I so liked making this design, I have at least 3 more quilts in mind that would be similar. I've seen it (or similar) called Chinese Lantern, Japanese Lantern, Modern Squash blossom, and Delectable Mountain quilt block. My first exposure was seeing a quilt by (the very talented)Joleneover at Blue elephant stitches and I was so inspired.
Next up on the frame this morning is a simple equilateral triangle quilt with gray and black with a touch of wine. A masculine quilt for a son who asked for gray and black... I begged to put an accent color in.
I have the week off work and lots of quilting plans!
Then... this one (shown before) is trimmed up and on the design wall for review! 2015 is almost here.
My quilting project for my time off work is a Christmas Quilt. The patchwork is the aztec / squash blossom design done in totally scrap holiday fabric. The back I purchased on a great sale. I am experimenting with making quilting guidelines out of freezer paper and ironing them on. Row by Row.
Finished up a quick donation quilt - yes it is hurry up time and get them done before the end of the year! I only got 3 new ones done, so to keep my goal of 6 - I'll donate 3 that haven't sold on etsy.
This quilt has a simple large star, and a whole lot of blue, green and yellow scraps. Around the border I stitched in the words to "This Little Light of Mine". :) I'm gonna let it shine.
I am not much for repetitive quilt blocks, but I couldn't stop making these. 36 total, but all unique. They are hanging on the wall so I could choose a layout of colors for the put together. I think this is how they will be... unless I swap a couple around...
I have been really into using up my existing fabric and trying NOT to buy buy buy. I have had a bundle of batik fat quarters for a few years now - and they were chose for the Hugs and Kisses quilt. The background is a mix of text and numbers. I went one more row of X's and O's in length than I planned, the quilt is about 50 X 70 now, but I am going to add a thin border to it.
I am envisioning orange minky on the back - just because it's for a 9 year old - who I think would love SOFT.
I am working on a "Hugs and Kisses" quilt for my grandson. Seems appropriate. Here is what I worked up for a pattern. It is basically 5 1/2 inch squares with 3 inch square corners sewn on two of the corners. I bet you can click and enlarge the picture of the pattern.
Using a bright variety of batiks for the "X" and "O"s, and off white text and numbers for the background (corners). I'll post a picture of the top when done.
Feel free to use the pattern, and let me know if you make one! It can be sized to any size quilt and would make a sweet baby quilt with a grid of four blocks by four blocks.
Been working on a top and finally finished it up. I don't know if there is a name for the block design - It is used often in the signature quilts of old with a light solid fabric in the center portion of each block and color on the triangle corners. This makes me think of a lattice garden wall.
This morning, in-between house chores... I am experimenting with straight line quilting on the frame. Ironically what is the simplest quilting style on a table is very difficult for me on a frame. I use a low cost beginner set-up of a Grace "start-right" frame and a fabulous Juki machine, but would love love love to upgrade to a machine/frame with a horizontal hold and a stitch regulator. Maybe someday. Back to my story... to stitch in straight lines I put 2 clamps by the rear wheel on the carriage that holds the machine. It works, but is flakey.
This is my daughter in law's first finished quilt! "Finished" because she has been working on a quilt top, but needed to put together a baby quilt quickly for a gift. I taught her how to use the Juki on the quilting frame yesterday and she quilted it up with stars and swirls. She did great. I think she is a natural. : )
I have been experimenting with Reverse Appliqué on the sewing machine. fun fun fun. You layer your quilt sandwich with a second layer on top, do the stitching, then cut away parts thru the first layer only... Very easy, and fun to watch the color pattern emerge as you cut.
A week ago I trimmed the corner of my finger off with the rotary cutter, but I am back at it this weekend. Today I sewed thru another finger. Oh my.
This weekend's projects were to patch a very utilitarian bed-cover slash dog-blanket. It had multiple holes in it from happy little dog claws rolling and crawling. I figure I'll just keep adding patches until it totally resembles a Japanese boro cover.
I put together and quilted my first donation quilt of the year. I am way behind on making donation quilts this year. This one still needs the binding and washing. It was made out of a stack of green and aqua scraps, and I put a white french rose in the corner.
Finished a French Rose Baby Quilt today... for my nephews baby girl to be born in October.
This quilt design uses raw edge appliqué, which is fun and shabby and easy to make, but the down part is that quilting over the raw edges is difficult. It washed up wonderful though. Washing is so forgiving on quilting!
I didn't use a pattern, just cut the base blocks, then the flower layers, and the petals. I did cut away the excess fabric under the flowers. There are tutorials for the French Rose on line. Fun quilt.
We just had our annual week at Flaming Gorge. Camped on the border of Utah and Wyoming at Stateline Cove. The week was full of boating, fishing, relaxing, cooking, tired dogs, playing kids, etc. Was nice. Also is nice to be home!
What I finished: The Anniversary quilt. It was a large quilt, about 60" X 80". Backed with more fmf fabric and bound with a charcoal stripe.
What I've been working on: Hand stitched quilt top. I've been calling the pieces "scales"... like dragon scales. I started by making a clamshell pillow top and thinking the clamshells would be cool elongated and pointed, and worked up a template for "scales". I thought it would be a good take-along project for the summer. I think I am half way done already though, so will finish, add a border, and make a lap throw size quilt. Right now it is about 40" across. I have a lot of future project ideas that would work with this template... like green tones of a forrest, or neutral linen look with embroidery, or medieval colors for a Dragon scale quilt... As usual more ideas than time.
As well as too many ideas, a lot of "should do's". I should work up a pattern to sell since it's uniquely out of my brain... some people make a lot of money off patterns. Well, again... the time thing.
I am SO GLAD it's a weekend, and a three day one too!
Happy Weekend! Happy Memorial Day!
I hope I'm not burning my dutch oven chicken wings!!!
April was a great welcome to Spring. A few showers, storms, sun, great variety. Here is a variety of what I've been up to...
First, a wild Comic quilt for a son who is wild about comics.
A quilt in process (on the frame being quilted). It is made mostly out of the "Flea Market Fancy" fabrics with a little treasure added in here and there. A lady ordered it custom for an anniversary gift for her parents, and asked for stitched in words of all the things the family liked to do.