Category: Quilting

The Learning Process

I’m a self taught quilter.  Many years ago, as a young newly wed who was trying to decorate on a budget, I kept seeing quilts in magazines and loved how homey and comfortable they made a room look.   I wanted one..or maybe two?  When I finally ran across a couple for sale I was floored at the prices.  I realized if I was going to have a quilt I’d have to make it myself.

I didn’t know anyone that quilted, there were no quilt shops, but there was a library!  It had a couple of books, which I brought home and started reading.  This was waaay before the internet.  It was over 30 years ago!  The knowledge I got from those books and the pics in the magazines was sketchy.  There were a lot of blanks.  I saw what I now know as

Roseville Album

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing going on here lately, but I did manage to get the various sections of the Roseville Album quilt sewn together.

I rearranged the corner blocks from the way the original pattern was done.

I still need to make the four borders.

I need motivation to get moving on this!

I left off some of the circles from the bottom right corner.

I changed the bottom left corner block a bit too.  In Kim’s original quilt this is the upper right corner.

I thought getting everything trimmed and sewn together would give me a little enthusiasm?  It seems my “get up and go” has “got up and left”? 

Tags: Brandon Mably fabrics, hand applique, Kaffe Fasset fabrics, Kim McLean's Roseville Album, Phillip Jacobs fabrics

Pieced quilts

I decided to make a play time quilt to go along with the more formal 9 patch one I just made.

The Mother -to- be asked for story books that were signed by the gifter in lieu of cards.  I like that idea, since I’m such a fan of reading to children and love to encourage it.

I remember reading to this Niece when she was little.  It seems like such a short time ago.  Now she’s grown and having a child of her own.  My how time flies!

Anyways…I thought it would be fun to give a story book that incorporated quilting.  I saw one called The Quilt on Amazon.com.

In the story, the little girl’s blue toy dog gets lost in the folds of the quilt.  That spurred an idea for a play quilt.  I thought it would be fun to make a little quilt with a blue “Sally”...

Garage sale goodies

This past weekend we went to the big town wide garage sales/flea market in Stoney Ridge. We go every year and I got some goodies again!
The first item is a square griddle. I’ve been looking for one. The non stick finish on ours was getting bad, even though we never use metal utensils and always hand wash it. They’re so handy to have for making several grilled cheese sandwiches at a time, for French toast, for bacon, well,…you get the idea. I don’t want to have a kitchen without one!
This is a Pampered Chef brand. I had heard of the brand and knew it was good stuff…but had no idea what it should cost? The griddle was in gently used condition..and came from an estate sale. We have a “rule of thumb” with our garage sale goodies. We don’t like to pay any more than 10% of what the item costs new. It is after all..used. I...

Japanese x and

I was able to get the Japanese x and + top quilted!
I basted it on the dining room table by using large binder clamps.  I quilted it by following along the X shaped pieces, quilting in the ditch.  I thought I’d see how it looked once I got that much done and see if it looked like it needed more?
Since the blocks are around 7.5″, just quilting across the quilt in a grid seemed to be enough?
I chose a black and white print for the binding.
You can see a bit of the backing peeking out too.  I used an aqua/white print sheet.  The aqua doesn’t match exact..but it’s a scrappy fun quilt and I think it’s just fine?
I’m happy with how my quilt turned out, even if it’s got just real simple quilting. 
Here’s an “action shot”

Tags: Japanese x and +, machine quilted, scrappy quilt

Ann Champion’s Blog

I’m a self taught quilter.  Many years ago, as a young newly wed who was trying to decorate on a budget, I kept seeing quilts in magazines and loved how homey and comfortable they made a room look.   I wanted one..or maybe two?  When I finally ran across a couple for sale I was floored at the prices.  I realized if I was going to have a quilt I’d have to make it myself.
I didn’t know anyone that quilted, there were no quilt shops, but there was a library!  It had a couple of books, which I brought home and started reading.  This was waaay before the internet.  It was over 30 years ago!  The knowledge I got from those books and the pics in the magazines was sketchy.  There were a lot of blanks.  I saw what I now know as Trapunto.  I loved the look and wanted to try it.  This wasn’t my first quilt, but it was early in my...

The quilt top cupboard « Ann Champion’s Blog

Today instead of pulling something from the quilt top cupboard, I’m going to show you what I found at a couple of garage sales I went to on Saturday.
One of the sales was at the home of an elderly couple.  I always like to look at the  linens and this sale had quite a few.   I saw embroidered dresser scarves and pillow cases, along with many crocheted doilies.  Then I saw a very soiled piece of fabrac that was neatly folded.

I opened the fabric out and my heart nearly skipped a beat when I saw this beautiful appliqued block.  The stitches were tiny and tight, and I thought the design was beautiful.  I could picture a quilt made from these blocks.  With the gentle curve of the stems of berries a quilt made from blocks like this would look like they were dancing across the quilt…square dancing style?  I really like it!
I...

Published designs « Ann Champion’s Blog

My quilt is on the cover of Quiltmaker Magazine July/August 2009 issue. I saw a quilt top from the 1930′s at auction. It was made from the happy fabrics from that time and I fell in love. It quickly went way out of my price range, so I decided to try drafting a block to see if I could make myself a quilt like that. I drafted the pattern and stitched up a block, using 1930′s repro fabrics..and found it was easy to piece. I was able to piece the gentle curves with just a few pins. I figured if the block was that old..it must have a name? My friend Barb has a computer program with a catalog of blocks and she found the name. It’s a Flowering Snowball block. The design I drafted had bigger center squares and I liked it better. The block is pieced with light and dark values to show the design. I used the back sides of a lot...

I’ve done a bit of sewing… « Ann Champion’s Blog

Several months ago, Jan of Be*Mused blog posted photos from her trip to the Tokyo Quilt Festival.  She generously posts her photos to Flickr and many of us eagerly await their posting.  Japanese quilts just have something very special about them. 
There was one by Setsuko Inagawa that was really interesting.  Several of us wanted to try our hand at making some of the fun blocks.
Amy, of Badskirt blog drafted the block pattern.  She wrote up a nice tutorial on how to piece it.
Then Laura, of My New Blog Journey decided to post a quilt along for those interested in doing their own version of Setsuko’s quilt.  She started a Flickr group so we could post our blocks and progress.
My quilt ended up quite different from the one that inspired it.  It was fun to piece a block here and there as I felt like it though.  I used a...

Contests « Ann Champion’s Blog

Every two years the Glass City Quilt Commission puts on a show that’s judged by NQA accredited judges. This is the show that’s nearest to where I live. I try to go each time they have it and have found it to be a very good show, well organized and lots of quilts of high quality. This year I decided to enter some quilts for the first time, just to see how they’d do, for the comments that are sealed and given at quilt pick up time giving a “grade card” of your work and where they think you need improvement, and for the photo op. It’s hard for me to get a good full view pic of bed sized quilts and I wanted them for my records. I thought two of my quilts were pretty good..and the other two, as the maker… I knew they had flaws, but wanted the chance to get good pics so I entered them.
As I entered the Auditorium there were...