Saturday, November 29, 2014

Lava flow

 This is a lap size quilt that I made using my hand dyed pole wrapped shibori fabrics. I pulled out all the pole wrapped shibori fabric and decided on 8 fabrics that matched the border Kaffe Fassett shot cotton.  I have made this pattern before and I was hoping to highlight the fabric.  I tried to make it look like it was flowing like waves.
This is a closeup.  I quilted it with a variegated Superior 40/3 King Tut thread.  First I drew the quilt pattern with a white pencil, then used the walking foot to quilt the pattern.  The last time I used this triangle pattern, I had a hard time with the bias and stretching.  I think the walking foot helped without too much distortion.

Chez Moi

The last 3 months, I have made 3 lap size quilts.  This is the latest which measures 48 x 48.  How do I know?  The block finishes 8 inches by 12 inches.  Joan found this pattern from a magazine and showed it to our group.  I think she was on her second huge quilt when she shared the instructions with us.

 This is how the pattern is supposed to be put together.  I am using my hand dyed fabric that matches the 6 fat quarters.  They are "Chez Moi" from Moda.  I thought they would make a good background fabric.  Joan used batiks in complementing colors.  Very beautiful.

 This was another possibility.
 This is the layout that I chose.  According to the directions, you start with a 10 inch square.  Lay the 2 pieces together.  Cut. Sew. Flip the fabrics around.  Cut 4- 2 inch pieces.  Flip and Sew.  It almost looks like a pineapple without all the little pieces.  Thats why it was fun to play with the blocks.
This is a closeup of the quilting.  The thread is an Aurifil 12 lime green top.  I made this up by doodling on a piece of plastic with a erasable marker.  A tip I learned from Jenny Lyon.  The problem I had with this pattern is I wanted to use the fat quarters which are 18 x 22.  Because the pattern called for 10 x 10 inch blocks, I used 9 x 10 inch blocks so that I could get 4 cuts out of the fat quarter.  It still works, but next time I'll cut it 9 x 9 inch.