Friday, July 29, 2011

Purple Pinwheels Quilt


Here is a quilt I finished back in December, but have somehow neglected to post on it until now. Considering the history of this quilt, the fact that it has taken this long to get around to posting makes perfect sense. I started making this quilt in 2006. At the time, my desk at work was right under the air conditioning vent, so I was freezing all the time. I decided to make myself a quilt to wrap up in so I could concentrate more on my work and less on how cold I was. I found this totally darling purple fabric for the pinwheels and started making it. I finished all the blocks really quickly and sewed the sashing on...stepped back to admire my work...and knew immediately that I would be taking it all apart. It was SO crooked--none of the blocks lined up with each other...it was awful! Once I had all the blocks apart, I realized that there would be no saving them...the seam allowances were too small to fudge effectively, and they were all stretched out...so I decided to just start over. Sadly I didn't have enough of the cute purple left, so I found something mediocre to replace it, and remade the blocks.


I love this block, but somehow it was just hard for me to make (the pattern for the block came from a Judy Martin book that I now can't remember the name of). The second set of blocks were still very crooked, and were ridiculously hard to square up. But this time, I got smart and marked sewing lines on the back of the blocks that would make them square. It took forever, but it worked and I finished piecing it. Well by that time I had gotten a new desk at work that was away from the air conditioner, and my motivation to finish it was gone...so into the closet it went. Two years later, I decided to pull it out and quilt it.

I had to piece the back with every last little scrap I could find...originally the checkered border was going to go on the front, but I didn't have enough green after I remade the blocks, so luckily it worked for the back.


After it was quilted I put it back in the closet because I couldn't decide what to use for binding. Then almost another 2 years later, I needed one more quilt for the little calendar I made myself for Christmas...so I pulled it back out of the closet, bound it and snapped a couple quick pictures...and voila! Say hello to Miss January!


Now that it is finally finished, it has been hanging on the quilt rack in my studio and I have been using it at my desk when I get cold...so see, it is finally serving its purpose after all!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Small Wall Quilt #3 --Peels


Here is small quilt number 3! This might be my favorite one. I just love everything about it. This quilt was inspired by one I saw in a magazine...now I can't remember which magazine, but honestly the quilt was not that great (questionable fabric and interesting construction method), but it did have the peel shape split down the middle which I really liked. I looked in the block library of EQ and found a peel block I liked, printed it out and made a little template. Then I sewed black strips together with the different colored ones, put fusible web on the back, traced the template, cut them all out and appliqued them on a single piece of white fabric.


I used a pantograph to quilt it but only because I was too lazy to mark the whole thing...so the quilting is not as precise as it could have been, but I've never pretended to be a perfectionist...it works.


I found this door on the grounds of a super old mansion here in town...couldn't have painted it a more perfect color myself!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Small Wall Quilt #2 --Wedges


Here is wall quilt number two (of four). When I was deciding which patterns to use, I thought of trying to miniaturize a couple of quilts that I had loved but given away, and knew I'd never get around to making again for myself. I decided on this one because I also wanted to see if it would look as good as the original using just a few tone on tone prints versus a whole line of really busy prints. I think it turned out well, but I'm definitely a bigger fan of the first one...and the wedges on the mini version ended up looking slightly crooked! Oh well...still cute.


This type of quilt is perfect for a pantograph in my opinion. I used one called Heraldry...love it...too bad it is hard to see how cute it is in pictures!

After I took the picture of the circle quilt on a cool door, I decided to hunt around to try and find some other unique doors to take pictures of the other small quilts. Well I hit the jackpot with this sweet outhouse door!

How funny is that?