Archive | December 2017

Double Disappearing Four-Patch Quilt Top

This is the third of my giving-away quilt tops.

I wanted something which would come up quickly and use up some hand block- printed muslin lying around in my stash for years. The squares were cut at 16″ from the 44″ wide fabric, leaving a strip of just over 10″ ( after removing the selvedge) along the length. The solid blue is cambric.

The four-patch was made to ‘disappear’ twice over in making this block! The first cuts were at 2.75″ on either side of the centre seams. After rotating the strips and stitching them back together ( you can check on YouTube – there are plenty of great videos explaining how it is done) I went a step further.

I cut strips 3″ wide at the top and bottom edges, swapped them and sewed them back to the block. I then cut 3″ strips on either side of the block, swapped those and sewed them back! This makes a 29″ final block. Three of those blocks make the centre panel and I made half blocks for the side panels, using the 10″ strip. I ended up with a quilt top 50″x 87″ after adding a 2″ strip as a border on the sides – seems to be a reasonable size for a young teenager.

Here is another look at the top on my ironing board. The blue is more of a turquoise actually, but my iPad just doesn’t seem to pick up the correct shade!

Tomorrow will be a busy day otherwise, so the next top comes up on Thursday! Happy quilting to all you folks too.

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The Season for Sharing…

It is the season for sharing and I turned my scraps and unlikely-to-be-ever-used stash into tops for baby quilts, for an orphanage supported by my favourite charitable organization.

Here is QuiltTop#1 in colours of the season. It was improvised using orphan rail fence blocks and other scraps from one of my first ever quilts.

The prints are all dabu hand block prints from a village near Jaipur…all except the green rail fence blocks and the white and gold strip, which are prints from Sanganer…

…and here is QuiltTop#2 – Indigo Love! Both quilts finish at 48″x 60″ which seems to be a good size. Again, all dabu prints, except the bright red triangles from Sanganer, hand printed with wooden blocks!

The pink/ red triangles were left over from a quilt where the blocks were set on point…

I plan to make at least three more tops over the next three days, not all of them baby quilts. I will not be quilting them myself. Instead, I will add a backing to make quilt bags to be stuffed thickly with carded cotton in the local market. The quilt-maker will be hand quilting them with big stitches. In the cold weather up North, where there is no winter heating, they should then be able to provide adequate warmth to some little children somewhere…

Another Modern Quilt…

Modern Relish Cafeteria Line pattern modified – Quilt#2

Well, technically, it is the same quilt, but quilted differently. I told you how it started off as one large quilt, and ended up as two quilts! In fact, I quilted this one first, but the binding on the other one came first.

The brown band that drove me nuts!

This brown strip that used from my stash was thicker fabric than the rest used on the quilt. So every time I reached this band, the thread would break! You would appreciate that that was pretty horrible – I ended up stopping short of the band, skipping that area and continuing on the other side! I came back later to complete the brown band by walking foot! Which also meant I had several dozen pairs of threads to bury all along this strip on either side. In fact, I can still spot some threads which need to meet their end inside the batting, but I wanted to take these photos before the sun set!

Reminds me of children throwing stones in a pool!

I experimented with some straight line quilting to make my task a bit easier – you can see that on the coloured fabric.

Wasn’t such fun when being done, but I like the end result!

I have done a quilt before with a spiral, but that was a single huge spiral on a quilt as you go panel and I think I used a walking foot. This one was almost entirely done with the echo free motion quilting foot, so was quite something else. Over all, I am quite satisfied with the way it turned out!

For the backing, I found an interesting print in brownish greys, which went quite well with my main prints.

The printed backing in brownish grey.

I think the lovely lady for whom this quilt has been made should like it, don’t you?

Tomorrow I will show you what else I have been up to! So do check in.

A Modern Quilt…

Finally completed one of two quilts in the making…both gifts, for two wonderfully generous girls.

Cafeteria Line pattern modified - one of two quilts meant as gifts.

A modern quilt for a lovely girl!

I planned, originally, to make a queen size, using the Cafeteria Line pattern by Modern Quilt Relish. However, I had only five fat quarters to work with, so I modified the pattern somewhat, adding the extra red bar . I was also not looking forward to working on a large quilt on my Husqavarna Viking, so thought I would quilt it in two halves and join them together. But then, had a brain wave! Two quilts are better than one, right?

The red and dark brown strip fabrics are from my stash.

I do love the quilting, don’t you?

I free motion quilted this one in a pattern similar to the original Modern Relish quilt, which I loved so much!

Marking the grid for the quilting was the most boring task imaginable!

I started by marking dots at 1″ intervals to form a grid to work on. That bored me so much, that I switched to a 2″ grid and eventually just drew perpendicular lines where I felt like!

The other quilt is quilted totally differently! Any guesses?

Since the point of my washable marker pencil kept breaking after every two lines, I switched to an ordinary lead pencil to draw the lines. Which means that I have to sit with an eraser tomorrow and scrub them all out! Not something I am looking forward too.

I did manage to find some pretty floral matching fabric for the backing in the local market, which softens the geometrical look of the quilt.

A pretty floral for the backing…

I hope the recipient of the quilt will love it as much as I loved making it for her!

Tomorrow, I plan to bind the other quilt. What is sewing at your end?