it just was missing something, so I added the beading around the edge. The bow is silk ribbon that I tied around the stem, mashed flat and then appliquéd...something very new for me to try.


Last, but not least, I thought I would share with you my newest Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. Of everything I am working, I think this is my favorite project. English Paper Piecing is something I find so relaxing and satisfying. I have already picked out my next EPP project which will be Castle Wall, but I have always to go on this one first.

Thanks for stopping by, and here are the pictures,






Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Using painters tape to mark quilting lines

Painters tape is one of my favorite quilt marking tools when hand quilting straight lines. I am sure many of you use this technique, but thought I would share how I lay this out with those of you who may not have tried it. I have nit used this in machine quilting, but I am sure it would work as well with the machine too, I would just be careful not to sew over the tape as it could gunk up your machine.
To put down the first piece to tape, it is important to make sure you have it straight, as all the other strips will be measured from that first strip.
I use the 45 degree angle on my ruler to line up on the outer edge of a border if I am wanting a diagonal line across the quilt. In this quilt that is the outer light blue border. The yellow block in the middle is set on point, and it will line up with one of the straight lines on the ruler.
Notice the tape on the ends of the ruler? That is to hold the ruler in place as I lay down the strips of tape.
One I have the first tape strip down, it is just a matter of lining up the ruler with the tape edge and adding another strip. I am spacing these 1" apart as my tape is 1" wide, but you could do them closer are further apart as you prefer.
I will quilt on both sides of the tape.

And here is the quilt all marked and ready to quilt. This is a small wall hanging, so I taped the entire thing.
The sunshine was shining bright into my dining room when I took this picture which explains the shading on the quilt. It had been days on end since we had seen that kind of sunshine, so I decided to leave the picture as is.
It is fun as I quilt to pull the the tape off as I finish a row and see my nice straight lines. Also a good way to see how much you have done, and yet to go.

I close with a picture of my sweet granddaughter, Tori. She was smiling at her Momma. The quilt she is sitting on is one I made for my mother. It is hand quilted as Momma did not believe it was a quilt if you machine quilted it..old school all the way. She was a great quilt maker and made many quilts for the family. When I gave her this quilt, she said it was the only quilt anyone had ever made for her. I miss you, Momma.

Thanks for stopping by,