Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas Quilts 2 & 3

I now have the second Christmas Quilt pieced and ready for quilting.
(Click here to see the first one.)
The pattern is Ballerina from Jaybird Quilts.


And I have the fabrics picked out for number three.  I started with a Mingle & Jingle fat-quarter bundle, then added several others from my stash until I had an even mix of the four colors.  Yes, I have a plan, but I'll save that for a future post.


And I'm getting more practice time in on George, as I quilt an all-over design on this quilt pieced by my DIL.


Now I'm preparing for a full-filled visit from one of my grand-daughters.  She is coming to spend a few days with us, and we have lots of fun things planned before I leave for Quilt Retreat next week.  I'm sure I'll have lots to share with you by then, so stay tuned...

Monday, July 3, 2017

One Block Wonder Quilt

I'm so excited to start sewing my first One Block Wonder quilt!  I don't know what planet I was on when the OBW craze took off, but I must have missed the boat.  They have been popular for quite some time now, but I just discovered this style of quilt recently when I came across some images of these type of quilts by quilt artist Bruce Seeds on Pinterest. His work is amazing and so inspiring!
I knew I just had to make one.

I searched for weeks, looking for the perfect fabric, until I found this one.  Bingo!  I think it will look amazing....


I cut all my triangles this week... 



 ...and arranged a few hexagons, just to see what they look like, but I'm saving the sewing until I go to Quilt Retreat in a couple of weeks.  If I can wait that long...



Monday, June 12, 2017

Christmas Star Quilt - Top Assembled

I put all the blocks for the Christmas Star Quilt on my design wall this week.


Once I was happy with the arrangement, I sewed them all together.


It will be a while before I quilt this one, because the grandkids will all be here for much of the next week, so there won't be much sewing going on in the Cotton Cellar unless it involves the kiddos.  And I need to order thread before I can quilt it anyway.  Yes, I have lots of thread, but not pink...  That's right!  PINK!  for a Christmas Quilt?
Oh, and I just realized, I don't have a backing fabric yet!  Guess I need to go shopping...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Shot Cotton Stars Quilt - Finished

As promised last week, here are pictures of my latest quilt, Shot Cotton Stars.  This is the 3rd quilt that I have quilted on my new APQS George sit-down quilting machine.  While the quilting isn't very obvious on the front of the quilt, it shows up really nicely on the back.  It was a great opportunity for me to practice my free-motion quilting, and I'm really happy with the results.

It measures 38" x 54", and I used Quilter's Dream Black Poly batting and So Fine #50 thread 
in a medium taupe brown to match the backing fabric.







Monday, May 29, 2017

Shot Cotton Star Quilt - planning the quilting

As a drafter, I prefer to use my computer to experiment with different quilting design layouts before I start stitching.  My motto has always been "If I can draw it, I can quilt it".


Once I came up with a design I was happy with for this Shot Cotton Star quilt, I then had to figure out the most efficient way to quilt it, with the fewest stops and starts possible.  That's what all the numbers and arrows are for - kind of a "road map" for quilting.  If I follow this diagram without taking any wrong turns, I should be able to quilt all of the main arcs around the stars (traveling through the stars) in one continuous path.  Of course, I'll have to break thread for each of the cross-hatched diamonds.
(I'm not sure about the piano key design around the outside edge yet - I'll figure that out after I get the inside quilted.)



First, I pinned all three layers of my quilt sandwich to my styrofoam basting wall, then I marked the quilt top with a white ceramic mechanical pencil and a mylar template that I made for drawing the curves. If I had the correct size curved ruler, I would skip the marking and use my ruler foot on George, but I don't... so marking is the next best option (assuming I can stay on the lines when I'm stitching... we'll see how that goes...)



Once all the marking was done, I basted the three layers together with safety pins, and now it's ready to quilt!  Check back next week and see how far I get with the quilting.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Progress!

It's been a busy week!  I finished the 4" Christmas Star blocks (all 68 of them) in a few long sewing sessions.  Now all the blocks for this quilt are finished, and I hope to start assembling them into a quilt top soon.



 Aren't these little guys just the cutest?


I would have had the assemby started already, but I got side-tracked...  I'm trying to decide how I want to quilt this one...


,,, the wheels are turning and I can't wait to start quilting this one on George.
Check back next week to see what I come up with.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Christmas Star Quilt

Yes, I know it's only May.  I have a few Christmas quilts on my to-do list, so I'm getting an early start.
This quilt was published on-line as a quilt-along called Oh My Stars! by Thought & Found.  It's perfect for the fabrics I have to work with (from my daughter).

The quilt-along calls for many different types of star blocks, in three different sizes.  I'm sticking with the three different size blocks and the original layout, but decided to make them all Sawtooth Star blocks.  Keeps it simpler and works better with the amount of fabric I have on hand.

I finished the 12" stars and the 8" stars at a retreat this past winter and now I'm working on the 4" stars.

The flying geese units for these 4" star blocks finish at 1" x 2" and I have MANY of them to trim.  My little Quilt In A Day Flying Geese ruler works great for this, but tends to slip.  I saw this trick on Pinterest and it works great!  Just put a little Nexcare Flexible Clear First Aid tape on the back of the ruler.  No more slipping!!!  Yay!