Saturday, February 20, 2016

Road Trip Vacation

This week's Project Quilting Challenge is I Need a Vacation.  I wasn't sure what to do, until I remembered I had bought fabric with Viewmaster reels on it.  When I was a kid, we went on a major road trip vacation every summer.  Two weeks, four kids, a dog, a pop-up camper, and a station wagon with no air conditioning.  One of the souvenirs we always got were Viewmaster reels.  They weren't too expensive and all four of us kids could share them.  So, here is "Road Trip with Viewmaster Souvenirs."  43"x47"
The road section was my hubby's idea and it is just perfect!  I am so happy with the results and the memories this quilt is bringing me.  Below is an close-up of the Viewmaster fabric.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Thread and snow days

So, it's February (my birthday month, so let the celebration begin!) and we started out the month here in Reedsburg, Wisconsin with not one, but two snow days.  I got a lot of quilting done, plus some other things that needed doing.  I joined a Facebook group called Drop and Give Me 20, which is dedicated to quilting at least 20 minutes everyday in February.  So far, so good!

Anyway, on to the Project Quilting challenge for this week, All About That Thread.  I had an idea almost immediately.  I visualized a gray moon on a beige background with big-stitch quilting.  I thought about a gauze overlay (tea-dyed cheesecloth), so I gathered all the materials.  I found I had some Osnaberg (sp?) fabric in my stash and that made the perfect background.  I pulled some hand-dyes, cut some pieces and layed them on the background.  Viola!  Winterscape was born.
Are the long pieces trees or buildings?  I'll let you decide.

I ditched the gauze idea.  It looked neat in photos, but not so much in real life.  The moon and the trees/buildings are appliquilted down with a 20 weight thread.  The qduilting is done with perle cotton and big stitches.  It has a modern, yet primative feel.  Maybe I invented a new "genre" of quilting.  :)
I was going to bind it with a separate binding from the Osnaberg, but since I had the Osnaberg on the back, I decided to save myself some time by just folding the back to the front.  I stitched it down with big stitches.  It is 18" square.  This is my first attempt at big stitching and I really like it.