here) After finishing the Eye Candy Quilt, I wanted to play with bright colors against black, and decided to see how the smallest little pieces would look on a black background. The piece is 20 x 20 inches, and is made of Kona solids and Kona black. The little strips of colored scraps are only 1/4 inch wide. I love how they popped in this simple grid design. I used a matte black thread to do some dense pebble quilting inside the boxes and on the outer border. I left an inch frame around the boxes and the grid unquilted. I am very happy with how this turned out!
I will post the process and details later, but in the meantime, enjoy your weekend!
Friday, May 19, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
I was able to get this quilt finally finished! This is my son's t-shirt quilt, full of memories, laughs and warmth!
This is the fourth t-shirt project I have done. The first was for my daughter, and it used shirts cut in all different sizes. I had machine pieced the shirts, but ended up tying the quilt. My Bernina could not easily handle the bulk to quilt.
My second project was for my sister. By then I had purchased an acrylic 12 1/2 inch square ruler, which made the cutting of the prepared t-shirts much easier. I tied hers, as well.
I was asked to make a memorial banner from t-shirts for a dear friend. By then, I had invested in a Tiara II, and used that to FMQ stipple the pieces, which worked well.
For this latest quilt, I had learned from my earlier efforts. I washed and dried all of the shirts, some of which showed lots of wear! I cut off the arms, collars and backs, and kept only the pieces that had the desired images. I then ironed on the lightweight fusible interfacing and then used the ruler to cut the square. There was some waste, but not enough to be concerned about.
|I can' t recall the exact name of the interfacing, but here is a close up!|
Some of the shirts from his childhood were smaller than 12 1/2 inches square and I had ironed on the interfacing and cut them some time ago. I decided to just make them the right size, and I found fabrics to make borders, and then cut the squares.
|A souvenir of a fun Pirate's weekend with his Aunt Juli!|
|Adding a strip of black Kona to make the square.|
|This brings back memories. I have stepped on many a Lego in my bare feet when the kids were young!|
I found some old fabric in my stash which went well with Lego man!
|I used my walking foot to sew the squares together. The interfacing is a bit slippery, and the walking foot gave the steadiness that was needed to keep the seams from pulling.|
|I had our Scotland trip on my mind when I purchased the flannel backing. I pieced two strips together carefully.|
A word to the wise - don't try to stitch too close to the pins! I sewed this pin very firmly into place, requiring a little bit of surgery!
|This shows the final layout alternating darks and lights.|
|This was a big quilt for my trusty quilt holder. On the way to the deck, we flushed two adult eagles from our trees. What a sight that was!|
|I am pleased that it is not obvious where the back was attached!|
There is still time to comment on last week's Eye Candy blog, and be eligible for a giveaway for a copy of the latest Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine.
I am planning to enter Modern Mini Quilt Challenge, and will be working on my entry this week.
Here is a peek at the scraps I will be working with! Stay tuned!
To all the mothers, grandmothers, god mothers and all those who mother others - Happy Mother's Day! Thanks for visiting my blog!
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Since the magazine is out today, I can finally reveal the quilt I made from a block I designed for the current Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks (Vol 15)(link here) As you can read below, this was a quilt made in a very short period of time - but it turned out to be such a vibrant, happy quilt.
I started on a block for submission to the magazine right after Christmas. I had an idea of small solid brights surrounded by yellow and white. I fussed with the four-patch colors to get the mix just right, making more bright little four-patches than I used.
I encased the little four patches in yellow and white, and put those blocks together to create the final 12 inch (finished size) block. I called it Candy Box, since the little bright pieces (eye candy! )were boxed in.
|The finished block.|
It dawned on me that I should have made a quilt with my block to post in conjunction with the publication. I had less than two weeks to put together a quilt! Luckily, I had a few four patches, some leftover strips, lots of bright Kona scraps and lots of yellow and white fabric! I was on a roll. No fussing here - I was cutting and sewing together little patches at random! I used a different (brighter) yellow for the quilt than I used in my block, only because that's what I had on hand.
|I strip pieced two colors, then cut those into blocks|
|So many little squares!|
|I used copious quantities of yellow and white!|
I initially made 20 finished squares, thinking that a 48 x 60 inch quilt would be nice. Going fast has its perils - my seam ripper is never far from me when I sew!
I laid out the 20 blocks on my "design floor" both in a rectangle (4 blocks by 5 blocks) and also on point.
I wasn't sure what to do for setting squares for the "on point" layout (and didn't have time to mull it over) but the rectangle quilt ( which would have finished at 48" x 60") wasn't large enough for a lap /nap quilt for me. I decided to quickly make up another ten blocks, to make the quilt 60" x 72". couch!)
|I couldn't resist a picture of my bright spring table runner with the bright quilt squares!|
Since this was speed sewing for me, I didn't fuss over the color combos. I did make sure that I didn't have the exact same color blocks next to each other, and I was very careful about the 1/4 inch seams, since the corners of the yellow and white are pretty obvious. I love how the quilt top looks. Eye candy to me!
Once I finished the top, I had only a few days left to complete the quilting and binding. No time for complicated quilting patterns or too much thinking! I wanted something happy and decided to do a large loop all over the quilt. I used white Aurifil on the top and in the bobbin and was able to quilt it in two days on my Tiara II.
I did wash and dry the quilt - especially since I had laid it on the concrete deck and on the beach! I used three sheets of Color Grabber to make sure the colors didn't run into the white! (I had NOT prewashed much of the fabric) This works so well. I use it with every quilt!
The colors did not run, and the quilt turned out nice and crinkly! I use Warm and White batting to keep the white crisp looking. I am also very proud of how well the seams matched in this. Usually that is NOT the case! I think this block would look great with other colors!
I didn't make it into the official blog tour, but you can find that link here.
Thanks for visiting!