Thursday, 25 July 2013

Hunter Star for Paula

I've finished and given to Paula her Hunter Star Quilt.

 My Aunt had commissioned this quilt last July, and I finished it in June, so a nice 12 month project. 

We went shopping together for the fabrics, and it was so much fun to select fabrics with a painter as I learned so much about colour theory from her and her friend who was with us that day.

Yummy fabrics.

And I signed up for the Hunter Star class at Along Came Quilting, taught by Kim Morrison.  My friend Colleen signed up've seen her quilt here already.  We used the Rapid Fire Hunter Star ruler by Deb Tucker.
Before's a large quilt, 93x109.  I wanted to make sure there was room for quilting loss (lost 2 " in the quilting) and washing shrinkage and for a deep mattress and a pillow tuck.

 Delicious texture.  I figured out a path across and back without any extra starts and stops.  I used my melon rulers by Kimmy Brunner for the arcs.  The figure 8's in the inside melons echoed the loops in the stars (and helped make it a continuous pattern), and feathers in the borders matched those in the blocks.  The motifs were simple, but very effective I think.

 A taupe so-fine thread blended on some fabrics and showed nicely on others.

 Yummy texture on the back too, which is actually a lovely green floral, but it didn't show in the photos well.

And...a neat surprise. 

The picture below isn't the greatest picture (kind of blurry), but shows the bonus secondary pattern in the quilting...a double wedding ring.
 I didn't see that double wedding ring until I had given the quilt to my Aunt and we were spreading it out in her living room, but now it's obvious to me.  Maybe I can cross making a double wedding ring off my list now ??

 The inner border is a deep green.
Love love love the texture in this quilt. 

Wool batting gives a lovely loft.

Sue's Trucks 9 Patch

Sue was looking for a simple pattern to make a bed quilt for her grandson, and we suggested a alternating 9-patch.  I sent Sue a drawing from EQ7, using only a few fabrics (and only for examples and for calculating fabric requirements--I wouldn't make one with these exact fabrics)..
.and she ran with that and created this wonderful quilt.  Sue's version is much nicer than my quick EQ7 sample, that's for sure!!

 The inner border had 'roads' meandering through it so we went with that for the quilting, using a bright green Magnifico thread to create meandering 'car tracks' on the quilt.  Sue likes loft, so we used a wool batt.

and a nice cozy flannel on the back of the quilt.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Mariners Compass

This pattern is the Split Ray Compass by Bearpaw Productions.  It's a nice wall hanging, at about 27x27, and the pattern is free.  Thanks Brenda.

This particular compass was made as an appreciation gift for the man who served as chair of the church board for the past 12 years, and for a period before that as well.  The compass was chosen as an appropriate pattern for a leader and guide.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Yellow Brick Road: Square Spiral

This is a Yellow Brick Road for the church.  I used the Square Spiral pantograph.

I love the fabrics in this one, and the Square Spiral gives such nice texture.  Cotton batting, YLI thread.

and this is how much thread I had left :)