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Lizabeth
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I love to quilt. And quilting isn't just for beds. My first apartment after grad school, had a draft from the back door in the kitchen. Which wasn't too bad in summer, but in winter in northern Pennsylvania (right on the New York State line), it was COLD! So I used a tension shower curtain rod  to hang an old quilt in the doorway. And it worked! Been hooked on quilts and that they're just not for beds ever since.

 

Here are some of my non-bed quilts.

 

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Top left is a Log Cabin place mat in the Straight Furrows placement. The alternating dark and light diagonal lines are supposed to represent the rows (furrows) of planting. The coaster above the place mat is in a variation of Log Cabin called Courthouse Steps. The right-hand top picture is a place mat with squares reminiscent of Log Cabin. The striped square in the center bottom of that place mat is a block called Split Rail Fence. The trees and houses were designed by another quilter, and I enlarged the patterns to make them into place mats. I don't have the patience to make those itty-bitty quilt squares!

 

The red and white pictures in the middle are a tree skirt pattern in a variation of Courthouse Steps. It was supposed to have a hole cut in the center to tie it around the tree, but I decided I preferred to use it to put the tree on, so the tree won't scratch the table. Not to mention my sister thought I was crazy to even consider cutting a hole in it! You can see it in place in the lower right-hand picture.

 

The tea cozy is also quilted. The appliqued tea pot is actually on a pocket for tea bags or other items. I made the place mats some years ago. I won't date myself by saying when they were made! :lol: The coaster, tree skirt and tea cozy I made this month. The place mats are quilted by hand and the others by machine.

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:hello2: Cuidadora!

 

Those are absolutely lovely!  I used to quilt years ago and am dying to get back into it - so much so I bought a new sewing machine!

 

I am a student of the Eleanore Burns strip piece method of quilting took classes at the local fabric shop over 20 years ago. I have many of her books, but Log Cabin and Around the World are my favorite patterns to do.

 

Our long-time member Cheaux is also an avid quilter - I hope that she sees this thread!  :thumbsup2:

 

Now that I've seen your work, I'm even more anxious to get back to it!  Thank you so much for sharing!!

 

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These are gorgeous, liz.  I love quilts, have them on my beds.  Unfortunately, I'm one of those people who sews the entire dress together while sewing in armhole facings.  Do you display your work at quilting shows?

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1 hour ago, DonnaB said:

:hello2: Cuidadora!

 

Those are absolutely lovely!  I used to quilt years ago and am dying to get back into it - so much so I bought a new sewing machine!

 

I am a student of the Eleanore Burns strip piece method of quilting took classes at the local fabric shop over 20 years ago. I have many of her books, but Log Cabin and Around the World are my favorite patterns to do.

 

Our long-time member Cheaux is also an avid quilter - I hope that she sees this thread!  :thumbsup2:

 

Now that I've seen your work, I'm even more anxious to get back to it!  Thank you so much for sharing!!

 

Hi Donna! :wave:

 

I bought a new sewing machine last month, so that was my incentive or excuse, depending upon your point of view. :rotfl:

 

Glad to know there are more quilters on this site. Eleanore Burns! Yes, she was the first to write a book called A Quilt in a Day, with the idea of making a quilt in less than 24 hours. Thanks for sharing her name. I'd forgotten about her.

 

Hope you do get back to quilting. I find it relaxing.

 

 

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1 hour ago, BettyHT said:

These are wonderful.  I have never quilted but I have a niece, Rita Steffenson, who does.  People in quilting may have heard of her.  She has a you tube video of some of her techniques.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epClcBoJJG4

 

Thanks, Betty. Thanks for sharing your niece's link. That's so great that she made a video. I'll definitely go there next.

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1 hour ago, AC1830 said:

These are beautiful. I'm so glad to share these with us. My sister quilts. But I don't have the Knack or the patience to do it myself.

 

Thanks, AC. To me, quilts are like a puzzle I can put together. And I find them relaxing, not stressful. Not everyone feels that way, though. Even in the same family. I have two sisters and one quilts, the other doesn't.

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34 minutes ago, pjb2773 said:

 

These are gorgeous, liz.  I love quilts, have them on my beds.  Unfortunately, I'm one of those people who sews the entire dress together while sewing in armhole facings.  Do you display your work at quilting shows?

 

Hi Tampa! Thanks. I think I've done that, too. Just ripped it out and started over.

 

No, I've never displayed my work at quilting shows. I did join the American Quilters Society (AQS) for awhile, but they had no local chapters and most of the quilts they displayed in their magazines were more like modern works of art than traditional. It may have just been when I joined.

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Finished this quilt top which I made into a bedspread by adding the border. This is a Giant Biscuit or Puff or Bubble Quilt. Originally, they were made in two or three inch puffs, approximately the size of biscuits, in silk fabrics during the Victorian Era. The larger puffs on this quilt are an innovation I've only seen in the last couple of years. And some brilliant person created an easier way to sew them together than the traditional stuff each one individually, then sew them together; instead the revised method is to sew them together first, then stuff them. This quilt is made of cotton fabrics and stuffed with fiberfill. It's warmer and lighter than a traditional quilt with batting. And some claim it's the easiest quilt to make. It was quick, taking about three weeks to make mostly during evenings and is queen size.

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36 minutes ago, AC1830 said:

This is lovely Liz.  I would much prefer one like this rather than the heavier quilts for sleeping under.  

 

Thanks, AC. After using it for almost a week, it's definitely an improvement. The backing, which isn't visible is a sheet. Some people use minky fabric which I avoided since it can be messy to cut, although it would be snuggly and warm.

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On 2/8/2018 at 8:47 PM, Lizabeth said:

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Finished this quilt top which I made into a bedspread by adding the border. This is a Giant Biscuit or Puff or Bubble Quilt.

 

I love this and your first picture. I made a puff quilt nappy (diaper) bag when my daughter was a baby and I loved it. I have done some really basic quilting in small pieces, but am so impressed with large pieces like this. They are so personal and become family heirlooms.

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7 hours ago, Questfan said:

I love this and your first picture. I made a puff quilt nappy (diaper) bag when my daughter was a baby and I loved it. I have done some really basic quilting in small pieces, but am so impressed with large pieces like this. They are so personal and become family heirlooms.

Thanks, Questfan. I've only seen those bags and changing pads on the Internet, and thought they were practical and lovely. One of those sites that made a larger quilt, I think it was 30-inches on its longest side had an adorable picture of a baby sitting on one. That site has tutorials, a video and one with pictures and written instructions on making it.

 

Well, that was something new. As I was typing, three times my reply disappeared; when I clicked reply again, it returned. Had to wait for the page to reload each time-- both the page that showed my reply had disappeared and then to let me type again. Hope that's only my glitch and no one else deals with it. I know the site has been extra slow this week. I'd better end this before it happens again. :wink:

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On 2/10/2018 at 11:28 PM, BettyHT said:

Liz, that is very cool.  I had never seen a quilt like that and it looks comfy as well as so attractive.  I admire those who can sew especially turning it to such wonderfully creative and beautiful work.  

 

Thanks, Betty. It's comfy both to sit on and to use as a quilt.

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On 2/8/2018 at 7:47 AM, Lizabeth said:

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Finished this quilt top which I made into a bedspread by adding the border. This is a Giant Biscuit or Puff or Bubble Quilt. Originally, they were made in two or three inch puffs, approximately the size of biscuits, in silk fabrics during the Victorian Era. The larger puffs on this quilt are an innovation I've only seen in the last couple of years. And some brilliant person created an easier way to sew them together than the traditional stuff each one individually, then sew them together; instead the revised method is to sew them together first, then stuff them. This quilt is made of cotton fabrics and stuffed with fiberfill. It's warmer and lighter than a traditional quilt with batting. And some claim it's the easiest quilt to make. It was quick, taking about three weeks to make mostly during evenings and is queen size.

Do you have a link to the instructions for this? Especially, the stuff it all at once technique. 

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3 hours ago, AC1830 said:

Do you have a link to the instructions for this? Especially, the stuff it all at once technique. 

 

Yup. Best tutorial I found is on the blog Awaiting Ada at this link: New and Improved Tutorial. The original tutorial is at this link on her blog and shows a quilt with an adorable baby on it.

 

Instead of the straight stitch she recommends to hold the top and bottom pieces together for each individual puff or biscuit, I edge stitched with a zigzag stitch. You may have to play with the width and length of the stitch. Its purpose is to hold the pieces together and to keep the edges from fraying, so it doesn't have to be narrow or closely spaced. You don't want it wider than the seam allowance you'll be taking to sew the puffs together, though. I used cotton fabrics, and the plain turquoise had a tendency to fray if I looked at it crosswise.

 

With the size of my quilt, I also found it less dangerous to make a one inch or so cut in the back of each puff before doing any sewing. It's easier to enlarge the cut without cutting the front fabric once the puffs are sewn together. And yes, that's the voice of experience. I had to replace two puffs after they were sewn together. For a large quilt, it's easier to sew sections, and then sew then together. I did mine in fourths.

 

If you or anyone else have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them either in a post or PM.

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13 hours ago, AC1830 said:

Thanks Liz.  My sister likes to quilt and she was intrigued by this pattern so I've sent her your response.  

 My pleasure. Would love to know what she thinks.

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Since I alked about my new hobby, quilting, in the Advent calendar thread, I thought I'll show you what I've done so far.

 

This is my very first quilt, made of square scraps that were left over from sewing baskets and totes, and for which I didn't have the heart to throw them away.

 

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Since piecing it together was so much fun, I decided to not have a plain backside but this:

 

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Then a friend bemoaned the loss of an old quilt that had simply fallen apart after so many years. She couldn't bring herself to spend hundres of Euros to get a new one, and so I offered to make her one.

 

She picked a pattern, then we went fabric shopping together, and after a couple of weeks this was the outcome:

 

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For her birthday I made her a matching pilllow case:

 

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