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 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.
Life interrupted and I didn’t get the quilt sandwich together as I had planned for last Friday. So instead I made this small wallhanging (19 1/2″ x 24″).
The wolf is a laser cut fusible applique from Lisa Moore (http://quiltswithatwist.com/products/wolf). Cutting the hand dyed fabric was a bit tricky since it was lighter along the selvedges, but I think it looks great. I tried the black wolf on a lighter red hand dyed piece of fabric, but the overall look was washed out. Not what I was expecting at all, but isn’t that how it goes?
Once the Mini Wolf was completed, I decided to finish the blocks and borders so that Charlotte’s Baskets was a completed top.
When I started this project as a leader/ender I planned for it to be a charity quilt. Even when the quilt center was finished I felt the same way. But now that the inner and outer borders are on, I have decided to hold on to this for awhile. It may still end up a charity quilt, but not immediately.
While deciding on the border fabric, I had three goals in mind. First was that all border fabric would come from my stash and second was that the outer border would be blue to relate to the baskets. The third goal (and the one that I thought would be the hardest) was to somehow transition from the green sashing to the blue outer border.
Luckily I found the perfect stripe for the inner border.
It is a blue/green/white stripe from a recycled men’s shirt. The binding is going to be the dark green sashing fabric. The quilt top measures 50 1/4″ x 50 1/4″ – a couple of inches smaller than Bonnie’s version. My sashing strips are cut 2″ instead of 2 1/2″ and the blue outer border is 3 1/2″ instead of 4″.
It was a productive weekend and I got several small projects completed. First was the quilting and binding of the small wallhanging Lakeside Retreat (19″ x 17 1/2″). This is a Cynthia England kit that was pieced before 2008 (in 2008 I started numbering and keeping a spreadsheet of my quilt tops).
After making this wallhanging, I really have an appreciation for the amount of time and skill Cynthia puts into her larger quilts. It was a good experience for me to make this quilt, however I don’t plan on doing another.
I also made two pillowcases using My Little Ponies fabric that I found on the clearance rack.
Won’t they make a great gift to one of my granddaughters?
So now to my design wall – I haven’t posted a picture recently of Charlotte’s Baskets, so here it is.
Since this is my leader/ender project the progress is of the slow and steady kind. I cut out the pieces for the reaming seven baskets over the weekend and am looking forward to more completed blocks.
I also have another top to be machine quilted this week along with a setting triangle for the Lincoln quilt.
It seemed like a good time for an update of my in-process projects. The baskets for Charlotte’s Baskets are my current leader/ender project. The quilt top has 16 basket blocks and the first row of 4 is completed.
It is so nice to have the string triangles already done and just waiting to be sewn on the block. And speaking of strings, I am officially finished with them – for now.
Can you see how empty the string bin is? It was getting harder and harder to get the lid on before I started all these blocks, but now the bin is 1/3 full. I used the shortest pieces to sew on a 2 1/2″ paper. These strips probably will become a scrappy border for a future quilt top.
The first handwork project is a cute wallhanging from Primitive Gatherings called Winter Diamonds.
The diamonds in the background are EPP and after the top is together a small wool snowman is stitched in the lower right corner. Of course I decided to do something different. The diamonds in the pattern are arranged in a random matter and I wanted mine to go from light in the center to dark edges. All the diamonds are stitched to the paper so that I could see if this plan would work – so far so good. I am hoping to get this done by the end of the year.
The second handwork project is the cross stitch of Stonehenge. I have made some good progress on it although Winter Diamonds demanded my attention for the last several days.
The stones are going to take awhile since it is stitch 5, change thread, stitch 7, change thread – you get the idea. I really like this project and it is going to look wonderful once it is done.
I was able to make some progress on the Rocky Mountain Bear Claw today, but I don’t have a picture. The goal is to have four of the blocks together by this weekend, so that I have something to show.