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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Virtual Quilt: Fan Crazy Quilt

Here is a virtual version of the basic blocks for the quilt, made with Quilt Pro for Mac.  I still need to piece the corner blocks.  The ones shown are stock blocks from the Quilt Pro Block Library.  



Fan Block 6 A - Purple to Red

This is the final block of the 12 needed for the basic design.  I still need to piece the four fans for the corners.




Saturday, January 3, 2015

Green Fan #4, Blue Fan #5, Purple Fan #6


Since it will take 12 blocks to complete the rainbow pattern, I will make a transitional block to go in between each of the first 6 blocks.  















Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Red Fan #1

I have had a big bag of new silk tie scraps from Robert Talbot for several years. After seeing a beautiful fan quilt on CQMagOnline, I was inspired to start one. I adapted Allie Aller's Curved Appliqué pattern from her Craftsy class to make the fan blades a bit longer.

I have so much of this silk that this project will hardly put a dent in my stash!


Sunday, December 28, 2014

French Quilt Block #5 - Avril Girl

I have been reading  a lot about block construction, notably on Gerry's Block Talk.  She says to construct the blocks and do all lace and ribbon afterward. 

I have been debating about whether to include my silkies as a block piece or as an add-on after and I see that both ways are done.  Sharon B's block #28 accommodated this image pretty well, as I only has to slightly lengthen pieces 1 and 2. 


Saturday, December 27, 2014

French Quilt - Block #4 - Pavé Sigaut

I wanted to do all curved blocks but I broke down and used this pattern with mostly straight. seams. 

This is my first time using silkies and I am still trying to figure out the best way to do it. I have been using the silkie as piece one and appliquéing over it.  Allie  suggested piecing the block normally and then appliquéing the silkie on top and covering the edges with trim or  ribbon. I will try that next!

French Quilt Block #3 - Lady in Corset

This is the first curved CQ pattern I designed myself.  I love the image, but I am not totally in love with the appliquéd pieces.  It was challenging to draft it so that each piece went on over the previous one, thus ensuring a seam only on one side.  Back to the drawing board!!   I will definitely use this one, however.


French Quilt Block #2 - Upholstery Girl


Friday, December 26, 2014

French Quilt Block # 1 - Eiffel Tower

For this project I decided to do a French themed quilt with vintage "silkies" in the center of each block. 

All the blocks will be curved, using the freezer paper method I learned from Allie Aller. I will use three or four different patterns for the blocks, two from Allie and so far one that I designed myself. I found it challenging to design curved blocks to accommodate the usually rectangular or square silkies,  but I'm getting there. 

I've printed out 16 images, using TAP Artist Paper, but I'll be making the blocks one at a time so I'll have time to pick and choose which silkies to use for each. block. The inaugural block is, of course, the Eiffel Tower!!

Here is the first naked block, appliquéd in a fine zigzag with invisible thread. 



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Benson's memorial quilt is finished!

Benson's memorial quilt is now finished and hanging on our living room wall. When the sun decides to come out I will take some better pictures of it. I really enjoyed making this wall hanging; it has helped me get through the grieving process. Rest in peace, faithful friend.




Monday, December 8, 2014

Progress on Benson's Memorial Quilt

The top is now completed. I added some alphabet beads that come from a keychain Cherie  made me with Benson's name on it and some dog bone beads that she also made. This is in lieu of embroidering his name on the quilt. 



Thursday, December 4, 2014

More Progress on Benson's Memorial Quilt

I finally printed an image I liked, using TAP Transfer paper, and have embroidered it to the background, instead of using trim.   I am much happier with it this way.




In the photo below, Benson's image is appliqued to the background using a narrow zigzag stitch and invisible thread.  There is a layer of batting behind the image.





Tuesday, December 2, 2014

More Progress on Benson's Memorial Quilt

The top is almost done.  Tonight I will be working on getting his photo in place, and some more embroidery, or some trim,  to frame the photo.








Monday, November 24, 2014

Progress on Benson's Memorial Quilt


I have finished the embroidery on the two side borders, and the first pass on the top and bottom borders.  Here are the side borders:



TAST Week #140 - Threaded Cable Chain Stitch


This was harder than it looked!   I really like the cable stitch, but for the threaded part I had to keep adjusting each loop. 




I redid the threaded part, with a thicker thread, that I only had in white.  It looks a little better but still needs lots of practice. Maybe my cable stitches are too big for the size of the weaving thread used?




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Completed CQ Basic Class Block

I have finished Kathy's Shaw's Basic Crazy Quilt class project, and look forward to her upcoming classes.  I learned a lot and got to push the boundaries of my comfort zone.

Following Kathy's instructions, I triple reinforced the stitching on all the beads I had previously sewn on and I added some silver beads to seam #7 with the Cretan and straight stitches near the center of the block. These beads ain't goin' nowhere! 

I added a silk ribbon dragonfly in the center as well as some dyed and beaded lace butterflies. The dragonfly was made with pale pink and white ribbon, as that's all I had, and then color was added with permanent markers. The wings are ribbon stitches, and the body and head are various sizes of French knots. My husband pointed out that my dragonfly is a little crooked, and he is.  That's what I get for stitching until midnight.  I followed one of Kate's wonderful tutorials over at for the dragonfly over at Crafty Attic


I have thoroughly enjoyed this class and am grateful to Kathy for all the knowledge she freely passes on!
















Thursday, November 13, 2014

Progress on Kathy Shaw's CQ Basic Class

I have added the ribbon irises and roses. 





Take a Stitch Tuesday - #138 Barbed Stitch

I added some curves and French knots.  This will be really fun on a CQ seam!  Thank you, Sharon. 


Here I have used it on Benson's Memorial quilt.