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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Hello Betty Quilt on: May 06, 2009 02:48:23 PM
of course , i love ALL your work, but this is fab!  just wanted you to know i broke my fabric buying ban because of you and this quilt...had to have it. oh well...it's a good thing!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / wonderland garden quilt on: April 29, 2009 04:50:10 PM

This is my 'wonderland garden' quilt.  The quilt began with a request from my mom to make a quilt for the annual quilt raffle at her small church.  She gave me the 13 redwork blocks and asked me to design a quilt around them.  Each of the redwork embroideries are of a different flower.

The quilt is a combination of my mom's redwork, improvisationally pieced housetop blocks which are offset by red/white polka dot panels.  The quilt is queen sized.

The back is a deep aqua with one large log cabin block with the redwork flower as the center.  It is bound with the red/white polka dot fabric.

These are most of the fabrics I used for the house top blocks.  A sampling of red, aqua blue and pink. (fabrics include flea market fancy, katie jump rope, urban chicks swell, robert kauffman confections, sandi henderson's farmer's market, amy butler and olivia dots.)

This is the top before it was quilted.  It was expertly machine quilted by a friend in a creamy white thread.  The quilting recedes on the redwork blocks, but adds interest to the wide red borders.

Here's a closer look at my mom's redwork.
I'm pretty proud of this quilt.  I think it was a great collaboration between the 3 of us.

thanks for letting me share this with you.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: bloom quilt on: February 12, 2009 08:56:22 AM
thanks everyone...to answer a couple of questions...it is tall and skinny and is hanging on the wall...it's 20x36.  as for the quilting...painter's tape is the way i keep my lines straight.  it works great...doesn't leave any residue, is repositionable, and comes in lots of widths...i even have it a a quarter in size for quilting REALLY skinning channel quilting.  hope this helps.
thanks for the kind words.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / bloom quilt on: January 29, 2009 10:09:05 AM
this is my bloom quilt that i designed, pieced and quilted.  i free pieced the quilt from a sketch...no patterns.  I quilted the quilt with my home sewing machine.  It was my first real experiment with free piecing.

I free pieced the letters at the bottom of the quilt too.  Harder than they look. Loads of fun, though!  I'll definitely be doing more free piecing.

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: monet's flower garden zigzag on: November 26, 2008 03:01:18 PM
sheets are definitely not as easy to work with as lovely cotton quilting fabric.  it helps so much if you use a sharp denim needle for the piecing and for the zig zag pattern you really need to press seams open rather than to the side.  this helps reduce bulk and makes quilting so much easier.  actually, whatever the pattern, i press seams open with sheets.

i've made several quilts using sheets...they wear well and wash up just fine.  i've made several baby quilts with them and the parents report they stand up well to washing.  i'm careful in my choices of the sheets...if they are too worn or thin they won't stand up in a quilt.  sometimes you can buy a really worn sheet and only use the parts near the edges and bottom which don't have as much wear.

i love recycling fabrics into my quilts and sheets have so much variety in pattern and color.
hope this helps,
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Steely Wonky Log Cabin Quilt on: November 19, 2008 04:59:15 PM
thanks so much everyone.  greeneggsandham...you're making me blush!  thanks!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: I battled free motion - and free motion won.... on: November 14, 2008 09:01:57 PM
you've got a really good start here and the class is a great idea.  i've picked up some tips along the way.  I don't have a stitch regulator either, but with practice you can do just fine without one.
here are a few tips i've gotten along the way:
think about free motion as moving the paper to write as opposed to writing with a pen.  what i've found works for me is faster foot speed and slow, smooth hands.  this gives a more consistent stitch length. 
relax, relax, relax...pay attention to your shoulders...listening to music or a glass of wine can sometimes help too.  find a rhythm...i move to the right naturally so i go with that and stop and adjust the quilt often.  stopping is ok, it helps me stay relaxed and see where i'm going.  try hard not to look at the needle, look ahead and plan your next move. 
i'm still learning and these things have helped me improve pretty quickly.  good luck and be sure to share what you learning in the class.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: "building peace" quilt on: November 08, 2008 03:56:29 PM
it wasn't a contest...it was simply a project...folks signed up, we had a deadline and a flickr group to share our work.  it was an exercise in creativity, i guess.  check out the flickr group http://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/. there are some amazing artists. i'm currently working on a larger version.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Steely Wonky Log Cabin Quilt on: November 06, 2008 08:50:35 PM
the blocks are 13" finished, so 13 1/2 inch blocks.  they aren't traditionally sashed.  each block finishes with a round of the cream logs and when the blocks are joined it appears that there is sashing.  hope that helps.  if you have any other questions, i'd be happy to help.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Steely Wonky Log Cabin Quilt on: November 06, 2008 03:26:55 PM
the backing fabric is an alexander henry peace.  i got it locally, but you can order it from here.  http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/Item--i-AH-2804-C
isn't it the best!!! i love just about all of alexander henry's prints.
can't wait to see what you make from it.
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