Thursday, May 17, 2018
Navy Blue Diamond Scrappy Quilt
The Navy Blue Diamond Scrappy Queen Size Quilt is a treasure of scrappy fabrics.
On the frame--finishing first row of edge to edge long arm quilting
My favorite scrappy fabrics - I used the last but of orange coy fish fabric in this photo.
I picked a light olive green fabric for the backing and beefed up its appeal with art panels.
The cutaway triangles from snowballing the corners are never thrown away--because they make beautiful borders.
This quilt was pieced using my 1954 Singer 301--a wonderful machine.
Here you are looking at the discarded triangles, sewn together to make half square triangles. (320 pcs). Sewn together a second time, end for end to make the artful border around the perimeter of the quilt. This takes forever to do--but the impact is worthwhile.
With 320 half square triangles, there's plenty left over to build art panels for the backing.
This photo shows 1/2 of the backing construction. For quilting--I need backing fabric 100" x 110". Two art panels helps me reach 100" width required.
Photo taken before starting the long arm quilting
I will be selling my quilts, purses, cell phone carriers, fabric/rope baskets, fabric journal covers, and potholders.
Memorial Weekend, May 26-27
Rising Star Mill - 10a until 5p
At the show I will be demonstrating on a 1920 New Home hand crank sewing machine.
I recently got the New Home hand crank up and running after acquiring original parts from Steve in California, and Skipper from Alabama--members of Victorian Sweatshop Forum who are collectors of old machines.
Parts found: an original New Home hand crank and grey hound New Home shuttle. Uses Boye #14, 20 x 1 needles.
Tip: I use a modern Universal 15 x 1 needle, by lowering the shaft of the needle slightly when I install it. The antique Boye needle is slightly longer, harder to find, and cost more than a modern Universal 15 x 1.