I haven’t posted in a while but I have been sewing. I’ve started one of the projects for my Andalusian tile template set and am in the process of cutting and sewing and writing.
I’ve also completed 2 of the 3 cushions I’m making to go with the bed of Roses quilt. The third just needs the back sewing on. I English Paper-Pieced the bows, then appliqued them by hand onto the background. I got the pattern for the bow from my Japanese quilt block book – My Favorite Patterns 163 Quilt Patchwork Block Squares. Then I sandwiched them using my favourite batting – Vilene/Freudenborg Quiltlite – and machine quilted them.
Here are the two I’ve already completed.
I have a problem. I like to make quilts but what do I do with them when they’re finished? There are only so many quilts I can use and I’d love to have them be appreciated. I’ve learnt not to give people quilts as most of them don’t appreciate them or realise how much work has gone into them or how much the materials to make one cost.
So I’m interested to know what you do with your quilts. Do you have family that love to get your quilts or what? I’m contemplating selling mine but really haven’t worked out how much to charge for them.Any ideas?
Is there a product that you wished existed? Something that you would find really useful. I have one. I wish that Aurifil would make sample boxes. Something similar to the Superior Threads donut but with a lid to keep out the dust. There is a lovely French made thread call Fil au Chinois that comes in tiny spools. See below. Wouldn’t it be neat if Aurifil did the same for a variety of colours of 50wt for appliquéing and 12wt for embellishing quilts?
Last night I finished binding the Chevron Explosion Quilt (previously known as the “Manly Quilt”). I’m contemplating selling this quilt. It’s a good size lap quilt and measures 49″ x 56″, is machine -pieced and hand quilted. The back is pieced and I appliqued one of the flowers onto it too and embellished it with this lovely burnished copper 12wt Aurifil variegated thread. Take a look.
At the Greater Western Sydney Modern Quilt Guild (GWS MQG) we’re making a membership quilt top as a record of all the members. We are to use the three colours of the guild’s logo plus white plus one other fabric of our choice. You can see the details here.
At last week’s sit and sew some of us set ourselves the target of finishing our block by next Monday’s meeting. I managed to get mine completed today and here it is. Nothing particularly earth shattering but it is a record of when we started. I’m afraid it’s not my best work. I’m a little rusty on the applique as I haven’t done any for a while and Kona cotton really isn’t the best applique fabric as it’s not fine enough and tends to fray.
Finally I have finished the Traveller’s Blanket. I said “sort of” because there are spaces to allow me to add more medallions or place names should I need to. I’m really happy with it and plan to make some more of these recycled-new fabric concoctions. I also liked not having batting. It feels so much nicer and is beautifully drapey.
Anyway my ideas will have to go on hold for a little because I want to finish hand-quilting the In a Spin quilt and machine quilting the “Manly” quilt first. Wish me luck!
Here’s a pic of the finished blanket. I wish I were a better photographer. Years ago I did a course but that was in the days of choosing your own f stop, depth of field etc., etc. Now it’s point and shoot and I think I need some pointers.
I’ve finished both of the appliquéd squares and quilted them. Pics below. I’ve also added triangular patches between the country names. This sort of reminds me of the old fashioned travel labels that suitcases used to have on them. I’m really enjoying doing them and I’m also pleasantly surprised at the effect they’ve had on the embroidered country names – they really pop now. Take a look.
Elly Sienkiewicz’s Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts
If you’ve been quilting for any length of time you’ll have heard of Elly Sienkiewicz. She’s one of the “quilting royalty”. Her Baltimore Album quilts are famous and she has a reputation for being an amazing teacher. I’ve only been quilting for a couple of years and I’ve heard the ladies on the various lists I belong to speak of Elly with both awe and affection but until now I had never read one of her books. This one is called Elly Sienkiewicz’s Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts and it’s an astounding collaboration of Elly and hundreds of quilters who gave their time and skills to make the stunning quilts that illustrate this book.
How the book works
First, Elly tells you about the history of Baltimore Album quilts and the women who made them.
Then she follows this with a gallery of quilts she calls Baltimore’s Daughters. The first quilt in the gallery is shown on the left. It’s called Happiness is in the Journey.
Click on the photo to bring up a larger image and you’ll be able to see more of the detail in each block.
The next section is the classroom section where Elly gives you lists of all the supplies you will need if you want to make the Happiness is in the Journey quilt and shows you all the techniques you need to know to make each block.
Techniques include: appliqué with freezer paper inside, needleturn appliqué, cutaway appliqué, layered appliqué and a whole host of embellishment techniques and embroidery stitches.
The last section contains all the patterns you need to make this lovely quilt with instructions on how to transfer the patterns from the book together with enlargement percentages for larger block sizes.
It’s a well-written comprehensive book that leads you by the hand and gives you everything you need, bar the fabrics and notions, to make your own Baltimore style quilt.
Where to buy this book
This book is widely available. You can get it from C&T Publishing as a soft cover book for US$29.95 plus postage. It’s also available from Amazon for $27.10 plus postage (If you live in the US this is eligible for Super Saver shipping). The best deal I’ve found is at the Book Depository (affiliate link – doesn’t cost you anything but gives me a little something towards the upkeep of the blog 🙂 ) where you can get it for US$25.30 including postage.