Archive for February, 2012

We might get a shower

But it’s ok because it’s warm with tropical breezes and we’re about to have a lovely lunch.


What quilter’s work do you admire?

Is there a quilter’s work that you just love? I can say I’ve never seen a show quilt from Janet Foggthat I didn’t think was wonderful and creative. I saw one of her latest ones today in the IMQA magazine On Track and I love it. (The photo of the magazine below does not do it justice click on the link above to go to her website and see it and others)

The Pineapple top is quilted

I still need to do the binding but I love how the quilting turned out.

I’m happy with the look of the quilting close – up and the texture created across the entire quilt. If you didn’t see it in my last post, the pantograph is Feathered Leaf from Willow Leaf Studio. They have a larger version but I have limited throat space so mine is the smaller size.


I’ve made a start

I was going to wait until I was done to share my reasoning behind choosing the panto I did but this is slow going so I’ll share a few photos now.

While I love the curvy lines of Halcyon, larger motifs are not as suited for allover quilting on quilts that have strong light and dark areas as pantographs with smaller motifs — in my opinion!

What you end up seeing is just a line going from dark to light without really seeing the design at all — it ends up looking like a bunch of disjointed lines to me. Again, just my opinion.

With a smaller motif, while the design still travels randomly from light to dark — you still end up seeing the shapes you are quilting rather than just a series of lines. Take a look at what I mean – these photos should enlarge when you click them if you want a closer look.

The one choice I am questioning a bit is my thread choice — 70% of the time I use either a dark tan or a light brown thread for scrap quilts — in this case because the bulk of this quilt is so dark I chose the brown thinking the lighter thread would be too distracting — I won’t know for sure if I made the right decision until I’m done and can look at the quilt as a whole.

The pantograph is Feathered Leaf by Willow Leaf Studio

Another finish

Working my way through the binding created by meeting last month’s goal to quilt all of the remaining donation tops. There are 4 left to bind but I’m getting ready to travel again so probably won’t finish another one until I get back from VA at the end of the month.

Here’s another one pieced by Tish — I have really enjoyed these quilts from our last HeartStrings project and am looking forward to seeing what our current project generates.


Interesting choice on the panto

I have a different theory than most of the commenters about the busy-ness of the panto and the pineapple top but I do agree the curvy-ness of the 2nd pantograph – Halcyon – would suit the blocks well, which is why it’s one of two that I’m trying to choose from.

I’m getting ready to start so you’ll have to wait a bit to see which one I chose….and we’ll have to see if I made the right choice when the quilt is done.

February’s UFO is loaded

I might even get it quilted before we leave again but we’ll see….

It’s a busy pineapple scrap quilt so I’m planning on a pantograph — the question is do I do an easy one, or put a little more effort into it? I think I’ve made my choice — how about you? Which one would you choose?


More HeartStrings

It’s a good thing you tell me you like seeing these … One more finished tonight. This one pieced by Tish and made with homespuns and a black center string. One of my favorite combinations.


Monday’s sew-along

Mondays are for my current HeartStrings project — so I pulled my border, sorted some strings, cut foundations and started piecing a new set of blocks.

Here are a couple of blocks with my border fabric. I’ll just need 24 of these for a child size quilt and I’ve got 8 done.

Now I’m going to get some binding done – hopefully!


Some progress from last week

But not that much …. First I’m sewing the blocks into groups of four — I always avoid sewing long rows of blocks when I can.


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