Saturday, September 20, 2014

Patterns, Patterns Everywhere!

My husband and I are vacationing in England right now and being from California where building designs are mostly pretty spare and anything over 100 years old is really OLD  the architecture around London is really a feast for the eyes.  Everywhere I look there is inspiration for designing!  Here's a sampling from today's walk.
Tile floor in the entrance of the Royal College of Music.  Wouldn't that make a nice center for a medallion quilt!
A Gable of the Geographical Society headquarters.  That could be a wonderful applique pattern?!
I did not get the name of this building but those swags and windows suggest some pretty patterns and those gargoyle thingies with their knotted tails are interesting. 
The ceiling of the inside of the Prince Albert's Memorial.  Oooooh that blue field with gold stars, and the fine curve of red, Wow!
One of the fountains in the sunken garden in Kensington Gardens.  A block design (with some simplification) perhaps?!
Here's the long view of the sunken garden.  When viewed from above it could be seen as the layout for an entire quilt! 
And in the flowers and foliage there's plenty of inspiration for color schemes galore!
I feel so fortunate to be able to travel and see these sites and London is such a diverse city we've been meeting people from all over the world and of course the 'natives' are very friendly and hospitable and they speak English so getting around is lots of fun!  
cheers, CW

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quirky Old Quilt #5

I bought this quilt top many years ago when I was a new bee to the collecting world.  At the time I thought since it was all machine pieced that I would machine quilt it and it would be a (relatively) quick finish!  Well now some 15 years later it is still a top! HA!  Best layed plans....
Lots of large scraps organized into long bars top to bottom, all machine sewn, very practical! 
It's got lots of  great '40's - '50's printed fabs and some bark cloth, ginghams and even a few flannels.

I've always wondered about these two machine appliqu├ęd circles in the center?!  His and hers,  mom and dad,  newly weds?  or just to random patches?!

Here's a peek at the back, nice tidy seams!
A very cheerful quirky old quilt top!
Happy Sunday!
Cheers, CW

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Some donation quilts ready to go.

I was feeling really antsy 'cause I've been spinning my wheels a lot this summer and not getting anything really finished- finished.  So over the weekend in a burst of guilt and energy I got a bunch of things done.  Nothing fancy just basic quilts, but they will all make good donation quilts.
36" x 48"
I started this top last week when Randy came over to sew.  It's small so the top did not take long and since I was on a roll with this 'Finsh 'um up' thing;  I did!
 I know it seems kind of small for a donation quilt but this one will be donated to the Lap Quilts for Wheel Chair Bound Vets project.  This is the size they suggest.
I quilted this very simply by quilting X's in each patch,
 but since some of them were rectangles and some squares it made this interesting pattern on the back.  I kinda like it!
 I quilted this free hand on my long arm thus the squiggly lines.  Straight lines take a ruler or fence and a lot of time but I can quilt this style free hand,  it looks pretty good and it does not take much time at all.
I finished this top in July while visiting Randy and Lori before the Sister's show.  I got it quilted straight away after I got home and then stalled out on the binding!
50" x  57"
  What is it about bindings that make it so tedious?!  Do you have that problem?  I sure do!

Well I got a machine binding on it and done...finally!  I use this lovely floral flannel for the backing.  I really like to use flannel backings,  makes a quilt so much cozier!
45" x 55"  (after washing)
Next up;  is this yarn dyed bar quilt, which I started Before Sister's,  finished the top in July where it got stalled out in the 'waiting to be quilted stage'!  It's a wonder I get anything done the way I stall out! LOL
I washed this one after I finished it and I was shocked at how much it shrank!  I am going to have to rethink my no wash-before-sewing policy on these yarn dyed fabs!  I think it shrank at least 2-3 inches in each direction!  I will say these particular fabs were not the best quality = loosely woven.  That should have been my clue!
These quilts were all machine bound.  I've been experimenting with different ways to do this for a while.  What's you favorite Machine binding technique? Back to front, front to back etc?
Have a great rest of your week!
Cheers, CW