Hard at it…

This fall has been so crazy, which is a good problem-if there is such a thing.

Custom quilting has kept me busy so it was a nice change when Carol brought

me this quilt.

Carol's Quilt

Carol’s Quilt

I am unsure of the designer but the piecing process is really neat!  Strips or

2 sets of Jelly Rolls are used for the entire quilt.  2  strips are sewn together

and then cut apart in a trianglar shape.  Using 6 of these triangular shapes, the circle

is created.  It is a pretty neat process.  I have made a quilt like this but in

reproduction prints.   The Batiks are really nice too.

Close up of Carol's Quilt

Close up of Carol’s Quilt

Carol decided to use a pantograph for the top-Large Swirl

is the name of the  pantograph.  We used a dark blue polyester

thread and a dark batting as well. If the quilt does beard later on, it

won’t be so noticeable with the black batting.

Donna's Quilt

Donna’s Quilt

Donna brought me this quilt. She is a great piecer!

She wanted it quilted simple so I SID around all the Churn

Dashes.  Straight lines were added in the sashing areas and another

smaller Churn Dash was added in the middle areas of the sashing, just

for interest and to echo the design of the pieced block.

Smaller Churndash

Smaller Churndash

A dark blue polyester thread was used on the dark areas and I used a white

polyester thread in the white areas.

Eva's T-shirt Quilt

Eva’s T-shirt Quilt

My friend, Eva, made this quilt out of T-shirts from her grandson’s

collection.  She did a great piecing job as well.  I was kind of concerned

that the knit in the T-shirts would move alot but she used a knit

stabilizer on the back of each block and there were no problems at all.

The knit did move a little but nothing to cause any major concerns.

I really like quilting kids’ quilts because there is so much inspiration

within the fabrics themselves to use for design purposes.

One of the T-shirt blocks

One of the T-shirt blocks  

In this block, I quilted around Spongebob and the lettering.  Done-easy peasy.

Spiderman Logo

Spiderman Logo

Again, in this block, quilting around the logo was enough

to complete the block and hold everything in its place.

Spiderman and his web.

Spiderman and his web.

This is one of my favorite blocks.  I thought that Spiderman

could use a web so I used a silver metallic thread to create the web in the

lower right hand corner of the block.  Can you see it?

Tye dye block

Tye dye block

I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this block so I quilted

around all the dye areas and the design popped out after that.

Not bad, eh?

One of the best things about  kids quilts  is the fact that they are so

vibrant in color and the designs are so much fun.

I used polyester thread on the quilt top and changed colors often to match the

background colors of the blocks.  The backing was a black and white plaid and the

batting was the thin polyester batting.  I don’t mind working with that stuff but

it does make getting the tension correct a little bit harder.

I am linking this post up with the Canadian Needle and Thread Network.  You should

check them out.

http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/

Have a great week.

Getting back into the groove.

Holidays, family gatherings, March Break and just being sick with a cold has really taken a bite out of my schedule.  Usually I try to hit the gym three times a week but the past three weeks, I didn’t even get there once!  So, now I am getting back into the groove and going to the gym.  I feel so much better when I take time for myself and exercise a little.

Here are  several of my finished customers’ quilts.

Here we have Liz’s quilt.  She made it for her grandson and I love the bright,bold Batik colors and fabric that she used for the top.

We decided to do a pantograph called “Happy Times.”  It looks like waves, which is perfect for her grandson because he loves water.

Variegated thread was used for the top and backing.  It blends in perfectly and adds a nice touch to the top of the quilt. I love variegated thread!

Liz's quilt for her grandson

Liz’s quilt for her grandson

 

Here is a quilt that Donna made for a  lady who is giving this quilt to her grandson as well.  Do you think we have a theme here? I stitched in the ditch around all the Churn Dash and  a criss cross design was stitched into the sashing too.

It almost looks like cross hatching to me.

Donna's Quilt

Donna’s Quilt

 

Here is another art quilt in the series that I am showing you.

Once again Susan Brubaker Knapp is the designer.  A seashell and foamy waves are stitched into the blue background.  Can you see it?

Seashell and foamy waves

Seashell and foamy waves

 

The next three art quilts were inspired by a farmer’s field close to my house.  I tried two different techniques to create the quilts.

Each one looks totally different from the previous one.  Which one is your favorite?

Farmer's Field #1

Farmer’s Field #1

This piece was created using Watercolor pencils.  The white background was colored in using the pencils.  When the whole piece was completed, I used water to blend the colors and give it that mottled look.

Heat was applied to set the colors and then stitching was added to create the lines.

Farmer's Field #2

Farmer’s Field #2

Here is the second field. The colors are a bit more appealing to me in this piece.  I love how blue the sky is.

Jaquard paints were used to create the colors. After the paints dried, they were heat set with an iron. Then the stitching was

added in the field and sky. Later,  I decided I didn’t like the stitching in the sky and  picked the stitches out.  That is when  I discovered that the thickness of the  paint is not very forgiving.

You can still see the holes in the fabric.  Lesson learned for next time.

Farmer's Field #3

Farmer’s Field #3

My last field.  This one is my favorite.  I think that the colors of the snow and sky is what attracts me to it.

Again, Jaquard Paints were used to paint in the field and I decided to do minimal stitching.  The lines in the field is what drew me in the first place so thus the reason for not much stitching.

What do you think?

Have a great week. Happy stitching.

 

Ruth