Cruise Quilt 1 – 2018

Last December (2017) I took our daughter on her first Cruise.  Not only did we have an amazing time, but I also found inspiration for quilting.  Check out the original post here. Cruise Quilt 1 was a great success.

Original Inspiration

The original image that inspired this first quilt was of a bench in the main eating area:

Cruise quilt 1 inspiration image

Layout Challenges

As I mentioned in my original post, I misread the pattern during my original assessment of this image.  What I saw was this:

Cruise Quilt 1 original layout

 

In reality, The pattern is more modern in design and includes different sized rectangles.  I try to avoid intricate math problems whenever possible. Jamie Thomas, my math instructor from College may find this whole conversation amusing.  Thank goodness for EQ8!  Electric Quilt takes away so much of the worry about designing the quilt.  I can spend my time on what matters to me most, and it is NOT the math!

Here is the actual layout that I used:

Cruise quilt 1 final layout

The Final Project

Ultimately, the final project was akin to the inspiration in design; however, I did change up the quilting.

Cruise Quilt 1 quilting

Instead of using the hard lined rectangular echo type designs that the inspiration had, I chose to use a curvy pattern that would soften the overall look.  This is, after all, my quilt!

Cruise Quilt 1 complete

 

The final product is very modern and fun.  I can see many more “inspired” quilts in my future!

More Rag Quilts

It’s OK to Try New Things

I think it is important to try new things and stretch your wings.  Recently, I made a baby rag quilt for a customer and fell in love with the process.  Check out that post HERE.

Shabby Chic Rag Quilt

There is something uniquely satisfying to the process of clipping the raw edges and then seeing how they come out, wash after wash.

A Dent in the Stash

When I started the baby chic quilt, I realized that I had a large quantity of flannel in my stash that I had bought on sale but never used.  Unfortunately, I had nothing that would be considered shabby chic or monotone.

This was not a bad thing; however.  Instead, I am using this as an opportunity to create some fun rag quilts.  This one is the first of many to come.

Green Rag Quilt

This cute rag quilt came about just from digging through my stash of flannel.  You know that stash, right?  It comes from those amazing flannel sales at your local craft retailer.  Over the years, I have bought quite a bit, but never was inspired to make a quilt until I came across the rag version.

I really fell in love with the shades of green, pops of yellow and brown and the overall composition.  Such a simple process and simple fabric choices create a fun, and warm quilt.

I have quite a few tops to finish up on the long arm, but when I get caught up, I can see another rag quilt in my future.

Do you like rag quilts?

 

Rag Quilt – Baby Shabby Chic

I recently had the opportunity to make a non-traditional baby rag quilt.  The lady that commissioned this quilt had a set of parameters to meet the design style of the mother – Shabby Chic.

Fabric Acquisition

You would think that fabric shopping for a small baby quilt would be a breeze. I found this not to be the case.  The rules were, no baby themes, no obvious patterns and everything in white, grey and tan.  This is not as easy to find as one may think.  White and grey – OK, that works. unfortunately, the shabby chic patterns in flannel were not as easy to come up with. I did find two patterns and two solids that played quite well together.

Shabby Chic Rag Quilt

Assembly

After some random placement,I found that these fabrics played very well together and provided the look that the client wanted.  After being put all together, there was something lacking – the shabby part!

Shabby Chic Rag Quilt

Shabby Chic Rag Quilt

Dryer Debacle

Unfortunately, it was at this very moment that the heating element decided to go out on my dryer.  YIKES!  The problem stemmed from a clogged vent pipe.  It was time to call a technician.

Shabby Chic Rag Quilt

The technician installed a new heating element and the pipe was cleaned. I could now get down to the job of creating shabbiness.

 

Dryer RepairThe real trick to this process is washing in cold water and drying with 5 tennis balls!  Each subsequent washing will make this quilt softer and softer.

The Finished Product

The final result was a cute and shabby chic quilt that any baby will love!

 

Applique Banner

Applique Banner

There are many ways to applique, but making an applique banner is great fun.  Applique is not just for quitting.

As many of you know, I am a frequent fixture at renaissance fairs. At our home fair of Scarborough each spring you will find me walking in parade holding the banner of a favorite vendor.  This year, I am promoting French Braids by Twisted Sisters.  This group of lovely ladies do an amazing job.  Not only are their braids super pretty and last a long time, but they help keep those of us with long hair a lot cooler on a hot day!

When I first started walking in parade this year, I would carry my friend Anne (a mannequin head with beautiful braids).  The problem was that there was no way to give credit to this specific shop.  While I announced their name and location, that was not very efficient.

I needed a banner!

 

Eventually, I decided that we needed a banner.  To do this, I took a picture of their sign and considered my design options.

Original Sign

Because I love to interact with the crowd, I was cautious not to make something cumbersome and finally settled on a simple hand-held design that had a lot of visual impact.

Fits like a glove

Not only does this sign play well at a distance, it was also the perfect size to display in the booth when not doing it’s duty on the parade route.  And, if you haven’t noticed already – it is the perfect color for Queen Selesti to carry.

The sign works great

I am so happy with the final product and now Anne can remain at her station in the booth!

If you visit the fair, give me a holler!

Antique Alley April 2018

Twice a year, and only about a mile from our home, I visit Antique Alley.  The actual timing is the 3rd weekend in April and September.  Last weekend, I took off work on Friday to make the rounds.  Unfortunately, I was also fighting a bad cold.

Lucky for me, Friday was the sunny day with rainy weather to follow for Saturday, so I picked a great day!

 

In years’ past, I have found some great deals on quilting fabric.  I remember two years ago when I met a lady that had lost her mother that Spring.  She had a booth that was full of her mothers sewing items, fabric, interfacing, and so much more.  I actually filled the trunk of our car that day.  I still have bolts of interfacing for gown creation and fabric for quilting and sewing projects.

This year, I found another booth with fabric and was ecstatic!

I used restraint this time around as I only have so much room left in my fabric cupboard. The lot pictured, about 60 yards worth, is all I bought.  In my sewing room, I refuse to hoard fabric, I want to be able to keep a bit of a handle on how my stash is growing!

In addition to the fabric I bought, there were other booths with good fabric for sale as well as trim and notions:

Some prices were better than others, but ultimately there was a lot to choose from!

In addition to fabrics, there were many antique quilts and blocks for sale too.

I really don’t have the space or the time right now, so I didn’t rescue any of these beauties.  It made me sad, but I just know someone else will show them some love.  One particular item did catch my eye and almost had me convinced.

This bag of paper pieced blocks was so wonderful, even down to the old paper that was used for their construction.

I think the owner had chickens!

There were also some pretty neat looking old machines for sale.

Alas, if I don’t have room for more fabric and old quilts, I certainly don’t have room for machines!  One day I may consider collecting some of these beauties, but for now I am happy to take my little fabric purchase home and create something fun.

Maybe I will use these fabrics for Row by Row this year!

Did you visit Antique Alley this year?

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