Saturday, September 18, 2010

Loose-y Goose-y (Completed)

Another UFO, but not one on the list! I started the binding at my quilt bee meeting this morning and finished it on the way to the Carolina Longarm Quilt Show this afternoon.

I posted the bulk of this quilt's story when I finished the quilt top, but you may be intersted to hear that it took three times to get a good photo of the quilt. I also had to apply the binding THREE times before I got it applied properly. Oh, and you’ll never believe it, but all 3 of the people in our car won door prizes at the quilt show! Perhaps, the quilt needs a NEW name!


Aside from the free-form Flying Geese featured in my design, this little quilt showcases a "new-to-me" pebble quilting design. The "pebbles" really add a textural element to the quilt!

In my last post, I shared my quilt called Flying to the Candy Dish. It was made of the same design, but what a difference fabric selection has on the overall feeling of a quilt! The finishing details are different in each quilt. Where I added machine feather stitching to that quilt, this one was finished using a satin stitch zigzag for the machine applique. That one had the geese on a black "path" in a field of color and this one has geese on a colorful "path' in a field of black.

Loose-y Goose-y was made as a Journal Quilt and measures 8" x 10'. Not the "standard" size the other quilts in my JQ series, but several friends have assured my that it's perfectly OK!

Thanks, quilting friends!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Flying to the Candy Dish - Completed

Today I decided to do some decorative stitching to secure the raw edged applique and add a bit of interest around the completed quilt. In retrospect, I probably should have added a piped binding, but it's too late now...the quilt is DONE!!!

This isn't on my UFO List, however, I'm glad to have it done ahead of schedule. It started out as my "Dye Frenzy Challenge quilt and may end up being my donation to the "Little Bit of Pink and a Whole Lot of Love" charity quilt auction at the DOQ "Quilting - A Needle Runs Through It" Quilt Show 2010 to be held at the American Tobacco Campus, Bay 7, Durham, NC Oct. 22 - 24, 2010.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Remnants - A Completed UFO!!!

Remnants - Odd Angle
Originally uploaded by basketcasejoy
While this quilt LOOKS like a full sized quilt, it measures just 11" square. It started as a possible design for a teacher gift and ended up being one of my entries for DOQ's "A Thread Runs Through It " Quilt Show 2010 (Oct. 22 - 24th, 2010, American Tobacco Campus, Bay 7, Durham, NC.)

This mini sat on my table for more than a YEAR waiting to be quilted. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted this one to be extra special so I enlisted the help of a local longarm quilter. I think it was worth every penny!

The name of this quilt is Remnants. To quote,

rem·nant   /ˈrɛmnənt/ [rem-nuhnt] – noun

1. a remaining, usually small part, quantity, number, or the like.

2. a fragment or scrap.

The fabrics in this mini started life as the makings of a king sized quilt. Being the math whiz that I am, once made, there were a number of quilt blocks I made a lap quilt. After making the lap quilt, four blocks remained so I made a wall hanging. You would think this would be the end of those fabrics...but NO!!! There's MORE.

School was ending and I needed a gift for DS2's teacher. Upon finding that she was fond of hunter green and burgandy, I knew that I had JUST the thing...a miniature quilt from the "quilt that keeps on giving."

Most of the pieces had been trimmed up. All I had to do was come up with a design. It turned out that I came up with three designs and implemented two of them. Remnants is the second of those two designs to be completed...and there are STILL more scraps!!!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Dye Frenzy - The Collection

This post is for those of you who wanted to see more examples of my dye-ing efforts after the Dye Frenzy. I showed the dye packs and my favorite sample, but here is the entire collection. Look for my mini quilt "Flying to the Candy Dish" to see these fabrics in action! (The only one not used was the white on black turned red on black print.)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Flying to the Candy Dish

Remember the Dye Frenzy earlier this summer? Well, the organizer of the workshop issued a challenge to the participants. She wanted us to USE some of the fabrics that we had hand dyed!

This little quilt is the result of that challenge.

Each of the triangles represents one of my hand dyeing efforts. The black "background" really sets off the colors! My "border" fabric was a small piece that I found in the "kid print" drawer of my fabric stash. The candy shaped motifs, and the comments of a Ravelry friend, worked well to help me arrive at the name for my quilt.

I'm not sure where this quilt will end up, but while it remains in my home, smiles abound. It reminds me of "the cousins" at Grandma's house heading straight for the candy dish when they walk through the door.

Hmm...what quilt shall I work on next?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blue/Yellow Woven - Completed

Another quilt for the Ravelry UFO Club. This one started as a woven piece that needed something extra. It ended up being a lesson in a 'new to me' binding technique. Thanks to my good friend for giving me a lesson in mitered bindings so that I could accomplish the two color binding.
I began with scrap strips leftover from a larger project to experiment with weaving fabric. Months went by before inspiration struck and I thought I would add a quilted sunflower. The more I looked at it, the less appealing that idea became. Inspiration struck a second time and the raw edged applique that you see was the result.

Once the quilt was completed and the photo op was complete, I noticed that I had deviated from my plan. The blue was to be near the flower and the yellow was so be on the opposing sides. What do you think? Should I bother to re-do it?

Until next time...
Happy Quilting!
P.S. I think I'll call it Sunflower Surprise.