Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Star Wars Quilt finished!

Star Wars is finally finished!

I started R2D2 here:


Progress here:


I made the quilt in sections for quilting - quilt as you go.

 Minimal quilting - I didn't want it over quilted.

Then sewed the sections together.

There are many great tutorials on the web for
Quilt as you go. 

                     The finished quilt is about 60" x 60"

It was fun designing this quilt for my daughter and
son-in-law! They love it!

I always had problems with my binding until I found

Sharon Schamber's tutorial on youtube.  It's  easy

to follow  and the best part of it is - no pins! 

There are more videos on youtube from Sharon Please be sure to check them out! Have a very Happy New Year!  

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Another Improv quilt

Lots of snow here in Lancaster this past week!

I had started a new Improv quilt awhile ago

and just recently finished.

Disguised Harmony

 I have strips, squares, rectangles and pieces of 
various fabrics. Some are from my hand dyes,
some are treasured pieces that I bought years
ago and some are new. There is also a touch
of batiks.

 What I enjoy most about making Improv quilts
 is the process itself.
There are no rules, no boundaries or measuring
And best of all - you don't have to match seams!

There is no pattern to work from - It is intuitively
pieced  - You make the choices of fabric and 
shapes  as you go.

I cut on angles or just straight. On some pieces 

that are cut straight; I make just a slight curve 
while I'm sewing. It makes for an interesting effect.

To me, intuitively pieced quilts are playful and fun!
Anything goes!

I do like to color coordinate - otherwise it can look 
too harsh and busy on the eye. It has a certain 
amount of harmony

White or a lighter color fabric will also show off some

of the odd angles and also give the eye a resting place.

Improv quilts do not have to have angled seams
you can also add  straight cuts and circular.

The result is an abstract looking quilt

Don't have a lot of scraps?

Most of us quilters have remnants from other quilting projects.

Cut them into strips or large squares

I had a lot of left over cuts so I made this
Table Mat to match.

For both the quilt and the table mat I used
DMC threads for the Big stitch quilting.

I was inspired years ago by Nancy Crow  Gwen Marston
Freddy Moran

(These are for sale in my Etsy shop)

Happy Quilting!