Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quilting with Paper during the Storms

What do you do when it storms?  
I do not run my quilting machine or my sewing machine.  
I do not iron.
I do not blog.

I quilt with paper!



I am not a scrapbooker, but I bought a bunch of cool scrapbook/greeting card stock from a friend who was destashing her supply of cardstock. It looks like fabric to me!  Everything looks like fabric or a quilt to me.


 Some of the pieces, I cut a little smaller than the card and I adhere it with double stick tape.



Some I cut into squares and rectangles.  Three pieces make a nice balance, but four can work too.






I sign my name and the year on the back of the cards with a fine point sharpie marker.






At the end of the storm, I packaged them up and mailed them to my Mom.  She loves when I make greeting cards and share them with her.  She especially loves the ones I stitch fabric pieces unto the card stock.  I recently created a tutorial for making the fabric stitched greeting cards and shared it on Craftsy.com.  Here is the link to my Craftsy Store.


Also when the storm is over, I am back to quilting.

Enjoy!

Marcia



Monday, July 21, 2014

Getting Up Close with My Quilting - Special Area Quilting

Special Area Quilting adds texture to this Baby Turtle Quilt.


I selected 4 thread colors.


Wiggle Line Quilting for the turtle's shell. I followed the edges of the squares and the design of the shell.


Swirly Quilting for the legs and head of the turtle.




Rock Quilting in the light colored background. The rocks were about quarter and fifty cent piece sizes - some were smaller.






Loops for the borders with double loops in the skinny border with two colors of thread.




I took photos at angle, so you can see the special areas of quilting better.


 



My customer hired me to do the binding too. I stitched it with an all machine embroidery binding.





Quilted in Debbie's name and a heart and 2014 in the border. Sometimes I quilt the baby's name and birth date, but the baby wasn't born yet. It is for a baby to be!




I flipped it to the backside.


Debbie selected Minkee fabric for the backing.

 A full view of the back of the quilt.



 
This quilt was made by Debbie for a new baby to be. Debbie sent me a card to include with the baby quilt and I wrapped it up and used the scraps from the binding to make a ribbon and mailed it directly to the new parents to be.


My customer (Debbie) shared the information about the pattern with me, so I could share it with you. The name of the quilt pattern is Pokey Patch.  It was featured in the magazine Quiltmaker - September /October 2011. 


Enjoy!

Marcia

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rainbow Transformation Quilt

I started my quilt for the "Indepence Challenge" for Project Quilting for the month of July.

Click here to read the challenge.

How am I inspired by the word "independence"? 

Recently, a friend of mine said I always change quilt patterns when I make them. I guess I do! But I like to add my creative spin to them. 

She was making a quilt that I really liked and I said, I would like to make it too.  She said, "you will just change it" and she laughed. I smiled... I think that was the first time I realized, I really like to switch things around.  I don't think I have ever made a quilt following the pattern exactly.

I have wrote and published several quilt patterns and all of them give you the freedom to make changes.  

For example, The Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern is a pattern, I designed to create a unique quilt every time you make it. It is a step by step way to create "Artsy" quilt blocks in an orderly fashion. It places five fabrics in a balanced position in the quilt block and it looks great every time you make it.

Recently, I designed the Rainbow Quilt Pattern.  This pattern uses six fat quarters to create a fast and easy baby or lap quilt. It efficiently uses the whole fat quarter.

Both of the patterns are available as a PDF Downloadable at Craftsy.com. Click Here.

Yes I like to make changes.

Yes I like to create unique quilts.

And Yes for the Independence Challenge I am going to use the Rainbow Quilt Pattern and make changes.

I selected eight fabrics - not six fabrics.


I did not have a fat quarter of some of the fabrics. I selected plaids, blenders, and one novelty print.  I used the novelty print as the focus fabric to choose the other fabrics. I cut the pieces following the instructions for the Rainbow Quilt.


I started to lay them out in a scattered pattern, but you know how I am, I will probably come up with another idea tomorrow!


We have a whole month to create a quilted project for the Off Season Project Quilting Challenge. Hop over and check it out.

 Thanks for following along.

Enjoy!

Marcia