What are you working on?

It’s spring in Michigan, and the weather is finally getting warmer.  I try to divide my spare time between enjoying the outdoors and quilting. 

My quilt “Purple Reign” is getting my attention right now, and I’m enjoying every moment hand quilting it.  Well, almost every moment.  I hate quilting around and through seams.  You too?

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A friend on the Celebrate Hand Quilting Facebook group asked me how I did the applique on this quilt.  I wrote up a tutorial for her to follow and thought I’d share it with you here.  If you’d like to know how I do “Double Applique,”

click here to download the tutorial.

More tutorials will be coming in the future… but probably on a different blog.  Stay tuned for the exciting details!

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How do you choose which quilting project to work on?

If you are reading this blog, chances are pretty good that you are a quilter.  And, if you are indeed a quilter, you have within your DNA  a unique bit of biological information that makes it nearly impossible for you to only work on one quilting project at a time.  Rather, it renders you utterly indecisive. Let me help you understand by giving an example.

I have many projects in various stages of completion. 

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2) My own Jane Stickle variation IMG_1915
3) Barn Owl

(Yes, I know, there is no owl there… yet. Leave me alone!)

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4) Feathered Star ESQG presentation
  5) Purple Reign Floral

It should be noted that this list does not include quilts which exist only in my brain.  I have found that QIB’s (Quilts in Brain) can be more dangerous than quilts which have

  1. emerged into semi-reality based on hours spent in Pinterest or magazine reading
  2. fabric which has been selected and is already in the home
  3. a sketched design
  4. any measuring that includes a ruler/yardstick/tape measure

And WHY, you might be wondering?  How can a QIB be dangerous?

A QIB sneaks into your consciousness at a moment’s notice.  It stays there, driving you crazy, and you try to force yourself not to think about it.  You tryg to make it go away.  But no.  You start seeing the design in your mind.  At first, you just see the shapes.  Then the shapes turn into various different color combinations.  The combinations morph into thoughts of needing more fabric.  And then quilt size becomes an issue.  If you must make it, how large of a commitment will this be?  Tiny?  Huge?  You don’t know how much fabric to buy.  Thoughts of a whole bolt tickle your brain.  It makes sense.  With a whole bolt, you will certainly have enough.

Eventually, you will begin to wrestle with yourself.  An argument ensues. 

“I really should not begin another quilt until I finish X number of quilts I have already started.”

“Yes, but this quilt will be SO FABULOUS!”

“But it will require me to spend more money on fabric that will just sit in my stash, taunting me.”

“I know, but if I don’t buy the fabric now, it might not be available when I need it.”

“Yes, but how will I hide the fabric once it is in the house?”

“I can put it in my sock drawer.  Nobody will find it there.”

“I will want to start the quilt as soon as I buy the fabric.”

“No, I won’t.  I will be strong!”

“OK, yes I will.  But this should be an easy quilt to piece/applique, and I can get it done in no time at all.”

“What about the quilt I am working on now?  That will never get finished if I start another one.”

“Yes it will.  I must finish that quilt.  But I need to start this one before I forget it!”

  “I need to find my car keys. Have you seen them?”

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Yes, it seems funny.  But you and I both know there is a ton of truth here.

How do YOU stop the madness?  What is YOUR secret?

Amish Center Diamond Quilt – Hand Quilted

 

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Fleur de Caron II    58 x 58 inches

It’s no secret that I love Amish quilts.  I have made several in my almost 40-year quilting career.  I love the simplicity of the design, and the solid colors which were mostly used in true Amish quilts.  I think what attracts me the most is that without the quilting design, the quilt doesn’t have zing.  It is just solid colors sewn together in what is often a boring pattern.  The hand quilting gives the quilt life.  It is the hand quilting that I most enjoy as a quilter, thus an Amish-style quilt provides me a canvas for my stitches.

The quilt above is based on an Amish “Center Diamond” pattern.  You can see more Center Diamond quilts here:

“Fleur de Caron II” features a traditional outer cable border, four yellow squares (hand dyed by the artist ) with  spiral circles, four large dark grey triangles in a vine designed by the quilter accompanied by a circular design (Linda Macho, “Quilting Patterns”). The lime green center contains “Fleur de Caron,” designed by the artist. The lighter purple in the quilt has also been hand dyed by the artist.  All fabrics are Kona cotton with the exception of the hand dyed fabrics mentioned above. 

See additional posts featuring “Fleur de Caron II” here:

Photos of “Fleur de Caron II” Under Construction:
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“Fleur de Caron II” is FOR SALE.  If you are interested, please see http://blog.caronmosey.com/p/for-sale.html

 

As always, this quilt has passed inspection.

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Playing Catch Up

Jacobs 9thIf you are in the United States, how do you celebrate Memorial Day (weekend)? Because our first grandson, Jacob, was born on May 28th, we generally get the family together and have a barbeque sometime over the holiday weekend.  We did that yesterday.  It was a beautiful day, warm, sunny, and perfect for grilling out.  Son Sean is the grill master when we visit them, and a good one at that!  Delicious pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans ala Margaret, fresh fruit, birthday cake and more munchies than a body should eat. 

Ready for birthday cake? Sean serves the birthday boy…

 

Usually, there are more people around the table… but Kim and Samantha had a stomach bug, so they stayed in the bedroom and tried to feel better.  Staying in the bedroom kept everyone else from catching what they had, as well.

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But we hadn’t seen Loren and Margaret since Christmas, so it was nice to hang out with them. 

 

 

I spent some time over the weekend finishing my class sample for my hand quilting class.  I wasn’t sure what color binding to put on it, so I opted for a two-color version.  Yellow, like the front of the quilt, and a thin flange in a light grey.  The quilt was hand quilted with light grey thread as well.  I just wasn’t in the mood for an all yellow quilt, so the touch of grey seemed to be the right thing at the time.  It’s just a little piece, but a good size for a beginning student.  I’m not at all happy with the way the binding looks… that may be redone soon.  Too much puckering on the edge of the quilt for my liking.  UGH.

Someone had told me that it was a lot of quilting to do for a first time quilter.  Could be, but the cross hatches can be omitted if desired.  After the class, I will be adding trapunto to the piece, which will give it a different look.

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An Adopted Album Quilt

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This is a quilt top that I purchased back in the late 1970’s – early 80’s.  I loved the scrappy look of it, so I hand quilted it as it was and kept it for several years until I sold it.  You can still find some good buys on quilt tops if you know where to look.  Tim Latimer, also a hand quilter from Michigan, has found many beautiful tops and blocks and given them life by hand quilting them and seeing them to completion.  It’s kind of like adopting a rescue dog or cat.  You take it the way it comes to you, you give it love and attention so that it can be the best it can be.

Go ahead – adopt a quilt!

Aurora Borealis

As promised, here is “Aurora Borealis: North Wind of the Dawn.”

This quilt is available for purchase on my Etsy site.  Click here to visit.

View of the pebbling from the back…

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The quilt measures 25 inches square and is made of 100 percent cotton, both hand dyed and batik.

*Note:  This post is scheduled to “go live automatically” during my quilt guild meeting when all of our challenge quilts are revealed.  I will return at a later time and provide you with a link to see the quilts that others have made!