|Dawn's Quilting Room
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Saturday - December 7, 2019
Table Topper #2
I had to sew my aunt more than one table topper. After all, aren't surprises fun when there are more than one? I had purchased a length of fabric that had a repeating print on it of an old-fashioned Christmas village scene. I knew it would be perfect for this project. My aunt loves decorating for Christmas.
The only downside to this fabric was that it was narrow. So I raided my Christmas print fabric stash, and built up the size vertically and horizontally. The village scene is so charming that I hated to cover any part of it with quilting motifs. I opted to machine quilt the center portion by following the straight lines of objects in the print (ex: the lines in the buildings), and I used black thread to follow the meandering tree branches. Worked out great.
Enjoy the holidays!
Saturday - November 16, 2019
Exploring Table Toppers
I visited my aunt during the summer, and she commented that she was having a difficult time locating table toppers for her large dining room table. She could find table runners (long rectangular pieces), but nothing in the size she wanted. After some discussion, it turned out that the size table topper she wanted equaled the size of a wall hanging (roughly 32" x 50"). So when I returned home, I raided my stash and started planning.
I went for a scrappy look using autumn hued prints. For a modern take on the log cabin block, I added the bold forest-green diagonal stripe. The center of each block is the traditional red, indicating the home hearth. My aunt loved that this table topper was not only the perfect size, but it also could be used for multiple seasons.
Happy Thanksgiving ... hope you are sewing some fun projects!
Saturday - October 12, 2019
Two Turkeys in Autumn
Another completed project. Remember the turkey blocks I was paper piecing? I finally decided how to finish the quilt. I set a record for the number of times I changed my mind!
One of the most challenging finishes for the quilt was the eyes. I opted to use buttons. The white buttons have a pearlescent sheen, while the smaller black buttons have a shank to give the eyes dimension. I especially like how the turkeys are gazing in different directions. This quilt will appear in our quilt guild's 2020 show.
Have fun this autumn ... colorful leaves, apple picking and quilting!
Saturday - September 14, 2019
Well, I'm a bit early with Halloween, but it sure feels like it with all these spooky fabrics piled around me.
A friend who saw the quilt commented that the central purple pieces in each block looked like bats flying. Not intentional on my part, but if someone sees extra spookiness, it's a bonus!
Saturday - August 10, 2019
To Sash or Not to Sash
The Halloween quilt blocks are finished for the Disappearing 9-Patch quilt. However, I'm not loving the large chunks of purple squares. So I decided to break up the design a bit with sashing.
Sunday - July 7, 2019
It's Getting Spooky
I've collected Halloween fabrics for years with the intent of making a scrappy quilt. Since my cousin's favorite holiday is Halloween, I decided to gift him with a spooky treat. After seeing a demo at a quilt guild meeting (thank you, Colleen), I decided to create a Disappearing 9-Patch.
I'm enjoying the process of making a Disappearing 9-Patch quilt.
Sunday - June 23, 2019
Reach for the Stars
Ta Da! Another baby quilt is finished. The quilt is for a boy who was born four months early, and who is now out of the hospital and doing great. I wanted to make something special, so I bought some new fabric and raided my collection of celestial prints. The quilt features stars, moons, suns, and the cosmos.
Time for me to go to a cookout. The cookies are baked, and my appetite is ready!.
Saturday - May 18, 2019
Well the year is almost half over if you can believe it. Curious to see how I was doing, I checked my All People Quilt UFO Challenge list. I have 12 projects on the list (one for each month). So far I have completed three of them. My list has one knitting item on it since I wanted to keep the goal of completing 14 hats for charity on my project radar. I currently have 16 finished hats!
I finished the quilted wall hanging from the Timna Tarr workshop I took with fellow quilt guild members. The goal was to use freehand cutting (no rotary cutters or rulers allowed). We were instructed to build the quilt around our three focus fabrics from the same color family. I chose a light, medium, and dark brown from my stash. Friends say my quilt has a Gees Bend vibe.
Tuesday - April 30, 2019
Another baby quilt is underway. This one is for a boy, born four months early. He's a fighter and doing very well. He is expected home from the hospital in May.
The fabric pile above contains many different fabric prints. Some are literal "space" fabrics featuring stars, planets. moons, suns. Other fabrics in the pile contain movement I relate to the universe, such as spirals, twisted strings, starbursts. It will be fun to see how it all comes together.
Saturday - March 16, 2019
It's Worldwide Quilting Day ... perfect timing for finishing this baby quilt.
Thankfully I didn't attempt trying to make a baby quilt in time for the shower since it would have been in gender-neutral colors. (I didn't receive the shower invitation in time to sew.) For baby shower gifts, I always give a copy of the book I wrote, Harriet's Horrible Hair Day published by Peachtree Publishers. And I include the promise of a baby quilt to follow if I didn't have enough time to make one to bring.
Saturday - February 23, 2019
I volunteer quite a bit in my local quilt guild. I've helped with publicity, hospitality, acted as photographer, worked on the programs committee, conducted mini workshops, organized challenges and block-of-the-month activities, worked in every quilt show, and have managed the guild's website for eleven years.
As a "thank you" to all those who donated items, we include their names on our website for a time, and also list their businesses in the show program. It's a win-win situation for the community: Introducing people to local businesses, and the money we earn flows back into the community through the quilts we make for those in need.
Saturday - January 26, 2019
I finished sewing the two turkey blocks. Yay! (I still need to add eyes and embroidery for the nostrils.)
While regretting the fact that I couldn't feed the fabric birds to make them larger, I pondered ideas of how to make the wall hanging grow. I didn't want to sew more turkey blocks.
2018 Dawn Lesley Stewart