Thursday, July 23, 2015

Chicken Wire Quilting

Today is a quilting tutorial. Chicken wire to be exact, like that used on Fred, the Fugitive, one of my most favorite quilts.


A request for instructions comes from Sue S., who is working on her own adorable chicken, and wanted to know how to quilt the chicken wire. So how better to explain it than with a tutorial? This is for you Sue!

The chicken wire requires a grid to be marked on the quilt. Since I don't have a current quilt to demo this on, I'm using drawings on paper. Here, I marked a grid 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".


This is sub marked, in the middle of each line and square.


Now to stitch the chicken wire, which is a series of Y's. Starting at the red dot in the middle left of the upper left square, stitch down to the line, 


then back up to the start point, and over to the mark in the middle of the upper line.


Stitch down and over to the mark in the middle of the vertical line,


and straight down on the line to horizontal line.


Stitch back up over that line, and up and over to the next upper middle mark. Repeat this process to make Row 1.


Row 2 starts at the bottom of the downward stitching on the left edge, and goes down and over to the center of the grid square.


Stitch straight down to the mark on the horizontal line, then back up and over to meet the downward stitching from Row 1.


Continue in the same manner to complete Row 2.


Row 3 starts just like Row 1, in the middle of the left grid mark, stitching straight down, back up, and over to meet the previous stitching from Row 2.


Continuing the Y stitching completes Row 3.


Alternating the two rows completes the chicken wire.


Here's two closeups of it on Fred.



Pretty easy, huh? If you're really creative, you could put some fills in the wire and have more designs! And be sure to pop over and read Fred's story!

Enjoy!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Refresh and Recharge

What have I been up to this week? Well, some quilting and lots of staring a computer screen. We've got a vacation scheduled for later this year, and the time has come to make plans and hotel reservations. And that job has fallen to me. Three solid days spent researching and contacting hotels, etc. At least I'm almost done.

As for the quilting, I'm back to finishing up the t-shirt quilts.
Borders are on 4, 


with one to go, and just enough fabric. Then on to piecing the backs, and getting the quilting done.

And I'm just about done with a project for my partner in an Instagram Halloween Mini Swap. If you follow me on Instagram, I've posted just these few, rather random progress pictures, as I want this to be a surprise.
The fabrics I'm working with,





and an almost finished picture. Just going to add some trim, and call it done. I'll show completed pictures at a later date.


Have I gotten around to making the blocks for the Twisted Blossom QAL by Sew Kind of Wonderful? No, but still hoping to join in. 

Though it's been tough taking a break from new projects, hopefully it will give me a chance to refresh and recharge. Now to go finish up all of those in progress!

Have a great weekend quilting.











Sometime back in April or May, I signed up to participate in a Halloween Mini Swap, coordinated by one of my guild members. Having never done this before, I thought I'd give it a try. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bohemian Twist Table Runner

I now have another beautiful table runner for my hutch! Introducing Bohemian Twist,


so named because of the awesome La Vie Boheme 10" stackers by Riley Blake from Calico Cat Fabrics and the Metro Twist pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful. A fitting name for a winning combination!

The quilting turned out gorgeous too, if I do say so myself!


Lots of ruler work in the plain areas, with feathers in the prints.


And I'm very happy with my final border choice. Remember, I had this started?


Not very attractive. Instead, I found a solid dark navy that set off the piecing beautifully.


Originally, I had an orangey-red picked out for the binding, but it just overwhelmed the piece. Luckily, I had enough left of the green, which ties it all together. Definitely proves that nothing beats fabric auditioning! 

If you love this as much as I do, check out Calico Cat Fabrics and what Tanya has to offer. I'm happy to be a fabric ambassador for her shop, as this has been a great project!

Happy Quilting!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Spangled Stars

Happy Fourth of July! Today is my parade of red, white, and blue!

In the front of the parade is Spangled Stars, 


 a patriotic version from my Spangled Stars QAL. Previously, I had shown it's alternate colorway version, Lily Pond.



Sorry if I gush, but aren't they both beautiful???

Of course, Spangled Stars deserves it's a bit more showing off, so here are more detail pictures.

The straight line and seed quilting was done with rulers.






The stars and swirls were quilted freehand after marking the star design with a washout pen. I transferred the design using tulle, and have a tutorial on that technique here.



And the back is a pretty cream and blue plaid, that happened to be 10" short! A little addition of red adds a fun spark though!


For the binding, I didn't want cream, red, or blue. But I had this great print


(from 199_ - the last digit was cut off!) that had all the right colors in it, and works fabulously!


Now for the rest of the parade!

My Patriotic Wave Table Runner (pattern available here)


and matching placemats.


That's it for my parade! Have a safe and happy fourth!











Thursday, July 2, 2015

Spangled Stars QAL Winners and Parade!

The day has come to announce the grand prize winners of my Spangled Stars QAL! I hope that all of you enjoyed making the quilt - I know I did, because I made two! Everyone has been so wonderful, that I'm encouraged to do a QAL again - next year.

And sorry for keeping you in suspense today! I really, really wanted to get mine quilted so it could be in the parade. After 10 hours quilting today, it's done but still on the frame for checking missed areas tomorrow. Right now, I'm tired!

But now for the moment everyone has been waiting for, the winners! The first prize was the gorgeous Aurofil thread package of 12 large spools. Mr. Random Number Generator picked entry #2:


That would be Ann! Congratulations! 

And the other prize of the two $25 gift certificates, one from Green Fairy Quilts, and the other from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Mr. Random Number Generator's second pick, entry #1:

That winner would be Alida of TweLoQ (Tweety Loves Quilting)! Congratulations!

I've sent you both emails notifying you of your winnings - please send me back your contact info so that I can send your prizes.

Now for a parade of quilted Spangled Stars! 

From Alida



From Ann



From Myra


From Susan #1


and #2


Great job everyone! They're beautiful! Again, sorry for the wait!

Happy Quilting!



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