I completed another table runner. The design is based on a table runner from Jenny Pedigo et al.’s book “One Wonderful Curve”. Jenny used six of the curved units in light colored fabrics, but my version only has five of the curved units and features my signature lime green plus a dark brown.
This is my first project on my new Innova long arm quilting machine. We recently moved from Michigan to New Mexico and simultaneously upgraded to the Innova. Here are a few pictures of the quilting in progress:
Recently, when I make a table runner or small quilt which will see lots of use, I prefer to bind by machine rather than by hand. In this picture, I have made the double fold binding, sewn it onto the front of the quilt, pressed it to the back of the quilt and glued the binding to the back of the quilt to hold it in place while I stitch in the ditch from the front of the quilt. This method usually works really well.
Displayed on the floor to catch some of the excellent New Mexico sunshine:
From the back side:
Over the side of the kitchen banco (banquette):
On the dining table again:
My Pop Lone Star quilts use a single Hoffman Bali Pop, 2 yards of accent fabric and 5 yards of background fabric. A Hoffman Bali Pop is a package of 40 different coordinating batik 2 1/2 inch wide, width of fabric strips. This second of my Pop Lone Star series of quilts uses the “Hummingbird” color way of the Bali Pop. The finished quilt:
New Your Beauty inset quilting:
Hummingbird quilting in the background setting squares:
Feather and hummingbird quilting in the background setting squares:
“Continuous Curve” quilting in the diamonds where they meet in the center of the quilt:
View of the entire edge of the quilt on one side:
I used “Continuous Curve” quilting in most of the diamonds forming the Lone Star. However, I used a leaf quilting motif in the accent ring of diamonds and in the outside border diamonds:
Feather quilting in the background setting triangles:
Views of the quilting from the back side of the quilt:
The quilt on display in my (former) Michigan home:
One of my quilting group’s favorite members moved from the beautiful north to the beautiful south recently. The ladies in the group did not want to let this momentous event pass without making a little signature quilt for our dear friend. We chose fabrics we knew Sharon would love and we kept it simple. Three inch Rail Fence blocks with signatures and memento inscriptions in the light colored center patches. All her local quilting friends signed and several of Sharon’s favorite quilt shops and quilting camps were inscribed. We thought the result was sweet if not quite as sweet as Sharon:
The backing and label:
Sharon, we will miss you, but hope to keep in touch via the phone and internet!
A friend of mine had twin grandsons last fall, so another gal from our little quilting group and I made two little baby quilts for them.
Two quilts, not quite identical:
But each got a star in one patch centered in his quilt, because we know they will both be stars:
The backs were almost identical . . .
. . . except the quilting motifs were different, one “square swirl” and one “twisted square-in-a-square”:
Each quilt got its own unique label:
Then they were wrapped up and sent off to the boys:
Some close-ups of the quilting and the binding:
I would say that project was twice as much fun as most!
For the past several years “Swoon” quilts and quilt blocks have been all the rage. Quilters seem to love to make these blocks over-sized and in a variety of fabrics from “Modern” to ” Thirties” to “Reproduction.” This block is very similar if not identical to the traditional “Dutch Rose” or “Carpenter’s Wheel” designs.
In any event, my daughter had a stash of Benartek’s Silk Road fabric collection. She decided a Swoon Quilt would be perfect, so that is what I have been working on. These blocks will finish up sewn into the quilt at a whopping 20″ square. I needed 25 of them with sashing strips (yet to come) to arrive at a king size quilt for her. I have the blocks completed and I think they make a fun little video to watch: