I wanted to keep this one

More Birthday Blocks.  Okay, I know I’ve said “I love this one!” about half of these birthday blocks, but I really love this one.  To be honest, I almost kept it for myself.  Almost.

gael 3This little Dresden flower is soooo cute!!  I just love his adorable little petals, and how he seems to be happily bobbing in the soft twilight breeze.

gael 4 I wanted to do something with a miniature Dresden Plate, and this whimsical flower is my own design.  The petals were machine-sewed together, then everything was hand appliqued to the background.

A pineapple variation was its other half.

gael 2Meh.  I think this block looks better as part of a quilt.  Like this:

pineapple in quiltBack to the birthday blocks…..  they are quite different, aren’t they?  Ha.

gael 1They went all the way to Australia and are home now.

Sniff.

I’ll miss the sweet little dancing Dresden.

Definitely have to make another one, just for myself.

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Peggi, your blocks always amaze and inspire me. And if you ever make another one of those dresden flowers, feel free to make an extra and send it my way — I absolutely love it!!!

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Dresden Plate Finished – Finally!

Finally have a finished quilt to show. This Dresden Plate has been a year in the making. And was made with lots of love.

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I started it last May. Designed the top on EQ7 – my first design! Well, maybe it’s not an “original” block, but I designed the pattern myself! Finished the top and put it on the frame in August. I started quilting it, then everything came to a crashing halt while mom was going through her final days with cancer. I went through a dry spell when I just couldn’t quilt at all after she passed. Thanks to Peggi’s encouragement I finally got rolling again in March.

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I’m calling it my “survival quilt”. If it weren’t for this quilt, I probably would still be waiting to get my mojo back again. I can see, even if it’s only subtle, the difference in the second half of the quilting – the “before” and “after” effects when mom passed. The fairly smooth quilting before mom passed, the shaky, hesitant and uneven-ness of it all after. But to look at it as a whole, the quilting looks pretty good!
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Obviously, the label was attached to the wrong side! I firmly believe my mom did that.

This quilt will be going to my sister-in-law, Dorene, who was with us every step of the way during mom’s bout with cancer. She helped keep us all together, cooked, cleaned, stayed with mom and sat with us during her final hours. I know she’ll appreciate the mistakes and imperfections I’ve made, and will cherish it. It’s a traditional pattern, and I see Dorene as a “traditional” mother, who is very close to her children and raised them in a very traditional way.

She’s getting a very, very special quilt.

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Wow, that quilt is SO pretty!!  I’m glad you were able to finish it.   I didn’t know there was a right and a wrong side for quilt labels – I just stick mine where ever.  Oh well.

I hope Dorene enjoys it!

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Dresden Plate finished

Finally have a finished quilt to show. This Dresden Plate has been a year in the making.
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I started it last May. Designed the top on EQ7 – my first design! Well, maybe it’s not and “original” block or design, but I did it myself! Finished the top and put it on the frame in August. I started quilting it, then stopped while mom was going through her final days with cancer. Went through a dry spell when I just couldn’t quilt at all after she passed. Thanks to Peggi’s encouragement I finally got rolling again in March.

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I’m calling it my “survival quilt”. If it weren’t for this quilt, I probably would still be waiting to get my mojo back again. I can see, even if it’s only subtle, the difference in the second half of the quilting – the “before” and “after” effects when mom passed. The fairly smooth quilting before, the shaky, hesitant and uneven-ness of it all. But to look at it as a whole, the quilting looks pretty good!
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Obviously, the label was attached to the wrong side! I firmly believe my mom did that. She was always a little “off”!!

This quilt will be going to my sister-in-law, Dorene, who was with us every step of the way during mom’s bout with cancer. She helped keep us all together, cooked, cleaned, stayed with mom and sat with us during her final hours. I know she’ll appreciate the mistakes and imperfections I’ve made, and will cherish it.
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She’s getting a very , very special quilt.

Bias Binding Debacle

I hate all things bias. Totally suck at it. But my Dresden Plate quilt needs bias binding as the border will be done in a “wavy” style.
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So when I found these directions I thought to myself, “Hey self, you only sew on the STRAIGHT of grain to make this. You can do this!”. Bought two yards of purple solid fabric a couple of weeks ago to use. Pulled it out. Followed the directions exactly. Turned out great!! However, I failed to read the “yardage requirements” (read: lazy) and now have over 40 yards of pretty purple binding!!

Guess I’d better get to work on some purple quilts……..

Quilting along….

Well, I got started yesterday quilting the Dresden Plate. While I may use feathers in the border, I’m trying my best to stay away from them. I like feathers, but I’m getting bored with them. I’d like to make the quilting a bit more “contemporary” while keeping with the traditional look of the quilt.

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This the the pattern I think I’m going to use in the triangles. I practice my quilting on a whiteboard before I ever put needle to cloth. It’s easier to erase my mistakes on the whiteboard than to frog them out of the fabric. I think it looks fun and breezy.

I plan on working on it again today, in between helping DH cut the grass and doing laundry. I like to listen to music on the iPod while I quilt. The new favorite? Smoke and Mirrors by Lifehouse. The beat to every song is perfect for quilting! Not too fast, not too slow.  I was listening to The Monkee’s Greatest Hits yesterday (for those under 45, you spring chickens may have to Google them), and they are now off the quilting list. I just had to stop quilting so I could dance. At least once a song. I’ll never get this quilt done if I keep that up.

PS: I absolutely SUCK at circles.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!   I can’t wait to see the entire quilt once it’s done!  That’s it – I’m sending you my stack of unquilted tops.  🙂  wpid-small-sig-2010-09-5-08-25.png

I love EQ!

Remember my dilemma in my last post about how to make the wave border? I figured it out. I had forgotten that I had created my quilt in EQ (that’s what I get for procrastinating!). Here’s my EQ design:

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Looks pretty darn close to my actual quilt, doesn’t it? Well, lookie there – I had already designed the border I wanted on EQ! So I printed out the blocks, taped them together and -voila! – a border template. With a PERFECT fit! No math to do, no measurements to take.  How can you not love this program?! I would have never thought to use EQ to design unique borders, but I’ll be doing it more often, I’m sure of that 🙂

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I penciled in the border, so I’ll baste along that line and use it as my cutting line when I trim it up.

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It’s on the frame now. This is the first time I’ve ever tried floating the quilt. Usually I put the quilt top on both bars. It’s time to step out of the comfort zone!

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Now if I could only figure out what kind of quilting to do on this thing. I’m not one of those people that the quilt “talks” to them and they just know what quilting to do. Nope. I swear that whenever I put a quilt on the frame I completely forget every pattern I know. Blank as a school chalkboard in summer. Nothing. Nada. I have to cruise the web until I see a design and say “Hey! I know how to do that!” and I’ve got my design. I’m so original.

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How do I create this border?

I’m trying to add this type of border:

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on my Dresden Plate quilt:

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and I’m not having any luck at all. I can’t figure out how to measure it out. I’d Google it, but I can’t even figure out what the heck this type of border is called. I know it’s not a scallop. It looks more like rick-rack. It seems if I measure it out the hills going towards the quilt are bigger than the ones facing outwards. Does that make any sense??

My goal this year is to try and learn at least one new thing with every quilt I make. The Dresden Plate quilt would look great with this border. I’ve tried on three sides now and can’t seem to get it even. If someone can just give me a name I can research it myself. I’m sending out the SOS – HELP!!

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Groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon

At least I was trying to get my groove on! I’ve got too many irons in the fire and decided to finish up some old projects before I start anew. First up – getting the Dresden Plate quilt on the frame.

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I’ve only had the top done for about 4 months now! It’s about time to get it on the frame.

Peggi and I had talked about using sheets for backings a while back. I decided since I wanted a white backing on this I’d try a sheet this time. Peggi sent me a sweet sheet from Ikea a while back, but it’s just a bit too short so I loaded a 100% cotton sheet from Target on the frame. Went to put the batting on, and – dangnabbit – I bought a twin instead of a full! It’s a good 4 inches too short, and I don’t have any other white batting that I can supplement. Oh well. That’s a project for next weekend.

Instead I decided to sit and read some quilt books. So that’s my Sunday. Sitting on the porch (that’s in that picture up there) with a tall iced tea with a stack of quilt books. I can’t think of a better way to end the weekend!

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Dresden Plate in EQ

So, here’s the pattern I decided on for my Dresden Plate. A big shout-out to Peggi for helping me figure out the sashing block. She rocks on this program! Connecting Threads has this fabric on clearance and I’m thinking I’ll need more for all those sashing blocks so I’ve ordered 1/2 yard of 12 different ones. It was only $1.48/half yard!

So, what do you think?:

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I’d really like a scalloped border for this quilt, but haven’t figured out how to do that in EQ yet. I’ll have to work on that. I think a scalloped border would soften the sharp edges of the plates and look very nice. But I’ll stick with this one for now!

LOL – I’ll probably be kicking myself because I won’t be able to find more of the purple fabric I used for the centers of plates. I’d like to use it in the border too.

Now if I could only get the poltergeist out of my sewing machine. I’ve got a Janome MC 10001. Last night I was sewing the plates onto the backgrounds. When I took my foot off the pedal the machine would stop for a second then start running again! I had to tap the foot pedal several times before it would stop. Not conducive to accurate sewing of points, is it? My DH is going to take the foot pedal into work and see if he can open it and clean off the contacts. I don’t know why they’d be dirty, the unit is completely sealed, but who knows. If nothing else it will be going to the shop for repair. Or to a priest for exorcism.

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I really like that! It’s so pretty – originally I thought you were going to do applique around the border, but maybe your applique fingers are worn out after the 9-patch/hourglass experience. Exorcism – rofl! Too bad you don’t live closer – I have a machine or two that I’ve recently acquired, you could use one as a loaner!
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30 plates done!

Yay! I ended up using some purple Patrick Lose marbled fabric I had left over from baby bedding I made for one of the girls in the Girl’s Club a couple of years ago for the plate centers. Matched beautifully!

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The pattern I had originally planned to do may be thrown by the wayside. I just created another pattern in EQ6 that has the blocks on-point, which means I use only 18 of the plates, leaving me 12 more for something else (maybe that tablerunner at Moda Bakeshop!). Peggi’s helping me figure some things out on EQ (thank goodness!), so as soon as I get a drawing done I’ll post it. I’ve got to start using EQ more – it’s amazing how quickly you forget how do things if you don’t practice!

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