Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Quilts! Finished ones!

It's been awhile!

I got a new job at work, and it's a lot busier. And since I only have computer+Internet access at work, I haven't updated this for months.

Holidays and travel (both planned and unplanned) happened, and lots of sewing.

I did little projects, which I'm just realizing now that I didn't photograph. Boo.

But I have finished TWO quilts so far this year!

Values quilt

Maybe my favorite quilt photo ever.

It's a values quilt. For Tim. Since I started quilting, he's said that his favorite kind of quilt is scrappy patchwork. So that's what I did, for his birthday.

I took ALL my scraps and cut them into 1.75-inch strips, and then sorted them into dark and light piles.

I followed the Bright Furrows quilt pattern from Modern Log Cabin Quilting , but did the chain piecing a bit differently. Instead of working through four blocks at a time with each block in a different place to facilitate randomness, I worked on six blocks at a time with each block in the same stage but used different fabric strips.

Does that make sense? No? Maybe this does:

Block construction


The finished blocks are 9 inches, and the quilt is 9 blocks by 8 blocks. It's bound with a small black dot on a white background, and backed with a sheet! It's held up very well through several washings, and the best part is that it was only $4 at Target. Boom!


Up close, you can't see the pattern at all.


First time free-motioning.



OK, one more. Of a cute helper puppy.


And then I finished another quilt! The top had been almost done for months.

Sunny quilt!

Dense quilting:

Dense quilting

So dense that I ended up cutting the quilt top down a bit. I planned on it being a wall-hanging anyway ...

Quilt = done!


And now, I'm working on my first ... paying quilt job!

Night quilting!

It's a baby quilt for someone to give as a gift!


We also moved recently, and Chowder is having a hard time with it.

And Tom is still Tom.

Tom and the whale