Such a productive weekend
With the remodel on hiatus until the countertops come in, I didn't have any big chores for the weekend so I was able to do some of my own projects...like quilting 2 more veterans quilts. Both of these were made by Betsy, This one is very much her style with red, black and gray reproduction prints.
The Half square triangles in this one are very much a Betsy-style but the batik fabric was a surprise. The mixed taupe shades work so well with it.
The cool think about this quilt is that all of the batik patches came from the same piece of fabric. I quilted both with a taupe thread color and this overall pattern.
I actually used this pantograph but you can see that I really just used the path and did not add the frills. By doing the pattern more simply I quilted I saved a lot of time. So it's OK to simplify a pantograph if you want.
When I trim the quilts I chop up the batting and backing bits and store them in a trash bin until it's full. Well, it was overfull after these 2 quilts and it was time to make some dog beds.
I have decorator fabrics that people have donated to me that I use for the covers and I even use this opportunity to finish off spools of thread.
I use this tutorial to make them.
I also chop up old (but clean) sweats and tshirts and add them to the stuffing mix for these beds.
That big pile of scraps made a small, medium and large bed. One of my friends is on the board of a local rescue agency so I take them to her and she delivers them to the organization. I know that they eventually will end up in the garbage but at least all these things get one more life before they become trash.
But here's something that's going straight in the trash. My friend, Patty, motivated me to finally replace the cover on my ironing table.
Ahhhh, much better.
1/28/2019 04:08:56 pm
Wonderful quilts, just perfect for veteran quilts A new cover is always so satisfying.
Tina in NJ
1/28/2019 08:01:51 pm
What do you cover your ironing table with? I usually use duck cloth and it needs recovering again. My son is moving into his own place soon, which means that my sewing room is moving to a larger room soon thereafter. Perfect time to recover the table.
1/29/2019 07:29:21 am
I love the vintage look of the red, gray, and black quilt! Good job getting two more quilted. I am sure the dogs beds will be enjoyed by three pooches! You new cover looks great. Glad I could help! LOL!!!!
1/29/2019 07:42:47 am
It is always good to have a productive weekend. Yours seems to have been quite busy.
1/29/2019 06:23:33 pm
I will be participating in the National QOVF Sew Day, and my project will be your "Strength" pattern. Will send pics.
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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.