Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tie Quilt

In January I was contacted by a High School Classmate about making a tie quilt. Her Father had recently passed away and she wanted the quilt for a gift to her mother. I had never made a quilt on commission before. I had been asked plenty of times but had always turned it down because I am kept so busy with everything else I do. But, I was really intrigued with the idea of a tie quilt. 

She told me what size she wanted the quilt. Do to shrinkage from the quilting and laundering I planned to make it a little bigger. I began with a sketch. Then I took this design to the computer. 

I do not have a special program that I use to design quilts. I simply use Word, so this is the best I could get. 

Next I did some research on-line for making a tie quilt. The best thing I found was to wash all of the ties in the hottest water and dry them in the hottest dryer. Some of the ties did not fare as well as others. But overall I was surprised how nicely the ties did come out

I found a lot of suggestions on deconstructing the ties. I chose not to go that route because I wanted to keep the integrity of the ties and use the ties as ties.

This was my first cut. 

I was a little nervous about cutting into the ties. 

I had decided that I was going to stitch a circle of ties together and then applique them onto the background fabric. Here I had taken two of the skinny ends to audition stitches to determine which one I was going to use. I decided to go with the blind hem stitch pictured above and use Superior's clear Mono Poly Thread.

I decided that the tie circle should be about 36 inches in diameter. I didn't think that it would look very good if it was too big and I certainly did not want it to hang over the side of the bed. I thought 36 inches was a nice size for the center medallion in the middle of the bed. 

The ties all stitched together in a circle.

The tie circle appliqued to the background fabric. I used Kona Snow for the background. Since I did not deconstruct the ties the medallion was very heavy. 

When I got to this stage I decided not to go with my original design. This quilt was getting time consuming and heavy. So, I just added some borders. I asked my client if she wanted blue, maroon, or green. I was hoping she would choose blue and she did. The blue I chose is Robert Kaufman's Quilters Linen. 

I freehand quilted it on the longarm with feathers and swirls. I have to say that it was tough going through some of the ties. It was very thick.

I sewed the binding down by machine. I do think that it makes a much stronger binding. And on the up side, it is quicker. 

My client has not received the quilt yet but she has seen a picture. 

She seemed very pleased and is excited about surprising her Mother with it. 

I did learn a few things in this process. I would like to make another one and do a few things differently. There was quite a bit of interest when I showed it at my guild. I am thinking that this might need to be a class that I offer. I will decide that after I make another. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Paper Piecing 101

On Friday we held our last class of the Winter Session, Paper Piecing 101.
We had so many sign up that we had to hold the class next door at the Trappe Fire House. I am happy to say that class attendance is picking up and holding classes at the Fire House is becoming a regular occurrence. 

This table runner was the project for the class. Less than half of the class got one entire block completed but everyone did get at least a quarter complete and put together. All of the students seemed very pleased with the class and said that they did learn a lot. 

Since I did not take pictures of the students holding their block I am not sure which one belongs to who. Here they are and they are fabulous!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pi Day

On Monday 3/14 we celebrated Pi Day. 
Since we are not usually open on Mondays we were open from 6-8pm.
Of course to celebrate we had Pie. Chris made this delicious Chocolate Meringue Pie. We also had several other pies.

We also had some great sales going on. 
Clearance fabric was just $3.14 a yard. 
Everything round or had a circle on it was 20% off. 
And we gave out Candy's Cash. 
For every $15 spent the customer got $3.14 in Candy's Cash to be used later this month.

We also had great fun with the Pie Face game.

When a customer spent $100 they could choose one of the employees of Quilt Vine to get a Pie in the Face. 

Lou was the first one to get Pied. Her Granddaughter had been saving up to Pie her Grandmother.

By the end of the evening all of us ended up getting Pied. 
It was great fun.

We love to find a reason to celebrate.

In case you missed it, last year we celebrated "May the 4th Be With You." 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Let's Make a Tuffet

As most of you probably know, tuffets are all the rage right now. So, Quilt Vine jumped on the bandwagon. We held a Tuffet Class on Saturday at the Trappe Fire House. And look at all of the fabulous tuffets that were completed.








I got a few close ups of some of the first tuffets completed. 

We had several different legs to choose from.

Each and everyone was so unique and so beautiful!

Everyone couldn't be happier with their tuffet. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sew Scrappy Sewcial

We have so many scraps that we didn’t know what to do with  them. So, we have decided to let you come play with them. Once a quarter we will be holding a “Sew Scrappy Sewcial.” This is a Saturday where you come and sew with our scraps all day long. Each time we will feature a different scrappy project for you to work on or you can make anything you want. This is at no cost to you. Just come, bring your sewing machine, and use some of our scraps. Please let us know you are coming and we will hold you a seat.

For our first Sew Scrappy Sewcial we featured a paper foundation method. The foundation we used was a half sheet of printer paper cut vertically. 

We had a great turnout. The classroom was full.
And we also had a fantastic lunch. We had homemade tomato soup, homemade Noodle Kugel, salad, guacamole, and chips. I have been promised the recipes for the soup and kugel and I will share them with you. 

Vicki and Lacy got a lot done.

Debbie choosing some scraps. 

Some of our scraps were already cut into strings and separated by color. 

Some chose a certain colorway like the pink here that Cathy is working with.

And others were scrappy like the completed foundations below. 

Our next Sew Scrappy Sewcial we be held in early Summer. 
Stay tuned for more information.