I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. Ours was lovely and quiet. The weather was really warm so we were able to take a hike Christmas morning and the rest of the weekend I was able to make some things! One thing turned into another and the next thing you know I had a lot done.
First I got 2 veterans quilts quilted. I think most of you know by now that we quilt them in pairs. So I loaded one back and quilted both at the same time. When I make my veterans quilts I generally make them 2 at a time just for this reason. These are from that big stash of patriotic batiks that I bought last year. I've almost made my way through all of that fabric.
I quilted it with the star/ribbon pantograph with red thread. My current favorite "workhorse" thread is Innovatech. I still like So Fine a lot but the Innovatech is a just little beefier so it shows up more.
I only had 2 more quilt tops in the closet so loaded and quilted them. One is this one that I made with strips of leftover hand dyed backing fabric from other veterans quilts and leftover strips of waste fabric from the Big Green quilt. I adore this quilt! I will make more of these this year. I think it sparkles.
I love to quilt diagonal blocks like this. It's really fast and makes a great pattern on the back.
The other quilt in that pair is this one make by one of our club members. The quilting wasn't going to show so I did a quick stipple. I don't have to bind this one.
Then I had more time one afternoon and decided to tackle all of these batting scraps. I don't think I had let the batting scrap bags get out of control this much before.
It made 8 pet beds for my friend to deliver to Richmond Animal League!
Finally, last night I remembered this scrap blanket that I started last year. I decided to add the rest of the scrap balls that I had and finish it off to be another pet blanket for donation. I have a few old blankets (not quilts) in my closet that I'm going to cut down and serge and make into more blankets for them. I like finding new homes for things I don't need anymore.
Now I'm busy planning my next crochet project and I've started doing just a little cleaning and reorganizing in the sewing room. How are you spending the last week of 2021?
12/27/2021 04:27:41 pm
Vicki, I’m swooning over your diamond quilt! It really does sparkle!
12/28/2021 01:48:49 am
What a lot of color and beauty in your post today. --as usual. The string quilt really is a sparkler. That is a cool quilting pattern, too. Makes me itch to give it a try. It seems so long since I have had anything on the frame. Aahh, but the new year is nearly here. Happy New Year, Vicki!
12/28/2021 07:45:06 am
I love those veteran quilts. I really like the star panto.
12/28/2021 09:50:07 am
Your Sparkle quilt is so beautiful, that I can't believe it sat in your closet for so long. It definitely is an eye catcher Vicki, and look forward to seeing more of them in them in the future. Our weatherman says we can expect our first measurable amount of snow today, and for the Chicago area, that's very unusual, as we normally have snow well before that. Definitely not complaining about it!!! Enjoy your day.
12/29/2021 10:21:46 am
As everyone is saying, the scrap mosaic quilt is wonderful, so much movement; I think the bits of white in the waste fabrics make it sing.
1/1/2022 11:55:26 am
Hmmm....seeing your thought about donating the granny square blanket to the pet shelter got me thinking. I have started to accumulate too many 'bits and pieces' of yarns and maybe making those would be a good use. Now the question is....would our local shelter be even interested. Will have to find out. That then led to me wondering if one of those loom 'things' you have would be useful to make such things??? Thinking in terms of speed vs boredom.
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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.