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:”
It serves as a table topper for a side table I use next to the sofa:
Here’s a close-up:
The second “whatnot” is entitled “Widdlytinks:”
It occupies the glass top of the sofa table:
Here’s a close-up:
These little guys have been a lesson in making tiny blocks, tiny yo-yos and a little hand quilting!
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:
I just fell in love with making these little jewels. Every block is made from different fabrics, all from stash:
The sashing really makes the quilt, these tiny nine-patches as corner posts:
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:
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.
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:
And some close-ups:
I completed the long-arm quilting and binding of the “Ocean Waves Journey” quilt!
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.
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:
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:
And a feathered wreath in the triangles surrounding each square set on point:
Stay tuned for the feathered border….
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:
A view of the back:
Freshly quilted when the light was just right:
Some details in that great light:
Continuous curves in the border squares:
“Egg and Dart” quilting motif on the inner border and “curved cross hatching” in the side setting triangles:
“Curved cross hatching” in the central setting squares:
“Continuous curve quilting in the “nine patch” blocks”
The back, once again in that great light:
Machine applied binding from the front:
And the back:
Still have fabric left? Make a giant, all-purpose tote!
With lots of pockets:
And a great big button decorating the tab closure:
And here is the best part of “the rest of the story!”