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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Summer Fun Quilt

Yay ~ I've finished the top of this very bright blue quilt.  I've incorporated 14 different blue fabrics from my stash along with the six humorous cartoon panels that inspired this quilt in the first place.   I didn't want another "decade quilt" so I kept my blocks consistent with the 10.75 x 10.75 cartoon panels.  I'm anxious to get to the quilting part.  I'd forgotten how much I loooove blue!  

Because I was too stubborn to cut the pieces I had of the "fruit ladies" fabrics, I used them for the backer along with a really nice natural unbleached cotton.  Its still warm from ironing the seams:

Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday

Happy Easter ~ Happy Spring.  Its a freakin' white-out.  No sunny blue skies this Easter.  Almost all the snow had melted off of our lawn before it started snowing today.  Not only that the north east wind we are getting has turned -10 into -18.  We did have temperatures on the plus side of zero just a couple days ago.  

I feel like a jinx.   Yes, it's my fault its snowing because I've been playing with summer fabrics.  Cutting out pieces of beautiful, bright blue fabrics to go with the summer designer prints I've been hoarding in my stash.  Just yesterday I decided to take a break from cutting out to do a little sewing.  Just wanted to add a sash to the yellow print to see what it would look like.  

The blue panel blocks are a very irregular size so I used butcher wrap to cut out templates.   Ever make templates and then have your ruler slip so that you ever so slightly nick off a portion of your template?  Sigh.   You would think fabric designers; specifically panel prints would take measurements into consideration.   These blocks have a finished measurement of 10.75 x 10.75.  

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Decade Quilt is Finished!

I almost can't believe it myself - the Decade Quilt is finished and lying on my bed!   All hand quilted.  I decided to quicken the process seeing as the backing I bought was 108" wide and I had plenty of fabric on all four sides:  I trimmed the backing to 1 1/4" and pressed it in half and pressed it from front to back to create the seam binding.  This I did not sew by hand.  Although a tad bulky and awkward I managed to sew the seam binding in place.  And the quilting frame has now been removed from my living room.  Yay!

I have already picked out 7 or 8 blues from my fabric stash for a beach themed quilt - some actually look like water - to use with Summertime panel fabric by Denyse Klette for Elizabeth's Studio llc:


and two other patterned pieces by Mary Stewart for Elizabeth's Studio llc.  that I forgot I even owned (the fruit ladies in blue and in yellow)!!

 More Fruit Ladies-1519-sand

Aren't they a hoot?   I only have half a yard of each of the fruit ladies fabric and can't see myself cutting these.   Going to be tough coming up with a quilt design that gets the most out of these fabrics.