Sunday, May 1, 2011

Finishes! Finally!

This weekend, I checked some things off my list!

I revisited the Quilt of Frustration and now it is the Quilt of Snugly Goodness:

Before washing:
After washing:
I am really pleased at how it turned out. My goal was to practice machine quilting with the walking foot. I did get some practice using the foot, but didn't really practice quilting patterns. I have another idea that will allow me to practice on another project.

I also finished a pin cushion project that I started a few weeks ago. The one that I had been using was about 30 or 35 years old and quite dirty. My mom stitched it up from some scrap wool and stuffed it with hair clippings collected for her by the beauty shop. It had a halo of hair sticking out all around it and was pretty tacky. I didn't really notice how tacky it was, until I took it with me to a quilt guild meeting and saw it in another 'setting'.

So, I decided to make one from some wool that I picked up at an estate sale. One of these days I am going to do an embroidered wool quilt, so I thought I would try my hand with a small project.

I decided on kind of a sampler design, but I didn't think my usual method of hot iron transfer would net a good result, so I basted in some guide stitches and kind of went free hand, but with a guide.

You can see the light tan basting stitches in this photo.
I outlined a square in pencil, then made marks outside those lines at intervals and ran basting thread all around and connected the intermediate lines.

This was my pattern guide.
After I finished the embroidery, I quilted it with some batting and a lining for stability and stitched it up. I stuffed it with batting and fabric scraps, but it just didn't have the same 'grab' that I was used to, so I opened it back up and pulled the stuffing out and replaced it with some wool roving. The roving was just the ticket and now I have a new favorite pin cushion!

Plus, I learned a new stitch, the Colonial Knot. I don't think I will ever need to do another French Knot, again!

I also finished a Christmas gift - unfortunately, it was a 2010 gift, that is now horribly late, but better late than never, I think! And, I finished up a couple of pillow case dresses that I hope are the right size for two little girls that live near the mountains.

All that, just so I could get started on the blocks for a challenge that we kicked off at the last meeting of the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild. We handed out charm packs at the meeting (generously provided by the Robert Kaufman Fabric Company) with the challenge to use every color in the pack (41 different ones) and only add two additional solid colors in whatever quantity required.

I have been searching for some inspiration for the last few weeks and finally decided on a design. I Sketched it out on some graph paper and made four blocks today. I was pleased and a little surprised that they turned out pretty much as I envisioned them. I am going to set a goal to get at least eight blocks done each weekend in order to stay on track for our July 'reveal'.

I feel good about wrapping up some loose ends today! Not as good as the President probably feels about finding Osama Bin Laden, but pretty good, just the same....


Zany Quilter said...

Nice work on the rag quilt. I can see where it would be challenging since the blocks were all pieced! Ack. And I love the pin cushion--we should all have nice, pretty sewing accessories. Awesome!

Gaynell said...

Lovely pin cushion! I still have some with "hair" stuffing. Mom used to swear by it. I think pins are perhaps made of another metal now and the hair is not so effective.

Martha said...

Congrats on finishing your rag quilt -- it looks really cute and snugly.

I really like the pincushion too. I have never heard of using hair for the stuffing -- I like your idea of using the wool roving.

Allie said...

Perfect name for that beautiful quilt, it does look so snugly! I LOVE your pincushion - now I'm going to have to google the Colonial Knot. I like how you made the guide lines by basting. Good idea! You have been incredibly busy, Jan!

Iron Needles said...

Whose that behind the quilt? Guessing minds...guess...

You have out-pincushioned me. My new one is just a 2nd generation blue wool stuffed with hair, but at least I know who's head it's off of.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Oh, ha ha! I love how it morphed into the Quilt of Snugly Goodness! You are quite the crafter, Jan. Very cool.

Mrs. G. said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. So springy!