With FloMo on hiatus I was finally forced to do binding and here's my second finish for the month! This is the lap size Rainbow Quilt. I finished the king size version in May. This one is going to Alycia for Quilts of Valor in Colorado.
I quilted it with a quick and easy continuous curve design. This one will stay soft and cuddly as a QOV should be.
I love the back. This is based on the Abundance gradient and I used the purple edges of the backing fabric for the binding. It just needs the QOV label and it will be ready to go!
Now I'm back to "normal sized" quilts and can pair them up for faster quilting. Both of these quilts got a dark blue hand dyed backing. This pattern is a great use of scrap fabrics. I think it might have been made by Karen, our queen of scrap quilting. She works magic with a bin of scrap fabrics.
I love to quilt a ribbon meander on patriotic quilts.
This quilt is made with shirting scraps. It has some piecing challenges so I used a continuous curves motif to help ease in some fullness areas. You will see a patch of blue painters tape. I put that on for the piecer to point out a seam that needs repair before it's sent off for donation. See the white tag on the upper right edge? That's our new label tag so that after the binding is done (and the repair made) this one is ready to go. There's no label to sew on!
I was on a roll and decided to load the last pair that I have ready for quilting. I got almost halfway done on this one and the machine started making a loud noise and then stopped stitching.
The noise is coming from here. I think there's probably a thread wrapped in one of the joints but I can't get to it. I'm glad my dealer is only 18 miles away. I'll run it over when Greg, magical repair expert, is back in town.
This week has been really busy so far. I had dozens of fabric photos to edit and post Monday and yesterday I was working on getting things ready for a class I'm teaching this weekend. But I did get one veterans quilt quilted. This one is a little larger than most. I usually don't do ones that are bigger than 48 x 60 but this quilter supplied the backing fabric.
I quilted this one with an overall leaf meander. I have another set started and hope to get to them this evening.
As a general rule I don't make any of the veterans quilts that Country School donates, I just quilt them. But occasionally I have just the right amount of leftovers to put one together and that's the case with this one. Some of you may remember my Crossing The Drunkard's Path quilt-along that I hosted in 2015. I made a few DP quilts and one of them was in every shade of brown hand dyed that I had in my stash. You can see the original quilt top on the old blog. I had spent a lot of time making all of these DP blocks and I wasn't going to waste them. There weren't enough by themselves for a veteran's size quilt so I dyed a gradient for a border and even had a 4-patch for the top corner. I really love how this one turned out. I love the big one too and will quilt it soon.
My rule is that veterans quilts get simple quilting and that's what I wanted with this. But I also wanted something that would at least reference the curves in the block. Baptist Fans came immediately to mind but that is not a fast quilting motif. Then I remembered a filler design that I learned from Leah Day's book. She calls it Echo Shortcut. I use it a lot in tiny fill quilting but is there any reason it can't be done big?
Any fill pattern can be done big and I know I'll use this one again and again.
Here's a photo of it on the frame. The only thing the least bit fiddly about this is that I worked each row left to right. I quilted the whole thing in about an hour and a half.
The back of this one is a nice bit of serendipity. I custom dyed a back for a customer and, once done, realized that I had mixed one color wrong. I made another for her and got the nice one to keep for myself. It worked out perfect for this quilt.
I haven't gotten a ton of things done since we got back from the beach. My Mom had cataract surgery Tuesday and it hasn't gone as expected. Her vision is still blurry. She had hoped to be able to drive home by Thursday but she's still forced to stay here with me. With her vision janked up she really can't do much so I loaded an old MP3 player with books and she's been listening to a couple of books. We are both looking forward to her follow up visit Tuesday for some serious answers.
I had a few veterans quilts that needed to be quilted and I loaded 2 to see if she could quilt them. She was fine until the thread broke and she couldn't track back the thread because it blended so well with the fabric. So she gave up on that task. I figured that since they were loaded I'd go ahead and quilt the 4 that I have available to quilt.
I actually have 2 more quilts but I don't have a backing that will work for both. They will have to wait until I can get some other quilts to pair with them. Here are the 4 that I finished this weekend.
I don't know what this block is called but I like it a lot.
I quilted this one with an overall leaf and hook meander.
You know I love any half square triangle quilt and this one is no exception. It's a great scrap quilt with a very controlled palette of scraps.
This one quilted up really fast with a wavy line following the zig zag. I did the zig zag seams and then went back and did another line in the middle of each row. I just eyeball the placement. There's no marking here! I even took the zig zag out into the border.
This is the quilt that I tried to get Mom to quilt. I picked an overlapping wavy line motif to keep it easy. Since she got a few rows done I kept on with that pattern. This is one of those quilting patterns that looks like a complete disaster when you start but looks a lot better when done. It creates some really nice texture and keeps the quilt soft and cuddly.
This is a cool pattern. Its really simple but very nice. In this palette it's very manly and that's what we are going for. We have very few female patients at the VA hospital. I quilted this one with a meander.
I think this brings me to 16 for the year so I'm almost halfway to my goal of 40.
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.
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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