Monday, October 26, 2015

Quilting Makes the Quilt

I am what is called a "Topper." That means that I love piecing and sewing quilt tops. I get the greatest pleasure from taking a pile of fabrics to cut up pieces of fabric to blocks to quilt tops. Then I move on to the next group of fabrics. I have a closet full of quilt tops! Many/most are from the classes I teach. Or just experiments. I love to experiment with fabric. Many ideas stop at just a pile of blocks.

But when it's time to give a gift of a quilt, I realize that a quilt top just won't do it! So, I have to get them quilted or - gasp! - quilt them myself! The Handi Quilter Sweet 16 has REALLY helped me in the past few months finish quite a few of my tops. I've given several away and have several waiting for the next time a call goes out for local charity requests.

Here's what I worked on yesterday afternoon:

Cookie Cutter Hearts, tutorial and free pattern
The Cookie Cutter Hearts was a tutorial and free pattern in partnership with Benartex Fabrics a few months ago. This hearts pattern has gotten a lot of mileage in the past 13+ years!

A few other quilt finishes in the past few weeks:

Storybook Butterflies, quilted in August
Storm at Sea, waiting to be picked up as a pattern
I quilted several small quilts that will go for babies locally. These were class samples that I was able to increase to a decent size with some borders:

Ring of Hearts
Ring of Hearts was the center of a table runner. The side borders were added to make it square and usable for a small child.

Throw Your Hearts to the Wind
Same center size, only now the hearts are scattered randomly. Raw edge applique. Side borders added all around. I don't think a baby will mind the craziness of the borders, do you? And one more quilt using those applique hearts:

Bright, Happy Hearts on Black
Same center square (20" x 20"), but now the hearts are in four groups and appliqued to a black background. I'm so glad these are not table runners. How many table runners do I need anyway? I turned them into small baby quilts that will be enjoyed! And to be able to finish them with a craft sized batting from Warm and Natural and quickly quilt them on my Handi Quilter was very doable.

I am so enjoying turning all these unfinished quilt tops into usable quilts. I am glad they will get to live in loving homes with little babies and small children. Oh, you didn't know? I DON'T make bed sized quilts! Lap size is the largest I quilt. If it's a bed sized quilt I send it out to a professional longarmer!


10 comments:

  1. Can;t go wrong with hearts on a project for sure. I would love a long arm, but for now I use my home machine and anything big goes off to my favorite longarmer.

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  2. some lovely quilts here, I too have a pile of flimsies so have stopped making for now as there is no way I am able to quilt them I so need to learn how to quilt on the machine not getting on very well yet!

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  3. Hey there lady ! You have some great finishes ! We have something in common.....I too only go up to lap size to quilt....bigger than that, it's like wrestling an alligator !

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  4. Anyone is just beautiful.Love them all!

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  5. What a lovely collection of "Completed" quilts. Love each and every one of them.

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  6. It is great when you can get so many finished into quilts. They will be much more comfortable than just the top!!!!! ;-)

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  7. Hearts are a great pattern for baby quilts. How wonderful that your Sweet 16 is helping out so much!

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  8. So many cute tops to make, so little time! Like you, I had quite the collection of tops from my machine play living in a laundry basket in the closet! Learning to FMQ has really reduced that pile. Your tops are all sweet. I see a couple that I'd like to experiment with!

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  9. I love the hearts! I try to limit myself to 3 projects in progress at a time. I took your class on machine quilting and love it. Hand quilting takes a bunch more time. Now I quilt both hand and machine depending on the project. I hope to get a sweet 16 some day. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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