Magnolia Mystery Quilt Finished

Last year I worked on the Meadow Mist Magnolia Mystery Quilt. Cheryl Brickey designs such lovely quilt patterns. I won't hesitate to participate in any of her Mystery Quilt Alongs!

I enjoyed working on the units for each new clue every few weeks and was very pleased with the lap quilt I made. I chose the fabrics from my stash of batiks. Some from the Island Batik fabrics I had, and the blue background I bought as a remnant at Hancock's of Paducah one year. They all worked well together. On Sunday, I sewed the binding on and the label.

I took the quilt to Pam at Creative Loop. Friends had praised her work. Last year at a quilting retreat, she made a presentation about longarm quilting and the types of battings to use. She showed some of her work. I was so impressed with her knowlegde and skills, I decided I wanted her to quilt this quilt because there was so much background space in it.

I was not disappointed. I think the recipient of this quilt is going to ooh and aaah over it. I am giving it to her as a thank you for all the hospitality she has shown me over the years when I visit her town.

(not sure why this blue color is so off)

Thanks for visiting my blog.
If you are interested in a mystery quilt along coming soon, Merry Mayhem is hosting one on Aug. 12, 2018. It is a one-day event where clues are given every hour. Download the first piece of information (fabric and cutting) from the website HERE. She is calling the quilt, TWINKLE. Wonder if it's for Christmas, hmmm.


Maltese Cross Block Re-made

Last week Electric Quilt posted their Block Spotlight tutorial HERE.
They were showing EQ users how to get creative by changing the colorings or adding another block with it in the quilt.
I played with using just 2 colors and then redrew the block to make it easier to construct in my quilt.

I am thinking of making this quilt, but maybe in blues for a snowflake effect.
Or maybe using bright colors. 
The ease of changing colors to determine what fabrics I might use is one of the reasons I like using my EQ program. And that I could redraw the block to make it easier to assemble is another reason. 

What fabrics would you use? 


Lap Quilts Revisited

Today I am joining Val's Quilting Studio in the Tuesday Archives HERE. This week's theme is Lap Quilts.

I have been vacationing for the last week in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was the start of my 4th week of healing from foot surgery and great to go somewhere. I'm not driving yet, so I am dependent upon others. I just relaxed and it was GREAT.

But, I'm back and thought I would put together a post condensation of some of my blogs where I showed lap quilts I had made.

I chose  to donate a lap quilt I made, called Flower Boxes, for the church raffle this coming weekend.  My DH took this photo, not the best, but it is the only one I now have. It is much prettier than the picture indicates. I quilted it this past fall on the Sweet 16 at the art studio using Sally Terry's Leaf designs. I see on her website that she has refined the technique and calls it SHADOW RHYTHMS. I took her class at the AQS show this past August. The technique is very easy to learn and the quilts look great. Click HERE to check out the video on her website for more information. You can find the entire blog post HERE

I began this quilt after taking Susan Purney-Mark's class "Give and Take" 2 years ago at the AQS Show in Grand Rapids, MI.  I quilted it using techniques I learned in Sally Terry's class at the same show. I put the bindings on this past October at a quilt retreat. And now it is on my couch as a lap throw. The entire blog post is HERE.

I am sure every quilter has been asked to help someone out with a quilt project.
My sister asked me to help with finishing the quilt she had started for her son. 
How can one say no to a sister?
This is a photo of the finished quilt. 
She purchased plaid and plain wool suiting pieces. 
When I got the top, she had the pinwheels sewn. 
Below, you will find what I did to finish the quilt. 

My sister has not made many square patch quilts and wasn't sure of the quilting process. She did not have much of each fabric and had already cut them into squares. I suggested she cut them diagonally to create more visual appeal. I never thought to suggest fusible interfacing for stabilization, so there was S-T-R-E-T-C-H.

After sewing the pinwheels together she asked for help with sandwiching and binding. She had purchased a felted wool for the backing. We thought including batting in the quilt would be much too hot. I suggested it be sewn as a self-binding blanket. (You can see Jenny Doan's demonstration HERE.) I thought large hand sewn quilting stitches to hold the layers from shifting would be cool. So, I took the project home and went at it.

You can read more about what I did HERE.

HERE is a top that was finished by my friend and longarm quilter, Michelle.  
This lap size Hunter Star quilt that I made quite a few years ago. The original blog had the finished photo, but the link is broken. I will have to search through my files for the photo.

Thank you for visiting Val's Quilting Studio and my blog. 
Have you made lap quilts for special people or to donate? 
What size do you like to make them? 


My Photos linky with Whims and Fancies

I am linking to Soma's Wandering Camera photo linky party today.

This happens the last Thursday of each month. She has posted a wonderful set of forest photos that she took along with a Robert Frost poem that I have always appreciated.

The photos I am posting are from the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle, Washington, USA. I visited our daughter and son-in-law in September 2017 and was so happy to have been able to view the magnificent glass art of Dale Chihuly. If there is a Chihuly exhibit near me on a trip, I try to visit. His work is so colorful, bright and dynamic.

I hope you enjoy looking at these few photos. I have so many more but will save them for another day.


Tuesday Archives

Val's Quilting Studio

Val, of Val's Quilting Studio, began the Tuesday Archives Linky 4 years ago.
I joined her in the beginning by sharing this blog for the letter A: Applique.
Today is her 200th Linky Archives!

Have you had the chance to check out the Tuesday Archives in the past?
Val has a directory page of all the links HERE.
I enjoy reading the quilters' rejuvenated blogs based on each week's theme.
There are many tips, tricks, and new ideas.
Some of my visits have taken me through the a maze of wonderful blog reading. 

Make a visit to Val's Tuesday Archives this week and visit the bloggers. 
Val is having a giveaway, too. 

If comment today on my blog, you will be included in the 3rd method of entry for the giveaway.
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