Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Labels for quilts

One should always make a label for the quilt. It should have the name of the quilt, the maker's name, and the date, for sure! Anything more than that may be added. They may be hand stitched, embroidered by machine, or hand painted. Whatever works for the quilt is fine. It should be hand blind stitched to the back of the quilt on the far right cortner. If running behind and it won't show, it may be sewn on by machine; however, this is not very satisfactory in most cases.
The background should be light enough for the writing to be quite evident.
Many people use a piece of the fabric that is on the front of the quilt, if it is light enough to read the writing.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Many of you wish to see pictures of my blocks. I am showing the center point, the finished block, and the back of the block so you can see how to do all of this pattern. It is truly a beautiful quilt when finished. I am using Amy Butler fabrics that are so vibrant in color and design. Backgrounds for pinwheels are all different shades of green. I'll put the finished project on the blog when I finish it. Be sure to be accurate when joining pieces and the center seam. That is most important. GOOD QUILTING! happy days!!! :)B

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Antique quilt purse

This antique quilt purse is using the pinwheel pattern. Notice the very old patterns used in the scrappy pinwheels. Some of the fabrics are very worn, and the cotton batting is showing through the background fabric in many places. The lady who made this quilt had to use very coarse thread for the quilting, and didn't know how to hide the beginning knots on the inside of the quilt batting. They are very obvious in the picture. But, I bet that she is happy that her quilt is still being admired after all these years! I love it!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hawaiian quilting is such fun!

Hawaiian quilting is accomplished by quilting "the distance of the width of your little finger" away from the applique. The Hawaiians will measure using the little finger to repeatedly quilt around the applique in what we quilters call "Shadow quilting." It is done like little children do with new crayolas. Just keep repeating the lines outside an object using the same distance between the lines.
Aloha! And, HAPPY NEW YEAR~!!!!!!!!!!