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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Another Way to Tie a Quilt - Sheaf Stitch

Here's a nice "Sheath" stitch for tying a quilt. It's basically three parallel lines cinched in the middle and tied with a square knot. (Sometimes a few words are worth a thousand pictures. Haha.) In the photo above, there are two "arms" that have a shadow under them. Those are the tied ends, sticking up a little.

The loose end in the top part of the photo will be part of the square knot (in photos above and below).

In the photo above, you slide the needle under the stitch (so you can gather up the 3 parallel stitches into the square knot).

Above, you're ready to tie the square knot.

Trim the ends and you're done.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

African Quilt Top Finished

This is the quilt top that I started during the recent hurricane. The addition of the navy blue outer border has changed the personality from rather modern to almost preppy. Maybe a cocoa brown border would have preserved the African mood a little better, but navy it is. The backing will be solid royal blue. The binding will be navy blue.
This quilt measures 64" x 76."
I hope to list it in my Etsy shop soon.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Anne's Blue Fan Quilt Top Finished!

Yayy! I just finished my first King Size quilt top! (If you don't think King Size should be capitalized, just try making one; then you'll write it that way too. Haha.) This top measures 96" x 108" (plus a little to compensate for the shrinkage caused by quilting). The bottom photo is missing the outer 10" solid purple border because it wouldn't fit on my design wall. But the first photo shows the finished top.

Did you notice that the outer piano key border (appearing only on the right and left side) is darker than the inner border? That's to draw attention to the center and make the quilt more serene. And I love that little black sawtooth border "holding in" all the fans. Oh, I really like this quilt. And I'm really glad I don't have to quilt it! It will be shipped to Maika in Utah for machine quilting. She says she'll keep it simple because the piecing is so busy, and I agree. She uses a regular sewing machine, not a longarm. I'll show you the finished quilt. 

The outer solid border is Kona's Purple. The backing is Legacy's Purple Crocus. I used a gorgeous package of 22 shades of blues and purples (fat-quarters) called "Purple People Eater," but I held out a few of the "pinkish purples." There are 30+ different fabrics in this quilt! Anne and I decided to use turquoise too. We considered jade, but decided against it. I'm not sure about the binding yet, maybe one of the prominent purples, or black. The batting will be Warm and Natural cotton. 

Apparently I had a lot to say to you about this quilt. Thanks for letting me "talk it out." And thank you for your encouragement about making a large quilt (in the Sept. 22 post: "What's the biggest quilt you'll make?") 

My next commission quilt will be an orange wall quilt that will live in San Francisco. Can't wait!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Food Themed Tile Quilt - BOM

This is Empire Quilters' BOM for October, a food-themed raw-edge applique tile quilt block. These are so much fun to make. Perfect for novelty fabric collectors. With so many quilters contributing blocks, there will be a huge variety of food fabrics. I'll show you all the blocks after the meeting on Oct. 13.

Want too see a Raw-Edge Tile Quilt pattern

Friday, August 17, 2012

New Stash-Buster String Quilt Pattern!

This new quilt pattern is a fantastic combination of Tumbling Blocks, String Quilting, and Liberated Quilt Making! It's a real stash buster too. I love this mixture of retro and modern prints. And did you notice the orange? I haven't used orange in ages, but I'm making up for lost time now! See quilt details here.

I hope you have a very quilty day! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Silk Quilt is Finished!

This silk quilt is a custom order for Thelma in the UK. I just finished it yesterday and it goes in the mail today.   
We had very good communication via email and that helped make the process easy and enjoyable. This quilt measures 48" long x 30" wide. She plans to hang it over a bed. 

I like using shot silks because they look so brilliant in a spotlight or near a lamp. Shot silks are woven with two different color fibers. One color going north-south, and the other color going east-west. Depending on the direction you use them in a quilt, the color will look different. I put them in both directions, of course.

The three panels are machine pieced, not using foundations. I didn't use a stabilizer either. This is silk dupioni, so it's a little stiff, and has small nubby bits in the weave. You can see them in the middle photo. Cutting the silk with pinking shears (zig-zag cut) helps to avoid fraying, which can be a big problem with silk. I have a pinking blade for my rotary cutter too. Yes, my cutting table has lots of silk fuzz on it! Haha.

The triangles were sewn improvisationally, and the colors were arranged with a minimum of agonizing. This makes for a more exciting quilt than when I ponder it too much. This was fun!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sea Urchin Pincushion!

This is my new Sea Urchin! It's a silk pincushion on a round glass dish, topped with 60 pinsies! I love the busyness of the whole thing, like a scrap quilt. This looks awesome in my quilt studio. And when you're on the phone, you can take them out and rearrange them. See this in my Etsy store.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New Tutorial for Pinsies!

Have you noticed the beaded pins that decorate all my pincushions? They're getting pretty crazy, as you can see in the upper right corner. Haha. I've been getting emails asking for info about how to make these little beauties so here's a tutorial complete with supply list, photo instructions, and handy tips. 

Pinsies make nice little gifts to exchange with your quilting buddies too.
Good project to do with kids. 

I do tend to get carried away with projects like this. They are so much fun to make!

I've had beads waiting for a project like this for a long time. 

Thanks for all your comments yesterday about where you get your creative inspiration!! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Nantucket Basket Pincushions With Rocks

Remember the photo I showed you recently while making the Nantucket Basket pincushions? The rock shown was too heavy. I had to go outside and find smaller rocks, but now the pin cushions have a nice weight. The bottom of the basket has a flat wood base so they don't teeter. The decorative pins add a nice touch; these have pearls and hematite beads. I love how this came out!

Visit my growing pincushion collection on Etsy.

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Spiral Pin Cushion Pattern.

This new knitted and needle-felted pin cushion is my latest creation. It's remarkably soft and feels good to squish. It's knitted from Lopi wool from Iceland. The ivory roving is from Martha Stewart Crafts. The button is from La Mode.

Needle-felting is thought to be the oldest fiber craft, even pre-dating spinning and weaving. Basically you tangle wool fibers by stabbing them with a long needle that has barbs along the shaft. It's fun.

If you haven't yet tried needle-felting, take a look at my new pattern for the Spiral Pin Cushion.
 If you can knit, stab, and sew a button, you can do this.

I should call mine "needle cushions." I use my pins so constantly that I don't have time to "cushion" them. Pins go into a pretty vintage soap dish that my sister Eileen gave me. Without a "needle cushion" I'd be walking around with needles and thread stuck in the knee of my pants!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Brand New Selvage Quilt Pattern!

Just finished this today! Here's my new selvage quilt pattern, "Cane Weave!" It's a pdf tutorial so you can get it now via email. Then you can print it if you like. This quilt goes together fast, and it's lots of fun to make. You know you already have all the ingredients in your sewing room! Haha. And more, I'm sure. There's also a Photo Gallery section with lots of interesting selvages to see too. Take a look, I'm really excited about this quilt. It's different from the quilts in the "Quilts from the Selvage Edge" book in construction and appearance.

Come back tomorrow for a really big giveaway! (Hint: Remember the skinny string quilt that we made?)

If you'd spread the word about this pattern on your blog, that would be wonderful. Thanks!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Narrow Stairsteps and YOUR Quilts

This simple block is a good project for new quilters, and it goes together fast. It looks like hedges in a formal garden, doesn't it? Take a look at the book, then leave a comment for the fat quarter giveaway. I hope you're not going "stair-crazy" yet! Haha. I do get a little carried away sometimes.

YOUR QUILTS: Email a photo of your stairstep quilt and I'll feature it here on the Selvage Blog. (Please send it as an attachment.)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Attic Stairs: Scrap-Buster!

"Attic Stairs" is one of the quilt patterns in my new book. It's a no-thinking-required scrap-buster. As you generate scraps from other projects, cut and toss into 2 piles: one dark and one light. Sew pairs, then trim into final size. Before you know it you'll have that gift you've been meaning to make. See the book, and then comment to enter the fat quarter giveaway.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

See My New Book! Fat Quarters Giveaway Starts Today! (4 Winners)

My new book is out today! It features eleven fabulous versions of the Stairstep quilt.
 It's easy enough for new quilters, but it has design options that will tempt experienced quilters too.
I'm really excited about it!

The book is a pdf, so you get it immediately via email. Print it if you like. Take a look. Then come back and leave a comment. You'll be automatically entered in a random drawing for a package of 4 fat quarters by Kaffe Fasset. Four winners will be announced on Sunday Feb. 5.

If you "Favorite" it, tell your friends, or blog about it, etc., please enter 2 comments.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Today on my Design Wall

 This is what I've been playing with this week. I thought it would be faster to make, but it takes time just to cut all the pieces! The row of half-square triangles and some charming novelty prints add interest. It will be a generous twin size when finished. This is one of those sewing-for-fun, no-thinking quilts.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Playtime - Mini Quilt Cabinets

How refreshing it is to stop and play. Especially when you're cleaning. Haha.
I was cleaning my quilt room last night and decided that these cabinets needed to be played with and photographed. Aren't they pretty? I decided to keep them in my Etsy store, but to move them to the back of the store so that the quilts don't get lost. Here they are. Thank you to everyone who offered advice. You're a bunch of smart cookies! Hmmm, speaking of cookies...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Looking for advice...

Originally I was only going to put quilts in my Etsy store, but yesterday I added some silk scarves and some little dollhouse quilt cabinets/desk ornaments. I think it looks festive, but my husband thinks it is a distraction from the quilts (that shoppers won't scroll down to see the quilts). Any thoughts?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Writer's Quilt With Kanji

This is the Writer's Quilt, the latest in my $25 DOLL Quilt series. It measures 14.5" x 17." It has calligraphy, dictionary text, handwriting script, and postage stamps. The main feature is the Kanji writing on the dark taupe background.
Kanji was invented by the Chinese and adopted by the Japanese around the mid 6th century AD. This fragment of text means "pertaining to 3 matters or issues." There is also the number 9. This according to Selvage Blog readers who answered by query. You are all so smart!

I added the little cartoon dogs just for fun, aren't they cute? I'm having fun digging through my stash and making these little collections. Asian quilts are next. Then one featuring food.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Banner Artwork from Poland

Did you know that you can have a custom banner made for your Etsy store for only $9 from Magnesina in Poland? I really like this banner. It's just what I wanted.

I'm adding a big collection of doll/wall quilts to my store priced at $25. My 24 yr-old son saw all the little quilts and said "Oh, quilts for babies' babies." They aren't babyish though; they'd also make nice wall quilts. I cut into my Kaffe fabrics for the most recent batch of little quilts. I love those colors! Have a look; you might want to whip up some for gifts. They're fun to make.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Doll Quilts on Etsy

These quilts are so much fun to make! Fast and easy to quilt too. I want to get a bunch of these little cuties in my Etsy shop asap. I already had these fabrics in my stash. Check out the scissors below. I like this combination of modern and retro fabrics.