Monday, October 19, 2015

Swap Blocks of Signature Blocks

I know I've not posted for a while, but there's a good reason:  I've moved, and my new quilt room is full of boxes.   In fact, the whole house is full of boxes, but we are so happy to be all in one state (Michigan) now.   There will be a new quilt room post when all the unpacking is finished.

Lots of quilting going on, and one project is preparing attic window blocks for a swap.  This is the first time I've participated in a signature block swap.  

Why did I sign up for this swap?  Because I have such a great time with all the ladies of the Jane Stickle Quilt Retreat that I wanted to make a quilt with all of their signatures, so I could remember them fondly when I am not with them.  We have such a good time twice a year in Shipshewana, Indiana.  The next retreat is coming up in November, and I thought I'd share how I am making my blocks.

Some people in our group said that they did the signing of the squares first, before the sewing, so that's what I did.  My thought was, if I mess up the signature and have the "Y" seam all together, that would not make me happy.  If I mess up the "Y" seam, I can do it over.  And I'm doing the "Y" seams just because they give me trouble, and I need the practice on them.

Here's how I did the signature part:

(1) washed and dried the muslin fabric

(2) cut it into long strips, allowing a little extra at the top and bottom of each strip, then sub-cut into 5 signature pieces per strip.

(3) drew lines on the strips to show left side and right side edges of a square

(4) Ironed the 4 block strip to a piece of freezer paper (for stability)

(5) Printed out my name and address from the computer in a font I liked, which was "Palace Script MT", available on my Microsoft Word software.

(6) Taped the printout from (5) above to my light box.

(7) Taped the muslin strip on top of the light box, and traced my signature onto the muslin fabric.  I used a permanent ink fabric pen, from a quilt store.

(8) Ironed the signature strip to set the ink (Don't know if this is necessary, but I did it)

(9) Cut the strips into individual block pieces.

Now I have to add the attic window two strips (one dark and one medium) to the left side and bottom of the squares.  This is what I am working on today.

Here is the first one I made, which is a little wonky on the bottom fabric, but I hope I will improve as I go along:

I'm linking to Judy Laquidara's blog for Design Wall Mondays, (Here)  What are you working on today?

Monday, September 7, 2015

Beth Polidan's Truck Show - Part 2

Here are the rest of the hand quilted quilts and some quilt tops that Beth Polidan showed our guild at her Trunk Show: 

This is a quilt that Beth quilted with lovely straight and diagonal lines:

Close-up of the quilting:

Another quilt with a close-up picture of Beth's hand quilting on it:

Such tiny, even stitches!

This quilt was quilted with the Baptist Fan quilting pattern:

Close-up of a 16 patch block:

This is a quilt top that Beth owns and she bought it because it was so unusual. 
It is made of quarter circles hand sewed onto background squares.  But the quilt top was made with the same fabrics facing each other in four squares, which resulted in a big circle - but more work than just appliqueing a circle on a big square, because it was made of four pieces of fabric.  I wonder what the quilt maker was thinking?

Here's a picture of the whole quilt top:  It looks quite modern, doesn't it?

Next, dear to my heart, is a redwork top:

I liked this moose:

This is a lovely Irish Chain Quilt Top

And another quilt top Beth owns:

This top has lovely sashing:

A big thank you to Beth Polidan for sharing her quilts with us!!

I will close with pictures of the flowers at Guild that day.  Summer has been so beautiful here in Michigan:

I am linking up with Design Wall Mondays at Patchwork Times to see what other quilters are working on today.  (Here)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Beth Polidan's Trunk Show at Our Guild

Beth Polidan is a member of our guild here in Manistee, Michigan, and she also attends a guild in Florida during the winter months.  She is a hand quilter and has beautiful small even stitches.  This past week, she brought some of her collection of quilts in for us to see.  She gave me permission to share them with you.  Enjoy!
Old top - taken apart and put back together by Beth.
Back of quilt - showing the hand quilting.

Purchased top, mended and hand quilted by Beth
A Crib Quilt of Hexies - This was my favorite one!
The piecing and quilting were so tiny.
Love it, love it, love it!

Love the border she put on this basket quilt.

Simplicity of an old Irish Chair well quilted.
Beth's choices on hand quilting this one were spot on!

See what I mean?
Well, that's enough eye candy for today.  I will continue Beth's Trunk Show on the next post.

Today is Monday, and I'm linking up with Patchwork Times to see what other quilters have on their design walls.  (Here)

What am I working on?  I'm sewing the last two rows together to complete a quilt top.  It's almost complete!