Tuesday, April 19, 2011

feathers - a work in progress

I am back at quilting my 4 block applique quilt. I loved quilting the feathers on my 9 patch quilt so I want to include some in this quilt too.
I need lots of practice at drawing them!

This is the space I am trying to fill. In each corner there is this open space that happened as a result of not bringing the vine around the corner.

This branching feathered sprig is what I have come up with so far. I have not decided how I will mark this - probably draw the feathers individually which means all 4 corners will be a bit different. I do enjoy a bit of whimsy in the quilting as I look at antique quilts as much as I love the perfect gorgeous wreaths of feathers in the wide borders of Amish quilts. However it turns out - I'll have lots of fun doing it! :0)

I thought I'd include a picture of the quilted center. The crosshatching is complete and the borders are outlined. I just need to finish up the rather tedious in-the-ditch quilting of the hst border and I'll be on to the feathers :0)

Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

one more bird block

I finished another bird block for my Bird of Paradise quilt. This block was easy and fun to make. I have 9 blocks made now - I thought I'd lay them out for a look. They are in no particular order. I'd better tackle one of the more challenging blocks next - If I leave them all to the end... it won't be good :0)
I am having so much fun making this quilt!! Each block is so interesting and different.
I also finished the hand quilting project from the class I took. I want to make it into something - I'll have to think about it for awhile. Now I can get back to my 4 block applique quilt. I'm ready to start quilting the borders now - yeah!

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

spring break

I haven't had a lot of time for sewing lately. We've had some company and the kids had a week off from school for spring break. It felt more like winter break some days - spring is slow in coming in Alberta. So this is what I was busy making one afternoon. The kids and I built this enormous snow fort in the school field nearby. We had lots of fun :0) I finally managed to take a hand quilting class. I was doing a few things wrong and have now learned a better way to quilt.
This is the project from the class - I've nearly finished it. Don't look too closely at the stitches :0) It will take some time and practice to get shorter stitches again. It is now so much easier on my hands - I love it!!
Happy Quilting!!