Monday, July 25, 2016

tip #33--keep a lint roller near the iron

Some pieces of fabric love to collect threads and bits.
Keeping a lint roller near the iron makes it easier to lift off those threads. I usually don't roll it, instead just touch it to the threads.
I have an Accuquilt Studio and use it to roll over the die after cutting. I am very methodical, rolling over the entire die. It picks up much you cannot see, stuff that might damage the blades.

I do not use the lint roller on myself. I am easily identified on the street as a quilter by all the threads clinging to me.
(Every Christmas I give a package of lint rollers to the kids as they do not like to be identified as coming from a quilting household.)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

coxcomb, antique quilt

A friend is moving to a retirement community in Arizona and asked me to take this quilt.
It is a lovely coxcomb.
My guess from the fabrics and the feel is it was made in the 1880s
All the green is nearly gone. The red is in shreds where there was printing. The gold and the white background and backing are in perfect shape.
It is the most closely quilted piece I have ever seen.
Measures 76 by 96 inches,
Evelyn wanted to make sure I knew the quilt wasn't abused and I agree--other than the shattered fabrics, the quilt is in beautiful shape and feels so nice to be under. I am sure it kept many people warm over the years.
I am honored to be it's caregiver and, when the time is right, I will pass it on to another quilt lover.
Safe travels, Evelyn!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

welcome Oak Fabrics!

The Needle Shop has re-opened as Oak Fabrics at 3738 North Lincoln Avenue here in Chicago.
My neighbor Sharon, with whom I share and celebrate a birthday month, and we do celebrate all month, stopped in today together to check it out.
It is a delightful place. A small but very interesting selection of great fabrics. A selection of Kona solids at a good price. AND, a free scrap barrel we were welcome to tumble through.
We will be back!
The scraps I scored!

Monday, July 18, 2016

flying geese

I had such fun making the flying geese shape for the pinwheel quilt I decided to keep with them and make a geese in flight block for the next in this series of solid figures on wild fabrics.
(I hope you aren't tired of seeing these, because I am not tired of making them.)
So far there have been ships, churn dashes, shooflys, pinwheels, and now the geese in flight.

This is an old block I've seen in antique quilts. It is a simple idea--sew 4 geese in a row, put a strip of fabric on two sides, and then you have a square block to play with. I have a few blocks done and will see if I end up with the geese in a predictable pattern or all over the place.

Block finishes 8 inches
All cut from 2 1/2 inch strips
Solid: 4 geese cut with Companion Angle ruler
Print: 8 half square triangles cut with EZ angle and 2 rectangles cut 8 1/2 inches

Saturday, July 16, 2016

pinwheels--top completed

It turned out bigger than I first planned.
120 blocks set 10 to a row for 12 rows.
84 by 96 inches.
I used rectangles at the beginning or end of every row so the pinwheels would stagger.
I decided to make all the pinwheels spin the same direction to bring a little order to the chaos.
I like how some pinwheels stand out strong and others are so low contrast they become ghost blocks.

The blocks finish 8 inches.
All cut from 2 1/2 inch strips
4 geese cut from solid with Companion Angle ruler
4 rectangles cut 4 1/2 inches and 8 half-square triangles cut with EZ Angle ruler
The edge rectangles were cut 4 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches.

My design, use at your pleasure.

Time to make a backing!

Friday, July 15, 2016

postage stamp, quilt completed

The postage stamp is completed!
I loved every minute of making this quilt.
No strip piecing involved--each block has 32 pieces of a constant solid and 32 different scraps.
The scraps include some of my mother and both grandmothers.
You can read more about how it came together by clicking on the label postage stamp below.
Measures 72 by 72 inches.
Beautifully quilted with an all over floral pattern by Sue DiVarco. She worked very hard to keep it square.
Bound with Kona Celery.
The back is a lovely print from Jane Sassaman's first collection for Free Spirit. Hancock Fabrics was down the street, and when they had her fabric I would buy the whole bolt. I was talking to a friend this week about doing this and she said, "I never saw they carried her fabric." I said that was because I got there ahead of her every time.
This was the last of my bolts. There are scraps of all of them remaining in my fabrics.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

...and all ships at sea--quilt completed

I love this quilt.
Thank you to Claire at Cspoonquilt for posting the block and the Barbara Brackman reference to an antique quilt.

This is the quilt that got me started on a series of blocks pieced using solids with wild prints.
Quilted in an all over wind pattern by Sue DiVarco.
Measures 70 by 80 inches.

I used up some wonderful florals for the back.