Wednesday, March 7, 2018

New Years Day Mystery

This mystery quilt is from Quiltbug and done on New Years Day 2018.   It was a fun one.  I got most of it done in a couple of days and then got it sandwiched and quilted a few weeks later.  These fabrics are from the 60's,  I believe.  Leftovers, but all calico prints.   Some of them that I saved from my mom's scrap barrel years ago and some I have collected from garage sales.   I would have liked to make the entire back with the center fabric but I had to find something in the bin to make it big enough.   The quilt is 54x76.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017

Here are all my lamp blocks sewn together.  And yes all the fabrics are my scraps.  I'm crazy about scraps.  People give me their scraps because they know I love them so much.  I have quite a button collection too and it's time I used more of them.   The buttons are already sewn on and I will quilt around them.  I can handle that.  lol.  This was a free pattern from:
http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/quilt-patterns/wall-quilts/appliqued-lamps-wall-quilt

I may put a border on it. 

Growing Up QAL

I have sewn all my blocks together now.   I will put the extra one on the back.
This quilt has really "grown" on me as I was putting sashings and sewing blocks into rows.  I have a border fabric cut out and I'm picking out backing. 




Friday, October 13, 2017

Art with Fabric Blog Hop by Alida

My choice of artwork to interpret into fabric for this blog hop is the White Stag Sign in Portland Oregon.   The White Stag Garment company went out of business and the city of Portland acquired the sign in 2010 and put "Portland Oregon" on the sign in neon lights.   The sign is easily seen when you travel over the Burnside Bridge towards the downtown area. 
(More information can be read about it here:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Stag_sign)






I have always admired the sign.  I used navy blue fabric to represent the night time view of the sign.  I sketched out the design on paper :



 I just kept drawing until it looked about right and then used a black marker to finish the sketch.
I used a tracing wheel and dressmakers carbon paper to transfer the design onto the cloth.  It was a little hard to see so I went over the dots it made with a white pencil and that made it easier to see.
Then a little testing on a piece of fabric with iron on batting applied to the back of it.  Deciding the length and width of the zigzag I wanted to use.  I used machine embroidery thread for the zig zag and also in the bobbin. 
I put the backing fabric on and quilted the piece by outlining most of the lettering.  I also put some straight line quilting on the sign sort of resembling the framework of the sign.  A little bit of wavy line quilting in the sky area.   After quilting it I decided to finish the edges by the facing method.  I haven't done that before but have wanted to try it.  I though it was a better finish for a cloth art work piece.  This picture shows the facing ready to be hand stitched.  (these fabrics are navy, not black)

Here is the list of artists that are scheduled for my same day.


Thank you so much to Alida at   http://alidatweloqdesigns.blogspot.com/  for this fun challenge.  

Friday, September 15, 2017