Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Couple Finishes

I've gotten a couple of things finished in the past few weeks that I am happy to share.  

This little rail fence baby quilt is now quilted and bound.  It was made from leftover 2-1/2 inch strips from the 16-patch quilt I made for the Hands2Help Challenge.

It will await the next baby quilt giving occasion, and if none presents itself within the next while (an indeterminate amount of time), I'll probably donate it. 

The second is a little scrappy wall hanging I finished last week.  Again, it uses the leftovers of another recent 16-patch quilt made with hand-dyed fabrics by Vicki Welsh.  

I just couldn't throw those tiny cut off corners away.  Actually, I did throw them away initially, but then I rescued them.

Each square broken dishes block is made of 16 half-square triangles and measures 5 inches finished.  Despite the small pieces and my big hands, it really wasn't as fiddly as you might think.

I set them on point with a batik that I had in the stash.  This next picture was taken in full sun, so it's kind of washed out looking but it shows the quilting better.

It was first quilted in the ditch on the diagonal.  I was going to leave it at that, but it looked kind of boring, so I went back and quilted some pointy oval shapes in the batik squares, using a walking foot and making gentle elongated S-curves from top to bottom in one go, and then stitching the same gentle curves in the opposite direction, intersecting the first line of stitching in the batik block centers.

Definitely wasn't going to attempt that freehand, though.  So I made a little pumpkin seed shaped template and marked it out, then did the walking foot stitching on the marked lines. Sweet!

Linking to Whoop-Whoop Fridays.


Shay said...

Love the colours and fabrics in the baby quilt – very sweet!

And the quilting on the second quilt is gorgeous. Quilts from scraps are my favourite kind of quilts because you never really know how they’ll come together until they’re done. I like the suspense and the surprise of them a lot.

Sarah Craig said...

Wow, P.! Both quilts are beautiful, but that second one is amazing! You should enter both of them in Shannon's Scrap Quilt Challenge, which opens up for entries on 7/1/15! 5" squares - oh my gosh!!

Ramona said...

Both of your quilts are beautiful, but I am really drawn to the second one. The fabrics, design and quilting are wonderful! What a great use of the little extra triangles.

Empty Closet Quilting said...

Two awesome quilts! I love that one was made with rescued fabric!!

Kevin the Quilter said...

Simply mah-velous dahling! Especially the quilting! I love the fact you transformed those once trashy bits into something spectacular!

Kaja said...

Two pretty finishes. The second of the two is stunning. I like the pairing of the batik with solids a lot - it is very effective.