Monday, November 25, 2019

Design Wall Monday - November 25, 2019

I was at a quilt retreat in Shipshewana, IN from Wednesday through Saturday.  I took some of my charity baby quilts with me, and completed this one by adding the binding.  The Spiderman blocks are left over from a twin sized quilt I made for a grandson.  The blocks finish at 5 in. square, and the quilting my long arm quilter chose was perfect - stars and spiderwebs.

Here is a close up:




It measures 45 in. x 45 in. square, and was very easy to make.  I like three coordinating fabrics in a baby quilt - it gives me enough contrast and interest without too much difficulty.

Here's the complete quilt:




And another closeup of a block, with the spiderweb in it:




The backing, showing all the machine quilting:




It feels so good to get some of these tops that were in my pile of "just tops" completed.  This one will go to a charity.

What did you work on this week?  I didn't get to everyone's blog post last week, to read about the pictures, but the pictures were great!   Have a happy Thanksgiving Thursday, those who are celebrating in the USA.  And have a happy quilty week to all!

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Design Wall Monday - November 18, 2019

Wow, has this week gone fast. 

Completed:  Another baby quilt has been bound and is ready for giving to charity.  The fabrics were donated to me, as they are not in my normal stash of civil war era fabrics.  This was called my "psychedelic" baby quilt when I was working on it.  Now that it is finished, and bound, I love it, and know that some  baby will enjoy looking at all the bright colors and animals on it.

Here is a close-up of two squares:  



What I learned while making this quilt: As much as I like half square triangles, it is a waste of my efforts when the fabric animals are cut too small in the making of the triangles.  It would be better, and much less work, to have complete squares of the multicolored fabric and the animal fabric instead of half square triangles.  I made this top in 2016, and I remember realizing this fact after the top was finished.  I like quilting because I am always learning, sometimes even from myself.

Here is a picture of the complete baby quilt, which is 42 in. x 50  in.



The border is striped fabric - I didn't cut five individual fabrics to make the stripes.  The backing is a bright yellow, and I love the quilting my long arm quilter used:



Sheep and zzzz's and numbers.....very fitting.

Here is a closeup of the animal fabric:



Pretty wild for me, right?  

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Design Wall Monday - November 11, 2019

November 11th:  Veterans Day - a day to honor the soldiers who have served our country in war and peace.   I so appreciate those who have served in the military, and reflect on the vanishing number of World War II vets still alive.  As I age, I have a greater appreciation of the preciousness of life, its beauty, its fragility, and the importance of our veterans and their service to the United States of America.   

This week I put the binding on a baby quilt.  Feels good to have another quilt completed.  It is for a charity, and I won't know who will use it, but I'm sure a baby will look great on this patriotic quilt.

I made it quite a while ago, and am glad it is finished and will soon be on its way to a useful life.  Here is the quilt in whole, with a Broken Dishes pattern:










It is 34 in. x 41 in. and is made of 3 inch hsts.  Here's a closeup of the triangles:


 And a picture of the back, so you can see the wonky stars that my long arm quilter sewed into it:





 Lastly, I leave you with Sunday's baking:  Deep dish apple pie:  





It tasted great, and I tried a new kind of apple - but don't remember the name of the variety......one of the joys of being 76 years old.  We live very near an orchard, and I am enjoying the many different varieties that are grown here in Michigan.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Design Wall Monday - November 4, 2019

Remember this quilt?  It has 1,300 broken dishes "blocks" in it, and each broken dishes "block" has four hsts, so eight small pieces of fabric there.   Each hst finishes at 1 inch, so the four hsts that compose a broken dishes "block" finish at 2 in. x 2 in.



Here's another picture from when I was starting to make it:



The binding has been completed on it this week.  This one is 100" x 100" and it took all week to hand sew down the binding.  Here is a picture of the old quilt top that I used as inspiration:




And here is my finished quilt hanging over the railing in my hallway, which shows only about 1/3 of it.  I will need to find a place to take a picture of the whole quilt.



A picture of it on my couch in the living room (where I tested it out today for a nap:




Here is a picture showing the Baptist Fan quilting pattern done by my long arm quilter, and the binding, which matches the background fabric:






What is on your design wall this week?  I loved looking at all the projects this last week.  You are making great progress.

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