In my last post I mentioned that I didn’t have any pictures from the trunk show. Well, that same day a woman who attended the trunk show shared with me the pictures she took.
This is sweet quilt I made for a class sample. This is one of my favorite patterns for beginners.
These are a few of the first quilts I longarmed. I’ve learned a lot since those days!
This is called a winding ways quilt. I started this in Alaska & only recently finished it.
A Seven Sisters quilt! One of my favorite patterns!
A log cabin quilt I made with a friend
while J was deployed.
A Double Wedding Ring quilt! This is one of my personal favorites & was a feat to accomplish, but it was well worth the effort.
The sunflower quilt! My only hand quilted quilt! My sister pieced the top & I quilted it, took 15 years & I’ll never hand quilt again….
And my first official quilt! Just look at those pastel calicoes from the 1980s!
Thank you Heather for your pictures!
Around week 39 of pregnancy I suddenly couldn’t stand coffee. I tried for about two days to choke down the stuff, but I finally gave up & made some tea- I’ve been drinking tea ever since.
I’ll give everyone a moment to process that- I’m not drinking coffee anymore! (And I haven’t completely lost my marbles!)
I realized a tea cozy would be helpful to keep my tea from going cold in the mornings & a few weeks ago I had the sudden need to do some improv piecing, so I decided to finally make the cozy.
I used the template and basic directions from Lily’s Quilts. Which was an excellent tutorial! (Although it I were to make this again I’d tweak the template to fit my teapot better.) For the piecing I used a foundation piecing technique with my scrap batiks. (I keep all my batik scraps, no matter how small- batiks are far too expensive to be throwing away the remnants.)
There was little planning involved with the piecing, I just pulled fabric out of the scrap bin & looked to see how I could incorporate it into the design. It came together quickly & was just the freeing type of creativity I needed that day.
I knew I wanted tight quilting & I threw the pieces onto the longarm with some Warm & Natural batting scraps & did some straight line quilting approx. 1/4″ apart using Bottom Line thread in silver/gray. Some lines are closer than others, basically I just winged it, wanting the same freeing quilting experience.
For the lining I used some old teapot fabric from my mom’s stash that was a Mary Engelbreit or Debbie Mumm design from the 90s. Not my favorite & doesn’t match in the least, but hey, it’s a tea cozy lining- let’s not get too uptight about things.
For the binding I used some leftovers from some project I can’t remember but I made waaaaay too much for! I used a machine binding technique since my hand sewing time is precious.
Overall I’m incredibly pleased with how this turned out- I love coming into the kitchen in the mornings & looking at my beautiful tea cozy! And it’s been very effective in keeping my tea warm so three cheers for my idea working out in reality!
When J & I moved back here to Northern Virginia, I was fortunate in that I was able to rejoin my wonderful knitting group. A dear friend in that group introduced me to another woman who also was having her first baby.
Turns out we were actually due withing 3 months of each other & much more in common than we ever expected! We started hanging out, doing our daily walking together, as well as scouring all the local baby consignment stores for good deals.
Well she was due the end of January to give birth to a baby boy they had already named Paul, & I knew I wanted him to have a special quilt. Since she & her husband both enjoy the outdoors, I wanted to make Paul a green quilt & I was in love with the Dancing Nine Patch pattern Bonnie Hunter had recently released.
I dug into my bin of green men’s shirts I had started collecting for Nick’s quilt & sure enough there was plenty for a quilt for Paul! (And probably enough even another Dancing Nines quilt!)
It was very enjoyable to piece & since the pattern was very “square-ish,” I used the pantograph “Waterworld” by Jodi Beamish to add movement & soften the quilt. I used a forest green flannel for the backing, & Warm & Natural 100% cotton batting. This is definitely a snuggle quilt!
I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was with how this turned out! It’s the perfect size for a baby to grow into & use for several years.
I gave the quilt to Amanda during one of our group’s knitting days & she was loved it too. (I wish I had gotten a picture of her face- it was the happy smile all quilters love to see!)
Paul decided to come into this world in the beginning of February & is the cutest little boy! I hope he grows to play, nap & love the Dancing Nines quilt.
First, yes, you read that correctly, I’m blogging about a quilt I gave at Christmas in February. It’s been that kind of year!
I’ve been planning quilts for my in-laws for quite some time no (I think 2 or 3 years actually…) I gave my Mother-in-law, Donna her quilt back in April (& I really need to find that photo…. I think it’s on J’s phone….) and gave my Father-in-law, Nick his quilt this past Christmas.
Both quilts were carefully planned in that I wanted the fabric choices & design to be reflective of who they are.
Now Nick is quite possibly the most down to earth man you’ve ever met! He can talk to and make friends with anyone regardless of what they do or where they come from. He may have had a white collar job in factories for the past 30 years, but he’ll be the first to tell you he’s more comfortable down in the manufacturing plant than in any conference room.
He’s also the most frugal man you’ve ever met. Making due and fixing whatever’s around him.
So I knew the fabric for his quilt needed to be from men’s shirts I bought at various thrift stores around town. J & I both agreed the colors needed to be green- partly because he went to Michigan State & partly because he loves to be outside hunting & gardening.
The longarm design I chose was the leafy panto from Judy Allen called “Lynn’s Ferns” which I think added a nice movement to the masculine fabrics and square/rectangle shapes.
And the backing had to be Michigan State fabric! (& Rizzo couldn’t resist “helping” with the binding!)
Nick was truly surprised Christmas morning to get his quilt & loved the fabrics- it was a wonderful joy to give him this quilt.
Thank you all for being so patient last week when I needed to take a week off. I’m back home & going 90 mph again- it’s great to be back in my routine! I hope this Tuesday tip is helpful for you. In preparation for sending your quilt to a longarmer, you may have heard the request to “trim your threads.” Sound familiar? The first time I heard this I had no idea what it meant. Turns out it’s pretty important- more so than I initially thought. When you’re asked to “trim your threads,” you are basically being asked nicely to clean up your quilt. I pulled out a quilt I pieced back in college for an example. Here’s a portion of the top. See those dangly threads? Yeah, they need to go away. The longarmer’s hopping foot can get caught in them & things can get ugly fast. Also, if they aren’t cut before hand, they could actually end up being quilted in & then it’s a pain to get them out from under the stitching. Then let’s look at the back of the quilt. This is a great picture of a hot mess of threads in the back: Those need to be cut away as well since they could get caught & get tied up together while the longarmer is loading the quilt. Remember- you don’t want your quilt to have anything that might cause it to not lie flat! Finally, there’s this: Notice my green fabric has frayed a bit? Because I’ve used white sashing between blocks, that green thread has the possibility of showing through the white fabric when quilted- yikes! That’s something you definitely don’t want to happen! So take a look at both sides of your quilt before sending it off- it will look that much nicer after a few minutes of trimming threads!