7,8 and 9
Veterans Quiltapalooza is continuing at a good pace. In the last 2 days I finished 3 more quilts. This first one is one that I made. After I get the binding on it I'll do another post showing the simple construction method for this one. I like it a lot and expect that I'll make more in this style.
When I finished this top I had an idea that I might like to quilt it in orange thread but I had to wait around for another quilt to pair with it that could also use orange thread.
As soon as Becky showed this quilt top at the April meeting I knew that my quilt had found it's quilting mate. I could do orange thread on this one......even though Becky doesn't much like orange. But we have a rule that, for veterans quilts, only the quilter has a say in the color and pattern. The piecers are happy to accept that rule to avoid having to quilt their own quilts. Sometimes we use these quilts to practice motifs or, as I'm doing this week, we use them to use up some of our threads. I have an obscenely huge thread stash that I collected in the early years of my quilting and I should have never bought some of the colors.....like multiple spools of different oranges. I'm trying to use up some of the lesser-loved thread on the veterans quilts.
Here's how it looks up close with the orange thread. I love it.
I have actually finished off one cone of purple thread this week. I used it on 2 quilts and got it down far enough that I was able to finish off the rest by doing basting. That's 2 empty cones for the year so far and that's pretty good!
Here's quilt #9.
Occasionally have single quilts to quilt. Either I have leftover backing fabric that can be pieced for one quilt or I have a leftover chunk of batting for one quilt or I just end up with an odd number of quilts. In this case it was all 3. I had a pieced single backing, a single batt and this quilt didn't have a mate. So I did it quickly yesterday afternoon.
That takes my total to 9 and I have 4 left to do.
I got 10 and 11 loaded and basted last night before dinner. I think I'm just going to continue on with the Square Spiral pantograph. It's quick and easy and is a good neutral pattern. It really just provides a little texture with a grid-like pattern. It will work great on both of these. The last 2 quilts are patriotic so I might switch to the ribbon stars pattern. We'll see.
There won't be any quilting today. It's dyeing day and then we have 3 guest for dinner and to spend the night before they ahd Chris head to Myrtle Beach for a golf weekend.
That's right, I have the weekend to myself! I should have these last 4 quilts quilted for sure. Today I'm dyeing 2 backs for 2 of the 5 non-veterans quilts that are in the to-be-quilted closet.
when the quilts aren't for yourself nothing wrong with quilting them with all the same pattern or thread for that matter as they are all going to different homes. That is so nice that you all make such nice quilts for donation - I see some that I always think why give that to anyone - they put all their ugly fabric or poor fabric in a quilt to give away instead of doing their best.
4/19/2023 12:15:32 pm
I love the first quilt and am glad you will be doing a post about its construction. The second quilt by Becky is really interesting - I really like the composition. The green and black quilt is really stunning (Jacob's Ladder?)!
4/20/2023 07:15:52 am
You are certainly getting your money's worth from the square spiral panto. I love the orange thread on Becky's quilt. Ha ha... I have a very "orange" quilt, perhaps I have orange thread to quilt it with.
4/20/2023 09:58:50 am
What a great way to get more done! I love the orange thread on both quilts, 8 I love your zig zag design with the triangles❣️
Vicki in MN
4/20/2023 11:05:56 am
After years of not doing a panto, I just did one on a donation quilt so I could practice. I am a bit rusty!!! I really like your first quilt with the HST's. Looking forward to seeing how you did it.
4/23/2023 10:23:34 pm
It seems to me that purple and orange might be opposites on the colour wheel (but don't quote me and I'm too lazy to get up to check). Even if they're not, they look great together.
4/26/2023 09:57:23 am
Love the layout with the gray HSTs and your hand dyes. HSTs are so versatile in their design layout options.
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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.