A place for me to journal and post pictures about my quilting adventures.

Friday, August 5, 2011

First designed quilt for DGD#2

Here/s DGD #2 with the first quilt she designed. She loves to play with my scraps, especially cutting them into smaller sizes. I’ve seen several quilts by “modern quilters” where they just lay the pieces of fabric on the background, then sew around them.

I had DGD use a glue stick and putting the glue in the middle of the fabric, she glued the pieces she wanted in place. These scraps are mainly from the quilt I’m making my friend’s DIL.  She cut most of them – I helped on some of the hearts and the Coca Cola emblem. With her permission, I added a few pieces that would bridge from one area to another for sewing down all the patches.

I went ahead and pin basted the quilt top with just the glued on pieces, with a thin poly batting  and backing (same fabric as the binding). I loaded some light pink Bottom Line thread and started sewing around the patches, I was bored with straight stitches after the first two patches, so I played with a variety of the fancy stitches on my machine. DGD found the piece of lace when I was almost finished, so we placed it along the selvedge piece. She loves all the dots on selvedges.

I just sewed the binding on the back, adding the label as I sewed. I then turned it to the front and used the S stitch to sew it down. I asked DGD if I should sew down the “pocket” of the label, and she reply, “No, thank you.”

The last picture is of the label. I thought a picture of her playing with my quilt pieces would be good.

Happy quilting,


Monday, August 1, 2011

Design wall Monday 8-11-11

IMGP2963The blocks are finished!!!! This is the quilt for my BFF’s DIL’s quilt of activities she participated in while growing  up and the present. I haven’t used nearly all of the fabrics she purchased for this. I’m sure it is going to be a scrappy backing as well.



IMGP2966These are some of the latest fun blocks I created. I purchased the embroideries off eBay, and they were done on a thin poly/cotton. I fused them to the interfacing used for t-shirt quilts, and they handled very well. I’m really fond of the double circle around the little dress with the hologram dragonflies. IMGP2961

This is the side effect of working with circles. I think I will have to make a bull’s eye quilt with some of the leftovers. There is quite a stack here.





The latest design wall addition is this circle. Last night I just wanted to play a bit, and made this partial block. I ordered the Sue Ross templates from Material Obsessions in Australia awhile back, and hadn’t taken the time to play with it. I’m glad. After all those circles, this was comparatively easy to construct on the machine. I don’t think I will be piecing in the center circle, though. There is a circle of dog teeth surrounding this I haven’t cut out yet. I‘ve been buying Dresden  plate blocks that are 30’s fabric off eBay, and want to set them funky – like flowers growing on the background. I think this block will blend in even though it’s made from reproductions instead of the real thing.  For more design walls, go back to Judy L’s blog.


Happy quilting,