Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Signature Quilt

This signature quilt was made in Texas in the late 70's early 80's by Karen's Husbands Gran. 

The family discovered this coverlet (because the top was hemmed -so it was probably used as a coverlet) in a box recently, and decided to finish it and use it.  The family is having a lot of fun researching the names they didn't immediately know (most are family), and looking into histories.

I had a lot of fun looking at all the fabrics as I quilted.   There is a little bit of everything in there--polyesters, cottons, plaids, kerchief prints. 

 and yes, that quilt is as big as it looks on my king size bed.  It is 100x100.

 I think, if I got the right signature here, Lydia was the maker of the quilt.     A simple meander tied it all together. 

Monday, 29 October 2018

En Provence 4

This is my En Provence. 
En Provence was Bonnie Hunter's 2016 Mystery Quilt.

The other 3 En Provence quilts I quilted  (one, two and three) were all E2E designs , so I decided to do a light custom on mine--continuous design, no stitch in the ditch, no rulers.    I did use two colors of thread, so I had to make two passes through the quilt but I was OK with that.  I 'gave' myself a budget, and was able to stick pretty close to it, so I was pleased. If I had used just one color thread, I probably would have been within my original budget.

And if you've seen the others, I love how different fabric choices (and in Colleen's case (quilt 3) a few different units within the blocks) can make a quilt look so different.

 This quilt was a little scrappy--I had 3 navys, and 3 of the teal/greens, and 4 neutrals.  I simply don't have a large enough stash to be able to make a quilt of this size from stash/scraps.

 I'm really really pleased with how this turned out.  I learned a LOT about making Tri-Recs units making this quilt. 
The binding and label are on the quilt now--I just haven't photographed it since adding them. 

Thursday, 25 October 2018

On Ringo Lake

This is my On Ringo Lake which was Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Mystery Quilt.   Look, the binding is done and everything :)

The photo shows as red, but it's really more of a magenta color.

 This is the second of Bonnie's mysteries I have done, and as with the first, I learned a lot.  I'm still having issues with scrappy though--I used 4 pieces of yardage.
 I love all the different secondary shapes I see in this quilt, and that when I look from different angles I see different shapes.  
 I reversed the pink and blue on this quilt from Bonnie's...this way it reads, overall, as a blue quilt to me.  The other way reads as a pink quilt.
 I so rarely do an edge to edge design on my own quilts , so I decided to E2E this one.  Spirals.  All over the quilt.  Wool batting = lovely texture and lovely to sleep under.  It's a little too small for our bad, but at some point the kids will move out and we will have guest beds.
 Here is a photo of (almost) the whole quilt at once, before I got the binding on.    I added to Bonnie's instructions to make it square.
I had uploaded my fabrics into EQ7 to play with fabric placement, and I cannot now find the photos using my fabrics, but these two use fabrics similar to Bonnie's colors-maybe you can what I mean by saying one reads blue and one reads pink.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Heather's Sampler - Baptist Fan

 This is Heather T's sampler.  Lots of hand applique and hand piecing in this quilt, but for how Heather wants to use it, an edge to edge design seemed like the best choice, and Baptist Fan is always a classic.
 Even some Broderie Perse techniques on this quilt. 

 As she so often does, Heather has used a beautiful border print.

Saturday, 6 October 2018


This is Gail's Diamonds Quilt.  I don't know the pattern name.  Gail usually quilts her own quilts, but this one she asked me to do, so I thought for a while and decided on a pattern Gail wouldn't do on her own--a meandering feather.

First Gail made me a happy quilter, because she knew her backing was large enough for the quilt, but not large enough for me to load, so she added these 'cheater' strips to the backing so I'd have plenty of room.  This way, I was able to start quilting just below the selvage of the fireside backing.

 The fireside backing is a lovely navy color--it just didn't translate in this photo, but the quilting shows nicely, so I guess that's OK.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Science Fair

Jessie made this Science Fair quilt for a family member.    What is really neat is she used shirts from the Grandfather of the recipient, as a memory quilt.  She also asked for a wood grain quilting design, as the Grandfather had been a carpenter.

 it was quite knotty wood, as it turned out :P

 This Grandpa had very interesting clothing--not typical Grandpa shirts.
 This is such a lovely memory quilt.  I'm sure the recipient will love it.