Wednesday, 4 October 2017

T + T Wedding Quilt with 2 Cushions

I started making this quilt with fabric selection on 4 April but could not blog about it because it was for the wedding of my nephew and his fiance which took place on 30 September. They have a king size bed which is too big of a quilt for me to make so I made them a throw size with two matching cushions following  their wish for it to be a Zen quilt made of whites and grays.  Here were my original fabric choices:


The final fabrics were edited down to the following 14 with the darkest and the bluest fabrics being removed:


My interpretation of a Zen quilt was for it to be calming and simple without a busy pattern so I chose half-square triangles.  Here is one-quarter of the quilt sewn in rows:


My original intention was to join the quarters together with the dark sides of the triangles all on the bottom right but when I was playing around, I decided I really liked it best with each quarter rotated 90 degrees with all the dark triangles pointing to the outer corners and the lighter triangles pointing to the center.  Here is a picture of it completed and hanging on the line:


I quilted it with white thread on my frame with my domestic sewing machine:


The pantograph I used was called Ginkgo by Jessica Schick by Digi-Tech which I thought went well with the Zen theme.  You can see the texture of the quilting on this background shot:


You can also see the two triangular pieces of fabric attached to the upper corners which serve as the quilt label and can also be used as pockets for a rod if the quilt were to be hung up.  I bound it using half width of fabric pieces of four of the mid-tone fabrics so the binding would blend in and add to the Zen factor.

I realize I forgot to take pictures of the two cushions.   If I receive a picture of the quilt and cushions in their new home, I will be sure to post it.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Fat Quarter Shop 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along - Ninth Month

I actually did get these blocks for September done within September but then was away for a four day weekend to attend a family wedding so did not have time to blog until now...

Here are my Grandmother's Choice blocks for September:


And here are all my blocks so far:


I see I still have more variety from light to dark in the greens than the reds. I need a light red for next month.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

La Passacaglia week 5.5

Week 5.5 - 5 "star rings"


Fat Quarter Shop 2017 Patchwork Quilt Along - Eighth Month

I'm as late as I can be and still get the blocks done within the month!  Prime vacation season is reducing my sewing productivity.

Here are my Rolling Nine Patch Blocks for August.


And here are all the blocks I've made so far.


Still using fabric I already have

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Throwback Thursday - The first quilt I ever made

I have been thinking for awhile now that I should make blog posts on all the quilts I've made, prior to starting my blog, that I still have or have a picture of so my blog will contain as many as possible of my projects in one spot.

The first quilt I ever made was when I was 13 years old.  It is a Rail Fence quilt and was made with worn out or outgrown denim jeans as well as red and blue/green scraps from my mother's scrap bin. I remember using a cardboard template, tracing it and then cutting out rectangles of fabric with scissors. Most of the red and blue fabrics are corduroy, but some of the reds are also flannel. Some fabrics were new and left over from my mother making clothing and some were from clothing that had been worn and grown out of and the good pieces cut up to use again. The red plaid flannel in the center of the picture below was from a shirt I had grown out of.


Since it was a scrap quilt, it seemed reasonable to me at the time to use up all the odds and ends of spools of thread my mother had in the bottom drawer of her sewing cabinet; no matter the colour or weight of the thread or whether it was cotton or polyester or whatever; so it is also a scrap thread quilt.  My mother didn't realize I was doing this until she went to mend something and was a little dismayed to find that all the partial spools of thread in every imaginable colour she had accumulated over years of sewing were now gone and she would have to buy new thread to match in order to mend or make anything for the next while to build up her thread stash again! I sewed this on my mother's green Necchi, which did not have a foot pedal, but had a knee operated lever instead. Here is a picture from pinterest of a similar machine but not in very good condition.

Image result for sewing machine green necchi knee operated

The backing is an old sheet and since it was exactly the right size without trimming any edges off or unpicking the top or bottom hem of the sheet, that was exactly how I used it! (I refuse to show a picture of the backing.) It has a very thin polyester batting inside it. I tied the quilt at the corner of each block with variegated red, white and blue crochet cotton.

I had this quilt on my twin sized bed for quite awhile. The dark blue central section laid on the top of the bed and the lighter sections hung over the sides of the bed. It has been used outside as a picnic / tanning / beach blanket and has been used by both my children who are now both grown ups, as well as by five cats and two dogs over the years during its life on the couch in our rec room.  It is a very heavy quilt, especially wet, as you can see below from all the clothespins I had to use to hang it on the line to dry. I promise not to talk this much about each quilt I show, but if you are still with me, here finally is a picture of my first quilt.


There are a few raveled seams that I will mend before it goes back into use again in the rec room which is now my sewing room.  (Some of the thread was old when I sewed it 43 years ago.)


Confession Time:  Even though I pieced and tied this quilt when I was 13, it waited 30 years to have red and blue/green plaid binding sewn on it, but that didn't stop it being used in the meantime!