The MEGA Finishes Post – Class Samples Done!

I’m pretty sure this is some kind of world record. I work best under deadlines and this is proof. Three quilts finished this week! I’ll start with the big one.

The Summer House Lone Star quilt turned out fantastic. I bound it using the lime green coordinating solid. It’s hand bound to the back. Still no label since I don’t have a proper name for it. Measures 66 x 66 finished. I’m really looking forward to teaching the class and seeing what fabrics all my students pick!  My lone star is now off my quilty bucket list. On to something new!
QuiltSmart Lonestar - Summer House by Lily Ashbury

QuiltSmart Lonestar - Summer House by Lily Ashbury

QuiltSmart Lonestar - Summer House by Lily Ashbury

QuiltSmart Lonestar - Summer House by Lily Ashbury

 

I redid my beginner melt and blend sampler with proper borders. I think this one represents the class much better. Pleased with how this one turned out.  Aurifil monofiliment was used to do all the applique stitching. 50 wt. cotton mako for the white quilting inside the background area.

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Pear Beginner Sample

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Pear Beginner Sample

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Pear Beginner Sample

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Pear Beginner Sample

 

And this is my pride and joy. My advanced melt and blend sample is complete! The templates are all my own as are the colors and design. This quilt took lots of trial and error with coloring techniques for small spaces. Once I finally figured out how to do it I was so pleased with the result.  Aurifil monofiliment again for the applique stitches.

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Tropical Fish

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Tropical Fish

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Tropical Fish

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Tropical Fish

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Tropical Fish

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Tropical Fish

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Tropical Fish

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Tropical Fish

Melt and Blend Crayon Applique - Tropical Fish

I love the Aurifil thread I chose to quilt it with. Turned out beautiful! I used a 40 wt variegated blue  for the water and a 50 wt beige for the sand.

Aurifil - Melt and Blend Tropical Fish

 

My short and quick class is on this TV Tray Pressing Board. I recovered mine with this fun chevron fabric. Really makes it pop!

TV Tray Pressing Board Chevron

Comments

  1. I don’t know how you can complete three quilting projects in one week … I am sooooo slooooow. They are just beautiful!

  2. The Lone Star is really pretty, Katie!

  3. Beautiful quilts!! I am wondering how you hang your quilts – I noticed the triangle pockets on all 4 corners on the back. I’m ready to hang my first wall quilt and can’t decide the best way to approach it.

  4. All the quilts look beautiful!

  5. These are all beautiful. I wasn’t really interested in doing the lone star quilt but seeing yours inspires me to do one too. Thanks Katie!

  6. To be honest I was a little hesitant with the pink background on the lone star, but with the border and binding, and all quilted it looks fantastic. And HUGE! I didn’t think it’s that big until I saw you holding it up for the photo. And what’s wrong with the name Summer House Lone Star? :)))
    I love the polka dot border on your new pear and butterflies!
    I love the fish and corals! It looks fantastic! You really did great finishing everything up in such a short week!

  7. They are beautiful Katie!

  8. Katie well done. The quilts are beautiful . You are very artistic. Love to hear you again on podcast.

  9. Carol McD says:

    Nicely done! You are getting really good at the McTavishing. Adds so much great texture.

  10. You’re quilting is looking beautiful! It really compliments the quilt!

  11. They’re all beautiful, and your quilting looks lovely, too. I love the ironing board from a TV tray. Very clever idea.

  12. We’re the pear quilting and fish and water done on domestic sewing machine? They are beautiful. Did you take classes? I want to to a water scene with free motion but am a bit afraid to attempt it. Do that wave stitch have a name or did you just wing it? Very inspiring.

    • All the quilting on the pear and fish quilts were done on my domestic Pfaff sewing machine. I haven’t taken any free motion classes myself, I’ve just watched a ton of videos and put in a lot of time on the machine practicing different stitches. The only way you’ll get good at it is continuous practice both on fabric and sketching new designs on paper with a pencil.

      The wave stitch isn’t named that I know of – I just kind of wiggled the quilt to make it wavy looking so the background would have some movement. It mostly worked out! There are a few sketchy spots but they aren’t too noticeable.

  13. Beautiful quilts. I can’t decide which is my favourite. Your comment about the only way to learn freehand quilting is to practice is so true, and you have obviously done lots of practice as the quilting looks good.

  14. Looking great. You’ve come a long way!

  15. Gotta try some of that thread! Looks great.

  16. Amazing friend! Quite a list of finishes there. Absolutely beautiful…ALL of them 🙂 Hey, when you use the aurifil monofilament for your applique – are you satin stitching, blanket stitching, or what’s your preferred stitch on a project like this?

    • I use a stitch I learned from Karen Kay Buckley. It makes them nearly invisible when you use monofiliment. It’s a blanket stitch where the jumpover just BARELY goes into the fabric and the straight stitches are on the outside of the applique shape. You have to play with it a bit to get your machine setup right but it’s gorgeous when you don’t want anything distracting from your piece.

  17. Shelly Beth Grappe says:

    Love seeing all you amazing work! Here is a thought to ponder. Most of my work is applique and or collage work. All are hung on the wall. I do all my quilting before I apply the appliques. The backs looks nicer in my humble opinion and it goes much quicker. I have never seen any shadowing or bumps under the applique pieces. If you are afraid of how the applique will be affected by having quilting underneath it….try this approach. Lightly mark where the applique pieces will go (trace around them on the top) then do the whole cloth quilting technique. Just a thought to ponder. Sew on Sista. I am doing a fish table runner commission aw we speak. I sell my work to non sewists(usually) so presentation back and front is an issue. Plus by doing the all over quilting…I can choose a back fabric of a like go with the front and the buyer gets a two for one deal! Often add a little something to the back to jazz it up….some simple stripes or other geometric design…think simple and quick here!