Sunday, May 22, 2016

AMH Feather Bee Quilt

In January of 2014 I had requested AMH feather blocks in jewel tone colors from my bee mates as part of the Scrapbeelicious bee. I promptly received the blocks by fall of that year, however the completion of the project was put on the back burner. This year as I tackle my ever growing WIP list, it was time to see this project to completion.

I decided to align the blocks in the center of the quilt and add low volume fabric on the sides to get to a respectable full size bed quilt. 

I had two extra blocks which I adjusted on the back with assorted low volume fabrics from my stash.

For the quilting, I fell back on my go to square stipple pattern. I love the texture it produces. It covers the quilt quite densely but at the same time leaves it soft enough for everyday use.

 A scrappy quilt calls for scrappy binding. This was a great opportunity to use up my collection of leftover binding from the previous quilts. Unfortunately I still have enough to bind a few more quilts. :)

I love how the feathers pop in the neutral background. While I was taking pictures of the quilt my neighbor even commented that from a distance it looked as if the feathers were stuck on the wall as the background blend with the exterior paint color. Hmm maybe I should convince them they need a mural on their wall. ;)

This quilt has a great homey feel to it and look forward to snuggling under it while I remember all the lovely quilty friends who made it possible. Very thankful for each one of you.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Sunburst - Double Take

My sister-in-law asked me if I could make her some custom table mats. A quick quilting project is hard to resist. I have been seeing the Sunburst pattern by Yvonne of Qulting Jetgirl a lot since it was on the cover of QuiltCon 2016 magazine. My sis-in-law likes warm colors so I decided to make it in a different color way.

The mats needed to be 29" x 19" in size so I had to scale down the pattern. Once I determined that the smallest square would be 2" x 2" finished, the rest of the pieces were easy to size. I used four different shades of Kona cotton - Corn Yellow, Papaya, Tangerine and Red. For the background I used yarn dyed Essex in Sand. I would have liked a little more contrast between the Tangerine and Red but I was trying to stick to my stash.

Once I constructed the block, centering it to a 29" x 19" background was the hardest part. With a bit of persistence I managed.

I decided to quilt with simple straight lines echoing the piecing and went with a self colored binding.

For the backing I used a much hoarded print from Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt.

All in all hope she likes it as it will part of their decor for a while.