August 30, 2015

Autumn Maple Leaves Quilt ~ Changes and Progress

I have to say I've been very lucky taking orders for custom quilts. Out of six custom quilts, only one was a stinker.  Diane, the adventurer who ordered this quilt is a gem.  After an email, in which she mentioned "bright" a couple of times I decided to change up the fabric choices for her quilt, and she's happy with the changes.

I also showed her the differences between the different whites.  For Aunt Lorraine's quilt, I used Kona PFD bleached white, but for Diane's quilt we're using Kona White.  It will be a great choice.  

All of the background pieces cut, and now I'm working on cutting the prints for the leaves and seed pods,  So far I have 9 of 20 batches cut.  For the original quilt, I did two leaves at a time, but I think doing all the cutting first is the way to go, this time.

Wish me luck!
May your bobbins always be full,

August 23, 2015

Autumn Maple Leaves Quilt

Almost four years ago I made this Autumn Maple Leaves Quilt.  I used a bundle of Lizzie House fat eighths that I'd won.  I love this quilt so much.  Before Bob and I, our daughter Sharon and grandson Oden visited our Aunt Lorraine in Wisconsin, in July of 2013, after an epic baseball trip, I shipped the quilt ahead and asked her to hold onto the box until we got there.  I told her we would be there on Sharon's birthday, and this part was a fib, I told her it was Sharon's gift.  When we got to her home, Aunt Lorraine brought the box out, and we gave it back to her and confessed that it was for her.  We were so excited and she was thrilled.  Every time I talk to her she tells me how much she loves it and how many people she's showed it off to.

I called Aunt Lorraine recently and told her that a woman named Diane had commissioned me to make a copy of the Autumn Maple Leaves Quilt.  Unfortunately, the same fabric is no longer available.  While I've been finishing up some projects, I've been mulling over which fabrics to use.  Today I assembled this set of fabrics, from several different designers, and I think they'll work.  Most of the fabric is from two lines, Good Fortune by Kate Spain and Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff; with some co-ordinates thrown in.

The fabric I used for the border is also no longer available, but it'll take awhile to assemble the main parts of the quilt top, so I have time to decide an alternative.
May your bobbins always be full,

August 22, 2015

Scrappy Scrapalious Quilt is finished!

I spent most of the month of March stitching this quilt top together.  I used a lot, not all of my print scraps.  I call this design Brick by Brick.  I tried to alternate light and dark, I was semi-successful.

Photographing this monster, it's 92" x 90". was a challenge.  The photos taken on the grass were only OK, and these on the tennis courts required seven clothes pins!  Seven!

For the quilt back I stitched together fat quarters of Make Life Sweet by Sweetwater.

I attempted to get both dogs to pose with the folded quilt, Ben was the only one to co-operate!  This photo shows the bounce of red I added to the binding.  It's such a large quilt I added two extra scraps, I'm loving the look.

I believe this quilt is staying at my house.  I currently sleep under a quilt that I purchased over 15 years ago before I started making quilts; my youngest daughter, Sharon, has advised me that I need to sleep under one of my quilts!  Bossy, bossy, bossy.

BTW, I now have no UFOs!
May your bobbins always be full,