July 17, 2016

Adding a Sleeve

I decided to enter this small Modern Patchwork Quilt in the Los Angeles Quilt Show. That meant it needed a hanging sleeve on the back. Since the quilt is two sided, I wanted the hanging sleeve to blend with the design.  I pieced the sleeve, using felled seams, so the hanging pole wouldn't catch on a seam.

This is the original shot of the B-side, sans hanging sleeve

And the A-side.

Here are some links for you:  

I did my felled seams a bit different.  I off-set the top fabric edge 1/4" from the bottom fabric, then stitched a full 1/4" seam (not scant), using the top fabric edge as my guide.  This saved me from doing the trimming suggested in the tutorial.

I'm entering the other small quilt I made this year,   Fly Me To The Moon.  The sleeve is just plain white!

I hand stitched the hanging sleeves to the quilts, my least favorite thing while watching TV.  For the Modern Patchwork Quilt, I watched 2 episodes of Orange is the New Black, and for the Fly Me To  The Moon Quilt, I watched Straight Outta Compton.  Good times.
May your bobbins always be full,

July 14, 2016

Quilts for Peace ~ Dallas MQG

After the tragedy in Dallas, the Dallas MQG put out a call for Blue Heart Blocks.  The blocks will be made into quilts for the survivors and the deceased officers' families.  I took a break from my current project.  The first day I selected the fabrics from my stash.  I love having a good stash!  Then I did all the cutting,  The Dallas MQG asked that the blocks be 10.5 inches and follow Cluck Cluck Sews great tutorial.

Then yesterday, I sewed them all up, took some photos, and put them in the mail.

This tragedy, the wholesale killing of police officers, broke my heart.  My husband was an LAPD officer for 28.5 years.  He worked in the Watts area, home of the worse criminal gangs in the country.  I didn't worry about him, he was mature and well trained.  Worrying solves nothing.

I love being part of the wonderful quilting community.  They jump right in, whenever there's a need.

The other big quilt drive is Quilts for Pulse, in response to the killings in Orlando.  Next week, I'm sending the Orlando MQG this heart quilt.  I happened to make this a year and a half ago, just for the joy of making a quilt.  Now, it'll comfort a stranger.  That's what quilts are for.

May your bobbins always be full,

July 11, 2016

Quilts and Color, part 3

Lend and Borrow Quilt, Lancaster County PA, 1870s.
Probably not Amish because the quilter used printed fabric.

Yellow Baskets, upstate NY, 1920-1939.
The quilter used cotton sateen/satin for both the quilt top and back.

Touching Sunburst Quilt, PA - 1854.
I found that the "no top border" was very interesting.

Touching Stars of Diamonds Quilt, American 1850.

May your bobbins always be full,