Borders next

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I have to finish hand quilting the borders and then add the binding.   The binding will be black.   I hope to finish it this week.

I spent some time weeding the garden today.   Teddy watched

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Here are some pictures of the back garden (click pictures to enlarge)

Next time I hope to have pictures of the finished quilt.

Happy Quilting

Tim

Off to Colorado

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I am going to Fort Morgan Colorado to do a presentation for the Colorado Quilt Council.    I have packed a lot of quilts!    Should be a great trip.

Of course I have to pack a quilt to work on while I am there.   I am taking the Mackintosh Rose because it is easy to pack.

I have one corner to go.

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I will be working on the border. So I will only need to bring the black thread.

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I will finish up with the colored thread when I get back home.

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

 

 

Something New

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If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I have more ideas for new quilts than I have time to do them all.  I know it would drive many people crazy having so many things in the works at the same time but I feel like I need to do it.   I have to strike while the iron is hot.

I had an idea for a whole cloth quilt in my head for quite some time and a Facebook friend posted some pictures of her hand dyed fabrics and the rest of the plan came into place.    I asked her if she could dye a large (90 inches wide) piece of fabric for me and WOW look at it!

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This is going to be a whole cloth quilt but I am keeping the design a secret until I have time to draw it out and mark the top…for now it is all in my head.

The artist who dyed the fabric is Dera Linker, check out her website here http://debralinker.com/   to see some more of her beautiful fabrics.

Debra is a real artist and is happy to do custom work.

Here is her guarantee:    “All fabric carries a 100% Happiness Guarantee.  If, for any reason, you are not 100% happy with my fabric, simply return it within 7 days, and I will happily refund the purchase price.”

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It passed his inspection so I know it is perfect.

As excited as I am about my new fabric I still have the Mackintosh Rose quilt to finish, here are some update pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

The forecast is for more rain but the sun was out for a few minutes this morning.   Here are some garden pictures

Happy quilting
Tim

Growing

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Teddy says I need to finish the Mackintosh Rose quilt. (there isn’t enough of it dragging on the ground for him to sit on so he likes it better when I work on a larger quilt)

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I worked on it the last few days.

Here are a few close up pictures

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The spaces that aren’t filled in with perle cotton hand quilting are quilted with straight lines of hand quilting using black 40 weight thread.   I spent some time marking those lines today.

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It is hard to see the marking but it is there.  I use a #2 disposable mechanical pencil from the office supply store.

I will also have to mark a border, which will act as a picture frame, but I will do that once the hand quilting is complete in the center.

here are a few more pictures of it today

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Happy Quilting

Tim

So many quilts

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I know I started this one a few days ago.

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And I have been making some progress on this one

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And there are piles of others waiting…..

But today I am working on this one

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Believe it or not this is the easiest quilting and that is what I need today …easy

It has gotten warm , up to 80 degrees today.    The garden is growing

and so are the weeds :(

Happy Quilting

Tim

String Melon Patch Finished

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I finished the String melon top.
I made it with these vintage blocks

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I used Warm and Plush batting.

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Here it is after the hand quilting was finished.

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the next step was to trim the edges

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Next is the binding.  I used bias binding.   It was cut at only 1 1/2 inches wide , then folded in half so it was 3/4 inch then machine stitched to the top, folded to the back and hand stitched.    It makes for a very narrow binding.

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It measured 77″ x 86″

Teddy tested it out.

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I always wash and dry a quilt when I finish it.  so into the washer …..Teddy is waiting for it to be finished.

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Here it is out of the dryer

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The quilting really stands out because of the thick batting

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Here is the back

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The Warm and Plush batting was definitely harder to hand quilt but I love the look of the finished quilt and the weight….really heavy.   It did shrink quite a bit, it is Now 73″ x 81″

I do think I will use the batting again.

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It rained most of the day today but here are some garden pics from yesterday.

Happy Quilting.

Tim

more hand quilting

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More of the hand quilting done , just the left side to finish.   (click pictures to enlarge)

Here are a few more garden pictures

Happy quilting

Tim