Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Midweek Makers #167

Welcome to Midweek Makers - come share what you're working on! 
I'll share another sneak peek of my string quilt,


easily joined binding ends on a new strings quilt

though this picture is more of a refresher on how to easily join binding ends - check out the tutorial to learn how. And besides, I can't give away the whole quilt until Monday!

This week I'm going with a star theme, not only because there were several starry quilt projects linked up, but because there has been a lull in the rain. That means clear skies for star viewing - I'm really star-struck!

From Cherie's Quilting Journey, these pretty six-pointed stars, 

                             Top

from Run n Stitch, these pretty stars made by a student,

                             

and this pretty UFO runner, in a couple of my favorite colors, from Quilting Gail.

                          IMG_3162
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Monday, March 18, 2019

String Quilts in Progress

Phew - I think I'm due for a vacation! The last couple weeks have been go, go, go for me and the sewing machine - we're both working overtime! It started with the Going In Circles quilt, then the Clover Field Runner, and the final finish of the Mediterranean Rose quilt

Now I'm off in a new direction, with a couple projects in the works using strings - here's a sneak peek of the first one.


string quilt project by QuiltFabrication

The top is almost done - I just need to figure out how to piece an important element within the confines of the 9.5" square. And no, I'm not telling what that element is - I'm saving that for a later post! And if it all works out, the big reveal of this quilt is next Monday, my day of the All About Strings Blog Hop, hosted by Creatin' In the Sticks.

The second string project hasn't gotten off the ground yet, and it will be a pattern from Bonnie Hunter's new book, String Frenzy (affiliate link). See what she started??? Strings and more strings!

Of course, string quilts aren't new to me as I've done several over the years. In 2018, Raspberry Cheesecake was my own curvy improv quilt design based on techniques from the book Modern Improv (affiliate link).


Raspberry Cheesecake by QuiltFabrication

And in 2017, Stock Market was my own design as a scrap buster, and is available as an intermediate quilt pattern in both a lap and twin size.


Stock Market by QuiltFabrication

Going back a bit further, to 2016, there's this easy baby quilt, A Quilt to Give, from Nancy Zieman's Quick Column Quilts book (affiliate link).


Quilt to Give from Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman

There's more string quilts scattered throughout the years, but those are just a few of the highlights. There's still more to come with updates to all of my current string adventures throughout the next couple weeks - stay tuned!

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Mediterranean Rose Quilt

It's taken almost 7 years, but the hand appliqued Mediterranean Rose quilt I designed so long ago is now finished, and quite ravishing on a dark background!


Mediterranean Rose quilt, dark background

I think this shot really adds to her captivating allure, versus the one below, which provides a different, less dramatic view.


Mediterranean Rose quilt, light background

Either, way this quilt is a beauty! And she certainly garners lots of quilt love each time I show an in-progress picture. And there were a lot of pictures, as I've been slowly working on the finish since digging her out of the closet sometime in late November. Check out the Mediterranean Rose in Progress post to see what I started with.  

Over the number of weeks of construction and quilting, I shared a few insights of what I learned in making this quilt. There's a simple math tutorial to learn how to cut setting triangles for on-point set quilts, and a quilting hint for stitch-in-the-ditch quilting around applique, at the bottom of that post. These are just little bits of information I share that make a quilter's life so much easier!

Now for some closeups. First, I have to say, a black background is not the most favorable color upon which to showcase quilting. Wanting more than just a stipple, I opted for peacock feathers, which fill the space. 


Mediterranean Rose peacock feather background quilting closeup

Mediterranean Rose peacock feather background quilting

See how much I had to angle the camera to get the light to pick up on the quilting? Anything more elaborate or structured just would not have been seen. And did you know black is a magnet for batting fuzz and cat hair? This quilt will need the constant attention of a sticky tape roller!

Though some may deem this a more traditional style quilt, I opted for a more modern quilting style in the white areas - my favorite: straight lines.


Mediterranean Rose line quilting


I think it adds a really nice contrast to all the other design elements in the quilt.


Mediterranean Rose straight line quilting

As for the backing, it's a white on black flower print that was in the stash, and works beautifully.


Mediterranean Rose quilting and backing

A couple more interesting tidbits about this quilt:

1)  it measures 57" x 57",

2) it is one of two hand applique projects I have done, with the other one yet to be completed,

3) the block is based on one from Quiltmakers 100 blocks, which was all applique. I changed some coloring, made different shaped flowers, and pieced pointy leaves cause I didn't want to do all that applique. Curious question: is it still the designer's block, or is it now mine??

4)  this was a hand sewing project I took on a cruise to the Mediterranean in 2012. With the flowers somewhat like roses, it was christened Mediterranean Rose a long time ago. It's also taken me that long to learn how to spell 'Mediterranean'!

For the next month or so, this quilt will hang in my dining room, so that I may see it every day and delight in it's finished glory!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Midweek Makers #166

Welcome to Midweek Makers! Before starting the next project, I've resolved to finish up Mediterranean Rose - the big reveal will be Friday! I can't wait to finally show you!


Mediterranean Rose Quilt by QuiltFabrication

I was a bit surprised that there wasn't much green happening at last week's Midweek Makers, what with St. Patrick's Day this weekend. So, I'm choosing a different color to celebrate -blue!

This cute fussy cute Pooh print at Silly Mama Quilts,

                                      

this incredibly awesome piano at de Jong Dream House,

                                      

a sweet semi truck at Bell Creek Quilts,

                                                   

and this stunning star at Chopin, A Passionate Quilter.

                                      

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