This quilt was designed with friends at a retreat and remained unfinished for a year while I contemplated what should go in the big.white.center.
Eventually I decided on petals, finished the quilt, and submitted it to F&W, where it was accepted for the January 2019 issue of Quilty. I love Quilty, so I was thrilled. And now the January issue, including my quilt, is available at Barnes & Noble.
This is Quilty’s “glamour shot” of my quilt
Once I got going on what to put in the center, I made another version with a ring in the center and the addition of a floral border:
If you pick up the magazine but want to make the quilt with the center ring instead of the petals, e-mail me and I’ll tell you the measurements. Alternatively, just trace a dessert plate from your collection, which is what I did 😀
We recently had enough snow that my office was closed for a day! My husband built a wood fire in my studio, and I spent the day getting a few projects DONE.
The tractor was ready to plow us out, but wasn’t needed for the amount of snow we got.
First, I trimmed and bound the Christmas quilt for some very special people. You’ve seen the top before, but here it is again. It finished 55″ square.
And here is a closeup of the quilting done by Julia Madison.
I went on to make this reversible, cross-back apron, which has been on the bucket list for about a year. The pattern is from Indygo Junction and was very easy. Luckily, my friend Sally agreed to model it!
I also made progress on a couple of UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) but pictures of those will have to wait until they’ve been quilted.
I love triangles and I love log cabin quilts, so what could be better than triangle log cabins?
This was made using Moda’s pattern for Wild Waves Batiks, available free here.
I used a 60 degree triangle ruler rather than the template provided, and it was not at all difficult.
I wanted to try my hand at getting a quilt to come out completely “squared up” for a change. I don’t usually worry about it–after all, most of my quilts are intended to keep people warm rather than hang on a wall, so what difference does it make? However, just for a challenge…
I used Susan Cleveland‘s instructions for squaring and stabilizing a quilt while applying tiny piping around the edge.
I took a binding class with Susan years ago, and I highly recommend it. I used her Piping Hot Binding tool and binding instructions, which I also recommend. The whole process was well organized (Susan could have been an engineer!) and her directions were easy to follow.
Here is a detail of the binding. My quilt came out nice and square (OK, it’s a rectangle, but you know what I mean!).
The quilting was done by Julia Madison, and you can see in the photo here that she used a triangle motif to go with the quilt.
The quilt finished 50″ x 53″. The pattern finished larger, but I quit when I got done making triangles 🙂
One of my fellow bloggers recently titled a post “Thirty Days of Thankfulness“, and that strikes me as a good idea. Much of her post ended up being about making cards to thank people for various things, which seemed like a good idea, too.
Then another blogging friend, Chela, commented that the day after Halloween is WAY too soon to start Christmas music in the stores. The combination got me thinking…
Maybe instead of the month of December being about shopping and decorating, it might be a time of reflecting on what we have to be thankful for. Thanksgiving could be the kickoff, and that would give us exactly a month of thankfulness until Christmas. Just saying.
It’s not difficult to think of something I’m thankful for every day, but since this is really a quilt blog, here are 10 quilty things for which I am thankful:
My hands and eyes work well enough to make quilting fun.
I learn something from every quilt I make.
I’m thankful for my sewing machine!
Many fabric designers and manufacturers provide wonderful fabrics for me to work with.
I’m thankful for my rotary cutter! Yes, I started quilting in the days before rotary cutters!
Many people have taught me along the way, and I appreciate their contributions.
Quilting books are an endless source of inspiration!
I appreciate the way my blog puts me in touch with other quilters, and the way we share ideas.
My quilt studio is well equipped, and this time of year I especially enjoy the wood heat.
I’m thankful for the way quilting has helped me make good friends everywhere we’ve lived over the years.
What are you thankful for? And yes, next week it’s back to our regularly-scheduled program with quilt pictures! Thanks for stopping by.