I have made some progress on the hand quilting of my rose applique quilt. (click pictures to enlarge)
My July copy of American Quilter came yesterday. My Mackintosh Rose quilt is on page 70
I basted this quilt top today.
I have had mixed opinions about this top. Some people have positive things to say, others not so much. One Facebook comment said “wow this is really ugly” (just a helpful etiquette reminder…..if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything). Because I have done so many very traditional quilts many people expect my choices to be always be very traditional. I could have used a solid color for the setting pieces in this quilt rather than the busy print and it would have been much more traditional, but it is a lot of fun to do things outside of tradition. Traditional quilts and quilting are the foundation of my quilting but when I make a new quilt I can’t simply make something that has been done a hundred times before, I need to make it my own. I make my quilts to please me…..if they appeal to others that is great and if not that is fine too. This one makes me happy.
I made this top using vintage blocks back in June of 2014….here is the post about it https://timquilts.com/2014/06/28/vintage-wheels/
and more here https://timquilts.com/2014/07/13/circles/
I got a start on the quilting.
Teddy is always a big help….he watches and offers moral support 🙂
I started putting together the melon blocks. The first thing I needed to do is make a pattern. All of the melons were slightly different and I needed to get them all to the same size so that once pieced the blocks would lay flat. Here is the template I came up with placed on top of one of the melons.
you can see that it needs trimming. Some of the melons are more off then this and some are nearly perfect size.
I trace around the template to see what I have to trim.
The other part of the template is traced onto the black fabric using a white clover pen.
When I cut out the pieces I end up with another set of melon pieces formed by the space between the 2 arcs. I will make those into a quilt as well.
I hand pieced the first block. I might try the next one on the machine.
The quilt will be 3 blocks x 4 blocks (60′ x 80″) and I will probably add a border. If I copy and paste a picture of the one finished block several times I can get an idea of what the finished top will look like.
I didn’t get this lined up exactly but you get the idea of how it will look. I will hand quilt this but I wont know what pattern I will use until I get it in the hoop.
I have a new pile of vintage blocks. They are string pieced melons, And were foundation pieced on newspaper. The newspaper has been removed but I can still see traces of it.
They are in need of a pressing but are in great shape.
I have no way of knowing exactly how the maker intended to use them but I imagine that they were to be used in melon patch blocks.
If I set them on a black background the colors brighten up
I think red would be great as well as black and many other colors. Teddy likes it with black.
I have enough for a full-sized quilt. I will need to make a template for the setting pieces and look at my fabric stash to see what I have enough of.
When I was working on the Teddy Quilt I started one on a mottled fabric.
I worked on that one the last few days
I didn’t want them to be the same so I made some changes to the drawing and did not add a bandanna to this one. I used black YLI hand quilting thread on this. I used the same binding fabric as the last one
and cream-colored backing
here the Two are side by side
Here are a few others I am working on (click pictures to enlarge)
I am making progress piecing the vintage blocks for the new quilt top.
I Have one more row to add and then I will fill in the edges and then add a border. I will need to go back and make some adjustments since every circle was a different size it takes some adjusting and a lot of pressing to make it all fit.
What I love about this is the secondary pattern that forms when the wheels are joined.
It starts as this.
and when they are joined you can see some other patterns emerge.
Teddy seems happy with them.
Here are few more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)
I took a break from hand quilting and did a little hand piecing today.
I recently bought these vintage circle blocks
and I showed them on a few different fabrics to show how different a block can look when the setting fabrics change.
The fabrics I placed them on were all fabrics from other projects so I didn’t plan to use any of them….although I liked all for different reasons. There was however a problem with all of them, they were too bold for me. Not that I don’t like bold but in this case they made the vintage blocks secondary to the bolder fabric.
I went with a very different fabric …
Now It is what I envisioned. I will do big stitch hand quilting with black #8 perle cotton thread but I have a lot more piecing to do first…and then a border
I just purchased this set of 26 wheel blocks.
They are 17″ diameter and will be enough to make a full quilt.
I placed a few of them on a few different fabric backgrounds to show how different colors change the overall look.
These are just fabrics I had on the pile, and all are to be used in other quilts so we aren’t voting. I will purchase some fabric for these when I get ready to start….
They all have the same pink yellow and green print fabrics. The yellow and green have dark blue print and the pink has black.
I don’t know that this is the setting I will use I might do a variety of colors for the background, but I have several in line before these…..so many quilts so little time 😉
I am making progress on the New York Beauty quilt.
It is hard to see the stitching in this light but It is coming along. Here are a few more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)
I have been thinking about fan blocks lately. One of the Facebook pages I follow (quilts vintage and antique) has been posting fan block quilts and if you look at this quilt each of these blocks has what is essentially a fan block in the corner.
Remember these quilts and tops I made with vintage fan blocks and new fabrics.
I have some more vintage tops, here are a few
and I have several more fan blocks. I have 100 in this group
I also have the purple fabric that I think really sets off the blocks.
I am thinking of how I might set them…..
Hand quilting gives me a lot of time to think…..and it will be a long time before I get to these…but it is fun to think about what might be next.