Quilt tops


My kid’s stuff branch “Sweet Potato’s Baby Boutique” has been busy this winter with baby quilts. These were custom ordered and designed, constructed and longarm quilted by me. I really had fun coming up with designs and fabric choices.
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This last one was a pattern I found on “about.com” called “In the Pinks”. It was easy to put together and came out beautifully.

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I finally found the time to check in and realized this winter has been so busy – I hadn’t written since October!

After the military quilt, I took a class on paper piecing and made Judy Niemeyer’s Desert Sky quilt. I quilted it and added bling. It was so much fun, I would encourage anyone to take a class. If you’re in Fort Worth contact me and we can set up a class.

I enjoyed it so much that I have several more additional paper pieced designs made too. Two Christmas pillows and a table runner, a table runner from the Desert Sky pattern. I have more in que for future projects.

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I just completed a quilt honoring a Viet Nam veteran. It was a privilege to make this quilt and I had some research to do to get it right.

 

He received the quilt this week and this is what he said: ” Just received it. I am blown away, far better than I ever expected. Thanks for the card, I know you put a lot of Love into it, believe me it shows. We have got to get together sometime for sure. Take care ”

That veteran is my uncle. He was in Viet Nam when I was a kid. Every night I would watch the news to make sure he was ok and then pray he would be okay the next night. Somehow I thought Walter Cronkite would tell is if something happened to him. Childhood innocence, I guess.

Anyway it makes me smile to know I could honor him and give a piece of my heart to him in this way.

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The statue of liberty was made from a photo I took. It was appliqued.

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The boots, rifle and helmet were drawn on fabric, and the soldiers and helos were painted and embroidered.

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A quilt label was embroidered for the back commemorating the quilt and the date of construction.

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This section is a panel I quilted with an additional layer of batting to emphasize the eagle and the waves in the flag. There is an embroidered label on this portion that commemorates the years and locations off service.

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Overall views of the left and right sides of the quilt. I arranged this layout so that the quilt can be displayed across the foot of a bed or across the back of a couch. When you commission a custom quilt, you can request a vertical or horizontal set-up depending on how you want to display it in your home.

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I quilted this lovely batik for Jennifer. She used the “Around the World” pattern and I love her chosen batiks in this beauty!

This is a baby girl’s quilt, so she wanted the quilting done in a heart design. We selected pink thread and it turned out just perfect!

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I was asked to take a Dr. Seuss fabric and make an all-over quilting design, then bind for a baby shower gift.

First I had to prepare the back because the front and back are really the same fabric. They are the same width.

First I removed the selvedges. This is easiest done by cutting a notch parallel to the selvedge and right next to it. Then rip the fabric. It should tear in a straight line right along the selvedge (that thicker woven part that on one side often has the fabric maker’s name, copyright information and color dots on it). There is a selvedge on both sides.


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The next thing I did was create 4″ strips to sew on the sides. I cut the back 8″ longer than the front and stitched the sides on.

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In this photo you can see the 4″ strip against the roll bar of the longarm. I am able to put the batting up against that seam and can get the machine head right to the edge to quilt.

When I got home (my apartment is smoke free and pet free, by the way) I attatched binding to the edges. See quilted fabric below.


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 The blue swatch above is actually NOT quilt binding. It is bias tape. This can be used as a binding, but the polyester batting in this quilt is thicker than the available width of the bias tape. This narrowness makes it more difficult to work with. Quilt binding is double folded and wider. It will be labeled “Quilt Binding” on the package. I can also create binding for either hand or machine application.

The customer had a brilliant idea! She asked me to cut 8″ off the quilt, cut the strip in half and bind the pieces to make burp rags. They worked out beautifully as you can see.

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My cousin Sabrena asked me to make an art quilt for her. What she meant was, she wanted me to make a quilt featuring her children’s art. Her four children are all artists and she wanted their art work to comprise a quilt.

I decided to use printable fabric and copied their art work onto the fabric and then formed the pieces into a quilt. She received the new quilt over the July 4th weekend. This is what she said:  “Omg! I got the most gorgeous piece of artwork… today! The pictures looked amazing, the extra details are incredible, the signature corner precious!!! What else can I say I am just so impressed by how you turned my kids artwork into another piece of art. I love it soooooooo much!!!! Thank you!”

This quilt was both enjoyable and challenging. I quilted it on the longarm, leaving the faces open so that the quilting did not distract from the expressions. I was really pleased that she liked it and hope she enjoys it for years to come!

Do you have quilt blocks or a quilt top in your closet? It might look like this…

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This mysterious package was found in an elderly lady’s closet. It was passed down to her nephew, and he didn’t really know what to do with it. That is how I ended up with it.

I took the package to a quilt shop and had them look at the pieces. I knew it was a set of Dresden Plate quilt blocks, but not much more than that. It turns out that the pieces are fabrics from the 1930s and they are quite lovely.

I will be placing each block on a muslin background like this:

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The muslin is actually a square, but it is mounted in a hoop while I hand stitch it in place.

 

Once the Dresden Plate piece is firmly secured all the way around, the block will have borders placed on two sides. The borders are called sashing. When I have a row of four blocks all attached, I will create a second row. Each row will have sashing across the entire row. I will then join the rows to form a quilt top that is 4 blocks wide and 5 blocks long.

I will keep you posted as the project grows. When the top is complete I will layer the batting and backing and quilt three layers together.

Keep your eyes open – you may find such a treasure in your closet or the closet of a relative one of these days. You can learn to convert pieces like this into a quilt or you can have someone make a quilt for you. Either way, don’t lose out on the chance to preserve someone’s hard work and enjoy a “new” heirloom of your very own.

Don’t forget – If you’re in Fort Worth – I teach quilting. I also have smooth-sewing vintage sewing machines available at very reasonable prices. Prices start at $40. If you aren’t into sewing yourself, I can take your closet find and turn it into a quilt for you. You just can’t have too many family heirloom quilts!