Sunday, March 30, 2008
Actually, all my problems are soon to be over. Yesterday I got my fingertip measured and finally ordered my Roxanne thimble. After I get the perfect thimble (Roxanne's, of course) all my silly applique problems will just disappear and I'll be able to hand quilt like the Amish. I have my eyes closed, my fingers crossed and I tapped my heels together three times so it MUST be true!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
My dear Mother-in-law passed away very suddenly in October 2005, leaving a very small stash of fabric which I inherited. I created two Project Linus quilts out of this cheater cloth from the stash in her memory. I think her Mother, my husband's 96 year old Grandma, was pleased with the tribute.
I made this quilt out of all the leftovers from the quilt class I took in 1990 (finally finished that quilt in 2003). It was really hard in 2007 to find fabrics to match the 1980s colors; I had no idea fabric colors had shifted so much away from the dusty ranges of the 80s. The blue was the ONLY fabric in my LQS that coordinated well enough to use; though I had a few choices for the rose backing. I didn't buy quite enough of it though and had to improvise "ears" of color on the corners on the back. We decided to find it charming. I used all my leftover 2.5 inch squares to make the binding, which I think, really adds to the country flavor of the quilt. I definitely plan to use this binding idea again - it was very easy and fun to do.
Here is the first Project Linus quilt I made. It's from a pattern called Yellow Brick Road. I liked it because I was able to use lots of leftover fabric from the very first quilt I ever made (1990-2003). I had enough fabric leftover from this rather large throw to make the smaller 9-patch baby blanket shown below with the multicolored binding. All in all I got three quilts out of these fabrics (except for the backing). I think they had us over-buy a little bit for the class in 1990. lol I liked the way the stippling turned out on this quilt and I learned to really love stippling while working on it. I have a Bernina Artista 180 machine that I love dearly, but it doesn't have (and can never have) a stitch regulator so I just have to do the best I can. I've found that if I do lots of stippling in a given day that I'll start stippling in my head when I try to go to sleep. Is that just me, or has that ever happened to anyone else?