Saturday, January 23, 2016

peace~~~bias tape mini quilt

I joined the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club this year.  Once a month there is a new challenge, a different skill or technique to try, and the instructor for the month will send a PDF with the instructions for the challenge they are teaching.  This month the challenge was Shapes and Curves Using Bias Tape by Krista Fleckenstein of Spotted Stones blog.

I have made bias tape before and used it a few times for basket handles in quilt blocks, but it was definitely a fun challenge that I needed to give a try again. 

Here is the design that I chose for my bias tape mini quilt: 

peace sign

It was a fun little project, and I do like the peace sign!  I used a variegated thread to sew the bias tape down and it blended well with the bias tape.

I also used a variegated perle cotton thread for the big stitch quilting.  It looks great with the flax essex linen fabric and compliments the OOP Kaffe Fassett Spools in Amber fabric.

I used a very thin binding, like I often do on my mini quilts.

Kaffe Fassett spools in Amber

This was a fun project, and I am looking forward to a new challenge each month from the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club : )


Saturday, January 16, 2016

indigo dye

We have had some beautiful days for January in Oklahoma, and one of the members of my small group(we met at the OKCMQG) invited us over to indigo dye at her home!  I was first introduced to indigo dyeing at The Makerie Sewing Retreat with Kaari Meng from French General that I blogged about here.   I have always planned to do it again, and thanks to my friend, Agnes, I got the chance : )

She bravely let us leave the vat in her kitchen sink!  We had so much fun making designs with rubber bands, popsicle sticks, pipes, and clamps.

I brought vintage lace and linen to dye, but my friends let me have a bit of their cotton fabric to play with too.

These are my indigo treasures!

I already have plans to do this again in the spring...I think my daughter and daughter-in-law would enjoy this...I know I will : )

The indigo dye that we used is in the picture below...I have ordered a catalog from Dharma Trading. 

I am now dreaming of dying with walnuts and avocado is fun to dream!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

friendship beads quilt

The OKCMQG displays quilts every year at the OKC Winter Quilt Show and we also have a booth to answer questions about Modern quilting.  I made a quilt with the quick curve ruler that I call "Friendship Beads."

I quilted in my go-to straight-line machine quilting and I used variegated thread to give interest and texture to the quilt.  The quilt didn't show up well on the black background of the curtains, but one of my friends said that it drew you in to see it closer and then the quilting could be appreciated : )  Aren't friends wonderful! 

quick curve ruler

I used an OOP Kaffe Fassett fabric, Organic stripe in green, that I had been saving for a special quilt. I luv how it looks on the back with the quilting.


I will be taking this quilt to the lake to hang on the master bedroom wall along with my Barn Quilt is so cheerful and bright!