Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finished - Vintage Sampler Quilt

It's been a big week for our family.  Our oldest son and his wife purchased their first home.  It is the perfect house for this modern couple.  An 1830's house with a large barn on Main Street in a small New England town.  And have I told you before that my daughter in law is a historical preservation consultant?
 Of course I needed to make them a quilt for this occasion.  I searched my Pinterest pins, quilting magazines, blogs and books for the perfect quilt.  And I think I found it.  Vintage Quilt Revival is a beautiful book with 20 classic blocks created in a modern style.  Further, I love making sampler quilts and when I read that sampler quilts became popular in the 1830's, that sealed the deal!  I had a plan.

Deciding on the fabric was the next challenge.  Flea Market Fancy was my inspiration fabric.  To me this line is the perfect modern take on traditional style fabrics.  I combined FMF with other bright and happy fabrics from my stash.

Many of these blocks are foundation pieced.  This was my first experience with paper piecing where the pattern authors provided the size of the fabric to cut as compared to my just estimating the proper shape and size for each piece.  The alignment of pieces was much easier and scrap was a minimum, not to mention the precise piecing results.
(Full disclosure:  not all the points are this perfect but many are!)

There are some gorgeous blocks in this quilt.  I cannot decide which is my favorite!

20 classic blocks and 30 spacing blocks later, it was time to baste.  This is the largest quilt I have basted (72" by 90") using the table basting approach.  So much better than crawling around on the floor.

For the backing, I found this modern paisley print (again mixing a new and old element).

I like to add a little something special to each quilt.  This is the house they purchased:

This is the house block I put on the back (or a modern interpretation of an 1830's Victorian!).
I sketched out the house on graph paper, cut out all the pieces, added a 1/4" and pieced it all back together. 
Piecing this block into the back gave me an opportunity to practice matching patterns.  Glad I slightly over-purchased fabric for the backing to account for the large repeat of the pattern!
Faith Jones made this quilt for the book and if an allover meander was good enough for her, well for sure it was OK with me.  I am not a stippling fan (actually trickier than it looks) but I do love the texture this quilting pattern creates.

A short debate with my husband about binding colors later, two nights of movie watching and the binding was sewn on.

Finally, a label for historical purposes.

I couldn't be happier for this very special couple.   Sorry for the long post but I hope this explains the couple of weeks of silence on the blog!

Linking up with Amanda Jean's finish it up Friday linky party!  And acknowledging my tardiness, I am linking up with the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilt Along.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday Another Sneak Peek

Rest assured (Tracy), my sewing machine has been busy!  Here are a few more blocks in my current super-secret project:
I have some experimenting (over thinking?) going on with this project.
I promise to have a long finish post to share with you soon!!

In other exciting news, the wonderful high energy Val at Val's Quilting Studio highlighted one of my quilts this week! She has a fun linky party on Tuesdays that gives us a chance to link up past blog posts.  How lovely that she remembered my quilt post from February to be highlighted (but that is Val!).
Val's Quilting Studio

I hope everyone is having a good week!  Summer time is in full swing and I have lots of plans to spend time with family and friends...and my sewing machine.

Linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social and Lee's WIP Wednesday parties!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Being Mysterious

I have started a new, special quilt (but aren't they all?).
My apologies, in advance, if it's a little quiet around here.  I hope the wait will be worth it!


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Finished - The Glowing Star Wars Quilt

Yes, another Star Wars quilt finished!

 I framed in some of the larger character prints and added various blocks to give my buddy M lots to look at!

I started this project with a fabric shopping trip for a "little bit" more Star Wars fabric to add to the scraps remaining from the last Star Wars quilt.  (Warning:  shopping for fabric without having a plan in mind will guarantee that you buy too much fabric!  Yes, there is yet another Star Wars quilt in the works. I am going to give away the scraps after that project!)  As a result the quilt has themed fabric from a number of collections.

One of the collections (cleverly titled Glow in the Dark Star Wars) had a little extra interest.  I was skeptical, particularly after washing the quilt.  BUT I heard from the family that now has the quilt that it does indeed glow in the dark!  My buddy is calling it his night light quilt!  Perfect!

I decided the quilting pattern is "lightsaber refraction."

A few of you have asked about my experience with the minky backing.  Overall, it was no problem at all.  It does shred like crazy when cut (cleans up easily with a scrap of batting) and spray basting works much better to control stretch than pin basting.  Machine stitching the binding down is the only way to go with the minky backing.   
Even though it is the first day of summer (yay!), I went ahead and gave my buddies their soft and warm quilts yesterday.  As I had a little minky left over from the backing, I made matching soft pillows.

K loved her quilt as well, particularly those fox blocks!  I don't have to tell you how wonderful it is to create quilts and to know how very much they are loved by the recipients!  A win-win!

Linking up with crazy mom's finish it up Friday!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Finished - Preppy Quilt

Finally, a finished quilt to share with you!  This is a quilt for a special little girl.  She is an adorable, kind hearted, funny and very blessed girl!
This is just a simple disappearing nine patch pattern but I really like the fun, scrappy effect that the variety of fabrics yield.
 Her bedroom is shades of pink and green so I went with a preppy colored quilt.

The fabric is a fun combination of fabrics, everything from Flea Market Fancy to  Posy.
Minky on the back makes this a heavy but soft quilt!

Such a fun and happy quilt...just like my little buddy!

Linking up with crazy mom's finished it up Friday!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Getting Close on Two Quilts

With the inspiration from your comments to my last post, I quilted the Star Wars quilt yesterday.

 The quilting pattern (in my mind anyway) is refracted lightsaber beams.   Again, I like how the quilting appears on the minky back.  Which, by the way, is not difficult to work with at all.  Sheds like crazy when cutting it and spray basting is definitely better than pinning for controlling the stretch, but quilting it is no problem.

Now I have these two quilts ready to be bound.  Soon, very soon.

The weather here in New England was PERFECT last weekend and my kayak and I had some wonderful time together (despite those pesky black flies).
The spring parade has started!

Linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social and Lee's WIP Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Quilting Update

Remember this pile of three quilts that I basted at the same time?  The preppy colored disappearing nine-patch is quilted with big loops in each row.

 I love the texture this simple quilting provides and it looks pretty cool on the minky back.

This one is a Quilt for Boston, again with an all over quilting pattern not to distract from the blocks.

I am suffering a quilter's creativity block right now as to how to quilt the third one.  Any suggestions?

Each year the wonderful Beth at Plum and June hosts a blog hop for new bloggers.  I participated last year and it was a wonderful way to "meet" other quilting bloggers who were more or less at the same stage as I when it came to blogging.  As in the past, there are some amazingly talented people in this year's group, well worth a visit !

Plum and June

Linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social and Lee's WIP Wednesday linky parties!

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