Saturday, February 24, 2018

More Boats!

Christine H. from the UK sent me this picture recently to share yet another application of the boat block!  In the original quilt the blocks were set with no sashing and a half block drop.  Christine set her's as a quarter block drop.  I think this setting works really well.  It makes the space around the boats more interesting!  Christine is donating this quilt to Project Linus!  Thanks for sharing your pic of this lovely quilt, Christine!
I will be posting pix of Quiltcon.  but I'm having difficulty getting the photos downloaded from my iphone to my computer.  Grrrr!  Anybody have that problem?
Well I'll get my IT (my son) right on that and get back to you.
Have a great weekend!
cheers, CW

Monday, February 19, 2018

Experiment with quilt patterns

When I'm working on a big quilt top sometimes I make a small version of the top to experiment with the quilting.  The big top isn't finished yet but the basic idea looks like this only bigger with lots more squares and colors.
I saw somewhere on the internet (sorry I don't remember where) a quilt that had been quilted with this kind of pattern.  So I thought I'd try it out on my sample quilt. 
The good thing about this kind of straight line pattern is that it can all be done using the channel lock on my long arm.  A channel lock blocks the long arm from rolling back and forth so it only moves from left to right across the top in a straight line.  It's really easy, but it does require turning the quilt and re-pinning  it on the frame in order to get straight lines in both axis.  And it takes a bit of fussing to get the straight lines going parallel.  But once that's done it's a breeze!
This was a small quilt 36" x 48".  I might be singing a different tune when I try this trick with a big quilt, say 90" x 90".
We shall see....
Have I great Week!
I know I will I'm off to QuiltCon!!
Cheers, CW

Sunday, February 11, 2018

First Fiinshes of the year!!

Well, there not quite finished.  Both these quilts need to be bound but I can't do that right now 'cause both my sewing machines that have walking feet are in the shop!  They managed to break down  in rapid succession in one afternoon!  The nerve!  Fortunately I have several back-up sewing machines so the sewing goes on!  Just no bindings....

That's part of the reason I have gotten these two quilts quilted.  When I get tired of sewing I'll go to pin another top on the Longarm,  kind of like an intermission;  something brainless I can do while waiting for the muse to reboot.  And then of course once a top is on the must be quilted!

Any who this first quilt was made with Orphan blocks given to me by a fellow guild member as thank you blocks after my first year as BOM coordinator.   I think these must have been left overs from a much earlier BOM winner, 'cause some of them were signed and dated.   It was easy enough to sew them together and add borders.  voila!  Another bunch of blocks rescued from orphan block oblivion!  It will make a great donation quilt!
I kind of regret using the dark thread in the light ares.  It shows all the boo boos.  I was being lazy, not wanting to take the time to change threads. 
Six of these printed sceens came along with the blocks and they helped to fill in the bottom and top borders. 
You can see how the dark thread looks so much better in the dark background. 
I used a lovely soft flannel for the backing.  I got it at the guild flea market,  it's hard to beat yardage at $4.00/ pound! 
Next up is a baby quilt I made for a good friends daughter who just had a baby.  I ordered this fat quarter bundle from Craftsy with this new baby in mind.  
I keep baby quilt designs real simple.
No point in spending hours and hours piecing some elaborate design. My hope is the baby quilts I make will be loved and used 'til they are all used up!
I used a fun easy all over doodle for the body of the quilt 
And free hand straight lines for the border.  Probably should have used a ruler....
but I think it will be OK with the recipient. 
That's all for now.  Have a Great week!
Cheers, CW