Sunday, January 15, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Donation quilt 1
Donation quilt 2
What a week!  I've gotten two donation quilts done (they help with practice quilting).  One is a pantograph that I think is finally good enough to at least donate. They were so bad before even the dogs didn't want to lay on those practice quilts!  I think the trick for me was get something with shorter lines, no long beautiful curving lines and no symmetry.  That  will all come when I get a bit better, which could be a while :)  Here's the donation quilts . The first one I showed the back before, forgot the front, it's the practice Orca Bay.

The second one is my first pantograph that I think is good enough to actually at least donate.  It's called Flipping ferns.  I think I"m actually getting better, but still need more practice.  I have a chair on wheels now and that seemed to help a lot.  It's pretty hard to quilt when your looking at paper and not the quilt!  This one is made of flannel, both sides, nice and snugly.


I did finish the top of Amy Ellis's Modern Mirrors from her book Modern Basics.  I love this pattern.  Not sure I like it with the fabrics I choose, but it is a great pattern.   This will be my first "real quilt" that will be quilted entirely with a pantograph....once I get good enough.  It may be a while before you see this one finished!

I also started one other quilt.  This may be a wedding quilt for Steve and Lindsey. I have another one planned, but not sure I can get it done in time...so here's how far I got on Labyrinth.  I had been doing so much easy sewing for a while that it took a bit of an adjustment to put this crazy thing together.  I had to slow wayyyyy  down for this one.  Only 2 more rounds and at least the center will be together.

Linking up with Sew Modern Monday and  Judy at Patchwork Times

24 comments:

  1. Wow - two charity quilts done - good for you. Love the 'mirrored', there's all that purchased solids - and your labyrinth is just super in it's start.

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  2. Love the Modern Mirror quilt and wedding quilt! April and you have really bonded! Can't wait to see more!

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  3. Great progress on the quilting front. It takes a big leap to be willing to sew on a "real" quilt, but it will be well worth it once you take the plunge. Love the new quilt, it does look like it would need some concentration, but it is a beautiful block.

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  4. You have been very busy. Your charity quilts are great. I really like the possible wedding quilt.

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  5. I think your quilting is spectacular! The Modern Mirrors quilt is beautiful...love the effect of the white and the grey.

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  6. Very nice work. I love that top image. The quilting is gorgeous.

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  7. Don't you love the first of the year? So many people are so productive! Love that wedding quilt, it is gorgeous. And the Mirrors is a cool pattern, I have been wanting a Modern Book for a while now,

    glen

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  8. Sue, your panto work looks very good in the picture. Remember while you are quilting you are looking at each specific trail of the stitch. But when it is done you will look at the overall effort. Most folks love the finished quilting because they see the overall picture rather than the specific bumps and lumps we see. Generally, I'm happier with my quilts two to three days off the frame. What is the name of the panto you used -- shorter lines? B.

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  9. Love you Labyrinth -- it's fantastic! :)

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  10. Wow, I love everything....the texture of the feathers will be great on OB.

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  11. Your charity quilts are great. You're really getting good at the machine quilting! You've got some really great projects going.

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  12. Thanks for stoppin' by my blog, Sue. Your 'Labyrinth' is going to be one special quilt!

    I have a long way to go on the Orca Bay, but am taking my time. Sooooo many pieces!!

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  13. la,la,love the last photo and that inter-lapping border around the star!! :)

    It was on JudyL's Mr. Linky and deferentially got my attention :)

    Love from Indiana! -Bonnie

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  14. Wow, your quilting is getting more and more amazing. I love your idea for your Orca. And I really like your colour choices for the Modern Mirrors. I have that book too. So many nice quilts in it.

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  15. Great week! I like the labyrinth!

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  16. These are great! I love the modern mirrors. How do you keep your donation quilts affordable? When it comes to all the fabric and batting, they seem to get expensive so quickly. I'd love any suggestions you have!

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  17. Your quilting look lovely! I really like the star. By the way, I like the owls in your banner so much!

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  18. Great quilting and I love your block!

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  19. You have been very busy!! Love all your quilts. The strippy donation one really looks cool!

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  20. LOVE modern mirrors. I think the color choice gives it a super architectural look. Very nice!

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  21. Lovely work - especially your Little Apples quilt!

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  22. Charity quilts are a great way to practice new long arm quilting patterns. Your quilting is so good it's hard to believe that your machine is so new.

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  23. The Modern Mirrors quilt is really cool. I like how it looks different if you focus on the white, then on the gray.

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