As promised, here is Goldfield quilted with the panto-graph Ajoure and
Rocky Mtn Bear Claw quilted with the panto-graph Sweep.
I can’t have my quilting machine sitting around naked, so on Saturday this sampler quilt was loaded on the frame.
This batik sampler has been promised to my middle daughter since the top was made sometime before 2007. I think she has been waiting long enough for it, don’t you?
There are only four more pre-2007 quilt tops left and the goal is to have them quilted & bound by the end of the year. Two of the tops are larger than my frame which will provide me with a whole new learning experience.
The Rocky Mtn Bear Claw table runner is officially finished. The original plan was to machine quilt this table runner on Super Bowl Sunday, however things went awry. To be honest, the spacing of the panto-graph went awry which then involved unstitching 1 1/2 rows.
I believe that the laser light was bumped which caused the issue of the gap between rows. Thank goodness for zippered leaders which assisted with the removing and reattaching of the quilt sandwich. I was concerned that it would be difficult to realign the panto-graph once the quilt was reloaded on the frame, however that did not turn out to be the case.
Although a lot of machine quilting has been happening, there has been some time spent on piecing. The outer borders were sewn on a quilt top yesterday morning. The pattern is Once Upon A Dream by Patricia Pepe in her book Once Upon A Time in X-Blocks Land. There is something so dramatic about a red, white and black quilt.
To help me name my quilts, I googled a list of ghost towns in Colorado and picked the name Coalmont for this quilt. I had several pictures showing the progress, however they are lost somewhere in time and space.
There have also been two other quilt finishes this year, but their pictures have ridden off into the sunset along with the progress pictures from above. The good news is that I still have both quilts, so new pictures will be forthcoming. What would life be without a few challenges?
My 2019 end-of-year post is a bit late, but here it is. The binding on the Baby Bear Quilt was finished last Thursday, but I am counting this as my final 2019 finish.
Baby Bear was machine quilted with a pantograph from Urban Elementz named Parchment. I am very pleased with the end result and smile every time I look at it.
However the last couple of years has increased (head hanging in shame inserted here) my UFOs, so the plan is to decrease the number in 2020. So in an effort to begin that goal, I pulled Bin #10 from the shelf. It contained these fussy cut medallions that have been patiently waiting for inspiration for several years.
There were 16 medallions which is an odd number to set in a quilt, so I decided to put 13 in this setting with an alternate block and the remaining 3 in a wallhanging. After consideration, the 3 blocks were cut into quarters and reassembled as shown below.
The border came from the pattern Melbourne Medallions by Jean Boyd and is named Echo (22″ x 27″).
As the final picture for 2019 – my empty spools! Not as many as some years, but still proof that some quilting was accomplished in 2019.
May 2020 be filled with quilt inspiration, quilty time and many finished items.
Yeah – another finish! I am averaging one quilt finish a week with the new quilting machine and love it. This quilt top (50″ x 50″) is wider than my frame, so my plan was to use a pantograph in the center of the quilt, then free motion quilt the inner & outer border. This plan mostly worked – the biggest issue was stopping the pantograph before stitching into the inner border. I will need to give this some more thought before trying it again.
The next quilt top on the machine was Autumn Card Tricks. Several years ago I had purchased the Top Anchor Baptist Fans ruler, but never had the courage to attempt it with the sit-down machine. Now that I had a quilting machine on a frame it was time to give it a try.
For the most part I was happy with the fans and I knew the more I used the ruler the better they would look. However that came to an abrupt end Friday evening.
As you can see, the ruler broke. I was finishing the third row when this happened, so everything came to a standstill while I reevaluated my options.
It was a clean break, so the two ends could be glued back together to finish the quilt or I could take out the Baptist Fans stitching and redo with a new quilting motif. I decided on the second option since I did not trust the ruler would perform properly until the quilt top was finished.
Now that Autumn Card Tricks is in the “unsewing” stage, I will need to decide which quilt top will be loaded on the frame next.
It’s official – my brother is in charge of naming my quilts.
I recently finished this quilt top from the pattern Zig Zag Zoom by Mary Ann Altendorf. The name given to this quilt is Mini-Metro because it reminded my brother of a video game. Mini-Metro was made from recycled shirts including some of the pockets & tags.
I can just imagine gifting a small boy this quilt with several Matchbox cars hidden in the pockets. The quilt features “streets” and would provide hours of entertainment with cars zooming around.
The last Christmas gift was completed last weekend – Ballerina Girl pattern by Carrie Payne.
Instead of making a wallhanging, I framed this small quilt (12″ x 12″). Even though I am not entirely confident of this technique, I am happy with the final result. The best part is seeing my granddaughter’s face when she unwraps the package.
It looks better than I expected, especially with all the fullness in the quilt top. Below is proof of the tucks and pleats, however I think that the curvy quilt motif along with washing & blocking the quilt help disguise them.
The pantograph used is Caliente by Urban Elementz which can be found as a free self-print design on their website.
While hand-stitching the binding on Spiral Lone Star, Charlotte’s Baskets was loaded and machine quilted. Since it is larger than my frame, I tried something different. I used a pantograph in the center of the quilt, free motion quilted a design in the inner border and quilted straight lines on the outer border. Right now the binding is being machine sewn on before the hand-stitching starts.
And of course, the next quilt top has been selected and the winner is –
Autumn Card Tricks (pattern by Eleanor Burns and pieced between 2002 – 2007). I plan to quilt Baptist Fans with a gold thread on this top. It feels great to get some quilt finishes at the end of the year.
My first finish on my new Simply Sixteen machine and frame.
The pattern is Summer Breeze by Kim Brackett in her book Scrap-Basket Surprises. The quilt top was pieced in 2009 and measures 52″ x 68″. I quilted a large meander in the center and loops in the border.
The second quilt top loaded onto the Simply Sixteen frame is a Spiral Lone Star. My best guess is that this top was pieced in 2005 – 2006 (I didn’t keep better records until 2008). I learned so much about color choices & accurate piecing while working on it . . .
and now I am learning about pantographs & stitching out fullness. As you can see, the quilt top did not lay flat which is the biggest reason that it had not been machine quilted before now.
To be brutally honest, there are tucks and pleats in the Spiral Lone Star quilt and I knew that would happen going in. My plan is twofold – use a curvy pantograph, then wash & block the finished quilt. I will let you know how that turns out.
Tea Party in the Rose Garden (pattern name Metro Maze by Bloom Creek) top has been completed. My brother came up with the quilt name which I think is so appropriate.
The following quilts were all given as gifts, so I can now show them. First up is Emerson’s Snail – this wallhanging was made from an original drawing by Emerson. Isn’t it the cutest? Turning a drawing into an applique project was a new challenge for me, however I am very pleased with the results as was Ms Emerson.
A Mini-Bookshelf wallhanging for my son –
And last – by not least – Sunrise at Stonehenge for my daughter & family who live in England.
There is one more small wallhanging to make as a Christmas gift, so I had better get busy – Christmas is just around the corner.
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving weekend with lots of food and family time.
I have been thinking about getting the Simply Sixteen with the Little Foot Frame for the last 4 or 5 years. And every time I talked myself into buying one, I talked myself out again. But this time when I decided to do it, I did!
The frame takes up a little bit more room that I had anticipated, so I had to reorganize my sewing space. It is all good because I like my new layout even better than the old. I haven’t machine quilted a top yet, but that will be happening soon. From Thanksgiving Day until the end of the year, I plan to devote myself to machine quilting and see how many tops can be moved to finished quilts.
And speaking of quilt tops – the Space Invaders quilt hit a snag forcing a return to dry dock. The center of the quilt was completed, however the Space Invaders border fabric appears awkward and uninspired when placed next to the center.
After considering the matter for a couple of days, I decided that two issues were causing problems. The first is the direction of the colors. The border fabric has horizontal stripes and the center has vertical stripes. The second issue is the size of the designs on the Space Invaders fabric – they are too small.
My solution is to have the Space Invaders fabric become the accent instead of the border fabric. This change means a LOT of unsewing and resewing, but I will be so much happier with the end result. Right now I don’t know what fabric I will use for the border, but I have some time before I need to make that decision. Once I have a couple of the strips converted from solid black to Space Invaders, I will post a picture.
Below is the second of four wallhanging that were made as gifts. Two grandchildren take piano lessons, so when I saw this pattern I knew just where it would go. The “Music is Life” is the beginning of a quote. The whole quote is printed on the label and reads “Music is Life – that’s why heart’s have beats”.
I made a change to the pattern by increasing the size of the bottom border so that I could add the words at the bottom. It was fun finding selvedges to use as book titles.
JP’s wallhanging is actually my second attempt of this pattern. The first time the background fabric for the leaning book was short. If you look close you can see the extra fabric added to the top right corner. Going with the philosophy of making lemonade, I turned it into a placemat.
I have a couple more finished quilt to show, but that will be for another day.
Last Monday I took my youngest granddaughter to the Denver Botanical Gardens for her fourth birthday. I think she had fun, don’t you?
It was a beautiful day with a beautiful granddaughter.
On the quilting front – my projects are going slow, but some progress has been made. The binding and sleeve for Starry Night Hexies was sewn down
and all the hand-stitching was completed yesterday.
The machine stitching in the background is straight lines alternating up & down and across. It was slow going, but gave me practice with ruler work. I am glad that it is finished and very happy with the quilt.
May is the month for quilts from recycled shirts. My sewing room looks like a tornado went through, but hopefully it will all be under control by the end of the month. It is all my own dang fault, since I started two new recycled shirt projects to go along with the four already started. The goal is to have at least two quilt tops completed by the end of the month. We shall see how that works out.