Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A Low-Volume Hand-Quilted Finish!


A bundle of low-volume Japanese imports are the basis for this quilt, with a couple of additional fabrics from my stash.  It is backed with an Art Gallery fabric (so soft and slidey), batted with wool, and hand-quilted with Nol. 8 Perle Cotton.  

 I started quilting this February 19 and just finished it March 29.  It takes 6 - 8 weeks to quilt something like this.  It is 70" x 80".  

As I started quilting with an off-center spiral and did a couple of rounds, I decided to throw quilter's caution to the wind and just quilt this willy-nilly, changing directions whenever I wanted.  I like this sort of random quilting.

Occasionally I used a strand of a dark grey - for no particular reason.  

Without measuring, my rows are about 1" apart.  I have had to mark quilt lines, like for a Baptist Fan.  But this quilting just is.  

My guild has had an on-line discussion about wool batting.  And it is my favorite, especially for hand quilting.  The picture below is after washing and drying the quilt normally - no special soaps or temperatures.  I love how the texture has deepened, and the one-inch spacing between my rows become little pockets of puffiness.  

I used to make quilts and figure out the quilting when I was finished.  This new phase of my quilting means creating quilts and knowing exactly how I want to hand-quilt them.  Quite a change for me!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Sewing but not blogging? What's up with that?

For the past year I've been part of a small little bee within my guild.  I've always heard of bees but have never been a part of one.  There are only 9 of us, led by Bill Keller.  Every 6 weeks one of us becomes the bee queen and directs others what to do.  Look at the #chimodbee for some examples of what we've done.  When it was my turn, I asked my bee mates for tuning forks that were either 5.5" wide or 10.5".  The length didn't matter.  And I asked for dark forks against a low-volume background.  As these began to arrive, I slapped them up on the design wall.  I love these forks, even the bright green one and the one with a dotted pink background.  And then I took a tip from "Macbeth" and was bloody, bold, and resolute as I began to attach them to one another.  I am thrilled with the final product and am eager to hand quilt it.  I'm almost ready for it.


While I was dithering away at the design wall I did have a couple of Sew Powerful purses going.  The stack of fabric for future purses is getting bigger and bigger.  I'm learning that this little purse need a big impact fabric on the front, and I love these dots.  Wait until you see the additional fabrics I have!  In fact, look at this pile of fabrics below:

Years ago Mary Radnor came to the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild meetings.  She was a librarian working at the University of Chicago and living in Hyde Park.  We got together a few times and forged a nice friendship, despite the difference in our ages.  Mary was from Kansas and decided to move back to her home town.  A few years later John and I were doing our "presidential library tour" (Hoover, Truman, and Eisenhower), and Mary drove from Hayes, KS to Abilene and met us for lunch.  So much fun to see her!

 Since that lunch, Mary has gotten married and is deciding she's done with quilting (she's a fabulous knitter).  That pile of fabrics above?  That's what she sent me.  Most are at least 2 yards! Sew Powerful purse makers know that the girls especially love oranges and purples ad brights.  These fabrics are perfect for purse making.  Knowing that Mary spent a small fortune shipping these fabrics and being appreciative of the quality and quantity, I asked her which fabrics were the hardest to let go of.  And she pointed out the ones with the bright pinks.  

These bags went into the mail this morning.  I think they are kind of perfect for knitted things.