Thursday, July 26, 2012

It's Finished - Home Sweet Home - Baltimore Album Style Quilt

It's time to celebrate!  My second Baltimore Album Style Quilt is finished.  Actually last Wednesday morning I completed the last few stitches on the binding.  My goal was to get it done in time to take to the Foothills Meeting.  It's always nicer when you can share a major accomplishment like this with your quilting friends.   I'm so pleased to have it finished.  Here it is................

Friday, July 13, 2012

4-Patch Posey for My Granddaughter

I've got the 4-Patch Posey bug so decided to make another one.

The 1 yard piece of fabric I found in my stash had the 4 repeats in just the one yard with about 6" left over.  I decided I'd make a small quilt with it and put the excess on the back to show how the original fabric looked before it was "kaleidoscoped". 

In the process of sewing it, my granddaughter mentioned that she wished she had a quilt.  She hadn't shown interst in my quilts for several years so I was pleased. 

Her bedroom set is the black lacquer look so thought this one might look really nice in her new apartment (she's moving in with a girlfriend in August).  However, with not nearly enough fabric to make a queen sized quilt, could I make it work?   I decided to use it as a design opportunity and came up with some alternate blocks to go with the posey blocks.

Since these are small block (the posey part is only 4"/4 1/2', sashed they are 6"/6 1/2"), it's going to take 130 blocks (13 rows of 10 blocks).   Here are 3 sample rows finished - I wanted to make sure I liked the look before I did the whole thing - there are lots of little pieces.

3 rows finished

Pieces and parts yet to sew

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Home - Baltimore Album Style Quilt

Last week after I finished preparing the 3 projects for our upcoming Foothills meeting, I also decided to pull out a Baltimore Album Quilt I had started, and finish it.  The blocks were already completed so I had only the sashing and borders to do.  Made me wonder what I was waiting for.  I think the darling rabbit quilt I quilted for Joy inspired me to get busy and finish it so I could quilt some more feathers - I just love doing feathers.  Anyway, here's a picture of the top before I started quilting it.  When I'm finished with the quilting, I'll post another picture so you can see how I decided to quilt it (expect a few feathers).  The center block on this 9 block quilt is a depiction of our family home in Colorado.  Rick & I and the kids all loved that house and there were so many good memories made there.

I still need to decide on a name for this quilt.  Maybe something with "home" in it.  Ideas welcome.  The lettering in the last row reads, "Every house where love abides and friendship is a guest, is surely home, and home sweet home, for there the heart can rest."

Baltimore Album Style Quilt

Here are close-ups of the individual blocks:
Papercut with Flower Center

Paper Dolls

Lyre and Ruched Rose

Filligree Heart

Home Block

 Strawberry Wreath

Rose Wreath

Fleur de Lis with Poem

Fleur de Lis

Double Wedding Ring Class

I'm getting behind on posting again.  Last week I finished the sample for my upcoming Double Wedding Ring Demo and Class.  I decided to make a 3 ring table runner to demonstrate the method.  This pattern can be done in one step using raw-edge appliqued solid rings and quilt-as-you-go.  In the instructions I've  prepared I also included alternate methods so it can be done as traditionally as anyone would like. 

In this picture there are two blocks because the third one will be done during the demonstration.  This picture will give you an idea of how they'll look.