Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spool Quilt

I'm making a graduation quilt for my niece Alyssa, and so why not a Spool quilt as a nod to our shared love of quilting?  Scrappy, with lots of Alyssa's favorite color, maroon.  Low volume backgrounds.  Eight-inch blocks, set 8x10, no border.

For each block, cut from Spool fabric:

One 4 1/2" square
Two 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles

And from your background fabric:

Two 2 1/2"x 4 1/2" rectangles
Four 2 1/2" squares

Of course I make the blocks in batches and get set up for some chain piecing:

I place a piece of washi tape as a guide to stitching a line straight through the square.  Sew, and then trim.

Press towards the Spool fabric:


I prefer to press the last two seams open:

And keep on keeping on... for 80 blocks total!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Gwennie Inspired Medallion Exhibit

Hello friends,

Lori of Humble Quilts, who organized us for the Gwennie Inspired Medallion Quilt challenge last year, had some exciting news.  She has arranged for some of our quilts to be displayed in May, for a First Friday Exhibit at Quiltworks in Bend, Oregon.  Included will be the medallion quilts from the five of us who chose the rounds - Lori, Katy, Wendy, Cathy, and myself.

See Lori's blog post here, because there is room for a few more Gwennie inspired medallions, if you are interested!!

Mine is currently being custom long arm quilted - my second time collaborating with Hannah and I am so excited to see what she does with this quilt!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Front Porch (Summertime) finished at last

I finished quilting this a couple weeks ago... but just got around to taking some photos... takes two willing helpers, daylight, and reasonably clear weather!

 This was one of Lori's (Humble Quilts)  fun QAL's and the pattern is from Jan Patek.

While I was making it, at first I'd wanted to replace the bicycle and I asked my artist daughter Noelle to design an alternative, but she said something like "What?  That's the best part of the quilt! I love this quilt!" - so, ya, her name is now on the label and it will go to her!  A fun "someday with kids" quilt.

I free-motioned the whole thing - oh it is so fun to free motion a casual quilt!  I quilted each section separately.  Monofilament thread in the needle, so that just the quilting shows, not the thread.

My two favorite guys, and a glimpse of the backing:

So much snow here in MA, and I love it!

Looking forward to some good quilting time next week during our winter break!