Monday, March 19, 2012

Mini quilts for this Monday

DQS 12 - option 1 - Completed!

Ta da! This mini quilt is all done. There it is, pieced, quilted, bound, washed and dried. Those little log cabins are made with A Stitch in Color, a fabric line by Malka Dubrawsky which is a copy of many of her hand dyed fabrics.

DQS 12 - Option 1, detail

The pattern for this mini is based on Nate's Quilt which is a pattern in her book, Fresh Quilting. This mini is probably going to go to my secret partner in DQS 12.

DQS 12 - Option 1, detail

It is bound in the aqua solid from the fabric collection. I quilted it in densely packed straight-ish lines placed at irregular intervals.

DQS 12 - Option 1, detail

This detail shot shows you the texture, wrinkles, thread and batting shrinking/pulling in that washing and drying caused. I think this was another mini where washing was required to finish the quilt.

DQS 12 - Before washing

Here is a picture before I washed it. Lovely, but I was just not feeling it. I do not think that every mini quilt should be washed - for example I hope to never have to wash Shattered. But washing and drying are good tools to complete those quilts that need that extra something.

Shoo Flys

This was my other weekend mini quilt project. I really wanted to play with my Oatshott shot cottons. And I have wanted to make wonky shoo fly blocks for a long time.

Shoo Flys - Partner, would you prefer something entirely different?

I got out Liberated Quiltmaking II and read Gwen Marston's recipe for wonky shoo flys. I dived into my pile of Oatshotts and some Kona Charcoal. This little mini is option 2 for my DQS 12 partner, I will have to decide which one I will send sooner or later.

Shoo Flys - dancing in the pebbles, almost done.

Tonight I quilted it and got the binding ready for hand stitching. I wanted the shoo flys to jump to the front, so I did some crazy, dense pebble free motion quilting with grey thread. Something about wonky shoo flys always makes me think they are dancing, Snoopy style and the Peanuts theme music just seems to play in my head when I look at them. By the way, this quilt is unlikely to get washed by me.

So, imagine these dancing shoo flys are all done - if you were my DQS 12 partner, which quilt would you like better?

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Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Oh I love the Shoo Flies!!!
The Malka looks lovely quilted and washed though, you may have turned me!!

Nicky said...

I think you should give the shoo fies to Hadley and the other one to me! hehe! Love both that would be a difficult choice indeed!

Susan said...

I love the first one! The colour and vibrancy is fabulous! I'll take it!

Judith, Belfast said...

It would be so hard to choose between these two cos they are both stunning in v.different ways. I love the quilting on the shoo fly! Your partner is a lucky lady. Jxo

Sheila said...

Love the colourful one but it is a bit dull here today so maybe I need brightening up. Wonky shoo fly - who'd have thought? I also like this a lot.Decisions, decisions!

Shevvy said...

That book has inspired me more than any other with quilting.

Both are fab, the yellow log cabin block second down on the left looks like a cartoon face! Or is it just me that sees it?

Canadian Abroad said...

I love them both but the wonky shoo flies are fabulous, especially after the quilting hid all the seam lines. Love it!!

Debbie said...

I really like them both too, but since I have some of Malka's fabric to work with, pretty sure I'd choose the shoo flies. I was looking thru Malka's book last night with a table runner in mind, so don't be surprised if you see Nate's pattern pop up again soon! AND love how you knew one mini needed a washing & the other does not!! What a beautiful weekend!

Heather D. said...

Very very beautiful. Both projects. That Malka Dubrawsky fabric is so fun.

**nicke... said...

totally in love with your shoo flies!

Katy Cameron said...

Love both these minis, the quilting really makes them

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

I love them both!!!

Catherine said...

love those quilts and the quilting on the shoo flies is fabulous

Manda said...

Both are lovely but i think the shoo fly is my fave :)

Lucy | Charm About You said...

Gorgeous!! I'm not a huge fan of the Malka prints but your mini is brilliant and the quilting is fab - totally agree about the washing/drying.
The wonky shooflies are AMAZING! Bet it looks even better in real life with the Oakshott. Adore the quilting on that one too :)

Laura said...

I love them both (I know I am no help). You have found two great styles with great fabrics!

The Thompsons said...

Ooo- I love the circles for the quilting! It looks great!

Helen @vintageglorybox on Insta and FB said...

Ohh, I love the pebble quilting on shoo flys!! Gorgeous :)

Susan said...

I only have a second to comment - oh my you are so talented! :) Both mini's are amazing but I guess if I had the choice I would go with the Malka - it's just so different.