Monday, December 10, 2018

Paradise 5 in the Works

You've probably seen the quilts I recently made for those in Paradise, CA. Since I've made two of the same pattern, 

Paradise 1 by QuiltFabrication
Paradise 1

Paradise 4 by QuiltFabrication
Paradise 4

and have been asked for a tutorial, I'm now making a third. I've gone through the stash, and these homespuns are begging to be used. Plus, it would be nice to send a quilt to Paradise that's for a guy!

homespun fabrics

I do have a couple more FQ's, which didn't really work with the red/blue/green scheme I've got here, so I'll save those and see if I can make a smaller quilt with just the FQ's. Who knows - maybe that will become another fast, easy quilt tutorial too!

For those homespuns above, it will be another Quarter Cut Quilt, which is what I'm calling this pattern. It requires quarter cuts or more of yardage, and also fat quarters. So I think Quarter Cut Quilt is fitting!

I do wish I had the tutorial for you today, but too many Christmas parties and luncheons took away a ton of quilting time last week. So be patient - the tutorial is coming!

Until then, Happy Quilting!

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Paradise Quilt 4

Here's the fourth, and last for the moment, of the Paradise quilts - 
Paradise 4.

Paradise 4 quilt by QuiltFabrication

Constructed just like Paradise 1, this quilt measures around 60" x 80". Vicki of Vicki's Crafts and Quilting asked for a tutorial on this quilt, which is coming next week - it's a great stash buster! We're talking 2.5 - 3 yards for the front only - that's a lot of yardage.

And it's also super fast to put together! Using the backing fabric as my color guide, I pulled fabrics at 10:30 in the morning, laid them out in a pleasing arrangement, and started making the long rows with sashing in the middle and along one row edge.

Because I had a deadline for this quilt, lunch was eaten while sewing all the rows together. By 3 in the afternoon, both the front and the backing were ready to go on the frame. And by 5:30 pm, the hand-guided pantograph quilting was done, thanks to my wonderful, trusty Innova machine. With an hour devoted to binding the next morning, the Paradise 4 quilt was a finish, just in time to deliver to my quilt friends in the afternoon.

Now I know that's a very lofty production time to meet, but I'm a super focused and efficient person when I need to be. Taking in-progress pictures was the furthest from my mind, that's why no posts to Instagram or Facebook - I hope to catch up soon.

As for some closeups, this quilt also used the open, and very pretty Happy Times pantograph.

Paradise 4 quilt Happy Times pantograph quilting

As for the pinks, here's the floral backing that was used for color inspiration.

Paradise 4 quilt backing

I'm going to take a break from donation quilts for a few weeks, but will probably make a few more for a January delivery. I've already gone through the stash, pulling pieces for the next quilts.

See you Monday with the tutorial!
Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Midweek Makers #152

Welcome to Midweek Makers! Major quilt production is going around here, making quilts to donate for those affected by the Camp fire. Therefore, the last week has not been a time for me to be social - no Instagram, no Facebook, and no comments on the link ups from MM #151 - forgive me!      It's been all pedal to the metal around here, in order to make a Tuesday delivery deadline. Though I'm not shipping mine, I'll keep you posted on a specific address or organization name from my quilt friends as to where to send quilts for the Paradise folks.

The first two quilts, Paradise 1 and 2, now is joined by Paradise 3. It's a generous lap quilt, approximately 60" x 80". 

Paradise 3 quilt by QuiltFabrication

This is a Disappearing 9-Patch, for which I had enough backing fabric for not only the back, but also 6" borders - that's a lot of yardage!

Paradise 3 quilt back by QuiltFabrication

And the big, open Happy Times panto makes this one very cuddly!

Paradise 3 quilt with Happy Times pantograph

There's also one more quilt, which I'll show on Friday. Right now, it's time to see some pretty quilts from last week:

from The Sassy Quilter,


from Grace and Peace Quilting,


and this from DeJong Dream House.


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Monday, December 3, 2018

Paradise Quilts 1 and 2

For the last few days, I've been super busy sewing away, making quilts for those who lost their homes in Paradise, CA.

Paradise 1

Paradise 1 by QuiltFabrication

What started out as random WOF floral pieces that all had some blue in them, then sewn together in bands with dark blue sashing, turned into great quilt! I love all of the color in this one with all of those florals - it really gives off a soft, "snuggle with me" vibe.

I forgot to take closeup pictures, but I do have one of the back.

Paradise 1 quilt backing

I needed just a bit more backing length, and had an extra panel leftover which helped for that and binding.

Paradise 2

This one is for a young lady, and is full of fun 10" squares I had gotten at a quilt show a few years ago.

Paradise 2 quilt by QuiltFabrication

Adding in some dark blue for shadowing, and a multi-colored print for sashings, this one will be treasured too!

Paradise 2 quilt closeup

And all those leftover pieced flannel strips made a great backing.

Paradise 2 quilt back

With the first two finished, a third is on it's way! I have until Tuesday to get it done.

For those of you wishing to send quilts to Paradise, I wish I could provide you with an address. I'm sending these with two guild members who are delivering quilts and quilting supplies to Paradise next week. I'll see if they know of a specific organization or address and will let you know.

Happy Quilting!

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