Friday, September 22, 2023

So Many Charity Quilts

I didn't actually stop working on projects, I've just been too busy to take the time to post. I've been working on 11 charity long arm quilting projects.

One of them was for Pacific Northwest's Quilt Guild's Comfort Quilts program. I provided the backing, but the quilt was made by someone else. I quilted this one with the Avril pantograph from My Creative Stitches.

I also accepted ten quilt tops from Quilts Beyond Borders. I've finished eight of them so far.  I must admit, my quilting effort definitely reflected how much I liked the individual quilts. (These were all made by someone else, I only quilted them.)

This one was my favorite.  I spent all of a day quilting this one and used a variety of Donna Kleine's pantographs from her Gabriella set, though I did actually create that small sashing from elements in her sashing and border designs.

I also had fun playing with this quilt. The blocks were really large⏤about 14" in diameter⏤so I decided to try out the Bouqet de Fleur Bundle from Kim Diamond. The blocks are really pretty and stitched out well. I'm quite happy with how this one turned out too and I'm glad to see how lovely those pantographs are. I definitely need to plan my own project that will use them.

The rest of the quilts were just finished with edge-to-edge designs and I didn't even remember to take photos. I still have two more quilts left from the Quilts Beyond Borders charity then I am definitely going to take a break from unpaid gigs.

In the midst of all this, I also wrapped up two commissioned quilting projects. I wish I could share the beauty of these pieces through pictures, but I forgot to ask for permission.

So, it’s been a bustling couple of weeks, albeit not with my personal endeavors. Once the final two charity quilts receive their final stitches, my focus will shift back to my anticipated Snake River quilt. I have a pretty firm deadline on that one.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Snake River Log Cabin

My brother has decided to get remarried and I'd like to make him a wedding gift. It turns out his favorite colors are drab green/olive and brown so I thought it would be a good excuse to use more of my leftover William Morris fabrics. Back when I bought them, I really had no idea how much fabric you needed to make a quilt so I bought about four times as much fabric as I actually needed. LOL

I'm probably a little crazy, but I've decided to make another Snake River Log Cabin for him. The pattern is designed by Judy Martin and published in her Judy Martin's Log Cabin quilt book. I'll be making it really scrappy and focusing on olive greens and browns, with a little bit of rust/reds, something along these lines. I won't go quite as wild with the cream fabrics as I did last time because I didn't like how dark some of them were.

I've spent a couple hours digging through my scrap bins and fat quarters to find all the useable pieces, in addition to the yardage. Now I have so many hours of cutting ahead of me. It seems like the hardest part of this quilt is managing all the pieces.

If you want to take a look, the finish for my first Snake River is found here. This version will largely be the same, but I will be using the dark green instead of rust for the second curve of blocks.

Friday, September 1, 2023

Chocolates and Roses

Like a nice date with Chocolate and Roses, I spent my Friday Night finishing up my squirrel from a couple weeks ago! I have no more flimsies left to finish! It's taken me more than a year, but my closet is now bare. =)

Inspired by the name of the pattern, Chocolate Dip, I named mine Chocolates and Roses. I used the last of my Quilter's Dream Green batting for this quilt and I used inexpensive MaxiLock thread in a dusty rose color for the quilting. 

I chose Donna Kleinke's Carmen's Roses 3A pantograph because that curly tail reminded me of the knots in my quilt. Once I'd started, though, I'd rather wished I scaled it a little smaller. (To be honest, that's my one gripe about Donna Kleinke's pantographs, they are sized so huge that it's hard to know how much to reduce them to make them look good.)

Originally this pantograph had another row on the bottom, but when I realized it was exactly the right size without it, I edited it out with my ProStitcher Design software.

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