I'm sick of talking about my arm and I know you are sick of reading about it. I'm actually doing much better and continuing to improve. But if you had told me when I first strained my coracobrachialis muscle that it would take 2 months or more to get back to full function I would not have believed you. I'm so much better but there are some movements that are still uncomfortable and one of those is moving the quilting machine diagonally. But I was itching to get back to quilting something.
That something was this quilt that Mom made. She agreed to let me quilt it with straight lines.
In the end I think that straight lines were just about perfect for this quilt! More importantly, another quilt is closer to being done.
Mom used some hand dyed fabrics that I gave her a while back but she needed more for a border. We couldn't decide on green or purple so we decided to use both. I pleated a fabric and dipped one folded edge in green and the other in purple. It resulted in a cool stripe texture.
A couple of people on Facebook have asked for the pattern. I don't know the pattern but it would be easy to draft. This is the block and it's 12" finished. The wide green side pieces are finished 3" x 12" and the center section is 6" x 12". The littler squares are 2" finished, They are bordered in 1" finished strips. After the 3 blocks are sewn together a 1" finished strip is sewn on each side to bring it to 6" wide. Does that make sense? Very easy!
She found a commercial print wide back that is an almost perfect match to the green. Here you can see the secret to straight line quilting. I space my lines randomly so that I don't have to do any measuring. It's consistently inconsistent so it looks "right" and it's much faster than measuring for equidistant lines.
Next up will either be one of my quilts to get straight lines or Mom's third quilt (a log cabin) to be stippled with my left arm.
After a month of nursing my arm I've decided it's time to quilt again. I still have some issues with certain movements so I'm not ready to do ruler work yet. Fortunately Mom has a couple of quilt tops that need quilting. Marcy did one last week. This is the second. I know the purple and green are fabrics that I dyed and I think they might be from a whole palette of fabric that I gave her several years ago. Once it's quilted I'll show you the border fabric that I custom dyed for her after she made the blocks.
I think I'm going to quilt it with straight lines. That will look nice, it will be quick and it will be easy on the arm. If all goes to plan I'll have the finished quilt to show you next week.
I hope you have a fun and creative weekend.
Well yesterday didn't go quite as planned. I got all of my dyed fabric rinsed out and soaking and I got the sleeve on Lura's Choice half sewed on. Beyond that, not so much. I wound up spending a lot of the day on the internet. Today I'm taking the day away to go to an oyster roast at my friend's house. It's going to be a treat to spend the day outside at the river.
Back to the web site. One of the things I love about the new site is that everything is so much better organized, especially the tutorials and free projects. On the old blog they were all linked off one page and it was a lot to filter through. Hopefully the sub-categories will help people find things better here and I find myself more motivated to make new ones.
So, what brought all of this on? Well, I got a Facebook message this week from a reader who made my favorite tutorial, The Gift Quilt. My friend, Anne, and I designed this pattern to use some of our collections of fat quarters. We called it The Gift Quilt because it's our go-to pattern for making quick and easy quilts for gifts. Bernie Crawford also thought it was fun and easy. She made 2 of them!
She made one for her daughter in Hawaii and one for her guest room. They turned out great! The instructions include full and queen size quilts. I'm grateful to Bernie for sharing her quilts! I love to see anything that you make with my fabric or using one of my tutorials.
Here's one that I made in 2007 using a collection of African print fabrics. We gave this one to a friend to hang in his hunting trophy room. It fit perfectly there.
If you need to make a quick and easy quilt give The Gift Quilt a try. The pattern is a free downloadable PDF file.
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.
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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.