Sunday, January 9, 2011

Batik Star Quilt

I wanted to download this, even though this is an older quilt. This is a gift quilt for my niece and was delivered to her this summer. She had asked for a quilt with rainbow colors. I was able to find a pattern that I liked, but after getting it, there was no way I was going to cut and sew half-square triangles at 2 7/8 inches! I redrafted the pattern to a more usual size (9 inch block) and started collecting fabric. All of the delicious quilting was done by Sandi Stark from The Quilting Shed in Mason City, IA. It was really fun to work with all of the batiks.

I now am wondering if I can get the quilt back for the guild show.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Year of Quilting

Finally had some time to spend in front of the sewing machine last weekend. Holidays and work have not been cooperating and I have not been doing much quilting. I did manage to finish a couple of projects that had been started some time ago.

The first one was a kit that I picked up on the appreciation sale that the shops in the Des Moines area had last fall. It is called Windows on the East, and yes, it has inset seams. I did the windows a different way than the pattern showed. The directions seem confusing to me, so I just decided to wing it. I think that it turned out OK

I think that will be able to do the quilting on this top as it is small. I need to get it done though if I want to show it at the guild quilt show in April.

I finished a second top that I had started last summer. It is from the book Livin' Large by Heather Mulder Peterson. This is the link to her books I had to finish the applique and was hung up on how to do the rick rack. I didn't want to just sew down the middle because then it would roll up when the quilt was washed. I finally used free-motion sewing with a matching thread. It worked out quite nicely.

This top is going to my local quilter. I just don't have the time to quilt all of the tops that I make.

The top is on my design wall, which is actually a queen sized piece of quilted flannel that is attached to nails in the wall near the ceiling by using binder clips. I just fold up the wall when I don't need the whole thing, or stretch it out to full length when I need it. For the pictures the quilts a small enough that they just stick to the wall, if they are bigger, sometimes I have to pin them up.

I just finished all the blocks that were given away by the shops in the Northwest section of the 2010 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop. I need to add one more to make 12 block in order to have a number that will work better for making a top. I want to see if I can make a block by just using scraps from the other 11 blocks.