Monday, July 9, 2012

What I'm Working On Now--Summer 2012

Welsh Beauty Whole Cloth by Benartex
Budsgram over at A Few of My Favorite Things me to share what I'm working on now that I am finally (and joyfully) through with the Tetris quilt.  Check out the beautiful Klojes she is hand piecing, along with her other  WIPs.  Here's what is going on in my neck of the woods.  In my hoop, I'm hand quilting a queen size whole cloth quilt.  The top is made by Benartex, and I'm using a Quilter's Dream wool batting in it, quilting with Gutermann hand quilting thread.  This quilt is a "someday" quilt for whenever my daughter gets married.  It's a joy to work on---the needle glides through the batting, and there are no seam allowances.  I can easily see why some hand quilters move to making just whole cloth quilts!

This is the first block for a Seven Sisters quilt.  I enjoyed English Paper Piecing so much when I pieced and quilted My Daddy's Garden that I wanted another EPP project to work on---perfect for traveling, waiting in doctors' offices, or when it's just too hot to have a big quilt snuggled up against me.  I'm using a variety of 1930's reproduction fabrics and 1 3/8 inch diamonds.

I feel like I owe an apology to this one---I think I started cutting out this Double Wedding Ring in January 2010, so it's about time I got busy on it again.  This one goes in the frame to be basted as soon as I can set it up in king size (not a task for the faint-hearted).  I'll miss Benjamin's help on that, but will take him up on his suggestion that I put the frame in his room---there's hardly anything else in there now!

Finally, here's what is in the planning stage.  Our guild challenge deadline is in January, and I know it will be here before I know it.  I'm thinking about a four-block Baltimore Album quilt using Mimi Dietrich's Baltimore Basics book---only problem is that I love all the blocks in the book.  I guess this is where that thing called "discipline" comes in?  I think I used all mine up with the Tetris quilt....



Saturday, July 7, 2012


I feel like doing a victory dance today---I finished the Tetris quilt just in time for my last guild meeting, but I've been waiting to post a picture of the finished quilt until after I gave it to Katie's boyfriend, Ryan.  Well, he came down yesterday to get her after her week home, and he finally got his quilt.  his reaction was all I could have hoped for---he really liked the quilt a lot.  In fact, he raved over it.  That's a good feeling when giving any quilt, but if you followed along with me, you know that this quilt turned out to be quite a challenge.   I learned so much from making this quilt---quilt making skills, but other things too.  I persisted in spite of pretty significant setbacks, and that's a really good feeling.  I came closer to getting the result I wanted in the finished quilt than I ever have before.  It was worth all the trouble, and  I'm glad I started over  and kept going instead of giving up.