Friday, July 17, 2015

Nebraska State Quilt Guild 2015 Challenge Finished Part 2

IMG_4856As promised here is the finished quilt – wall hanging.  It finished at 20” x 17.5”.  I did add some beading and a few buttons too so check that out in the detail photos below.  Some of my quilting lines do a squiggle here and there but I am trying hard not to be such a perfectionist and rip all the imperfections so they stay as first stitched.IMG_4857IMG_4870IMG_4854Can’t wait to see how the other challenge quilts I worked on are finished and the other groups that worked on challenge quilts.  Our annual QuiltNebraska is in about a week  so I don’t have long to wait.

Lynn

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nebraska State Quilt Guild 2015 Challenge Finished Part 1

IMG_2201The Nebraska State Quilt Guild started a challenge in small groups July 2014.  My group had 4 members.  As a reminder here is my block before it went on it’s travels to get it’s borders.  As a reminder here are the challenge rules -It is a round robin challenge with a team of 4-5 quilters of your choice.  Each quilt will start with a 9” finished center block.  You will build around the center block using borders with the following shapes—pinwheels, circles, diamonds, applique, and some embellishment.  The front of the quilt must have at least one of each shape listed but you may use more of these shapes if you wish.  Each quilt cannot exceed 120 total inches around.  It must be quilted, bound and a label sewn on the back.

I blogged about making the challenge block on April 17, 2015 and what it looked like when I got it back in the mail after 3 friends added borders.  I loved it and put it on my flannel board so I could study it and make a plan to finish it.  It was fabulous and I wanted to do right by it with the quilting.IMG_3961I decided it needed a final border around all 4 sides so laid the quilt on the fabric choices.  I do want to point out the angled border on the bottom left hand side.  I liked the look one of the gals did so re-fashioned the top right hand side to have the same angle.  Now it definitely has a light top and darker bottom.IMG_4718Of course fate stepped in and I didn’t have enough of the lighter navy fabric for the two borders (left and top)  Since it is a busy print I decided to just piece it matching the print design.  I pressed under the seam allowance on one side then found it’s perfect match and used Elmers School Glue to run a small line of glue on the seam allowance, matched the fabric, and pressed it to dry the glue.  I could then flip the fabric over and stitch the seam in the crease and know it would match.  I pressed the seam open to make the join less visible. IMG_4723IMG_4722Here is the corner where the pieced border is located.  I have to search and search for the spot and I am the one that pieced it!  The seam is straight down from the large white headed pin….can you see it now?  The seam lines up with the corner so almost looks intentional if you can see it.IMG_5161After the borders were all done and I did a little machine embroidery using the same built in stitches on my machine that I used in my block.  I stitched the flower like one down the navy strip in the green border and circles around the appliqued navy circles on the left.   Next on to quilting!  I want you to notice the vertical lines in the quilt below.  That is not machine quilting but my basting thread.  I used the wash out, water soluble thread from Superior Threads called Vanish.  This is the first time I have tried this technique and really like how it held the quilt together.IMG_4755IMG_4756I used this thread on the top and bottom in my machine and basted the quilt top, batting and backing together using the walking foot.  I did stitch from the center down and from the center out going both ways and had the lines about 1 1/2” apart then flipped the quilt over and again stitched down from the center to the outside on the other half of the quilt.  I lengthened my stitch about to the maximum but didn’t use the basting stitch as that tended to gather it a bit.  I could have stitched lines going the other direction but decided this was enough to hold it securely while I quilted it.  I did remove some of the basting lines if they were in the way of some of my quilting lines but left the rest  and removed it after I had the entire piece quilted.  I just soaked it in cool water until all the thread disappeared then washed gently using Quilt Soap.  I do use my bathtub so the quilt can lay flat during this process.  I rinsed it several times pressing the clean water through the quilt then used a large towel and rolled the quilt and pressed down to remove some water.  I lay it on another clean towel or sheet and block to make it square.  I know this is rather detailed but wanted you to know how I treated the quilted quilt.  Here is  last bit of info. for you  that I feel is very important - I don’t trim and bind the quilt until it is blocked.  Yes the batting stays together during the washing/rinsing and I have found I get a quilt that is more square this way. IMG_2326I used the following threads to quilt my challenge.  As you can see there is a variety of types and brands.IMG_4758Come back tomorrow to see the completed quilt as this post is long enough.

Until Later,
Lynn

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mothers Day Roses

This is a late post but wanted to share photos of the beautiful red roses my husband gave me for mother’s day.  I don’t get flowers very often so these were a surprise and I enjoyed them so much.  They lasted over a week before I had to toss the last one.IMG_4786IMG_4784IMG_4787
Until Later,
Lynn

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Guild Challenge 2014/2015

My local guild challenge this year involved using a printed color pallet generated from photos that the challenge committee selected.  Members had to choose a envelope that contained the color pallet and not open it until they were home to discover what color pallet they had to use.  Each member got a different picture and color pallet and we were to use at least four of the colors in the pallet for our challenge quilt.  We were to make a table runner no smaller than 10” x 20” or larger than 18” x 48”.  The biggest challenge was that we had to have the piece of paper with the printed pallet with our completed challenge at the big reveal in May (not loosing it in the depths of your sewing things) plus we got the challenge in September and trying to keep it all a secret from other members until the May meeting.

I already showed you my challenge a while ago and now here are the rest of the challenge pieces.  They are all fantastic, enjoy.  I did post a photo of mine too, it's the orange, green and brown Mariner's compass table runner. IMG_1804 Verleen Vorderstrasse IMG_1805 Candiss Kirchhoff IMG_1806 Gloria Bernadt IMG_1807 Mary Isernhagen IMG_1809 Kathollene FangmeierIMG_1810 Ann Fraser IMG_1811 Deb Barbur IMG_1812 Margaret Karnatz IMG_1813 Patty Day IMG_1814 Barb Blincow IMG_1815 Charlotte Sell IMG_1816 Joanie Meyer IMG_1817 Phyllis Schoenholz IMG_1818 Lynn Greer IMG_1819 Audrey Trowbridge IMG_1808 Monica Meerkatz
Until Later,
Lynn

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