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Friday, October 24, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Queen Jacob's Ladder in Moda Mimi

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Hello and welcome to my blog!  Thanks for stopping by on the Blogger's Quilt Festival tour of delicious quilts!  

I'm entering this sweet Jacob's Ladder queen quilt in the Large Quilt category.
Custom Queen-Sized Jacob's Ladder in Moda Mimi
The Jacob's Ladder pattern is a perfect way to display Mimi's beauty!  Jacob's Ladder quilts can look completely different depending on the fabrics chosen.
Custom Queen-Sized Jacob's Ladder in Moda Mimi
Oh, the pillow shams!
They are simply adorable with the ties on the sides!
Custom Queen-Sized Jacob's Ladder in Moda Mimi
The backing, the flap that covers the pillow inside, and the ties are all the same fabric.
Custom Queen-Sized Jacob's Ladder in Moda Mimi

Custom Queen-Sized Jacob's Ladder in Moda Mimi
And for a bit of history, the Jacob's Ladder quilt pattern is sometimes thought to be from the Civil War era, used by runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad, but "there are no known quilts in this pattern dating back to the Civil War or the decades before the war when the Underground Railroad flourished." 
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Custom Queen-Sized Jacob's Ladder in Moda Mimi
The backing is also a Mimi coordinate.
Custom Queen-Sized Jacob's Ladder in Moda Mimi
Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern:  Jacob's Ladder 
  • Size:  Queen
  • Fabric:  Mimi by Chez Moi for Moda, quilt top, backing, and binding; with Moda Snow
  • Batting:  100% cotton
  • Quilting:  Allover meandering stitch in cream thread, done on Mrs.Singer, my antique 31-15 mounted on a long-arm quilting frame.
  • Value:  Super sweet!
Pillow Sham Stats:
  • Pattern:  Jacob's Ladder with half-triangle border added.
  • Pillow Style:  Tied edge opening with fabric flaps to cover interior pillow, instructions in Shams With Style, although I did not bind the edges with binding as the book shows, so this changed the assembly directions somewhat.
  • Size:  20 x 26, standard
  • Fabric:  Mimi by Chez Moi for Moda
  • Batting:  100% cotton, pillow front only
  • Quilting:  Allover dense meandering stitch in cream thread, done on Mrs.Bernina, my old 830 which was my grandmother's.
  • Value:  Absolutely adorable!
This quilt set was a custom order in my Etsy shop, BusyHandsQuilts.



The following posts show this quilt in process:

Progress Post 1

Progress Post 2

Progress Post 3

Progress Post 4

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

QAYG Quilt-Along End of Week 1 and My Caroline Dress

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Um, I'm supposed to have five blocks done as of yesterday, but I don't!!  Today I finished cutting my delicious Lecien Flower Sugar collection.  The center squares are fussy cut 5" squares, and the outer strips are 3.5" wide.  You can read about this quilt-along here.  Jera, the author of Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern is hosting the quilt-along.


Also in the works this week is a Caroline dress for a harvest party we will be attending this Friday.  You do know who Caroline is, don't you?  She is Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother!!  I'm behind on it, too.  It's all cut out, and I just began the bodice tonight.   {Sigh}

I'm using this pattern.  Most costume patterns have fitted bodices, and that certainly won't work for me, so I was happy to find this old-fashioned dress pattern with a less fitted top.  I also really like the pattern because it has a waist rather than being a wide sack with an apron to pull the miles of fabric in at the waist.  Just don't need that extra fabric at the waist, ya' know!  If I had more time I would make the chemise and pantaloons.  I do plan to make the bonnet and apron.
Linking to:
Sew Fresh Quilts 
Freshly Pieced Quilts: WIP Wednesday

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt for My Son

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ETA:  This quilt will soon be entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival in the ROYGBIV category!

A Super Sparkly RAINBOW Sparkler Quilt!

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
Upon seeing his sister's rainbow quilt, my middle son also wanted rainbow quilts in his bedroom.  Fast forward a year, and he got his wish.  He had outgrown the Jungle Quilts I made him eight or so years ago, in my mind anyway, although he was not asking for new quilts.  It was me who wanted to change his room!

He has bunkbeds in his room, and I made the full-size quilt in January and this twin-sized quilt in June of this year.  This post is way overdue!  And I've never posted about the full-size quilt because I thought I'd make a pattern out of it.  I'll get that posted soon because a pattern is not in the plan.
Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt

I was careful to place all the colors along this side so they would show when on the bed.  This quilt goes on the top bunk.  He can see the whole quilt when it's on the bed, no problem - there's no way I can due to my height deficiency!!

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
He likes pink and purple and wanted them included!

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
A black background seemed a better choice for a boy!  The original pattern was made with white rather than black, so this is a completely different look.
I added a 2.5" strip to all sides to make it a better fit for a twin-sized bed.  The original pattern is a lap at 60" x 84".

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
The backing is extra-wide Spot-On in Red by Robert Kaufman.  I was disappointed that this fabric is not very soft.  I really regret not using a black and red chevron in flannel.  I used Spot-On in gray on my queen-sized Star Light Star Bright quilt, and the gray was much softer than the red.
Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
More eye candy!

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
Quilt Stats:

  • Pattern:  Sparkler by Freshly Pieced
  • Size:  Twin size
  • Fabric:  Kona New Classic Roll-up and Kona Black
  • Batting:  100% cotton
  • Quilting:  Allover meandering in black thread on Mrs.Singer, my antique 1896 31-15 which is mounted on a 12-foot quilting frame.
  • Backing:  Robert Kaufman Wide Spot-On backing in red
  • Value:  Amazingly sparkly and cheerful!

Linking to:
Crazy Mom Quilts
TGIFF
TGIFF at Dizzy Quilts
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