Vagabonds set up another challenge for 2021. We were challenged to make a 24" high x 24" (or less) width art quilt that features a pair of legs walking on a path. I remembered a picture that I took of one of my granddaughters helping me in the garden when she was about 2 years old. She was wearing little yellow boots and blue jeans. It was such a sweet picture! I knew right away that it was the one I was going to use.
Monday, October 25, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
One of my nieces is having a baby in October and I decided to make her a baby blanket out of Minky fabric. It is so soft and cuddly. I've used it before on a few baby blankets and have gotten really cool feedback; so here it goes again.
I bought two different blue fabrics from Fabric Depot's website. The don't exactly match, but they will be on different sides of the blanket, so it doesn't matter.
I added a few tabs for the baby to play with:
Sewed around most of the edges, leaving a spot to turn the blanket. Stitched the opening closed, and stitched around all the edges. Here's one side:
Monday, October 11, 2021
This is a continuation of two previous posts about the making of the Shisha mirror embroidery quilt.
I kept adding mirrors, embroidery stitches, and beads to the quilt. I liked the process of adding mirrors to the quilt, and thought that the embroidery was relaxing. Well, at least until the cat decided to play with my thread. My 8 year old granddaughter said that she really liked it and wanted to buy it. I asked her, "How much are you going to pay me?". She said, "Well, I have a lot of pennies in my piggy bank and I think I have 20, so 20 cents." Hmm, I thought a bit, and then replied, "Do you have any other money?" She thought it over and replied, "I think I can find some one dollar bills." "Do you have $20 worth?" I asked. She said, "Maybe." We left it at that. I think I might have to make a smaller version and gift it to her. Before she left, though, she drew a picture of a hot pink skort that wanted me to make for her.
Anyway, here is a picture of the finished piece, with some close-ups.
The bird was sketched by Diane Stone, and I colorized it after I embroidered the edges.
This was really fun and different to make and I hope you like it.
Monday, October 4, 2021
I was originally going to share a technique that was developed and demonstrated on the Quilting Arts TV show by Sandra Bruce. (It was on Season 22, Episode 8). Her design is way more accurate than any technique that I've shown before. Why it is so cool is that you are able to do regular binding and still get the effect that you would get with facing a quilt. A couple of things to know is that the seams are very tiny close to 1/8", and they are pressed in the direction of the darkest fabric. The other thing is that you can only work on one side of the quilt at a time. But, after having this in my draft folder for so long, I decided that I would should you how to change binding at the corner, and let you look up her technique, if you're interested.
I'm pretty sure that I've shown this before, but here it is again.
I wanted to have green binding on the bottom edge of this little quilt, and blue binding on the other 3 sides. I sewed the green binding first, leaving plenty of fabric hanging off both edges. I then sewed on the blue binding, leaving a tail at the beginning and the end, but folding the two corners. I stopped and started the sewing, backstitching at the all 4 corners.
Using a white marking pencil, I used my corner mark-it tool, and drew a triangle on both the green and the blue side of the binding.
I lined up and sewed right on the triangles, backstitching at the start, the stop, and the corner. This was trimmed and turned to the backside.
Slipstitching was used to sew the binding to the back of the quilt.
I hope you have fun binding your quilts!