Plan a quilt edge to edge

The hardest part of piecing this quilt was the black border. Note to self: draft patterns for the whole quilt, not just the fun part. In retrospect, it would have been easier to construct this differently than I did, bit it’s whole now! Now on to the finishing… basting the quilt sandwich isn’t my favorite part: Now for the quilt wrestling: I quilt on a … Continue reading Plan a quilt edge to edge

Ideas from Outstanding Quilts

The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo took over our local convention center for the last several days, bringing several curated quilt exhibits. I saw so many quilts with techniques that I want to remember! “Separated” – a quit by Valerie Luberecki. It was included in the exhibit “Best of QuiltCon 2019” from the Modern Quilt Guild. There’s quite an impact here with just piecing—starting with … Continue reading Ideas from Outstanding Quilts

Tackling a quilt with problems

Next up in my quest to finish the unfinished. The middle block is too puffy, and it needs another border, which must be added carefully as there is very little black fabric at the corners. Oh 2012-Christine, why did you trim that so tightly? I started piecing this quilt more than 5 years ago. I think the problems that needed to be addressed kept me … Continue reading Tackling a quilt with problems

The quest to quilt the unquilted

I’ve been creating quilt tops for about 15 years. Some of those tops became finished quilts – usually when I wanted to give a gift, like a baby quilt. Many quilt tops languished on my shelves, mostly because I wasn’t confident that I had the skills to finish, and I didn’t want to ruin what I had created. Earlier this year, I decided it was … Continue reading The quest to quilt the unquilted

Quilter’s Playtime Blocks

It’s been months since I’ve had a quilt on my wall. Very excited to get back to my creative routine!  I started these blocks more than 5 years ago, as an exercise in the book, “Quilter’s Playtime: Games with Fabrics” by Dianne S. Hire. If templates and precision aren’t your thing, this book has lots of ideas to get you started making right away.  (get … Continue reading Quilter’s Playtime Blocks

Improv Quilting with Leftover Pieces

Leftover pieces from other quilts – just too pretty to throw out. Let’s throw them up on the wall and see what sticks: After deciding I didn’t love all that activity, I pared it down to a few pieces that felt like they were working together: Adding wide sides to see how that feels…I like how that splashy orange print lets the center section stand-out, … Continue reading Improv Quilting with Leftover Pieces

Finally getting the hang of free motion quilting!

Tonight, the free-motion quilting went more easily than ever before. Like it finally just clicked! It takes concentration and I know I will improve with more practice. For a long time, I felt like I couldn’t finish my quilt tops because of concern that I wouldn’t be happy with the quality of the machine quilting I could do. I’m not ready to enter contests, but … Continue reading Finally getting the hang of free motion quilting!