Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Storm Twinkle

Twinkle in Storm

May I present Storm Twinkle, aptly photographed on a stormy day!  I asked my two buddies to brave the moisty misty weather for a photoshoot just now.  Camera snapping and encouraging words flying, I got one decent shot, but then things went downhill fast...

Twinkle in Storm

For the height-challenged among us it's hard to hold up your end of the bargain.  I wish I could say that no quilt tops were harmed in the making of these photographs, but we did have a close encounter with a bit of southern red clay.  And, of course, it landed on the solid Kona Bone star, just where it could do the most damage.  Soaking in spray-n-wash now, fingers crossed.

Twinkle in Storm

I mixed in quite a few solid stars by request of my little man.  He had definite opinions on each and every fabric used.  Stripes are good.  Circles suspect.  Text is out (gasp!).  Solids rule.

Twinkle in Storm

Now I have two twin quilt tops, two packages of Warm & Plush and a great big cut of Doe Wide to back these babies.  Time for some basting action!  Basting at 7.5 months pregnant isn't the easiest thing known to (wo)man.  Wish me luck!

33 comments:

  1. Love this! I'm pondering ideas for quilt designs for my boys (ages 5 and 8). They, too, are opinionated on fabric, and have chosen a mix of solids and prints with their favorite characters (Angry Birds and Star Wars). We have the fabric, and I could do rectangles, but boring? Oh, boys! :)

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  2. Wishing you luck and nice warm bubble bath after!!! :D Love these star quilts!

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  3. It turned out lovely and I hope the southern red clay comes out... I am sure it will! If not, it just means it was already loved! :o) Can't wait to see them both finished.

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  4. These quilts are so beautiful!!
    I am waiting for fabric I ordered to make one as in your tutorial!
    Thank you for this and best wishes!

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  5. I just love this one Rachel! Wish I could come help you baste! :)
    You're on the home stretch! For both quilts and baby!

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    1. Thanks, Jodi. I have one basted now. I think I'll quilt it before basting the second =) By my count, I have about 6 weeks left until baby. I am glad it's soon! I'm not that uncomfortable, but I'm eager to meet her. At the same time, I'm feeling that urgent "there is so much I should probably do first" feeling too!

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  6. It turned out great and I seriously doubt that red clay will make any difference in the long run. :D

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    1. Yep! To be honest, it's bound to be stained before the year's out anyways. And that's not being negative. It's just I know it's going to be well-loved and well-used =)

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  7. Love it! My second son is all about solids, too! I am happy he will at least weigh in with his opinion :)

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  8. I have loved every one of your star quilts! And I totally sympathize about the basting. I am 29 weeks along and after basting a quilt last week was wondering if I would actually be able to baste the quilt for baby when I get it done!

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  9. The quilt is lovely. If your stain remains try Zout--comes in a red bottle, spray or squirt. This is really a miracle product, much better than Shout, Zout is no longer available in Canada, but I buy a stack of it when in the states. Honestly, it's a wonderful product. No I am not the company rep.

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  10. Yes, it's hard work basting with a baby belly (I know) ... I think that's when I first started table basting instead and haven't looked back :) I hope the 'bone' star survives the red clay incident ...

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  11. It's really a beautiful quilt. I do agree with Liam on the text, but I agree with you about the solids. I think a lot of solids are too boring. I'm really sorry about the stain. I'd love to help you finish. I really love both quilts and I will REALLY try not to stain mine!

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  12. I remember what red clay does to fabric, growing up in GA, clay was everywhere.
    I also well remember having 6 weeks left and wanting time to speed up one day and slow down the next.

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    1. Yes, slow down and speed up all at once! That's exactly how I feel.

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  13. I need to do quilts for my kids (am selfishly working on a swoon for me first!). Am pinning this for future reference :)

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  14. I remember basting with a big belly! I've never heard of Warm & Plush. Is it just a higher loft than Warm & White/Natural? Squishier?

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    1. Yes, it is a slightly thicker batting, still low loft. Also the Warm & Plush is 100% cotton; whereas, the Warm and Natural has some synthetic fibers. The Warm & Plush is reported to be warmer, probably since it's slightly thicker.

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  15. oh, this basting business does not sound very fun. Good luck. Love the quilt, it looks amazing.

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  16. If the Spray n Wash doesn't work, try BIZ. It's great stuff! I had a piece of white vintage cotton fall on the floor when my house flooded. It landed on a pink rag rug AND got muddy flood water all over it. I soaked it in the tub for a few hours and it came out good as new! Biz is my friend. You can get it at Target. Good luck with everything.

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  17. Good luck with the stain, although, I am sure it will be ok if it doesn't come out. It adds character and a cute memory of a rainy day! :) Did you baste on the floor or on tables or a design wall? I am dreading basting my next big quilt and I'm not even pregnant! Go you for getting 1 done! :)

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    1. I baste on the floor (tape the backing to my wood floor) and use 505 spray adhesive, being mindful of the fumes. Fortunately 505 doesn't smell, as it's not very toxic.

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  18. Good luck with both the stain removal and basting! :)

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  19. sounds like my son - very opinionated on what fabrics he wants in his quilt, and even what pattern of fmq he'd like!

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  20. Hope the clay comes out! Your son picked some awesome fabrics!!! Good luck basting...I couldn't imagine doing it all with pins. Maybe spray this time?

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  21. Such gorgeous quilts. Have you tried the Sharon Schamber table basting method, where she rolls the quilt back and front onto long bits of wood, then puts the batting in between as she unrolls and bastes? I can't get down on the floor, and this really works well for me -- and you can slide the wood along the table as you move across the quilt to baste. This is designed for stitch basting, which I prefer to pinning (just because I prefer spending hours hand sewing, instead of spending hours pinning!), but one of the ladies in my Quilt Guild also can't get on the floor to baste and says that this method also works for spray or pin basting. Good luck!

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    1. PS -- Sharon Schamber demonstrates her method on YouTube!

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  22. Hi Rach another lovely make!! Sorry again for being a stranger, once you step out of blogging its hard to get back to it, Im dipping in now and again though, and do check out your blog often. Not long now for you then, can you believe how fast shes coming now, your friend Clare xx

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  23. Another beautiful quilt! Good luck with basting and these last weeks of pregnancy. I sewed like crazy the last couple of months before my 3rd was born.

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