Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Quilting for the Family

Being retired, I now have lots of time to quilt and both my close and extended family have benefited.  Over the last few years, my children, grandchildren and grand nephews and others have received quilts made especially for them.  My latest baby quilt is on its way to a grand-niece in Nova Scotia.


The pattern is called Falling Into Place by Sweet Jane's Quilting.   I chose non-traditional colors including a variety of fabrics mostly from Deborah Edwards line of Bundle of Love.  They are whimsical and bright - perfect for a baby quilt.


The quilting design is made up of teddy bears, stars and moons - one of my favorites for this type of quilt.



Each quilt includes a custom label to mark the occasion.
I know that these quilts will be special keepsakes for years to come.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Random Rectangles - Charity Quilt #10

Still on track with my goal of 1 charity quilt a month for this year. This month's pattern is called Random Rectangles.  It can be found in Ellen Luckett Baker's book "1, 2, 3 Quilt". 

The pink and blue fabrics with the odd dash of green, blend nicely in this design.  Helps to use up lots of fabric stash too.

Free motion quilting in meander design.








Sunday, October 15, 2017

Quilties

Our quilters' guild supplies the local hospital with Quilties for the newborns.  I enjoy making them as it uses up my stash of fabric and allows me to practice my free motion quilting.  Most of all it gives the newborns a little something special to take home with them.

The quilties I made this month gave me a chance to try a few new pattern blocks.  

I have made a Disappearing 9 Patch quilt before, but this one was made with no particular background fabric, just assorted blocks.  Also, when there wasn't enough material for a full block I pieced from smaller cuts of fabric.  Certainly a different look.  The free motion quilting was hearts and curves with circles. 

Took the opportunity to try a Quilt As You Go quiltie.  This is a fun method which works well with long strips that are at least 1 1/2" to approximately 3" in width.  Once all the fabric was sewn, I made lines diagonally to the ones that were formed when I sewed the long strips on.

The guild sometimes provides kits of fabric that we can work with.  I picked up one that had some interesting colors -  dark blues, reds, yellows and black and white fabric - not the usual baby pastels.  It also had a print of snowmobiles with some of those colors.   Fortunately, there was enough fabric for 2 quilties.  I made On the Fence pattern with one and stitched in the ditch for quilting.




The second was Rectangle Pinwheels.  The quilting was hearts, curves and circles.


And finally, Pastel Rectangles and Squares quiltie. Lots of soft baby colors and the quilting was free motion echo shells.






Saturday, October 7, 2017

Disappearing 9 Patch - Charity Quilt #9

This pattern is quick to sew up and creates a nice look.

This pattern  is designed by arranging and sewing together 9 squares to create a traditional 9 patch block.  Keep the center block of the 9 patch the same fabric,  4 blocks the background fabric and 4 corner blocks different fabric.  


Then  cut down the middle vertically and horizontally to give you 4 pieces.  


Then sew them together in this design and be sure to square them up.  There are lots of tutorials on line to demonstrate the Disappear 9 Patch.




I quilted diagonal lines fairly wide apart and then quilted again at a 90 degree angle to the first lines of quilting.  Hand sewed the binding and it's ready for Victoria's Quilts.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Charity Quilt #8 - Seeing Wonky Stars



Seems I've developed a liking for creating scrappy quilts lately.   So my latest quilt for charity was destined to be scrappy too.  I added some wonky stars to the quilt. This was my first attempt at the stars and I think it works.
The randomness of scrappy quilts really appeals to me and it was sometimes hard to resist the temptation to coordinate colors.



 This was also my first attempt at using my Bernina BSR for quilting this larger size of quilt.  I managed to do a tear drop with echo effect design- something I learned from Leah Day's free motion quilting course.  The quilt was a bit unmanageable at times, but a bit of scrunching and maneuvering and it worked.
 
  Best part -  scrappy quilts use up a lot of the fabric stash which means I get to shop for more fabric  :) 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Carefree Columns - Victoria Quilt #7

This pattern by Nancy Zieman is called Carefree Columns. Very enjoyable to use long strips of fabric for some of this quilt.  Makes it go together so much faster.

Seems that I've been doing a lot of blue quilts this year.   I found the blues and golds worked well.  
 Quilted an easy design with my Bernina walking foot.  Sometimes the KISS principle is best.  


This makes the 7th quilt for Victoria's Quilts this year.