Many years ago I made this spiraling lone-star quilt. It hung over our kitchen table for a couple of years and I never took a single picture of it. Then a couple of years ago, I got to meet my college friend Poonam in New York City. Poonam had gone though some difficult times and I wanted to give her a quilt. I didn’t have time to make one for her at that time, so I decided to give her this bright quilt to cheer her up. My friend Indu took this picture in a hotel room in NYC with no natural light. It looks a lot better in person.
Digging through my old pictures from 2013, I found a few pictures I took when I was making the quilt (and not a single one after it was complete)! I’m still looking for that piece of paper in the first picture with calculations using the Pythagoras theorem. Then again, wouldn’t this be a good math assignment for my 8th grader?
All fabric from my stash – mostly batik, except the red and the fuchsia. The background is also a lovely batik with cream, tan and a bit of grey. Very simple quilting with a walking foot – this is from my pre-free motion days. I can’t even remember what I used for the backing.
This is my Throwback Thursday blog entry. Thank you Sandra , for the encouragement. I’m officially bitten by the spiral lone-star bug and I feel an inexplicable urge to make one using a Kona cotton jelly roll I got recently. This is therefore also my One monthly goal for May – to recreate the spiral lone star.
Sew Fresh Quilts
I made this quilt out of a fat quarter bundle I picked up at JoAnn’s. This pattern – Bisection – is based on Orthogonal Recursive Bisection – a computer science algorithm used mainly to divide work among processors. My thesis from decades ago used this algorithm. I took several pictures when I was making this quilt. For this month’s goal, I want to do something I haven’t done before – write a pattern/tutorial for this quilt.
This baby quilt along with two others – the pink hexagons and one more in the works will be donated to Quilts for Kids once they are done. Linking One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.
Some months ago, I sunk a fortune on two FQ bundles of Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman. For a long time I couldn’t bear to cut them up but finally I made one quilt with some of the blue green fabric. More on this quilt in a separate post later.
My One Monthly Goal for March is to make a quilt top or finished quilt from the red-yellow bundle. Linking One Monthly Goal from Elm Street Quilts.
Purple is my favorite color and I’ve been hoarding so many purple batiks. I decided to use them in Cheryl’s Magnolia mystery. Since I was late getting started on the mystery, Cheryl had already revealed the pattern by the time I got started. So this was technically an un-mystery for me.
HSTs: The pattern calls for eight 2″ half-squared triangles (HSTs) per block. I decided to use a single fabric for all the HSTs. When I’m mass producing HSTs, I like to use Triangles in a roll but I didn’t have any 2″ HST rolls handy. I found these triangle foundation paper at a site called www.quiltingandwhatnot.ca that work very well. You can print the templates on regular printer paper. You can make 18 2″ HSTs per page. This went very fast and made some really accurate blocks. Peeling the paper off the blocks was most boring though.
I was going to make Cheryl’s suggested layout but at the end decided on a square in a square layout. This will give me an opportunity to create a secondary design while quilting. This goes to the bottom of my pile of un-quilted tops and will not be quilted anytime soon.
It was a cold and windy day in Houston, Texas when we took it out for a picture but here’s another pic I like with the reflection in the pool.
Linking Cheryl’s Magnolia mystery page and one monthly goal finish page and Crazy mom quilts’ finish it up Friday
Cheryl hosted the Magnolia mystery last year. I picked out my fabric early on but did not get the time to follow along during the mystery. I started all over again after the reveal. Changed my fabric to purples (all from my scrap bag) and green and pink on a white background. Her reveal parade deadline is Feb 15th. Not sure if I will be done for that but I hope to be done making the top by the end of the month. Linking to One Monthly Goal.
Do you remember the match the following quizzes we did at school? Believe it or not, I loved them. I came across one again in a training I was doing for work this week. This quilt was inspired by the match the following quiz, only more colorful.
I started with a fat quarter of background fabric and some colorful 1″ wide scraps. I cut the background into three columns – the questions, the answers and the match lines. See my diagram. I cut along the lines one by one and sewed them back with the 1″ sashing. I marked my diagram on the wrong side of the fabric – so the quilt was a mirror image of what I wanted.
I used a really cool chemical compound fabric for the backing. When I saw it first I thought they were caffeine molecules but on further research, they appear to be the four nucleotides that make up the DNA – Adenine, Thymine, Guanine, Cytosine. That’s so cool! I’m not sure which way I’m going to hang this quilt, so I made sleeves for all 4 corners. I used two layers of Warm & Natural cotton batting and quilted straight lines about 1″ apart.
This was a small, fast and original project I loved making. I’m planning on doing one more – this time drawing the schematic on the right side of the fabric and paying more attention to matching the seams, and taking more pictures on the way so I can write up a tutorial. This was also one of those spontaneous projects that takes hold of you and doesn’t let you rest till it’s done. Got the idea on Monday and picked out fabrics that evening, cut them up on Tuesday, pieced on Wednesday, quilted on Thursday and added binding and this post on Friday. All this in the evenings after work.
Linking finish it up Friday, 1/26/18 at crazy mom quilts and TGIFF at mmmquilts
Also linking DRop Everything And Make It! (DREAMi!) at mmmquilts.com
This is the story of a quilt I made for my mother. I started this many years ago – I dare not say how many! My mom loves flowers and bright colors – two things that are very easy to put into a quilt. There are so many ways to do this. I was so overwhelmed by the infinite ways to make a flower quilt that I was reluctant to commit to one design.
I was doodling one afternoon, cutting out flower shapes and making a bouquet. I started with a coloring page from Vedul’s Montessori days and added different flowers, a humming bird and butterflies. Several tries later, I came up with this layout.
I taped this piece of newspaper art to my sewing room wall and it stayed there for a few days while I mulled over fabrics to use for the flowers, the background, etc. I wanted to use several pieces of silk I had collected. Each piece is from a sari that belonged to my grandmother or my mother or an aunt. Some were collected by my grandmother to make her cross stitch rugs. My grandmother passed away in 2003 but she gave me her leftover silk when I started quilting. Every piece of silk in this collection was used and loved as a sari for many years. While their color and luster has held up very well, they are quite thin and thread-bare in some places. Using them in small pieces as in applique was the only way to preserve them.
I used a combination of applique, fabric paints and fabric markers. Most shapes were drawn free-hand and my drawing skills have not improved since my grade school days. I’m so happy how this came out though. The center was done and set aside for some months while I decided how to make this into a larger quilt. I wanted to frame it with some simple blocks that would accent the central applique but not compete with it.
From my considerable stash, I picked a number of mostly blue and purple fabric to bring out the purple border around the applique, as well as a few in other colors to accent the flowers in the applique. Some of the surrounding fabric are from my silk collection and some are from a stash I bought when we visited Alaska with my parents in 2009. Most are leftovers from other quilts I’ve made. Though it took a number of years from start to finish, I’m glad I waited for inspiration to strike, and the design, the fabric and the layout meshed together into a delightful quilt. Completed March 2016.
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