Monday, June 24, 2019

REINVENTING A QUILT FROM MY PAST

I've always enjoyed combining two different blocks in a quilt to produce secondary patterns.  
Here's a quilt I made in 1986 using two different blocks:
 My son named it "Orchestral Maneuvers at Dawn" --- does anyone else remember the 1980s band named OMD? 

I decided I wanted to reinvent the quilt using the same two blocks, but in a different setting and using entirely different fabrics.
These are the same two blocks in current fabrics that I'm working with:
And, a glimpse of the different setting:
I'm moving right along and almost have the top pieced.
Stay tuned for the completion of the quilt!

More of the two-block quilts I have made over the years are included in my books:


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Sunday, May 12, 2019

WINDOWS QUILT



THE STATS:
"Windows", 2019, 33" x 33", 36 paper pieced blocks with sashing and cornerstones, machine pieced, machine quilted, machine bound.


Friday, April 26, 2019

CHERRY JUBILEE

I finally finished this wool applique in time to photograph it with our cherry tree in bloom.  The plaid background is from a skirt from Scotland purchased at a thrift store for $6.


THE STATS:
Wool machine applique and embroidery, machine pieced and quilted, 2019, 21" x 21".

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Monday, February 18, 2019

SINCE CHRISTMAS

After Christmas we undertook a major move-around in our house.  Sixteen years ago, we moved my original sewing room into another bedroom to allow my family to have a larger space when they came home to roost for 3 months.  And ---- we never moved things back around.  I decided I wanted my old larger space back as it has wonderful north light.  One thing leads to another.  After the month of January and lots of muscle and painting, I'm back ---- it's wonderful --- what took us so long?

I now have my computer in the sewing room; my husband has his own computer and library room; and we have a dedicated guest room (although much smaller than previous).

Since I had two months without sewing, I kind of lost my quilting momentum.  I did finish this top this week; and readied it for some machine quilting.
BUT, I'm not sure I want to quilt it right now.
I'm itching to get into my wool stash, and start a wool applique.

I'm awaiting a surgery date on March 18th --- nothing too serious, but important enough to spend a couple of days in the hospital.  Maybe, my mojo will return after that!!

Do you ever lose your momentum?

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

MOST VIEWED POST OF 2018

My most viewed post of 2018 also happens to be a favorite little quilt of mine -- Rainbow Gradation.  That post may be viewed here



Happy New Year, Everyone!!



Saturday, December 8, 2018

CHRISTMAS AND QUILTS

I have some older favorite quilts that I like to pull out for the Christmas season.
Tartan Quilt, 1986



Holly Wool Appliqued Pillow, 2012



 Betsey's Block #3, 2018

This Santa does get to rest his head on a new quilt.  He has had a hard life starting with a tantrum-throwing kid 47 years ago -- I'll leave it at that as it was not one of my best parental moments!
Wrapped around the Christmas tree ---
1904 Revisited, 1984
1904 Star quilt made to honor the year my grandparents were married.

                                      MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!                                    

                                                                          

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

BETSEY LIVES AGAIN


I made this top in 2015, and I loved it so much that I wanted to hand quilt it.  I kept hoping my finger agility from arthritis would improve so that I could do it by hand.  But, alas, it has only deteriorated.  So, I decided if the quilt was going to see the light of day where I could enjoy it; I might as well machine quilt it.
As usual, I'm not satisfied with my machine quilting.

This is my all-time favorite block -- you can read about my journey over the years with the 'Betsey Block' here and here. 
Only two more 'Betsey Block' quilt tops remain unquilted.  Am I on a roll?  We'll see.  If I do machine quilt them, that would mean I could make another top using my favorite block.
The Stats:
"Betsey's Block #3", 2015-2018, 31" x 31", Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A SIGNATURE QUILT TO CELEBRATE A 40TH ANNIVERSARY

I was asked to design and make a signature quilt commemorating the 40th anniversary of a quilting organization that I belong to.  It turned into a more labor-intensive project than I planned on.
It was my own fault as I think I over designed it not anticipating the work involved.

It contains 131 signature blocks which I gathered from members of the organization over a three-month period.  Members also contributed 56 different pieces of red fabrics to be included in the quilt.

The design has almost 300 flying geese units. I'm a lousy flying geese maker, so I paper pieced them for accuracy.  (I'm now laying off flying geese units for several months!!!)

I finished the quilt top in July, and turned it over to the organization.  It will be machine quilted by another member;
 and, hopefully, be completed by the first of 2019.

Here are some photos of the unquilted top ---

I hope to have some better pictures after it is quilted.



I was honored to be asked to contribute my efforts to an organization I have enjoyed belonging to for 36 years.
It was a fun project ---- just don't ask me to make any more flying geese for awhile!


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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

DECORATING WITH QUILTS FOR 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Our 60th wedding anniversary has come and gone!  A project I have enjoyed over the last couple of years was making small quilts to use as table decorations for our reception/celebration/hoopla.



I also made two long table runners for the food tables ---








a wool crazy quilt with memorable appliques for the registration 
table ---
(Yes, that is a picture on the table of Bob and I on first date in 7th grade.)







a smaller runner for one of the memorabilia tables ---







there were 11 large, round tables for
 guests ---







the garden flowers were arranged by my talented granddaughter, 
Caitlin ---









my husband made the wooden boxes to hold the flowers ---






the flowers were gathered from our garden and the garden of a generous
 friend ---








One of the round tables did not get photographed; plus several of the small quilts were not used.
As usual, I over-planned!!!

Being a quiltmaker and my husband a wood worker; it was a fun family effort.  Then, to have our granddaughter work on the flowers was a bonus.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

BOOKCASE QUILT

I've come late to the bookcase-quilt bandwagon.

My granddaughter is a book lover and reader, and indicated she would like some of Barnes and Noble's Classic Editions to add to her collection for her 22nd birthday gift.
I figured she needed a bookcase quilt to go with the books I bought for her.

I made it in three units incorporating some of her favorite books plus some imaginary ones.
She loves pretty book covers, so it was fun digging in my scraps for different fabrics.
I incorporated striped fabric and machine embroidery on some of the books.
Also, I used a couple of family pictures to accent the shelves.

No pattern -- as usual, I just made it up as I went.  A fun project, but time intensive --- I probably won't make another bookcase quilt.


THE STATS:
"Caitlin's Bookcase Quilt", 2018, 22" x 44",
Machine pieced, paper pieced, machine appliqued, machine embroidered, machine quilted.  The printing was computer generated on my home printer.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

HAPPY THE HOME #4

The last of a two-year project to make mini-quilts to use to decorate the tables for our 60th wedding anniversary/hoopla/celebration/reception is finished.  The celebration will be on September 8th, and I now have more than enough little quilts to use for the party.
This one is small at 16 inches square so I think I will use it on the guest book table
This is the fourth version of this half log cabin block that I have made over the years.  The simple block can be arranged in several orientations to produce secondary patterns.

THE STATS:
"Happy the Home, #4", 2018, 16" x 16", Machine pieced, Machine quilted.

Not much quilting will be going on here in the next couple of weeks, as I am pretty well bogged down with preparations for the party.

This is the prototype my granddaughter and I came up with to decorate the 15+ tables -- a small quilt on each table with wooden boxes, made by my husband; and holding Mason Jars with raffia and garden flowers.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

TIME WOVEN IN #3

  Time is fast approaching for our 60th wedding anniversary hoopla/celebration/reception (three more weeks)!  For the last couple of years off and on, I have been working on small quilts to use on the 15 tables with garden flowers for decorations.  This summer I finished this watermelon pink version of "Time Woven In".
Our small hometown is world famous for its melon production, and every year since the late 1800s celebrates the harvest with a fair and a give away of watermelons.  We got married 60 years ago on Watermelon Day weekend; and the bridesmaids dresses were watermelon pink!
 
 This is the third time I have made a version of this pattern; and it is always fun and quick to put together.
 This striped fabric I used in the setting blocks was purchased in Nashville on a teaching trip for American Quilter's Society.  It happened to be on hurricane Katrina week, and I had a difficult (and scary) time getting home with all my quilts and class samples.  
Therefore --- another quilt full of memories!

The stats:
"Time Woven In #3", 2018, 24" x 24", Machine pieced and Machine quilted.

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