Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tasting Table Tuesday - Quilts from Shirts

I have a new project on my "Tasting Table" this week.  Two quilts from clothing - mainly flannel shirts, plus some coveralls.  After presenting the clients with several options, the winning vote was for Flying Geese.

Flocks and flocks of scrappy geese, something like this drawing I did on EQ7.

There are many different methods of making flying geese blocks, but the one I normally use involves starting with two squares of slightly different sizes, then sewing, cutting, and sewing some more until you end up with four geese from the two squares.

Another method uses rectangles and squares.

But both of those methods create some waste and complicate the cutting by requiring different sizes and shapes.  That's fine if you're using yardage, but it's a different ball game when you're working with shirts.

I wanted to make the most efficient use of all the clothing fabrics, with minimal waste, and opted for Bonnie Hunter's method because it uses one consistent strip width for all of the components.  I my case, I needed 3 1/2" strips to make the 3" x 6" Flying Geese.

After "de-boning" the shirts (as Bonnie calls it), I was left with this pile of fabric panels.

I cut them all down into 3 1/2" strips of varying lengths...

Then cut the strips into the triangles needed to make two quilts.  (A total of 1,188 triangles, but who's counting...)

Now it's time for some serious assembly-line sewing with Pandora radio to keep me company.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Another Quilt Show

If you are in the Wellsboro area in September, you need to stop at the Gmeiner Arts Center and see the Modern Quilt Show, on exhibit there through September 27th.

I have three quilts in this show and I stopped in today to take in the whole experience.  The display is awesome!  It's called "Expect The Unexpected" and it's the first show of it's kind at the Gmeiner.

The Gmeiner is open daily, from 2pm-5pm and admission is free.  Several of our quilts are for sale, and when you're there, be sure to fill out your ballet for your favorite quilt!

This is just part of the exhibit.  There are 33 quilts in all.  Check it out!


Monday, September 7, 2015

Quilts at the Deane Center

This year, The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild hosted a Mystery Quilt Challenge.  We each started with only a list of fabric required, (based on value - light/medium/dark) not knowing what the quilt looked like.  Each month, we were given instructions for another step in the process and the "mystery" slowly revealed itself.

It is so interesting to see the variation in quilts now that they are all finished.

We hung the quilts yesterday so they are now on display at the Deane Center in Wellsboro until Sept. 21st.

If you are in the area this month, please stop and see our quilts.  The Deane Center is a great backdrop and the show looks wonderful!