Sunday, March 18, 2018

OBW - progress update

It's taking me some time, but I'm slowly getting there.  The quilting on my One Block Wonder is progressing nicely, and I'm really happy with how this is looking.

Here's a shot of a small portion of the front...

and here's the back.

For batting in this quilt, I'm using Quilters Dream Green for the first time.  So far, I'm really impressed!  It feels wonderful and quilts great!  I'm a cotton lover, and typically use Quilters Dream Cotton in all my quilts, but since I quilt on a sit-down machine, I wrestle the quilt around ALOT and the cotton tends to shed on the quilt top, leaving fuzzies all over.  That's not really a problem, because I can clean them up with a lint-roller, but this Green batting doesn't seem to shed at all.  I really think I'm going to like this stuff!  And the fact that it's made from recycled plastic bottles is wonderful too - less trash in our landfills and oceans!  Win Win!

If you'd like to learn more about Quilters Dream Batting, click here.

Now I have to set this quilt aside for a bit while we go visit our grandson and soak up some southern sunshine for a week.  I'll post lots of pictures when it's done, probably mid-April, so be sure to check back.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

One Block Wonder - update

I pin-basted this last night so I can finally start quilting this baby!  I finished piecing this one months ago, but set it aside until I finished some other quilts on my list, so it's been patiently waiting for some attention.  I have a plan, and am so excited to work on this one!

Click here to read more about this quilt.

I found this backing fabric at Back Yard Quilter in Addison NY.  They have a great selection of Wide-Back fabrics.  This teal colored one is a perfect match to my border fabric!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Finished Quilt

This week I finished the Hexagon Quilt.  This is for my Daughter-in-law, and she picked out the fabric and pattern.  For details about both, click here for my previous post.

I quilted it with straight lines, roughly 1/2" apart, using my walking foot on my Juki domestic machine, using SoFine #50 thread in white.  The batting is Quilters Dream Orient.

I love the texture the closely spaced lines create, and just have to touch it every time I walk past.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Batik Love

As I look back on my previous blog posts, I noticed how many of my recent projects have involved batik fabrics.

The more I use them, the more I love them.

Some of the reasons are practical - because of the higher thread-count base fabric, they are crisp and flat and stable, so they finger-press very nicely.  I can get nice accurate results in my finished quilts.

The other reasons are more aesthetic.  The colors are just glorious, and the shading and prints are beautiful.  I feel like an artist when I'm creating with batiks and the batiks are my paints.

But it's more than that...

While I was pressing the fabrics for this latest set of batik placemats to list on Etsy, it hit me...

It's the smell!

Have you ever noticed the odor of hot pressed batiks?  When heated with an iron, the residual wax left in the fabric from the manufacturing process smells exactly like a new box of


It takes me back to my childhood and the thrill of opening a brand-new box of crayons.
One of my favorite things...

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Stitch In Color - a new quilt!

I have a new quilt project to share with you today.  I spent a snowy afternoon yesterday arranging all the units on my design wall.  Looks like my design wall is just the right size for this one!

My DIL sent me a jelly roll that she bought, and asked me to make her something with it.  Together, we picked out the pattern, and after auditioning several background fabrics, finally decided on Kona White.  It keeps the quilt very fresh and modern-looking.

The fabric collection is A Stitch In Color by Malka Dubrawsky for Moda.

The pattern is Hexie Framed by Quilty Love.

I sewed all the white strips on to the half hexies at a quilting retreat a couple of weeks ago.  Each piece had to be sewn, pressed, then trimmed.  It's very repetitious - perfect for working on at a retreat while talking and laughing with friends.  Yes, I whined a little, but it was so satisfying to know that I got them all done!

Now they are all stacked in rows and ready to sew together.  Guess I know what I'll be doing for the next few days.  (I write numbers on flower head pins with a sharpie to keep track of my rows.)

And as an add-on, for those of you following my placemat progress, I shared pics of upcoming fabric collections in a previous post (here) and I have finished both sets and have listed them in my Etsy Shop, Cotton Cellar.  You can click here to view the listings.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Baby Quilt Finished

The Batik Baby Quilt is labeled, bound, and on it's way to the new baby boy.  I've done many baby quilts for this client, and she always asks for quilts that will grow with the baby into adult-hood, not too "baby-ish".  This batik quilt fits the bill.

I quilted the center with straight lines, forming an 8-pointed star in each block, and used the same curved line design in the border that I used on the last baby quilt.  All ruler work, done on my APQS George.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fabric Fun

It's so much fun to dig through  my collection of batiks and pull fabrics for the placemats I've been making to  list in my Etsy shop.  The color play is addictive!  Can't wait to start sewing these together!