Saturday, October 18, 2014

QJ - Harmonic Convergence (#2)


Machine Pieced
Machine Quilted
Lap Size - 45" x 60"
Started - December 1, 2007
Completed - December 22, 2007

Made for "my favorite sister-in-law"

Pattern - Harmonic Convergence
Ricky Tims' Convergence Quilts (c) 2003

With Border Layout - from Pg 36 -
Blue-Green Convergence -
By Lynn Koolish - Berkeley, CA
36” x 36”, 2001

I wanted to make a quilt for my sister-in-law similar to the one that I had made for my sister - ;))

I only needed 4 fabrics so I found a light and dark yellow/gold batik and a light and dark purple/green colored batik. I also got a dark green batik for the tiny inner border. Hopefully it would go with her family room or office furnishings - ;))

I used a "soft curves" technique by Alex Anderson for quilting the center portion and quilted a grid in the border - ;))

I challenged myself to complete it before Christmas - and I did - barely. I finished the binding and sewing on the label on Saturday, December 22, 2007. We left on Sunday, December 23, 2007 to spend Christmas with her and her family - ;))

QJ - 2007

P.S. - The label says "my favorite sister-in-law" - the joke is that she's my "only" sister-in-law - ;))

Thursday, October 16, 2014

QJ - Crazy Quilt


Machine Pieced
Machine Quilted
Long Twin - 75 x 90
Started - December 11, 2005
Completed - Piecing the top - January 1, 2006
Completed - Quilting/Binding & Label - November 2, 2007

Made for Nephew #2 -

Pattern - Big, Fat Comforter -
Stack the Deck! Crazy Quilts in 4 Easy Steps -
Pg. 38-40 - by Karla Alexander (c) 2002

When we went to my sister-in-law’s home for Thanksgiving 2005, our nephew asked me to show him how to quilt so he could make one long enough for him - he's 6'4". I took the bait and said, "Oh, I'll make you one!" - ;))

By Christmas 2005, I had decided on the pattern and fabric. I chose to make 30 blocks set 5 across and 6 down, so I needed 30 fabrics - I chose 10 blue, 10 brown, and 10 yellow fat quarters. (The technique was quite clever - it guaranteed that no fabric would appear in the same block twice - organized chaos.) I gave him the completed blocks for Christmas and immediately took them back to make the actual quilt - ;))

It took me forever to decide on how to piece the back and then how I wanted to quilt it - it was HUGE!!! In the meantime, he got married - ;))

By Halloween 2007, it had been two years and I still had not finished the quilt although I had somehow managed to finish the back and baste it with a fusible batting. I had to get going - Christmas 2007 was fast approaching - ;))

I finally decided to use my new favorite quilt pattern - Alex Anderson's soft curved lines - and set up my machine on the kitchen table - ;))

Within a week, I had it quilted, bound, and labeled. I have always said that I could paint the bathroom in a day, but that it would take me six months to decide what color to paint it - once I decide, I'm ok - it's just that I can't usually decide - too many choices!!!!! - ;))

QJ - 2007


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