Friday, 15 August 2014

30 Years of Marriage!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Applique Lessons from the Past

A week or so ago, I made a baby quilt with a dog applique. As I made the quilt, I thought about the ways that I have done applique before - time consuming needle-turned applique and fused applique with machine stitching around the outside. But I didn't want something that was going to take a lot of time, or that left the baby quilt feeling a little stiff as fusible applique does. Sometimes you don't have to look to far to find a technique that gives the results you want and I took a closer look at an antique butterfly quilt that I have from my sweet husband's grandmother. (I'm saving the picture of her full quilt for another post!) Here's a close up of her applique:
My example for this applique method!
The hand done buttonhole stitch she did was very fine - these are about 1/8" apart, but you can see underneath the white machine straight stitch she used to tack down her shapes before adding the decorative stitching. I wanted to duplicate her technique and carefully pressed the seam allowance around the dog shape and used a straight stitch to sew it onto the quilt top.
Straight stitch around applique
 Then I set up my machine for a buttonhole stitch, adjusted it for the width and spacing I wanted and sewed all around the outside. It worked great!
Blanket stitch around outside of applique
And then, I thought about how babies like to play with their blankies and added a Minky lined ear flap, just for fun! I hope this baby loves their blankie!
Dog applique ear flap
 Do you applique? Tell me about your favorite method!
--Ann
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

What's on my design wall?

This week, my design wall was covered with T-shirt logos for a custom T-shirt quilt. I have 2 to make for this customer and this was the first one.
And this is a project I'm working on in between other quilts! Every so often, I pull the box of pieces (already cut!) and sew together a few blocks. Before I know it (I hope!) this top will be done and ready for quilting!
Yellow and gray continues to be a popular color combo for me - this one in mustard yellow and a charcoal gray for a baby's nursery. I also finished 2 other baby quilts that I had cut the fabric for earlier and one is already sold and on it's way to Missouri!
 Finally, this signature quilt made up of signature blocks from a year or so back is finally layered and ready to quilt, so next time I have an hour or so to quilt, this one will get finished. The signature blocks were collected from fellow members of the Quiltsy team - quilters who are also selling their quilts on Etsy!
 So, it has been a productive summer so far!
--Ann
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Monday, 11 August 2014

Fabric Collecting!

Star Gazer Quilt Pattern
The pillow cover features 3-D butterflies and the pattern is from Chitter Chatter Designs.
All A-Flutter Pillow
These should be a lot of fun to make and collecting fabrics will be a great way to pass the time until I can get started!

--Ann
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wildflower Inspiration

I am so thankful that we live where we can travel a relatively short distance and be in the middle of the Rocky Mountain foothills. 
Wild Tiger Lily
 Throughout the summer, these foothills come alive with various wildflowers, each season bringing in a different palette of color and texture.
Goldenrod
 This past weekend I enjoyed an opportunity to camp with my family in the middle of this beautiful wilderness.
Wild Delphinium
 And along with photos of my kids and grandchildren, I managed to take some of the flowers that were in bloom.
Indian Paintbrush
These may become inspiration for a quilt further down the line, but for now, I'm just enjoying the show that nature put on! I hope you like seeing some of the things that inspire me!

--Ann

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