Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

The Lion Sleeps Tonight started with a graphic I saw on the internet.  It was from THIS website.

I separated all the parts and pieces and printed four full sized prints (48 x 36) to use as templates and maps.

The first map was just for the background.  Then I made a monkey.  From the start, the goal was to not use fusible or interfacing.  Instead, the bottle of starch got a workout.  It worked well.

Lots more animals followed.  Eyes, mouths and tiny pieces were the only bits that had fusible on the back.

The grass was fun.  It was cut at random and sewed down to the background at the bottom of the fringe.

Once the background was done, the whole quilt was sandwiched together and the animals were pinned to the top.  Using a walking foot and a darning foot, the animals were thoroughly quilted to the sandwich.

This is probably the most fun I've had making a quilt.  Start to finish, it was a big adventure.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Welcome to the Geek Side

Finally, a finish!  This has been something I've been working on mentally for a while, figuring out the logistics of it without having to piece or use loads of fusible or applique by hand. 

I had practice doing this quilt on another project that I can't post quite yet.  It involves lots of starch and a prepared sandwich.

First I quilted the entire sandwich.  With Star Wars quotes, don'tcha know?  I cut out pieces, folded them under a quarter inch (sometimes using a fabric glue stick) and ironed them to give me a nice crisp edge.

Then the applique pieces were layout on top, pinned ruthlessly and quilted to the sandwich using both a darning foot and a walking foot (depending on piece size).  Some of the more complicated bits were sewn together first (like the grey eye) and then sewing onto the quilt.

As the newest Star Wars movie just happened to come out, it was easy to find flannel backing that continued the geek theme.  Really, though - I would have preferred something "A New Hope" themed.  Ah well.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Little Boy Blue

This quilt was made as part of a Craftsy.com class on modern quilting.  The quilt is about 40 x 50.

The top came together quickly and was put away as I pondered quilting possibilities.  When I settled on what I wanted to do, I put the quilt away for even longer because I knew I wouldn't particularly enjoy making said design.  I'm not huge on marking . . .

I'm so glad I finally did it though.  I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  Negative space is really beginning to grow on me as is quilting with a walking foot.  There is a Craftsy class on dot to dot quilting that I think I should take next.

Friday, March 4, 2016

HST Love

The third MCC project is HSTs.  Many of them were made and more were cut.

The fabrics are incredibly eclectic.  Florals, Americana, checks, and much more (there's even a pumpkin).  Most of them are patterns I'd never pick myself but together they look amazing.  I pulled out my own "uglies" container to make the project larger.  They worked perfectly.

There's 432 HSTs in this top.  Wow the trimming.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Table Runners for MCC

Last week I posted a quilt called "The Eighties Called".  I used blocks from my favourite mission thrift store to create a quilt that will sell for more money than the bits would individually.  It was the last of the UFOs I had borrowed.

I mentioned this tragedy to a friend.  The next day she showed up at my office with four more projects.  Here are two of them, completed.

The tops were completed, they just needed a bit of quilting and / or binding.

The next two are a little bit more complicated - full sized tops!  The first is HSTs.  That should be easy, she said naively.  The second is diamonds.  That one will be a bit more challenging.

If possible, they need to be done by the end of  May, but no pressure, my friend said.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I'm Blue

Pattern:  Jelly Roll Race

Size:  Queen - This size doesn't work naturally for the Jelly Roll Race pattern so I used these instructions to get it right.

Reason:  My husband asked me to make a quilt for a friend's birthday.  

Thoughts:  I used a new quilt pattern.  Paisley  It was very enjoyable to stitch.  I loved the patterns the built up thread made.  So pretty!!  Must do again.

The quilt was named named for a silly song that the recipient likes.

Fabrics:  I scrounged the city for the right colours.  MCC, Marshall's, my stash and Fabricland all figured in.  I got some really good deals.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Eighties Called

Size:  46 x 54

Reason:  This is a quilt that I pieced together from blocks borrowed from MCC back in 2014.  I couldn't understand the layout of the blocks the original piecer was intending so many were ripped apart and resewn so that I could create something that made sense to me.

The lighter blue and the pink sashings were included with the project when it was first donated.

Fabric:  My MIL gave me a gorgeous cream sheet a while ago.  It was perfect for the back of this quilt. The leftover bits made the back fun.  The binding was bought for another project but ended up not working.  I'm pleased that it fits in so well here.

Thoughts:  I'm glad this is done.  I'm not a fan of pink and blue.  It's time to give the eighties back its colour scheme.  Other have told me they really like it so clearly it's not as bad as I think it is.

Mostly I quilted this from the back.  I wanted to mark the lines.  They showed better on the cream.  I put on my big girl panties and used a dark coloured thread that *gasp* shows.  Mistakes show up must faster when using contrasting thread.

Back to MCC it goes.  I'm not sure but this might be the last UFO that I borrowed from MCC.  I should ask for more.