Blogger's Quilt Festival- October 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy Halloween! Quick wall Hanging

If you are looking for my blogger's festival entries scroll down to my last post.

I'm always on the look out for printed panels that would make nice holiday gifts and quick decorations.  Sometimes , like the panel below, you can find them off season at good discounts!
This was 1/2 of a panel that I found online for about $6.00.  I also got the backing on sale, so the total cost with batting was about $7.00!
The construction time was pretty minimal as well.  Whenever possible for wall hangings and small quilts I use the following quick turn method so's to save time:
Start by putting front to back, right sides together and sewing all the way around. 
On the back side cut a slit approximately in the middle of where the hanging sleeve is going to be sewn.  Be careful not to cut beyond the width of the planned sleeve.
Put a few pins on both sides of the slit so it does not shift when you flip it back over to the front side.  Smooth flat and place the batting over the 'wrong' side of the front...
                                        and trim the batting to just inside the sewing line.
Looks like this.
Then trim the corners for easier turning, remove the pins from the back, slide your hand in the slit (still batting side up) and with one hand inside and one hand on top, pin just the batting and the front in the four corners and middle (use more pins if the project is bigger).
Quick turn backing and front (with batting) right sides out. The batting should just fit under the flap of the sewn seam.  work the corners and edges with your fingers to lay flat.
Lay out flat
Pin baste to your comfort level and quilt from the center out.  Leaving the outer most border unquilted.
Lay the sleeve on the back and quilt your last round around the border; thus both quilting the border and sewing the top edge of the sleeve on in one move.  Whip stitch the lower edge and ta da, all done!
I think the edges look tidier if you don't quilt right on them.  By quilting on the inside line of the black border you get a much cleaner finish And best of all...No binding needed!  Did I mention I am binding challenged?!
I've used this technique dozens of times, here are some examples from my archives:
Works really well with art quilts with irregular borders. 

Quick Kid quilts
It's fun and easy and quick ...and not to be tooooo redundant; but, did I mention No binding needed?!
Well however you finish your quilts...
Cheers, CW


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - October 2014

Thanks to Amy and all her helpers and sponsors for the chance to participate in the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  It already looks like an interesting group of quilts and sites to visit!

This is my entry for the Modern Quilts category.   I call it "Chutes and Ladders" (the chutes are in the quilting)  It is an original design but I thought it fit best in the "Modern" category. 87" x 87"
You can read about how I constructed and quilted this quilt here .

For my second entry I chose this Art Quilt.  Altho' I named this quilt "Modern Scraps #1  I meant it to be a wall hanging and since it is not a traditional design but one of my own invention I think fits in better with the Art Quilts.
 40" x 45"   
          You can read about how I constructed this quilt and all it's particulars  here and here.

I've already visited a bunch of sites and seen some great quilts!  Have a great time Site Seeing!!
                                                             Cheers, Claire W.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Crazy Old Quilts

I purchased this quilt top at my local guild's last Quilt Fair last Feb.  It's in really good shape and nicely embroidered around each scrape!

There are some great 'excentric' shaped scraps in it.  You can almost figure out the garment pieces that they were leftover from?!
Almost as interesting as the front is the foundation fabric used for the back.

I bought this top quite a number of years ago at a local Antique shop.  I thought the color scheme was kind of different from other string quilts.  Mostly blue and grey...alot of 'utility' fabrics.

And foundation fabrics very similar to the first quilt!  And look how frugal (and perhaps poor) the maker was, even picking out the pleats and gathers to make the most of their fabric!

When I was a kid my mom had a rag bag filled with old dresses and aprons etc.  Now days most of our family's clothes are given away before they are worn out and those that are really worn out are often synthetic and they don't make very good rags, except for the cotton T shirts? 
I wonder where the cotton industry would be without us quilters?
Have a great weekend!
cheers, CW