Although I expect that when she gets home that she will sleep for 2 days. She's been working so hard since she's been here. Today she's quilting her last quilts, 2 charity baby quilt panels. Someone in her guild proposed that they make baby quilts for some charity and then proceeded to bring in a stack of really cheap baby quilt panels! Ugh. They are fine practice but not fun. She says these are the last of these that she will be doing.
Yesterday's lesson was the ribbon meander. Truthfully yesterday's lesson was in slowing down. Mom quilts about 100 miles an hour so it doesn't leave her any time to think about where she's going next. I'm trying to convince her to slow down a bit.....actually slow down a lot.
You can see that there's more fruit fabric here. This quilt is OFFICIALLY the end of fruit and vegetable fabric from out stashes.
This quilt has all kinds of scraps in it so the fruits and veggies don't stand out. This is a pattern that she's made several times and it always looks nice. You can see that this is a big one. We intended to use a flannel sheet in it to make a summer quilt but we both forgot. On well, she has a nice new autumn quilt for her bed now.
I'm happy to be getting back in the dye studio today. My knee is much better. The break was good for my knee and for my internet presence. I'm about halfway done building the new website and I'm excited to get it finished so you can see it too.
First I need to give a little warning to my friend, Nancy, she might break out into hives when she sees the fabric in this first quilt.
Do you remember we the Kyle's Marketplace fabrics first came out? We all bought some. We all used some of it and then got kind of tired of it. I cut mine into a kit for a veteran's quilt. Nancy volunteered to piece it and still hasn't gotten over it. Mom decided it was time to get rid of hers and this is the first quilt she made with it.
That's bold! I love the border and I think this is destined to be a picnic quilt and it's perfect for that. She quilted this one in just a few hours and loaded up the next one.
This was her next quilt. Mom started this when we went to Lancaster in 2014. Her piecing on this is perfect. I hope she keeps this one for herself.
On this one I taught her to do leaves with her loops. The only way to learn to quilt is to load a quilt and go. Start at one edge and by the time you get to the other edge you will be better. Her start is on the left and her finish is on the right. She doesn't believe me but she did get a lot better by the time she got to the other end. In the turquoise border she did her first ever ruler work and quilted a piano key border!She's rockin' it. #4 is on the machine now.
I am continuing my ice pack regime and my knee is getting better. Aside from doing squats and burpees, driving and sewing are the worst activities for it. Tomorrow I'm teaching at Visarts so Chris is going to take me and spend a couple of house in Carytown while my class is going on.
Black Swan 96" Square
It’s done and I love it. It started life as “The Ugly Quilt” but now that it’s done it’s no longer ugly. It's also square, it's the photo that's crooked.
This is one of 3 quilts that I made in the HSTeria Quilt Along in 2014. I wanted to explore layouts using half square triangles and if you look back through those posts you will find lots of HST quilt layouts, including this one.
This quilt was born of a need to reduce some fabrics in my stash. A year or so before I started this Dharma Trading stopped making my favorite black dye. That send me on a mission to mix my own black dye recipe and after 60 tries I finally got one. But that meant that I had 59 fat quarters of a lot of failures in dark colors from blues to greens to browns to purples. All of the dark fabrics in this quilt are from that recipe testing. The bright colors are my “waste” fabrics. They are strips of muslin that I use in dyeing my gradients. They catch excess dye on the edge of the bin. I love these fabrics and used them once before in my Catena quilt.
When I started quilting this one I had just finished Lura’s Choice that took months to quilt. I knew that I was going to use this one on my bed and I wanted to quilt it quickly. I don't quilt every day so the fact that this took less than a month means it was very fast to quilt.
I used Superior Rainbows thread in the dark blocks with So Fine in the bobbin using a continuous curve pattern. The feathered ferns in the color blocks is Magnifico with orange So Fine in the bobbin. The batting is Quilter’s Dream Blend in black. Black batting was a must in this one!
The backing is a hand dyed black texture. The orange thread on the feathered ferns shows up great. In the border triangles I stitched the 2 rows in opposite directions.
This is a BIG quilt! Here it is on the queen size guest bed before washing.
After washing it shrunk about 6” which is a good thing! It’s nice and soft and crinkly now.
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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