Monday, September 23, 2013

Completed Oriental Dreamweaver

My Oriental Dreamweaver is finally back from the quilter!

My husband helped me take all these wonderful photos! He's always complaining that my photos are to dark. I love when he gets involved! It was very windy yesterday so my hand was in all the pichures trying to stabilize the quilt.

The pattern is called Dreamweaver and it's in the book Quilts From The House Of Tula Pink. While I love Tula Pink and have more than enough of her fabric to make (probably) several of these, I wanted to do something different! So I tried Oriental fabrics keeping the gold flake as a unifying feature. It is a nice big queen size quilt.

Here is a close up of the flower quilting done by Maria O'haver. I honestly had no idea what the quilting should be like for this one. I've never done an Oriental quilt and I just couldn't picture it. I think these large flowers are the perfect fit!

This is my great pieced back! I couldn't find an Oriental fabric that I liked enough to say, "Hey, I want to look at 7 or 8 yards of that!," and lets face it, backing your quilt can seem super expensive when you know your getting ready to dump a bunch of money into quilting as well! So I pulled out all of my left over Oriental fabric (turns out I had more than I thought) and I got out a sketch pad and starting trying to see how I could make everything fit together. I still have a big pile left over! In the end I love this so much! It's really inspired me to try to piece more backs and get even more creative!

This pieced backing couldn't have come at a better time! When I took this quilt to show it off at one of my guilds on Thursday Gyleen Fitzgerald was our guest speaker. She gave a wonderful (and absolutely hilarious) presentation about quilting in a recession and scrap quilting. She brought with her many quilts that had pieced backings. Some had a few orphan block thrown in, some where blocks of different left over fabrics. She looks at the back as an opportunity to use up fabrics from her stash and save money. After her wonderful presentation I was proud to present my own pieced backing and I even got a thumbs up from Gyleen!

I liked the back so much that I decided to let my foundation pieced flying geese circle live back here!

And another close up of the quilting just because I think it's a little easier to see on the back.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quilt labels on EQ7

I have tried a few different methods of making quilt labels. Non of which I've particularly loved to be honest. Before I had even purchased EQ7, I had watched this video about how to make quilt labels using the program. I finally did it for my two fall quilts.

I did have a few issues along the way. The first being that the YouTube tutorial doesn't explain to you that some of the things they used aren't automatically on your toolbar, (such as the Auto Border function) you have to actually put them there. This was easy enough for me Google and figure out how to do. The next issue is that I printed the labels onto Avery Printable Cotton which says that you can iron on the finished product or sew it on. Since I do us and wash my quilts I would choose to fold my edges under and then sew down my label. This was impossible! You cannot sew through the labels, or at least not my hand anyhow. I wound up having to iron them on which is disappointing because I know the first time I wash them they will be off. I will be asking my guild members if they know a better way on Thursday, but until then this is what I've got. All that considered they are still super cute right?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Foundation Star

Remember when I said that both of the guilds I'm in are doing challenge quilts? We've already seen what I have going for the Baltimore Quilt. The other challenge is the Polka-Dot challenge, and that's whats been taking up the bulk of my time lately with endless, repetitive foundation piecing.

Can you see where I'm going? I have all of these A and B blocks done now and Im moving on the last block, which is traditional piecing and I am glad! I need a break!

Apparently I am very picky about my dots. Un-organized dot patterns freak me out! I like very organized dots. And then I had trouble finding tiny pin point dots. I never imagined it would be so hard to find the perfect dot.

When this quilt is done, it will go into a show with all the other Polka-Dot quilts my fellow guild members make, and then they will all be donated to Project Linus. Points that were a bit off, that I might not have gone back to fix on my own quilt, I went back and fixed. I want it to be perfect for the person who gets it! There is a little extra love and care in this one.