Got a desk that looks like a quilt.
Coat's back and one of the fronts are quilted
EPP is good during work meetings
DCMQG meeting at Arboretum
Backing fabric for Frederick Spires quilt
Spire 1 Quilted
Another EPP block
Started month-long clothing sewing class
Finished dress in 3 days
Dahlias from Hope Farms
EPP during work meetings...
I have been piecing tumbling blocks like crazy and I'm ready to start quilting the body of the coat. I don't want it to be too puffy (nobody needs more puffiness added to their clothes...). There is a thin batting I can buy but I have only seen it in white. After my last experience with a black quilt, I want to use a black batting because the white fibers of the batting come thru the top and then it looks greyish and dirty. I have some flannel laying around and I thought that would be a good alternative. If the coat turns out how I'm picturing (cross fingers), it is going to be a little fancy. I am going to laugh a little everytime I think of what's inside.
Now that I'm ready to quilt I'm drawing a blank on how to quilt it. That always happens. So here's what I do. I go on Pinterest and search "Tumbling blocks quilting pattern" and I usually get an idea. This time I didn't see anything that was very exciting but there was a pattern that gave me an idea. The pattern was quilting straight lines 1/4" inside the block seams. What we quilters call echo quilting. So there was a diamond inside each piece. When you are machine quilting, you want to do continous lines because starting and stopping is time consuming and can look ugly in the back. So I thought of making kind of the same pattern but curving the lines would make it a continous line. I gray out a picture of the quilt and sketch my idea on the quilt to see if it will work.
There is a quilt exhibit beign planned about quilts that promote DC statehood. At first I didn't plan on making a quilt but then I started thinking about how I would like people to think about Puerto Rico's statehood. They are pushing for DC to become the 51st state so I want to propose that Puerto Rico be the 52nd!
Some friends of mine are getting married and I decided to make a quilt for them as a wedding gift. The decoration of their house is mainly earth tones so I made a background combining different browns, purples and gray fabrics and added a machine appliqued monogram. Both of their names starts with a G. I liked how combining the two G's almost made an insinuation of interlocking wedding rings. I wrapped the quilt onto a thick canvas and I really liked the final result.