Monday, October 16, 2017

Sew Much Fun Halloween Blog Hop!

I LOVE Halloween quilts!  I probably buy more Halloween fabric than Christmas fabric because I just love the oranges and purples and lime greens.  The dancing skeletons and pumpkins and spiders.  I love them!

So...what do I make?

This time I decided to try a quilt based on some fabric inspiration.  I fell in love with this fabric with swirls and designs on the pumpkins.  Originally I was going to applique a design, but then I had another idea.

I made a pumpkin stencil out of freezer paper and then painted it with silver Lumiere fabric paint.

Then I used black thread to add detail to my pumpkin....oh, what fun!

Last, but not least, I decided to add some silver rick rack in the binding.  I love adding rick rack in the binding for a little extra touch!

Be sure to check out the other fun Halloween projects on the hop!

Jen Frost (hostess)Faith and Fabric
Bernie KringelNeedle & Foot
Audrey MannThe Cloth
Anita LaHayDaydreams of Quilts
Laura PilandSlice of Pi Quilts
Miranda BlakelyI Have Purple Hair
Jen ShafferPatterns By Jen
Suzy WebsterAdventurous Applique and
Eleri KerianSew and Tell

 I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My IQA Mini Auction Quilt - Part 3

In my last post I talked about the quilting on this quilt.  Now...the binding!

If you look at the center of the back you can see the pebbles.  I added some veining quilting in the green leaves because I felt that they were puffing up to much and I wanted them flatter.  I like the effect.

I decided that this quilt needed a pop of piping in the binding.  It was the first time I'd sewn piping on my new machine.  Went back to the old one!  The new one kept gathering it which was quite frustrating as it had to be ungathered before I could sew it onto the quilt.  I asked the queen of piping, Susan Cleveland, what went wrong and she said to adjust my top tension.  I'll try that next time for sure.

And the finished quilt!  I titled it Hard and Soft in honor of the leather and silk applique.  I did use an orange batik for the piping.  I can't wait to see the quilt again in Houston!  A few short weeks.....yay!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Quilting Vintage Part 3

The next part of my quilt Hungarian Embroidery #2 was to quilt a grid work pattern above the flowers.  I did a pumpkin seed design and then filled each center space.  You can see it really well from the back.

And here it is from the front.  You can see the purple air erase in this picture.  I also took the time to stitch pebbles in the flowers as I went along.

Now the dresser scarf is done.  Time to think about the blue...

For the outside arcs I put a feather in each one starting by the flowers and expanding into the arc.

Here's the view from the back.

You can read about Part 1 and Part 2 in the links.

I hope you get to quilt today!  The boys are off to mommy gets to quilt!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My IQA Mini Auction Quilt - Part 2

Quilting the quilt is one of my favorite part of quilting.  

The whole top quilted.  I divided up the whole quilt and then filled the areas.  I used a purple air erase pen to mark the sections and then quickly quilted the outlined areas so that I didn't have to worry about the marks disappearing.

The center of the leaves.

Here's the top from another angle.

A closeup look at the feathers.

A tight fill around the flowers.

Webster Clams fill in the triangle.

Swirls around the edge of the quilt that will be covered up by the binding.

I can't wait to see this quilt again in a few short weeks!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, October 9, 2017

More MQX Inspiration

Two more of my favorite quilts from MQX


I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

My IQA Houston Auction Quilt - Part 1

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to make a quilt for the International Quilt Association's Mini Quilt Auction in Houston again this year.  I decided I wanted to step outside the box and try something different.  I decided to use silk and leather together for my appliques.

I started with this orange silk that I bought last year in Houston and just love.  I realized after working with it that due to it's sheer nature I either had line all the pieces or have minimal overlap so shadowing didn't occur.  I opted for minimal overlap.  That's why the stems don't touch the leaves or the flowers.  The inner green silk is also very sheer.  The stems are dupioni silk which I didn't have this problem with as it's not as transparent.

I then decided to add some leather dots.  It was so nice to cut the dots out of leather and they held their shape really well.  I also added pink ovals at the top of the flowers so I didn't have to worry about shadowing there either.  I used my favorite fusible Steam-a-Seam 2 lite on the leather and it worked like a charm, HOWEVER, I did realize that you need to iron it from the back, not the front.  It takes a long time for the heat to make it through the leather on the front, but not the cotton on the back.

I tried to use Steam-a-Seam 2 lite on the silks as well, but it didn't want to stick.  The silks are saturated with Terial Magic to make them more like cardboard than silk.  It makes them much easier to work with.  I contacted the manufacturer to find out if you had to wash out Terial Magic or if you could leave it in permanently and they assured me that it could stay on the fabric as long as I would like.  With silk?  Forever works for me.

So how did I attach the silk pieces?  Elmer's School glue and a fine tip applicator for the bottle.  It sticks and then you iron it dry and it stays in place.

Then I had fun with my favorite double blanket stitch stitching around all the pieces including the leather dots with a leather needle.  It was so fun!

And here's the final block!  Come back next Wednesday to start talking quilting.

Less than a month until IQA Houston!  I can't wait!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Quilting Vintage Part 2

Before I show you the second part of my quilt Hungarian Embroidery #2, I have to show you how it did at MQX last week.  I was all smiles.  I love this quilt!

If you look at the piece of embroidery you can see that there are dots where the background fabric (satin) show through.  I decided these were the perfect areas to quilt with feathers.

I used the outline I already had as a base for the spine and then left a little area around the embroidery to fill with bubbles.

Here's a closeup of the holes.  You can see that I used dots around the feathers and to go around the holes.

Here's another look.

And the back....though it is hard to see...

So here is a closeup of the back.

More next Friday.

I hope you get to quilt today!