Sunday, January 23, 2011

Design Wall Monday - RRCB half way quilted and true lovers knot

Wow, once I finish the quilting on RRCB, I think I'll take a break from the quilting and get back to some piecing.  I sure I wish I had my CV back - I miss Amanda.  RRCB is one big quilt to do on the sewing machine and CV has a little more room than my Bernina.  But I have the patient of a two year old and couldn't wait any longer!  I'm doing the same pattern in all the blocks.  As I do this I keep thinking, there's got to be an easier way!!  Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.  It's not in the budget to send it out and pay for it to be quilted so that's not an option.

Here's the pattern that I'm using for all the blocks.  I originally had a more difficult pattern, but as large as this is wanted to go with something a more simple. I marked the hugs and kisses quilt and wasn't up for marking 50+blocks on this quilt.  Those that didn't like taking the paper off the string blocks will definitely not like this methods of quilting!!  Lots of paper to remove.  But if you leave it on while the rest is being quilted, the paper almost falls right off, well almost.   I have all the string blocks quilted and the border. Once the border was quilted I cut off the excess and that helped a little, but no matter what, it's a big quilt!


I also got a few of the blocks together for the True Lovers Knot quilt.  I made a slight design change.  I didn't like the gold going around the blocks entirely (caused it to have a double yellow strip through the middle horizontally and vertically) so I left out a couple of strips and really like it.  What do you think?  Leave it as is or put back the strips as in the original design?   I'm going to stop asking my daughter what she thinks about my progress, (she's the one who has named Hugs and Kisses the "Chase" quilt as it reminds her of the bank emblem).  She said this one reminded her of the Emperor's New Grove or Hercules - oh my it's suppose to be a wedding quilt! Well, lets see how it looks when I add the alternate color blocks. My trip to Korea was postponed at the last minute so I was able to get a little more done that I anticipated.  Ok back to quilting.

I was also going through some patterns that I know I'll never do again.  I hate to through them out.  Is anyone interested in patterns that are used?  I'd gladly send them to you if you will use them.  I hate that they are just sitting in my closet.

22 comments:

  1. Do you belong to a guild? Our guild members bring old patterns, fabric, notions - and we have a swap table. You take 1 for 1 of number you bring - then when the meeting is over it is help yourself. Or a Senior Center? If you get no takers, I will be interested - use what I like, share with our class ladies and share with guild. (will pay for the postage)

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  2. No, I don't belong to a guild. I work full time, and my schedule just doesn't allow that right now. Maybe someday....I'll post a few of the patterns later in the week. There's a lot of applique, but a few others. I really would like if someone else could use them. My mother in law belonged to the Senior Citizens club here and they had a few that crocheted but, surprisingly no quilters.

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  3. The quilting on your RRBC is fantastic. I plan on quilting mine with my DSM as well so to see what you've done is giving me hope that I can do mine as well LOL.

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  4. Love the quilting on your RRCB.I will probably quilt mine on my home machine too. Your lovers knot is awesome.

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  5. I think the wall hanging is great and say if you like it, leave it. I like both options, myself.

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  6. Wow, I love the design you are quilting on the RRCB. And giant kudos to you for tackling this on the dsm. And, I really like the way you've done the True Lovers Knot. I looked at the link and didn't like the extra row. It detracts from the piecing. Keep plugging away at the RRCB -- the end is definitely in sight!

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  7. I like the revised version better. It packs more punch

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  8. I think I lost my comment...I'll try again. Love your machine quilting! It's such a challenge on a large quilt like this one, but you are doing a great job!

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  9. I like that Lover's knot exactly the way it is now.

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  10. Sue, i am up for some. I make charity quilts, we always have a need these days. thanks
    carol c aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  11. The RRCB is sweet but the Lovers Knot...WOW...I love it.

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  12. I did the quilting on my most recent finish with that paper method, but mine was a single figure so less wrestling with paper. However, it worked great, just like on your RRCB! The lover's knot looks wonderful as is.

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  13. Have you hand quilted the border on RRCB? It looks like it in the photo or is it just marked for quilting? It's looking great!

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  14. I would take some of your patterns. I am always looking for new projects. My daughter takes lessons from a quilt teacher who would love some patterns and our 4-H club, I'm sure would be interested.

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  15. WOW! Your quilting is awesome. I admire you for doing that big quilt on your home machine, I wouldn´t even dream of trying that. Looking forward to seeing more pictures. Happy quilting ;-)
    Alda, Fl

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  16. the quilting on RRCB will look stunning

    I really admire anyone who quilts on a domestic machine, you have WAY more patience than I do

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  17. I definitely like the revised lover's knot, just beautiful.

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  18. Fabulous design on RRCB!

    I like the alternating block combination on your True Lover's Knot, and those are great colors.

    I quilted one last summer and it turned out gorgeous. If you want to see what a different combination looks like, visit my blog post here:

    http://artisanatheart.blogspot.com/2010/08/wedding-quilt-complete.html

    Thanks for the ideas...if I ever get a RRCB actually made! ;-)

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  19. Wow your quilting looks great. I am trying a paper feather design right now. Might try one like yours next. I will take some applique patterns (and pay postage)

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  20. Wow! Both quilts are great. I prefer the updated version of the Lover's Knot. If you have any patterns left, I would take a few.

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  21. I can't visualize the revised version of the Lover's Knot just yet, but I LOVE the original. BTW, I just found your blog and you have created beautiful quilts. Looks like you are a big fan of Judy N. as well.

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  22. Can you tell me how much of each color fabric you used and what size it ended up being? i am looking at making one of these with a tri colored chevron for the color and black for the solid. I want it to end up a queen . just need to order the fabric and have no clue as to how much to order my pattern doesnt say ! HELP thanks .. Trish
    pandor96@gmail.com

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