Gilded Koran’s finished after a little over two years. The quilt is named for the type of kimonos worn by Japanese women shopping and for visits at one point in time. The fabric in Koran kimonos contained small repeated patterns of items found in nature, but as far as I could tell they did not use gold or crystals, so I added “guilded” to the title.
It didn’t take 24 months to finish the quilt, but the chain of events to bring it from start to finish spanned approximately two years. finished to base top of this quilt about 18 months ago and placed it on the pile of unquilted tops where it remained until I convinced my friend Joanne (owner of Splitting Stitches ) that she had the long arm talents needed to quilt the top (she is very good at edge-to-edge quilting but this point did very little custom quilting). After a couple of planning talks she agreed to talk the project on, so the top moved from my pile to her work pile, where it sat for about six months waiting for her to build the confidence to put the top on one of her long arm machines. Over the past several months the top moved on and off her machine between other jobs, and visits and email exchanges to discuss design and in some cases design modifications. At the end of January Joanne set me photos of the quilted top and asked when we could meet to discuss the quilt.
The first week of February we met to view the top and discuss the next steps. Joanne’s work was lovely and made the piece shine.
Now it was my turn to get to work. I added a number of embleshments to give the quilt some additional dimensions. Folded fans were added to the back of each kimono, the center flower received some heavy beading and a 3D gold center to add some bling and to draw the attention. A few crystal butterflys were were added both the quilt fronts and backs to reflect light when the piece is hung.
I am not sure if the embleshments are done, so the quilt has been hung in my sewing room waiting for feedback from my collaborator and so that I can study it for a bit.
Spent today adding fans to the kimono backs and butterfly shaped crystals to the backs and fronts. Since the top is quilted all of the stitching for the embellishments have to be started from the top and embedded batting, needless to say progress is slow. After seven hours of stitching I started making mistakes so put the quilt aside to finish another day.
I decided to step away from my Diamonds and Ice quilt to start the bead work on my Koran Kimonos quilt. The quilt has been picked, quilted and bound, so a 2 needle couching method is being used to add seed beads around the flower petals in the center of the quilt. This technique allows the stitches securing the beads to be hidden in the wadding instead of showing on the front or back of the quilt.
Once the seed beads have been attached, small crystal butterfly and beads will be added to each kimono to reflect light when the piece is hung.
Finally finished the blocks and borders for the Diamonds & Ice wall hanging. I love the rich color palette on this piece. If all works according to schedule the top will be sandwiched and quilting stRted this weekend.
Getting ready to add the second border around the cross stitch quilt center to adjust the size for block attachment. Each of the quilt blocks contains a double windmill pattern and is 6 inches square. For this wall hanging blocks will be placed three deep on all sides and finished with a triple border.
I really like mixing needlework and quilting together.
New project start to bring in 2019 will combine cross stitch and quilting. I spent the past few weeks selecting fabrics and designing a finish of a piece of cross stitch completed last year. Since the needlework piece contains a series of diamonds filled with vintage patterns, gilded fabrics containing vintage patterns, and double windmill pattern were selected for the project.
The following images will step you through how I took my paper design from concept to the design wall.
Another 2018 quilt finish. The fabric for this teatime quilt was sitting in my stash for about 10 years waiting for that special person in need of a new quilt. The person has been identified, and thanks to the longarm work of Joanne at Splitting Stitches, a cute steaming teapot and flower quilting stitch was matched to the top allowing me to finish the piece in time for holiday gift giving.
With the animals safely closed in their homes and the falling snow it was a perfect morning to finish binding the quilt for my little Christmas elf. I designed and pieced the top, but my friend Joanne the owner of Splitting Stitches worked her magic on the quilting with a lovely snowflake and swirl stitch pattern.
Just finished binding a gift for one of my aunts. She really loves bright colors and has been after me to make a quilt for their shore house, so I made her a quilt named Sunny Days. It is made of simple log cabin blocks, but the layout of the unit, and the lovely longarm quilting done by my friend Joanne at Splitting Stitches remind me of a bright sunny day.
Finished up the quilt top for my little Christmas elf. Used some holiday fabrics that I have collected over the past 15 years to make the postage stamp blocks. Now to just get off to my favorite longarm lady for quilting.
The first of 22 trees of life completed. The quilt will be lovely but the piecing will be very tedious. Besides having many small pieces, the old technique of setting blocks on point will be used for the top. After creating the first block I can see why I had this pattern for 15 years before starting the project.
To create the large number of half triangle squares for my tree of life quit the following quick piecing method was used to create 16 half triangle blocks at a time.
To start with you will need: fabric pieces cut for both triangles in the block, mechanical pencil, rotary cutter, and ruler marked at the cut point. I am making 1 1/2 inch blocks so my fabric pieces were cut to 6 I inches by 9 iniches, and ruler is marked with painters tape at 1 7/8 iniches.
Next on the back side of each of the light fabric pieces make a grid with pencil. An inch at the bottom and right, and in my case 1 7/8 iniches intervals up and from the right to left.
Next add the stitch guides by drawing a diagonal line through the squares. For this 16 block piece you should end up with two diamond shapes inside of the grid. Then sandwich the marked fabric piece with the contrasting fabric piece face to face.
Stitch a 1/4 inich away from each side of the diamond lines.
The stitched fabric sandwich should look like this picture.
Cut along all of the pencil lines. It is easiest to cut all of the straight line first, then move onto the diagonal cuts.
Once all of the pencil lines have been cut you will have 16 half square blocks that can be pressed and tails trimmed.
Our crops are almost done and the canning and dehydrating of our fruits and vegetables has slowed to a trickle, so now I can dedicate some more time to my fiber art projects. The big project I will be working on this winter is a tree of life quit. Thus far all of the base fabric pieces have been cut, a few blocks started, and I have started marking grids on the fabric pieces that will be cut into half triangle squares. Since the quilt top will require 1,528 half triangle squares, 1,184 of them which are only 1 1/2 inches square, I will be using a speed piecing method that will be covered in detail in my next post for this project.
This summer I moved my craft space from the family to one of the small rooms in the basement. I the process of unpacking my fabric in the new space I ran across a tea pot print fabric that i bought about 10 years ago, placed in the fabric bin and completely forgot about. Before it was forgotten again it was moved to my cutting table for my summer rainy day project.
The rains yesterday and today allowed me to finish the top that I have named tea time, since I love a good cup of tea on a overcast rainy days.
Making slow but sure progress on my king sized English paper piecing project. Started working on squaring up the edges of the project. This process turned out to be a bit more complex than I had envisioned, especially since I didn’t bother to develop a pattern before starting the project, but I think I have a template now. So it should be smooth sailing going forward. Still hope to finish this project this year.