Thursday, December 01, 2016

summer about 1936

My mother on the left with her siblings and cousins.

When you are thinking of throwing away the less than perfect photos, think how precious they may be 80 year later.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

churn dash--quilt completed

72" by 90"
Block finishes 9"
Quilted by Sue DiVarco
The churn dash quilt made in the solids-on-prints series is quilted and bound.
This is the second quilt made with solid fabrics on wild prints. The first was the ships.
Ready to be quilted are the shoo-fly, pinwheels, and geese in flight. Being pieced now is a framed nine-patch. I have plans for more!
Back uses up some wonderful florals.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

a new grand-niece!

The quilt was made by her Grandma-Great and her Great-Aunts.

Welcome, dear Sybil, to the family!

I used the pattern County Lines by Kari Nicholes. 
It is a very well designed quilt, and I have used it several times over the years, with a variety of styles of fabrics. Every time I am so pleased.
I don't remember when I made this top--and was happy to realize it was waiting for our Sybil to come to us.
30's repro fabrics and aqua Kona cotton solid.
Measures 51 by 62 1/2 inches

Friday, November 04, 2016

madder sew-a-long at Humble Quilts, completed

Lori at Humble Quilts hosted another small quilt sew-a-long with a madder print theme.
I have maybe 2 madders prints, so instead decided to use the 2016 Pantone color(s) of the year, rose quartz and serenity. The pink is a Kona solid, I think peony. The blues are 30s repro. The colors are a bit more true in the progress photo below.

The whole thing has a 1950s vibe to it. It loses some movement of Lori's in my use of just one solid for the background, but it takes it in a different direction with the shapes having less to do with each other in blocks and gives more of an all over effect.

Measures about 24 inches square.
Machine quilted by manipulating the meandering stitch on my Bernina 1530.
Thanks, Lori, for another great sew!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

framed nine-patch

Another in my solids on prints series. This time, a framed nine patch.
Solid--five 2 inch squares.
Print--four 2 inch squares, two 2 by 5 inch rectangles, two 2 by 8 inch rectangles.
Block finishes 7 1/2 inches.
Ships, Churn Dash, Shoofly, Pinwheels, Geese in Flight, and now, Framed Nine-Patch.
I am awaiting the quilting of some, making backs for others--the ships is the only one completely finished.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

drafting the Hillary block

The logo for Hillary Clinton's campaign is a great fit for quilters.
I have found several patterns online but all seemed to be more complicated than I wanted--or used paper piecing--so here is my version.
Finished block size: 5 1/4 by 4 1/2 inches
Finished size with 1 3/4 cut sashing: 7 by 7 3/4 inches (7 1/2 by 8 1/4 inches with seam allowances)

NOTE: my layout picture is with the arrow point section too big--I took the photograph while making an earlier version that did not fit together and forgot to take a pictures as I made the final version.

Cut from blue:
two 2 inch squares
one 2 by 7 inch strip

Cut from white:
two 2 inch squares
one 1 1/4 by 7 inch strip

Cut from red
one 2 by 3 1/2 inch rectangle
one 2 3/4 inch strip, then use Companion Angle to cut a goose shape.

Sew together blue and white strips and press to the blue.
Use EZ angle and with the white in the longer (bottom) side, cut at 2 3/4 inches. You need to cut two of them and will have an extra large goose shape for another project.
from 1 3/4 inch strips
two 5 inch rectangles
two 8 1/4 inch rectangles

This block uses the colors in Hillary's logo. I plan to make more blocks in all different solid colors.

My pattern of a logo--not too sure on copyright with this.
Use at your pleasure and your risk!
Nancy in Philadelphia has more ideas on how to make it:

I like to see political quilts from the past (Tippecanoe and Tyler Too) and hope Hillary quilts are studied many years from now!

circa 2016 Temecula Quilt Co. sew-a-long, progress

This sew-a-long has been going on since January. We were given a block pattern every Friday. I usually made double the blocks called for so I could have options of quilt size when it was time to put it all together.
I am now at that stage. There are 143 little blocks that will finish 3 inches that were kept in this basket. I hope to have some time next month to putting it all together.
The directions are now available for purchase on their website.
This has been a welcomed respite every weekend to do just a bit of sewing when I was too busy to sew. Thanks, Temecula Quilt Co.!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

olympic sew-a-long number two--Temecula Quilt Co. pattern--top completed

I did a second quilt top with Temecula Quilt Co.'s Olympic sew-a-long.
This one with solids. The 2 1/2 and the 1 1/2 inch squares were already in my bin. I had to cut the 4 1/2 inch squares and the constant 1 1/2 inch blue squares.
The color isn't quite true. I hope to capture it better after it is quilted.