August 21, 2011

raffle quilt process update

Above you can see a peak at the Guild's second Massachusetts historical buildings quilt.  The first quilt has gone off to another member for binding and a hanging sleeve. Another member will make the labels and we will all try to sell the lucky ticket(s).  
A group effort.

 I've invited guild members to follow along in the quilting process.  
Lots of pretty threads were used to quilt our quilts and below you can see some of them. 

I'm using a longarm and if you are not familiar with this type of machine, you can see mine below.  
 The machine has wheels and rides along on a track. It rides over the quilt as opposed to a sit down machine where you push the quilt through.  Looking at the picture, the left side of the machine is the front and the right side is the back.  You can sew from both sides.  For this quilt, I'm sewing from the front.

The thread sits on a spool holder towards the back of the machine and is threaded through various loops and knobs and ends at the machine's needle which is on the front.

The quilt backing and top are attached to the rails which are covered in canvas. Below you can see the backing.  I like to use flat pins, although there all kinds of great, new systems for attaching to your frame.
If you think of your backing and quilt top as the top of a table you can begin to understand why your quilter likes your top and back to be square.  There is no place for extra fabric to go when working in opposite parallel lines.  

 Once the layers are attached, the whole system works much like a hand quilting frame.  

Stabilizing or stitching in the ditch is important for this type of detail quilting. This gives the quilt a crisp look and keeps your layers together while you add your detail quilting.  Some people can do this freely and others use a ruler to guide the machine into the ditch of the two fabric joins.  Below you can see the ruler up against the foot.  If I was doing this in real life, my left hand would be holding the ruler and my right hand would be driving.  

Once your three layers are stabilized you can go back and forth to different areas of the quilt.  So, say- I'm using a grey thread; I can complete the blocks that require grey thread and then I can move to green or whatever thread I want.  

So that's all part of the process, now stay tuned and I'll show you some more pictures of our second raffle quilt.

...and because some of you have been asking.... scroll down.  
he is doing great.

= )

August 12, 2011

historical buildings raffle quilt

 Covered Bridge, Sandisfield.  Donna H.

 Trinity Church, Boston. Paula B.

 Martha Mary Chapel, Sudbury.  Susan P.

Foxborough Memorial Hall Foxborough.  Suzanne T.

   John Farnum House, Uxbridge. Elaine N.

 New England Quilt Museum, Lowell.  Deb H.

Wayside Inn, Sudbury.  Glenda J.

 Mayflower II, Plymouth.  Deb W.

Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown.  Jane H.

I know, I know - the pictures are blurry -
(in a hurry to get the post up before the weekend)
I was using the natural light from the window and here in New England today, we have big puffy clouds overhead  ... Every time I went to shoot, a cloud moved over.
Have a nice weekend!
 Happy quilting!

August 8, 2011


The first Guild raffle quilt is finished. I won't show you the whole thing until I have all the threads picked and get some good pictures. 
-here is another sneak peak-

And while you're waiting for me to get the pictures posted- 
you can check out the covers of some sewing/mending kits I've been working on.

August 5, 2011

details, details, details

Below are some blocks that are nearly complete from the Guild's Historical Building Raffle quilt.
I said I would show you the loading and stabilizing process of a quilt, but that is really boring work for me (and you) .  .  . 
. . .  sew, I'll show you this first and then show you the boring stuff on a different day . . . 

I'm using all different types and colors of threads to add the details.  It's fun.
When both quilts are finished it will be nice to have a 'glamour' shot of each block with the name of the building and the guild member who made the block.
Stay tuned for that and how you can buy tickets for the quilts.  
see you again soon.  =)