Monday, September 24, 2012
When the leaves start turning colours around my town, that is the time I gather up all my leaf quilts for display in our home. Here are all of my leaf quilts that have been made in previous years. All are hand quilted!
This was my first leaf quilt that I designed back in 2004. Quilt title: An Autumn Sky. Oh the things I would do differently if ever making another one of these.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
|Monkey Wrench Quilt|
Monday, September 10, 2012
One day my Joseph’s Coat quilt will be finished. I tend to work on it in spurts – a little here, a little there. Sometimes it seems to drag on forever but it really hasn’t been that long since I first put it on my quilting frame. This quilt is 104 x 104 inches – it has been on the quilting frame since June 2 so it really isn’t that long for me – 3 months so far – very fast for me. Sometimes a quilt this size takes me 10 months to a year before I finish because I always work on 3 or 4 quilts at one time it seems. How about you – more than one quilt at a time? How long – if you keep track— how long does it take you to quilt a quilt this size?
When I get done with this row and crank it down some more I do believe the end will be in sight – only a half of a row left up there on the back roller.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
This is a baby quilt that was made for my niece 29 yrs. ago. Hand appliqued and hand quilted. Back then, I didn't know any better and used poly/cotton fabric for the background blocks, borders, backing and in some of the applique. It was very hard to hand quilt as you can imagine.
by Rose Marie Castonguay
This is the dresdenplate quilt I am working on. I used wool batting so it is nice and warm to have on my lap while quilting.
It sure feels good to be handquilting again. Summer is too hot for me to have a quilt on my lap.
I am using this thread to quilt with. It is originally a embroidery floss, made of silk. It is onestranded and gives the quilt a really soft touch.
The quilt is basted on a longarm machine, it is the yellow thread you see. I don`t use a frame while quilting it.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Normally when I make a quilt, I know exactly how I will quilt it at the same time that I'm deciding on the design. This hand applique is a variation of Ester Aliu's Heart's Desire. It was a mystery, free block of the month quilt along. If you are not already familiar with the design, I would encourage you to go take a peek. Go ahead, I'll wait.
As you can see, mine looks very little like the original. I made the center (now the heart/flower in the lower left) month one. Month 2 was the circle of vines with the bird, and 3 more like the top center circle vine with the 3 flowers. As evidenced from the lack of 2 circle-vines, I lost momentum. And enthusiasm. But I had really been drawn in to the whole project by those yummy flowers that you now see on the bottom and left. While I was figuring out how to use lots of them without spending time on things I wasn't in the mood to applique....I thought that including more blank space for quilting made a lot of sense.
Months later, I am now confronted with what, exactly, that quilting might be. I had originally planned on some variation of flowers and leaves. Maybe even trapunto. And my plan also includes using hand quilting as I love the texture that results from hand quilting with a cotton batting. But here is my conundrum which I have chosen to move from the battle in my head to a forum of hand quilters....
1) The only trapunto I have done was a machine quilting technique (extra layer of batting basted with wash-away thread on top, trimmed, sandwiched then topstitched using FMQ). a) Would that work if I went through the same steps and then hand quilted over the basting stitches rather than FMQ? b) Will it be worth the extra time of all hand quilting vs a mixed method approach of machine outlined trapunto and hand quilted fill? c) If I use cotton batting to get the 5% shrink that I like for the added texture, should I use cotton for the trapunto layer, or consider using a lofty poly batting? ( *Gasp* did she really just use the words "machine quilting" and "poly batting" in the same paragraph on THIS blog?)
I apologize for the long wordy post, but promise lots of photo heavy posts over the next few months... provided of course your share your trapunto & silk batting experiences with me now.
The AQS Quiltshow was for the first time in Grand Rapids end of August. I was so lucky to be able to visit the show (and to meet Caron!). Hand quilted quilts are getting scarce as we know, but there was a special exhibition where handmade quilts were the only part of the exhibition: Quilt like an Egyptian.
Two amazing Egyptian tentmakers decorate the inside of tents with applique quilts. The applique is done in complex patterns, with tulips, stars and leafs. But first see this YouTube video, where you can see the men at work: