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At Present, New Project   Leave a comment

Well, my intentions were good, but with a poor follow-through. Another year has sailed by. Sorry. My quilting has been a bit sparse this past year, but I have been working. I’ve been making a quilt mural depicting some very fun events (which I have had many) in my adventurous life.

At present I have finished 5 pieces for this project, including a recent boardering of each one. I don’t know how many more I will do, but there needs to be enough to complete a rectangular longish mural. I have a few more ideas.

This isn’t my favorite type of quilting because it requires applique, which I’m not fond of necessarily. I do have a new sewing machine to aid me. Its a Singer Patchwork. It is a little more heavy duty w/ a few more features, but nothing fancy. My feeling is that for quilting you don’t need much.

I will take some pictures at an appropriate time and add them here, to give you an idea of whats up.

I have also been experimenting with a few bright ideas I have had. You’ll see a few examples soon. Happy Spring. I’m happy for some better weather.

Idaho Beauty   3 comments

I’ve been slightly busy lately. Sorry for my negligence. I just returned from a trip to Vancouver BC, Too bad I didn’t have time to pursue some quilting exploration. I was there attending an Austin (as in Texas) reunion for campus teams such as Christians on Campus, and Students for Christ for the whole Northwest. It was an awesome time! Quite a long journey from the Palouse. It took us about 9 hours, but it was worth it. We had some very good fellowship.

I will now begin a journey into one of my funnest quilts called Idaho Beauty which I created for my daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grand kids. My daughters husband has roots in Idaho, and so that is the reason I picked this Nickel Quilt design. Another reason was it was considered a little easier than Rocky Road to Dublin (previously written about).  I also really enjoy doing Nickel Quilts a lot. I like geometry, and patterns, and dimension in quilts.

I used a lot of red, white, and blue in this quilt because K. and H. are very patriotic. Those colors as well as many others made this quilt quite striking!. Of course, as in the Nickel Quilts I’ve seen, lights and darks are used to give the dimensional look.

I began this quilt in the Spring of 2011, in mid April. I was still working on a few other quilts, but its nice to have a few going, for the sake of variety. Sometimes you bog or should I say blog down doing the same thing for a while and need a change of pace. But usually I’ve had to familiarize myself as to the steps and sizes and, what have you, if I’ve been away from the pattern for a while.

This quilt did turn out to be really sharp, and full of color, and I was more successful in getting the points lined up properly. They were not quite as tricky to align this time, though still challenging. Fortunately I’m not so hung up on getting everything perfect, but I’m a more relaxed quilter. I enjoy it more that way. I’m having fun, not trying to win a prize.

This quilt turned out to be about 103×103. The red didn’t come out as much as I would have liked, so I put a nice bright red border, with a cool golden yellow coffee bean material for a thin border, and a dark navy blue binding.. That really set it off nicely! The thicker red border definitely was in order.

I did run into a little trouble if I wasn’t paying attention. Like I would get a point sewed on wrong, or a strip uspside down or backwards, so there were a few times when undoings were in order. That was painful if they were very long. Also some of the lights I tried to use were not quite the right lightness, and a few were too yellowish. I mostly left them in, but stopped using them if they weren’t working.

I did really have fun putting this quilt all together. But I kept running into a problem coming up with enough variety of white/lights. For the red, white and blue theme, they had to be quite white, and I usually used ones with more subtle, undistracting patterns if any. There were times I got tired of working on this pattern, especially the huge amount of double triangles required.

I finished this quilt in late February of 2012, so that makes about 10 months, but of course I was working on 3 quilts during a lot of this time, so it wasn’t my only project. I did have a strong push at the end to get it done, because my daughter was coming to visit in later February. She came with her 2 kids during President’s Day break.

The main draw back in making this quilt was the quilting itself. I guess I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was getting a little bit carried away with the pattern, and wound up putting more quilting in it than I had anticipated. I got very frustrated doing it for some reason. I believe the combination of doing more than I was used to, wanting to get it done soon, and perhaps the speed at which I was quilting made it quite a challenge. I spent a day and a half doing this one, and the thread was breaking a lot, which was very frustrating. I did some squarish spirals within the main design, and a few other varied spiral designs here and there.

The backing I picked up was some fun, but not so colorful, plaid material that I got for a very reasonable price.  It was soft, and beige-ish pinkish, with green and subtle yellow stripes. It kind of had the appearance of the inside of a sleeping bag, but it looked very neat.

Posted June 21, 2012 by tgbringhurst in Nickle Quilts, Quilters

Rocky Road to Dublin   Leave a comment

Wellllllllllllllll, after a couple of nine patch quilts, I decided I wanted to try something new so I consulted this book about Nickel Quilts, by Pat Speth. There were some very cool looking quilts with interesting dimensional geometric designs. I love geometry, along with color, so I picked out one to try. The one called Rocky Road to Dublin looked really fun, and I liked its almost 3-D look. The book said is was in the “easy” category, so I got to work trying it. They lied to me. IT WAS NOT EASY. I guess according to them it might of been easy, but I was still a rookie. At present I am doing another Nickel quilt that is considered “beginner” which is even challenging.

I believe this is when I first began listening to Celtic music while I quilted. I figured it would get me in the mood so to speak, and I haven’t stopped since then. I really love Celtic music anyway, and it seems to go right along with quilting for me.

So we began a journey on the rocky road to Dublin, quilting away. When I say we, I mean the Lord and I. This quilt was quite challenging as I mentioned, but it did get easier as I went along. By the way, this quilt was being made for two Christian friends of ours who were actually going to Dublin soon, so that went right along with environmental happenings. These two live with my wife and I. I did have to begin collecting more light/whitish materials, as well as an assortment of darks for this type of quilt. This is what gives the nickel quilts their dimensional look–that is the arrangement of patterns using lights and darks. I also needed a lot of blues and greens because my friends really like these colors. I really like how this quilt turned out! It is awesome! Much better than I had anticipated.

There was a lot of messing around making the shapes for this quilt. There were lots of dark triangles, hooked to larger colorful triangles, and lots light and dark, colorful 4 patches. I also had to make these colorful looking butterflyish pieces that came out in the middle of some of the 4 patches. And though it was frustrating and slightly annoying doing this, I really like how it turned out. I did learn a lot of new techniques, and tricks along the road. Chain stitching came in very handy, where you do a bunch of things in a row without cutting the thread on the machine and starting anew.

One big challenge which I got better at, was the lining up of things just right. Points had to meet other points, and blocks had to line up with other blocks, and seams with seams. There was a lot of this kind of messing around, and I did it as professionally as a rookie could. Trimming things squarer seemed to help. In my quilting thus far, I’m more apt to accept close enough, rather in the name of perfection unstitching things and doing them over. I am also very intent on using all my scraps, even if I have to put a seam where usually it doesn’t go, in order to use up and not waste. Sometimes when you are running out of a certain cloth you almost have to make do.

So, I made another queen-sized quilt. I worked about 6 months on this, and my friends Tina and Rivers had gone and returned from Dublin etc. long since. We put a kind of royal red backing on this with a quality sheet, which I learned was not good for quilting, because of the tight threading. It makes it hard for the sewing machine needle to get through the material. But we did it. I went down to the Quilted Heart where I rent the long movable arm sewing machine they call Gigi. The quilting stitching was a lot of flower-like shapes, spirals in appropriate places, and I criss-crossed in a lot of the 4 patches. Did I tell you that I really like how this one turned out? Well, I did give it to my friends, but for present I still get to see it because it is on Tina’s bed, and she and her daughter live with us.

Well, for some reason I really like the nickel quilt stuff, and am having fun doing another one that is easier. It’s for my daughter, and has about another months-worth of work left to go. All along in my quilting, whenever I got bored, or needed a change of pace, I would make these colorful trees from my annoying triangular scraps I wound up with. The only problem is, you almost have to create more triangles to make these trees with their backgrounds, so…………….. I still have plenty of triangle scraps. So do not miss my next post. Because I made the coolist quilt with all my colorful trees. It was astounding, difficult, artistic, fun, and annoying to make, but it turned out most incredible! Stay tuned. A Rocky Road photo is coming up too. I must go for now.

Posted November 2, 2011 by tgbringhurst in Nickle Quilts, Quilters