So, want to show off a few more quilts that I was able to finish this week. See, you don’t get anything for ten days and then you get bombarded! Sigh.
First up is a quilt I had done with something new. It was an iron-on fusible material laid out in a grid pattern. I believe it came in 1″, 1 1/2″ and 3″ grids. I purchased the 1 1/2″ grid as I thought any smaller and it would have become a bit bulky and the 3″ didn’t seem like enough challenge.
This required 2″ squares that sewed down into 1 1/2″. Its quite a nice cheat, you lay the pieces on the fusible and iron. Then you simply fold on each line, top to bottom and sew your seam. When all the horizontal lines are sewed, you simply press the vertical lines and sew them.
The only “trick” that I can share with this process is that you need to keep the seam straight and uniform or you get funky folds.When done, I added a border. The border didn’t seem as, oh, you know, substantial, so I simply ironed more of the same gridded stablizer. It is supposed to wash out in two to three washings, so I figure it will soften uniformly across the quilt.
`6 blockThis next quilt is for a friend of mine who along with his wife, welcomed a second baby into their life. I started it and completed it before sending it off to be machine quilted.This is what happens sometimes. When I sent them off to be quilted, I also sent about 12 or 15 more along with it. I let Gloria do them as she wanted, choosing the thread color and sewing motif or theme. Every once in a while on special quilts I’ll define this, but we sort of fell into our relationship because she wanted to try new stitch patterns and I just wanted my quilts done.
So, long story short, this quilt was for the new arrival of baby Maxine but now that it is done, I think the baby is about three years or so!The color isn’t really true for this quilt, these are very strong shades of violet or even purple. It looks more like shades of blue. But I still love the way it turned out. What I like to call 16 block inside and out!I can’t say that I love all my quilts. Some are downright ugly! But mostly I am pleased with the results and little things that I try and am pleased when it works out.Here is a standard nine patch, this time in pinks. I tend to do a lot of pink quilts for some reason, maybe because I never had a daughter of my own to be the recipient. I find that no matter the pattern or shade of pink, they all blend together beautifully.
Sometime tomorrow morning, The Kid and I are heading south, ultimately to visit The Alamo in San Antonio. We plan to just take our time and see the sights and do dumb stuff. I love that he is still willing to do things like this with his ol’ Mom.
But, that means there won’t be as many posts on this blog… maybe I will have to play a game and find fabrics that reflect the trip (where I can) along the way.