Monday, June 20, 2011

Design wall Monday - another start!

Well, I started another quilt top this weekend.  Here's a sneak peek at part of it

these churn dash blocks will alternate with kaleidoscope blocks to make a unique kaleidoscope.  I am using the pattern from ''Kaleidoscope, the Smart Way'' - the special ruler to make the kaleidoscope blocks from HST blocks should be in my mail box today :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Wee Play HST quilt DONE DONE DONE!

Warning, picture overload!
Prior to washing:

and then the post-washing wonderful crinkliness below!

 Then, I got my 17 year old son to hold it up for me outside........

then it went for a photoshoot on my vintage Serro Scotty camper trailer:

OK, the details about this quilt:
Wee Play by American Jane for Moda ( I can't remember if I used 3 or 4 charm packs - and equal white squares, which was a quilter's cotton)
Endless possibilities pattern from Moda Bake Shop
80/20 cotton/poly batting
100% sewn and quilted on my Pfaff Tiptronic sewing machine (no long-armer here!)
quilting - done with a variegated red cotton Gutermann (which was incredibly linty!) - I think I have about 8 hours into quilting this!
binding - scrappy to match, machine sewn to front, hand sewn to back (about 2 1/2 hours ugh)
backing - I believe this is by Benartex, but it wasn't labeled, so I'm not positive......  
here is the secret of the quilting......

This one is now in my Etsy Shop
I used a pre-printed backing and ''sort of'' followed the lines. I had to baste it with the back-side up as if the top was the backing and the backing was the top.  I used a bazillion safety pins to baste and I am happy to say that I cannot notice one pleat in the front!  There might be tiny ones, but I can't see any, so it worked out great!  I took artistic liberties to make some curves curvier and I didn't worry too much if I went off course a bit - you can't tell at all now that it's washed and the blue lines have washed out :)  I think this backing is from Benartex, but I'm not positive.  It was stuff I got before my LQS closed (owner retired) and they had a huge clearance sale.  It was cheap and I got all they had - now I wish there had been more!  I have enough to do another small quilt with this though, but I'm going to have to piece and wing it on matching up those lines where I piece it.  Should be fine for a baby quilt or lap quilt though :)

EDIT: one of my readers found sources for this backing material at and at - thanks so much Linda!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

binding time!

I have the quilting DONE on my WeePlay HST quilt and am working on binding today!
I know it looks like the binding is white, but it's not, I promise :)  It's a scrappy binding from 1 1/2'' strips of the WeePlay material sewn to a 1 1/2'' strip of white - and I'm sewing it so the white won't show.....  I'll get pics of it completely done as soon as I can - hopefully I can get it finished hand-sewn and washed by tonight :)