Different sizes

I don’t have a picture of what’s on my design wall because there is nothing on it.  I will start something new later today.

However, here is a picture of 3 quilts, using Grandma’s fabrics. I used different sized squares.  The quilt on the left used 2″ squares, the middle used 2 ½” squares and the squares on the right were 3 ½”.  The picture is not that great, but you can see how the size really affects the look of the quilt.

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Happy Quilting everyone!

Gail

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Grandma’s Fabrics … # 10 is done!

Last night, I finished the binding on Quilt # 10!  I’m so excited to have gotten this far!

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I’m getting low on Grandma’s fabrics, but my goal is to make 13 quilts and think I should be able to do it without adding any of my own fabric (except for background, binding and backing).

“Why 13 quilts?” you ask.  I have 11 first cousins on my dad’s side of the family. Add in my sister and myself and that brings us to 13.   We draw names for Christmas and I’ll make sure it’s “rigged” so that we get each cousin and their spouse’s name over the next several years.  In the meantime, I’ll be showing some of them at the guild meetings and in my trunk shows.

Last Friday, I posted about how the fabric label on Quilt #6 ran and I did emergency surgery and cut the offending label out. You can read about it here.

Restorative Surgery happened on Sunday and to see how it was fixed go here.

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Disaster is Fixed!

In my last post, I talked about how a label ran and I ended up cutting it out.  You can see pictures of it here.   We used scissors to cut, so the edges are a little jagged and not straight. img_0072

I really didn’t want to do a set-in seam with top, batting and back, so I decided to make a straight edge.  All stitching was taken out about 3/4″ from the edge.  I then whip-stitched the batting triangle to the original batting. Next, a background (white) triangle and a backing triangle were sewn onto the quilt.  Elmer’s glue was used to sandwich the triangle to prevent future shifting.  The triangle was squared to match the quilt … and I was smiling!

 

The first steps were done! (I find that sometimes they are the hardest steps to take!)

A new label was made, glued and ironed into place, then sewn down. I then quilted it from the top. (Sorry, I didn’t get a picture of me quilting it.)

 

Finally, the binding was attached.  I attempted to do it the way a blog reader suggested, but on the third try, I decided to unstitch more of the binding, joining it in my usual manner.  By this time, I was really smiling because it was almost done. img_1431

Grandma’s Fabric: Quilt 6 is now fixed and completed.  I will post a picture of the completed quilt once it’s washed and hanging in the sunshine!

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Hope your quilting avoids disaster!

Gail

A disastrous bleed

I always wash my quilts after they are quilted, label is on and the binding is finished.  I was a little suspect of my green label because it bleed a little when I used glue to secure it in place.  Thinking that a “color catcher” would be enough, I put Grandma’s Fabric quilt #6 in the wash.  Whoa!  I pulled it out right away.  Took it to the kitchen sink and tried Sunlight bar soap, vinegar … nothing was working and you could literally watch the colour seeping further and further.  I did the only thing I could think of: I grabbed a pair of scissors and and cut the label out.

Labels 7-12 were already done – they instantly went into the garbage, along with the offending green fabric.

So now I have some mending to do.  The plan is to cut the corner in a triangle shape, unstitch a good inch or so, add backing, batting and the white top.  Then, add a new label, quilt it and try to figure out how to join the binding on the corner  …  I do not want to take miles of binding so that I can have mitred binding.   Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to do it?

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Edit: I was just reading an email from The Quilt Show and it contained a link to Colorways by Vici Welsh … she has tested a few detergents and has found that Dawn Ultra Pure is one of the best to prevent colour running … a little late for me, but something to remember if I suspect a fabric will run.

Hope your quilting does not involve as much re-doing!

Gail

More accomplished at the day retreat

I did get a lot more finished at the day retreat last week!  These 2 quilts are almost the same, but with different quilting.  I did “C’s” on one, which makes it look like I quilted circles.  On the other, I quilted flowers.  It’s a simple pattern that starts with a circle and you try to add 5 petals on the flower.  I don’t have any rules and if 3 petals are all that fit, that’s just fine.  It was hard to get a picture of the border, but the flowers, joined by a vine, float along the border.

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Happy Quilting,

Gail

Grandma’s Fabric: Another one completed!

For 3 days this week, I’ve been sewing with friends at what we call a day retreat.  We go for the day, come home and sleep in our own beds. Last night we all went out for dinner.  It is a lot of fun!

We are all getting a lot done!  I’ll try to take some pictures of what other’s are working on … there is a lot of creativity happening … some of the projects are for future gifts – so I won’t take pictures of them!

I have managed to get a lot of quilting done.  The quilt I showed in the last post, using 3 ½” squares is completed.  It’s way too stormy out to take my usual picture of quilts hanging on the clothesline.

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To see what other’s have finished on Friday, visit these blogs: Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts

I’m off for another day of sewing.  Hopefully the storm isn’t too bad and that we have power to sew all day!

Happy Quilting,

Gail

Quilting another …

Quilting #4 of quilts made from Grandma’s fabrics.

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Here is a rough drawing of the quilting pattern.  A tear drop, then echo the tear drop, small flower petals, then echo the flower petals.  It’s pretty easy to do as an all-over quilting pattern.

 

 

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And now a picture of the quilting in progress …

 

 

 

 

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Happy Quilting,

Gail

Grandma’s Fabric: Two more started!

I have some 4 patches left over from previous quilts using the 2 ½” squares – so I’ve started working on another quilt to use them up.  This one will end up a little bigger.  However, I do need to make some more 4 patches.  I haven’t decided if it will be on-point or straight.  I’ll wait until I have all the blocks made before I decide.

There are no pictures of the 2nd one I’ve started … it’s mostly in my mind and will involve 2 ½” strips of grandma’s fabric sewn with white fabric … only grandma’s fabric is cut into strips and I need to cut more white strips.   I am thoroughly enjoying working with her fabric.  My grandma was a pretty special lady!

Wander over to Patchwork Times and Love, Laugh, Quilt to see what others are working on.

A note on the nursing reunion:  It was great fun to see the gals that attended!  A few I hadn’t seen for 40 years!  And it was neat to connect with everyone.  Kudos go to the Katy, the main organizer!

Happy Quilting!

Gail