The main field of the MQ6 quilt is done in diagonal cross-hatch, and it looks pretty good. This week I started on the borders. I have some stencils that were inherited from my friend's mother, Shirley. She was a hand quilter, but I'm strictly a machine gal. Some of her stencils can be adapted to machine work, but marking has been a problem.
I've tried pouncing chalk, what a MESS! and it makes me sneeze. I've tried tracing in the stencil grooves with a chalk pencil - it keeps breaking. Tried a washable blue pen, but I have to go over each line three or four times to get it dark enough to see and the borders on this quilt are royal blue. Time to try a new idea.
In a catalog I've seen paper quilting guides. Pre-printed guidelines on paper which you pin on your quilt and then you stitch along the lines. I decided to try printing my own paper guides and see how that works. Since our kids are now all done with school, we seem to have an overabundance of partial packages of filler paper and spiral notebooks that are half empty. The paper isn't as heavy as copier paper, but not as thin as tissue paper which clogs up in my printer.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Finished and Photographed!
I don't know why photos get so blurry when I compress them for Web publication. Sorry about that. Maybe I'll figure it out someday. I'd also like to know how to add my name or blog title on the photo as an overlay like some folks can do so that if it get's copied by someone it has the source on the photo. I'm not a copyright fanatic, but do feel the need to give (and take) credit when it's due.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm pretty excited that this may make 4,000 page views for QuiltAwhile, and I only started blogging in March. May not sound like a lot, but pretty exciting for me!
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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Do you change the quilts in your home to celebrate the seasons? What quilt is on your bed to celebrate summer this year?
Friday, June 15, 2012
This went together in one day. The inspiration was Kathleen Tracy's Scrap Squares Doll Quilt. I cut out the blocks and then measured them. Odd size - 5 3/4 inches, but so what. I cut 2 inch sashing and matched the length to the 5 3/4. Corner stones were 2 inches square.
I used a sashing method that was different from my
usual. I added sashing and corners to each block, and then put them together in rows. It worked great - until the last row when I stopped paying attention and managed to get a couple blocks reversed. rip rip rip
I decided on a 3 inch border so that the quilt would not be any longer than 42 inches and the back could be one whole width of fabric. I like the soft colors. Not sure it's bright enough for a baby quilt, but it sure is cute.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
You'd think I'd be quilting away on the Mystery Quilt, but it's sitting all pinned up on our dining room table. I'm waiting for some type of inspiration to figure out where to start on the quilting.