Weekend Finishes

26 03 2018

While on a quilting retreat in February, I finished piecing four baby/toddler quilts. I have just now, a month later, finished quilting and binding them. The “Minnie’s Tickled Pink” quilt is for a little girl who can’t get enough of Minnie. I bought the kit at a quilt show cleverly packaged in a Minnie Mouse lunchbox. The company is U Can Quilt (www.ucanquilt.com), and they offer lots of easy quilt designs in innovative packages. The patchwork pieces were pre-cut to size; all I had to do was follow the sewing diagrams and instructions. Using pale pink thread, I alternated quilting two loops with meandering. Amana is going to love this quilt!

This past weekend I also finished piecing, quilting, and binding a 39″ wall quilt. This is a teaching sample for my class “Not Your Grandma’s Irish Chain.” I was surprised and pleased at how quickly it came together; machine applique certainly sped the process. Tip:  I used a light weight, paper-backed fusible webbing. After tracing the sizeable Orange Peel shape onto the paper side of the webbing, I cut away much of the center section leaving only about 1/2″ all around as shown in the photo below. The 1/2″ provided stabilizing where it was needed, around the stitched edges. The cut away “window” meant that my Orange Peel shapes were less stiff and easier to machine quilt with no skipped stitches.

I used teal thread to quilt leaves and loops in the outer border, meandering in the light background, continuous curve in the Nine Patch blue squares, and large curls and pointed leaves in the Orange Peel shapes. I attached a hanging sleeve on the back of the quilt to make it easier to display at Sew There! quilt shop in Angier, NC where I’ll teach the class Tuesday evenings on 24 April and 8 May. If you live locally, I’d love to show you how to make this quilt.

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“Blue Sky” Project – a Beginning

12 07 2017

I have fallen in love with Edyta Sitar’s new fabric line, “Blue Sky.” Since blue is a favorite color and I appreciate Edyta’s style, it was too easy to fall for these lovely fabrics. In addition, I have recently been attracted to blue and white Irish Chain quilts pictured on Pinterest, so I am combining the “Blue Sky” fabric with the Irish Chain quilt design in a new project. (Of course, I am justifying beginning a new project because I am ALMOST finished with the UFOs on my Summer Projects List… besides which, I need handwork for long car trips.)

After purchasing the fabric at Sew There! quilt shop in Angier, NC, I sketched a 49 block project with Electric Quilt computer software. Machine strip-piecing twenty-four 9″ Four Patches took only a couple of hours. And my hand applique test block came out nicely. I’ve prepped more “orange peel” shapes for hand stitching during our car trip north this weekend.

I’ll keep you posted as my faux Irish Chain develops.