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
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
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
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!
I really hate marking my quilt-tops for quilting. I’ve used washable markers, and it works, but every time I do it, I hate the feeling that drawing on the quilt gives me. Like I’m ruining it. By the time I’m done quilting and can wash out the marks, I have a bad feeling that all the work will be wasted if the marks don’t come … Continue reading Quilting with Freezer Paper Stencils
Having started with a set of yellow and orange crazy-patch blocks back in March, I ultimately created more crazy patch blocks of orange, red and pink so that I could blend colors from from the orange/yellow and back again. Continue reading Crazy-patch quilt block – color blending with warm colors
I decided on sashing to break up the crazy-patched blocks, so now to decide what to do with these sashed blocks. Continue reading 4-square crazy patch plus sashing
Here’s the latest incarnation of my fan panels. It looks crazy on the wall right now, but I’m actually at a really satisfying point: The quilt top is now in three pieces. The two fan panels were pieced according to a repeatable method. The center section is more improvised, though I started from strip-pieced panels. I intend to sew these three pieces together, then cut my quilt out of that … Continue reading On my quilt wall right now…
My husband Michael helped me to install a quilt wall in my studio yesterday. I had one in a previous workspace, but have been doing without since we moved. It makes all the difference in being able to work on larger pieces. Continue reading I have a quilt wall again!
Yesterday, I finished sewing together a fan-shaped panel, the second in a series of strip-pieced panels. These drawings below are some ideas on how to use the panel in a finished piece. As I was working on the panel, it was hard to keep going at times. The individual strip sets didn’t seem pretty enough, interesting enough. I am happy with the finished results…I guess I need to … Continue reading What to do with a Fan-Shaped Panel