Young friends of ours just had their third child in February so of course a quilter has to make a quilt for a gift. It’s now been gifted so I can post photos of it. Of course what I’m waiting for is a pic with the new one on it.
And what fun it was to quilt; panels usually are. I backed it with soft cozy flannel so it will work as cuddly cover, a tummy time mat or whatever they want to use if for. Finished size is about 40″ x 50″. The batting is one layer of Hobbs washable wool. The panel is Windham Fabrics Dream by jill mcdonald. Another fun project!
Yes, I know that I’m not the only one who buys fabric and lets it ‘mature’ on the shelf while other projects take precedence! And when I consider how much I love these beautiful Dream Big panels, I’m surprised I don’t have several more stashed away. Even though I love quilting them, this is only the second that I’ve done and I’m trying very hard to not buy any more lol. Finished size is about 41.5″w x 39.5″h. The custom quilting is all done by me, hand guided on my HQ Sweet Sixteen. It’s double batted to give it the loft and texture I adore: one layer of warm & plush topped with one layer of Hobbs Heirloom Premium washable wool. I used three colours of Glide thread and one of Superior Bottom Line (the matchsticks) on top. I decided to live on the edge and used a contrasting magna glide thread (cream) in the bobbin to make the design stand out on the back. I think because of the double batting neither top nor bottom thread showed through on the opposite side. It didn’t stand out as much as I thought it would but it wasn’t a fail either thankfully. Inspiration came from many places: Pinterest of course, my own limited creativity and I took Lauren’s course from Bold Notion Quilting.
After I finished this piece by hand sewing the binding and the hanging sleeve on it, I took another look and thought ‘wouldn’t it look better with a little white flange between the binding and the background?’. I waited several days hoping that thought would go away…but of course it didn’t…. so I removed the binding, turned it into a flange binding (I like Donna Jordan’s instructions) and now I like it much better; I like the contrast between the background and the binding. I’m hesitant to ask for opinions; I afraid you’ll like it better the way it was and I’m not about to change it again! In any case, I’m out of the blue batik now so it is what it is lol.
I thought this applique/reverse applique project wouldn’t take very long…..haha….. The pieces are only about 18″ square finished and I’ve done applique before. This time however, I used a batting I’ve never used before: Thermore. It’s a nice thin light batting that I’d had recommended to me for wall hangings. I’ve had it around for awhile and decided to try it out on this project. And I was pleased with it right up until I started quilting the first piece.
Because I was micro quilting tiny feathers in the vanes of the swirls I used Wonderfil’s invisifil 100 wt thread which is a beautiful thread for dense quilting. It broke….time after time after time. On the test piece I did prior to starting quilting, the thread/needle combo worked perfectly. I eventually concluded the batting was the culprit; as soon as I started the pebbles in a 50 wt thread the problem disappeared. The feathers were too densely quilted to use a heavier thread so I persevered; quilt, thread break, tie off ends, rethread … quilt, thread break, tie off ends, rethread… you get the picture. Sigh…. I am happy with the end result tho. And I will use Thermore again…. just not with 100 wt thread!
The pattern is Peppermint Candy from Geta’s Quilting Studio. The fabric is from my stash. I used Wonderfil invisifil on the feathers in both pieces and Aurifil and Mettler for the pebbles. Hand guided FMQ on my HQ Sweet Sixteen.
Although our own grandkids are getting older (the youngest is 13) we are fortunate to have young friends with youngsters three and five with whom we get to spend time and are very happy to babysit occasionally We’ve even been lucky enough to have spent several Christmases with the family. Because of Covid our interactions are less frequent these days but that doesn’t mean we can’t give gifts at Christmas. I’ve been doing lots of stitching leading up to Christmas, some of which I can’t publish until after tomorrow, but here are the fun projects I completed for these delightful children – glow in the dark door hangers and novelty place mats.
This year’s place mats are half of the four piece set Critter Placemats from Vanilla House. I made the first two a couple of years ago and forgot to take photos but ben bear and friendly fox scored a photo session this year. In addition I made a couple of door hangers with glow in the dark thread and I’ll bet the kids will like those!
The last few weeks, among other activities, I’ve been making some Christmas presents – those I can’t post yet! I took a break from that to make yet another scrappy community quilt that started with some orphan blocks I ‘found’ while doing a deep dive in one of my totes in the scrap purge I’ve been conducting lately. Some of my fabric and some Guild fabric supplemented the blocks. The Guild provided the backing and batting and one of the members provided the fabric for the binding. Finished size about 59″ x 71″ before laundering.
The pattern is ‘Hodgepodge’ by Fiber Fantasies (they seem to no longer have an internet presence), one of many variations of the Disappearing Nine-patch block that you can find all over the internet. The quilting is a combo of FMQ feathers and ruler work; I love the texture that feathers create! All the quilting is hand guided by me on my Sweet Sixteen. I used Glide thread on the top and magna-glide in the bobbin.
Now I really must get back to making Christmas presents; I’m not done yet! No more quilts until after Christmas….really…
Sparrow Quilt Co’s 50 Blocks in 50 Weeks really inspired me to deal with some of my scrap overload. I’ve made two quilts now from most of the blocks (48) and the remaining ones will go toward additional Community quilts. Our Guild does a Block of the Month project of blocks this size so they’ll just be added to the pile. In order to assure this wavy quilting design gets added to my muscle memory bank I repeated it on this quilt, same as the last one. I really love it for the undulating wave effect and it just might become my new favourite….at least until I find a new favourite lol. I used Glide thread on the top, magna glide in the bobbin and the HQ Wave B ruler and quilted it on my Sweet Sixteen. Fleece backing again!
Quilting goes by the wayside every summer as yard and garden work assume priority and this past one was the same. But in September I start getting the urge to put the garden to bed and start quilting again. I’m running a little late tho! I’ve been trying to deal with the scraps that have accumulated over the years since I last made an attempt to deal with them. They multiply in the closet, right? I started last fall with Sparrow Quilt Co.’s 50 Blocks in 50 Weeks series and completed the blocks in May, but there they are on my design wall still waiting……… They will both eventually be Community Quilts, but they need sashing…. and sandwiching… and quilting.
And then there are the placemats I’ve been intending to make to coordinate with the tablerunner I completed in 2017 for Canada’s 150th birthday…. oh happy day I finally made them! More scraps used up. I even rounded the edges of two of them to fit the table.
And this time I’ve even started crumb quilting and I’m determined to make blocks as the scraps accumulate…. hahahahaha. I think I need to buy brighter fabrics don’t I?
And not only do I collect fabric scraps, I have an entire box of yarn scraps (I know that sounds bad but I used to have almost two boxes!). They also multiply in the box. But this last time when I finished knitting a pair of socks for myself I immediately knit up the leftover into a pair of kids socks. I haven’t decided if they’ll get gifted or donated…. The yarn is Estelle Yarns Sock Twins Mouline.
So that’s my scrap adventures to date this fall; more to come!
I finished quilting two more of the Guild’s community quilts today; I love seeing the stack of finished ones grow. Angela Walters‘ swirl hook is so perfect for an all-over design on scrappy quilts I think and gives them beautiful texture. These two are just more of the same…happy day!
I injured one knee recently so that’s limited my ability to do much yard work and has given me a perfect excuse to be in the house quilting. Although with the outside temperatures in the high teens Celsius I’m not sure why I want to do that! These two quilts I just finished were pieced by a couple of our ‘Scrap Queen’ ladies in our Guild who produce some real beauties. I’m a fan of Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy and the motif I used on both quilts is her swirl hook. It’s fast, it’s easy and the texture it creates is beautiful. I used Glide khaki thread on the top and magnaglide in the bobbin. The hand guided free motion quilting is done on my Sweet Sixteen.