Oh yes, you know that I do love a great scrap quilt and I have a fantastic one to share today!
Pat made this quilt a few years ago using Color Wheel Stash packs and, like most of us, she hoards her scraps. Now she's turned all those scraps into a great crumb block quilt.
If you go check out the detail shots on her blog you can also see the beautiful green hand dyed fabric that she bought for the backing. Pattilou is always quilting something so you will want to check her blog out for lots of fun and inspiring quilts.
You can check out dozens of other customer projects in the Customer Gallery. If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabrics please consider sharing it in the gallery. In return you will receive a 20% discount that's good on anything in the shop and it lasts 3 moths!
I'm in the home stretch on my Paula quilts. I'm sewing the bindings now and only have the sleeves and labels left to do! I might be back to my normal routine by Monday!
Yesterday was dyeing day and I dyed over 60 yards. That's a big week for my little business!
Yesterday was also the day that I finished quilting the "Paula" quilts and I officially now have a new favorite quilting thread. I'm blocking them today and binding this weekend.
I have previously used a lot of Monopoly invisible thread but I've never been happy with the sheen that you get from it. It's invisible in color but still shows because of the shine.
Val, at Virginia Longarm, recommended that I try Invisafil.
I first tried in on this class sample. I used gray Invisafil for the background quilting (clamshells, wavy lines, pumpkin seeds and bubble lines). I was really impressed with the way this thread disappears into the quilt. Last night I used it on the lone star sample that I made. I used the gray again and quilted through the black, red and orange. I just love it! Setting the tension was much easier than invisible thread and I had no thread breaks.
The best part is that you don't need all of the colors. I expect that black, gray and white will be all I ever need.
The only caution is that you have to be very careful winding bobbins. It's a super fine thread that packs in the bobbin and I found out that if I fill it more than 3/4 full that it will warp the bobbin.
It's inevitable. You finish a project or 2 and the next thing you know you've started 4 more. It's like there's some sort of allergic reaction to 6" of empty space on the project shelf. I'm trying my best to not start another project but it's not working out so well.
This pattern has been haunting me for a while. I absolutely love it and finally ordered it.
It's awesome in grays too. The problem is that the finished size is 74" square and that's a pretty useless size for me. I need closer to 94" square. I could add a gigantic gradient border but I've also been playing around a bit with the strip sizes.
The pattern is designed for Jelly Rolls (2 1/2" strips) but I'll want to use my gradient fabrics so that 2 1/2" isn't a limitation for me. I'm thinking of scaling up the strips. If I make the finished sizes 2.5" and 1.25" instead of 2" and 1" the quilt will finish about 92" square. If I need it 96" for the guest house bed I can add a 2" border all the way around.
If I used my Woodlands Gradient it will be perfect for the guest house bedroom.
If I use Summer Sunset it will look great in my bedroom.
I did both of these blocks in EQ using images of my fabric but the images that export look nothing like the image as it's displayed in EQ! I've never had that happen before. In the real quilt the colors would be much more random.
For now I'm going to set aside my notes and hope that doing a little planning will be enough to soothe the new project itch.
The fabric if the week is Malibu Sunset Gradient. This fabric is on sale 25% off! If you want some for your stash get it before it sells out.
Through Sunday (or while supplies last) this fabric is 25% off or $6.75/half yard.
To celebrate the start of Leaf Peeping season I have this new autumnal gradient called Shenandoah.
Two other gradients are back in stock this week.
If you have been following my blog longer than 3 years you might remember that I sometimes make these beaded Christmas ornaments. They are from Cracker Box Kits and I made the first one in 1992. How do I know that?
Meticulous record keeping, of course!
Like many hobbies, this one has run it's course. I've made about 120 of them and I'm over it but I have 3 kits left. These kits are expensive so I will finish them.
That's why I've added them to my UFO list. They aren't quilts but they are unfinished projects that are hanging over my head and I'm determined to get them done this year.
This is how the instructions look. They are very detailed and there's a very detailed drawing of the finished ornament.
I also have the color photo from the catalog for reference. The one I'm working on now is called Discovery and I made some good progress this weekend.
I'm splitting my football watching activities between these and my applique. If all goes well I'll finish the applique and the 3 ornament kits before the Super Bowl.
Here are all of the completed ones stored. They store best hanging up. My college roommate tells me that if the FBI ever needs information to profile me she will just show them this closet.
Patricia Caldwell is back this week with 2 great new pieces. You can always check out her Facebook page where she shared details of of her art pieces in process.
Sunrise Silhouette at Devil's Bridge is made using a custom gradient.
In this detail shot you can see how she uses thread color and stitch pattern to bring her pieces to life.
Chrysocalla Tree is made using an ice dyed Crystal fabric.
Patricia adds beads to a lot of her work and with this one introduced copper wire wrapping. The tree was added after the quilting was done. There's a short of video of this one in progress on her Facebook page.
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A month or so ago I was at Virginia Longarm and noticed that they had these rolls of grosgrain ribbon for sale. Only $10 for a whole roll! I immediately knew what I wanted to make with them and finally got started this week.
Woven placemats of course! I've only gotten one prototype made so far but I should be back next week with all of the detail of how I made them.
Tomorrow I'm teaching at Virginia Longarm and the rest of the weekend is to be dedicated to quilting the Paula quilts.
I think it's been over a month since I stitched on this but football season started this past weekend and that's my excuse to sit and stitch for hours. The are the 2 most recent blossoms completed.
I start in the middle and work my way to each end. I only have one more blossom to do on this half and then I'll start back on the other side. I've completed 15 of 44 blossoms so my borders are 34% complete. That actually sounds pretty impressive.
They keep showing up with bags of empty wine bottles. They were piled on a bench in the hall and yesterday was the day I finally got tired of looking at them. In between laundry and baking bread (the easy gluten-free kind) I finally got the labels removed from these. I have another bin this full in the basement.
It's time to get the kiln fired up and it's time for my friends to put their bottles in the recycle bin.
In other news, I now have both of my Payla Nadelstern tops done and I'll get them loaded and start quilting Thursday. Tomorrow is "dyeing day"!
The fabric of the week this week is the Egyptian Blue Shades Pack and it's
on sale 20% off through Thursday! Shades Packs are dyed when ordered so there's no limit to what you can buy. If you order multiple quantities it comes as one cut. For example, order 2 quantities for 1/2 yard cuts. Orders received by Wednesday morning (EST) will be shipped September 18. Ordered placed after Wednesday morning will be shipped September 25.
There are also 3 gradients back in stock.
Here are 3 great projects made with these gradients.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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