Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Planes, Trains and Automobiles - a charity quilt

Many months ago I ordered a grab bag (box) of remnants from the Fat Quarter Shop.  In that box was this panel and the fabric I used for the binding.
I finally got around to picking a backing and getting it quilted.  I didn't do anything really fancy, but it is now quilted.  Long arm quilted with Magnifico from Superior Threads.
All it needs now is a label and a home.  This one is destined for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Modern Quilting Mania

As you may know, I am a member of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild.  You may have also noticed that I'm not an overly modern quilter; nor do I identify myself as a traditional quilter.  I like to say that if you need to give me a title, an arbitrary label (that is as unnecessary as any other label that our society places on the humans that reside within our society) I would like you to use quilter.  That's what I am.
At a guild meeting I was the lucky winner of a stack of charm squares in Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis for Moda Fabrics.  (You can pick up your own charm pack from the Fat Quarter Shop.)  I grabbed some coordinating solids and started working on some improvisation.  I didn't have a plan.  I just started working to see how big I could get the piece with the fabrics I had at hand.  There was much rearranging of blocks before a final layout was determined.  I would even build the blocks to fit where I wanted them.
I pieced the blocks together in to units that were then sewn into the top.  I managed to make it so I only had to sew one partial seam.  If I had planned a little better I wouldn't have had to sew any partial seams.  This isn't the kind of quilt that wants a border, so it didn't get one.
I don't often piece backings to this level.  This is the kind of quilt that sort of asked for this kind of backing.  I embroidered the label into that little 5" charm before sewing it into the backing.
Once I got it loaded onto the frame I needed to pick the right thread.
I ended up using the So Fine from Superior Threads.  This is a great thread for blending work.  I wanted to use the gray, but it just didn't seem like the right answer.  The resulting texture really shows.
I decided to quilt it with this wood grain motif.
I think this gave the quilt just the right amount of movement.
The backing shows the quilting really well in some spots.
I used more strips from the stack of fabrics for the binding.  Scrappy bindings are the best!
This is a pretty modern quilt.  But I'm still just a quilter.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Charity Quilting: Puppy Love

I know it has been a few days since I last posted.  I've been rather busy.  I've been getting sewing and quilting done when I'm not working but the blogging was set aside for other things.
I finished up the quilting on this fun disappearing nine-patch.  This is a charity quilt made by another member of my local chapter of Quilts for Kids.  
I did a simple meander on this quilt.  This has definitely become my go-to for charity quilts. 
All folded up and ready for the next meeting.  I have a couple more to quilt up before then.
Last month I dropped off all of these.  

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hop to it!

A couple years ago I picked up a kit for a friend at a quilt shop in Virginia.  At some point the fabric came back to my sewing room.  I decided it was time to trim up the strips and sew something.
First I trimmed all the pieces so they would be mostly straight and got sewing.  This pattern isn't so much a pattern as a recipe.  It came with the kit and I couldn't find a good link to it online because the shop has since closed.  Here is a link to their Facebook page.  It has not been updated in over a year.  It makes me sad to see the local quilt shops close.
Simple pattern with simple quilting makes for a quick quilt that even new parents won't feel bad about putting on the floor.  I want my quilts to be used!
The quilting is a kind of big and long loop that mostly follows the lines of the piecing.  Nothing fancy.
I used a coordinating flannel on the back to make it extra snuggly.  I washed it and sent it along to its new home.  A friend recently had a baby and this is the perfect thing for brand new parents.