Thursday, September 23, 2021

About Time!

The title refers to two different reasons that this is "about time."   First of all it is "about time" that I post a new blog post. I have been playing with the embroidery software learning new things and have not really had anything to show for it yet. (okay one thing, at the end of this post.)

It is also "about time" that I work on this UFO again.  You see, this quilt top was started in 2014.  Yes, that is right seven years ago.  Yikes!  It is about time that I do something with it.  I had three panels- each was a different length.  So today, I made a couple of pieces to make them all the same length. 
I will say "sorry for the bad photo" before I show it. With no design wall - and no place for one - I have to make do.  I use the bed and then stand on this case right on the bed... to take the photo. 

The three panels are laid out horizontally.   The fabrics are from three men's shirts that I wore over the years.  The shirts were 100% cotton, so perfect for quilt fabric.  The colorful fabrics are from Colorways by Vicki Welsh. However, they are her "waste" fabrics that I won in a giveaway.  Vicki hand dyes some beautiful fabrics.  

Each of the panels will be backed and quilted separately then joined in the quilt as you go method that I have used on many quilts.  You can read about how I learned the method from a book by Marguerita McManus in the post here

I think this will make a lovely lap/snuggle quilt.  I may even use some machine embroidery quilting on it.  You see, I learned to digitize edge to edge quilting designs. The fact is, I need to learn how to use them a bit better.  Here is my sample sew-out which is done on cheap acrylic felt. (cheaper than using cotton fabric and either stabilizers or batting.)

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 

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Jeanna said...

The quilt will be very snuggly made with those fabrics! Great use of leftover shirtings. The edge-to-edge design looks great, Gene. You are doing a great job with the digitizing.

Barbara said...

I love your layout! Thought I was the only one using a bed for a design wall, and also standing on the bed! I’m off to check out the quilt as you go link. My King quilt needs a plan, it’s going to kill me!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

LOVE the shirt panels - and your edge-t0-edge design. You and Barbara be careful standing on the bed! Even if I could get up on mine - I'd have a heck of a time getting back down - LOL - ;))

Pamela Arbour said...

Wow, that is a good place to try out your new digitized designs. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Vicki W said...

That's going to be a great lap quilt. I love it when people mix hand dyed fabrics with more traditional fabrics. They work great together.