Thursday, February 16, 2012

Scrappy Triangles Quilt

On my design a quilt for my Aunt Grier.  I wanted to make her a throw quilt for her solid colored couch to match the chairs in the room.  Below is the fabric on her chairs, I got a sample from Calico Corners.  I used the sample to match a color scheme.  She has no idea I have her chair fabric!  She will be surprised.  

Aunt Grier, Aunt Beth and myself

I have these pictures from Thanksgiving, see the chairs?

I just love this solid gray couch, I am hoping the quilt
will go on the couch. 

She lives on the water in Annapolis Maryland so my thoughts were to make her a Nautical quilt.  I came up with these scrappy triangles because I thought it I could make it look like sails. 

Her backyard view

I have added some rope like embellishments on top of some of the sails.  It is actually shoe laces! 

My backing: 

My threads - my plan is to do some embellishing with this thread and then to hand quilt it.  

Thanks to a tutorial from FITF: scrappy triangles - a nautical quilt.  She did a great job helping me come up with the idea.  Go here to see her tutorial!  

I still have more work to do, but thought I would show you my progress.  Have a great week everyone! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Wool Quilt progress

Sarah's College Graduation Gift

A quilt to remind her of a semester abroad in Mexico.  Below is a picture she took while studying abroad.  It is a window grill.  As soon as I saw this picture, I knew I had to turn it into a quilt.  She has no idea that I am busy trying to complete this by May for her college graduation.  She attends Peace College in Raleigh NC and will be graduating with a Forensic Anthropology Bachelors of Science Degree!  We are so proud of her!   Above is a picture of my progress.  It is on my design wall right now but eventually I want to put it onto a white wool background.

The picture that inspired me.  
Sarah took this picture during her sophomore year
while studying abroad in Mexico.  

Our Sarah

How did I do it?  I took the picture and photoshoped it.  I cut out the color and then sent it to Kinko's and had it blown up to poster size.  Now it's 25" by 44".  See below my template that I use to cut out my quilt pieces.  I decided to make a wool applique quilt, my first.  So hopefully I can do this. 

This is the picture made black and white.

I had two posters printed, just in case.

Traced each separate scroll onto freezer paper and ironed each onto my turquoise wool pieces.  After cutting them out, I glued them in place onto the white wool by using my sliding glass door. I taped the poster onto the sliding glass door on a sunny day and then I taped the white wool on top of the poster.  I  carefully glued each scroll work design onto the while, leaving loose the areas that overlapped each other and pinning the top layer slightly out of the way until the under layer could be appliqued into place.   See below the picture on the sliding glass door, it was my big light box.  

Using a sliding glass door as a light box.
I had to use packing tape to find a tape strong enough to 
hold up my yardage of white wool.

Showing some of my pieces,
cut from freezer paper and used multiple times.

This is the color scheme I was going for, she loves
turquoise and coral!  

turquoise and coral of my colors for this quilt.  

My plan is to use the turquoise dyed felted wool of various fabrics as the wrought iron window grill on a background of cream wool.  Then border with this wonderful coral fabric from Michael Miller's collection Ooh La La and I am using the Spice Palates.  The fabric above will be part of the backing as well. 

See this wonderful print on
Coeur De Fleurs in Coral 

Turquoise wool from Sue Spargo. com

More turquoise wool from quiltingacres on Etsy.

So, I am excited about the progress
and I am
having fun creating!


Saturday, February 4, 2012

February Quilting Class

Allie, Nikole, Jamie and Alice

Fun once again.  Our group was a little smaller this week with only 14 ladies, made up of my fellow nurses that I work with at The Johns Hopkins NICU.  I was very happy to teach again.  This was my second class teaching this group.  I can't believe there are this many who wanted to learn how to sew.  Very happy to share my knowledge and my reward is passing on the love of quilting.  I forgot to pics of show and tell.  Next month, I promise to share their accomplishments.  

Dianne and Alice 

Meg, Eileen and Sue

 Shanny, Nicole and Rebecca

Sarah and her Grandmom!

This week I decided to show everyone how to make my designer trash cans.  We didn't finish so they had to take them home to complete.  

Once again, thanks to Seminole Sampler Quilt Shop in Catonsville, MD for letting us their space at no charge!  The Johns Hopkins NICU nurses appreciate your kindness!


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