Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Donna's 30's Mini Bow Tie Quilt

Last night I finished quilting my customer's Mini Bow Tie quilt, which is made of 30's reprint fabrics.  The quilt measures 96" x 99".  I used Superior's So Fine #50 thread in 'Blizzard' color on top, Bottom Line #60 thread in 'Lace White' on the bottom.  The pantograph is 'Dahlia Delight'.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Quilting Customer's 30's Mini Bow Tie Quilt

The quilt measures 96" x 99".  The pantograph is called 'Dahlia Delight'.  The panto is about 11' wide.  Each pass takes 38 minutes, if I can manage to do it without stopping for a break.  I have about 5 hours of quilting left... but I'll need a few breaks during that time.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Quilt for Baby Malinda

A couple of days ago while pulling fabric from my stash for the diamond-shaped petals on the Baskets of Lilies quilt, I came upon a piece of fabric left over from something somebody made me when I was a baby -- and I'm almost 57 years old.  

I decided it was high time I did something with that piece of fabric, which is still in perfectly good condition -- and now I have the baby granddaughters for whom to do it, too.  It will be for Baby Malinda for Christmas.

There was a piece of soft pink fabric next to this piece; I probably put it there a long time ago, thinking it would make a good backing.

I loaded the fabrics on my quilting frame, tucked in a piece of batting, and quilted away.  The fabric is printed to look as though it is pieced.  I 'stitched in the ditch' to add to the illusion. 

About the time I was done, I thought, This would have looked a lot better, and been a nicer size, if I had've put borders on it.

Sooo... I pulled out a piece of matching blue, a few more strips of batting, and, with some difficulty, added them to the central piece.  I hadn't yet trimmed backing or batting, so was able to butt strips of batting to the batting of the quilt, and zigzag them together.  I only needed to add to the pink backing at the top of the quilt.  After adding the aqua-blue borders, I sewed strips of muslin all around the quilt so I could attach it to the leaders on my frame, using water-soluble thread in the bobbin.

I reloaded the quilt onto the frame and quilted the borders.  Upon removing the quilting from the frame, all I had to do was lightly spritz the seams between muslin and quilt with a little water, and presto, the muslin pulled away like magic.  I sewed on the binding and was done.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Finished Quilting Donna's 'Golden Days of Hollywood' Quilt

Last night I finished quilting my customer's 'Golden Days of Hollywood' quilt.  It measures 60" x 66".  I used a pantograph called Drama (masks), with #60 Bottom Line thread -- silvery gray on top, cream on the bottom.

Teensy always has to come check out the quilts -- and he'd get right on them and cuddle up, if I'd let him.  "Stay down!" I tell him, and he looks at me, all squinty-eyed and purring, trying to look as cute as possible so I'll relent.

Here's old Tabby, our 20-year-old kitty.  He, too, loves the quilts, and must be told, "Stay off the quilt!"  
"Meeee?!!" he always answers in astonishment.