On this day of families, thankfulness and gathering, I wanted to share a family quilt story with you.
Wowsa, right? This is a quilt top made by my grandmother’s granny. I guess that would be two greats, for me. As the story goes, great-great-granny was a twin back when twin’s names matched. Nora and Dora, cute right? This quilt was made towards the end of her life and we estimate it was in the 40’s or 50’s. It is not too terribly big.
My grandmother, however, likes to tell the story: “Jenni, I have made two quilts, total. And both in one day. Those would be 1/ My First Quilt and 2/ My Last Quilt.” So, turns out quilting skips generations. hahahah. She was glad I was into quilting, though, and passed this along to me.
It is machine pieced and then hand sewn black blanket stitched for applique. I received this top from my grandmother around 2003-2006. I loved it and didn’t want to “mess it up” so I packaged it in plastic, then in a rubber tote, and surrounded by other stored fabric items. Well…. then we moved. Um… 4 or 5 times.
GREAT NEWS- I just re-found the quilt in October. Now that is kinda awesome, too, because my mom’s birthday is in October. As far as family pass-downs go, this should rightfully be hers. Thank goodness I found it and was able to get it to her.
The top is currently with my mom. She’ll be quilting it and finishing up her antique family quilt. Stay tuned. I’m so happy to be able to share this find with you guys.
New Kits are HERE!
I’ve decided to mix up the selection a bit for my Hexagons Made Easy workshops. Happy to announces the Wishes by Sweetwater MODA Fabric Kits are here! Hooray! Hooray! You can grab one right now, over in the shop.
This is what 30 un-assembled kits look like. Oh, bolts are so beautiful. Only thing lovelier might be those pre-cut hexagons.
This is how kit making goes: Fold. Fold. Sort. Count. Fold. Layer. …shoot, where are the baggies…. Oh. Fold. Stuff. Count. Sort.
Like the other fabric kit, which is blues & purples by Art Gallery Fabrics, there is enough fabric in the kit to really mix up the project ideas as well. In the workshop we focus on the technique & brainstorm original design creations. The workshop is loosely based on the project in Hexagons Made Easy: Hexagon Wheel pg 42.
Wanna see fabrics in the pre-cut honeycomb stack? Sweetwater really knows how to make some fun fabrics.
I’ll see you at the next Hexagons Made Easy workshop.
Each year the Quilt Alliance hosts a challenge open to quilters all over the world. The challenge this year was “Inspired By“. You were to use the QuiltIndex.org to find inspiration for your mini quilt. The mini measures 16″ x 16″ when complete.
The Quilt Index is unbelievable, and the amount of work they have put into organizing so many great historical quilt stories needs your support.
“Quilt Alliance (the Alliance for American Quilts) documents, preserves and shares the rich history of quilts and quiltmakers.” -Quilt Alliance
After the annual contest, the Quilt Alliance organizes an Ebay Auction for all of the pieces with 100% of the proceeds going to the preservation of quilt history & documentation.
“The Alliance for American Quilts, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1993, supports and develops projects to document, preserve, and share the history of quilts and quiltmakers. The AAQ brings together groups and individuals from the creative, scholarly and business worlds of quiltmaking to advance the recognition of quilts and their makers in American culture. Visit us at www.AllianceforAmericanQuilts.org.” – Ebay Auction Description Notes
My piece is string and hexagon based. See the whole piece in the Ebay Auction HERE.
My piece is titled Eight Hexagons because there are 4 appliqued hexagons and another 4 hexagons hidden in the quilting design. The quilting lines are all within 1/4″ of one another. It is meticulously crafted with an assortment of fabric strips, or strings, which gives a chaotic interesting composition to this small piece.
Quilt Alliance needs YOUR help in their fundraising efforts. Bid on the many mini’s up for auction. The auction for this week’s quilts expires on Monday, Nov 24th at 9pm Eastern.
Click HERE to see all the 16″ square mini-quilts up for this fundraising effort. Many quilts, artists & design styles are represented. It is definitely worth the click to see the virtual quilt show of designs.
Looking to see many many many quilts & stitched projects on Tuesday, Nov 11th?
Are you in the Arlington TX area?
I’ll be presenting a trunk show featuring projects from Deploy That Fabric, Learn to Sew Easy Curves and Hexagons Made Easy. Swing on by.
I’ll have books, patterns and shirts available at the show.
See you Tuesday!
Meeting information can be found on the Quilter’s Guild of Arlington website.
If you weren’t with the blog a few years ago, you might have missed this Mystery Row Robin Quilt Along organized right here on ReannaLily Designs. It was a summer project in 2011. The mystery is over and all of the row patterns are revealed.
This project was really fun. Each row is authored by a different blogger. So you get Mystery, Rows, Blog Hoppin, and a free quilt pattern all in one event.
It was a really fun. The premise is, at the time, you got the surprise of not knowing what each row design would be. (Like a real Row Robin Quilt) You also got the satisfaction of making the rows yourself, so they would all coordinate and fit together nicely. Each row also had a few options for you to make more blocks-per-row to grow your Row Robin quilt to your own desired size.
See some of the color ways and completed variations & add to the official Rockin Row Robin FLICKR Group.
I gave it a go. This is my entry into the QuiltCon t-shirt contest. I’m not finding the link to the original call for submissions, though I know the contest entries ended Oct 22nd and was open to MQG members.
I decided to go with Sugar Skull or Candy Skull theme. And what better day to share my design than Dias De Los Muertos party weekend? Maybe that’s a south Texas or San Antonio popular party theme, but holy smokes folks here love those Sugar Skulls. Peeps up north are probably not rockin’ the Dias De Los Muertos parties. Since QuiltCon is in Austin for 2015, it seemed like it might work.
My design featured 3-colors, which honestly, may be expensive to produce but man, what if we could use all the QuiltCon colors???
Now that’d be a sa’weet festive party shirt! My guess is it would have to be digitally printed to even have a hope at being affordable. Either way, though, the overall design didn’t get selected. ( I didn’t even submit the multi-color above.) ….BUT then I’m thinking, maybe I can change the words in the skull outline and the teeth, both of which say QuiltCon 2015, to different words & still print the shirt myself. Hum. We shall see.
I’m so excited to share the Text Trapunto Technique with you! This workshop is coming to the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild on January 10th. We’ll be making the Ampersand Quilt Block shown.
Can’t make the workshop? Grab the Text Trapunto Technique pdf over on Craftsy.
We’ll be using regular home sewing machines to create this 15″ square block. An ampersand stencil will be provided, but you can, of course, use any letter/monogram you choose.
I’ve added the alphabet trapunto letters to a few quilts in the past. They seem to go over really well and a few folks have asked how I get the letters to appear “puffed” or “stuffed”. Well, that is the magic of trapunto.
Trapunto, from the Italian for “to quilt,” is a method of quilting that is also called “stuffed technique.” A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto utilizes at least two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface on the quilt.
In the workshop we’ll go over the basics; as well as, talk about other ways to incorporate text into quilting. Unlike the definition above, we will not be making any cuts/slits into the fabric to actually stuff or pad. We WILL be trying out Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) designs and sharing tips for which styles work best with the puffed-letter-look.
If you’d like to grab the trapunto technique directions for yourself, you can find them over on Craftsy.
If you’d like the Text Trapunto workshop to visit your guild or shop, read more over on the ReannaLily Designs Lectures & Workshops page.
Have you seen this Celestial Star pattern by From Blank Pages, Diane Bohn? It is amazing. It is so versatile and the block finishes at 24″. THAT’S HUGE! After seeing all the different variations all over instagram, #celestialstarqal, I had to try it. Proud to say the block is made mostly from background scraps and color scraps from the Monster Madness quilt.
The hardest thing about the pattern is planning your colors, but Diane provides a coloring page so you can plan before you cut. Neat, right?
It is a pretty straight-forward paper piecing quilt project.
I decided early on that I wouldn’t stress out about the colors. I figured if I made each of the 3 sections identical, the block would turn out just fine. So then the paper piecing really got under way.
The light is really the best part of the paper piecing. Just hold it up, and you can see the seam allowances. No problemo. Unfortunately, I’m still not very good at the whole paper piecing. Thinking asymmetrically is NOT my jam. So there was alot of this…
And to coin a phrase my friend Sarah J says – I had loads of Bonus Seams. You know, when you stitch your piece and you flip it over…. and then you realize it was asymmetrical and you are now missing just about an inch of fabric to cover up the paper. Le’Sigh. (Side note: Run on sentences ARE my jam.)
So now that’s settled, I could trim up my pieces. They look so lovely and so accurate. Thank you, Paper Piecing! I used a tiny bit of stick glue to hold the points to the paper. Smart move.
Now to try to see how my whole “just make each section identical” plan is working. Yeah… not so good. I was on pace to have an awkward amount of orange and some seriously stray green center points. So, brace yourself, I ended up ripping out some of the orange square and re-stitching them. I used the seam ripper more on this project than I have in the past month.
Ok, I think my new plan will come together. Phew that is a LOAD of paper. It is pretty great. There’s tutorials online about “spinning” the middle intersection so the center seams don’t get too bulky.
Yeah, I wasn’t too good with that “spinning” method. I did not do that well at all. I’d say the middle constitutes a tiny disaster.
I was so happy to have my block all done. I pressed it and smoothed it out and stared at it and put it on the design wall and took a picture and everything…..
Then I remembered it still had all that dang paper in the back. Lordy Pete. All that work and fabulousness, and bonus seams and seam ripping and I STILL HAVE TO RIP OUT THAT STUPID PAPER.
So… paper piecing is not my favorite, but Diane’s block is pretty amazing.
Now, the giant block will live in the UFO box until I decide on how I’m going to make this the center medallion in a round robin style quilt. You know the kind, where each border has a different theme/motif/pattern. Anyway, more on that later.
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