Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Free Wheeling Single Girl Quilt

I have a couple of quilt finishes to share - they've actually been done for a month, but the weather hasn't been very conducive to taking pictures.

Yesterday I took advantage of a nicer day to snap a few photos of my Free Wheeling Single Girl Quilt, a design from Denyse Schmidt.

This pattern's been around for years and I've had it on my to-do list for years also. A Quilt Along on Instagram last Fall got me motivated.

The background is chambray, a light weight cotton with a denim look. I love how soft and drapey it made the quilt.

I decided to hand quilt it this Winter and enjoyed every minute of the slow stitching.

I used the quilting design provided by Denyse to the QAL participants. I transferred the design to the quilt by perforating the paper pattern on my sewing machine (stitch on the lines without thread) and using a Pounce pad to transfer the chalk lines. I used Aurifil 28 weight thread in a light gray. It has the look of traditional quilting rather than big-stitch quilting.

The backing is one of my favorite prints by Rifle Paper Company. I thought it complimented the quilt so well that I used the excess backing to bind the quilt.

A combination of the light-weight chambray, the hand quilting and Quilter's Dream 80/20 batting made this one so soft and cuddly. I think it will be used again and again!

Camden Road QAL Link Up

Visit Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs for all the info on linking up your Camden Road quilt!

You have until March 23rd at 11:59 PM Eastern - plenty of time to be eligible for a prize!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Camden Road QAL ~ Finish Your Quilt for Prizes!

We have 3 more weeks before the Quilt Along ends, so there's still plenty of time to get your quilt top done and to be eligible for prizes!

You may remember, I made a small quilt and I'm happy to report that it's finished!

I used the Serpentine stitch on my Bernina to quilt squiggly lines diagonally across the quilt. It's machine bound using the fun aqua plaid that I used in a couple of the blocks.

Those points are tricky to match up when assembling the blocks, so be sure to pin at that point and you should be good. I also pressed those seams open to distribute some of the bulk. Once it's quilted, it flattens right out!

I hope this encourages you to finish up your quilt! You have until March 24th to post your quilt in the linkz party at Meadow Mist Designs. Good Luck!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Camden Road QAL ~ Week 4!

We're continuing to make blocks this week and Cheryl is sharing her progress at Meadow Mist Designs.

Cheryl and I differ in our approaches to quilt making in that she loves the efficiency of assembly line piecing and I like to make one block at a time.

I need the instant gratification of seeing a block and sometimes often change my mind as I go. Although I do admit to assembly line piecing as I get to the end as I'm ready to finish and get on to the next project! :)

How about you?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Camden Road QAL ~ Adding a Border

A great way to make a quilt a bit larger is to add borders. The current trend in modern quilting is to omit any borders, so today I have an idea that may help.

In order to add some width and height to a quilt, without using traditional borders, how about taking a portion of a design element into the border. It's exactly what I'm doing with my Camden Road and it's a nice technique to add some size to many quilts.

It's also a great way to make a quilt the size that you want. In this quilt I made the side borders 5" and the top and bottom borders 2 1/2". It got me to a 40" x 50" quilt that is still visually pleasing.

Start by looking for a design element from the block that could be carried into the border. I decided to continue both the inner and outer background colors. You could even add additional Flying Geese into the border!

It helps to sketch out the design on paper or use quilt design software like EQ. See mine below...

For this quilt, I added the side borders first. Refer to the arrows in the diagram and measure the finished size of "B" for the top and bottom of each border piece, "C" for the inner background, and "D" for the outer background. Adding 1/2" for seam allowance, use your measurements to cut your pieces by whatever width you'd like the border.

Piece and attach the side borders.

For the top and bottom borders, you'll use the same measurements "C" and "D" for the inner and outer backgrounds. You'll need to measure "A" for the four end pieces. Add seam allowances, piece and attach the borders to the top and bottom.

Hope you find this idea helpful and maybe it will come in handy again sometime!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Camden Road QAL ~ Directional Prints

It's Week 2 of the Camden Road QAL! Are you using a directional print? Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs has you covered today!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Camden Road QAL - Cutting

It's time to start cutting out your Camden Road Quilt! {if you haven't already}

You may remember that I'm doing a six-block kid's quilt. I really only need 3 fat quarters to make my 6 blocks, but I think a scrappier version with more fabrics will be more interesting.

Totally scrappy, using any and all colors, would turn out great! But I've limited my colors to navy, green and aqua. 

Here's how to cut the quilt from smaller pieces or multiple fabrics: Refer to the cutting instructions and cut 1 large square from one fabric and 1 large square plus 4 smaller squares from a second fabric for each block.

I like to organize my blocks in piles to get a nice visual of what my color combinations will look like and to make sure I have the right proportions of each color that I want.

So put in a new blade and get your Camden Road cut out this week!