Nearly finished my first dream big panel. added these borders, a free pattern HERE.
Learned so much free motion quilting while playing on this panel--techniques from Amy Johnson, Angela Walters and Natalia Bonner videos. Thank you, ladies for such amazing instruction and encouragement. It has been a wonderful journey.
So this first panel, the aqua version, is 'nearly' done. I was waiting to get the dark thread to finish in a few corners of the panel and also still need to find the perfect shade of fabric for the binding. After all this work, I wouldn't want to finish off with an unsightly binding. I also must remember to arc off the 4 corners before attaching binding. It helps to keep the bed quilts from dragging and tripping you up.
I used a high-loft poly batting and a few shades of Glide thread to emphasize the quilting, done on my AQ16 sit-down machine. It measures 80 x 90 .
and I always go to the back first …..
I'm joining several linky parties this week …………..Be sure to visit them to see what other quilters are sharing this week.
This past week I worked on piecing parts to several projects. I took my precut units for this project to a sew day at church, working with my travel machine. Ugh. It did not go nicely, but once I got home, my good machine made smooth work of all the unfinished units.
Here is block 2 units for the yellow/gold version - making the 8 panel size.
Here is block 2 for the cool version; blues, purples, greens = making 12 panels pulled from scraps.
It's been a long road. I can finally share the Dresden Garden quilt. It was replicated from a photo of a similar quilt. That quilt had an ombre fabric backing, so I suspected it was no larger than 40 inches square. My Dresden Garden quilt needed to fit nicely on a queen size bed.
It was started June 2018. It is now finished. It measures 92 by 106. The background was created with 10 different shades of batiks to resemble the ombre effect. It was quilted with Hobbs 80/20 batting. The appliques were all individually quilted, then stitched onto the background layer. The dresdens all have jumbo white ric rac stitched around the center and the outer layers. I had prepared a white picket fence to put on the bottom edge, but ran out of room to place it. This was a huge endeavor for me. I quilted it on my Artistic Quilter 16 hand-guided, sit-down machine.
.I'm joining these linky parties this week. Be sure to visit them to see what other creative quilters are sharing.
Monday - Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
A block design every day for an entire year! I'm still hangin in there and truly enjoying it. I see an improvement in my quilting too. My only dilemma is keeping each design fresh in my mind since there are so many. A big big thank you to Natalia Bonner of Piece and Quilt.com for all her hard work presenting and inspiring us with this long term project.
and so Panel # 2 is now finished. I am hoping young teens will like this quilt design. The colors are bright and happy. This one measures 52 x 59. It has one layer of cotton batting which made it easy to push around while quilting. I quilt on a Janome 9400 and an Artistic Quilter 16 sit down.
and since my quilting brain always heads straight for the backing so I can see all the quilting definition, here is a pic of the back.
I am joining these linky parties this week. Be sure to visit them to see what other creative quilters are sharing too.
I made good progress last week. Along with machine quilting on the 365 Day QAL with Natalia Bonner and machine quilting on the aqua version of dream big with Amy Johnson ( these ladies are really inspiring me), I slipped in some needed piecing...… the August kits for quilt 4 kids. I wish I had more of those fabrics to make them bigger ---- maybe next time. It was really fun and quick to put together.
These should be fun quilt quilt. In the meantime, I'm linking up with my favorite parties..... Be sure to visit these sites to see what other creative quilters are sharing this week.
I have joined the Dream Big craze. I started out with a little sampler hosted by Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy. She got our feet wet working on a multi-size panel and learning border designs. I'm still hand stitching down the binding, so I can share it.
In the meantime …...
This is my first official full-size Dream Big Aqua quilt. I added some lovely borders to make it a nice 80 x 90 which should cover a very large lap size or single / full size bed. I will have great fun quilting it, even if the stitching won't show up well in the border fabric.
Friday I started quilting in the center, with much encouragement from Amy Johnson of Amy Quilts.com and Sew Simple of Lynchburg and Amy Quilts on Facebook. She is most generous in sharing great videos while quilting on this panel.
Won't this make a gorgeous quilt? I may have to sell this one because all my joy is in the quilting process. My quilts are getting bigger and bigger and beginning to pile up here at home. I have been FMQ less than 2 years and have learned it from generous on-line quilters in youtube videos.
Here is my progress so far …..
I am joining these fun linky parties this week. Be sure to visit them to see what other creative quilters are sharing ……………..
This project was started June 1st. It is a new, daily quilt along of ruler quilting a block a day with Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt.com. She is sharing a new design, everyday, for a full year ! How special is that ?! You will find her here ………………
I'm still discovering my way around Instagram and it's a slow process for me.
So ……….. the first finish up is what I call Project 1, 56 blocks each with a different fmq ruler design. What great fun I had, obviously. I quilted the blocks in batches of once or twice a week, so I could work on "too many" other projects in between.
and here is the view from the back. I ALWAYS look at the backside
It still needs to go into the washer to make it more cuddly. In the meantime, I'm joining these great linky parties today. Be sure to visit them to see what other creative quilters are sharing today.
I got Just a little bit behind with my RSC projects, but as of today, caught up and ready for pink. My design wall is pretty much full. A few more months and ready to put these quilts together. The Time will go fast.
I'm linking up with the all-time instigator of the RSC Challenge, Angela of Soscrappy and with Cynthia for Oh Scrap on Sunday. Be sure to visit these sites to see what other creative quilters are sharing today.
Quilts 4 Kids for June are finished. I made pre-cut kits last winter with a goal of finishing 2 quilts a month. They are both backed with fleece and free motion quilted on my Janome sit-down. They each measure 45 x 54.