Monday, January 14, 2019

Stars Over Baltimore Applique Quilt finished

"Stars Over Baltimore" was a FREE Block of the Week (BOW) Program which I started in 2018. The pattern was supplied by Piecing the Past Quilts. There was no obligation to buy any material It was entirely FREE.

This is my version of the "Stars Over Baltimore" Quilt made from my stash of fabric. The quilt was finished and given to my brother and sister-in-law for a 2018 Christmas present. They loved the design and placement of colours. Below is a photo of the quilt on their bed.

Thanks Debbie for allowing me to have a chance of making this beautiful applique quilt.

Until next time
Happy Quilting

Thursday, November 22, 2018

DWR - Double Wedding Ring Quilt

For a long time I have wanted to make "The Double Wedding Ring" (DRW) quilt it has been one of the most challenging quilt patterns that I have make to date.

These are the different elements I used to make the Rings

2 coloured connecting corners - Shape B Cut 142 (71 Red & 71 Brown)

End of Arcs - Shape E Cut 142
End of Arcs - Shape E(R) Cut 142 (R) (reversed)
Middle Arcs - Shape D Cut 426 Sew 3 together to form Arc

Melons Cut 71

Cut 30 middle of DWR (White)

Pin one melon to one combined arc unit matching ¼" points and notches, starting at the centre and working to one end. At the end leave a ¼" ear of the melon sticking out, (you will have ¼" ear sticking out at both ends).

Starting sewing at ¼" crevice on at the end of the arc. Finger press towards the melon the Press seams with a hot iron. Note if the seam is not lying flat check the ¼" seam allowance and re-sew.

Mark ¼" points on 2 coloured connecting corners.

Pin and sew one of the 2 different coloured connecting corners to each end of one combined arc unit. Start and stop stitching at ¼" markings. Press seams toward squares (In the photo below I have not pressed the seams towards the squares. Mine are pressed towards the combined arc so I repressed the square seams to make them nest properly).

Pin and sew one combined arc with connecting corner squares to combined arc and the melon it's important to start and stop stitching at ¼" points of connecting corner. Press seam toward melon.

Make 71 combined units arcs and melons to make a Football.

Mark ¼" points on tips of middle of DWR shape.

Pin and sew one combined arc unit (football) to one middle of DWR matching notches and ¼" points. Start and stop stitching at ¼" points. Pin middle of DWR on top of footballs and centre. Press seams toward middle of DWR or in the direction that creates the least bulk at intersections.

Pin the seam allowance back. Don’t include the seam allowance. Start sewing from the End of the arc seam dot to dot which you have already marked.

Sew with middle of DWR on top remove pins as you sew

Pin and sew another football to the side of middle of DWR. Its important to start and stop stitching at the marked ¼" points. Don't sew the connector squares.
Continue to add footballs and middle of DWR in this manner to complete quilt top. When attaching other "footballs" to the centre it is important to not sew all the way through to the end of the connecting corners, leave these open and un-sewn. For the outside edges (border), the connecting corners can be stitched

Keep sewing "footballs" and centres (middle of DWR) together to make a row. The first row has "footballs" on three sides, but the additional rows only have "footballs" on three sides. Stitch the rows together, once again leaving the connecting corners unstitched.

Once the rows are sewn together you go back and stitch the open connecting corners on opposite side from each other. Press completed quilt top.

Layer quilt top with batting (Batting 83" x 102") and backing.

I am using my long arm quilting frame and Qbot to quilt the Double Wedding Ring.

Binding the edge with red bias binding.

Happy quilting until next time

Stars Over Baltimore Quilt

Stars Over Baltimore was my 2018 Project by Debbie from Piecing the Past Quilts @ it was a free sign up and the project was started on the 8th of January 2018 and ended on the 7th of May 2018. At the beginning of each month I received a pattern and instructions via email. Below is my completed flimsy. All I have to do now is sandwich and quilt it.
Happy quilting until next time.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Ballerina Quilt - Samantha's Quilt - Finished

The time came to put the Ballerina quilt into the quilting frame, I used a prepackaged batting (meaning it was folded and squashed into a plastic bag by the manufacturer) I needed to let the batting 'rest' overnight. After taking it out of the plastic bag, the batting expand and most of the creases fell out.
The batting has a bonded edge 'scrim', that side will be go against the backing. To avoid bearding from coming through the top of the quilt, the 'scrim' side was place UP instead of DOWN. The Sandwich consisting of the 3 layers are put together, backing fabric is facing down, batting with the scrim is facing down, quilt top or flimsy is facing up is on the frame.

I am using Guttmann 100% cotton Col.5201 black thread on the top and also in the bobbin.

Below is a photo of the back of the quilt.

Here are a photo's of the quilting pattern Q-bot is quilting out and the quilt loaded onto the quilting frame. I choose an edge to edge pattern.

Finished at last and given to my granddaughter, who as you can see has wrapped herself up in it on the floor all nice and cosy, watching TV...

Until next time happy quilting

Skateboard Quilt – Jack’s Quilt

Skateboard Quilt – Jack’s Quilt
finished size 72½ x 93½ inches

It's been quite awhile since I've posted. Please accept my humble apologies.
As what happens with many of us, life simply got in the way.

To make this quilt I followed Jenny’s video tutorial from Missouri Star to make this quilt.

First I made the skateboard Deck. 42 blocks.
Cut 5 ̎x 10 ̎ Rectangles (assorted colours) you will need to cut 42 rectangle blocks
Cut 1½ ̎ strips of White (background colour)
Then cut them into 1½ ̎ squares (use to snowball rectangles)
Snowball the four corners of all the skateboard rectangles.

Make the Wheels

4 Strips of the following strip sets are required :
Cut 1½ ̎ x 4 strips of White (background fabric)
Cut 2 ½ ̎ x 4 strips of Black (Wheels fabric)
Cut 4 ̎ x 4 strips of White (background fabric)

Assemble Strip Sets in the following order I followed Jenny’s advice in the video tutorial and kept the fabric strips in order

Sew 4 strip sets together and cut 168 side wheels of the skateboard.
1½ ̎ x strips of White
2½ ̎ x strips of Black
4 x strips of White
1½ ̎ x strips of White
2½ ̎ x strips of Black
4 ̎ x strips of White

Remember to sew one side down one side then sew back from the other direction adding the next strip in the sequence as stated above. Press towards the dark side of the fabric, (as you go) then fold the strip set in half and cut 1½ ̎ x strips for the wheels. Then sew the Snowballed body of the Board to the 2 x 1½ ̎ x strips for the wheels to each rectangle.


Cut 2½ ̎ x 10 strips of White (background fabric)
Sew sashing between each skateboard and then one long strip between each row. Sew sashing at both ends add 6½ ̎ border to all 4 sides. Sandwich and quilt. Add label.
7 Rows Across x 6 Rows Down

Outside border
cut and sew 6½ strips to all four sides. I used the same fabric to back the quilt.

My grandson Rhyders with his quilt on his bed giving it the thumbs up.

Until next time happy quilting

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My UFO List for 2017.

Here is my UFO list for 2017, many of these quilts are in or have been in various stages of production for many years... my moto this year is to never give up hope. I will finish them, maybe 2017 will be the year. Here's hoping.

Work Like and Egyptian Quilt

Doctor Who Quilt - Mathew's 40th Birthday quilt.

Ballerina Quilt - Samantha's Quilt

Affairs of the Heart - How do I quilt it???

Minecraft Quilt - Erica's Quilt

Happy New Year to all.
Happy Quilting until next time.

Work Like and Egyptian - Ramses II and Chariot panel.

I have assembled Ramses II panel, he ruled for at least 66 years. He built all over Egypt and many of his statues and temples are still standing today.

I traced the pattern shapes onto the paper side of the fusible webbing, numbering each shape to match the pattern. Then using a dry hot iron, I ironed the fusible webbing papper side up onto the wrong side of my fabric, then I cut out the shapes.

Using the assembly template as a guide I put the paper template underneath the background material, I peeled off the backing paper and placed the pattern shape one by one in order on the background fabric, then I ironed them in place.

I used the Baking paper technique to assemble the chariot. I placed the pattern template on the ironing board, and covered it with baking paper. The baking paper allowed me to lightly iron and assemble the shapes piece by piece. without the fusible webbing sticking permanently to the baking paper.

The first Archer assembled and ready to be placed on the panel.

The finished panel was to long to take in one photo. The Two Archers, one Leopard and Ramses stallions pulling his Chariot are below.

Happy quilting until next time
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