Archive | November 2015

Stippling quest was a Success!

First I practiced stippling on a baby quilt panel that I had inherited from Grandma Dott.  It has a high loft poly batting, which makes it nice and fluffy.

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As a newbie quilter, I posted on our neighborhood Facebook page that I was looking for some quilts to practice stippling on at a very discounted price.  I got several quilt tops…thank goodness for quilters who are brave enough to give a new quilter one of their precious tops!  My neighbor down the street loves to piece tops and has a big stack of them waiting to be quilted. She brought me this queen sized top.

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Here is a close up of the stipple size and a picture of my favorite print in her quilt.  The rectangular rose print.  I am not really a pink sort of girl, but I love the colors in this quilt!

 

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I also got this beautiful baby quilt from a friend of another neighbor.  I was nervous about this one because she usually pays top dollar to very experienced quilters.  I used a green from Superior and it blended beautifully with all the colors.

 

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When I was at my quilter’s boot camp, I was so frustrated by the Pantovision (digital pantograph) that I went home feeling overwhelmed and horrified that I had taken out a loan to buy this longarm when I couldn’t even trace a pattern and make it look good.  Free motion quilting came much more naturally and was so much fun.   I am happy to say that I have made pretty good progress and now pantographs don’t scare me anymore.

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A Quilty Memorial of my Older Brother

My only older brother passed away suddenly without warning in 2011. I live far away from him and didn’t get to see him very often.  Thankfully we have lots of great memories of growing up together.  After he passed away, I offered to make a shirt quilt for my sister in law.  He wasn’t into T-shirts and mostly wore dress up shirts, which really made the quilt much easier to make.  No stabilizer to iron on!  YaY!
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It took my sweet sister in law several years to be ready to part with his shirts for a little while and when she was ready she had my mom bring them to me from out of state.  I pondered several patterns, but finally settled on this snowball pattern so it could really show off the shirt material.  The orange and green tropical print shirts were his favorite shirts so I put in two blocks of each print. The center bear shirt is actually his favorite sweat shirt. I could see why – very soft and warm.

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I used the inside of this shirt to show size and brand and to add variety to the snowballs.

 

 

 

 

 

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I used several front pockets with buttons.  I also used side seams and back placket pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is a close up of the sweat shirt front.

 

 

 

 

 

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I used a snuggley plaid flannel for the back so that hopefully she would feel like it was a warm hug from my brother when she uses it.  I bound it with a plain white cotton. I wanted the quilt to be soft so I did free motion loops and hearts.  Lots of hearts because they were still so in love.

I admit that this quilt has a few of my tears on it.  It was very therapeutic to sew it together with love for my sis in law. My mom and I cut the shirts apart together and shared a few memories and discussed how to piece it which created another good memory for me.  Thanks for helping, Mom!

When my parents went to visit in Missouri, they hand delivered the quilt to her.  I hope, after awhile, the shirts won’t cause as many tears and can become a comforting hug instead.  Love ya, Sis!

Stars, Hexies, Triangles, Bubbles and More

My sweet friend saw me hand piecing hexies one day and had a quilters aha moment…you know, the “I can do this…it would be a great thing” moment.  She went to work lightening fast and before I knew it she had pieced 3 quilt tops!  Not easy ones either.  One is her own pattern, one is y seams and the other is a lot of little corners to match up! She did a beautiful job and allowed me the honor of quilting her first quilts…I remember my feelings of trepidation taking my first quilt to the LQS to be quilted. What if they lost it or ruined it or I hated the quilting???  Giving up control is some times a hard thing with personal creations! I love the quilting patterns she choose and want to share her quilts with you (with permission, of course!)

Here is the largest quilt…I love the gray background. This is a quilt that helped me change my mind about gray backgrounds.  I am typically a white and lots of it background girl.  She choose straight line quilting for this one.  A new quilting technique for me.  Sorry, I don’t know the name of this pattern to give its’ creator credit.  If you do, I would love to add a note!

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I love how the straight line softly compliments the piecing. I didn’t channel lock it, instead I used a straight ruler to allow the lines to adjust slightly to the piecing.

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Here is the very first one she pieced – y seams on the machine – no less!  Not a beginner project for the faint of heart! I believe this quilt is done with Figtree fabrics – which I LOVE!  The colors are so beautifully blended.

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For me the colors make a cozy safe place sort of feeling.  Another first in quilting patterns – orange peel.  I did this one with a circle ruler.  I used my pantovision orange peel pattern for 2 rows and hated it, so I unpicked for quite awhile and redid it free hand with the ruler.

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The third quilt she did without a pattern..Can you believe it?!  Brand new to piecing and quilting and she makes up her own pattern.  I love how it looks like woven candy. I love the fabric collection in this quilt too.  This quilting pattern was also a new pattern to me.  It is a Bubbles pattern that I believe I bought from Urban Elements as a digital pantograph for my Innova Pantovision.

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I hand delivered these beauties to my friend at her LQS. It was super fun to see her excitement and loving her quilts and sharing them with her LQS friends. Thank you, dear Mandy, for trusting me with your quilty babie