Quilting From the Outside In

unmarked topNormally after you baste a quilt and begin quilting, you start from the center and work your way out.  The theory behind that is that if there are going to be any ripples in the quilt top, you can then “work them out” towards the edges as you go.

With this “Center Diamond” quilt, I did just the opposite.  You see, this was a sample quilt for a beginning hand quilting class that I taught last fall.  I threw something simple together for my students to practice on using an old-fashioned four-board quilting frame.  On the right is the quilt top after it was sewn. 

Below is the quilt on the frame with a few of the students working on it.

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I decided to finish the quilt up on my own, and because it had quilting around part of the outside border, I opted to just start on the outside and work my way in.

As long as a quilt will lay perfectly flat and is pinned or basted well, it really doesn’t matter where you begin. 

All of the borders are now finished, and I am now ready to start quilting on the center section, which is lime green (not the yellow that it looks here).

Here is my professional quilt holder showing you the quilt with everything quilted except the green center.

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Quilting is done with black thread.  I think I will put a dark grey binding on this. 

What do you think?

Out of Hibernation!

Do you remember me?  I’m the quilter who used to blog all the time.  So where have I been?

Ahhhhh, life.  It does what it wants to do, and takes you places you’d rather not go.  The last time I posted anything was on AUGUST 24, 2013.  Since then, I lost my day job, but it was a true blessing.  I won’t go into details, but we’ll just say that things were not all happy and glamorous prior to my leaving.  I spent just under one month being unemployed.  I think that’s pretty good!  However, during that time, I also got to experience what people go through when they try and collect unemployment in the State of Michigan.  It isn’t pretty, it isn’t fun, and I still have not collected a dime.  The State of Michigan’s website – which you have to use to file for unemployment, report on your job search, and communicate with whoever works at the unemployment office – is the worst site I have ever used.  It is not user-friendly at all, nobody gets back with you, it crashes all the time, etc.  There is another option to call the office, but in all the hundreds of calls I made to the only phone number that they have, I never once got through to a human. What a pain! 

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I applied for many different jobs during my few weeks of unemployment.  I knew that the first job I applied for was the one I wanted.  I was called in for an interview, asked to come in for a second, and knew I wanted the position.  It was offered to me, and I must say, I feel SO blessed!  But during the time that I was unemployed, my mother-in-law’s health took a turn for the worse.  She was in a care facility about 15 minutes away from us, and we were visiting with her almost every day.  I started my new job, and just days later at work I got the call that we dreaded.  Mom had passed away.  Ours is a very small family, so decisions and tasks were placed on just a couple people.   To say it was stressful would be an understatement, but we got through it. 

I presented for two quilt guilds over the past two months, and what a joy that was!  The C.A.M.E.O. Quilt Guild in Clawson is such a great group of quilters!  Not only did I do a presentation, but I taught two hand quilting classes to them as well.  Lots of fun!  I also did a presentation for my own quilt guild, the Evening Star Quilters in Davison, Michigan.  Fun, fun, fun!

ESQG presentationSo what am I doing now as a quilter?  Hmmm.  Hand quilting.  I am still working on my Feathered Star quilt, and making good progress.  However, it is slow going, as I am quilting diagonal lines across the entire quilt which are about one-quarter of an inch apart.  Yes, slow going. Here is a photo of the quilt taken by Anna Palmer from my presentation at the Evening Star Quilters.  I gave them a sneak peak because I have been working on this for so long and don’t really have much else to share during our show-and-tell sessions!  Yes, that is my arm in there pointing to the stitching.

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I made a quilt top for my hand quilting students to work with.  It’s a simple 60 inch square Amish-looking Center Diamond quilt in grey, plumb, purple and green.  I know, strange colors to put together.  But I think it will look good when it is finished.  The photo shows it prior to any quilting.  I am now hand quilting it in my hoop using black thread, in-between sessions of quilting my Feathered Star quilt. Perhaps I will give you a sneak peek of the quilting on this quilt in my next post. 

NOTE: The colors on this quilt don’t look right in the photo.  The center is lime green, not yellow.

What are YOU working on?  Please share when you leave a comment below!  I’d love to hear from you!

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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Part one – done

The entire quilt has been hand quilted with one-inch lines going diagonally. The stars are all quilted, and now I begin Part two. Each diagonal is being divided into three parts, as shown here.

Good thing I’m in no rush to complete this baby, huh?

Stitching away the winter

 

Brrrrrr!  It is SO cold out today, here in mid Michigan!  I am really ready for spring to arrive.  How about you?

Not much has been going on since the last post.  Working during the day, an hour or two of quilting at night when I can find time for it… that’s about it!

2.16.2013I did get to spend the afternoon quilting yesterday with the resident Quilt Inspector on the ottoman in front of me.  She was perfectly content to sleep and purr, as long as there was a quilt nearby. 

I haven’t posted an update of this quilt in awhile, so here goes:

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It’s easier to see what has been quilted by looking at the back.

2.17.2013BPublished by Caron Mosey at Michigan Quilts! Copyright 2013.

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Hell HAS Frozen Over

HellYes folks, it has, indeed frozen over.  

Here in Michigan, and in other parts of the United States, we are in the middle of a deep freeze.  Today, schools in my area were all closed due to the low temperatures.  We don’t want students standing outside waiting for the bus or walking to school in sub zero weather. 

I remember as a child attending Elms Elementary in Flushing… second grade, I think.  There was an area of the school by the kindergarten rooms that formed a little inset area; a buffer from the winds.  At recess time after lunch, we had to go outside no matter how cold it was.  The kids would all huddle together in this area to hide from the wind and keep each other warm.  We’d stand there for about 20-25 minutes shivering until the bell rang and we could go back inside.  Funny how you remember things like that!

I live in Flushing, a little town just west of Flint.  It’s a nice area with a downtown two short blocks long.  Here’s a nice picture taken just after Christmas.  

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My favorite time of the year to sit and quilt is on days like today.  I can snuggle under my quilt in my chair, warm and toasty underneath all those layers of quilt, and just hand quilt for hours.  I think I’ll head over there and do just that. 

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Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 20

The quilting is now complete, and all that remains to be done is:

  • A hanging sleeve for the back
  • Sewing the binding on by machine
  • Hand stitching the binding closed with mitered corners
  • Washing the quilt (gasp)
  • Sewing on the label (still unsure as to who will be making the label)
IMG_1370 Duff’s Bluff by Elizabeth Brandt
IMG_1372 Bright Star by Nancee Marchinowski
IMG_1373 God’s Eye by Carrie Dominguez
IMG_1377 Block by Sue Mohr
IMG_1380 Block by Valerie Langue
IMG_1381 Block by Valerie Langue
IMG_1384 Lemoyne Star by Betty Grant
IMG_1407 Michelle’s Garden by Ruth Davis
This little block has 33 pieces in it!
IMG_1417 Ohio Star by Ruth Garrett
IMG_1419 Brandon’s Star by Fernande Authuys
IMG_1412 A larger photo will be posted after the steps at the top of this post have been taken. 

 

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 19

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone! 

It’s a beautiful day in Michigan… hope your day is just as lovely!

Just a few pictures today to update you on the process of the quilt.  The quilting is almost finished!

E3 Basket by Linda Frihart
H3 Flowers by Betty Grant
I3 Star by Linda Frihart
J3 Pink flower by Andrea Kozoil

A reminder to all the ladies who have participated in the making of the Obama quilt:  If you haven’t yet sent Elizabeth a photo of yourself, please do so ASAP.  She is waiting on those.  If you don’t remember how to contact her using her email, please use our Yahoo group to get a message to her or to post your photo in your photo album on the site.

We are also looking for someone to make the label for the quilt.  If labels are “your thing,” please contact me (Caron) and let me know.  An embroidered label would be lovely!

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Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 18

Sorry for my blog absence… I‘ve received lots of emails wondering if I was OK. Other than a little upset tummy on Friday, I have been fine.  We had a major storm blow through the State of Michigan , and the area where I live had what some are calling the “Hundred Year Flood.”  Schools all through our county (Genesee) were closed Friday, and because of my icky tummy I was up all night watching the lightening and listening to the rain and hail beat on our house. 

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I took the photo below around the corner from my house.  This yard sits next to a small creek, that flooded up hill into the yard almost to the driveway.

Flood2I opted to stay home on Friday, catch up on sleep, and work on our quilt.  I’ve tried to stay away from the computer as much as possible lately  and focus more time on finishing the quilting.  The photos below show more completions, but it isn’t finished yet!

IMG_1157 The Pace of Congress by Gayle McKay
Papa’s Star for Malia by Linda Starkey star
IMG_1170 Opening Gates by Kathy Timmons
Hexagon Flower by Valerie Langue IMG_1173
IMG_1174 Flag by Jeannine Hanner
Obama’s 2009 Halloween by Caroline Van Maele IMG_1176
IMG_1178 Block by Linda Starkey
Block by Christine Olson IMG_1182
IMG_1225 Heart and Hand by Ruth Gregg
Town Square by Kathy Timmons IMG_1226
IMG_1227 Pineapple by Judy Lindsay
Tennessee by Kathy Timmons IMG_1228
IMG_1230 Washington’s Puzzle by Kathy Timmons
Kimono With Obi, by Gayle McKay IMG_1231

More to come!  We’re nearing the finish line!

Yes We Can, Jane quilt update number 17

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Bird on a Branch
by Elizabeth Brandt

Obama s First Christmas
by Caroline Van Maele

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Charm Basket
by Susan Mina

Flying Geese Nine Patch
by Jean Amundsen

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Log Cabin
by Linda Frihart

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