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Friday, September 6, 2013

Painting Pictorial Quilts

I took a class a Craftsy class Painting Pictorial Quilt by Annette Kennedy. 
Click here for more information about the class. 

It was a wonderful class that I wish I had taken a year ago.  Annette walks you through the process of painting two projects. 

I have been painting my art quilts for a couple of years and now have a better understanding of how to mix colors.  I usually paint directly on to the quilt top and sometimes it doesn't work so I have to paint again.  Annette first paints on a scrap of the same fabric to see what the color will look like.  I certainly be trying this in future.

I also learn how to mix different colors. I usually add white to get a light color which doesn't always work.  Annette show me how to add gel to get a light color and I have had an opportunity to try this and it worked beautifully.

Watch this Youtube video of my art quilts before painting and after painting.   See what a different a little paint make.  I do say little paint.  For me this is not about painting the whole quilt but adding lights to make the values show better.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Strip Your Stash

I started taking the Craftsy class Strip Your Stash by Nancy Smith.  She has some great ideas for using strips to make quilts that are fast and easy.

I really like her idea of using photos that you like and using the colors in the photo to select fabrics that will work together. 

I must say that Nancy has a much nicer stash than I do.  At some point I got into a blue phase and so I have tons of blue fabrics that now are not very exciting to work with.  Perhaps I could add a little orange to spice up the blues.  However, I have very few orange fabrics. So perhaps I will have to make a trip to the fabric store.  I do have some yellow fabric and they would work as well.

I am would love to try out Nancy's strip techniques but I am currently making a quilt for the Calgary Flood Relief.  Hopefully soon I will get to try out strip techniques.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Heartstrings New Quilt Pattern

I have a new pattern in the latest McCall's Quick Quilts magazine called Heartstrings.  It is very easy to make in just a few hours and is free with the purchase of the magazine.  McCall's does such a great job of taking my pattern instructions and making them so easy to follow.  McCall's Quick Quilts Heartstrings

Sunday, June 2, 2013

How to calculate the number of strips to bind a quilt.

It is frustrating to sew your binding strips together only to find that you are short and need another strip.  Here is the formula that I use.  Measure the width and length of your quilt.  Since fabrics come in slightly different widths, measure the width of your fabric with the selvage removed i.e. 40".  I subtract 2" from the fabric width to account for the mitered corners.
Use the following formula.

((quilt width + quilt length) * 2 )/ (fabric width - 2) round to the nearest highest number.

(50 + 60)  = 110 * 2 = 220 / (40 - 2)  = 5.79 round to 6
You will need 6 strips to bind this quilt.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Design It Quilt Sample #2

My second attempt at using my new quilting skills that I learned for my Craftsy Design it Quilt class by Cindy Needham.  I am very please with the result.  The quilting made this simple 16 patch table runner beautiful.  Click here if you are interested in the pattern for the table runner.  The table runner looks much nicer that this photo.  Photos never do justice to quilts.

I first ESSed which means that I quilted every stinking seam.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do in the inset triangles so I didn't quilt lines in them.  I later decided that I wanted a grid so I had to go back and stitch the grid.  It would have been easier to quilt the grid in the inset triangles as I was ESSing the blocks.
Then I decided that a 3" grid was too large based on my last sample so I divided the grid into 4s by quilting lines both vertically and horizontally.
In the blocks I scribbled in every other triangle. I used a pink polyester thread from Superior Threads.  

In the inset triangles, I did cathedral windows.  That was a lot easier than I thought it would be since Cindy has her dance steps that you follow: waltz steps 1 2 3 1 2 3 then hokey pokey all the way home.  Amazingly this help me so much to remember what I was suppose to do.  
I could have done some scribbling in the cathedral  windows but I got tired and thought that I had done enough quilting.

Here is picture of the back of the quilt.  I used a 50 weight tan thread for the bobbin.

My next sample will be doing feathers in a log cabin quilt.  So look forward to my next post.