"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Almost done with challenge quilt.....

Have finished up quilting my wallhanging for the challenge.   Stretched myself on quilting patterns and overall am happy with how it has turned out.

First pic on the right shows a close up of the quilting in the sky.   My frame was being a pill so it's a little more jerky than I wanted.   thankfully the worst will be covered up when I add the fabric with the verses written on it to the quilt.

The bottom pic shows the quilting that I did in the water and the look that the tulle gives to the piece.  I like the extra dimension that the tulle gave to the scene and will use this technique again in the future.

Still to be added to the quilt is a piece with the two verses from Jeremiah 17.   I need to dig through my scraps and stash to find something that will work.   Will do that tonite, or might grab something from the store tomorrow after I get work.

So what new techniques have you tried with your quilts lately?

Gratitudes:
1. Challenge quilt is almost done and even a little (very little) early.

2.  Still have 2 wks of summer vacation to go.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Uncooperative challenge quilt....

Most of the challenge quilt has decided to cooperate.   But the wording that I need to add to it just is not being cooperative.  

What is working  ---  

The quilt will show a forest that comes right down to the waters of a lake/stream and then are reflected in the water.   I have the material ready to fuse for all of that, and will be using a royal blue, shiny tulle overlay over the reflected trees and water to delineate where and what they are.  The tulle will be scrunched and bunched to show the surface of the water, and will be quilted down as I quilt that part of the quilt.   I have a plan for the quilting, and will do that on my mid-arm machine.  

What isn't working ---

The upper part of the quilt will have a large letter 'T' on it, and then a Bible verse (Jeremiah 17:8).   I'd planned on doing the verses in cross-stitch on linen and then stitching them down on the quilt, however my attempts at the cross-stitch are now working out the way that I want them to.   So plans are continuing to evolve.  At the moment, I'm probably going to cross-stitch a large letter "T", and then applique it onto the quilt top.   Then will write the verses either directly onto the quilt top or onto a piece of linen that will then be added to the quilt top.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Finishes - Wedding quilt and one for Sunshine

I finished the wedding quilt for my nephew and his lovely bride earlier in the week but couldn't post pics of it because my computer was in the shop to see why it was overheating and shutting down.   Computer is back, so now I can actually post pics.

The wedding quilt finished out at 90" by 98"   I used extra wide muslin as the backing and gold/tan tonal print for the binding.   Label was written directly onto the backing of the quilt.   It will be delivered this weekend and I'll take more pics (and hopefully better ones) when it is delivered.

The last quilt completed is one for sunshine made from blocks that someone made with fabric that I sent and a few scraps of other fabrics.   It finished out at 48" square.

Gratitudes -
1. Computer is back and is working great again.
2. I get to spend time with my GF, her family and her new DIL this weekend.  =)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Finishes.....

Finished off the quilting on the wedding quilt on Saturday.   Have it off the frame and to find the fabric for the binding today so that I can get that started.  Just need to go find some fabric for binding and I'll be able to get that under way.   New pic will be coming when the quilt is finished.

I've also put together a little quilt top using up scraps from a long-ago commissioned scrub top and other assorted scraps.     This will be donated.  =)

Gratitudes:
1. Cooler weather
2. The quilting on the wedding quilt went smoothly.  =)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

New Mystery Project.......

One of the things I've been mulling over this summer is what I want to do as a project for next year for posting on my blog.   Should I do a new BOM, or should I do a mystery twas the question.   I haven't decided yes or no on the BOM, but if I do that it will be smaller than this years BOM.  =)   In addition this will be something that is out of my normal style of writing / designing patterns, which is the reason why i'm testing it first.   But I'm looking forward to making it.

In the mean time, I did decide to do a mystery.    I've got it written up and am testing it with one of my best quilting friends.  =)   Some of the fabrics I've chosen to use for the test run are shown to the right.  I've pulled others to use as well, but won't make final decisions until I work through each step.  
This mystery quilt will be similar to one that I've done in the past where the participants were told, in general terms, how to add the next part to the quilt, but they were not what it had to be.   Instead they were given a technique and size.  

For this quilt I'll have steps that tell what is to be added in general terms, but will not tell how it is to be added.   Any person making the quilt will be able to pick their own techniques to use and truly make the quilt their own.  Finished size will be a toddler or lap quilt size once it is together and borders are added to it.

Sound like something you'd like to try?   I hope so!  Any questions, leave me a comment on this post.

Gratitudes:
1. For being able to design patterns and have fun while doing it.

2. For the beautiful weather we are having at this time.

And I'm off.............

....Off and quilting the wedding quilt that is.    I took the easy way out for the backing and bought a high quality, 108" wide muslin for the backing because I didn't want to dig through the totes of backings that I have in order to find something that would work for it.  Not what I would normally use, but this coordinates well with the front so I'm happy.

Am using two colors to quilt it - a dk burgundy that totally blends in to the border fabric.   As in can't be seen at all, which of course makes it hard to see where I've actually stitched.    Ooops.......lol.   The other is a dark cream and blends with all of the background fabrics in the top and looks ok with the greens in the quilt.

Current plan is to get the quilting finished tomorrow so that I can get a lot of the binding sewn down on Monday when I'm off work.   I am going to deliver it Friday night/Saturday Morning next week when the bride is in town and shopping with my nieces for bridesmaids dresses.

Gratitudes:
1. I had a packaged batting that was big enough for the quilt already on hand!

2. My back has settled down after trying to totally freeze up.