June 13, 2018

Quilt 11: Trees - DONE!

It took me a while to get around to this one, but I finally did.  Almost 7 years to the day!  Here's my original post about this project: (click here)

I started it in 2011, a design I put together using "leaf" blocks.  I got the top put together, but then got distracted by other projects and ended setting it aside until just recently.

Here's the design:

And here's the finished quilt, laying on the bed.

The forest image just doesn't show up well like this.  But I decided to hang it on the wall of my "quilting room" - and it's spectacular there!
(doubleclick the picture above to see a larger image)
For batting, I just grabbed leftover bits and pieces from other projects and hand-stitched them together.  It took a little time, but I used up a LOT of leftovers and you'd never know where the joins are; the quilting hides them beautifully.

The quilt stitching was done on the longarm using the "Nested C's" pattern I've been experimenting with.  It only took 3 hours to quilt it!  Amazing!

I'm especially pleased to have this on the wall of my "quilting room".  There's no carpeting in there (just a carpet runner I stand on in front of the quilt machine), so having the quilt on the wall gives a little bit of noise-reduction.

June 6, 2018

Quilting in Space (you can't make this stuff up...)

Oh, this is too good.

Back in 2013, astronaught Karen Nybert, while aboard the International Space Station, made a video about "quilting in space"...

Here's the video: (click here to view)

She really got me laughing when she said "I can say one thing with certainty — it's tricky."

She challenged other quilters to come up with star blocks to be combined with hers into a quilt which she intended to complete and present at the 40th anniversary International Quilt Festival in Houston in 2014.

And did it happen?  It sure did!

Here's the story about the quilt:  (click here to view)

June 3, 2018

Jenny's 3D "North Star" Quilt - Fabulous!

Pauline, my quilting guru, is an avid follower of "Jenny" from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Today she told me about a tutorial that Jenny did last Wednesday.

Jenny's latest is a quilt design she calls "North Star" - and oh, my... it's fascinating.  If you do a Google search for "North Star Quilt", you'll find quite a few different designs under that name - but unless Jenny's tutorial comes up in the search results, you won't see her version.  Her's is a very distinctive quilt with a 3D effect.

I don't have a photo of my own I can share (yet), but the link below will take you to Jenny's tutorial on YouTube.

See Jenny's "North Star" Tutorial.

And am I going to make one of these?  You betcha, baby!

(BTW - The tutorial was added on May 31, 2018.  As of this moment - June 3 - there have been  58,573 views! Yup.  Jenny's worth her weight in gold, that's for sure!)

May 23, 2018

Quilt 105: Half-Square Triangles - Moda "Quilt Pink" - DONE!

It came together SO FAST!  And I love the bright cheery colours.  The charm squares were purchased for this quilt.  The rest of the fabric in the top is leftovers from other quilts.

52" x 64" - quilted on the longarm (free-motion loop-d-loops) - cotton batting
The backing fabric is a soft pink print (little flowers in 2 shades - very subtle).  I got it at the big sale I told you about a couple of weeks back.
I'm working on using up my cotton batting, and am switching now to bamboo batting.  The bamboo costs just a little bit more, but it produces so much less lint when I'm quilting that it's worth the extra money.