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.


And what do you have to share this week? Come show us!
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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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Friday, November 30, 2018

Donation Quilt 2

On Wednesday, I posted about whipping up some quilts for those affected by the Camp fire in Paradise, CA. The first floral quilt is quilted, but needs trimming and binding - I'll show more when it's done.

Having so much fun piecing, I moved on to making a young girl's quilt from a group of 10" squares I had picked up at a quilt show several years ago. Finally, I had an idea of what to do with them -

shadow quilt using 10 inch squares

make them into a shadow quilt, so that it would finish around 48" x 60".

And BTW, if you have 10" squares to use up and want to do this, the shadow pieces are cut 2" wide and topped with a 2" x 2" background square. One shadow/background strip unit is cut to 10", and the other 11 1/2". Sashing pieces are cut at 3 1/2".  

Now this one is ready for quilting, after piecing leftover flannel strips together for the backing.

pieced flannel strips

Turns out, I don't have large yardage amounts of fun kid prints in the stash for backing, so this is the next best thing.

Now I'm off to quilt it, and maybe make one more top before my friend heads up to Paradise.

Happy Quilting my friends!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Midweek Makers #151

Welcome to Midweek Makers - another day of sharing! I've made no further progress on Mediterranean Rose cause I got distracted whipping up some quilts for those affected by the Camp fire that destroyed Paradise, CA. This one in progress is composed of 10" wide floral strips,

separated by yet to be stitched in dark blue strips. Quick and easy, so I can move on to the next one. 

In other news, I received an email last week from Cheryl with the following message regarding the Pumpkin Applique Block:

I wanted to show you how I made your pumpkin pattern. I had some toweling and stitched them to it then fringed the bottom. Love doing your patterns. I made the watermelon runner but forgot to send you a picture.
Happy Thanksgiving.

And here's the pumpkins,

looking awesome in the stacked arrangement, just like I thought they would - great job Cheryl!

With Christmas now fast approaching, we can expect to see lots of red and green on Midweek Makers, with last week starting it off. From Quilting at the Cro's Nest, this beautiful tree skirt,


from Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, this very cute tree table runner,


and from Songbird Designs, this Christmas Cactus block.


Now it's your turn - link up what you're working on!
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Monday, November 26, 2018

Black Friday Purchases

Well, I certainly didn't think I was going to spend the whole weekend shopping, but that I did. And now it's Cyber Monday, with more deals to be had online. Did I make any progress on the Mediterranean Rose quilt? Nope. None. Na-da. With a guild meeting this morning, and the shipping of Winter Feed kits in the afternoon (thank you to everyone who purchased on Small Business Saturday!), there will be no sewing for going on 6 days. Would that be deemed a vacation???

But here's what I came home with this weekend, aside from the two coats, earrings, and 3 pairs of pants. I'm just showing what's quilt related. Warning - there's lots of dots, checks, and stripes!

From Saturday's adventure - pretty reds (I'm thinking ahead for Valentine's Day), plus orange, black, and grey.

The day also included a 20 yd roll of cotton batting for $80 - couldn't pass that up, though I already have an unopened roll in the closet!

From Sunday morning, a different store, with more dots and stripes.

Notice there are identical prints in different colorways - couldn't resist the bright freshness!

And Sunday afternoon, at yet another store, I couldn't pass up these black and grey prints.

And, no, I didn't buy the whole bolt. It's only 2.5 yards, but wrapped back up on the cardboard. 

How about you? Find anything that sent your heart a-flutter? Or that you couldn't live without? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Mediterranean Rose in Progress

Mediterranean Rose, a quilt started over 6 years ago, is on the design wall today.

Mediterranean Rose quilt by QuiltFabrication

It's slow going at the moment, what with Thanksgiving and all, but at least it's sewn into rows. Just need to add the side triangles, then it will be a top. 

Working on this quilt, at this time, was meant to be - here's why:  I started this quilt as a hand applique project while on a cruise to the Mediterranean in 2012. This past Sunday, as I trimmed and sewed, Rick Steve's travel program came on PBS. And he was travelling to the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes, all places we visited on that cruise. How wild is that coincidence???

My blocks are based on a design found in Vol 1 of Quiltmakers 100 Blocks, 

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks

#30, Full Bloom.

Full Bloom quilt block

The instructions for that block used wool felt, but I wanted to do mine in traditional cotton. And I just wanted to applique the flowers and stems, not the big leaf parts in the center.

So, redesigning this block in EQ to suit my vision of it, I instead pieced those big leaf parts by stitching set in triangles.

set in triangles 1

Thank goodness for freezer paper and glue to make this possible!

set in triangles 2
set in triangle back side
set in triangles 3
set in triangle front side
So my block looks like this,

Mediterranean Rose quilt block by QuiltFabrication
my redesigned block

with more points to the center leaf area, and also slightly different flowers.

Full Bloom block
original block

Maybe I didn't finish it because I was tired of it? Or didn't know how to quilt it? Who knows why I didn't finish it long ago. At least it's getting attention now, and should be done next week. It will be a lovely addition to red and green of Christmas decorating around the house!

Happy Quilting!

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