Sunday, April 11, 2021

April's Quilting Adventure - "Spice"

 This month's quilting adventure began years ago when I came across a pattern called "Spice Market".  The colors of the design called to me and I began laying aside pieces of cloth to make this quilt some day.  I finally decided I had enough of the right colors and got to work.

The quilt is built on point or diagonally and had to be a single quilt top as there was no way to split it up into smaller sections.  That meant I was going to have to "quilt wrestle" it on my small sewing machine to do the quilting.  I finished the top in March and laid it aside for an easier project.  

However, I couldn't bear to look at it laying on my couch unfinished for long.  I dove into the quilting process to find that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I'm really happy with the end result and the quilt has already given me directions for the new owners.  I hope they'll be as pleased as I am with this beauty!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

March's Quilting Adventure - "Contemplation"

One thing for sure as a quilter is that there will always be scraps.  I've never made a quilt that didn't leave me with some "bits" and those bits can pile up pretty fast.   I've found a new respect for "crumb" blocks and can't stop making them.  The best thing about "crumb" blocks is that there are so many ways to make them into quilts.  

This month's quilt is called "Contemplation".  The name came to me as I found each block took on it's own special meaning or memory as I framed it.  I see this quilt as a way of elevating what some would see as trash into art.  

The back of the quilt was a special challenge.  I made the quilt in three sections so I could quilt the smaller panels.  I wanted to join the three sections without adding any extra stitching that would show on the front. I was very happy with the results and will use what I learned here to do better on future quilts.  

Here are a couple of my favorite "crumb" blocks:  

Sunday, February 28, 2021

February's Quilting Adventure - "Orphan Crumbs"

I really enjoy making "crumb" blocks and I have managed to pile up quite a few "orphan" blocks over the years.  I decided to combine them into large nine patch blocks.  I quilted each nine patch individually and then combined them with sashing.  

I found myself working in "themes" as the quilt came together.  It was a bit of a "mish-mash", but the end result is pleasing to the eye (or at least I like it 😏).

The back was an adventure all on it's own.  Because the nine patch blocks were so large, it didn't make sense to use my usual ten inch squares.  There would have been too much waste.  I decided to cut up a large shower curtain generously donated by a friend into the squares I needed.  

There wasn't enough fabric to cover the whole back so I "fabricated" some "rocks" to make my undersea fantasy complete.  I even ventured into "applique" to add some fun fish to the scene.  It's a fun quilt!


Sunday, January 31, 2021

January's Quilting Adventure - "Winter Stars"

 This quilt I've named "Winter Stars" for obvious reasons.  It was a fun quilt and it went together pretty quickly.  

You can see that both Ariela and Yoshi approve of my first quilt for 2021.  They both gathered to be a part of the picture.  

This is the back of the quilt.  I like to make pieced backs from 10" squares and I usually make them pretty random.  On this quilt I picked my squares from all of my blues and did some four patch matching to pull it together.  I really like the final result so another quilting lesson learned!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Quilting in 2020

In my best years of quilting, I've only ever managed to make six quilts in a year.  2020 was a good year and I made six quilts so here's what I accomplished last year:

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Saving my blog!

This is a desperate attempt to save my blog.  It won't convert and the idea of it dying off completely fills me with deep sadness.