Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Week ??? - Quilt 16!

 I'll admit, there was no way I could keep up a quilt a week but I am still going to document the quilts that I finish here and maybe one day I'll put this into a scrapbook or album. For now, it's easier to type and blog!
This quilt went to my daughter and her husband for Christmas. The colors were just perfect in their den and I put a flannel backing on it for warmth and they were thrilled with it. Since they live way in the south, I put the Request Quilters Dream batting which is not quite so thick.
 Here is a close-up . . .
and here is the flannel backing. I had enough blocks to add an extra row at the end so it is really long, which Sondra likes well!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Week Eighteen - Quilt Fifteen - Proton Quilt!

When my husband was treated for prostate cancer this spring in Jacksonville, Florida, he was a patient at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute. They had art classes for children and adults alike and I spoke to the art teacher about quilting. As it turned out, I met two other quilters that helped some patients and family members make quilt blocks. All this began just as I was leaving.
This is the second quilt that has been made and I was happy to be able to quilt it for them. Brenda from Tennessee put the blocks together and sent it to me for the quilting and binding.
Many of these blocks were hand sewn as they could not have machines down on the main floor. I think it turned out so pretty and Brenda did a great job putting the blocks together and adding the border also.
I mailed the quilt this week and from what I understand, it will be hung in the center for others to view, and as patients come back for check-ups later on, they can see the quilt that they participated in making.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Week Seventeen - Quilt Fourteen - Wonky X's!

I made this quilt top in Florida in the spring and added borders last week. It had come from a layer cake but I just happened to have the inner border and binding from a 'grab bag' I had bought at a local quilt shop. So, that worked out well.
 A little close-up!
 The last two backings I've done were not very creative so I decided to take just a little more time and add some pizazz to the back. I think it worked!
A popcorn pantograph to finish this cute little quilt!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Week Sixteen - Quilt Thirteen - Chinese Coins!

 Chinese Coins Strippy Quilt is finished! Let's see, this was begun in May 2009. Guess it's about time for a finish! It took such a short time to put those blocks and sashing together.
We get side-tracked sometimes and the projects go into a box . . . sometimes never to show up again. 
As usual, I pieced the back. The flowers were part of the front of the quilt and the binding was the perfect amount, leftover from the original guild challenge quilt I made.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Week Fifteen - Quilt Twelve - Green Eggs & Ham!

 This "little quilt" which measures 20" x 26" is made from leftover half-square triangles from the 2012 SBOW. So of course, thinking this would be a quick quilt to finish, I dove right into it. Thus the name! I do not like sewing half-square triangles together, especially when they finish at 1.5" - sort of like "I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them, Sam I am."
 However, I DO like the way it turned out. Simple and those beautiful fabrics all put together.
A nice little table topper and it is FINISHED!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Week Fourteen - Quilt Eleven - Charm Squares!

 I cut squares for this quilt in 2010, sewed many blocks in May 2013, and now in October 2013, the blocks became a quilt!
 There are two different block styles involved and then some squares added for fillers. After I had finally pieced all the blocks I wanted, I just said, enough piecing, it is finished.
 Just another close up and the backing below.
 I rarely have pieces of fabric this large - 3 yards or so, but it was so beautiful I bought more for a blended quilt.
Beautiful roses and one more quilt checked off my list! 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Week Thirteen - Quilt Ten!

In March of 2010, I took a class from Laura Wasilowski. I had admired her work, hand-dyed fabrics, threads and books for years so it was fun to get to take an actual class. The above is my completed quilt - 2 1/2 years later.
This is a sample she had in her class of how things could go.
Another cool quilt of Laura's!
An interesting background!
This is the one I chose to do.
Here is Laura as she is teaching - lots of fun and her quilts are so colorful and FUSED!!
My friend, Ille, working on her block.
and friend, Margaret, working also.
So I get home and this is what I have. . .not much but some floating houses with way too many little bonded pieces. I somehow missed something as she was teaching. Finally one day last week, I pulled it all out, pulled the houses off and removed the roofs, etc, as they were just "tacky bonded" and I began to play around with my fabrics.
In just a short time, this became my 'finished' piece, or so I thought. I love to watch the birds so made the large house a bird house but, what, no birds? I free-hand cut a little (big) redbird, perched him on a roof, and said it was completed.
I just quilted it in swirls with a variegated thread and called it 'done'!!
Here is the back with my Chicago School of Fusing Label given by Laura and even fused binding - how easy is that?? Why did it take me so long?? 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Week Twelve - Quilt Nine - Improvisational Table Runner

 I began with some scraps from my Fall Tablecloth of last year. . .
 and pulled a few more from the scrap basket that just might go . . .
 and here is the finished quilt! An improvisationally made table runner, which actually sits on an old sewing machine table from many years ago.
Here is a little close-up. For more details, see the post on my blog, Quilting by Judith. Such fun to make and not know the outcome until it is finished!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Week Eleven - Quilt Eight - Evelyn's Album - SBOW 2013

 It's finished!! Yay! I really did enjoy stitching this quilt but as with all others, there's nothing like putting the final stitch in the binding and knowing it is completed.
 These are hand-dyed wool fabrics for the appliqué on flannel - a SBOW from Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop last year. It can still be purchased as a kit, I believe. 
 All the appliqué is SID (stitched in the ditch) and a small stipple in the background, with feathers all around the six hearts.
 Swirls in the borders.
Just another pretty block! Lisa Bongean does a great job of designing quilts! I'm looking forward to some improvisational quilting on a small table runner this coming week.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Week Ten - 0 Quilts - First Birthday Party Instead!

Well, again, no quilts this week BUT we had a really memorable birthday party for Lacey so here's a couple of pictures. More quilting coming next week! 

 Nana did make her dress for the party.
Momma made her cake and lots of cupcakes!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Week Nine - Quilt Seven - Sue's Quilt!

Okay, I confess I did NOT make this quilt but I spent several days quilting it so I will count it this week. It was made for a very special friend, thus a painted design with great significance to each circle. I wanted it to be especially beautiful and there was a lot of quilting space so I covered the quilt in feathers and the center in paisleys. 
 The center circles are painted then appliquéd on.
 One of four blank batik blocks, filled with feathers.
 This is the center medallion and focus of the quilt. Beautifully done by the maker.
 Just another angle.
 There were ten of these pieced blocks surrounding the quilt center.
 This is a corner of the back of the quilt. Since I quilted in purple on the purple border and triangle insets, it showed really well on the back of the quilt. Yikes (for me).
Another view of the back.
Somehow I managed to NOT get a full picture of the quilt completed but this shows a fourth of it before quilting. Quite a challenge for me but Sue is happy with it!