Monday, November 23, 2015

More Quilts of Valor

A while back, over a year ago, I attended a small local quilt show.  There were close to a dozen quilts that all used the same pattern and I was inspired by the red, white and blue version thinking it would be a great one to make for Quilts of Valor.  

After studying the pics I took, I came up with this pattern in EQ7.

 I entitled the design "It's A Mystery" and is made with two different 12-inch square blocks.   

Here's a stack of the B Blocks before I assembled the quilt interior.  Those triangle units are not my favorite to make.  No matter how careful I am in cutting and piecing they seem to stretch and distort the entire block.  I did starch the large triangle before piecing, but in hindsight, I should have starched the side triangle, too.

Because I wanted the design to prevail, the length ended up a bit larger than I prefer.  I decided to add a small, 1-inch, border all around just to finish it off.  The quilt top measures 62" x 86".

I chose to make the borders two colors, two sides are red and two sides are blue.

At our last QOV sew-in earlier this month, I worked on combining pre-made quilt blocks.  Because we have so many people making blocks they are not always all the same size, so I had to trim these down to one common size before proceeding.

 I really like the fabric I used for the cornerstones and outer border.  
One of the gals at the sew-in dressed up the plain white stars with the embroidered "USA" in the center.  

This is the Floating Star block we often make for these quilts.  I think the USA fabric in the star center adds a lot of interest to the block.

I'm planning on submitting this top, along with some others, at our next sew-in.

Thanks for stopping by.......Happy Quilting!!!

~ Diane 


Friday, October 30, 2015

Stars-N-Stripes QOV #5

This week I finished up my latest Stars-N-Stripes design for Quilts of Valor.  I started with my first design and then made changes to the center portion of the quilt.
QOV Stars-N-Stripes design #5
 After constructing all the blocks, I laid them out on my design cloth and was prepared to sew them together.  But, the center seemed too blue.  That's probably because I used a dark almost solid blue.  After letting it set for a while ( a week or more) I decided to change those blocks and add some of the multi-colored fabric that I planned to use for the outer border.  

This quilt top measures 63" x 81".  All 35 blocks finish at 9-inches square. 

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Sunbonnet Sue's Make Over

Last night I worked on correcting the fuzzy shoe problem I had with the first couple of Sue's that I digitized.  Somehow I had gotten the stitches off so that the satin cover stitch did not actually cover the edge of the shoe fabric.  I also made a new version with her hand extended outward instead of down.

Sunbonnet Sue - #3

In my hunt for Sunbonnet Sue images on line I had seen several that had an apron.  Little girls at the time of Sue's creation by some awesome quilter often wore aprons over their dresses.   I thought it would be fun to try my hand at adding an apron.  I imported an image that I wanted to use and then digitized each applique and embroidery item.  The shape of the hat also changed in this newer version.

Sunbonnet Sue - #4

I'm happy with how she turned out, even the lace on her hat.
These Sue's were stitched on an unbleached muslin background with RinsAway water soluble tear away backing in a 5" x 7" hoop.

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 Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
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Thanks for stopping by......and......Happy Quilting!!!


Friday, October 23, 2015

Coleen's Quilt Top - completed

In 2013 I made a scrappy mystery quilt that my friend, Coleen, liked about as much as I did.
I posted about the making of that quilt here and here and quilting it here.

 I held onto the quilt until I gave it to another friend whose house burned down.  It made my heart feel good to give it to someone in need.  And let's face it, when your house with all your belongings burns up, you need everything.  

When Coleen heard I had given the quilt away she pouted and said she had wanted that quilt.  That's when I decided to make one especially for her.  

EQ7 Design - Coleen's Quilt

This past summer I finished cutting and piecing the blocks for the interior of the quilt.  Unlike the first version I thought it would be nice to add a scrappy square border as well.  

Coleen's Quilt Top with borders

The quilt top measures 65-1/2" x 81-1/2".  Top completed October, 2015.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Sunbonnet Sue Applique

I've had my Brother Ellure embroidery/sewing machine for over a decade now and have done very little embroidery with it.  Mostly I use it for piecing, quilting, and sewing knit garments.  Recently I made a list of things I would like to accomplish and one of the items on that list is learn to digitize.  When I bought my machine I also purchased Palette digitizing software, but only worked with it for a few months.  Now, I'd like to revist the process of creating emboideries and appliques; and, since it's been so long, I'm going to have to start my education all over.  

Today I worked on creating a Sunbonnet Sue applique.  That is one of the quilts on my "to do someday" list so now's as good a time as ever.  It took me a while of reviewing my instructions book and tutorials to figure out just how to make the three pieces for this design.  The design I found had extra pieces for the hand and sleeve, but I thought it best to skip that for now.  I made the shoe, dress, and hat.  I was pleased with the stitch-out, but she just didn't look complete.  Next I digitized her hand as a fill stitch and then the sleeve as a satin stitch outline.  Lastly, I chose a motif stitch for the lace on her bonnet.

Sunbonnet Sue #1

A while back a friend gave me a whole bunch of fabric bits and pieces that had been used by someone else for crafts like placemats, etc.  Most of the colors are very 80' blue, taupe, orange, and green.  I haven't been able to incorporate those fabrics into any of the quilts I've made lately, but this project is perfect.

I enjoyed digging through all the fabric bits and picking out ones that would look good as the dress and then find a complimentary or contrast fabric for the bonnet.  My assortment of embroidery thread is somewhat limited so I just picked colors that I thought would go well with the fabric.  

I'm not sure I like the sleeve the way I have it.  It might look better to make it a separate piece of fabric, but I don't know that I want to have to trim that small of a piece before stitching the satin stitch outline.  Perhaps I'll do another file and play with that idea.

Sunbonnet Sue #2
The thought of having all the Sues facing the same direction led me to create a second file where I mirrored the design.  
Sunbonnet Sue #3

At this point I'm not sure how many of these Sues I will make or how I will use them in a quilt.  That will be work for another day.  

Thanks for stopping by.
Linking up to:  Design Wall at Patchwork Times and Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts.

Happy Quilting


Monday, April 6, 2015

Design Wall - April 6, 2015

Over the past few days, I've been working on another Quilt of Valor.  I'm using my "Stars-N-Stripes" design, but the blocks are set on-point.  The finished dimensions will be different as well because of the setting.

QOV Stars-N-Stripes On-point

For added interest, I'm alternating the colors of the floating star blocks. 

Blue Floating Star block
I really like the red and blue stars on white background fabric.  Unfortunately I don't have enough of that fabric for the borders I planned so I'll have to come up with a new plan when I get to that point.

Our local Quilts of Valor sew-in is coming up this Thursday, so I better head back to the sewing maching.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Quilting!

~  Diane


Thursday, March 26, 2015

W.I.P. Wednesday - Stars-N-Stripes

QOV Stars-N-Stripes #2

Hot off the ironing board is my latest Quilt of Valor top.  

I call this design "QOV Stars-N-Stripes".  I know it's not very original, but naming quilts has always been a struggle for me. 

QOV Stars-N-Stripes design

A couple of months ago I wanted to create a quilt that was fairly easy to make and this design was the result of my efforts.  

In the original design, I made blocks of blue stars on a white background and red, white, and blue stripes for the alternate blocks.  The borders are simple strips as well.  Once I made all the floating star blocks the rest of the top went together really quickly.  

QOV Stars-N-Stripes #1

Our local Quilts of Valor group has been working hard to meet the demand, so I made myself a goal of making one or two quilt tops per month. 

This month I used the same design, but switched up the fabric choices.  I added a small square of the flag fabric in the center of the stars and like how that turned out.  I'm not sure which quilt top I like best.

QOV Stars-N-Stripes #2 - corner

QOV Stars-N-Stripes #2 - middle
Thanks for stopping by.  I'd be interested to know which version of Stars-N-Stripes you prefer.  

Happy Quilting!


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