I decided on the panto-graph Scrollwork by Urban Elementz which has lots of curves to offset all the harsh angular lines in the quilt top. This is a free panto-graph and was fun to quilt.
The binding seems to take longer than machine quilting the tops. I know that I could machine stitch the binding and I do have two methods I use upon occasion, however for most of my quilts I like the look of the hand stitched binding.
I have an assembly line going to help me reach my goal of 4 – 6 completed quilts in December. While the binding is in progress on one quilt, another quilt is on the frame
and the backing & backing is being prepped for the next quilt.
December is dedicated to turning quilt tops into finished quilts and the first one is done – Recycled Shirt Square Dance.
The panto-graph used is the circular design Citrus from Urban Elementz which was a fun and fast pattern. It is perhaps an unusual choice for a recycled shirt quilt, however I like the unexpected aspect of it.
While I was binding Square Dance in the evenings, I was machine quilting on the next top during the day. The second top is off the machine waiting for the handstich of the binding and quilt top #3 is being loaded. If I can keep this up, I will definitely make my goal for finished quilts.
However my EPP project Rose Garden has come to a temporary halt since binding is taking top priority. I have been putting the binding time to good use to consider my options for the back ground fabric of Rose Garden. I think that a lightish turquoise will be the winner, maybe a bit lighter than the fabric in the picture below.
The problem is that I don’t have any turquoise yardage in my stash. Online retail therapy has taken care of that issue, but now the wait for delivery starts. Since it is so difficult to match fabric online – who am I kidding, it is impossible! – if I don’t like any of the fabrics that were just ordered, I will use black or dark gray for the background.
The next quilt won’t bind itself, so now it is time to put thread in the needle and get to work.
After a couple of false starts the Pointsettia Table Runner has now been machine quilted and bound.
On my first attempt at machine quilting, I realized that I had picked a thread color that overpowered the fabric instead of being the supporting cast. After the second attempt, I realized that not only was the thread color wrong, but that panto-graph was too detailed.
And as they say – third times the charm. I used monofilament thread with a simpler quilting motif and everything is quilted smoothly and quickly. It probably took me as long to sew on the binding with those strange angled corners that it did to machine quilt the top. But now it is completed and I am happy to now have it as one of my Christmas decorations.
It only took a year, but my wall-hanging of Emerson’s Snail is now finished. I smile everytime I look at Emerson’s Snail.
The snail is the same, but the setting is totally different than the wall-hanging gifted to Ms Emerson. Twins, but different.
A couple of years ago I was sorting through a bin and came across the Wheel of Mystery templates and fabric from a class with John Flynn in 2007. I must have been very interested in this block, since I also found 3 or 4 template sets in different sizes along with an Accuquilt die.
I used the die to cut the remaining fabric into block parts and then packed it all back up. Now it is time to get this pieced together. There is no note stating how many blocks were cut and I am not going to count them. It will be a surprise once all the blocks are pieced.
The next piecing project is a string diamonds for a LeMoyne block. Bonnie Hunter has a free pattern on her website for string diamonds called Out On a String which I have been looking at for the last 4 -5 months. Now is the time to get busy on this. My diamonds are 4″ per side instead of the 3″ per side in Bonnie’s pattern, but my thought was a larger diamond – more strings used.
Right now the plan is to make 9 String LeMoyne blocks and then decide if more are needed. I don’t need to make any decisions at this time, so I won’t – time enough for that later.
I do however need to decide what I want to accomplish by the end of the year. A little over three months and we can say good-bye to 2020.
This cute daisy wall-hanging was finished last week. After seeing the pattern in the current Quiltmania magazine, I went on the hunt for a kit which was found on the In The Patch Designs website. The Do A Daisy wall-hanging is completely hand stitched except fot attaching the front, back & batting together. It was fun although a bit difficult to make good stitches in the center of the wall-hanging.
The leaves and petals are attached with a running stitch through the middle of the wool. This gives them a subtle 3-D effect which is one of my favorite parts of the wall-hanging.
The Multi-Print Strata top is also completed. It is the largest strata at 55″ x 58″ and does have some fullness which I will need to ease in during the machine quilting process.
All my curiosity and what-if questions regarding the Strata quilts have been answered at this time, so on to something else.
Time to load another quilt top on the quilting frame. The winner – Black, White & Gold pieced in 2016.
This quilt rquires custom quilting, so more practice with rulers is coming my way. I will probably start work on it sometime in October. In the meantime a new scrappy project and an old UFO are jumping up & down and waving their hands. I guess it is time to give them some personal attention. More on that in a later post.
I am a bit behind in my posting, however today I have a couple of finishes to share.
African Courthouse Steps is now a completed quilt. This quilt top was pieced sometime before 2008 and is one of my oldest projects. It measures 54″ x 71″ and – if I remember correctly – was an Eleanor Burns pattern. Yeah! There are only two more pre-2008 quilt tops to finish before the end of the year.
The second quilt finish is the Purple Strata (40″ x 42″). I don’t care for this one as much as the Green Stata. Maybe it has to do with the concentration of solid purple in the center. But that is okay since this one is intended as a charity quilt; I am sure that someone out there will love it.
My new piecing project is the third strata using multi-colored strips.
The 1 1/2″ strips were divided into light, medium & dark piles and starting with the lights in the center. I think that this one may be my favorite of all.
Green Strata is finished – binding and all. Due to the waviness, it was a bit of a challenge to machine quilt. And yes, I did have to add pleats to get it to lay flat. Unless it is closely inspected, I don’t think that many people will even notice.
An added bonus was using some orphan blocks to extend the width of the backing. Green Strata was machine quilted with a spiderweb panto-graph using green variegated thread.
I have a theory on why my Green Strata had so much waviness. The quilt top was pieced on my Juki with the walking foot attached instead of a regular 1/4″ quilting foot. I think that the walking foot may have contributed to the waviness issue. Hmm it seems like a purple strata experiment may be in my future.
The way the strips wobble up & down and around the quilt appeals to me – maybe it is my inner child drawing outside the lines. My perfectionist adult likes the fact that the quilt is flat and square, so both parts of me are happy with Green Strata.
Wishing everyone good health and some quilting time,
Hazel is completed – binding, sleeve & label. In fact I was a bit behind on attaching labels, but now I am all caught up. There is only one more birthday gift quilt for this year, however that one needs to be finished by December, so I have some time. Without deadlines, I can pursue whatever quilting projects captures my attention.
I have been in a mindless sewing mood for a couple of weeks, so when I saw the Strata Squared quilt tutorial on the My Quilt Infatuation blog (http://www.myquiltinfatuation.com/2020/07/strata-squared.html) I knew it was my next project. I decided to make my Strata quilt green with a three row gray border and much smaller.
My plan was to make the a 38″ square, add three rows top and bottom and then three rounds of gray. Just pushing fabric through the machine was exactly what I wanted and it was fun to watch the square grow. At first I thought that I was going to have leftover green scraps, but as the square got larger and the pile diminished faster, I wondered if I would need to cut more green strips.
And that is exactly what happened – more 1 1/2″ strips were cut and sewn together to complete the green rectangle.
My best guess from counting the rows is that this quilt top is 44″ x 50″. As you can see the quilt top is wavy and Kelly talks about that in her tutorial. My plan is to put it on the quilting frame next weekend, contain the wavy borders and get it quilted next weekend. Wish me luck!
The process of machine quilting will determine if I will make another Strata quilt, although I did enjoy the sewing process. My next two piecing projects also involve mostly mindless sewing, but once they are completed I hope to ready for more of a challenge. Everything in its time.