Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Jon was away for the weekend on a backpacking trip, so I spent most of the weekend basting, quilting and binding my Common Threads quilt. It was nice to have a large block of time set aside to finish up this project. And, it was equally nice to be able to finish up two big quilt projects in two consecutive weekends and clear up this unfinished business from my sewing room!
I was under a little bit of pressure with the quilting, because the new fabric marker that I bought was disappearing ink, not washable ink. By yesterday afternoon, I was really straining to see the last remnants of the lines while I was quilting.
I had a lot of help this weekend from my two little kitty friends. They were partially acting like they wanted to hang out with me and partially waiting by the side door wondering when Jon would arrive home.
I did the majority of the quilting in the loopy line style seen in this wedding quilt from glittergoods. The distance between my lines of squiggles was 2.5". I used red thread on the white top and bottom of the quilt. Then I stippled the individual blocks with white thread. This part really pained me to do because it meant quilting over some of the embroidered details that a few of the blocks had. In the end I was glad that I did it because it blends in with the quilt and it makes the blocks look like they all belong to the quilt.
I used a red and white polka dot fabric for the binding and then black fabric for the backing.
The quilt was made for a full-sized bed and is approximately 80" x 90". It fits our non-puffy, non-pillowtop mattress perfectly.
Here it is resting peacefully in our guest room. The little kitties made themselves right at home and made me thankful for using black fabric on the back of the quilt where all of their white hair won't show up!
Thank you all for coming up with such creative, unique and interesting blocks! It was so much fun to put this quilt together and I love looking at all of the details that you included in your individual blocks!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This is for Carissa. She's making a car quilt (for her car), and sent out some really gorgeous fabric. Simple, interesting, very cool. I'm not the only one who thought to use the lined chalkboard fabric as roads, but I do love the idea.
Mine is meant to be an aerial view of a highway; the colored dots represent houses (it's crowded!). It's a simple square, but truth be told I quite like it. I hope Carrisa does too!
I've been (incredibly) remiss in my Common Threads blocks. New city, new job, sometimes it all just catches up to you, you know? Not to worry though, I'm back, and making strides!
This block is for Liz. I loved the monochrome fabrics, and I love the modern pallet of the colors. As a (brand) new quilter, I decided to make this block an exercise in precision (something I working on) and went for a 4 x 4 square, trying really hard to cut accurately, and sew accurately.
And? I'm pretty happy with it! I had fun coming up with the final arrangement, and I hope Liz likes it!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I came up with these two blocks for Carissa's car quilt last night. I had lots of fun playing around with this fabric. I love the colors and the prints that she put together. I added the orange/maroon block fabric to the bunch to complement the rest of the colors in the quilt.
I ran out of fabric on this block. I was originally intending on adding a white border to it, but due to my miscalculations, I ran out of fabric. Feel free to add a border to it or keep it how it is.
Monday, October 6, 2008
for the second block i was inspired by your idea of a car quilt and so i went with roads, specifically an 8 lane interstate. can you see me veering off? the "veer" was a little harder than i expected, but it was fun to try. both blocks are rectangular. i think you said that was ok.
Friday, October 3, 2008
hope it's not too literal.
since I had extra fabric, I also made a bonus block, pretty similar to the inspiration block posted:
I ended up using a lot of scraps from my own collection, but all of the colors can be found within the white print. a pretty interesting set of colors in that print - colors that look good together but that I wouldn't have otherwise combined.