Sunday, October 28, 2012

Comfort Quilt

Comfort Quilt 41.5" X 58.5"

Comfort Quilt detail

Starting 9 Patch
Another Disappearing Nine Patch.  I like this pattern a lot because of the rather scrappy look it gets.  Since all of these quilts go to different people, the pattern is really not that important.  I have found that I really like to put jean fabric and corduroy in my quilts.  Jean fabric is loved by all ages; corduroy is something that everyone touches automatically.
This is my first charity quilt of my quilting year.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Quilt Photo Review - Year 5

Golden Sunrise, 10" x 10"

Horned Violet, 9" x 9"

Painted T-shirt, just for FUN
Window Study I, 10" x 10"

Window Study II, 10" x 10"

Window Study III, 10" x 10"
Purple BOMbs, 40.5" x 58.5"
I believe this is the only kind of bombs that we should use.  This resulted from my guild challenge of one BOM a month.  Because I have made very few traditional blocks, I really enjoyed this challenge.  Of course when it came to creating the quilt, I did have to be very creative because I had made my blocks in sizes that I thought fit the block.
Block of the Month Pillow, 16" x 16"
Pillow made from one of the BOMs that didn't fit in the final quilt.

Wedding Memory Pillow Front, 24" square

Memory Pillow Back
This is the monogram that the couple designed.
Sewing Machine Cover for my new Juki Exceed 600
BTW, I love this machine

Sun Cape made from selvage edges
I like my sewing machine cover so much, I decided to make a sun cape using the same method.  Because I am very allergic to the sun, ie LOTS of cancer, this is something I use a lot during the warm season.
Mondrian Inspired Cape

Mondrian Inspired Purse, 3 views

Velvet Evening Purse with silk and bead embellishment

Place Mat Purses given as Christmas Gifts
Last October, I promised myself I would try to make one Charity Quilt a month for my quilting year.  Following are some of the 12 Charity Quilts I made.  I know I forgot to photograph one little baby quilt.  The last quilt for my self imposed challenge, didn't get done until October, so it will show up on next years summary.  I found that it was too too much of a challenge.  I struggled to finish; one quilt was late.  This next year I will try to make 6 quilts during the year PLUS quilt 6 other charity quilts. I want to have time to make more Art Quilts and learn how to machine felt.
Comfort Quilt, 36x46

Comfort Quilt, 43x54

Comfort Quilt, 36" x 54"

 Red Rhythms II, 32"x42"

Comfort Quilt, 36" x 48"

Fat Cat and Mousey, 32.75" x 39.5"

Comfort Quilt, 38" x 52"
Comfort Quilt, 36" x 44"

Fidget Quilt, 33" x 35.5"

A Friendly Family of Five Fabulous Fish Frequently Travel with Two Terrific Tag-a-longs, 36" x 47"

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Comfort Quilt

Comfort Quilt 33" x 52"
Pastel Strip Squares with Worn Jean Sashing

One Square close up
At one of my spring guild meetings, someone brought in a HUGE pile of worn or outgrown jeans.  A few of us took a bunch.  As you can see from the various shades of blue, there are different types of jean fabric and different wear patterns.  Knowing many people like jeans, especially teens, I dug out all of my pastel strips to make squares.  I cut sashing strips from the legs, some short because of a worn out knee; some long ones on the back of the legs. 
I always ironed the jeans to the fabric side.   However, where the sashing meets, it is quite thick.  Prior to quilting, I tacked down all of the inside corners.  My machine was not always happy with this thickness, but it did do the job.  I only quilted the fabric squares and end extensions because I like the look of the plain jeans.  I also think it is more interesting.
I'm happy with the way it has turned out.  So happy, that I am confident it will be picked very quickly.  Unfortunately, between Thanksgiving and New Years, there are a lot of accidents of all kinds, so the need of a Comfort Quilt is really high.
This is the last of my self commitment for the year. Last October I made myself a promise to make one charity quilt a month. My blog year starts in October, so that was my starting month. I was able to give a quilt every month until June, when somehow, I got behind. In September I gave 2 quilts, June and July. This next meeting on Thursday, I have two more donations, August and September. 
It has been a struggle. It was really too much pressure I put on myself. This blog year, I want to give away six charity quilts + + + quilt 6 more for folks in my guild who piece the top and need someone to quilt it. I'm still a beginning quilter, however, IF I am trusted to quilt these charity quilts, I'll gain more experience. Seems like a win-win situation to me.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

BOM as a Pillow

BOM = Basket as a 16" Pillow
Quiltart has just been asking if quilt artists also make traditional quilts.  It prompted me to finally finish a BOM from last year. I started as a quilt artist.  However, I love all quilts.  When my guild asked who wanted to do Block of the Month [BOM], I quickly raised my hand.  This project allowed me to learn 12 new blocks.  It was a challenge.  Many ended up in the 'reuse' bag before I got a good one. Many needed fixing OR didn't fit in the final lap quilt. 
This basket was too big to fit the quilt.  I finally added some borders to make a 16" square pillow.
I also feel that traditional blocks can still have the 'hand of the maker'.  My finished lap quilt is not the usual setting.