Friday, October 30, 2015

Never Too Miuch of a Good Thing

I love Sujata's take on the Rail Fence.  I've made it four times. Here's the most recent, a bright quilt for a friend who's undergoing treatment for leukemia. She loves bright colors, and we wanted something to bring a smile to her face.

Very bright bright with black-and-white.

When you go over the top, you should just keep going.

I just love these blocks.

Here's the finished flimsy.  The blocks are 16" square, so this quilt will be 42" x 64", a generous lap quilt to keep our friend warm while undergoing chemotherapy.

I kept all the leftover trimmings when I cut the blocks apart, and resewed them into a long, fun strip.

I added our friend's name to the back, and had a lot more fun with fabrics from my stash. It was a quilt made in a week, and it's away being quilted for a quick turnaround. I sure do hope this young lady beats cancer and can enjoy this quilt for a very long time.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Batik Rail Fence- searching for placement

    All the blocks for the Rail Fence were sewn. I used 6" WOF because I had a small pack of them and added to them. I have one extra block. Now I have to decide the positioning. Finished block size is 19". The whole quilt would be 72 x 72 which is a bit big for a comfort lap quilt? I tried a 3 block by 4 block layout, but the scale of the zig zag seems too big to only go three repeats. This is when it would be helpful to have some one else in the room for feedback. Besides the cat. More placement ideas are on my blog,

Mr. Trouble comes out of nowhere when the blocks hit the floor.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Grandma's Garden

I began this quilt in May when Sujata came to Ithaca, New York, for a two day workshop. The inspiration was a one yard panel of sunflowers and lilies that reminded me of my mother's watercolor paintings. Once I began cutting and sewing, the lattice design reminded me of the chain link fence that surrounded my grandmother's South Buffalo flower garden; hence the name Grandma's Garden. I followed Sujata's example and hand quilted with perle cotton because I love the tactile nature of Sujata's hand quilting. I had planned to tie it as well, but decided it didn't need it.

This quilt now adornes the wall in my kitchen which has been bare since we moved in 12 years ago. Although I hadn't planned it, it really was made for this spot. I had tons of fun making this quilt and I am thrilled every time I look at. Thank you Sujata for teaching me that it is ok to "color outside the lines" when it comes to quilting. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Midtown Vibe is Finished!

Midtown Vibe is finished!

CLICK HERE to see the reveal post on my blog.

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THANK YOU, Sujata.

I love this pattern!


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Choose your own adventure

I am exploring some variations of the "Toran" design.
This is 32" square, batik.
I plan to machine quilt, no border.

Not the layout I had planned on.  It was fun to try different block arrangements.  Thus the name.

Experiment Shared

When I was piecing Midtown Vibe,
I considered mixing up some of the block segments.

I saved these photos for future reference --
and I'm pretty sure this is what Sujata meant
in her comment on my previous post . . . 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

retro rail fence quilt {a finish}

Busy few days painting this week out at my sister's house, but while we watched paint dry, I thought I'd take a few pics of my retro Rail Fence quilt. The spare room is next on the list for painting, but in the meantime it's the perfect location for a photo shoot of my finished quilt... check out the 1970's wallpaper!

Quilt Stats:
 I used Sujata's rail fence design from her Cultural Fusion Quilts book
Annette de Raat machine quilted it in an overall stippling pattern for me
and I finished it off using Amy Butler's Hammock Stripes for the binding

Linda from kokaquilts

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I think this is done!

I have had really good feedback over the past day or so 
following my post HERE and you can follow up on the background - including
the wonky seams!

Sorry the lighting is not good and I had to manoeuvre
around debris in my sewing studio to take the photo.

I could continue on, and some quilters with
Ad Hoc Improv Quilters (see my last post mentioned above
or the button my sidebar on my blog) think I should, some think it's OK as is.

I've decided to leave it just as it is now with a bright binding, but first the quilting!
Then on to the next one!


Well I have started another Cultural Fusion Quilt - my "Winter" is a bit hotter than our Winters in New England, but the hot colors will help keep me warm in the cold winter months....have about 20 units pieced and will keep going till I run out of at least 1 layer cake of the Kaffe Collective fabrics (I have 2)  The other pictures are myself and my SO and our puppy Sammy Sam (11 months today/yesterday) he will be one on Halloween....Boo!