Sunday, December 25, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
By: Karen Goad
My one and only Christmas Quit – I started to make this quilt three years ago and got it hand quilted for Christmas last year. I don’t have a wall long enough to show off the bottom border. The pattern is designed by Connie Sue Haidle.
With the bottom border. The whole quilt is needle turn applique and hand quilted. Except the sashing of course.
A close up from when I was quilting it.
One of the blocks
Part of a border. I used Request loft Quilters Dream 100% cotton batting – I love the shrinkage it gives – such a crinkly look.
Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah to all
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
This is the one and only Christmas quilt I've ever done. The pattern is 'Festival of Trees' by Barbara Brackman and Karla Menaugh. I of course, had to add on an additional border because I don't ever think any quilt is quite large enough for my purposes. I wanted to quilt in a very simple design that wouldn't detract from the applique and so ended up going with the baptist fan pattern. Totally going out on a limb, I decided to quilt it free hand and ditch the marking pens/pencils. Once I got approximately a third of the top quilted (starting from the bottom right hand corner and working up) I started panicking because I thought it looked Terrible. Horrible. Then I stepped back from the controlling part of my brain matter and took a second and third look which helped tremendously. I forged ahead and as I added more and more quilting, I actually started becoming quite excited by how it looked. This quilt was a real lesson in learning to trust my instincts and being brave with free hand quilting. I'm sure I'll be doing more of it in my future.:)
This is a quilt I like to hang on the lounge wall at Christmas and in fact any time of the year. I have no concerns about fading because I have a tinted film on the windows to block out UV rays.
It was made in 2006 and is a Piece O' Cake pattern from their book, Once Upon A Season. The quilt does hand straight and square, I just took this photo at an awkward angle.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
I outlined all the Santa figures and did outline quilting by the piece in the sashing.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Check out the progress on the quilt being stitched for President Obama called “Yes We Can,, Jane” at http://blog.caronmosey.com/2011/12/yes-we-can-jane-quilt-update-number-3.html. This quilt is an effort by dozens of quilters from around the world, to be presented to him when he leaves office.
I have made a couple of Christmas quilts. The first one shown is a design by Crabapple Hill. I am sure many of you have seen this pattern or made it yourself. It has three panels that are done in embroidery and the then the pieced blocks are added.
It measures about 54x48 and makes a great wall hanging. It was my first attempt at hand quilting baptist fans. I must say they were fun to do and I will be using the again on future quilts.
The embroidered scenes with the pieced blocks are a great combination.
This second quilt is a pattern I found in a magazine several years ago. It was one of the first quilts I hand quilted. It also has a bit of paper piecing in it. So all in all it was a good learning experience.
I love making quilts that are seasonal. I love bringing them out every holiday to help decorate and get me in a festive mood.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
By: Karen Goad
I really and truly do not want a lot for Christmas. I pretty much buy my quilting stuff as I need it – also I have been doing this for many years so I really have all the tools I need -- hand quilters don’t need a lot of tools do we -- But, all quilters want more fabric – right – we can never have too much of this stuff!! We need it to create – so I want more of this kind of stuff!!!
I have my wish list created and I ask my husband for a gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop – I have no affiliation with them – they just happen to be my favorite on line shop. I probably have enough fabric to last me 5 years or more – really, truly – but we just can’t have too much can we
Now I need to get back to quilting.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
At the ends there are French lace and Svarowsky beads.
Bringing this out and on the table with the advent-candles gives me the feeling that Christmas is coming.
My wish for Christmas is to have more time next year for more quilting. I have sooooo many patterns I want to make something out of.
Hope you all are enjoying preparing for Christmas.
I can't say my wish list is very long. I'm really not much of a gadget person, my quilting supplies are pretty basic. I am getting older and threading needles is gettting more difficult, so my first wish is a Clover needle threader. I also came across this new trio pen from Sewline. It has white and black lead and a metal stylus. It would nice to be able to change colors without changing pencils when marking quilts.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
A quick suggestion to my hand quilting friends. Take a look at Sue Garman's blog post http://suegarman.blogspot.com/2011/11/quilting-away.html
In this post, Sue mentions how she hand quilts, and includes a few tools she uses. It's worth a quick peek, and her quilts are beautiful!
I’ve been a pretty good girl this year, and I really don’t need very much. Here’s my short list:
- An iPhone – I don’t need Siri, just the basic iPhone 4, please. I hear there are quilting aps that I can use on it. I like the looks of this one.
- I’d like a design wall that I can pin quilt pieces to. You know the kind of board that I need. I’d prefer to have two of them so I have a large surface on which to work. The boards won’t fit in my little car, but they should fit in your sleigh.
- I use my Kindle a lot to read… and books on the Kindle aren’t very expensive. A gift card would help me get more reading accomplished.
- I’m in the mood for gray fabrics. Lots of neutrals. I like these from the Moda 3 Sisters Etchings Quilting Fabrics line:
Thank you, Santa!