printing on quilt face

2015 Racing Along!

The last three weeks have flown by. I’ve completed two more quilts since my last post, so there is some proof that I’ve been busy! I created my own “fabric” by cutting and piecing fabrics together. I used commercially printed fabrics, my hand silk screened fabrics and my own designs that have been digitally printed by Spoonflower. I truly love working with all sorts of quilt fabrics – old and new. I take great delight in utilizing a range of materials, especially ones that are not pretty or new and trendy and making them work together. I love the challenge.

Here are some photos of my newest work – the center of a quilt, a sample of my printing and a close up of the borders.quilt center quilt center quilt borders printing on quilt face

Here is a shot of the back of the quilt with all my carefully ironed seam allowances, and one of Kush helping me with the ironing. That cat is so helpful.quilt back Kush on the ironing boardclose-up view

quilt borders

work goes on

Slowly and steadily I continue to work on my quilts, and would people please quit asking what I’m going to do with them? I’ll let you know when I figure it out! Until then I’ll just keep working. This week I finished the hand sewing of the bindings on 3 more quilts (which means they are completely done!!!!). I also carved and stamped some images on my 2 newest quilt tops, sewed the backs, completed the labels AND got them into the mail for quilting. Yes, I’m pleased.

Now I’m sewing strips of fabric together to create my own “striped fabric”. I have a couple of ideas for the next quilts, but I need my “created” stripes to work with. Hopefully I’ll come up with something interesting. We shall see. Here are some tidbits of my work in progress.printed quilt top

hand carved stamps on quilt date stamp hand carved stamps on quilt striped fabric striped fabric

quilt love

quilt pileFor the past year I have made quilts. I should clarify that. Before last year I had made a total of about 7 quilts, even though I’ve always been a quilter. A slow quilter but a quilter non the less. I decided that now I should make quilts 6 at a time, because you can’t hope to use up a fabric stash sewing them one at a time! Each set of 6 quilts are a series, with the same basic construction format. Of all the 96 blocks involved in making my 6 quilts, none of them are the same. I use a production method of doing lots of one thing at a time, in hopes that I can work efficiently. That means I cut strips of fabric (lots of them) and sort them by colour value before I start any sewing. I cut all the center blocks for the quilts, and then work on sewing 100 blocks. I will need 96 but have spares so that I can play with their arrangement. Once I have completed and arranged the blocks, I sew them together, creating the centres of the quilts. Then one by one I work on the borders. I like to include a border of “home make striped fabric” that I have created from sewing strips together to create yardage, and then cutting that fabric apart. If that doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry. Most of what I do doesn’t make sense to many people. Here are some photos of the work in progress on series 3. I always get help from my trusty assistant, Kush.starting quilt blocks my assistant assembly line sewing block construction comfy blocks almost finished blocksI lay out the completed blocks to arrange them. This process could go on for days, so I try to set a time limit and work within that.finished blocks arranging quilt blocksHere are the finished quilts from my first series, along with a few details.quilt 1 quilt 2 quilt 3 quilt 4 quilt 5 quilt 6 quilt detail detail with printing quilt detailMy good friend Catherine took the first and the last nine photos. I’m grateful for her time and talent which will help me to keep clean images of my work. I have my second series away being quilted now, and I’m almost finished the tops for the third series. Feels good!

Quilts to go!

In the continuing saga of my quiltmaking, I am pleased to tell you that I recently sent 6 quilt tops to Red Red Bobbin for quilting. I had them almost completed before Christmas, but were time consuming details that had to be attended to. I had to select fabrics for the backing, cut, stitch and trim that backing and then package things for shipping. I agonized over the packaging. You can only imagine how much procrastinating I did to stretch the process over 6 weeks! But the quilt tops have arrived in Ontario and I have temporarily relinquished responsibility for their progress. I will have more work to do once they are quilted, but for now I can concentrate on other projects. Here are the quilt tops wrapped in their respective backings before shipping.quilt stack

I’m afraid another addiction has surfaced – one that I’d successfully controlled for the last couple of years. I caved after getting this adorable little puzzle – which still kept with my quilting theme. I was really glad to finish, because I couldn’t seem to focus on anything else until then. Only once did I have to contend with a playful cat who leapt up on the table and sent puzzle pieces flying. Only once.quilting puzzle box completed quilt puzzleAs you can see in the next photo, the puzzle box was quite small – not big enough to show the entire puzzle, and certainly not quite big enough for Kush.Kush in the puzzle box