Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A New Quilter!

Carla's friend Joan made this quilt, her first! I think it's a very nice quilt for a first quilt. It took me a while to realize that it's a 4-patch posie quilt.

The quilting design is Fay Feathers, the thread is PermaCore Dyed Natural and the batting is Quilter's Dream cotton. Bet you weren't ready for that one!!! I had ordered a few packages last year and since the back of this one was a white moda wide backing, I thought it would be nice to use a white batting rather than my usual Hobbs 80/20.

Here's a little table runner that matches:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Shipshewana 2011

Today's the last day to make your reservation at the Farmstead Inn if you're intending to come to the retreat. There are 5 rooms remaining in the block I had reserved and they will be released at 5PM today.

We will have over 50 quilters from at least 6 states and will have a great time. So, if you've been thinking about it, just let me know and the registration form is HERE.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Still those flying geese on my design wall, but actually late last night I took one strip down and stitched them onto my quilt. The new blocks on the left are for a new project.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stashbusting 2011 - #39

Fabric Added this week - 6.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 99.625 yards

Fabric Used this week - 4.25 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 182.5 yards


Yikes, I'm going backwards!
I received my order of 3 additional yards of the background fabric for the Town Square quilt, and yesterday I bought 3.5 yards of wide backing at Cheryl's Quilts for it also.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Quilt of Valor

Last night I loaded this Quilt of Valor made by Marcia at Rossville Quilts. They just have 2 kits left if you're interested.

I love the pattern and the fabrics are just great. It's going to bring a lot of comfort to someone.

I decided on Stars and Loops panto, Camel Permacore thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting. (You are going to be so surprised when I tell you the batting on the quilt that's loaded right now!)

Anyway, here are some closeups:

And the back: (I love that golden colored thread on navy fabric!)

Carla's small quilts

I quilted the little quilts for Carla on Thursday evening.
This one matches her king size quilt that I quilted a month or so ago.

I actually might like the back better than the front:

This one looked like it just needed a baptist fan to me, so that's what it got.

When I can got 2 of these done in an evening, I feel really productive, and that's not something I've been feeling lately.

Betty's Black and White

On Wednesday I finished quilting this cute black and white quilt that Betty made. Just got pictures taken this morning.

It looks pretty simple, but very striking. I have lots of black on white and white on blacks that I cound use to make one of these.

Popcorn panto with white thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Calise Update

They spent the day and night at the hospital getting some special lighting for her jaundice. I hope everything is fine this morning and they are able to come home today. Here are some more pics of the little sweetheart.

Calise and her daddy:

Daddy loves me!

Calise and mommy!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Linkin' Logs

My last Scrap Squad quilt I finished is Linkin'Logs. The pattern, featured in the September/October 11 issue was designed by June Dudley, Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine.

June's quilt uses a black background, 2 orange prints and 2 green prints. My version started with these gold prints.

I decided with all these different prints, I might have a hard time making 12 Block Z's, so I made mine using a snowball block and a block that starts with a partial seam. I played around with EQ and came up with this grid and these ideas. My original idea was to use black, black on white and white on black for the logs and gold for the background. I changed my mind and used 5 different blacks and 31 golds.

I cut a small piece of each gold fabric and glued them to my guide. I also numbered each block on my guide and each actual block as I made it.

I cut one 2.5" strip of each gold and subcut that into four 6.5" rectangles and four 2.5" squares for the inside links. The outside links use two 8.5" and two 6.5" rectangles and four 2.5" squares.

Unlike the original pattern, I chose to complete my outside links.

I love the diagonal corners and think it will go great on a future Purdue University student's dorm bed.

I quilted it with black thread and Fay Feathers pantograph, and used a black Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Now, for the rest of the story.....

Here's my first one.

I got it mostly put together and wasn't happy with the lack of contrast in the gold fabrics. So, I cut another strip of each gold and added a couple lighter ones and started over. On this one, I cut off each link at the seam before the break in the link. I donated this one to the Duke Smyser Chili Blast and was told that the recipient loved it.

Design Wall Monday

I've been working back and forth, between these two quilts.

The red one for Jeff and Dané now only needs one more border. (Thanks Judy for the border ideas!)

The flying geese for the next Scrap Squad quilt. I'm making mine queen size, so I need a lot more than the 96 in the pattern.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Stashbusting - 2011 Week #38

Fabric Added this week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 93.125 yards

Fabric Used this week - 2 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 178.25 yards


Not much used here except some borders for the Town Square quilt.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's a Girl!

My son Jeff and his wife Dané are parents. Their new daughter Calise Ann Davis was born yesterday at 9:26pm. She weighes 6lb 13oz and is 19.5 inched long, and I can't wait to meet her. It will be a couple weeks before that happens as they are 13 hours away.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Charlotte's Baby Quilt

This flannel Trip Around The World made by Charlotte is just the cutest thing. Makes me want to make one for Jeff and Dane's little one, who we're waiting patiently to arrive.

We chose Popcorn for the quilting design and as I was stitching, I was remembering 4+ years ago when I stitched this design for the first time. I can't believe I can remember that, but it was for Shelly's baby quilt and I believe I used a vareigated thread.
shellys 4 (popcorn)

Here's the minkee backing:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

More about Quilt Camp

I was lucky enough to win one of the big door prizes at camp this year. It's a lamp made by Linda and her husband, Norm.

They make several each year and they are filled with the most interesting sewing items.

It's a treasure and I think it looks great sitting on my Singer 15-91 cabinet.

Here is what I received in my door prize bag, a cute wooden crate, handmade! Three fabrics, a ruler, a Frixion marking pen and 2 spools of thread. I'm anxious to try the marking pen. It's supposed to disappear with friction, which is absolutely the strangest thing I've heard of. But, who knows, they just might work.

At one of the meals everyone received one of these pens. THANKS Pilot - what a generous company! Here's the pen along with my FQ from our exchange. I love it!

Carole's Coffee Quilt

It's good to be back to quilting!

I loaded this one last night and finished the quilting tonight.

I chose WaterWorld by Willow Leaf Studios because the swirls reminded me of the steam coming off a cup of coffee.

PermaCore Dyed Natural thread and I'm not sure of the batting. It's something that Carol gave me and I think it will make a nice wall hanging.

I love the panel pieces she used!

And here is the back. It's another quilt!