Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Love in Sunny Cabins

Thanks to your helpful comments, this weekend I hand tied and finished my latest do. Good Stitches quilt.  It's Love in Sunny Cabins, made in collaboration with the Love circle!

Love in Sunny Cabins


Since the members of my circle made these blocks with quilt-as-you-go, it was easy peasy to finish her up.  A big thanks to each member for contributing lovely blocks:  Ara Jane, Natalie, Jacey, Deborah, Cat, Elizabeth, Alia, Kristan and Amanda.

hand tied with Yarn!


I did it!  I hand tied this quilt with... YARN!  Yippee!  After confirming that the yarn was colorfast (soak clippings in hot water in a clear glass bowl, then hold over white surface to check for bleeding) I opted for the silk/wool blend yarn.  I dug through my stash of hand sewing needles to find the biggest, strongest looking ones.  Ended up using a darning needle and a crewel needle.  The packages said 1/5 as the size, and contained a range of sizes.  I used the largest. 

thanks Love circle!


It still took a fair bit of tugging to get through the quilt, but it happened, it worked, so long as I didn't try to run the needle through the seam allowance part, where the batting is 2 layers thick.  When the needle got stuck, I used a balloon as a gripper on the advice of a reader.  Thanks for sharing that great tip!

Love in Sunny Cabins


The finished quilt is 56" x 70".  It feels a heftier than normal from all that dense quilting and the home dec wait backing I used...

backing from Ikea


It's from Ikea!  I've had it in my stash for awhile, kind of saving it, but this seemed to perfect to pass up.  I love the large, moody print as a backing.  It's a fun contrast to the bright and sunny front.  Also figured the dark color and tight weave will help this quilt hold up to lots of use.  Now it's off to Wrap Them in Love!

Look who's quilting


Hey, look who kept me company during the photo shoot.

Aria and her flag quilt


Aria's decided to hand quilt around each star in her flag quilt.  The book called for the felt stars to be fused to the quilt, but we're finding that Steam-a-Seam Lite doesn't want to fuse felt for some reason.  Course, the hand quilting will be a lovely addition at any rate!

pretty.


I'll leave you with Pretty.  Color, color!

35 comments:

  1. Your quilt is beautiful and I love how Aria is handquilting hers. Makes my heart smile as I am a handpiecer & quilter. She also looks just like my little granddaughter, Lyndsey, a beautiful child that I was teaching to sew but unfortunately I have not gotten to see in almost a year. Quilting gives me comfort & hope. :')

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  2. oh yay! those sunny cabins turned out gorgeous. and the red yarn you used to tie it is just perfect.

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  3. i love the colors of your quilt. i've been wanting to try the quilt-as-you-go technique for a while now, as it seems less intimidating than machine quilting to me. i also love the look of a hand-tied quilt. and the flag? fantastic!

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  4. The quilt is fabulous and so is your Ikea backing choice. They have such great designs. I've seen 'quilt as you go' quilts and loved the whole idea of them but I just don't get how to join all the blocks together.

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    1. Right! Most popular question ever =) So, you join the blocks with seams, just as you would with regular blocks. I use 1/2" seams and press them open. It makes the seams bulky, but only a quilter would notice.

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  5. Wow, love the quilt and the backing is gorgeous! And well done Aria, looking great that quilt :o)

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  6. Gorgeous quilt - isn't it lovely to see our crafting habits starting in the next generation.

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  7. This is stunning Rachel! Love the colors you chose.

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  8. Rachel, I love that yellow quilt...it's my favorite color so I just love it.

    Aria- Goodness gracious I LOVE how its turning out! Seriously can't wait to gift that book for my daughter on her birthday in July!

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    1. If only the world would shrink a little smaller yet, so that families like yours and ours could meet!

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  9. In case you don't have a handy balloon, I use dish washing gloves when tying with thick yarn! Beautiful log cabins :)

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  10. Love the colors in your quilt! I've been wanting to do a yellow and brown color combo....yours is just yummy!

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  11. Aaaahhh it turned out gorgeous! Aria's quilt looks great too. Like Momma, like daughter I guess. :)

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  12. Beautiful quilt, love the happy colors. So sweet to see Aria doing her handwork too. Makes me smile! You can buy curved tapestry needles for tying quilts, so much easier than straight needles.

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    1. That's just what I was coming to suggest as well! I use curved needles for all my tying, which is how I finish 90% of my quilts. It's how my grandma taught me and I love the look and feel. (My toes find the stitching on machine quilted backs).

      Rachel, the quilt is just gorgeous! The colors are so bright and cheery and that backing is simply fantastic!

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    2. For some reason, the curved needle wasn't helping me. I may need to learn how to use it properly!

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  13. I love this quilt, those colors are so comforting. And I agree about the backing print, it is a great fit with the quilt.

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  14. The colors are so pretty, bright and happy. Whomever receives it will be very lucky.

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  15. Turned out awesome! That backing fabric is *perfect*!! :) Beautiful!!

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  16. Just beautiful! Love the hand tying. Will definitely be trying that soon! Aria is just lovely. :)

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  17. Looks great! I love the colors! And the quilt back is beautiful.

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  18. I didn't think I like it. For some reason I thought I don't like the log cabins. But I like this quilt a lot. That would be something for me, too. Well done!
    And the look of Aria crafting is heartwarming. :)

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    1. I love your honesty! Something about log cabins is just so simple. Sometimes simple is great!

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  19. Excellent pairing for the backing fabric. I love the deep contrast.

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  20. Love the colors in your quilt. Sweet pics of your daughter sewing. And her quilt is lovely too.

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  21. Great sunshiney quilt, and the backing is a gret choice. I love that your daughter quilts too - I am still working on that with my sons (one does like to make hats so I guess that is a start!)

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    1. Yes, that is a start! But, two quilters can be dangerous. So many quilts in this house!

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  22. It turned out so lovely... and the back is fabulous!

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  23. wow, this is such a pretty quilt. I love all those colors, and ties, and qayg, and the binding. Simply perfect. Aria's quilt is looking mighty good, too. She is one crafty girly.

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  24. Your quilt is beautiful! Love the yellows mixed with the browns etc. Perfect quilting and the backing is luscious.:)

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  25. That's a really gorgeous quilt! And that backing fabric is really perfect for it. I'm about to start my June blocks for my first ever do.Good.Stitches project- so exciting!

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  26. I really like how you tied this quilt to finish it. I haven't made a QAYG quilt bc I was unsatisfied with the quilting options. But thie tying solution my have pushed me over the edge. :)

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  27. It's really beautiful!! I love these colours :)

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