Hand Stitching

Modern Mabel Quilt

Modern Mabel Chicopee y-seam star

Modern Mabel Chicopee y-seam star

I finished hand quilting and  binding my Modern Mabel quilt, an ode to my Grandmother and WE love it! All the fabrics except the background (Kona Maise) and backing, a baby blue tiny houndstooth flannel, are by Denyse Schmidt.    I hand quilted it as my Grandmother had 50 years ago when she gave the original to my parents as a wedding gift.

I have a very special attachment to this quilt and think I will make another for sale in my Etsy shop, which is rather empty at the moment.

I also hand quilted my “How many squares?” puzzle block, my entry into the Project Quilting Season 4, first challenge, “Square in a square”  competition. Being a square block, I thought droplet like quilting — the polar oposite of squares, would add interest and movement to the block.

Droplet QuiltingAlthough my stitches aren’t perfect (who’s are??), I really loved quilting with Thimblelady’s needles, they allowed me to fit many more stitches per inch than a regular short quilting needle.  I can’t quilt like Thimblelady yet but I’ll practice!

Someone mentioned I should submit this block for the 100 Blocks magazine, if you have information on this, I’d love to know!!

My girlfriends Andrea and Tara came over yesterday for our very first Durham Modern Quilt and Craft Guild meeting and had a blast. If you’re interested in joining and live in Durham, Ontario, Canada, send me an email and let me know you’re interested in joining us for a great time of chatting and stitching, we’d love to meet you!

Hope you had a great weekend with family or being creative!

xo xo Tabatha

Hand quilting Modern Mabel

Hand Quilting Modern Mabel

Yesterday morning I basted my Modern Mabel quilt top with both 505 basting spray and pins then started hand quilting in the afternoon. My stitches aren’t as bad as I thought they’d be!  The circles are what was quilted on the original quilt and I’m also stitching around the stars. I love the process!

Finished: Modern Mabel quilt top

Modern Mabel Quilt TopModern Mabel Quilt Top

I really love how this quilt has come together, it’s a very simple layout and the hand stitching will be very simple as well. Each of my blocks finish at 10″ with 4″ sashing on each side, the final dimensions for this quilt are 60″ wide by 74″ long, a great size for a twin bed or lap quilt. I have to thank Sharon Schamber for teaching me a whole new way of accurate piecing, I used this video to create the stars and my Grandmother’s quilt for inspiration.  If you’re interested in trying a y-seam star, you don’t need a lot of fabric and if you’ve done some garment sewing, it’s not difficult at all.

I’m not sure what my next project will be but I have to quilt some quilts before I make another quilt top!

I have a few ideas for my next quilt top, last weekend I signed up for the Craftsy class, Scrap Quilting: Big Techniques From Small Scraps taught by Australian quilter Sarah Fielke. She demonstrates a technique I’d never heard of before called Step Down Piecing which looks like fun.

Another pattern I’m really attracted to is “Snow Crystals” I discovered in the book “Quilter’s Academy Vol. 4“.

Snow Crystals

Quilter’s Academy Vol. 4

This is an excellent book if you’re looking for a real challenge and where I found this block. I’ve since ordered Vol.s 2 and 3 as well. Volume 4 focuses on sewing hexagons, stars and diamonds. It was a complete fluke that I found this book, it was recommended by Amazon for me.  Be forewarned, this book does not hold your hand step-by-step but there are a lot of great patterns I’ve wanted to try for awhile. I’m looking forward to building my quilting skills!
Stars Aplenty

Twinkle, twinkle, I finished my stars!

I just finished my last four stars this morning for a total of 20!

Y-Seam 8-point star block

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There are many more experiments I want to attempt with this technique but for now, I need to sash these with wide 4″ strips and am planning to hand quilt like my Grandmother did. I made 4 of each blue, green orange, pink and purple, mostly with Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I’m going to back this with flannel, a small blue houndstooth pattern. I wasn’t able to find a blue rose flannel print like the original.

After I finish this project, I have a number of quilt tops waiting to be quilted before I start anything new!!

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I found my bliss!

Chicopee Star

Orange Chicopee Star

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What could be better than y-seam stars made with Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee?! I had to refresh my memory on how to make these, the monotony of 4-patch blocks put my brain to sleep. A reader asked me how I pressed the back seams, I hope these photos are self explanatory. I clip the center seam to split it. Click on any photo for a larger view.

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I don’t know which is my favorite, the first purple or the orange?? The dog’s bath will have to wait till later. 😀

What are you working on this week?

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Works on hold

Works in progress hold until the Grace Start-Right quilt frame and Juki TL-2000Qi arrive:

         

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From left to right: Les Fleurs Bleu, Parcheesie, Chicopee Log Cabin, Birds & Berries crib quilt. (Click image for larger view.)

My actual WIP is the Star Blossoms quilt, I’m almost finished cutting the thousand little pieces that go into it. Maybe I’ll even get to do a little sewing today between bathing the pugs!

I received my copy of Simply Fat Quarters yesterday and there’s a few patterns in there I’d love to make including Carousel, pictured on the cover and Poppy.

I also subscribed to the Fons & Porter magazine, “Love of Quilting” on my iPad so I don’t have to wait for the postal service to delivery my copy 3 weeks after everyone else has it.

 

WIPs Galore!

All quilting is suspended until I have my quilting frame & machine (and a LOT of practice), which leaves me with many WIPs and new projects. As mentioned yesterday I’ve been invited by Heather & Megan of Quilt Story to participate in their Holiday Tutorials Thursdays so one of my WIPS is to work on my tutorial!

One new project I started last weekend is what I consider a “guy’s” quilt using Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt, Robert Kaufman Essex linen and log cabins. Love the fabrics in this line! I’m using Superior Threads’ Kimono Silk for piecing and quilting which gives me super flat and strong seams!

   

Another project I’m working on is a baby quilt for one of my girlfriends, she is currently 6 months along so I only have four months left to work on it. I don’t know if she’s having a girl or boy (I’m guessing girl) but thought I’d play it safe  by making it for a boy or a girl by using two Aneela Hoey embroidery patterns from her new book, Little Stitches. Her designs are so sweet and book is fabulous, great for embroidery beginners like myself.

Last but not least, I’ve been hankering to make a bear’s paw quilt and have decided to once again pull out Backyard Baby fabric by Patty Sloniger. I’m not a big child’s fabric fan but I adore this line, it’s obviously for kids without being too cutesy.

On a side note, I’ve started using my Sony NEX 5-N instead of my iPad, I really need to use all of the features available, it’s a great camera but I need to work on my white balance as well as other things.

In case you haven’t noticed, I have new a hair style, it’s very similar to the last style. I’ve decided that I really, really love short hair (so does DH!), so easy to care for, I haven’t had to use a blow dryer or straightener in months, which is so much healthier! I just need to ignore my parent’s and strangers comments — my Dad loves long hair but he doesn’t have to take care of it. ;D

Have a great week, keep on sewing!

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