Or, maybe I should say, “the quilter survived the holidays” and is back to a more normal workday. The latest quilt off the table belongs to Roberta A. She is a big fan of K. Fassett patterns and fabrics. I really love these fabrics she used in this great quilt!
I did throw in a Quilts of Valor quilt. It turned out really well with a rather heavy patriotic design by Nancy Haacke. I used royal blue Glide thread on the top with a matching bottom line on the bottom. I love working with the red/white/blue color scheme!
Close up of quilting
Great QOV Pattern
It is the 7th day of the 365 Challenge for one block per day. Actually, since this challenge originated in Australia, it is the eight day of the challenge. So far so good, maybe not one per day but I am caught up with the blocks so far. I was concerned about the color values but a black/white picture of the finished quilt shows that the border we are working on is very dark and the value comes into effect when put next to the light colored blocks. The blocks, although 3″ square, are really simple! Go to http://www.365challenge.com.au if you are interested in joining the fun. She also has a facebook page. Here are the simple blocks we’ve constructed up until now. You can see what I mean by the values. I choose browns and creams since my stash is overflowing there. We shall see…..
Well, its Thursday and my favorite ripper shows up this week. The Havel ripper is the best ever! I found this out the very hard way, ripping the quilting from an entire quilt, worse yet, made from Kaffe Fassett fabric. If any of you have tried ripping this fabric you know how hard it is to rip without damaging the fabric. I have tried this type of ripper before but never really gave it a chance. There is a bit of a learning curve, try it and stick with it. You will not regret your efforts. I bought at least 10 different rippers ranging from the normal ripper we use up to these “instruments of destruction! Even that tiny tiny point is so sharp that it will cut a thread with just the bare bit of pressure – BUT NOT THE FABRIC! The Havel Ripper won hands down (and it even comes with extra blades!)
Now, here are a few pictures of my completed Celtic Mystery quilt. Still have binding to go though. I spread it on the bed, not the greatest lighting but will show you the pattern a little better I think. Again, kudos to Bonnie Hunter!
Laid on a King Size Bed
Backing and Border
The rest of todays efforts went to embroidering a bunch of fleece throws for my daughter’s dance team – GO GOLDDUSTERS!
Goldduster’s Fleece Throws
Well, its Thursday so I think Thursdays would be really good to tell you about new tools or materials etc. that I have discovered. This week I will concentrate on you appliquers! I have found, and tried, a new foundation paper for those who use a foundation meant to partially disappear when soaked only leaving the fibre content..great for giving a little dimension to your applique. It’s not really so new, I just got around to trying it. The foundation is made by Floriani and is called Stitch N Wash Tearaway Fusible. The interesting part is the fusible. It is a very, very light fusible and you MUST read the directions for it to work. Unlike other fusibles this one takes a very limited amount of heat for a very limited amount of time. You need to use the SILK setting on your iron and press from the fabric side or use a press cloth! If you heat it too much it will not stick. Be sure to follow the directions. (Ask me how I figured that out!) It feels much lighter than the Sharon Schamber paper we have been using. I cannot pick a favorite but they are definitely different. I do like the idea of not having to add that extra glue to place the template. Give it a try. Here are a few pics of a quilt that I finished not long ago. It was totally done with fusible and what a fantastic job!
What a great baby quilt this is. I used a whimsical dragon fly for the quilting motif and love the way it came out. Baby is due tomorrow so Grandma will be binding quickly I imagine! Great job!
A charity quilt that just came off the table. Really nice, I know someone will really appreciate Jennefer’s work on this one!
On the table now. A gigantic batik quilt. A great birthday present for a Bonnie’s wonderful son! He surprised her by picking batiks and bright batiks at that! Hopefully it will be finished today.
Happy Quilting…bee happy! Karen
Great Table Runner
Cross Stitch Perfection
Some eye candy for today…Great quilts that recently went home to their owners…super fun to quilt!
Wow, how exciting to see all of the beautiful quilts from the first big quilt show of the year, “Road To California”. I have had the chance to go to that show and truly enjoyed it! But then, how could anyone not enjoy all the unbelievable quilts set in the beautiful city of San Diego. (My favorite zoo in all the world is there too!) Check out the many winners at http://road2ca.com/2014winners/index.html Congratulations to Sharon Schamber for her fantastic applique quilt that won Best of Show! I was so lucky to see this quilt when I spent time at her Payson, AZ home. Incredible up close (and she even let her super-cute little fur baby, “Baby”, sit on it! Wow, fantastic! So many other fantastic quilts you have to find a cup of coffee and take a look! Enjoy!
Meanwhile, Bee Happy. Karen
I have spent the last three days renewing my blogging knowledge, trying to learn better ways of posting pictures and adding links to my blog. Hopefully I have managed to learn something that you will find interesting! So much to learn about this fun activity!!! (Blogging that is!).
I have been quilting though. Here is one of my favorite quilts. Charmaine did an incredible job of piecing this Judy Niemeyer quilt. Beautiful! Lots of fun quilts finished before Christmas.
Kids quilts are always so much fun to quilt! Love the happy colors and can just imagine how happy he or she will be “dragging” around their “blankie”.
Testing my skills again with this Ho Hum post. Lots of exciting ideas to come. Missed Ya All!!!
I received my mug rugs and have so enjoyed looking at them. I used the owl rug under my morning coffee this morning…what fun. They were made by my new friend, Elaine Rowe or Colorado. She not only does wonderful quilt projects but she is a papercrafter as well. I received a set of hand-made note cards complete with the cutest picture of various styles of high heels…can’t wait to use them! Thanks so much to Elaine.
This really pretty 1600’s quilt belongs to Carol K. who is making it for a wedding present. I quilted it with an Ann Bright pattern with the word Love scrolled all over the quilt with different fonts…great for a casual wedding quilt to drape over the sofa. The quilt was long enough that we quilted the entire thing and Carol plans on making throw pillows to match.
Having a great time today experimenting with a landscape quilt. I need a quick quilt to send up to Kansas for a fabric challenge…this is turning out nicely. Will post a pic as soon as it is more together. Fun though. Never done one of these before!
Meanwhile…BE HAPPY! Karen
Before I forget this for the 100th time, wanted to let everyone know about “Greased Lightning”. I have been using it for years for everything. I keep it in my quilt studio all the time. It will remove grease spots from fabric and it doesn’t leave a water spot. It’s great for spots on your laundry and just about everything. I discovered it many years ago and it has sometimes been hard to find. I went into Lowe’s yesterday for some brush cleaner and, lo and behold, on the endcap, was a large display of Greased Lightning. This big container only costs a little over $7…. No connection with the company, just appreciate how many binds it has gotten me out of.
I have been working on customer quilts and have a few pictures to show. The first “pile” of yellow is left over strips of fleece that I braided into pull toys for dogs. I will give them to family dogs and take the rest to the shelter. They were just the selvage edges that I cut off before finishing the edges of the blankets for a dance team. The second picture is a delightful wall hanging, meant to hang on a high wall in a stairwell. Joyce did a great job of designing this. The last is a quilt made by Mary. It has the cutest embroidered blocks. Back to work for today. I have a king size quilt on the long arm, 102″ x 96″
This quilt top came from a workshop with Ebony Love and the Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild of Missouri City, Texas. We had the opportunity to work with Ebony and cut out Drunkard’s Path quilt blocks on an Accuquilt Studio machine supplied by Quilters Cottage in Richmond, Tx. It was a lot of fun and I was determined not to let all of the pieces sit in their little zip lock bags as usual. Sew….here is my version of a happy quilt made entirely with Drunkard’s Path blocks. The curved piecing went smoothly and it was great fun arranging, and re-arranging the blocks on my design wall. This will eventually be quilted and become a new table covering for my kitchen table. Bright colors remind me of Spring and Summer approaching.