Sunday, February 07, 2021

Stretched Hexie Flowers Quilt


This is the third quilt I have finished from a bunch of rectangles I cut for a scrap quilt. Here is the first one and here is the second. I still have a box of hexagons that haven't been used.

I appliqued the flowers onto neutral background squares and then added a red, central pentagon. The quilting is hand sewn with #8 perle cotton and I used a navy and white striped binding. The backing is a vanilla colored Moda fabric called Grunge Seeing Stars. I started it Aug. 14, 2020 and finished it Dec. 4. The quilt size is 45" x 60". 

Saturday, February 06, 2021

Gen Z Quilt

I made this quilt top in 4 or 5 days back in early September (2020). It sat for awhile as I worked on a couple of other projects. Eventually, I decided to have it quilted by a local long arm quilter and really loved how it turned out. She used gold colored thread and a loopy design so it is a good contrast to the sharp angles of the blocks.
The finished size is 65" x 76". It has a striped binding and my favorite newsprint backing.

Friday, October 30, 2020

No Points Stars Christmas Quilt


Here is the second quilt that I made for our grandsons. Red and green - it's Christmas! I think two in a row is plenty for holiday quilts. This one turned out to be 65" x 75" which is a bit bigger than a baby quilt needs to be so maybe it's more of a lap size. It's possible to use on a child's bed, too, but it's a gift so they will use it however they like.

The pattern is No Point Stars by Cluck Cluck Sew. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. I used a wider than normal striped binding (1") and attached the binding to the back by machine. I don't know why I deviated from how I usually do things. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Gen Z Halloween Quilt

This is the first quilt of two that I am making for the grandchildren. I started out thinking I would match or coordinate with colors in their bedroom but I veered off onto Halloween. One boy is 2 and the other is still a baby so I can get away with the small quilts for now. 

The pattern is Gen Z from Treehouse Textiles. I haven't finished my first Gen Z quilt because I wanted to get this one started and finished and in the mail in time for Halloween. This was a 12 day project. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. The completed size is 53" x 66" - they really shrink in the wash. It has a striped binding and the back is a spider web print that glows in the dark! Spooky!

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Crossroads Quilt

 It's all done. This is the Crossroads Quilt pattern from the Treehouse Textiles shop in Australia. I expanded it by one row and one column which was super simple, of course. It measures 63" x 72" and is machine pieced and hand quilted. The striped binding and newsprint backing are both favorites of mine. 

I contemplated various patterns for the quilting and settled on a custom clamshell design. I don't love how the shells meet in the middle of the red squares but everything else is good. I also did a wee bit of bartacking as a final step because it seemed that the unquilted sections were too big. 😍

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Komebukuro (AKA Rice Bags)

Komebukuro bags are traditional pouches that were used in Japan to carry rice offerings to the temples or shrines. They were often hand sewn in a patchwork style and were decorated with Boro stitching. I have also heard them called kinchaku, which means attached to the sash (the obi of kimono?) but I don't really know the distinction between the terms. Made of cotton, they usually have a drawstring closure and are reversible.

I used this pattern by Karen Stevens to make the one in the first picture and a technique described in this tutorial to make the others. They used up some scraps, for sure, and are quick and easy projects.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Flying Geese Quilt For My Brother


My brother and I were talking about hobbies and he surprised me when he said "I would love one of your quilts." 

My starting point was the solid steel grey as I wanted to stick with manly colors and keep to a limited palette. Each goose measures 4" x 8" and the quilt is 63" x 71". It has barbed wire binding and a newsprint back. Too bad the newsprint is poetic instead of the sports page. The quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted.