Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My Two Big Finishes

When my computer was unusable, I download pics from my card to another computer in the house. I will figure out how go get them back here, where they belong. They were my quilting-in-progress on this quilt.

I am curious about you other quilters. How do you decide to make a quilt? I usually see a picture of one and want to make one similar. Often it is years before I actually cut the first piece for said quilt. Sometimes (in this case), I see a fabric I LOVE and want to use it.

The fabric used for the "sashing" between the pieced rows here is an ancient Thimbleberries print. Naturally it had been out of print for years before I intended to use it. Thanks to the modern-day miracle called eBay, I found a two-yard long piece. I wanted to use every inch I could. The stripes are 72" long, and then I added the last two strips of the stripe at the top and bottom.

This was one of my early leader/ender projects as well. I had a box of 2" squares next to my machine that I would use as L/E. I chose only colors that matched the stripes.

I wanted to share some previous posts about this quilt. I only found one. It was the beginning of my machine quilting that went wrong. So I guess I started piecing this pre-2007.

I machine quilted the pieced sections with "peacock feathers" and meandered the rest. While this did not turn out exactly as I anticipated, I still like it very much.

Here is a close-up taken outside. There are little tan birdes, blue flowers, and raspberries in the strip.

Then there is my Grass is Always Greener quilt. This is backed with a luxurious, soft, light green flannel. The 4-patches in cream triangles are hand-quilted. The rest of the quilt is machine quilted with green thread. See my story about this quilt here.

Both these quilts are about 60" wide by 80" long. Nice throw sizes.
Take a nap now.
~Joan



3 comments:

Sew Unique Creations said...

Love them both! I want your porch swing - reminds me of the swing my Grandma had!

Leeanne said...

Just lovely! Love all those 2" squares.

Amy said...

Pretty! Love the colors.