Thursday, April 25, 2013

WIP Wednesday 4/24/2013

Quilt top - part of a set that was sent to me by friend and Vacaville Binky Patrol coordinator Marilyn L. (North Hills Quilter)

Dark green print from stash, for border

I removed a section of the quilt top so the finished quilt so the finished quilt wouldn't be too long after adding border. Section is actually twice as wide as pictured.

Shortened quilt top

Dark green border attached


Taking the leftover section of quilt top to make a coordinating pillowcase. Light yellow is from stash.

Light yellow trimmed to size - Dimensions/directions found at Can't say I followed the directions, but the dimensions provided were very helpful to me.

This is the look I'm going for. Section from the quilt top folded in half width-wise so it is very long and narrow.

Sewed right sides together, then zigzagged over the edge.

Seam pressed. Not shown: sewed two remaining side, zigzagged. Turned pillowcase right out.

Finished pillowcase

Pillow inside

I plan to finish the quilt this weekend. The quilt and pillowcase will be donated as a set to Stanislaus Family Justice Center, which offers counseling to abused children. Each child gets to choose a quilt to keep. There are a few more quilt tops from Marilyn waiting to be finished. I'll get to them in due time.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Sew Thinky Thursday Weeks 7-9

I haven't quilted since I finished Cherries Jubilation. I was all geared up to sew a sleeping bag for my granddaughter Piper last week, but couldn't find the IKEA fabric I bought. The last time I remember seeing it was a few months ago, when I was at Jo-Ann's looking for fabric to coordinate with it. I found the bag containing the fabric I bought that day, but I didn't find the IKEA fabric. It's quite frustrating. I'll be going to Sacramento on Saturday for my quilt guild meeting, so I'll stop at IKEA and buy the fabric again. Hopefully they'll have some on hand.
IKEA fabric that has gone missing

I don't have a looming deadline at the moment, so it's hard to get motivated. Also, I am playing the piano in a local stage production of Peter Pan, and have been busy with rehearsals and personal practice. Hopefully I'll get back to sewing soon.

Meanwhile, I'm behind on Sew Thinky Thursday posts, so I'll try to catch up. Here goes!

Week 7: Bad sewing habits. Do you have them? Share with us, what are your worst habits when it comes to sewing?

I don't like to re-do seams. I'll fudge one in rather than rip out and re-sew.

Week 8: Who do you like to sew for the most?

My favorites to sew for are my family: daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters. For them, my one-quilt-per-customer rule doesn't apply.

Week 9: If you were a quilt block which one would you be?

Sixteen Points block - from Electric Quilt

I think of myself as being a versatile person. I design one-of-a-kind quilts, customized for the recipient. I play different styles of music. So I would be a block with a large open space in the center that could be filled with a solid or a print. The center would be surrounded by lots of little triangles and/or squares that could be shaded and colored in many different ways. There are plenty of blocks that fit this description. I like the quirky look of the Sixteen Points block above.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Make It Monday 4/8/2013

Cherries Jubilation
30" x 38"
Blocks adapted from Sandi Cummings' book Think Outside The Block
Original layout
Free motion machine quilting
Entirely from stash and scraps
Completed 4/8/2013


Back of quilt

Close-up of back

This is all that is left of cherries and white-on-white print.
For the binding I substituted a different but similar white-on-white print.
You probably couldn't tell unless you looked closely.

I'm happy with the way the quilt turned out. It's a little wide for the space I intended to display. I may try it anyway, or find a different spot.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

WIP Wednesday 4/3/2013

Cherries Jubilation quilt top finished


Tonight I attached a narrow white border, which finished the quilt top for Cherries Jubilation. I'd like to get the piece quilted and bound by the end of the weekend.

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Make It Monday 4/1/2013

Cherries Jubilation
Main part of quilt top sewn together. Narrow white border to be added.

During the past few days I attached border strips to the wonky blocks. I started with a narrow strip of white print, then pieced strips made of white print and little squares of the cherry fabric. I wanted the cherry squares to be wonky and unevenly spaced, to go with the carefree spirit of the wonky blocks.

Tonight I sewed the main part of the quilt top together. A narrow white border will be added to complete the top. I am thinking of doing some free motion quilting in the white spaces and cherry centers.

I came up with a name for the quilt, too. Cherries Jubilation, a play on Cherries Jubilee. The word jubilation means an act of rejoicing or an expression of joy, and I think the piece has a lot of joy.

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