Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jenn & Scott's Quilt

Jenn and Scott were married on Saturday, September 20th. I made this lap quilt for them and finished off an old UFO in the process. I had originally done these blocks for my granddaughter, but couldn't get the quilt together. I finally found the border fabric and the triangle setting square fabrics up North while we were on vacation one year and it began to come together. The fabrics are from a line called "Lauren" and they are very hard to match up with anything else. One of the pink triangle setting fabrics is a Jinny Beyer and the green narrow border and striped binding are Robyn Pandolph fabrics. The border polka dot fabric really pulled it all together. I went over to my quilt buddy, Gail's place one evening this summer and we experimented with the layout of the blocks to come up with this. The quilt is about 55" square.

I put in "lippy's" (as Lucy from the Quilt Rack in Ancaster likes to call the flat piping between seams) of dark green around the center blocks which tied the narrow border in well. The quilting in the center triangles:


The diagonal grid in the border was great since I could follow the lines of polka dots:


It was difficult to decide on quilting for the four patch blocks. I didn't want to take away from the blocks. A friend suggested a curved line. I put a dot 1" away from the edge of the block in the centers of the four sides and 'eyeballed' the curve...worked great!

A closeup of the quilt motif in the triangles:


This quilt was pieced and quilted on my trusty Singer 15-88 treadle. The free motion quilting was done on a Bernina 830 that I just picked up and had to take for a test drive :-).

I have a vintage walking foot, affectionally known as a penguin foot, for my low shank Singer machines and this foot does a fantastic job of stitching in the ditch.


Here is a side view...doesn't it look a little bit like a penguin? :-)

Friday, September 19, 2008

One more Psalms block

It's slow going, but I did get another Psalms block finished. I'm so close to being finished, but life keeps getting in the way. This block is based on Psalm 116 and is called Cups and Saucers. I'm not really sure where the cups and saucers are supposed to be. The yellow areas look more like baskets to me, but with some imagination, they could be cups and saucers :-). In any case, I do like the block!

Placemats for Meals on Wheels

One of the small quilting groups I belong to has a project going where each member makes two placemats which will go out with the Meals on Wheels program sometime this fall. I had a package of charm squares which made two placemats exactly. The leaves are appliqued by machine.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

E 11 Wagon Wheel finished

I finally finished the next Dear Jane block that Nancy challenged us to do when we got together a few weeks ago to work on Dear Jane blocks. I used the back basting method to applique the center onto the white background, then added another striped square and reverse appliqued the circle and the curved corners. I worked on it while waiting for my car's emission testing :-). Did I ever mention that I LOVE back basting!? Thanks to Susan for teaching us how to do it!! I've had a few inquiries as to what back basting is. There is a great pictorial guide on the internet for back basting on Apple Blossom Quilts.

Lauren's JK quilt

I got the quilt finished for my dear granddaughter, Lauren, just in time for school to start! She begins a new adventure today and needed a nap blanket for the first day of school. An I spy quilt is the perfect nap blanket for Junior Kindergarten! This one is the same layout as Natalie's quilt except the sashing colour and the borders are different. There are a few different blocks in the quilt. After doing so many I spy quilts for boys, it sure was nice to dig out the pink and yellow blocks; the princesses and paper dolls and shoes and girls themes! I found it very interesting that this very light checked print worked for the border of this quilt. It isn't often that a light border works on a quilt, but this one did. Here is the finished quilt:


I did funky flowers in the squares, swirls in the sashings and leaves on the border.


Sashing quilting and some of the blocks in the quilt:

I found this wonderful beige with pink teddy bears print in the sale bin for $2.00 a yard! It isn't often that you go to the store to buy backing for a specific quilt and find it in the sale section for such a good price :-). And, yes, I did buy enough to do at least one more quilt!

Josiah's Quilt finished

Finally got Josiah P's quilt quilted. I didn't have a chance to sew for the first six weeks of summer. I finally got into the sewing room and finished off a couple projects. Josiah is Micah's youngest brother. It's been a lot of fun making so many I spy quilts. Josiah's Mom had asked for flannel backing for his quilt, so I made the quilt to fit the piece of navy blue flannel I had in the closet. I have lots of blue I spy fabrics so I raided the closet for more blues and found enough to do a whole quilt in a blue theme. I really had fun with this...OK, I did buy a few more, but at a quilt show in the spring, they had FQ's in the sale bin for $1.00! And, they had really cute motifs in blue and suitable for a boy. What can you do? They just jumped into my shopping basket :-). I tried for a colourwash effect from top to bottom, but didn't have enough lights, so started in the middle and did a spiral around and around the center two squares.

The traditional swirly quilting on the border with a light blue, slightly variegated King Tut thread which I got at the Marsh Store. I need to learn a new pattern for sashings and borders :-).

This quilt got stippled all over in the center:

Here are all four quilts for each of the kids in order of age. Joshua's quilt:


Micah's quilt:

Natalie's quilt:

Josiah's quilt:

Monday, September 1, 2008

Yard sale find and display shelf

We stopped at a yard sale Saturday morning and spotted this gem LOL! Of course that came home with us and is displayed with our sewing machine collection.

I thought I'd post a few pictures of my knick knack shelf in my front hall that displays all our miniature sewing machines and irons. It's amazing how many of these miniatures there are. These have been collected over a period of about 12 years. The top shelf has the tiniest items:

Second shelf (the silver coloured sewing machine with the clock really works and is made by Timex):


Third shelf contains the plastic mini's and the two tea collectibles. The little blue plastic one is a Barbie machine and has a little windup handle which actually 'runs' the machine :-):

Fourth shelf..now what's wrong with the Singers in this picture????


Bottom shelf:

If I get too many more of these, I'm going to have to start another shelf unit :-).

Oops, missed a couple Vintage Thursdays!

I totally forgot about posting another Vintage Thursday item. So, since I have time today and will be away on Thursday, I thought I'd post it today.

This is a Singer 185J made in the Singer plant in St. Jean, Quebec Canada. It dates to the 1950's and is really retro looking. It's a totally straight stitch machine and is wonderful for quilt piecing. Children also love these little funky green machines :-). Oh, and it even has reverse! It hasn't been serviced and cleaned yet, so that tape on her case will eventually disappear.