Friday, September 15, 2017

Yellow & gray quilt

This one was quilted with the "Lupin" floral pattern




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

working with Minky

Here are a few thoughts about using Minky & other plush fabrics on the back of your quilt:

Minky has some stretch, usually more stretch one way than the other.  A walking foot is helpful for piecing Minky.  A larger seam allowance is good when pieicing Minky- more like 1/2" to 1" is better than trying to do a normal 1/4" seam.

When using dark Minky, and a lighter quilt top, the longer fibers of the Minky can pull through to the top with the quilt stitches.  Using a lighter/matching color on the back can help with this.

Some quilters ask if batting is necessary with Minky, I usually do use a batting.  I've used the Hobbs Heirloom quite a bit, and also Quilter's Dream Request weight works well- it's very thin, just enough to fill out the quilt.

The quilt can be bound just like a cotton quilt, just take time to notice the direction of the Minky nap, as it can push the binding strips one way or the other.  If you take your time, it will work out ok.

I still need the extra 3-5" inches of backing, larger than the quilt top, this is especially important with Minky, as I may need to trim the edges to straighten them.



Friday, September 1, 2017

Deer panel quilt

A panel quilt... I used the Last Leaves pattern with a fine thread, so the quilting didn't overpower the deer scene.


Memory t-shirt quilts

Three custom-made memory t-shirt quilts.... These were done using a random layout.





Friday, June 2, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

T-shirt quilts

Three t-shirt memory quilts.  The layout is similar on all 3, but the fabrics and quilting patterns are very different. 

Quilted with "I Love It" pattern, all over hearts.

QuIlted with the "Greek Key" pattern.


Quilted with the "Square Spiral" pattern.



Baby quilts

I've made a few small quilts lately using fabrics I had on hand mostly.  All 4 of them are about 40"x45". I cut all the binding on the bias, and did rounded corners.  I am really liking this lately for baby quilts, seems like a softer edge than a pointy square corner. 

This one is quilted with the "Autobahn" pattern...  Can you see the block I turned the wrong way?


A close-up of the cars.



The back, a fun travel print to go with the quilted cars.


This next one is quilted with the "Animal Crackers" pattern.


It has a solid blue back, and the quilting pattern shows up well.


This one is mostly flannel, and was quilted with the "Double Bubble" pattern.



His one is quilted with the basic meander pattern.  






Thursday, October 27, 2016

Two more kids quilts

Quilted with the puzzle pattern.








The next one is quilted with the Criss-cross pattern.... I think it looks like tire tracks. 






Another baby quilt- hearts

A quick baby quilt that I put together recently.  I saw the pieced heart block tutorial on www.cluckclucksew.com, and had to try it out.  The blocks went together quickly, and was fun way to use up some scraps from other projects.
I quilted it with the "I Love It" pattern, so there's even more hearts added there.  Pink fleece for the back of the quilt.






Saturday, October 1, 2016

Baby quilt

Showing you a baby quilt that I made recently.  I just started with a rectangle of fabric, and added borders.  The kitty sillouette I found and enlarged to the right size.  The butterflies have embroidered antennas.


Quilted made from men's shirts

Quilted with the Mahogany pattern.  







Midnight Sparkle

Quilted using the Midnight Sparkle pattern.  It looks like swirling snow and snowflakes.


Water lilies pattern

Quilted with the water lilies pattern


Friday, August 5, 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Driving from the south

Starting this week, the bridge 1/2 mile south of our house on Kingbird Avenue is being worked on, so the road is closed there.  If you are coming here from Newkirk, then you will need to take a 3 mile detour around the section on gravel.  To avoid that, you'll need to go to highway 18 and come 3 miles south on Kingbird to get to our house.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016