Friday, February 21, 2014

Finished: Dragons Quilt

I've been trying to figure out what to call this, and I just can't come up with anything clever. So Dragons Quilt it is.

I made this for my 9 year old niece, who is a big dragon fan. My sister suggested "pinks, purples, and dragon-y greens." I ended up with purplish pinks and I like it. I tried to choose fabrics that reminded me of castles (brick fabric from Kate Spain's Central Park line) or dragon scales. 
 This is a big quilt. It's 68" by 96". I was originally planning on no sashing and a green border, but when I had it all laid out it was way too pink. Putting the green in between the blocks made a big difference. However, that made the quilt bigger than expected. I was still planning to add a border, but it would have been WAY too big for a twin size bed, so I just left it off. I'm not a huge fan of sewing borders on, so that was fine with me.

The blocks are from Don't Call me Betsy's Weathervane Block tutorial. They alternate with plain squares that I quilted dragons into. More info on the dragons can be found here in my previous post.
 I quilted flames and curling smoke coming out of the dragons' mouths. I love how this turned out.
The pink fabric to the left of this pieced block is the one that looks most like dragon scales to me--it has geometric hearts on it, and they look so much like scales! I was really happy to find that one.
I hope my niece loves it! I've been working on this off and on for over 4 months, and it feels so good to have it done.
I'm linking up today to Finish it Up Friday and Link a Finish Friday.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WiP: Quilted Dragons

I FINALLY got my niece's quilt all quilted this week. She loves dragons, and has for a long time, so I put dragons in all of the plain squares. My sister (her mom) is an amazing artist, and designed this motif for me. She's looking into selling PDF's of her designs.
 I did freehand flames and curling smoke coming out of the dragons' mouths over the pieced blocks. I love how it turned out!
I finished the quilting yesterday, and now all I have to do is bind it and this will be DONE! More pictures soon! I set aside the x-strings for a bit as I have some other deadlines right now, but I'm close to the quilting stage for that one too.

Linking up to Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WiP: Removing Paper /How Should I Quilt This?

I haven't done much paper piecing in the past but chose to have members of my local Salt Lake MQG bee make paper-pieced x-strings blocks for me last year. There were six of us who participated so we each made two blocks each month, and it went for six months. I was just waiting on one more block so I could put this together. The block I was waiting on was... MINE! I only made one block when I made the instructions to hand out, and finally made the other one a couple of days ago. My month was April, so it has been a long time. It feels good to be making progress on this again!
I got all twelve blocks sewn together and now I'm removing the paper from the center blocks. I'm leaving it around the edges until I get a border on. Some of the people removed the paper, which stretched the edges a little bit. It was tricky to get the edges to match up in a few places as a result, but it turned out okay despite one or two small tucks.
 I am LOVING this. I'm really looking forward to getting it done.

I'm planning to add a narrow white border around the outside, then a super-wide border of this matching print around that. It will be about 18 inches wide. The large border will make it into a twin-size quilt. I'm adding the wide borders for a few reasons:
1. At 6'3" with a 6'7" husband, lap quilts only cover our laps. Small quilts don't cut it around here.
2. We need more spare twin-size quilts for the kids' beds in case of illness or whatever else might call for an emergency quilt.
3. I bought 5 yards of this print on a mega-good sale a year ago intending to use it as a backing, so I have plenty of fabric to do it.
I'm hoping that it "works" as a finished design.
 Now I'm debating how to quilt it? Should I custom quilt the blocks, or just do a quick allover design to get it done fast? I'm considering wavy lines, or possibly something geometric.

I'm also making a lot of progress on my niece's Christmas quilt. I know, it's February now, but it's getting there. I got all of the blocks sewn together along with sashing. I need to add one more border to the outside and then it's ready for quilting too. It was a bit windy outside when we tried to get a photo.
I also made two new pairs of pajama pants, so I've been really productive! It feels good to get so much done. I still don't have a lot of time, but I've been using more of the time that I have and feeling much better about things.

Linking up today to Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Quilting Services Special Pricing!

Now that we are settled in to having a fifth family member I am ready to take on more quilting. I am offering a special, first-come-first served offer right now for half off custom quilting to three customers. Normal pricing for light custom quilting starts at $0.02 per square inch, and more detailed custom quilting, including stitch in the ditch, dense ruler work, and dense fillers are $0.03 per square inch. For three quilts, I will do the same work for half the cost--either $0.01 or $0.015 depending on the detail you want. Custom quilting includes anything with specific attention to the piecing, rather than just quilting a complete overall design on the whole quilt.

See some examples below.
Light custom quilting--two borders done with rulers, and an allover design in the center. Normally $0.02 per square inch. (The blue lines were removed.)
 More light custom quilting can be seen here .

Medium Custom Quilting--this example has dense quilting but no ruler work or stitch in the ditch. May also include less dense designs with some ruler work. Normal price $0.025 per square inch.

Heavy Custom Quilting: Appliques outlined using rulers, dense fillers. Normally $0.03 per square inch.
More heavy custom quilting can be seen here.

If interested please shoot me an email at thequiltingmill@yahoo.com.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Riley Blake Challenge--by the Mister!

So it seems my husband has been making more quilts than me lately--and for right now, that is true. We got the fabric for the Riley Blake Challenge in October, about two weeks before baby #3 was born, and I knew I didn't want to commit the time to do it. I showed Kyle the bundle, and he basically said, "Challenge accepted!" He designed and pieced the top. His original block design was a bit different, but he changed his mind at the last minute and flipped some pieces around and got this look instead.


 The fabrics we were given were, um, interesting. He decided to add purple and red-orange to match up colors into complementary pairs, and then the grays. I think his theory worked and he actually came up with a great idea. He used every inch of the fat eights we received--there were just thin trimmings left.



He told me that he wanted it quilted with giant pebbles, which led to calling them rocks. We had a good laugh about that one. =) It was fun to use my circle templates and make all of the circles. He wanted a lot of contrast in the sizes, which made it more fun to do. The print on the back worked really well with the circle quilting too--when we were going through my stash to choose a back, we both knew right away that it was the perfect choice.



It was fun to work on yet another project together, but it looks like he'll be taking a break from quilting for a little while. Maybe I can convince him to pull out the queen size quilt he hasn't worked on since our oldest was born.... =)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

3 Quilts for Danielle

I had the opportunity to quilt 3 more quilts for my friend Danielle before Christmas. I know we're 2/3 through January, but it's better to blog late than never, right?

The first two were commissions for a friend of hers.
(Sorry for the bad lighting on this first one.) This adorable owl quilt was first. I had so much fun customizing the quilting design a little. I put leaves in the "tree", swirls in the background, and woodgrain on the branch.


 The owl needed feathers, didn't she? Apparently I don't have details of the leaves or woodgrain quilting.


 The second quilt was super cute too. This one is for a little boy, so we decided to put this square spiral pantograph on it. I don't use a lot of pantos, but this one worked really well for this design.


The third one Danielle made was for her adorable little boy. I LOVE how she laid it out--I wish I could have gotten a better picture of the whole thing. She asked for straight lines echoing 1" on both sides of each seam. She brought me a puffy poly batting for this one, and I'm sure her son is loving to snuggle with this amazing quilt his mom made just for him.
I'll admit I was a little worried about how to do the straight lines continuously, but my engineer husband/consultant helped me figure out a quilting path that worked excellently.


These were the first quilts I worked on after the new baby was born. He has been a fantastic napper, and especially was the first few weeks. That has really helped a lot!

Thanks Danielle for letting me be a part of these beautiful quilts!

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Christmas Finish by the Mr!

I count myself very lucky to not only have a husband who supports my quilting habit, but he also likes to participate in it as well. Lately he has spent more time planning, designing, and building his stash (I know, right?!?) than actually sewing, but he got the motivation he needed when his sister asked for a quilt for Christmas. With all of the projects I had on my plate as well as a new baby on the way, we switched roles on this one and I became his consultant. He designed, cut, and pieced the blocks. He asked me to sew them all together because he knew I could do it faster, but he could have done it. I also did the quilting and binding. Those scare him. For now. ;)

His sister wanted a throw quilt in neutral colors. 
This measures 50" by 60" and we think it will be right up her alley. We'll find out in the morning because that is when we'll be giving it to her.

I quilted it in a large overall paisley-ish design. I love the motion that this pattern provides. Kyle wanted something to contrast with the straight lines in the piecing, and we definitely achieved that.
 It has since been washed and is now wonderfully snuggly. It was fun to see Kyle getting into sewing again. He hasn't actually sewn since our daughter was born, and she's 5 now, so it has been a really long time. This was the second quilt he has made--the first one, finished in 2008, was king size and all equilateral triangles in a fractal pattern. I'll have to tell about that one sometime.

I'm linking up today to Finish it Up Friday and Link a Finish Friday.

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