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.

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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)

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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.

 

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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

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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.

 

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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.

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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?

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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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