Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you'll enjoy reading about my quilts and travels. I make lots of quilts, many as gifts, some for charity, and a few on commission. I love to travel and I own a car, but I am afraid to drive in heavy traffic. So I often use public transportation to visit big cities. I don't just go on trips--I have adventures!
This week I created the Polka Dot Dresses block for the Dots on Dots Blog Hop. About half of the fabrics are from stash. For the moment the dresses (raw-edged) are held to the menswear-looking background with a couple of drops of glue. I plan to quilt by doing a narrow zigzag with invisible thread along the edges of the dresses. I'm also considering binding with the red dot fabric and embellishing with bows or buttons.
More details and photos about how I made the blocks are here.
Designed strips in the block to be 3" x 1", like the car.
Red in the quilt refers to the red of the trolley.
This quilt has been in my head for at least more than 10 years. The title "Every Seven Minutes" comes from multiple stays at a San Diego motel which was right next to a trolley stop. The cars arrived every 14 minutes, but traveled in both directions. So about Every Seven Minutes, I'd hear the bells at the crossing. The trolley runs almost 24 hours a day. That's a lot of bells!
Somehow this quilt finished fell through the cracks. I discovered the omission a couple of days ago. I'm picking up where I left off in mid-August.
Triangle (square folded on the diagonal) placed in the corner. Will hold yardstick shaped piece of wood for display. Scissor indicates the open space between the triangle and the quilt back.
Binding folded in half, sewn to the back.
If you look closely, you'll see the pinstripe in the backing fabric. I chose the fabric because it reminded me of train engineer's overalls.
Binding folded to the front, machine stitched.
How it looks on the back. The excess binding fabric will be trimmed even with the edges.
After the opposite side is bound, third binding strip is sewn to the back.
Folded and inch or so of binding back on itself, sewed down.
Binding folded to front, stitched down. No mitering. Not my thing.
Scissors again indicate open space on back of the quilt.
Once more, the finished quilt. By the way, this one is for me.
Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you stopped by. I'm delighted to participate in the Dots on Dots Blog Hop. Be sure to check the end of the post for giveaways.
Polka Dot Dresses
10.5" square (unfinished)
First, a bit of trivia: My late mother's name was Dorothea, but most of her family called her Dot. My kids called her Grandma Dot.
Second, here is a quilt I made for my now-2-year-old granddaughter Piper when she was a baby:
Piper's Polka Dots
Inspired by her bedroom, which has lime green walls and dinner plate-sized pink dots.
Quilt on display in Piper's room
Back to my block
I wanted to do some polka dot dresses and chose an assortment of polka dot fabrics, as well as a menswear-looking background.
Used dressmaker's chalk to outline the dress on the black fabric.
Used a Frixion pen to trace the pattern to the back of the red and the white fabrics.
Two dresses in each of the three colors
For now the dresses are held to the background fabric with a couple of drops of glue. I could have fused but I was in a hurry. I probably will do a narrow zigzag in invisible thread around the dresses for a permanent bond and as the quilting. I'm considering attaching a few little bows in fabric or buttons to embellish, as well as doing a binding in the red polka dot fabric. The little quilt likely will hang on the wall of my cubicle at work.
Now for the giveaways. You could win one of the two fat quarters below.
White with black dots (approx. 1/2" diam.) Pink with white dots (approx. 1/4" diam.)
For a chance to win one of the fat quarters, simply leave a comment by the last day of the Blog Hop (end of Thursday, Sept. 20). Be sure to mention whether you prefer White or Pink. For an extra chance to win one of the fabrics, leave another comment mentioning that you are a new or existing follower. Two winners will be drawn on Friday, Sept. 21.
Printed downloaded images onto printer fabric, four to a page, then cut apart
Blue border around each printed image
Wide white-on-white border to make 12.5" unfinished block
Tonight I finished A Few of Sharon's Favorite Things, a quilt for co-worker Sharon W. T., who is leaving our office, going back to the sister office where she worked several years ago - now as Director. Tomorrow is Sharon's last day in our office.
At the suggestion of Sharon's supervisor, the Assistant Director of our office, I gathered images of what I've been told are some of Sharon's favorite things. Most of the images were downloaded from her Facebook albums, so Sharon will recognize those. I added a few other images to represent other interests.
I made the quilt in about a week, and began actual sewing on Sunday. This quilt joins my list of what I call Four Day Wonders - quilts that have come together in a matter of days. Yes, I am nuts.
Also this week I delivered three quilts to Stanislaus Family Justice Center, where each child who visits receives a quilt. All three quilts were part of a box of mostly quilt tops from Marilyn L. of Vacaville Binky Patrol.
This quilt arrived ready to go.
This quilt just needed binding.
This quilt arrived as a top. I removed a section of length, added border all around and finished the quilt.
Using the section I removed from the quilt top, I made this pillowcase, which I safety pinned to the quilt so the set would stay together.
My next project will be a block for the Dots on Dots Blog Hop. I have an idea. Be sure to stop by next week to see what I come up with.
Original layout, Broken Dishes blocks in the corners
Free motion quilting, buttons
Mostly from stash
11" x 22"
Square of fabric, folded diagonally, pressed. Made four for the corners on the back of the quilt.
Folded triangle placed between quilt top and backing
Quilt sandwich assembled for pillowcase style finish, chosen to avoid binding. Could have chosen an "escape hatch" finish but it would have broken up the teapot design on the back.
Sewed 1/4" inside the edge of quilt top, catching triangle in stitching.
Note several inches left unsewn along bottom edge, which will allow the work to be turned right side out.
Quilt turned right side out
Seen from the back. Teapot design intact. Chopstick indicates open space under the triangles. Usually slip yardstick shaped pieces of wood across the top and bottom of the quilt. Triangles hold the wood in place. In this instance I plan to put a piece of cardboard in the corners to give the quilt body for display on a plate rack.
Did some free motion quilting in the yellow background areas. Clips are holding the little opening shut.
I usually close an opening by edgestitching all around the perimeter of a quilt, but I didn't think it was appropriate for this design. Forget about slipstitching. So I used some Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue to seal the opening, and let it dry.
Back of the quilt
I decided to sew buttons on the light blue border. Here's a bag I recently got at an antique flea market for $3. Why not?
I pulled out a bunch of white buttons that were about the same size. It didn't matter to me that they weren't identical, and I just laid them on the quilt, not worrying about distributing the buttons so that they were perfectly symmetrical as far as having 2 or 4 holes. It adds a bit of whimsy.
From the back
How it will look on the plate rack in my living room. There is no cardboard on the back of the quilt in this picture. The quilt was certainly flopsy-mopsy and wouldn't stand up straight, as I predicted. to take the picture I just taped the quilt to the wall with little rolls of masking tape.
I accomplished some other things this week. It helped that I took the week off of work. Not too long ago I received a box of mostly quilt tops from Marilyn L., who is the coordinator of Vacaville Binky Patrol. The finished quilts will be donated to Stanislaus Family Justice Center, a local one-stop center offering help and hope for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse. Each child receives a quilt.
This music-themed quilt just needed binding.
Back - music-themed fabric
Sports-themed quilt top
The yellow fabric looked kind of familiar. Sure enough, it was a different colorway to the blue fabric I used in All Kinds, a quilt I made for my brother Wayne C.
The quilt top was long and narrow. I wanted to add with to the sides with a border but I didn't want more length. I decided to remove a section of the length. See the black rectangle above. Everything below it will be removed. I'm thinking of using the section to make an accompanying pillow.
Section removed. I like these proportions better.
Border added. Note the top and bottom strips are not as wide as the sides. The quilt didn't need more length and there wasn't a lot of fabric left so I made it work.
I did a pillowcase finish and edgestitched around the perimeter of the quilt. I just have to tie a few dozen knots of embroidery floss and the quilt will be done, ready for delivery to the center on Friday.