February 23, 2014

Double Circle Quilts.

When I made these small baby quilts, I used a lot of Kona White for the background fabric.  You can read about making these quilts, here.

When it came time to add the binding I used Kona Pomegranate.  I decided "go bold, or go home", would be a good policy; and it jazzed up all the whiteness.  The quilts each measure 37.5" square.  These are finishes number 4 and 5.

My blog photos have been popping up on Pinterest, without acknowledgements.  I think the watermark might help, that is if I remember to add it!
May your bobbins always be full,

February 19, 2014

A Lighter Shade of Pale, Carrie's quilt is finished

This is from an email from my daughter, Carrie, who lives in North Carolina, that started this quilt:

"I've been thinking about a quilt and I think I want to go with non-colors. For example one dark charcoal gray fabric on the back; on the front have a quilted pattern of whites and off-whites, maybe pale, pale, pale pinks and yellows, too. Then have the stitching in a white thread so it would be subtle on the front, but dramatic on the back. Maybe in a floral pattern. What do you think?"

What I thought was, "This is do-able" and I set out to make Carrie her quilt of Non-Colors.  You can read about the process, here.

The quilt is very difficult to photograph, especially in sunshine.  I waited until our patio was shaded to get these photos.

This is the back of the quilt.  The quilt is twin size and measures 64.25" x 82".  We used Eggshell thread and the pantograph is called Star Flower Swirls.  My long arm quilter is Janiel Miller.  I'll get this shipped to Carrie, tomorrow.
May your bobbins always be full,

February 18, 2014

City View Quilt for Brian and Jennifer is finished!

I'm just in lo0ve with how great this quilt turned out.

I kept the quilt back very simple, with just a couple of zig zag rows.

The quilt size is 52" x 69".  Brian and Jennifer requested 48" x 60"; but this size worked best with the design.  I love the border and the binding fabrics that they chose.  The quilting pantograph is called "A Tisket A Tasket".

May your bobbins always be full,

February 17, 2014

Amy's Quilt

This is my first finish of 2014.  I received the commission to make this quilt last October.  I gave Amy plenty of warning that it wouldn't be ready anytime, soon, especially with the holiday quilting season coming up.  You can read about the process of making this quilt here.

I'm really in love with how this queen size Modern Positive Quilt turned out.  If you want to make one of your own, you can find my tutorial here.

And the quilt back:

I even named the quilt back!  Split Moons.

The quilt measures 86" x 94", the perfect queen size.  The quilting pantograph is called Simple Feathers.  My long arm quilter is Janiel Miller, right here in Murrieta.

Bob and I went down to our clubhouse and used the dance floor to take these photos.  We spread the quilt, then I went up on the stage and took the photos.
May your bobbins always be full,

February 15, 2014

A lovely stack of quilts, just waiting for bindings.

My long arm quilter has a couple of vacations planned.  Right now, she's in Connecticut, visiting her daughter, and in March she and her hubby are going on a cruise.  Before she left for CT, she concentrated on getting some of my quilts back to me.  She still has two!  She's a wonderful gal and I really like working with her.  Before I found her I tried four other long arm quilters.  Two weren't any good, and two quilted the wrong pattern on the quilts I'd entrusted to them.   

The top one and the bottom one are commissioned quilts, I'll get them done first, and get them in the mail, once payment is received.  The larger center quilt is for my daughter, Carrie, and the other two are just because I made them quilts.
May your bobbins always be full,

February 14, 2014

The Quilt Back for the Delectable Mountain Quilt is finished!

When I piece a quilt back there are so many choices to make, just like when I make the quilt top.  For this one, I felt the Lush Uptown fabric got a little lost in the Delectable Mountain blocks; I decided to feature one of the beautiful trees and a deer in the corner, from my favorite print.  I pulled some solids and started cutting and sewing.

I love how the block turned out and I think the bokeh is kinda cool, too.  Below, is the quilt top.

May your bobbins always be full,

February 10, 2014

Delectable Mountain Quilt Top is finished

The quilt top is finished, and I'm a happy camper.

When I made the blocks I decided early on to make half of them complete blocks and half mixed, with two fabrics.  Because I used 21 fat eights, I only had so much fabric to work with.  I'm really please with how the quilt top turned out.  I ended up with only one orphan block; talk about cutting it close!

This quilt top measures 76" x 50", a nice size to use for napping or reading a book.

The rest of today is "cleaning the house" day, because we're having our card group here, tomorrow.   Wednesday we go to San Diego, for one of Bob's infusion appointments, and I'll probably go to the zoo.  I love the San Diego Zoo.  Thursday, I'm hoping to get to the quilt back for this beauty.
May your bobbins always be full,

February 9, 2014

Delectable Mountain layouts

Mirror Image Zig Zag Mountains Stacked Lanterns

Mirror Image Mountains Jagged Diamonds

Zig Zag Mountains Stacked Lanterns

Zig Zag Mountains 

These are just a few of the possible layouts using Delectable Mountain blocks.  Today, I'm stitching my blocks together, and I've decided to do my version of the Zig Zag Mountains.  These images were found here.
May your bobbins always be full,

February 6, 2014

Delectable Mountain Quilt, Laying out the strips

I'm still making Delectable Mountain Quilt blocks.  I have made progress, but I'm not taking any shortcuts.  I think this would be an easy block to make mistakes on, if you get in a hurry.  I took a break from cutting and stitching to take some photos of  the process.  Instead of posting 9 photos, I put them in a short presentation.

May your bobbins always be full,

February 5, 2014

Delectable Mountain Quilt progress

Despite my best intentions, I got ZERO sewing time, yesterday.  Today, I was able to start sewing after lunch.  I took some photos of the process.  I've decided to make two sets at a time.

Lay the half square triangles right sides together- lights and darks are opposite each other

Cut them into 4– 2" strips- make sure you are cutting the correct direction!

Rearrange the order of the 4 strips so they will make a delectable mountain

Stitch the 4 strips together, then stitch both sections together.  I've decided not to stitch the two sections together, for every set of two.  That will give me more versatility, for the design I want.

Here are a couple of potential layouts.  This block is very versatile.  Now, I better get back to stitching; I have about eleventy million sets to cut and stitch.

If you want to make your own Delectable Mountain blocks, the link is here.
May your bobbins always be full,

February 3, 2014

Delectable Mountain Quilt

After my pillow-cover making project, I had 23 Fat Eigths of Lush Uptown left.  I decided to make a Delectable Mountain Quilt, so I started cutting.  From each F8 I cut two 8.5 inch squares, that took up most of each fabric piece.  Then I cut the same number of squares of Kona White.  I recently had to re-do a quilt back, and couldn't reuse the Kona White for that, so I used that fabric for these squares.  "Waste not, want not", is a good policy.

The next step was making the HSTs.  I set aside some of the squares for a later project and got busy.  I used the traditional HST method.  Today, I spent my time trueing up the HSTs to 8 inch squares.  When I first started quilting I tended to skip this step.  Older and wiser, maybe, I usually always true up, now a days.

These steps have taken up four days, of "quilting time", and tomorrow I'll be on to the next steps - (Lay the half square triangles right sides together- lights and darks are opposite each other.  Cut them into 4– 2" strips- make sure you are cutting the correct direction!  Re-arrange the order of the 4 strips so they will make a delectable mountain and stitch them together.)  I think this step could take a couple of days.  This is the block tutorial I'm using, if you're interested.

I soon hope to show you a Delectable Mountain Block, or two.
May your bobbins always be full,