Friday, March 1, 2013

Another Quilt Top Finished

Thursday evening saw the last two border strips stitched to my sampler quilt.
This is similar to the one I finihed last month for G, but a different setting and a preference for red fabrics in all the star points.

A diagonal view of the quilt.
The colors aren't true, as I took the photos at night with only a dim overhead light.

These blocks had to be planned one at a time, so color choices and construction took way longer than a project which has considerable repetition in the blocks.

The brown fabric with red flowers was one of my favorites in this line by 3 Sisters for Moda.
It is called Wuthering Heights.
The fabric line came out  about 2006, so I was lucky to find any more fabric through online shops to augment my stash. If you look at the maple leaf block you can see how I pieced the last tiny scraps to make a square.
I'm pleased with the look of the quilt, but think that Sampler Quilts are not a passion of mine--I likely will not make another. The effect of them is 'busy.'
I've made arrangements to send this for long-arm machine finishing to a quilter who lives and works about a 20 minute walk [uphill] from my former home in Vermont.
If you would like to see some of Marion Downey's lovely work, go here:

We retrieved the similar quilt made for G. from the local quilter on Monday.
You can see that the color placement in this one is more random and all the 'sampler' blocks were incorporated into the stars.
This is a nice swirling quilting design.  I will use this quilter's services for what I consider 'everyday' quilts.
She doesn't care to have the client provide batting or backing, and I prefer Hobbs heirloom batting and to choose the 'lining' for my special quilts. The backing was cut scantily on this one [a fact for which the quilter apologized] and it is making the binding process a bit of a problem.  I shall have to be inventive.

A close-up of one of the stars in G.'s quilt. The rollers on the quilting frame used don't hold the material as taut as some, but the occasional slight ripple is not too distracting.

Swirl pattern on the back of the quilt.
I like to have a quilt or two in the 'works' as on-going projects.
Soon gardening will require my energies.
I will have some hours on my own next week and hope I can switch creative gears to get some of the words in my head onto the screen.


  1. These are so pretty. The other side, the white, is gorgeous. My grandmother was a quilter. There were a few quilts passed around to family when she passed away but she mostly quilted for new-born members. I never asked her if she loved to quilt. Now I'm wondering. Deb

  2. You are such a wonder at making quilts. I love the colors and work in G's.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

  3. Gorgeous ...and the swirly quilting works better on these than that one at the show ...I wonder why? I so admire your work ...and your energy xx

  4. How beautiful, but what an incredible amount of work, I'm impressed.

  5. Fabulous! you have really converted me to stars, I can't wait to be able to get on with mine.
    The swirl design is splendid, a very good choice.

  6. Those are both SO beautiful. I love the warm colours too. Totally different to the colours I tend to use when I am making things for the girls - which are purple/turquoise/jade orientated as they love those colours. And you piece them together SO QUICKLY! Well done.