Friday, October 20, 2017

Ghastly Beauty

alidiza: Ghastly Beauty
What can I say, I'm still feeling rather Ghastly...  I was totally inspired by Natural Born Quilter's Nightshade Emperor's Wheel quilt and since my Ghastlies stash was still strewn all over my studio I just kept on going.

For the construction I adapted this NY Beauty Circle of Flying Geese pattern by Better off Thread.

I had a couple of options for adding the center section.  My initial thought was to turn under the edges of the flying geese and applique my ring to the center panel.  I also could have used my favorite circle technique and done the opposite.  Instead I decided to challenge my skills and sew an inset circle.  I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out and I definitely liked not having the extra bulk to quilt thru.

I had the haunting feeling someone was watching me quilt this;-)

Since I was challenging myself I decided to test out quilting with Aurifil's Lana wool.  As the website recommends I used coordinating 50wt thread in the bobbin and I switched to a 90/14 needle.  I love the extra definition this gives the rings!

alidiza: Ghastly Beauty
Making this pillow was great therapy, despite it's 101 pieces, but in the final analysis I don't love the result -  there's not enough contrast.  All those flying geese and they just don't pop.  If I use this pattern again I'll definitely try for something bolder. 

That said, it's a lovely addition to my ever-growing Ghastlies collection.  Still feeling Ghastly with this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Pillow Stats:
Finished pillow is 21" x 21"
Pattern:Adapted from NY Beauty Circle of Flying Geese pattern by Better off Thread
Fabrics: from the Ghastlies collections by Alexander Henry, Spellbound by Cotton + Steel
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient
Thread: Aurifil 12wt Lana Wool/Acrylic in Faerie Pink (8464), 50wt Victorian Rose (2445)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Excuse Me While I Swoon

alidiza: Excuse Me While I Swoon - ghastlies swoon pillow
As I've mentioned before I'm really not that in to the whole fall thing.  Those "crisp" autumn days put me in a ghastly mood so quicker than you can say pumpkin spice latte I escaped to my studio, dug into my stash, and got sewing...

There really isn't enough space in my house for yet another Ghastlies quilt but there's always room for pillows.  I've been on a bit of a Swoon pillow jag lately.  It started started with my Christmas version and then spread to a patriotic version so obviously a Halloween one was in order.  Most of the Ghastlies focus prints are too spread apart for these smaller pieces but the Ghastlie Web print was perfect.

For the quilting I made a free form spider web.  This is such any easy and forgiving pattern and perfect for Halloween decorations!  Lori Kennedy has a great spider web tutorial if you've never tried quilting one.  Next time I'll try adding the spider.

For the back I had a little fun and used this colorful 9 Ghastlie Lives print.  As always, I used this zipper closure tutorial by to S.O.T.A.K. Handmade.

alidiza: Excuse Me While I Swoon - ghastlies swoon pillow
Feeling Ghastly with this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Pillow Stats:
Finished pillow is 20" x 20"
Pattern:Adapted from Swoon by Camille Roskelley - Thimble Blossoms
Fabrics: from the Ghastlies collections by Alexander Henry, P&B Basics, Onyx Grunge by basic grey.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient Bamboo
Thread: King Tut Rosetta Stone (978).

Friday, October 6, 2017

To a Tee

This is another project I worked on this summer during my blogging hiatus.  A dear friend of mine lost her husband to cancer.  These quilts were made for his daughters from his favorite T-shirts.

I've never made a T-Shirt quilt before, and I have say this is one of the most labor intensive projects I've ever done.  I used an entire bolt of SF-101 to interface the shirts.  Of course I did this during a heat wave...  I was literally sweating over a hot iron.

Fitting all the pieces together was a bit like putting together a puzzle.  I tried to keep them to consistent widths and the height in multiples of 3".  This was definitely one where I was thankful for my design wall!

Huge thanks to my friend Jane for letting me use her longarm to quilt these.  I used a big loopy scribble and was able to get them both done in a day.

As usual these got dragged around while I hand tacked the binding.  I don't know what people who don't quilt do with all those random wait around times.  I go crazy without something to keep my hands busy!

I backed these with some snuggly flannel.  It's almost like a hug...  I know nothing can ever replace their Dad but I hope these are a warm reminder of him.

Checking in with this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilts are 68" x 70"
Fabrics: Sashing and Binding FSDS Cosmic Blue.  Backing Mammoth Flannel Checkerboard - Ocean.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select.