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

Monday, September 23, 2013

DSW 9/23/13

My Glacier Star is finished, ready for this weekend’s quilt show. It’s hanging in the living room now until taking it down on Thursday to turn in as I don’t want any wrinkles. Never again will I try a black Susie’s Magic Binding on black background fabric. I really have a hard time seeing black now, even in the daytime. I used DH’s visor magnifier to sew the corners closed. Enough talking –here are some pictures – a little dark so you can see Angela Walters’s wonderful quilting.

center feathers

Center star

Happy Quilting,

Monday, September 16, 2013

DWM 9-16-2013

I’m working on the Scrap Squad project, making a comfort quilt for a niece, binding my Glacier Star for the quilt show, setting up the small quilt data base, pricing, and hanging the small quilts for next week, came down with a crappy virus . . . so sometimes you just need to play a  little bit.

I bought this set of 2-1/2” squares, the polka dots and the Halloween words in Nebraska. I sewed the squares together one night, cut out the twister pieces the next night, then quilted it the next.
halloween twister closeup
You wind up with a LOT or seam allowances that don’t want to stay flat, so I quilted it in the ditch with some opaline Madeira Thread I bought years ago on my first Paducah AQS trip. I changed to the black with sparkles color of the same thread to outline the words, connecting them with straight lines trying to resemble spider webs.

This pattern works best with lots of contrast between blocks. Using the pre-cuts, I didn’t have much contrast as there are way too many mediums. I was trying to keep the greens away from the edges so they wouldn’t totally disappear. It was fun for a quick sew. DGD#1 is wanting some small quilts, so this may be her Halloween quilt, or I might just hang it here.

I’m making black binding for the Glacier star this week, so will use the leftovers to finish this.
Happy Quilting,

Monday, September 9, 2013

JoAnne’s Design Wall Monday

JoAnne finished the top of her king-size Glacier star. She took the snowflake pattern and made additional blocks to surround the queen Glacier Star. She replaced the usual center with one of the dark snowflake blocks. This is for her oldest son and his family – if she can bear to part with it after quilting.
JoAnne finished second Glacier star

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Quiltmaker Rocks the Blocks

It’s so great being a member of this year’s Scrap Squad for Quiltmaker magazine. Last Friday, my baby quilt rendition of Western Waltz was posted on the Quilty pleasures blog.

Today, they are kicking off a campaign for the new magazine of quilts made from the 100 Blocks series. I’m enjoying watching the videos of the editors giving instructions and ideas about some of the blocks included in the new issue. Head on over there and leave a comment to be included in the drawing for 25 free issues of the magazine.
QMMS 130035 cover 500 QM Rocks the Blocks! Giveaways!

Happy Quilting,

Monday, September 2, 2013

Design wall Monday Sept. 2, 2013

Glacier Star is drying in the dining room – there’s no room to walk when the Styrofoam boards are up. It started as 93 x 93 prior to quilting, now it is about 87”. It has both a wool and cotton batting, and I put it in the washer for a hand wash cycle to rinse out the glue stick and to wet it thoroughly. DH and I pulled and measured and pulled some more, and I finally had to say “enough”. I will measure today after it is dry, and begin the process of trimming, stabilizing the edge and then binding the monstrosity. I would like to take it to guild next week; it will hang in the guild quilt show later in September.
It was quilted by Angela Walters. She put in an enormous amount of extremely gorgeous quilting. Here are some teaser photos for you. after it is bound I’ll take some “glamour shots”.
On my design wall is the beginning of my next Scrap Squad project. I’m finally cutting into the pieces of Rowan fabrics I’ve been gathering for a couple of years.

I’ve been rearranging them every time I go in the room. I think I still need to move some more. It’s amazing what a picture on the screen tells you. I didn’t realize there was so much yellow / gold in these fabrics. They don’t look those colors close up. They will have a black background, so they should pop.

Happy Quilting,