Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Christmas Quilt - Update

Work in progress- After working on the quilt last week I realized that I needed to use plain green cotton fabric because the design began to bend into each other. See the pic below.

In the photo below you can see that I added the plain green fabric and it does make a difference.


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When I started this process I was a bit careless about how I cut the hexagons out. As I worked with the hexagons putting them together I realize that it was important to ensure that the hexagons were cut as accurately as possible. The mistake I made was using a white paper hexagon template on top of four layers of white paper, I was unable to see that I was not cutting accurately. I have cut templates out of manila folders, I checked that each hexagon template was the same size. Now it is going together like a puzzle and I can work on individual section and it will all work out.
Lesson Learned- If you can afford to buy laser cut hexagons- buy it!


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.

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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