Archive for May, 2008

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Tropical Memories

May 30, 2008

One of my neighbors made this King size quilt to remind her of her cruises in the Caribbean. Didn’t she do a great job of choosing the colors?

For the quilting I used Superior’s Rainbows thread- the color is Montego Bay- and Jodi Beamish’s Water World panto.

The Rainbows threads are so wonderful. I love working with them. They make the quilting look great every time.

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May 24, 2008

Just a couple of photos of a quilt I quilted on recently. Is there anything harder to photograph than black thread on black fabric?

Note to self: Start saving pennies to buy some photography equipment.

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Jane Eyre

May 17, 2008

What have I been doing lately? One thing is that I am reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. WOW! What a good read. The story line is good but what I really love about it is the vocabulary. Ms Bronte has such a command of words. She uses very descriptive words so that there is no misunderstanding what her meaning is. She uses words such as lugubrious, confabulation, imposing, phlegmatic and pith.

OK, so a few of them I had to look up in the dictionary to see what the meaning was, but once I read the definition there was no misunderstanding! 🙂

I’m only half way through Jane Eyre but already I can tell that I will be reading it again.

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Mother’s Day!

May 11, 2008

Happy Mother’s Day, Moms!!

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Double Ax

May 7, 2008

I finished up the Double Ax this week. I just love it!! I told my customer that if she didn’t want to pick it up it would have a very nice home here… fat chance!

I just quilted a simple two loops in each block and stitched horizontally between the rows. It was just enough quilting to hold it all together without interfering with the pattern and fabrics of the piecing. It made a really nice pattern on the back too.

And I love the undulating edge!! The bias binding was simpler than I expected.

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Another Save

May 1, 2008

Up on the quilting table this weekend is another save from the depths of the linen closet. This quilt was hand pieced during the 1940’s by my customer’s great grandmother. The design is called the Double Ax.

I love working with these old quilts although some of the fabrics can be a challenge as they are so thin.

One thing that I like to do which seems to help with that is to line the top with a bleached muslin. You can see here that I will layer the backing, the batting, the bleached muslin and then the top on the table. The muslin adds a little stability behind those thin fabrics and also brightens the whites.

I haven’t decided what to quilt on this one yet. Any suggestions?