Wednesday, July 1, 2020

After a finish, a new start

Good day and welcome to my blog.
I showed in my last post a lovely finish of a vintage-looking 4 patch quilt.
With a finish, I allow myself a new start.  This project came from a very recent issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  Not their cover quilt but tucked inside at the back.  I think it's called Happy Surprises. (The magazine is in my sewing room.)  A non-square block and an interesting visual play on columns caught my attention so I have been cutting squares and triangles from 30's reproduction fabrics and sewing away.

Blocks laid out on the floor - what I have so far:


I have added the unbleached muslin to most of the blocks - not the ones on the top.  A view of an individual block:


 The quilt in the magazine was shown as 80 by 100 inches or something like that - mine will be much smaller.

If you start on this pattern:  accurate cutting and sewing is a must to have the blocks turn out the same size.  Some of mine are varying by 1/8 inch, which I think I can manage in setting these together.  Also the instructions say to press all seams open.  I find this annoying but I must admit it helps the seam intersections lay flat.  Note 6 triangles come together in some places.  I will continue on this project this week and get it to a top.  Then I'll decide what to do next - probably send it to the local long arm lady, who does a wonderful job.

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Viridian

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Finish: Vintage 4 patch is done

Hello, and welcome!
I pieced this quilt top in 2019 and it languished for a while.  I finally added borders and sent it off to a local lady who does long arm quilting.  I got it back a few weeks ago.

The quilting, on a wool batt, is marvelous!  The batting puffs up a bit more than thin cotton batting.  Time to finish this quilt.  I prepared red binding.  Lately I am finishing the binding by machine because it goes so much quicker, and I have gotten better at stitching the front down.

I cut binding strips at 2.5 inches. iron in half.  I trim the quilt, machine on the binding to the backside.  I join the two ends of binding using the method described HERE.  Then flip over to the front side, iron down, and pin into place.  Now it's time to topstitch the binding.


Using a closely matching thread can hide a lot of uneven stitching.  I stitch close to the edge, and I don't worry about the line of stitching on the back side.  I am not submitting these quilts to a competition.

The final quilt, with a peek at the back:


And a close up of the wonderful quilting:


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Viridian

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Scrappy Mountain Majesty is a top

As described in this post, I was at loose ends and cast about for a project.  Well, I worked on the blocks and I can now report that Scrappy Mountains Majesty (pattern by Bonnie Hunter) is now a top:


Fabric is from 10 or more years ago, and includes flowery calicos, blenders, and 1930's reproductions:


I also found that I had pre-cut squares of fabric suitable for watercolor quilts - remember them?  And the fabric for the border had been in the stash for a very long time, maybe 20 -30 years?  I have enough for a border and matching binding.


The border is black with small holly design.
I think I will quilt this myself on my trusty old Kenmore.  It is throw sized.  No rush however, no plans for this one.

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Viridian

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

New start: Scrappy Mountains Majesty

My previous quilt finished, I was at loose ends.  What to do?  I thought about squares I had cut for a project over 10 years ago, and sought them out.  And searched and searched.  Finally I unearthed a set of 8.5 inch squares prepped for Scrappy Mountain Majesties by Bonnie Hunter, found on her Free patterns page.  I had even printed out the instructions!

Mostly green and light neutral fabrics, a few reds, and I think I was thinking of a Christmas quilt.  Well, not much red, so let's sew up some green and white blocks:


Now, they are not sewn together yet.  I have tried two layouts of the blocks and I like this one.
This pattern works up nicely but I would recommend:
1. reading through the directions all the way, carefully,
2. and making a test block or two, being sure you know the method.

I had no problems, but I was glad I made a test block before starting making the blocks two at a time.  I'll continue on these blocks this week and next, and it looks like I have enough squares cut for a lap quilt.

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Viridian
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