August 29, 2014 – Custom Quilts
If you are looking to enhance the design and character of your quilt, custom quilting may be the answer. The center of this Drunkard’s Path quilt was quilted using a floral circle design followed by an outline stitch for each half circle and square point of the Drunkard’s path design. Small straight stitch lines connected the edges of the two small inner borders. The first beige floral border was quilted with swirling floral circles like the center stencil. The dark purple border was quilted using a rolling “r”, with a double “r” design in the corners. (The rolling “r’s” mimicked the Drunkard’s Path piecing.) The middle beige border was quilted with a swirling leaf design, which reflected the floral design of the fabric. The light lavender border was quilted again with the rolling “r” design. The outer blue border was quilted with straight line stitches to the edge every two inches. The borders were separated with lines created from stitching in the ditch. All quilting was done with a purple variegated thread, which enhanced the stitching on the muted gray backing fabric. Polyester batting was used to give the design more loft.
August 6, 2014 – Team Spirit Quilts
With the start of school just around the corner, it’s time to display your team spirit with pride. This quilt was made for someone’s wedding anniversary, who also happens to be a big Nebraska Husker fan. This queen-size quilt was quilted using the overall Shooting Stars© design by Sue Schmieden. These types of quilts make wonderful birthday, anniversary or Christmas gifts. They are also great raffle and/or fundraiser items.
July 22, 2014 – Round up and Fence in Your Stash
If you are looking for an idea to use up some of your fabric stash, you may want to consider a split rail fence design. The quilt shown was pieced using Nancy Mahoney’s “On the Rails” pattern, which can be found in the Winter 2013 edition of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts. The directions for this pattern called for red, white and blue material; however, this quilt utilized assorted stash pieces to give the quilt a more traditional scrappy look. Due to the busyness of the fabrics, the quilt was stitched using red thread with an all-over meander stitch. This pattern is simple, lends itself to a variety of appearances depending on colors used, and can easily be adjusted for additional sizes.
July 8, 2014 – Quilt Groups & Guilds
Quilting bees historically provided women the opportunity to socialize, learn and finish several quilts in a day instead of weeks or months. In isolated regions gathering women in the area together helped overcome the loneliness that so many pioneer women experienced. Other times the goal of a quilting bee was mainly social and beginners were welcomed along with the experienced. During the 1800s in many parts of the country there was a custom that a young girl make a baker’s dozen of quilt tops before she became engaged. This collection consisted of 12 utility quilts and one big quilt for her bridal bed. After her engagement, she would take final steps to turn her tops into finished quilts. Oftentimes, young women would gather to help a bride-to-be finish her quilts before she married. Many other quilts finished during quilting bees were made for grandchildren, newborns, new neighbors, pastors, etc. (more…)
June 30, 2014 – Patriotic Quilts
Individual quilters typically have a color palette they prefer; however, nothing stirs patriotism like a red, white and blue quilt. There are countless patterns available, and these projects lend themselves to various personalized quilting designs. (more…)