Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Quilting Front- The Christmas Quilt and A Scrap Quilt

December 2008 I saw a quilting video by Jackie Wills on You Tube. The video was about a hexagon Christmas quilt. Two months later I bought Using Hexagon in Patchwork by Jackie Wills. This book was self published by the author. I read the book and forgot about it.
Fast forward three years later, a friend gave me a bolt of green fabric with small Christmas designs on it. I decided that I will use the fabric as muslin to test the fit of a TNT blouse/top pattern, and suddenly the more I looked at the fabric the more I started thinking about the holidays. I found the book and as I looked at the black and white diagram for the Christmas quilt, I realise that the diagram of the was not clear and that it would have been very difficult to follow. I went to the author's website and sent her an e-mail inquiring if she had a diagram of the quilt that was easier to follow. She responded quickly and sent me a revised version via pdf file. The revised version was in color- awesome. instructions for this quilt. You follow her tutorial on you tube and follow the diagram.
I want modern holiday colors not the traditional red and green. I choose the pretty green fabric that was given to me, a orange red and I cut out dark red poinsettias from a two Christmas tablecloths I bought 10-years ago for $2.00 eac). The author of the book sent a sample of different size hexagons; I choose a small hexagon because this is a large quilt. I cut out the hexagons out of scrap paper and 2-inch squares of fabrics in each color.
Jackie Wills wrote a second book, taking advantage of computer technology and photos in the book are vibrant and so pretty.

I also bought this book. You can also find her on facebook.

In other quilting news the quilt below I completed the top 4 years ago and last weekend I found 5 yds of corduroy fabric. I washed it and used it as the backing for this scrap quilt. Scraps quilts tell a story, every bit of fabric in that quilt reminds me of a particular time in my life or my children’s’ life. This is not a award winning quilt, it just a scrap quilt to keep your warm on cold fall/winter days.

I hope that when I am no longer on this earth every time my kids see one of these quilts it will remind them of their mom


Jackie's Stitches said...

Both quilts are gorgeous! I know your kids will treasure them both! I haven't tried hexagons yet but they always catch my eye. One day!

Faye Lewis said...

Very nice quilts.

Mariela Alethia said...

Thank you Jackie.

Mariela Alethia said...

Thank you Faye.

Ruta said...

I also like them both. The first one is real eye-catcher. How big this one is going to be?

Mariela Alethia said...

Thank you Ruta. The finished size is 70-inches wide by 60-inches long or 178cm x 153cm.

Lori said...

Very pretty quilts, you are so right they tell such stories.

Mariela Alethia said...

Thank you Lori, quilts do tell a story.

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