Sunday, February 07, 2021
Saturday, February 06, 2021
Friday, October 30, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
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
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 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