Category: Quilting

quilt along « 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...

Strawberry Fields together and ready for quilting « Ann Champion’s Blog

My Strawberry Fields doll quilt top is together and ready for quilting! This was a fun little quilt to make. I know it looks big in the pic, but it’s only about 19″x26″. If you didn’t join us for this quilt along but like the look of a zig zag setting I thought I’d post the formula for figuring the size to cut the setting triangles for anyone that doesn’t know how to figure the cutting numbers. You can do the setting with any size block. You take the finished block size x 1.414 + 1.25 =the size you cut the square to cut the triangles from. In this case it was a 5″ block which would be finished 4.5″ x 1.414 = 6.363 + 1.25 = 7.613 (7 5/8″) The setting triangles will be cut from a 7 5/8″ square cut on the diagonal from corner to corner or in an X through it.

I had my blocks pinned up on my design wall, so I pinned the...

Strawberry Fields doll quilt finished « Ann Champion’s Blog

Ta da!!! Strawberry Fields is finished.  It’s a fun doll quilt that Lori of Humble Quilts posted as a quilt along.
She drew her inspiration from an antique quilt, which was full sized.  She downsized the blocks and changed the setting to the fun zig-zag.
Her fabric choices were close to the original and I chose to make mine similar too, by using reproduction fabrics.
I had a lot of fun with this quilt along, but when it came time to quilt my little darling I found it kind of fiddly to quilt.
Soo…I basted the edge to an old towel so I could put it in my quilting hoop.
That helped a lot.  I know a lot of people quilt free handed, but I’m more comfortable using a hoop…and my hoop is big!
I guess it depends on what a person is used to?
With the towel added I could quilt away.
I used a toile fabric I had on hand for my...

Another Quilt Along? « Ann Champion’s Blog

Yes! Absolutely yes!
Lori of Humble Quilts is posting another quilt along on her blog. I had so much fun with the Cheddar and Crackers doll quilt she did a while back that I made two versions, so I’ve been anxiously waiting for this one.
This doll quilt will get it’s color scheme from an antique quilt. Lori has posted fabric selections and hints to choose fabrics with a similar feel to the original.

Lori is using scraps but I’m just lopping off pieces from yardage I have. I bought these fabrics with nothing in particular in mind and haven’t used them yet..so didn’t have scraps. Either way is fine.
If you’ve never done a quilt along before you might like to give this a try? Lori gives wonderful instructions with pics. You wouldn’t have to use the antique color scheme she has posted, if that’s not your style..you could...

It’s Just Too Much! « Ann Champion’s Blog

Some might say I have too much fabric? I say..I have too small of a room!
When we moved to this house I was so happy to finally have a dedicated sewing room! It’s a smallish bedroom..but I wouldn’t have to do my sewing at the Dining room table.
Over time..I’ve added to my stash…and added..and now..I’m back sewing at the dining room table! LOL
In my defense..I’ve acquired a lot of my fabrics from estate sales, yard sales, and those 50% off clearance fabrics Joann’s sales. There’s very little in this room that wasn’t bought on sale…mostly very deeply discounted sales…so how could I NOT buy them?
As you approach the room there is a bookcase directly in front of you. Why? Because I ran out of wall space to put cases against. Just behind that bookcase is my work table. Or at least it USED to be my work table!
Are you...

Cheddar and Crackers « Ann Champion’s Blog

My little Cheddar and Crackers quilt is finished!
I wasn’t crazy about the shirting I chose. It was too blue/cold looking. I decided to give my blocks a dip in a tea bath. I like the way the tea toned down the shirting, but it muddied the cheddar. It does look like an antique quilt that has been played with though, and I’m happy with it.
For the batting I used two pieces of cotton batting I had trimmed away from a larger project. I just butted them up against each other side by side. Thrifty right? I knew I would be machine quilting this and I wanted the shrinkage I’d get with cotton to hide the stitches a bit.

I cheated and pieced my top before the third installment of instructions was posted on Lori’s blog I couldn’t wait..I got too anxious to see how the 16 patch blocks would look once in place.
I really liked the...

I won a fabric give away! « Ann Champion’s Blog

I won a fabric give away from Kelly of Pinkadot Quilts.  She just finished up a quilt that was started a while back (maybe the 90′s?), and she said her taste in fabrics has changed.  She offered some of the left over fabrics from her quilt which she has named the Procrastination Quilt.
She included a block that didn’t make it’s way into the quilt.
When I opened the package I was struck by how vintage the fabrics looked.  I love them!
I’m going to be digging through my stash for “go withs”..and maybe drop by Joann’s fabrics?  I have a $10 off coupon for this week.
I’m looking forward to the challenge of coming up with a design using these fabrics.  They’re so different from what I’ve been using lately.
Stop by and visit Kelly’s blog.  She always has such a nice mix of projects. 
Thanks Kelly! 
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Strawberry Fields Quilt Along « Ann Champion’s Blog

As soon as Lori posted the pics and piecing info for the Strawberry Fields blocks on her blog I just had to jump in and piece a trial block.
What fun little blocks! I decided to piece my blocks a bit scrappy so they looked like they were made from bits of fabrics pulled from a scrap bag.

I pieced one of my black pieces so it would look like a poverty patch. I always enjoy seeing those in antique quilts. I used a variety of shirting prints too.
In one block I used a solid piece of fabric with a puppy in the center, instead of piecing that like the rest of the blocks.
I had a lot of fun changing little things in the blocks. When you are doing blocks with all of the same pieces, but change the color placement in some, they are called renegade blocks. I always enjoy seeing those in quilts too, so I had to add some.

This...

Doll quilts « Ann Champion’s Blog

My little Cheddar and Crackers quilt is finished!
I wasn’t crazy about the shirting I chose. It was too blue/cold looking. I decided to give my blocks a dip in a tea bath. I like the way the tea toned down the shirting, but it muddied the cheddar. It does look like an antique quilt that has been played with though, and I’m happy with it.
For the batting I used two pieces of cotton batting I had trimmed away from a larger project. I just butted them up against each other side by side. Thrifty right? I knew I would be machine quilting this and I wanted the shrinkage I’d get with cotton to hide the stitches a bit.

I cheated and pieced my top before the third installment of instructions was posted on Lori’s blog I couldn’t wait..I got too anxious to see how the 16 patch blocks would look once in place.
I really liked the...

Making Progress… « Ann Champion’s Blog

I’ve been quilting away on my version of Kim McClean’s Princess Feather. My goal is to get it done by the time the weather gets too warm to quilt here. I have just a bit to finish and I’ll be starting the quilting on the borders.

I’ve been using a water erasable pen for marking my quilting lines and I’ve tried something new on this quilt.  It’s been so convenient and has worked so well..I thought I’d mention it.
I’ve been keeping a bud vase with water in it on the little table next to my chair. I keep a little paint brush in it, and as I get an area quilted I just run the wet brush along the lines I’ve quilted and the blue disappears easily.  I like removing the marks as I go along, because I always fear if I leave them too long they may not come out.
If you haven’t tried this..give it a try.  I think you’ll love how...