Thursday, April 13, 2017
My original plan for the quilting was just parallel lines (I can't really claim they're "straight) with the walking foot. I started with the dark blue background. By the time I was finished with that, I was ready for something else. And besides the feathers were actually easier than straight lines when it comes to bulk of fabric being shoved through my domestic machine. And I fell back to my favorite square flower for all the centers.
And the back is pretty cool looking on it's own as well.
Thanks again to Jacki Kunkle for the design inspiration (link to her original quilt on my previous post) and Lori Kennedy for the square flower quilting idea.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
This quilt moved along quickly, despite having to make 2 additional sets of HST. It's around 65" square.
My solution was to patch that lower bit.
And I got feed back from my inspiration designer.
You can avoid all my frustrations and just buy her pattern.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
I am working on a quilt for a secret recipient, using the leftovers from the Big Ass Teal Cat quilt.
Here's where I ended day 1.
This is a do-over of the Citrus Squares Quilt that I did in 2012. I borrowed the idea from Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works.
And where I'm ending tonight is with the lay-out of the last section. I completely mis-judged how many squares I needed, so this is the 3rd round of HST. Despite that, I think it is not particularly noticeable that there are new fabrics in some parts. (AAARGGGHHH! I just noticed some bits on the lower edge I feel compelled to change...since I still can)
Will decide tomorrow if I'll add borders or just leave it lap size with an edge-to-edge design.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Because I am counting on shrinkage as part of the texture, I do not pre-wash my fabrics. Which means that I am a huge fan of Color Catchers. The ones on the right were from the first wash. I was expecting a lot of color as I'd used the brown, purple and pink markers for the quilting. I trimmed up the quilt after the first wash before binding. I was rather surprised at how much blue came out in the second washing. The only added fabric was about a yard of batik for binding.
Monday, March 13, 2017
I have a new addition to my house. A 1936 Wilson treadle machine.
My buddy Boomer is a retired mechanic. And he has discovered a new gift as an old Sewing Machine Whisperer. He turns dusty relics into functioning machines.
This gorgeous machine was given to him by our mutual friend Joe.
It now works as good as it looks. He had to scavenge parts from a Singer 15-91.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
The center quilting is finished
I used different patterns in this section to add more interest.
I spent most of last weekend hand quilting the cat's face. I'll go back and do some machine quilting on the eyes.
I may leave the nose unquilted. And I really love the face texture.
My goal for today is the fish and background on the right side.