Friday, March 14, 2014

"Blossom" Quilt Top

This quilt is going to be one of my favorites.  The two tones is very beautiful, I think.  It is called "Blossom" from the Fig Tree Quilts pattern.  The fabrics are Bella Cottons by Moda.  When I started this top I thought it was never going to go together without a lot of ripping and resewing due to the intersections with the triangles.  But it was a breeze ... wonderful pattern designer!  Thanks, Joanna Figueroa!  Your book "With Fabric & Thread" is totally great and this pattern in particular!

Here's the whole quilt ... it's a 75" square, so my hubby can't reach far enough to show it all.

Here another view of it:

And here's a close-up of one block.  Cute, huh?

Now I have to get it quilted and then bind it to make it truly beautiful!

On to the next one.....

Quilts Sew Shabby

Monday, March 3, 2014

"Daydream" Quilt Top Finished

I just finished another quilt top.  It's called "Daydream" and was designed by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.  The colors are fantastic ... so bright and fun!  It measures 85" wide by 86 1/2" long.  For some reason or other I have been liking the more colorful fabrics, so I'm making a couple of quilts that I may not like later simply because they are not my normal taste.

Here is the quilt top:
 This one shows two of the outer borders.  The two side borders are two different purple fabrics and the top and bottom are two different aqua fabrics.  Rather unusual and I don't really like it done this way.

This is a close up of one block.  They are all different.

Another detailed view.

I really loved the super bright pink and orange colors!

A final single block.

How do you like the new bright bright colors?

Have a great evening,

Quilts Sew Shabby

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tomorrow's Promise - New Lap Quilt Top

I have been working on six quilts at the same time!  I have never before tried to work on more than one at a time, but for some strange reason I am doing it now.  When I start one and get into a tight spot or just get bored with it, I start working on another one and continue in this vein until I finally finish at least one.  Here is that one:

This is a lap robe (or quilt) that measures 62 1/2" wide by 84" long.  The name of the quilt is called by the name of the fabric collection name ... Tomorrow's Promise.  Fabric is from Maywood Studio Fabric, designed by Marti Mitchell.

This is a close up for you to really see the beautiful border fabric.

Marti Mitchell is a very well respected pattern designer who has created several block of the month projects.  I bought her pattern "Bordered Rows" that is a very beautiful block of the month sampler quilt.  The problems I had with the pattern are many.  Number one, she created the pattern specifically to be used with her templates, Set L and M.  The templates are for sale separately, but you are not supposed to really need them in order to make the quilt because she has provided black and white drawings of the templates in the pattern book.  I didn't buy the templates because it is against my principles to be forced to buy additional aids just because someone wants to make additional money off them.  These two templates cost $20/each.

I copied the paper templates onto heavy cardstock and thought I would be ok.  Not so.  The pattern tells you how big a strip of fabric you need and then you have to rely on the templates to let you know the actual size of each (they are on 16th and32nd's) ...what is wrong with this woman????  There is no mention of actual cutting sizes, just a reference to the template.  You are constantly going back and forth page to page to try to make sense out of it, all to no avail. 

The pattern book has only two color pictures ... the cover photo of the completed quilt top and a page with all 12 of the blocks on it.  Sounds nice, huh?  But, the pages with each block's specific details shows only a black and white photo of that block...totally unhelpful.  Even the fabric keys are in black and white only ... now what help is that???

Needless to say, I don't like this particular quilt designer's methods and will NEVER purchase another one by her!

Ok ... now I got that off my chest, I feel much better!  I hope you are having a better time with your quilting.

Quilts Sew Shabby
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