Update: 8th quilt I quilted on my longarm. Quilted with Urban Elementz "Marmalade" pattern and hand bound. - I started piecing this (mostly batik) blue and yellow GE Designs "Nova" pattern quilt when I found out that my friend's 20 year old daughter has stomach cancer. She is having surgery today. Her favorite colors are sky blue and yellow. I'll quilt it on Wednesday after the tropical storm passes. 68" x 82" posted 8/3/2020
Made this for a dear friend in MI. She has a smaller tree to put on a table and didn't have a cover for under the smaller tree. I had some leftovers and made this piece up. I loved the fabric print and knew she could relate to it. She's also a bird lover and backing is covered with cardinals.
Today, 8-6-20, I used up more of my stash. I had some mini charm packs of "Olive's Flower Market", and made another topper for my sewing nook. I decided to put a boarder on this one, with the cross hatch quilting. I didn't have enough yardage that matched for the backing, so I used a solid charm pack, and sewed 20 of them together. I had plenty of the black and white binding, so I used that to match my other pieces. I decided to put my biscuit cookie jar on it that holds my small spools of thread. Ok... back to piecing my larger quilt!
Recently my Mom handed me the pieces, rows, and the book for this quilt she had been working on. It is from the Sandy Thompson book Quick Cozy Couch Quilts, 2008. I followed the assembly directions and boy, sorry don't read this Mom, I really was not in love with this quilt. The big blocks of plain fabric were really jumping out. What I finally realized when I got to the quilting was this isn't a quilt about the piecing - it is a quilt about the quilting. Specifically in those blocks that were just big blocks of nothing. So, I started digging for ideas through my growing library of quilting idea books. I took inspiration from a number of places; changed things to roses and with Mom's approval got started. Unsewing the very first thing I sewed really set the tone for this project! Phone at the ready with the pictures of the motifs and the mini projection unit set up on a tripod I set to drawing. I decided that I was going to use the air erasable pen so I didn't have to go back and erase or wet down the quilt. This meant I could only draw about 4 designs (blocks) and then sew to ensure I wasn't redrawing. But, when it came to the big blue blocks I am having trouble. The air erasable pens almost instantly evaporate on this shiny fabric she used. My white chalk pencil doesn't show up everywhere and a combination of colors meant my eyes where jumping and had trouble following. What seems to work the best is the yellow chalk and then quilting with the printout right beside me so if I get lost I can refer to it. Or, I just make it up until I get back to where I know I am. Which means the large continuous line roses might be interesting! But who will know since they are hard to see. Why am I posting this? Because I'm sort of hoping while I wait for more thread to arrive...taking a BUNCH of thread for this, somebody might have an idea of the PERFECT marking tool!
RIGHT BEFORE ALL OF THE QUARENTINE BEGAN I THOUGHT I NEED TO GET SOMETHING TO DO WHILE WE WERE STUCK AT HOME. I SAW THE Henry Glass Libert Star packs on Missouri Star quilt web site and lived them, so I purchased 4 of them. I set to work.puttimh them together and I even mixed in fabrics from my stash to make the quilt larger. I also added a piano key border. It took me 5 weeks to hand quilt it and I love it!
Inspired by a wall hanging mini on the Simple Simon & Co website; they had taken the pattern tutorial from Elizabeth Hartman/Sew Mama Sew. I used a variegated thread to quilt the top with. I backed the mini quilt with Grunge Spots. Eventually, the mini will hang on a wall in my sewing room.