Woodland Twist

This project began with a Christmas gift from my daughter of a fat quarter bundle of the Stonehenge collection of fabrics called “Woodland Spring.” I bought some additional Stonehenge fabric from their “Wilderness” collection for the background and backing. I used Jenny Pedigo’s tool the “Quick Curve Ruler” and her pattern “Metro Twist” for the design. I really like the tool and all her designs which you can find here. As a matter of fact, I was so excited by how well things were going that I took no pictures until the top was loaded and I began the quilting process!
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After loading the top, the first quilting I did was to stitch in the ditch around all the curved “diamonds.” Then I outline stitched the curved diamonds and stitched close parallel lines within the outline stitching:
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After all the previous step was completed for the entire quilt, I went back and filled in the “green” twist patches with a “fern” quilting design:

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I used color Leather(20140) Glide thread in the curved diamonds, top and bottom. I used Superior’s Lava color Fuji for the twist patches on the top and color Light Olive(65825) Glide for the bottom thread. I used Hobbs 80/20 batting:
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I was so excited by the way the quilting turned out I took these pictures even before the binding was added:

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I would say I was trying to make the backing artistic, but the truth is I had to add a few leftover twist patches to make my backing large enough:

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Machine applied binding front and back:
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Hanging in my living room, “Woodland Twist” feels right at home in my log cabin!
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Simple Whatnots Club

Delphines in Gaylord, Michigan, my local quilt fabric store, is sponsoring a Kim Diehl “Simple Whatnots Club.” We have completed two little “whatnots” so far:
The first one is entitled “Sunday Supper:”

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It serves as a table topper for a side table I use next to the sofa:

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Here’s a close-up:
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The second “whatnot” is entitled “Widdlytinks:”

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It occupies the glass top of the sofa table:

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Here’s a close-up:

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These little guys have been a lesson in making tiny blocks, tiny yo-yos and a little hand quilting!

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Just in case you thought I forgot about Christmas…..

Have a merry one…
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A technique from the “One Block Wonders” book by Maxine Rosenthal…

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“Alexander’s Beanpot”

The traditional name for the block in this quilt is “Rolling Stones,” however, the author of the book( “Civil War Legacies: Quilt Patterns for Reproduction Fabrics” ) from whence the pattern came chose to call it “Alexander’s Beanpot!” Here is a view from my loft with the quilt on the living room floor:

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I just fell in love with making these little jewels. Every block is made from different fabrics, all from stash:

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The sashing really makes the quilt, these tiny nine-patches as corner posts:

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First I used those nine patches as guides to do some grid work. There were square spots left with no quilting so I quilted those with this small feathered comma motif:

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The finished quilt is only about 36 by 49 inches. Most of the fabrics are from various Jo Morton collections. The batting is Hobbs 80/20; the thread, trilobal polyester Metro Pro color number 2256.

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Scrap String Table Runner

I seem to be on a roll finishing up table runners. I made this top a couple of years ago from some scraps from a string quilt. Click here to read about the top construction. This is the quilted and bound table runner:

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Some close-ups of the front of the runner:
Feathers in the borders:

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Some close-ups of the back:
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Half Square Triangle Table Runner

I had some half square triangle squares left from our quilt group’s exchange earlier this year. Here is the table runner I made from them:

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The back:
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And some close-ups:

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“Ocean Waves Journey” Completed!

I completed the long-arm quilting and binding of the “Ocean Waves Journey” quilt!

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Here are some close-ups of the various quilting motifs:

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The quilt finished at about 101 inches square. I used around 3400 yards of thread which my dear son-in-law pointed out is about 2 miles of thread! I used two colors of Fil Tec Glide thread, turquoise and plum. The batting is Hobbs 80/20. I collected 34 dark teal fat quarters and 34 light fat quarters to construct the half square triangles in the quilt. I counted 4900 triangles, but if you want to check that out yourself, let me know if you arrive at a different total. Click here and here for earlier posts about this quilt.

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Ocean Waves Loaded on the Long-Arm

Remember my account of my epic journey piecing the Ocean Waves top (see here)?
Well, I finally got the top loaded on the long-arm and have started the quilting process:
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After lots of thought and test patterns with pen and paper, I finally decided on a feathering scheme for the quilting patterns. This little motif in each square set on point:
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And a feathered wreath in the triangles surrounding each square set on point:

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Stay tuned for the feathered border….

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It’s a Boy or The Rest of the Story

Fast forward five years and Elizabeth had a beautiful baby boy! Yeah, I could use the remaining fabric from the wedding quilt to make a baby quilt! And here it is:

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A view of the back:

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Freshly quilted when the light was just right:

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Some details in that great light:

Continuous curves in the border squares:

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“Egg and Dart” quilting motif on the inner border and “curved cross hatching” in the side setting triangles:

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“Curved cross hatching” in the central setting squares:

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“Continuous curve quilting in the “nine patch” blocks”

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The back, once again in that great light:
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Machine applied binding from the front:

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And the back:

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Still have fabric left? Make a giant, all-purpose tote!

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With lots of pockets:
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And a great big button decorating the tab closure:

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And here is the best part of “the rest of the story!”

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