The Big Finish… Part Uh, Four? Five? Oh, Whatever!

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.

DSCN3115This 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.

DSCN3114The 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.DSCN3113When 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.

DSCN3112The backing is a nice solid that when brought to the front for the binding, has a small contrast. This quilt is going to be one of those soft, broken-in lap quilt that will do nicely on the sofa.

`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.DSCN3110This 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.

DSCN3109So, 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!DSCN3108The 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!DSCN3107I 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.DSCN3106Here 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.

DSCN3105So, that’s my son helping (and hiding) behind the quilts. There are a few more to be revealed in one more post.

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.

julie

Catching up on writing and working on my karma…

I never got around to writing about this particular piece. After I had done my purple/violet ombré dresser (you can see the post here), I had a young mom contact me through Craigslist. She was hoping to be able to negotiate a lower price, as her new step-daughter loved purple. I’m sure it was about doing something that would crack the door between them and allow them to build a relationship. Unfortunately, as she explained, she was working but making barely above minimum wage and her budget just didn’t allow for spending this kind of money.

 

I had been in her shoes before. I remember a time in my life when I literally did not have two nickels to rub together. When I first got married, my husband and I used to fork over a huge share of our take home pay to child support. And I don’t exaggerate any to say that it was well over half each month. But I loved him and we both loved his kids and for the sake of peace, we did it with smiles on our face. But I remember those days vividly. And to say that pinching pennies like that was hard is an understatement.

So I wanted to do something nice. I found a decent dresser on Craigslist – not the best quality, but decent – and painted it in the purples that I had left over from the first project. And presented it to her free of charge. The only thing I had asked was that she ‘pay it forward’… someday when her circumstances allowed, she was to do something unselfish for someone else as well.

There was one more pink ombré dresser in there as well. I think this one went just as quickly as the others that came before and after. It is a popular color combination and they always seem to turn out fantastic. I just adore this color scheme.

So, that is a quick ‘catch up’ of some missed projects. Tons more in the works. Something is always brewing.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, Happy Crafting Y’All!

 

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