Friday, May 18, 2012
1st place, Viewer's Choice, Large Quilts Category
& also Member's Choice for Large Quilts
Thank you to family, friends, fellow quilters, and complete strangers --- I am so very touched that you love this quilt as much as I do!
(Also a special shout out to my friend Dorothy Baker, who won 3rd prize Viewer's Choice for her gorgeous "Vintage Tiles" Quilt!!)
Saturday, April 21, 2012
When you have 7,225sq inches of quilting to do, and you realize you missed a spot waaaaay back in the middle of a closed off space ... well, your first reaction isn't something that needs to be described. Second reaction?
"How in the heck am I going to find that spot later?!"
I like to use #8 perle cotton for various things quilty. Like basting the way Sharon Schamber does. Or big stitch quilting. Or embroidery. So I have more than a few spools tucked into my stash.
So I grabbed the brightest colour I could find and a big darning needle, and I "flagged" this little spot so I don't have trouble finding it in the middle of this huge quilt. When I am at the end of another bobbin or need to start in a new place, I'll snip the thread out and finish up that section :)
Not a bad idea at 8am on a Saturday!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
So, lets have a wee chat about bindings. It's not my first rodeo - I've bound a lot of quilts. By machine, by hand, by both. I've made double fold, single fold, and bias. I calculate what I need and bias join my strips and iron and roll and do all the things a good little quilter should do. I even bias join the start and finish - no tucking the ends in for me. And every darned time, this is what seems to happen:
This piece of binding has 7 joins, probably about 3 inches each where it is thicker because of the seam. 21 inches of trouble, over 244 inches total.
A quilt has 4 corners. Usually.
So, here is a question for a statistician: How come at least one darned trouble spot of the binding ALWAYS lands on a corner for me?! I mean ... 92% of the binding is trouble-free, smooth sailing. And look what happens. I got pretty lucky on this green one because at least the seam is centered right where it would be if I had tried to miter my binding (HA). But STILL, I know the odds are just not high enough to account for this happening every time.
And I know it happens to you ladies out there too ...
Yup, I know, I'm probably just starting at the wrong place. But it seems like I have tried to start in every different place, with the same results.
So: calling smarty-pants binding experts. Is there a no-fail way to attach a binding so you DON'T have a seam on a corner?
Monday, January 9, 2012
36 blocks, 16 birds, 4 corners, 50 knots --- all of this is waiting on the last 6 blocks!
Which I have traced and waiting for some snipping and stitching.
And then the fun part - stitching the 25 knots borders, made from 2 sections each.
And then the really fun part (no, seriously this time) -- quilting it!