Thursday, March 22, 2012
By Annemart Berendse
Do you know that feeling? That you're walking through a hardware store or a toy shop and see something that's just great for quilting? I have it all the time! It may be something stupid, it may be something handy, but you know, when it's handy, it's mine!
For instance, I have a simple door viewer in my quilt room. The size of the room does not grant the name quilt studio.;-) And the door viewer is not in the door, it´s among my quilt notions. Many people do not understand why I would have a door-viewer. Well, actually, it's simple. I use it to check contrast in quilts. As my room is not very big, and I can´t take distance from a design, I use this.
Another option to do the same is using binoculars the other way round. Or have a huge quilt studio!
What do you use that is definitely not meant for quilting?
Have fun quilting!
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
I don't have many scrappy quilts that are also hand quilted - this may be the only one! It is a 12 inch round mini..every fabric(except the white background, the black points and the gold accents) is only present twice in the quilt - once in the stars and once in the border. Hand pieced, hand quilted with gold metallic thread, batting is wool, with iridescent beads in the center of the stars , gold beads in the gold accent pieces and tiny clear beads in the star points. This was done as part of a 12x12x4 challenge in 2007.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I just love scrappy quilts, think most of my quilts are made of scraps. I buy small pieces of fabric or second-hand shirts.
Here are some of them:
This is a small one, it is sewn by machine.
This is the first large quilt I handquilted. Notice the sashing, not enough of brown fabric.
This is a top, have not decided if I will handquilt it or not.
Friday, March 9, 2012
My brother Bob is 9 years younger than I, and when he graduated high school and went off to college, I was already married with two boys. I sent him off to Michigan State University with this scrappy, hand quilted quilt, made around 1985.
I made a Spider Web strip pieced quilt – also hand quilted - shortly after the quilt above was completed. My youngest son gravitated towards it, and it ended up being his “snuggle under while watching television” quilt.
He had a habit of chewing on one particular corner… and I’ve left it “as is.” Yes, I could replace the binding. But I like the history that it shows. Call me crazy!
I think the nice thing about quilts made from scraps is that if all the scraps are yours, you know other projects that you’ve used those fabrics in, and it brings back so many memories.
A few more of my scrap quilts can be seen on my blog post from yesterday.
I hope you’ll stop by and take a peek, then go plan your next scrappy quilt!
By: Karen Goad
That is one of my favorite sayings! I love scrap quilts and I love making them. Almost all of my quilts are scrap quilts. Normally I do not buy much in yardage I buy fat quarters. As I cut into them for quilts the little bits get saved to make quilts from those leftover little bits.
Here are just some of my scrap quilts, I have lost track of how many I have!
A little pineapple square wall hanging I am currently working on – applique in progress – will be on all four sides.
Star Crazy in the process of hand quilting – half way done!
Twisted Stars, on the bed – all of the stars were made from scraps
Double Wedding Ring with applique border – all scraps once again.
Table Topper made with 2 1/2 x 5 inch scraps
A Star Charm Quilt – no two pieces are alike.
All you need to make Scrap Quilts is an assortment of scraps and some background fabric. Some even use scraps for the background. One of my favorite methods is to collect up a lot white on whites – beige on white, white on beige – you get the picture – combine them for the background and you have a totally scrappy look.
Piece of Cake pattern Aunt Millie`s garden,it is a uniformed scrappy but still this looks nothing like their pattern, I wanted to use as many fabrics as possible
. Another avenue so to do Swaps that is a great way to get scrap if you are stash deprived. I have a large abundance of scraps and hope to achieve a few quilts with them, I love string quilts and hope to get one done soon. I have a few tops that are from swaps these were nine patches, they were from a swap.
This was from a swap we did I used some of the nine patches and then used other blocks that were from another swap for the alternate blocks, it is still a flimsy cause I don`t like my boarders, the them for the blocks was fall, but both quilts had the nine patches from one swap and they went a long way.
I look at these and think I better get my act in gear and start quilting these tops up!
Deb in Toronto
Monday, March 5, 2012
Gun from Sweden asked how to use the heramarker from my post about tools.
I have tried to find Gun on internet to respond to her question, have not found her yet.
So here is a quick tutorial on how I use it:
I make a sandwich from top, batting and backing. The heramarker is great for marking straight lines guided by a ruler.
Put ruler on top in the direction you want the quilting to go. Let the heramarker slide along edge of the ruler. You need to push down fairly hard, and make sure the ruler don`t move. I do this on my kitchentable, it is low enough to not strain my shoulders.
You should get a shiny line in the fabric now.
On this project I basted the sandwich after making the quilting lines.
Now it is easy to quilt along these lines, and there is no need to rinse or wash out any markings.
I hope you see this, Gun.
PS! This is the first time I have made a tutorial, so if anyone see some information I left out or described wrong, please feel free to correct it.
Friday, March 2, 2012
I started hand quilting it right after Thanksgiving. I really think if you break down a project and set small goals anything is possible. I really like that it is finished and I can move on to a new project.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Hand quilting is something that ANYONE can do. Anyone!
Several years ago, I had students in the fifth grade class I was teaching make their own patchwork quilt. Not only did each student sew his or her own blocks, but we then sewed the blocks together and put the quilt in a wooden frame as a class project. They took turns quilting it when their classwork was finished until the quilt was completed. The quilt was lovely, and it was raffled off to raise money for us to take a scientific marine voyage for several days on Lake Michigan to study marine life.
In 1989, I graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan. (I had waited to return to college to finish my degree after our youngest child had entered kindergarten.) My mother surprised me with this quilt as a graduation present. It was her first quilt to be hand quilted.
Here is a closer picture of her work:
While the quilting is not closely stitched, the applique work is beautiful and all hand done.
The quilt is signed on the front, “I love you, Mom.” The back includes her embroidered name.
Not too bad for a woman who was legally blind at the time she made this.