I shared a few weeks ago how I use batting scraps and donated decorator fabric to make dog beds for my friend to donate to Richmond Animal League. She volunteers there and it's easy for me to give the beds to her and she can drop them off when she works there every other week. Since then I find myself seeing other things that I can use to create pet beds for her.
When I was teaching at The Longarm Network last weekend I spied this. When the are at shows they have the longarms loaded with yards of fabric and batting for people to be able to practice and test out the machines. This is one of the leftover practice "quilts". They use these for lots of things. They are great for padding when moving furniture and equipment. But they can also make great pet beds and they let me take this one home. It took me less time to make this into 2 pet beds than it's taking me to write this blog post.
See, it's big!
I wanted the pet beds to be very cushy so I decided on 4 layers and that would be perfect if I cut this piece in half for 2 big chunks.
I folded one of the chunks into quarters with the selvedge edges together and the raw edges together. Then I stitched those 2 sides. I made sure that I caught fabric on inside of the fold.
I stitched through all the layers and I absolutely didn't care about this. After stitching the 2 sides I turned it inside out.
See what I mean about catching all the layers of fabric on the inside? I had to go back and stitch a wider seam and, no, I didn't trim any seams.
Now I could turn it inside out for real.
Since the open edge doesn't have any raw edges I could just topstitch them closed.
Before you say anything about the basting threads throughout the fabric, yes, I did remove them. Don't want a puppy to snag his teeth or toes on that.
Fifteen minutes later I have 2 new dog beds for RAL.
Bonus! I found this spool of thread before I started sewing them and was able to finish it off with the 2 dog beds. That means I get to buy 10 more spools of thread as replacement, right?
One of my quilt club friends rents time on the longarm at The Longarm Network. She volunteered to come quilt some veterans quilts to get more practice. Usually I wouldn't do this because it would normally take me more time to do that than to quilt them myself. But in this case I knew that Marcy had been trained on the Innova and just wanted practice. While she quilted I worked on the last 2 sections of my wall.
These are 2 of the 4 quilt tops that my friend, Patty The Quilt Lady, sent me recently. We used gray thread so that it would blend and she would be more comfortable not worrying about any mistakes.
Patty is a very prolific quilter and we were thrilled to get 4 more tops for our veterans! I'm working on the other 2 now. I had to load one last night so that I would get away from the vicinity of the brownie plate in the kitchen. The distance and my headphones finally drowned out the "Eat me!" screams.
The back on these 2 is a pretty hand dyed turquoise. That gives me 6 of my 40 veterans quilts quilted for the year.
I'm off to Newport News this morning for Birds of a Feather so I won't be posting again until Monday. It also means that any orders placed will not be shipped until Monday.
In the middle of frantically getting my class stuff together (at the last minute) I got 2 veterans quilts quilted!
Several years ago we (Country School Quilters) were gifted with a LOT of fabric. It was all from a Barbara Brackman repro line. If you've been following me for a while you have seen a lot of colors in this palette, minus the red. I THINK that this is the last of that fabric. We are grateful to have been able to cover so many veterans with it.
I quilted this one with an all-over leaf motif.
Here's the other one and it's all in the original fabric collection. Perfect for manly quilts.
I had an hour so this one got a meander with the most perfect variegated thread ever. When this one is washed it's going to be nice a snuggly. Now they are back to CSQ for binding and eventual delivery at McGuire Veteran's Hospital.
The person who delivers the quilts for us is the mother of one of our members. She's 80+ and volunteers at the hospital frequently. She loves delivering the quilts because she remember when her husband received a quilt when he was in the hospital years ago. We weren't making them at that time but we are happy to help her pay it forward.
For such a crappy month from a health and productivity standpoint I have to say that I'm thrilled to have 3 small finished.
This one was a quick win because it only needed binding. I can now take it with me to Birds of a Feather next week and give it to a QOV coordinator along with another that I finished last week.
Then this weekend I really started feeling better and decided to get in a couple of veteran's quilts. This is the first one.
The trick to doing straight line quilting fast on the longarm is to vary the space between the lines. If you do that you don't have to do any measuring or marking! Straight lines were a good choice on this one because with the block orientation it would have been difficult to do anything to show off the blocks. That would have required custom and I don't do custom on these quilts. I happen to love the look of parallel lines.
I always quilt 2 quilts at a time on one quilt backing and this is the second one in this batch. I did a big continuous curve and I love the effect.
Both quilts have this hand dyed green backing and it shows off the quilting texture very nicely. I'll deliver these for binding at the next Country School Quilters meeting. I have 2 more on the FloMo now being quilted and my friend, Patty, sent me 4 more tops this week! You can see all 4 tops on her blog.
So here are my counts for January:
Starting UFO 19
Finished YTD 1 (Goal 11)
Started YTD 0 (Planned 6)
Ending UFO 18 (Goal 14)
Veterans YTD 2 (Goal 40)
If you find keeping track helpful for you you are welcome to join in in the comments with your counts or a link.
2017 got off to a very slow start for me. I had big plans to have so many things done by now but my immune system had other ideas. Maybe a late start makes the first finish more enjoyable because this feels like a big accomplishment.
This should have been my 3rd QOV for 2016 because all that was left was the binding. But I'm not delivering it to a QOV coordinator until next month so it matters not whether it was a 2016 or 2017 finish. It was just another pile in the sewing room needing attention.
This quilt is made with the leftovers of my first 2016 QOV. I also made a veteran's size coins quilt. By the time I was done with those I was completely fatigued by these fabrics and gave them to a friend in my quilt club and she made 2 more veteran's tops. I think those fabrics are truly done now.
My patched binding looks just fine. If the recipient notices they will just think that they discovered a secret and will proudly point out their astute discovery to their friends.
The quilting is a simple double stipple or ribbon. This goes so quickly, keeps the quilt soft and is great for masculine or feminine quilts.
Of course I had to add a little of myself with a hand dyed quilt back. I love this mottled blue. You can see there there are some very dark areas and I cut those from my scraps for the binding patch.
This one is washed and ready for a label and then I can deliver it and my other QOV next month.
Time to start thinking about another QOV quilt to do.
Not in age. That's so far in my rear view window that I don't even remember it.
I made it to 40 with the number of verterans quilts that I quilted this year! After posting yesterday I started to wonder if I could get 2 more done before the meeting last night. I have backs and batting precut so it only took 10 minutes to load the quilt back.
Both of these quilts were assembled from blocks made by club members. Becky handed out kits of fabric and they all came together for these 2 quilts. Two other members volunteered to take them home to bind. We didn't keep count but I'm pretty sure we made over 60 quilts this year for the VA hospital. Terry and I quilt them and Terry's Mom distributes them when she volunteers at the hospital. I think we have a good process going on!
I picked these 2 quilts to quilt yesterday because I knew I'd do a fast stipple on them. Any time that I get a sampler style quilt I'm going to quilt it with an overall design. I also knew I'd use the same thread on both quilts. My time limitation meant stipple and I got both of them loaded and quilted in 2 hours!
I can always count on my Innova for perfect tension too! The top thread is variegated and a bit darker and it doesn't show through anywhere on the back.
Now I can quilt one of my quilts!
This weekend I finished quilting the QOV quilt. I have the binding ready to go and I WILL get this done by the end of the month just so I can check it off my list.
After that I decided to load a couple of veterans quilts. My goal was to quilt 40 this year and I'm up to 36. We also have our meeting tonight and thought I might be able to get 2 more done and return them at the meeting. I did some really fast and simple quilting and got these 2 done.
Now I have 38 done and only 2 to go. I'll load those next, get them done, and then move on to one of my own projects.
In Christmas news, the lights on our tree will stay on for 10 minutes max. I spent yesterday afternoon looking for a replacement led adapter plug. Of course I found nothing locally but did find something online that should work. It will be here by the 22nd. For $30 I could have gotten in in 4 days. Nope, not for a $7 part. Glad we aren't hosting a party!
Two more veterans quilts are done! Estelle made this one. I always love her autumnal color palettes.
It took 3 passes to do each row of blocks but they were very fast with a wavy line. Can you figure out the travel path?
Maybe a look at the back will help to figure it out. Seriously, I quilted this in about an hour and a half.
This one was pieced by Miriam from blocks submitted by other members. I used the border as inspiration for the quilting.
Straight lines with circles worked out really well.
Looks good from the back too.
Our friends from the UK are here for about 8 weeks so my posting might be intermittent for October.
I'm a little distracted and this is why. Our house is over 25 years old and over that time the house has settled along with the sidewalks. It was time to do some drainage work, get new sidewalks and regrade the driveway. We are adding drainage basins in the driveway and at the end of the brick gutters so hopefully this will eliminate some of the pools of water that collect during rainstorms. The old sidewalk was about 5" thick so it took 2 days to remove. Now we wait a few days for the ground to dry out some and they can start the sidewalks.
It's really messy so I just keep repeating "It will be worth it in the end"...almost like a prayer.
When I'm distracted like this I find that I need "easy" things to do and that's why I'm working on veterans quilts again.
This scrappy 4-patch was made by Cathy and she's been waiting on it for a while. I did some quick all-over swirls on this one.
With the block design in this quilt I decided I wanted something a little more custom to highlight the block pattern. I don't know who pieced this one.
For quilts like this I generally do some sort of continuous curves design. Once you have a travel pattern you can add any kind of swirls, spikes or feathers to the curve. I quilted the block in 2 passes (top of the block left to right and the bottom right to left). Each pass included one edge of the blue section.
I think it made a nice pattern on the back.
I have a couple of more quilted and will get them trimmed and photographed today. Then I have lots of fabric to wash out.
before I load another of my quilts that's going to take months to quilt, I decided to clear out a few more quick quilts. Last night I finished these 2 veteran's quilts. Next week they will be on their way back to Country School for binding.
What's not to love about a string quilt, especially when it can be quickly quilted with a meander. I'm pretty sure that Karen A. made this one because I give her leftover backing pieces from the quilts that I quilt and I see some of those fabrics in this.
I have a pretty substantial stock of King Tut thread. I don't use it much in my own quilts so I'm making effort to use it exclusively on the veteran's quilts. Quilting 32 of these quilts this year has made a substantial dent in the thread stock. I might run out in 10 years if I keep up this pace.
This quilt was made by our West Coast member, Annie. She and Becky met online in one of Barbara Brackman's block programs. Annie liked out veteran's quilt program so sends us quilt tops periodically. The are always pieced perfectly.
I didn't want to take away from the structure of the houses so I quilted this one with straight lines. I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.
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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