Two completed quilts and more

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 35″ X 35″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

 

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 30 1/2″ X 38 1/2″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2017
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting.
Notes: Gift for new baby

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A striped fabric for the next quilt class at church.

 

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This looks more complicated than it is. If any one wants to make this, here’s what to do:

Get about 1 1/2 yds of a stripe. This will get you a table runner. Keep the fabric folded as it comes off the bolt. Make sure stripes that are alike line up the whole cut of the fabric.  Cut ten and a half inch strips. From the strips, cut ten and a half inch squares. Cut the squares into Quarter Triangle Squares. Separate the triangles into two piles: one with horizontal stripes and one with vertical stripes. Form new squares with four horizontal triangles and new squares with four vertical squares. Arrange as seen above.

I had made two mistakes. On the first cut of fabric, I didn’t line up like stripes before cutting.  The stripes in some blocks don’t match up. Went back to the quilt shop and bought more fabric. As you can see, the stripes in some of the blocks match up nicely. I had an easier time lining up like stripes by folding the fabric the other way -cut ends together. It’s a little wonky in places, but I like it. The stripes are pretty busy, so the blocks that are off may not be noticed. It’s going to stay in my sewing room anyway. I’m thinking of putting a border on.

 

 

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Pillowcases for my sister’s birthday.

 

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Made this key fob designed by Lazy Girl Designs. You can wear it on your wrist to carry the house key when you go for a walk.

 

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For one of my birthdays, my sister made these quilted trivets for me. She gave me whatever fabric she had left and I made tea cozies.

 

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I’m going through these books again to learn about color and composition. I’d like to work the lessons in the top and bottom books.

 

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Completed Quilt and More

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Here’s something that I never thought I would have: a design wall! It’s two insulation foam boards from the hardware store. I wrapped cotton batting around them, and Mikey screwed them to the wall. The cotton batting helps the cotton fabric to stick to it.

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Matching seams in blocks made from the Quick Curve ruler has improved.

Here is a completed quilt:

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 37″ X 37″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Fat Quarter Baby: 20 Crib Quilts for Bundles of Joy! by It’s Sew Emma Patterns
Designed by:
It’s Sew Emma Patterns, “Anne”
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2016
Techniques Used
Machine piecing and quilting. Gift for new baby.

Blooming Tulips

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Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 29″ X 45″
Reference/Pattern: 
 Block Magic by Nancy Johnson-Srebro
Designed by: “
Springtime in Pennsylvania”  Nancy Johnson-Srebro
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2016
Techniques Used:
Machine piecing and quilting
Notes: Used nylon (invisible) thread for all quilting, Artists’ Paintstiks for stripes on watering can, and pre-washed the batting. Highly quilted but not stiff. Lots of texture. For new baby.

The Rescue of Two Quilts

In my town, the antique mall closed in 2013. The two women who ran it retired. From time to time I’d go there to look around only to find pretty much the same stuff each time. Two sweet, little quilts would always be  there. I’d pick them up, look them over, check the tags, set them down, walk away, and think, “Maybe next time.” I know, I could have negotiated, but I don’t think I would have done well at that. Due to the closing, all prices were lowered fifty percent. Yeah! I rescued them.

What’s the big deal with these two quilts? There’s really nothing spectacular about them. They are not masterpieces. The patterns are traditional and the quilts are plain. If you’re a quilter though or live with one, you know. Quilts are made with a lot of time, money, and love. Now these two were probably made with fabric from something else, but today the cost of quality cotton fabric intended for quilts isn’t cheap.

Quilts aren’t sacred, but you never know how the maker felt about these or who they were intended to comfort. I made a quilt that is super ugly, and I have used it to pull heavy furniture across the floor. I wouldn’t be surprised or hurt if it ended up in the landfill.

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20131214-151710.jpg The pink and white one is in pretty good condition. It has a couple seams that need to be restitched. The blue and white is more worn. Both are hand pieced and hand quilted.

Now I have quilt designing software called Electric Quilt. I replicated these on that program. Why? Because I could and wanted to practice.

Pink Basket Antique Quilt

Blue 9-Patch Antique Quilt

Then I decided to make two baby quilts. They now have good homes.

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Auction Quilt

022310_0401_FromtheArch1.jpgProject:  bed quilt
Size:
Approx. 
Reference/Pattern: 
 
Designed by:

Constructed by:
Karen Clark, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2000
Techniques Used
Machine piecing, quilting
Notes:
This was made for a school auction.  I barely remember quilting this. Probably because I had done so many that year.

 

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Thanks for being here.
Barbara

Rubber Ducky Quilt

IMG_1274Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 30 X 38
Reference/Pattern: 
 Kids Undercover by Thimbleberries
Designed by:
Lynette Jensen
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2001 & 2010
Techniques Used
Machine piecing, quilting
Notes:
The duck fabric was the cutest version of the rubber duck I’ve seen, but it’s not around anymore. I had enough for two quilts, but not enough for a third like this. This pattern was made  twice.

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Thanks for being here.
Barbara

Raining Cats and Dogs

Quilt Archives 021Projectcrib quilt
Size:
Approx. 48″ X 58″
Reference/Pattern:  At Home with Thimbleberries Quilts
 by Thimbleberries
Designed by:
“Raining Cats and Dogs” by Thimbleberries
Constructed by:
Barbara Wolff, Newton, IA
Quilted by:
Barbara Wolff
Completed:
 2001
Techniques Used
Machine piecing, applique, quilting, and hand embroidery
Notes:
 Made for neighbors’ new baby and again several years later for friends at church.

Thanks for being here.
Barbara

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