Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Endless Possibilities

Endless possibilities.  This is my second RAIL FENCE.  Toran comes next. Thanks, Sujata!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Denim Baby Hourglass Quilt Done!

Wow, this baby quilt has been a true beauty to make and hand quilt.

Now, Sujata will chuckle again about "my messes" because Sujata told me that the main technique is that each person will make these in their own way. I thought maybe it was just me!

I was listening and sewing.  This technique is fairly simple except you do have to pay attention to which sides you are sewing together. That is demonstrated below.

But then I worked through the directions, emailed Sujata and asked her about this wonky way my first blocks came out. I carried on thinking of the little boy this quilt is for and he might think if he was older. Not any old quilt would do, but one that spoke to his potential and I'm sure that denim will find his little bottom soon.

I decided to get free and had fun.

I like this quilt. 

And just for fun, this is how it looks in Black and White.

 And here, this photo shows the hand quilting with Perle cotton thread, its bold against the navy blue.

Happ[y quilting everyone and if you'd like more content about this quilt, pop over to Good Earth Quilting.


Tiger Stripes

My son wanted a tiger-striped quilt in purple and gold as a graduation present from LSU. I immediately thought of the freely cut rail fence variation in Cultural Fusion Quilts.

Free-hand cut strips of purple and gold create a rail fence variation in this quilt.
Tiger Stripes in purple and gold LSU colors.
Several of these were fat quarters. FYI: you can get seventeen blocks from two fat quarters rather than the sixteen needed here. Two fabrics were less than a fat quarter so I pieced some rails to finish the 16-patch design.

I quilted two sports chants in cursive on the gold rails: "Hold that tiger" and "Geaux Tigers." You need heavier thread for words to be visible. This is 50-weight 3-ply Gutermann cotton thread. Superior's King Tut would be good also. This was so much fun. I need to use cursive again soon.

Purple and gold fabrics in a rail fence pattern.
Tiger Stripes, detail showing "Geaux Tigers" quilted in cursive.
You can read more about it here.

Thanks again, Sujata!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


I found Sujata's blog two years ago by following links from her gorgeous Baskets for Meera to Basket Full of Scraps and then to The Root Connection. When she wrote about her upcoming book, I immediately pre-ordered it. Lucky me (and you, too.) The instructions are well-written, tested, and her color sense is fabulous. Her design degree shines in her work and her teaching skills are evidenced in both her book and blog.

I read it cover to cover the first weekend then set it aside because of the long list of quilts-to-make-for-family-and-friends. Sorting fabrics from a previous quilt, I discovered a small pile of delightfully wild things that seemed to go together. That reminded me of Cultural Fusion Quilts. Looking through it again, Windmills seemed like the perfect plan.

A few other pieces were pulled from my stash; nothing was purchased for this quilt. Some of the pieces were less than WOF so they appear in only one or two blocks.

It went flawlessly and quickly. The top came together in a day or two. Wanting to use as much as possible, my blocks are a little bit larger than Sujata's suggested size. It finished 61" by 61".

Strongly patterned fabrics are cut free-form into windmill blade shapes to make the block.

I marked one quarter circle twenty-four inches from the top left corner by using my rotary ruler and a piece of chalk. The other circles are echoed off that first line using my walking foot as a guide.

Binding detail.
Leftovers were cut 2.25" wide to make the double fold binding. Scrap binding is the perfect touch for this quilt.

People were very curious at guild show and tell. One of them said, "I just bought that book, too." She went home and made one herself! Very different fabrics, different feel but the same instructions.

Thanks, Sujata, for allowing me to post here and for an exciting book.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Lightning in the Night Sky

This is the quilt I made for my nephew. He asked for Orange and Purple. I made a Rail Fence quilt from Sujata's book.

Some of the curves in my strips were a little more than "subtle,"

and I built the blocks to emphasize that craziness, after all the quilt is orange and purple, a color combination that has nothing to do with "subtle."

I made left leaning blocks, and right leaning blocks, then rotated and alternated them. At least, that's what I think I did.  Anyway, the result is called "Lightning in the Night Sky."

and because this quilt is going to a college-bound kid,

I made sure to put his name on it.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Handquilted windmills

I'm making progress with my new wallhanging

You can read more about it here :-)