Monday, July 18, 2016

The Vermont Quilt Festival and Fabric from Shibori Dragon

Last month was the Vermont Quilt Festival. As usual I went with a friend, and we had a great time. I took no pictures. The winning quilts and more are on the Facebook page of the festival, and at the link above.  Moreover I bought only a small pair of embroidery scissors from Janome purchased at the booth of Bittersweet Sewing from New Hampshire. Very nice dealer and a great festival. It was warm those two days and we had to sit outside under a tent to eat lunch, which is a change from previous years, and one I think was not good, but other than that a fine festival.
I bought no fabric at the festival! I KNOW!  But, after coming home and waiting a few days, I ordered from Shibori Dragon in Tacoma, Washington.  I ordered on a Tuesday and got the package on Saturday following. Such wonderful service, and what beautiful fabrics. Now to finish my Blue Quilt so that I can use some of those lovely Asian fabrics! The crane panel is at the top of this blog. Here is the array of loveliness I need to use!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Blue Quilt Design and Start...

I designed this quilt from an inspiration picture  I saw on the web of a quilt in a show some time ago. I drew up a plan, and mine is somewhat different than that show quilt in design, but the plan to keep almost all blue large triangle pieces stayed with me. I have my pieces cut now (only took me a couple months to get this plan ready and cut the pieces - I am slow) and have sewn up two blocks just like you see in the picture.  I have arranged the pieces so I begin with the darkest dark sewn to the darkest light, so that I don't end up with blocks of the same hue - if I get to the mid-range, I can change the arrangement for better value. Then I will see if my original plan is the one I go with when I come down to arranging the quilt blocks in their final statement. :)  I had already lots of blue Asian fabrics in my stash, and I just love working with them. I had a pack of blue fat quarters of batiks so there is also batik in this. Not usually a fan, but these prints were so nice. I have accumulated Asian fabrics over the last few years as they are all I intend to use in future. You never know though, with so many lovely fabrics out there, I could mix it up a bit next time!  This quilt should go faster, as there aren't a lot of seams and it is relatively simple. I must chose backing and binding fabric as well.

After searching a lot, I did find the creator of this pattern. It seems it is no longer available, but the designer was Stephanie Sims for Clothworks. The name of the pattern is Sapphire, and it was available free. The fabrics were from the Sapphire Collection by Skipping Stones Studio. Finished size was 61x61 inches. Mine will be about 64x80".

Monday, January 25, 2016

Finished 15 Minutes of Play Quilt...

Here is the finished quilt!  January, 2016, 15 Minutes of play end product....Did the quilting in curved lines with a walking foot per Jacquie Gering's class on Craftsy! This was a great class, and it applied so well for this quilt. I enjoyed a curved line challenge, and the next quilt I think might be a spiral! I do like to do whatever I like when I quilt, and in both piecing and quilting, this quilt was excellent for that.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Quilting Along...

Checking in so there is at least one December post! Quilt has been pinned and slowly being quilted. This time I am doing curved lines, one after another, with the AcuFeed foot on and sometimes a quilting bar and sometimes not.  I seem to do just as well without the quilting bar! And that realization came after I purchased the Janome extra-long quilting bar set with the left and right bars included. Pretty snazzy set though!  I am enjoying moving slowly through this project, and although I wanted to finish it up this year, I guess I will be binding it in January 2016.  See you all in 2016!