Sunday, December 10, 2017

African Quilt

A client brought me this beautiful quilt top earlier this year that she had made from fabrics which she had purchased while living in Africa.   She made this quilt top for a memory of their time there.  

She wanted to have the option of being able to wash it.  I was VERY concerned about the colors running since she had not pre-washed her fabrics.  So I asked her to take it home and gave her some specific washing instructions (cold water,  delicate/hand wash cycle to minimize fraying, with a box or two of those Clorox Color Catchers, and to repeat the process until the rinse water came out fairly clear)

It sat on my dining room table for a few weeks while I came up with a quilting design.

The focal fabric was this gorgeous elephant in the middle.  It's one of those waxed prints from Africa made like a batik on a soft canvas.   I free motion quilted around all the parts of the elephant, especially those ridges on his trunk, and buried the threads.  

I knew I wanted to incorporate a diagonal tile design to repeat the lines of the log cabin blocks.

My client asked that I incorporate this African design into the quilt.  So I sized it to fit in 4 corners.  
I copied it onto that special thin paper used for quilting, pinned it down and very slowly quilted over the design, burying the threads.

I added an echo around it, separating it from the tile quilting.  I stitched over the design several times to make it stand out.

My favorite fabric on her quilt (besides the elephant) was this border batik.  I love the contrast of the bright yellows and red/orange against the black (it was also used for the backing) I knew that free motion quilting around the fish and curved lines would add a nice contrast to the rest of the quilting and would make these fish pop.

I was very happy with how it turned out.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

lone star quilts for twins

When you have twin grandbabies born in the "lone star state", you just gotta make them a "lone star" baby quilt, right?

I used this tutorial for the quilt top.

The girl quilt is made from the fabric line "Wonderland" by Rifle paper company, still available on etsy sites.

The boy quilt fabric is from my stash.  It has an organic spiral in the star,  then continues to the edges with organic straight lines, giving it a more masculine look. 

With all the crazy, confetti free motion quilting I've seen lately,  I wanted to do something different with "her" quilt.  I took a class on Craftsy from Christine Cameli on "wild quilting".  

 I wanted the outer edges to have open spirals, then randomly graduate to closed spirals before I got to the star.  Drawing a line on the fabric with a disappearing pen before I started, helped me to know where to stop the opened spirals and start the closed spirals.  I'm learning the hard way that marking up your quilt top with your quilting ideas helps you remember them since once you start quilting, you are so focused on what is right in front of you and not the whole design.

I love how the grunge pink on the back ground really helps your quilting stand out.  I think that's my new "go to" backing fabric when I put more effort into the quilting of a quilt.
I wanted the star to be well defined, so I quilted a double line around it's edge.

I have noticed that some of my quilts that are past 5 years old, have lost their fluffiness and are flat, as in it's hard to tell if they even have batting in them.  I have discovered that if I wash them, and put them in dryer for 8-10 min on medium, that the fluff comes back.  
But I also want to test these 2 quilts, as they will probably be used about the same amount.  On the girl quilt, I used 2 layers of batting, compared to the boy quilt which only has 1 layer.  I will be interested to see in time what the difference is.

The girl quilt ended up measuring smaller in the end because the quilting was more dense.



finish it up Friday

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

save your selvages

Has anybody else been saving their selvages?  
see tutorial at end of post

I don't know where this picture came from.  Possibly QuiltCon.

Riel of The Q and the U even has a book out on Amazon titled "Modern Selvage Quilting"

Carolinasquirrell has some great selvage quilts in her etsy shop, including this one called Vintage Spools.

At quilt market last year, I stood in line next to a group of ladies who had these cute pouches hanging around their necks.

They had a plastic sleeve for their exhibitor pass.

 A front pocket for a pen and cards.

Then, the middle opening for wallet, phone etc.   It was so convenient, and every year I say that I'm going to make one.  Cuz, you know . . . you've got to do something with all those selvages you've been collecting.

Melinda on Selvage Blog has some fun ideas including this one:

A Funky Chicken pincushion is definitely on my sewing bucket list:

"baskets for moo" has done a great job with a tutorial here.

Don't forget the "fancy fur" for "comb attitude".

Monday, May 29, 2017

wholecloth quilts

Where did the wholecloth craze start?  Maybe Spoonflower?  At first, I thought it was a lazy way of getting out of a pieced quilt.  But I've fallen in love with the wholecloth designed by iviecloth co at spoonflower.  Here's some of her designs on her IG page.

How can you resist these colors? (or this chunker and his adorable chubby fingers in his worn over-alls :)

Here are some others in my shopping cart, all baby quilt size.

I also love this alphabet one.

Ok, so I'm a bit partial to the boy colors.

This one 's called: Triangle Ladder Whole Cloth, and the collection is called Maritime.

I needed a quick boy baby gift, so I made this one up first.   As you will see below, I backed it with a blue flannel, but I bought some of the mustard for future backs.  I've seen them backed in minky or what ever.

This one is called - Agua Adventurer Puzzle Wholecloth.   You can find all the color options if you type "puzzle wholecloth" in the search engine on spoonflower's website.

This mustard looks great on the back of the Agua Adventurer Puzzle design.

I did find spoonflower hard to navigate in until I "joined", just an fyi that will save you tons of time and frustration.

I also ordered this pink version with the following pink for the back.

 It takes about 1.5 hrs to stitch a baby size in the ditch.

quilt stats:
34 x 40, washed
80/20 warm and natural batting
flannel backing
binding: cut 2 1/2 inches because I thought there would be more thickness with the flannel, but there really wasn't, especially since the top was not pieced.  Next time I should cut binding strips 2 1/4 inch.

Spoonflower's website says to prewash their fabric, and carefully press.

If you've found any fun "wholecloth" options that you like, please share!

crazy mom quilts
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