Thursday, March 23, 2017
Here is my Clam Shell block for Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I really love the color combination. These are the fabrics I used throughout the quilt. I'm very close to sewing the quilt top together and I hope the quilt has the same look as this block.
I have one more pieced block left. I can't wait to sew this quilt together! Of course, the applique border will take awhile but it will be an achievement to just have the blocks sewn together.
I've enjoyed this quilt so much that I've already bought her latest pattern. This quilt has no applique blocks. All blocks are pieced. Maybe it will be faster to make?? I'll find out!!
Monday, March 20, 2017
I've steadily been working on Scrap Vortex. It takes quite awhile to look through my scraps and figure out what I can actually use. I have those portable plastic drawers that have most of my fabric. I try to keep them assorted by color. I said "try", because there are times when I'm working on something I just mess up my whole system! I also have a scrap bag with smaller pieces.
If a small scrap doesn't get used, I put it into the scrap bag. My scrap bag doesn't look much smaller but my drawers look very neat and tidy!
Here's my pile of pieced scraps I've made so far for Scrap Vortex. I'm going to have one more session of sewing scraps together and then I will be onto Step 2! Step 1 has taken me so long but I think it's a great way of combing through my fabric collection.
One last observation, I could probably make a few more of these quilts! These scraps never seem to ever go away! Maybe there will be more Scrap Vortex quilts in my future!!
Thursday, March 16, 2017
I'm done machine quilting my friend's vintage quilt top. I really love how it came out. We had discussed what I was going to do but it's so nice to actually see it all done!
I basically free motion doodled the interior of the quilt. I quilted around the applique. I outlined each border. Each border has it's own quilt pattern. I changed thread for the red border. The cream colored thread was just too much of a contrast. I also had to make sure my back and forth loops kept a good distance away from the edge knowing the binding will be taking up some of that space.
I did lots of clam shells but tried to break it up with feathers, flowers, leaves and spirals. It was fun to just doodle and quilt away! The interior of this quilt was my favorite area to quilt. I had plenty of space and could just have fun with it.
It lays much flatter now although it's not perfect. But it is a vintage quilt top and seems to have it's own personality. It looks so nice! I'm so happy I could quilt this beautiful top and I hope my friend loves it too!
Monday, March 13, 2017
Isn't it almost spring? Isn't it too late for a blizzard? I guess it doesn't matter because this storm is heading my way! I'm not looking forward to 18 inches of snow! I'm so grateful to be off for the next 2 days. I had good luck, for a change! I'm just hoping we don't lose power. I would love to finish machine quilting the vintage applique quilt. I'll have to see how bad the wind will be blowing. I have plenty of handwork so I'll keep myself occupied. I also bought a few quilt magazines. Trying to make it into a fun day!
These are the fabrics my friend bought as possible bindings for the antique quilt. Here's a picture of the antique quilt.
I feel the red polka dots on the cream background would work better. It wouldn't compete with the red border on the quilt. I'm looking forward to see what she decides!
Stay safe during the storm!
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Other than machine quilting, I seem to be doing a lot of handwork. It's nice and relaxing to sit on the couch and not feel guilty! This is the clamshell block I'm making for Green Tea and Sweet Beans. This block looks deceptively easy. The clamshells like to wiggle around even though I feel the piece is pinned and taped as much as it can be. It takes a little while to get the hang of it. I just have 3 rows left!
I started a new shawl. It's called Cinder and designed by Jen Lucas. I'm knitting the easy part, the lace area starts up later on!
My two projects are coming together nicely. I'm thoroughly enjoying the relaxation and calming effect.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
I'm quilting this quilt for my good friend. She bought an antique quilt top and I have the honor of quilting it for her! I'm sort of free motion quilting and doodling at the same time.
This is the quilt top when I got it. It's very pretty in a simple way. I want the quilting to embellish it and give it some life. I feel it needs dimension and texture.
I'm almost halfway through the main body of the quilt. I'm going to go back and finish the borders after the main quilt is done. I'm hoping my friend will love it when I'm done with it!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
I just finished basting my clam shells to make this applique block for Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I've been moving the pieces around but I think I may end up with this arrangement. I'm going to live with it for a few days just to make sure!
This is how I prepare my applique pieces. I iron freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric. I trim around the freezer paper right before I baste. I make little notches in the seam allowance so they will lay flat.
I've got to decide what background fabric to use. I only have 2 blocks left! I can't believe I'm almost done with the quilt top. Borders are a whole other story!
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