As many of you know I love making whole cloth quilts and then painting them. Sometimes I find a design digitized for my Statler that I can whip out and then wile away the hours painting it. Not a time saver but so fun for me. This project is from Christy Dillion of My Creative Stitches. I hope to find the time to make a few more for gifts.
The first picture is of the back to see what it looked like before painting.
This is what it looks like before painting.
This is the completed project with Derwent Inktense Pencils and Caran d’Ache watercolor pastels. I use a fabric medium mixed with water about 50/50 to blend the paints. On this project, I also used cream colored cotton Sateen instead of white. The colored sateen did change the paint colors a bit but I prefer the warmer tones of the fabric, white can be so glaring. With luck, I will get the binding on this weekend.
A detail shot of the center pumpkin. Love it!
Detail of the center pumpkin
These United State counted cross stitch blocks were made by Sue Ann as a memory of her travels which I put into a quilt for her. Hand needlework has never been my strong point but I sure do admire what others do and was thrilled to make this quilt for Sue Ann.
For those of you that may be interested in turning your counted cross stitch blocks into a quilt, this is what I learned about working with Aida cloth. First off it is relatively stiff especially alongside quilting cottons. This worked to my advantage as the Aida cloth did not move on me as I was applying the sashing. It became problematic as I sewed the rows together. The stiffness made it difficult to line up each row and secondly, it became heavy. The solution was lots of pins and taking my time to ensure each block was lined up properly. Overall I wouldn’t hesitate to do this again and recommend that you try it if you have many cross stitch blocks that are being neglected.
One of my favorite states because I love the motto
The quilting was kept simple, cross hatching through the blocks in very thin thread, swirls through the sashing and around the continental United States applique to represent water. Echoed wavy lines in the borders for “amber waves of grain”, a star in each corner. The applique center is quilted with words: Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. The top border says America the Beautiful the bottom border, from sea to shining sea.
Thank you, Sue Ann, for letting me be a part of your quilt.
I am cross hatching quilting across counted cross stitch blocks for a customer. This is what I came up with to avoid marking. Thank goodness for painters tape.
Spent a long weekend at the Oregon coast with 11 other quilters. We got lucky and had great weather except for one morning and that cleared up in no time. Here is the view from the living area of the house we rented in Lincoln City.
Nothing like 12 quilters in the same house. Sewing machines everywhere. Cutting matts, irons, fabric, patterns and books and in this case…paint.
I was asked to show everyone how I paint my whole cloth quilts so I brought all my Derwent Inktense pencils and Caran d’Ache Neocolor 2 watercolor pastels. These products are relatively easy to use and a lot like using crayons, a craft you mastered a long time ago. Once blended with water and fabric medium they are permanent.
I quilted up sample blocks suitable for painting for each of the ladies, gave a brief demo and everyone dived in. There were 4 different designs and each one took on a different personality once quilted.
Here we are, working away.
The finished blocks:
Now that I have organized the photos, I see I have missed a few of the ladies. How did that happen? Send me pics, you know who you are
I had a lot of fun with this group. Thanks for having me.
I know, I know, haven’t updated the blog since forever. I have many pictures to post for all you quilters to enjoy but for today a few Judy Neimeyer designs that I have quilted over the past few months.
Golden Harvest by Maryanna
Glacier Star by Shirley Scott
detail Glacier Star
Feathered Star by Shirley Scott
close up of Feathered Star
Christmas tree skirt
Mariners Compass by Shirley Scott
Mariners compass detail
Mariners compass detail of corner
Here is Lisa’s version of the Mariners Compass design. Love those vibrant reds
A detail shot of the quilting.
The red and white quilt was very large with this red maze piecing approximately on a third of the quilt. It will look wonderful on a bed. The blue “scrappy” quilt is very contemporary. Squint to see her design with the block colors.
I am loving the modern quilts. This one is made by Susan, I don’t know the pattern name but basically is off-kilter squares and rectangles.
Here is a detail of the quilting. Squares, swirls and bubbles.
The Mariners compass quilt is another Judy Niemeyer design.
Detail of center and outer arcs.
Detail quilting in the large triangles.