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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