Quilted Hearts and Twister

Quilted Hearts and Twister

I’ve been wanting to make something for Valentines Day, and when the theme of “Red, White, & Blue” for Project Quilting Challenge #2 (Season 10), I knew what I wanted to make.

The challenge states you can use reds, whites, and blues…any shades…no other colors, but you DON’T have to use all three colors.

  1. RULE#1…Your project should contain ONLY the colors RED, WHITE, and BLUE. It does not have to use all three, but it cannot include any additional colors.

So I decided, with Valentines Day coming up, I’d limit my colors to just the red and white. I went to work scrounging in my fabric stash for every shade of red and white (with no other colors in them) that I could find.

After going through my patterns, searching Pinterest, and having a desire to use my Lil’ Twister tool again, I found a tutorial by Connie Kresin on the cutest little Twister heart pattern and decided that was the one!

I made a quick sketch of the layout of the square colors on paper, and then cut the fabric stash into 5 inch squares. Here they are (below) pinned on my design wall. I realized quickly that it’s best to have contrast between each square (except for the background that’s all the same white with red print).

I sewed the squares together.

Question: do you press the seams to one side (each row in opposite directions) so the seams nest together making the columns easier to sew together? Or do you press the seams open so there’s less bulk at the intersections, making it easier to cut and piece the pinwheels later?

I decided to press the seams open. It takes longer, but it sure makes cutting & sewing the pinwheels easier later.

The next step involves the Lil’ Twister square template. Just line the black lines on the template with where the seams intersect and cut. I twisted them slightly and carefully placed them side by side in a row as I cut them.

Before going on to cut the next row, I like to sew the row together, and even sew the rows together too…less chance of getting them mixed up.

after cutting everything out, you’ll end up with lots of tiny pieces of leftover fabric… I like to trim them to 2-1/2 inch squares to use in another project. I ran out of the background fabric, but if I had more of it I might have used these squares in one of the borders.

This is the fun part! I love ❤️ seeing the pattern–in this case the heart–emerge as I piece it together. Magical!

To keep everything nice and flat, I used Best Press on each row.

All that was left was to add a couple borders, add the batting and backing, and quilt it on my domestic machine (my sweet Bernina 570QE).

Using various reds (Aurifil and Sulky threads), I free motion quilted petals in each pinwheel. And with a walking foot and white thread, did a straight stitch around the heart shape and around the border.

and here it is!

I’m entering this Twisted Heart wall hanging in this week’s Project Quilting.

UPDATE: The voting is now closed. No prizes this time, but it did rank #11 out if 118 entries. Thanks so much for your vote!

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

Project Quilting Inspiration

Project Quilting Inspiration

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are over, and it’s time for Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams to begin the first week of the Project Quilting Season 10 challenge.

When I saw the first challenge phrase, “Hope Springs Eternal“, I instantly thought of a photo my son & daughter-in-law sent us of our sweet little granddaughter looking up in awe as she “helped” decorate their Christmas tree.

Isn’t she a sweetie? She’s just between 1-1/2 & 2…So this is the first time she’s really enjoying the tree. And that look on her face is just full of wonder and hope for what’s to come.

Not only does it represent the hope of things to come for her, it represents our hope of flying half way around the world to see her soon. I’m so grateful that I live in an age where we can video-chat online weekly and get instant photos every day, but it’s just not the same as seeing them all in person. I can’t wait to give her a hug and play together.

To start the challenge, I printed an outline of the photo on paper and used my Cutterpillar light box to lightly trace some of the important features onto white muslin with pencil.

Next I sandwiched the white muslin on top of batting and backing and started thread sketching (which also served as free motion quilting) with black cotton Aurufil thread and my Bernina BSR foot.

I decided to thread sketch everything…her sweatshirt, hair, and even the needles on the branches of the Christmas tree. And it helped to look at the photo of her beside me on my computer as I sketched in all of her features, starting with her eyes.

I’m so glad I’ve got a nice selection of variegated cotton Sulky thread! I think they really help add depth…

my granddaughter has the cutest pink cheeks (just want to kiss them!), and I couldn’t get the effect I wanted with thread…so broke out my stash of Derwent color pencils and started coloring… adding a bit if color to her lips, her hair, and some shading.

Now that’s a bit better!

A little more shading, and then I added a double border of batik fabrics.

Here’s some close up photos…

I started so late on this challenge, … I wasn’t sure I’d have enough time. But once I started, it just came together and I loved every minute. You really CAN do it in a week.

Participating in PQ is so much fun, because it forces me to try a new technique or idea and actually get it done. I don’t have time to worry about failing or to quit and start over. It is what it is. And I can’t procrastinate when it HAS to be done from start to finish in only one week!

The voting starts this Sunday afternoon (January 13, 2019). Come vote for your favorites…but of course I’d love your vote!

VOTE HERE. Be sure to scroll down to the end.

I believe the voting is open January 13-19 and the winners announced Jan. 20.

Until next time,

Happy Quilting!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

Round Log Cabin–Progress

Round Log Cabin–Progress

My progress is slower than I expected…but the last “rounds” are done on all my round log cabin blocks!

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Here’s what they look like when four blocks are put together into a circle…

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I’ve placed them on the design wall and decided to make one lap quilt…

I’ll add a batik border (oh-oh, that means I need a fabric store run!)…and perhaps a black binding, we’ll see.

AND, I’m making a large table runner…

Now I need to decide what to do with all the “trimmings”!  HA!

I enjoyed the precision of using the Creative Grids “Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool”.  Although it’s not a necessity to buy it to make the round log cabin, it certainly does make it more manageable to make.

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

Wine Coaster DIY

 

I wanted a little gift to send to a friend for her birthday—

I came across several tutorials on the internet and TV for making wine coasters, all with similar ideas—a little folding magic and voilà!  Easy-to-make and fun-to-enjoy coasters!

 

Ah hah!  The perfect gift…  easy to send with the card, and I can make it from my stash.

 

These coasters will fit perfectly over the bottom stems of the average size wine glass, but you can also use them as regular coasters…for any beverage.

 

Wanna make some?

Here’s how I did it…

First, grab 5 fabrics and cut a 4-1/2” circle out of each one.  I found that a nested set of circles I have for machine quilting worked perfectly as a rotary cutting guide for my circles…

Next, leave one circle alone (base circle) and press each of the other 4 circles in half.  I cut enough to make two…

Now the layering part.  Put your base circle right side up…then place each folded circle (with the folds toward the inside and the raw edges in line with the base circle) like this:

Be sure to tuck the last one under the first…it’ll make sense when you do it.

Now the sewing part:  sew a 1/4” seam around the entire perimeter through all layers…you might want to trim with a pinking shears (but you don’t’ have to)

Just turn it right side out through the center of the folded circles…give it a good pressing…and like magic…voilà…a lovely wine coaster…and my favorite wine from our local winery–Wollersheim Winery 🙂 A great place to visit BTY, if you’re coming to the Prairie du Sac area of Wisconsin!

Or a lovely coaster for any beverage!

Wish my coffee looked like this

hmmmm…Time for a coffee break!

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

 

And the Winning Border Is….

Thanks for all your comments.  I appreciate your valuable input.

In the end, it seemed the “votes” were 50/50–about half of you liked the light batik, and about half of you preferred the green hand dyed fabric for the  border.

It was a hard decision—although I think either choice would have been fine in the end.  I wish I had made two iris art quilts so I could have used both borders!

IrisEtsy4…after much deliberation…

I thought the light batik contained too much purple (you might not have been able to see it in the photos)—and it clashed a bit with the deeper reds and pinks in the iris.  The green hand dyed fabric seemed to continue the grass and foliage theme.  Green always looks so good in nature surrounding the flowers that pop here and there in the garden…don’t you think?

So… ta da!  

I went with the green this time.

 

 

To create the border, I first folded four 1-1/4” strips of the batik in half and pressed them.

I ❤ my new iron!

And laid the folded strips against the four sides of the center—raw edges together–and basted it in place.

Next I cut four strips of the green hand-dyed fabric about 2-1/2” wide, and added them to the sides with 1/4″ seams & pressed them out

Then added them to the top and bottom and pressed them out too.

Using a free-motion foot on my Bernina, I free-motion quilted a vine with leaves running around the new border and then added a 1-1/2″ single fold binding in a deep green batik to finish it off.

I like to add corner hangers to my smaller art quilts (see this earlier blog for directions), so I can insert a wooden dowel for easy hanging.

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It’s now for sale at my Mulberry Patch Quilts Etsy Site

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Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

Border Decision on Iris Quilt Project

So today I need to make a decision on which border fabric to use on my Iris Quilted Art piece.  I don’t think there’s ever a wrong choice—just better.  So here goes.

I’ve taken photos of the Iris Quilt with several batiks and some that I’ve hand dyed myself.

Here are some possibilities…

Mmmmmm…I like the way the lighter colors bring out the highlights and make the Iris brighter—but I also like the small inner border accent.

So I think, for me at least, it’s between the two possibilities below:

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A) Light border with green trim and B) Green border with light trim.

It’s hard…what do you think?  Any opinions out there?

Which one would you choose?  A or B?

HAPPY QUILTING!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

Trillium Art Quilt Process

Trillium Art Quilt Process

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It certainly can get messy in my quilt studio when I’m working on a new art quilt!  I like to have options–so I bring out every possible hand-dyed, batik fabric that might work before I finalize the ones that make the cut…

Trillium say “spring” to me…I love to see them appear, as if by magic, on the forest floor — coming up out of the brown leaves and pine needles.

This piece is based on a photograph I took of one of the Trillium in bloom last spring.

I start with creating the base–trying to replicate the feel of a forest floor.  I put the center pieces on a “sandwich” of a low-loft batting, the Pellon Deco-Bond, and backing fabric–then added a folded green mini-border, and the batik outer border.  Now it’s ready for the Trillium…

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Using the photograph for reference, I “fussy cut” each of the leaves, petals, and stems out of my stash of hand-dyed and batik fabrics backed with Steam-a-Seam Lite* and fuse them together as one before adding it to the background.

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Next comes the quilting, which really gives it life.  I like to use the Sulky variegated thread in different colors–from brown, to green, to golden yellow…

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Then the binding and “corner pieces” for hanging.

I’ve got 5 pieces made to take to Iowa — so my “mini-show” is ready for display at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts…

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*By the way–I’m almost out of my “Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite” and found out that the company (The Warm Company) has discontinued making the product until they find a solution to a problem.  Seems the company that supplied them with the backing sheet for the product shut down, and they were unhappy with the alternative paper they tried.  So they’re working on a solution to their problem, and the product is expected to be back on the shelves soon.

 

Happy Quilting!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts