Greetings! Here’s an update on the resurrected UFO that I showed recently. It had languished in my closet for several years as a collection of relatively unusual blocks that I had fashioned from a picture of a quilt in a Tokyo International Quilt Festival photo. Since that post I managed to sew all the blocks together (click to enlarge):
My husband finally came by the sewing room door seeing this for the first time and said, “what’s that?” When I explained what a UFO is he replied that he could see why it had been a UFO – not exactly a vote of confidence ! 🙂 He since has warmed up to the idea that I think it is going to be a crib quilt and will have some type of applique border. And I have to give him credit for normally being my biggest quilting supporter and cheerleader!
The other thing that is interesting is that Al said it looked like a prison, i.e. he saw mostly the darker bars when he looked at it. I see it entirely differently. I see mostly the bits of color between the bars, especially the lighter bits. To me it looks more like skyscrapers with windows with twinkling lights. I’m considering “Twinkle, twinkle” as a possible title.
I have also been working on adding berries to the borders for Stardust. During vacation I had forged ahead with working only on leaves and had about 30 berries to do to catch up:
I know that over the years I have appliqued probably thousands of berries and, although I do a good job with my needle turn technique and you have to look closely to see the flaws, I have always been frustrated that I can’t consistently make then perfect or nearly perfect. I know that better berries are possible because I have seen them on show quilts. This is especially true of very tiny berries. So at the Vermont Festival last week I purchased this:
These packages come in 2 sizes, larger and smaller and these are the smaller ones. I’ve made about a dozen berries out of the next to the smallest size template and they are better! I’m happy! I don’t find the process of prepping the berries to be onerous at all. Here are pictures of the process: choose the template, draw the circle on the back of the fabric, cut it out – for very small berries the seam allowance should be about 3/16th of an inch – stitch around the seam allowance, pull together over the template, iron down, apply some dabs of Magic Sizing and iron again then remove the template, smoothe the edges and cut the thread. Voila!
It’s a little tricky to get the template out because you do have to distort the edges a bit to do so, but usually just tugging on the thread will bring the shape back. From now on I’m making at least my small berries this way, if not all circles.
And now, here are a few more wonderful quilts from the Vermont Festival. I very much enjoy the work of Timna Tarr and look forward to seeing something new from her in most Vermont shows. This year she had a very fun quilt in the show featuring eggs! I love it. I love how she used the yellow, gold, and blue color scheme too. Great use of color, which is something she is known for. I very much like grids and repeated designs and this one is an original!! It won the award for most humorous quilt:
Pat Delaney does wonderful home machine quilting and won the award for best home machine quilting. She always creates wonderful designs and uses color beautifully too. I loved her “lone star” quilt this year – beautiful softer colors. She also uses creative edgings on her quilts and I loved the prairie points on this one. See that purple ribbon? That means she scored between 98 and 100 and was in consideration for Best of Show!
Barb Vedder won the Best Hand Quilting award for her lovely traditional red and white quilt:
The workmanship on this next machine made quilt was pretty amazing:
This next quilt is by Wendy Reed whose blog, The Constant Quilter, I enjoy very much. I adore autumn colors and leaves of any kind so liked this quilt a lot! She made the quilt with the “potholder” technique in which each separate block is bound before the blocks are sewn together. I love the use of reproduction fabrics:
That’s it for today. I have many more pictures of quilts from Vermont to share to stay tuned!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi