Sunday, February 3, 2019

Morning Glory wall hanging for Palliative Care

Last month a fellow quilter was downsizing her stash.  She donated several blocks as well as other UFOs (unfinished objects) to Nifty Needlers and Project Linus.  This Morning Glory was 16 blocks paper pieced, there was no outside border, batting or backing.  First I removed the paper from the blocks and stitched them together.  Then I went through my stash to find suitable border fabric.
As the finished piece will be hanging in patient's room who is palliative care, I wanted it to be extra special.  Opted to add high loft batting behind the blossoms for trapunto quilting which would give the flowers a 3D look.  The high loft batting was stitched to the top with water soluble thread.  Then the extra batting was cut away to the stitching.  Next the top was sandwiched together with 100% cotton warm and natural batting and an ivory muslin back.
The green leaf veins were quilted with 100% polyester machine embroidery thread. I like to use embroidery thread for free motion quilting because it is shiny.
The background pebbles were done with a thread colour called White Sand.
Densely quilted to make the blossoms pop up, add texture as well as visual interest.
 Heart-shaped leaves design on the outside border.
 Binding is Susie's Magic Binding technique. 
The pattern used 16 - 1/2" yellow buttons for the centre of the blossoms.  I have six big jars of buttons but not 16 little yellow buttons.  Instead of buttons, I appliquéd small yellow circles of flannel.
Ta da!! The finished piece measures 30" by 30".
Then I spent the rest of this afternoon, hanging a curtain rod and turning my large piece of flannel into a quilter's story board.
 Happy quilting all. 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Race Car Toddler quilt

Just finished this is a Project Linus quilt yesterday for a toddler who lost his mom in a car accident. The funeral director told me he likes hot wheels. 
 The race cars blocks and back are flannel prints.
Free motion quilted zig zags on the sashing and heart shaped leaves on the outside border using 100% polyester machine embroidery thread.
Free motion quilted one race car in each block with blue variegated embroidery thread.
This is Susie's Magic Binding technique front and back views. 
This quilt is soft made with tender loving care.