Wednesday, May 4, 2022

flowering snowball baby quilt


I had so much fun making this flowering snowball quilt, that I wanted to try it in these lovely colors.

I sandwiched it with bamboo batting and backed it with satin backed flannel from Joann's.  The satin side has a soft feeling that children seem to prefer, especially sensory children.  If I am making a quilt that I know will be used a lot, I am highly considering a satin backed flannel or minky, depending on if the new owners live in a cool or hot climate.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

p-40 warhawk stencil quilt

 P-40 aircraft flying in perfect formation, against a brilliant blue sky.

Create a disappearing 9 patch quilt top.

Start by cutting 270 - 5 inch squares from 8 or 9 fabrics, 
roughly the same shade of blue (batiks are a nice option)

Sew into 30 -  9 patch blocks. 

 Cut in half in each direction to create 
 120 - Disappearing 9 patch blocks.

Place blocks onto a design board, turning them in different directions, 
creating a random design. 
8 rows across
10 rows down.

Sew together.
The Stack and sew method words great for this step.

Determine and measure the design that you want to show through from the back.

Make a mini-quilt top with aprox. 2 inch finished blocks of 1/2 square triangles .
The mini-quilt should measure 1 inch larger on all sides
than the pattern you have just drawn onto your thin quilting paper.

Pick fabrics with the colors of the design that will show through from the bottom 

A  1/2 square triangle pattern gives a nice contrast to the Disappearing 9 patch.
The red squares sewn into the white mini-quilt tops capture the red tips of the aircraft.

Gage about where you want your design go show through from the back of the quilt top.

Pin the white mini-quilts to the back of the blue quilt top with both quilt tops facing up.  

Lay a piece of thin paper, I like to use Quilting Paper by Golden Threads, over the plane design
and trace the outline of the aircraft onto the paper.

Place the plane pattern on top of the blue quilt top, directly above the white quilt top that you have pinned to the back.  
Look from the top for the pins that you have used to secure the mini-quilt to the back to determine where to place your paper pattern.  
Pin pattern down

Sew on the line of the aircraft on the pattern WITH A SMALL STITCH.

Using small sharp scissors, 
cut along the inside of the line you have just sewn, 
a little more than 1/8 of an inch, but not as much as 1/4 of an inch. 
Clip every 1/4 of an inch to create a fraying process.

Once all your designs are showing through the blue quilt top from under side, 
you are ready to sandwich the quilt top.  

Quilt large humps to create an illusion of clouds.

Fabrics are mostly batiks
stencil quilt (named by me, it may be named something else by others :)
batting is bamboo
measures 60 x 75, washed

Use Chenille to create propellors and to customize your quilt.
Mark onto your quilt where you want to put the chenille.  Cut pieces long enough to fit.  Sew chenille WITH A VERY SMALL STITCH onto your markings. This will keep it from coming loose.

After a good washing, it gets all fuzzy like.

Embellish further to create interest.

When your Nana is making you a P-40 quilt and your Daddy is a WW2 buff that knows all the details (or at least he thinks he does  ;) ....      she gets very detailed instructions.

... And you get a REALLY cool quilt with precise details.

Loved :)

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Tapestry ... a story of 2 sisters

This quilt is titled Tapestry.  I made it for the annual auction held by CHOICE Humanitarian to help raise funds for their projects for the upcoming year.

It's brilliant, rich contrasts remind me of the diversity of people
 from all walks of life ...

Sunday, April 18, 2021

t-rex stencil quilt

I like to make a quilt for my grandchildren about the age of 5 or 6.   I saw this quilt a few years ago, and decided that I had to make it (shamelessly copy).   Little boys love dinosaurs!   

Dan Rouse from Piece and Press is a landscape designer and quilter, thus his incredible creativity.  He has made some impressive "stencil quilts", be sure to look at his blog.  I studied and studied his "lizard" stencil quilt for a long time, to figure out the process.  And slowly started working on it.  

In a nutshell, there are 2 contrasting quilts pieced, a stencil blown up of your "figure or design".  The quilts are sewn together (both facing up) along the stencil lines, then cutting the top layer inside the sewing line to reveal the bottom layer within the stencil with a raw-edge applique finish.

For my first layer, I went mostly with batiks for obvious reasons.   I found 8 or 9 fabrics, cut them into 5 inch squares, and made a disappearing 9 patch quilt top, 52 x 66 inches big.  

Starched and pressed it till it could practically stand up on it's own.

I took the image that I wanted, and the measurements that I had calculated and went to the printer.  He made me a big print out about 34 x 36 inches big.  

I found 1/2 a dozen orange fabrics, and used 1 solid for in each half square triangle square, and made a second quilt a few inches bigger than the stencil of the t-rex.

After sewing it together, I carefully pinned the orange quilt top to the back of the blue one, facing up, about where I wanted the t-rex to be.

I traced a copy of the t-rex onto a sheet of  Gold Threads Quilting Paper and layed it on top of the blue quilt, being careful that the orange quilt on the bottom was . . .  and I quilted on the traced line with blue thread.

Then, trimmed inside the the quilted line, between 1/4 - 1/8 of an inch.  

I then quilted the orange quilt that shows through with orange thread. (stitch in the ditch)


The rest went very quickly, because I was soooooo much wanted to see the washed effect on the raw edges.

pretty cool, huh?

finished size 60 x 75, washed

batiks blue and oranges
bamboo batting
stencil quilt

I was surprised at how easy this quilt was when I finally figured it out in my head.  

It makes a dramatic finish.

I will definitely be making more stencil quilts.

Loved :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

wild goose chase quilt

 This Wild Goose Chase pattern went together so quickly, that I had to do some research to find this information for you.  (ok, the truth is that all the info is in storage, along with our stuff)               


We live in a small town with lots of cool photoshoot opportunities.   When I have to mail a letter or return packages, I go to the postoffice . . . 

mostly, because there is this old cool barn across the street, (and a place around the corner to get a "little" snack shake :)

with awesome hardware.  I'd love to know how many times this barn door was opened, and what the life was like of the farmer who opened it each morning . . . and if he named his chickens.

I used fabric manufactured by Robin Picken.  She has only been around in the quilting public eye for a few years.  Her fabrics which I believe she originally designed on Spoonflower's website, quickly became popular, and of course!  What great colors and designs.  

I'm not sure what they call this design.  Stacked nickels?

quilt stats
size - 63x63, washed
fabric - blushing peonies (mostly, but other fabrics of Robin's thrown in as well) by Robin Pickens
batting - bamboo
quilting design - medium size meander

It's nice to have a variety of quilts around the house, different sizes and shapes, different weights and different backing fabrics.  I like to use dark fabrics for the backs occasionally, because sometimes you just need a dark backed quilt!  like when your husband puts his dirty suitcase on the bed to pack for a business trip and you come running in with a dark backed quilt. 

This is a nice light weight quilt for cool summer nights.