Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Another Finish!

This quilt was quick and easy -- it's all made of half-square triangles. It kind of looks like DNA, doesn't it?

Here's a closeup of the quilting, backing, and bias striped binding.

I love making quilts using half-square triangles. There are endless possibilities for designs.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Cherry Limeade, Anyone?

I finished the binding on this fun quilt last week. I'm thinking of calling it "Cherry Limeade", perfect for a summer afternoon!

I just quilted it with an easy meander using the lime thread that I mentioned a couple of posts ago. The color might be hard to see in the photo, but it worked perfectly on the quilt.

The pattern is from "Quick Column Quilts" by Nancy Zieman. All it took was six fat quarters and some white background fabric. Easy, peasy.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Binding, binding, binding!

As much as I love to sew on my machine, I really hate being cooped up in my basement quilting studio when the weather is gorgeous. So I've prepared myself for a good number of hours hand sewing in the sunshine on my deck or with friends when we get together for our guild's open sewing sessions by quilting three quick quilts that are now ready for the hand-sewing stage of binding. It will be a great way to get some natural Vitamin D!

Monday, May 18, 2015

I Can't Help Myself

Sometimes when I make bias striped binding, I like to try to match the design along the adjoining diagonal seams. Since the pattern of the stripes on this fabric is so wide, it would have looked funny if I didn't try to match the seams. This method takes a bit more time and fabric, but it will make for a much nicer look on the finished binding around the quilt.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Surprising Favorite

My favorite color to use for quilting on bright quilts seems to be this lime green. I think I've used more lime green thread than another other color on my quilts. It's amazing how many quilts look good with this thread. I'm getting down to the end of this second cone and have a third one ready when needed. I don't think I've finished two cones of any other color, or even come close.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Another Finished Flimsy

I have another quilt top finished. Now it's time to find a fun backing. Road trip!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Lifetime of Learning - Part 1

My first quilt -- QUEEN SIZE!!!

I have been quilting for more than 16 years, and sewing for at least 45 years, and I find that I learn something from just about every quilt or project I make. I think I'll take a trip down memory lane every once in a while here on my blog, and list some of the things I've learned.

This is a photo of my very first quilt, started in late 1998 and finished in late 2000. It's been hanging on the wall of the great room in my house since then.

What I learned from making this quilt --

1)  If you're a beginner, don't start with a queen-size quilt as your first quilt! Start small; you'll finish it faster and won't get as frustrated.

2)  Don't think you have to be a perfect hand-quilter right from the start. I hand-quilted this baby (except for the borders, which I machine quilted) because at that stage in my quilting life, I was under the impression that "it's not a quilt if it's not hand quilted" and that the quilt police would put me in jail if I didn't hand quilt it. Balderdash, I say! If you don't want to hand quilt, don't. Of course, I absolutely admire the wonderful work done by hand quilters, past and present, but I learned early on that it's not my passion, so why do it.

3)  Not everything I learned is a "don't". I learned from this quilt that strip piecing is a wonderful technique!

Oh, and here's a closeup of the hand quilting I did on this quilt, diagonally through the center of 1.5-inch squares -- all 2200 of them!