Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Big Girl quilt for Elise

It's happy and bright. This quilt reminds me of sherbet. It's just perfect for little Elise! The pattern is from the book "Turning Twenty Again". The quilt measures 70 inches by 90 inches. The fabric was a fat quarter bundle from Moda's Spring Fever. The quilting was done edge to edge alternating rows of "Princess" by JoAnn Hoffman and butterflies. I even quilted a special "Grandma Loves Elise" message toward the bottom of the quilt. I wonder how old she will be before she sees it?

My next project really needs to be my donation quilt for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. This year's theme is The Cat In The Hat. I have all of the fabrics and the pattern ready to go and our guild members like to display all of these donation quilts at the fair before they are sold at auction. That's what I "need" to do.

What I really "want" to do is to work on my Civil War Tribute quilt. It is a block of the month quilt and I am WAY behind.

We shall see who wins this battle.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Spring Magic is finished

Spring Magic is finished ( well, all except the hand work involved in sewing the binding down to the back). It seems good to be back at my frame again! This quilt finishes at 90 x 98 inches. It is quilted with an all-over feather design. Here is a close-up of the quilting.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Spring Magic on the quilting frame

Having finally solved my issues of sashing and borders on this quilt, it's finally on the frame so that I can get it quilted. I loved this quilt when I was piecing it, but now - it's really green. I'm not sure how I feel about that. The quilting is coming along nicely and my machine is behaving well. I probably shouldn't say that as I still have a few rows to do and the binding to add. Hopefully I will get it all ready so that I can sew the back of the binding down while I sit at my quilt guild meeting next week.

While working on this top, I did take a moment to note that there are 9 more quilt tops hanging there waiting for their turns to be quilted. My quilting mojo is returning!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Unsewing, ripping, etc.

I'm still working on my Spring Magic quilt. Ripping the borders off. I did go with one of the greens from the collections and while the green is perfect for sashing between the vertical rows, it does NOT work as an outside border before a wider floral border. That doesn't sound like it makes sense and it doesn't look any better. I am pretty sure that if I can still look at this quilt top after I take of all 8 borders, I will replace the narrow border with white before I reattach the floral focus border. I am bound and determined that this will not turn into a UFO, stashed away in a drawer or garbage bag somewhere!

While contemplating what to do about the borders on my Spring Magic project, I started strip-piecing the strips for the Moda Bakeshop "Picnic Quilt". I just happen to have 4 Avignon jelly rolls so adding the white was an easy decision. I still have 3 jelly rolls of this group left for other projects! I'm going to try very hard not to drop the Spring Magic quilt to work on this cute little quilt.