Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I have several WHIMMs (Works Hidden in my Mind) to choose from, as well as a few WIPs (Works in Progress). But none of them are begging for my attention at the moment.
I may go ahead and do a quick charity quilt top just for something to do while I wait. A cute cartoonish cat fabric has been wanting to become a quilt for a while. I usually do Turning Twenty style quilts for charity, with lots of fat quarters. But I have yardage this time, and I'd like to make the most of it. Last night I looked through some quilting books, hoping for inspiration. Not there yet. I'll keep trying.
Meanwhile, I need to clean up the debris left over from the last quilt, make a new pair of pants, and catch up on some bookkeeping. Hopefully I'll be quilting by early next week.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The quilt has been re-named On the Ocean Blue. I gave the quilt to Nell today at a family get-together celebrating several August birthdays. Nell was very surprised and happy with her quilt. Enjoy the quilt, Nell! And enjoy reading about it on the blog!
Quilt back. Sailboat theme fabric used as backing for the outer border.
Another WIP done!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Quarter inch masking tape marks the boundary for the quilting.
I'll leave the quilt's center area (left of the tape) unquilted for now.
The crooked boundary is to fool the eye later, hopefully blending
Close-up of the back. Can you see the sailboats?
Next fold back the right side's batting over the seam, keeping the right side's backing out of the way. There will be quite an overlap here. Carefully trim the batting even with the left side's backing so the edges just meet. Be delicate with the scissors, so the quilt top or backing doesn't get cut.
Bring the right side's backing toward the tape, turn the backing under a quarter of an inch, and lay it on the tape. No pins! Take your time with this to make it smooth.
Here is the front of the quilt, all ready for the final quilting. I rolled up the right side of the quilt as much as possible, and pinned the roll. We'll see how that works out.
Here's what the center looks like after the quilting. I'm not entirely happy with the result. There are gaps where the quilting did not cross the center seam. The seam is holding now, but once the quilt is washed, the tape will dissolve and the seam will gape open, exposing the interior of the quilt, fraying, etc. My solution: I did a wide curvy zigzag over the seam. The seam is stable now, and won't fall apart after washing. I can barely see it on the back
or on the front, and I know it's there!
The curvy zigzag is barely visible...except on the blue border. Oh, well...
Center area back
Carefully press the seam open. Turn the quilt over and press the right side,
as well, to make sure the seam is flat.
Next, join the halves together at the quilt's center seams. Trim the batting and backing even with the quilt top's center edges. Fold back the batting and backing away from the quilt top, using safety pins to keep in place. Sew the quilt top halves together
(no batting or backing in the seam, please).
Close-up of the back side of left half
Back of the quilt. Note the unquilted area on the left, to be addressed later.
Left half quilted previously
Thursday, August 20, 2009
However, here's a photo of the practice quilting I did recently. The sample is about 9"x12". I used loop-de-loops like I did in Scrappy Stars, but I substituted little sailboats for the stars. The photo is a good representation of the quilting on Joann Sets Sail.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I'll post pictures soon.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
The other day I went to Beverly's to pick up more sailboat fabric, which I needed to finish out the last quadrant, and to serve as backing for the borders. There wasn't much fabric left on the bolt, which surprised me since there was a lot just a couple of weeks ago. Who else would want my fabric??? Anyway, I needed 1 3/4 yards, and there were 2 1/8 yards left. I bought the whole piece. Whew, that was close!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Sew along the crease, top right to bottom left (follow the pin heads).
Fold back and voila!
"Waste" (3 triangles) will go to Project Linus.
All four upper left quadrants!
Similar to each other, but not identical. And quite scrappy.
Next I'll begin to work on the other three quadrants. Keep watching!