Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Erika's quilts were finished a couple of weeks ago and Angela came to get them very shortly after I called her to say they were done. Parts 1 & 2 of "14 Bandannas" give a glimpse of the planning and thought process that went into the queen size and lap quilts.
This is the lap size quilt that is 60" x 60". The bandannas determined the sizes of the quilts in order to get the best use of them and keep the bandanna look. The centers of the quilts are very similar except the folk art sun from the skirt is flipped. 1/2 of the sun is in each quilt. There were 2 green toned bandannas that were used for the palm trees and a bird print bandanna was cut up and "flocks" of birds were scattered on the "sky". Appliques were cut from a light blue bandanna and floated around the sky. A lightweight fusible was pressed onto the appliques so raw edge applique could be done. There was a lot of fussy cutting for the ocean and sky appliques.
I designed all the appliques for the beach chair, the umbrella and palm trees. The tree trunks were cut from Erika's brown corduroy skirt.
There was a shell print fabric in my stash that made a perfect border for the center before the bandanna border went on.
Angela, who had commissioned the quilts, decided she wanted a batik fabric to finish out her queen size quilt [90"x90"]-it took 7 yards for the inner and outer border plus pillow shams.
The bandanna border on each quilt is the same. Each border has 1/2 of each bandanna that was then cut in 1/2 for the blocks. The centers are very similar-the lap quilt has a beach chair and umbrella, the queen quilt has 3 butterflies.
There are quilted dragonflies and butterflies in alternating bandanna blocks, free motion quilting in the center block, ocean waves on the inner batik border and crescent moons with stars on the outer batik border. The quilts are finished with a purple binding with gold print.
Here is the label that I had printed and is on both quilts:
Here are some closeups:
The quilts were quilted on the long arm quilter. Here are a few minutes showing the custom quilting patterns that were used.
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Monday, September 19, 2016
Does it seem there is a cancer epidemic going on all over? Another of my daughter's friends is battling breast cancer and she has requested a quilt for her. Donna said "it doesn't have to be fancy, Mom". No, a prayer quilt doesn't have to be fancy, it is just a visible reminder that God is always with us, that people are praying for us and care.
I have used just about all the beautiful prints that I've picked up over the years [when I find them I get all I can afford that day] so I thought about having my own printed to use in the center of the quilts. The first ones came in a couple of weeks ago and 2 have already been used and am getting ready to order more, hopefully before the day is over. Should have done that first thing this morning but got on to other things.
The Psalm 23 panel background is one used in my Jesus Loves Me Quilts and has roses and lilies of the valley to represent The Rose of Sharon and The Lily of The Valley.
One of the quilts was given to my niece, Debbie, who was in the hospital. Here is a kind of update on her from a post I did 5 years ago-http://carolynscanvas.blogspot.com/2011/08/giving-forward-debbies-hope-foundation.html. The video that was done then wasn't available so I found it and republished it. This photo is from last week with my sister, Shirley and Debbie with the first "Psalm 23 Prayer Quilt" that had just come off the quilter the day before.
Here it is on the design board-it's about 50"x50":
this is the center Psalm 23 print-about 17"
this is my vining love quilting design that represents the love of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit
you can't make it out probably but I'm taking an online class in feather quilting
This flexible ruler is used to mark the curves for the feather spine-learned that from the online class. It is 24" long so it was perfect to mark the borders, marked one side then flipped it and voila-perfect match on each side. I got this one at Staples but am going to order a longer one off Amazon. I needed it that day, called to be sure they had one so hopped in car and got it. The rest of the feather was free hand quilted on my long arm. Really enjoyed doing this. Have been wanting to do some feather quilting and the timing was perfect for the class to come along and the quilts. A water soluble marker was used so the marking comes right off with a damp cloth.
Instead of binding the quilt traditionally, the backing was cut larger all around to be folded over the edges of the quilt. This saved some time from sewing the binding onto the back and wrapping over the quilt edge and sewn to the front. I still prefer the traditional method of binding but with it seems there is a frequent need for a prayer quilt.
Here is my video of some of the process of putting the prayer quilt together if you get time.
It's a great blessing to be able to make the prayer quilts. It is hard to find panels I like to use so I thought about using one of my own designs and having them printed. They turned out pretty well.
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