Sunday, March 9, 2014

Old Tobacco Road Quilt

Last year I started a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt named "Old Tobacco Road." It came off the frame this weekend and got trimmed and partially bound. It's going to take a good while for me to hand stitch it down but it wont go on the bed until September as I think the colors are more appropriate for the fall anyways! The quilt is almost 115 inches square and I'm hoping it shrinks about 4 inches when it goes through the wash so it will be perfect on my bed.

The fabrics in the quilt are mostly civil war prints and Kansas Trouble prints I nabbed on ebay about 8 years ago for next to nothing. I love finding those kinds of bargains!  I opted to quilt it in a non-traditional pattern. The panto is called Wild Flowers and the thread is Omni in barley.


Ironically the next quilt I'm making is another Bonnie Hunter mystery!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A bit of history ...

The other day, I came across the second quilt I ever pieced and the first quilt I ever "longarm" quilted. It was on my Pfaff Grand Quilter and Proflex frame setup. Would you look at the really awful quilting, so jerky and not smooth at all, and yet I actually love this quilt because of its imperfections. It reminds me of how far I've come both with piecing and quilting, and what a difference a good quilting machine makes!

Friday, February 21, 2014

My Tweets…Done My Way!

Three years ago I joined in on Erin Russek's "My Tweets" hand applique quilt. Erin is a wonderful hand applique'r and makes the most beautiful patterns to share with her bloggers. And get this, they are free for a limited time!

I had never applique'd by hand before and learned so from Erin's blog when I started this project. I was rather disappointed that my hands couldn't take holding a needle for long, so I didn't quite finish the My Tweets journey -- though I did get to starting block 9 before quitting. I couldn't quite bring myself to finish block 9 so that I'd have a 3 x 3 block quilt. So the blocks have been hanging in my sewing room for about a year and I've been debating on what to do with the "odd" number of 8 blocks.

Fast forward to November 2013 when this fantastic Quilt Along hosted by AQS hit some of my favorite blogs. It is called "Tone It Down" and is a Burgoyne Surrounded block in a fun fashion. As soon as I saw it, I knew how I was going to make use of the My Tweets blocks I had! This week I found a little time to put it together and here's what I came up with.

I'm tossing around the idea of adding a scallop border. It's something I've been meaning to try but haven't had the right quilt to do it on. What do you think, scallops or something else? I could really use some ideas!

If you'd like to check out the "My Tweets" or any of Erin's other patterns, hop on over to her blog!
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