Sunday, November 16, 2014

Work in progress - Freedom Quilt

Nothing new on the design wall, but I do have something on the frame, the Freedom quilt.  I thought I would show a little about the quilting motif and how I came up with it.  LOL, it's all I got this week :)  I knew I wanted something special for this quilt (you've heard the story fund raiser for my nieces' army unit that just returned from Afghanistan).  But was really at a loss. I do have a 19 in round stencil that I like and haven't used yet.  Now I don't have room for the entire stencil but I did find a good use for part of the stencil.  I did read in a Karen McTavish book that you should look at uses for part of stencil and that's just what I did. Match up the the part that I want.
 Mark the part that I want
 Draw in the missing parts, the arcs needed to be completed and I wanted curved cross hatch in the open space.  The interior of the arcs will be feathers (hmmm surprised?)
 I did this on all the white space between the points.   Here's how it looks on the frame.
Here's the center, I wanted to frame everything with feathers.  For some reason the formal-ness of feathers resonates with me.  I will add McTavishing to the rest to allow the words and the applique to pop. I also feel like when I'm doing McTavishing that I really have to be in a groove for it and that groove can change from day to day so I like to do that when I have enough time to do it all in one sitting, just for consistency sake.
Now I bet you're wondering what I'm going to do with those red and blue points.  Kathleen over at Kathleen Quilts has a Free Motion Friday, you send her your quilt, and she whips up a fancy design.  I really like her ideas for the points and will go with something like that.  I wish I could do ribbon candy, oh how I wish I could.  But I'll figure out some other fill for those spaces, what are the chances that feathers be there?    In the red corner triangles, I'll do some triangle design and some more curved cross hatching.  I think just 1/4 in lines on the blue border and bead board stripes on the rest of the white and red border.  And that should just about do it!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Happy Veterans Day! Nov 11.

To all those that have served kept us free to do as we choose, thank you!!  I can't imagine what some have sacrificed.  We are free because of the brave.  I did finish the top for the my niece and the 101st Airborne.  I just have to do some fancy quilting on this one and get it to her.  She's on her way home and I'm so glad.   She'll be here for her dads 60th Birthday which is just wonderful for both of them.  I think I'm going to use Polydown with this one.  I have a bit of unevenness by the embroidery and I think a higher loft in that area will help and fill things in a bit.  Just a little concern as I do plan to do some fancy quilting on this one (though at this moment I have not idea what that will be) and I don't want it to be too stiff.  I think the hobbs 80/20 may keep it a bit softer.  But I also have some wool batting too.  Thoughts?  What will be the softest of the three with some medium to dense quilting? This turned out to be a nice size, 90 x 90 before quilting and washing.  I completely ran out of the red and blue.  That is why the borders are the size they are, nothing more was in the house.  The white in the border is actually a different white from the interior, but I think it matches well enough.  I didn't have anything at all that could match the blue or red.  But it all came from my stash which is awesome!

I finish this week as well.  I had almost all of a fat eight pack of Oh La La fabric line.  I just adore these fabrics.  I added a couple of solids, used the accuquilt 3.5 x 6.5 die and had a quilt together before you know it.  I used this one as leader and ender  project when I was making the Brick Road.  I just love the colors on this one.  Panto is Fanfare by Patricia Ritter, this is definitely one of my favorite edge to edge pantographs.  Hobbs Poly down batting, Glide thread on top, magna glide in the bobbin.  Size is 48 x 60 after washing, nice lap size.
Fanfare Pantograph, Hobbs Polydown Batting, Glide thread
Brick by Brick
Brick by Brick
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Grow Wise Little Owl

It's done, what fun I had quilting this one.  It's a special quilt for my husband's god-son who is having a baby in January.  They have an outdoors-ish theme for the baby's room in these colors which I thought was wonderful.  Pattern is a modified Owl Duet from Katie's Quilts and Crafts.  I embroidered the saying at the top, the letters are about two inches tall.  I quilted the letters and numbers in the top and bottom with different fills so you can see them just a bit better.   I used Premo soft thread on top which is a 50 wt thread, light lemon yellow on the white and then a military gold in the colored charms.   Of course I had to put feathers in there for those fine feathered owls, but added some swirls every now and then for a bit of whimsy.  Now I'm going to use that extra hour today to sew.  My niece is coming back from Afghanistan the end of Nov and she asked me to make a quilt for her for a fund raiser.  She asked for a combat theme.  Oh boy, that was tough but I think I have it. I'll update this post later today with the progress.  It's going to be a close one thought.

On the design wall, I made a lot more progress than I thought I would.  For my niece and the 101st Airborne.  I hope I can get it done by the time they get home.  It's a good start.  I saw the center similar to this on the site.  Since it's for my niece I have both the man and the woman kneeling.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Design Wall Monday - 10/27 and a finish

I really didn't think I was going to get much quilting done this weekend.  The youngest grandson came over and we had costumes to make, pumpkins to pick and the fun fall goodness.  But someone got tired and took a nap.  Costume was finished in less than 30 minutes and daughter #2 helped get the baby quilt ready for a shower coming up.  Now that was definitely a Halloween treat!!  Pattern is a modified Owl Duet by Katie's Quilts and Crafts.  I did fusible applique with blank stitching around the shapes.  We got this together in one day, can't believe it!!  I've got it all marked and on the frame ready to quilt.

My's nieces mother in law re-did a room for the grand kids.  I made the quilt comforter and matching pillow shams.  Each grand child has their name embroidery on the pillow sham, so there's no confusing who's is who's! This little ensemble should like pretty nice on a day bed don't you think? Pattern is a modified Brick Road by Fons and Porter.  Batting is Hobbs Poly Down, pantograph is Contempo by Lorien Quilting.  Glide thread on top, magna glide bobbins.

Hope everyone gets more treats than tricks this year.  Here's a couple of pictures of the yard in peak color, just love this time of year.  Don't forget to check out all the link inspiration on the side bar.
back yard October 2014

front yard Oct 2014
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Design Wall Monday and Happy October!

Oh Boy October is half over already and I haven't had a single post.  Well the entire month has not been without some quilting.  A sweet little McHenry Warrior need a quilt for the away games.   It gets pretty chilly here in the fall and those little cheerleaders need something to warm them up.  And look warrior colors are perfect for Fall aren't they?  Pattern is Blue me Away from Black Cat Creations - just modified a bit.  Batting is poly down from Hobbs, Glide thread on top.  I had a hard time with the thread color, Orange just looked to Halloween on the Black areas and Black was just way to dark for the Orange areas.  I ended up going with a medium grey, looks great on the black and blends nicely with the orange.  She picked a floral fleece for the back.  This should definitely keep her warm!! Pantograph is Fantasy Flame.  This was my leader and ender project while I was making the 100 quilts for Kids quilts,  came together pretty quickly.

I'm making a quilt for niece's mother in law.  She has a room for the grand kids and needed something for the day bed.  I think this should work, spanning many ages and also girls and boys.  This is Fons and Porter's Brick Road pattern just a bit modified again.

Went to a Purdue (I graduated from Purdue)  University of IL (daughter number 4 will graduate from there) the first weekend in Oct.  Oh my goodness it was sooooo cold.  But Purdue won and she had to buy cupcakes :)

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