The only reason I know when this top was started is because I remember which house I was living in when I started. This top was started before my daughter was born. She is only twelve.
I think I started this quilt because I like the Asian inspired fabrics. When I began to again work on this quilt I was concerned that it would not match up well, since way back then I was a fairly new quilter. Not a new sewer, but a newer quilter. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not to bad.
I had even purchased the fabric for the back long ago. It sort of looks like bamboo leaves. I still remember when I saw it and knew right away it would be perfect. So, I am going to attempt to quilt a bamboo pattern on part of it. I practiced for a while today and watched Leah Days video on this pattern, Bamboo Forest.
I have begin a page devoted to Uncle Donald Quilts. I hope you visit it and make your own.
So, I watched a video of Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Company make a self-binding baby blanket. It looked very cute. The fabric that she was using was very expensive, and I wanted to try it, but not with anything that can cost a bunch of money in case it turned out horrible. So, I looked at a bunch of scraps that I had from my great nephew’s dog blanket and decided that I would piece a quick top and then use a piece of fleece for the back. I gave my daughter all the pieces and told her to lay them out and number them for me (She totally wanted credit for the design).
So, doing the self-binding part was not difficult. It was actually pretty easy. The only part I found difficult was quilting this. Fleece has a fair amount of stretch to it, so I had to be careful not to stretch as I quilted. Her instructions said you could do as little as sew a square in the middle to keep the front and back from coming apart. I did a bit more than that. I am not sure if it was good or bad. I think if I had started at it for a while, I might have come up with a better plan. I will try it again to see if I can do something I like a bit more.
On a positive note, this was an inexpensive quilt to make. The front was scraps and the back was a $6 piece of fleece. There is no batting and it is a very nice weight for a quilt.
Last night I cut out a bunch of squares for my Uncle Donald Quilt. WooHoo. I will have a page devoted to Uncle Donald Quilts soon….
Quilting is always an adventure.
So I finished the piece that I pebbled. While I was pretty happy with the quilting on this one (odd for me), I learned a couple of lessons, again.
First, I read a lot of stuff. There were quite a few people that recommended using quilting gloves. I could not figure out how that would help me. So, after considerable time, I ordered a pair. They actually sat on the kitchen counter until I was half way through this piece (I have no idea why). I happen to pass by the kitchen counter and grabbed them and holy cow did it make a difference. It was so much easier to move the piece around. I bought Machingers and they worked awesome. It was a great $10 investment towards my quilting sanity (I need to stop being so cheap).
Second thing I learned is to pay attention to everything. I used some scraps from a dog quilt I made some time ago. I hung onto them because I am the crazy dog lady. I usually use scrap pieces of batting on these small pieces. I have a giant bag of them in my sewing room. So, I grabbed one that was big enough without a lot of thought. Started he quilting and noticed that it stuck to everything. I had pieces of this batting on everything. Looking at it after it was too late, I discovered that it was some sort of odd polyester. Thinking about it, I found it odd that I would have ever made a quilt with it. I think it might have been a piece of snow from my Christmas village that someone accidentally stuck in my batting bag. So, I don’t like how this piece feels. It is so lightweight. But, it has my cute dog fabric, so I will have to use it. Lesson learned. Pay attention to everything.
So, last night as I was practicing my quilting, I decided to get crazy and try pebbling. I was pleasantly surprised that this did not look too bad. It seemed to be very forgiving. I am usually so chicken to venture outside the box (The box of meandering) that everything looks the same to me.
A couple things that I realized. First, I practiced drawing these pebbles on paper. You should see my notebook at work. Oh, wait, you can. Duh. While I am sitting in meetings, I am often drawing (practicing) my quilting designs, sometimes I am doing it on my Surface computer. Funny thing, I feel my drawing often looks better than my quilting (Someone actually asked me if they could have my swirls doodle once). But it helps get the flow down for me.
I think I need to watch more Leah Day videos and get crazy with another design.
I am that person that has to be doing something at all times. If I sit down to watch the news or something else on TV, my hands must be occupied. If not, I will be eating something (which I certainly do not need to do) or I might fall asleep.
I have done some piecing by hands, but I find that it winds up being a lot of the same thing, so I find embroidery keeps my attention a little better. Since, I really like to quilt, I have to find ways to incorporate my embroidery into quilts.
Currently, I have this Halloween picture that I need to do something with. If I remember correctly, this was a picture from a coloring book (maybe. Honestly, I am not sure). I do remember that it took a fair amount of time to do this picture.
The problem I have is that now I am not sure what to do with it. I am a practical person by nature, so I do like things that I can use. So, maybe a Table Topper? The only issue is that it a picture that can only really be seen from one direction, and it would end up getting washed a lot (not sure if that matters or not). I already have one for hanging on the door, so I don’t really need another wall hanging…. It is also about 16″ x 18″ which is fairly large.
So, I am looking for ideas, if anyone has one. I have all my Halloween fabric out and am just staring at it with that blank look. Thanks.
So, I got bored with Hard Candy and went on to something else. I sometimes think of it as quilting ADD. I must move from one thing to another and have as many projects going as possible. I liked this pattern. I thought it was cute. However, I found it a little difficult to do the applique through all the fabric and batting. This is what they suggested. I found it a bit difficult to keep from bunching. I think I will try it again, but do the applique separate and then quilt.
The quilting is awesome on this one. LOL. I think that is because I was actually appliqueing it more than quilting and I got to use one of those fun stitches on my machine that I would not normally use. I thought the stitch looked like a bunch of spiders, or my imagination got the best of me. Either way, it is sort of cute.
The pattern is from Connecting Threads and is called “cobweb”
So, I practiced a bit again. This one I don’t hate. I think it is because I love Halloween fabric and I used a matching thread so you can’t see the actual quilting. I think I will practice on something else next time. I need a break from Rock candy. However, I will continue practicing my quilting on these small pieces. I find myself watching a lot of Leah Day videos. Some day I will get a long arm, however, I have a child to educate, so it will have to wait a while. Maybe by then I will get the hang of it. Leah Day makes it look really easy.