Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Minis delivered

The second of my July Mini Quilts and the first of my August Mini Quilts were received in the last couple of days.

The July quilt sent to Jen(aka hedgehogquilts) was supposed to incorporate triangles. I used some half-square triangle leftovers from some of my Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop 2007 blocks to make some little pinwheels. I put this together during the two weeks at my daughter's house. When little Layden saw it he said 'Cool! Trees!" And nothing would convince him that they were pinwheels and not trees! I do have to admit that the big one sort of looks like a palm tree. For the back of the little quilt I used the WWQSH2007 focus fabric which features scenes from western Washington.

This is the little quilt I sent to Beth (aka maddieandme1). It was for the August hand-sewn group of mini quilts. I have been wanting to do some cathedral window projects so thought this was the perfect opportunity. I have always wanted to do one that used prints/colors for the background and neutrals for the window panes and this is how it turned out. It has inspired me to get moving on one of my UFOs. I ended up taking all of the machine work I had done from before out and pressed the squares. I am now doing it all by hand and I find it all comes together more precisely. I also discovered that pressing the seams open helps a lot. I haven't gotten too far yet but it will be my new long term project now that the Ludvina's Legacy top is together. I am thinking that the window panes will be charm squares but not sure if they will be one color range or just anything. Thoughts?

Yesterday I pulled out the baby quilt and got started on the embroidery of the name, date, etc. We had so many phone calls for the business though that I only got about 2/3 done with that little bit of hand work! I finished it up this morning and plan to get it basted and maybe machine quilted yet today. If I get the binding on before craft night tonight that will be my handwork while we chat. I also need to embroider the ropes between the baskets and the balloons but thought it would be easier to do the machine quilting if they weren't in the way.


Anonymous said...

ohh.. i want the catherdral window quilt! I have a book from the library and they call them petal flower blocks, I can't seem to understand the directions. I thought a book with pics would help! maybe someday I make one! Yours is gorgeous!! Lucky partner!

TLC said...

I just finished a small cathedral windows quilt. I really enjoyed the process. It was a quilt pattern I had wanted to try for a long time. I love how you used colored fabric for the folded part and a cream/white for the windows. I have never seen that before. So cool!

susan said...

oh i can totally see how a little kid would think that those are trees. isnt that about how they would look? and yes that big one does look a wee bit palmy! hehe
your cathedral windows turned out so pretty, i really love it. it will be a favorite in this round of swaps i know!