Modern Roman Stripe Quilt, in Barn Raising Setting

A finished quilt.

My aunt is a wonderful stitcher, embroiderer, cook, teacher, and quilter too. She made Roman Stripe blocks in solids some years? decades? ago, and made a small quilt top.

We’re both in our local MQG and they’re doing a charity quilt drive right now. So Barbara pulled out this top and added some grey borders to make it a more useful size. I offered to longarm it for her and return it to her for binding.

The next day! she found another batch of these blocks and a number of waste triangles. Her first thought was to piece them into the backing which seemed like a waste of time since we were using a wideback. I asked her to consider adding them as another border, to again increase the size and to make it even more modern. She agreed and this is the final quilt top.

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I said already that she’s pretty good right? Check out this inset seam.

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When I grow up I want to have skills like this.

Here is the quilted, unbound quilt.

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I did a 3/4″ diagonal crosshatch in the navy/coloured blocks and FMQ swirls, pebbles, stars, spirals, and whatever else took my fancy in the grey. All of it was done on the longarm.

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It’s not perfect but it’s done. And was good practice.

The texture is soooo dreamy. This quilt will be going to a Canadian Armed Forces veteran with PTSD. I hope it brings some comfort.

My usual quilt stats are omitted as I did not make this quilt.

Linking up with Michelle at From Bolt to Beauty for the finish!

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A finished quilt, but not mine own

As you might remember, I co-own a longarm which I get to use every second month. Since I’ve been clearing up old unfinished projects without starting too many new ones I didn’t have anything ready to quilt this past month.

Since my friend Gabrielle has so very generously shared so much of her fabric with me, (see below) I offered to quilt one of her quilts in return.

This was a top she made a few years ago from one of our guild’s monthly block lottos.

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And the quilted quilt!

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It was loads of fun to quilt for someone else. I look forward to doing it again.

Further Adventures in Bee Quilting

The magic quilting fairies are unlikely to visit in the night, as much as I keep hoping. If you volunteer to chair/lead/shepherd a project you just might have to do lots of it yourself.

First there was lots and lots of this:

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Which not only gave me a tiny bit of photokeratitis , but also made my hands vibrate I was going so fast. On the plus side, this is my second time using a poly thread and I am a #convert4lyfe as the hip kids say these days.

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Sneak peek

More tomorrow.

Slow Quilting, long-arm style, part II

I’m still chipping away at this one. It’s been a work in progress for literally a decade but now that I’m all jazzed about it, I want it done RIGHT NOW.

Also I eased into this, not quilting the blocks too heavily when I started. I’m nearing the end of the blocks and I’m going back to previously “done” blocks to add more stitching.

Here are a few random blocks.

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This one below needs part of the right hand side of the background ripped out and re-done. Ugh. I fluffed the direction of a couple of those tiny lines. Also needs some threads buried.

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All these brown, batik, floral fabrics. I’m glad my tastes have changed. Also that red is not as RED as it looks.