Thursday, February 28, 2013

Temecula's Rothermel 25th Anniversary SAL quilt, sort of

I tried to follow Temecula's SAL directions all the way to the end, but I just couldn't make it work for me. So, with my apologies to them, this is the resulting flimsy.
Most of my CW stash is in the form of FQs. I tried to find fabrics to make the long vertical pieces in between rows, but from my limited CW yardage, nothing emerged that clicked for me. My default setting is sashing and cornerstones, so that is where this went. The outer border fabric is a Judie Rothermel design. I didn't have enough of her fabrics to make the whole quilt, but I thought I could at least surround the blocks with one of her designs. This isn't the best looking border I could have put on this piece, but it is the best of the two "Judie" fabrics that I had in large enough quantity to cover the territory. This was a fun SAL. The blocks made up quickly and the quilt is a little larger than most mini quilts.

 I don't know if you recall this little quilt that was a New Year's project on the quiltsbycheri blog, she called "Counting Down the Hours." I thought the little hourglass blocks were a clever idea for the new year. I made them from a French General charm pack that was gifted to me by Kris. On Tuesday, after having a delightful lunch in town with Kris the day before, I decided it was about time I quilted this up. I used the Sally Terry Twist stencil for the blocks and then called upon my SewCalGal FMQ Challenge experience to feather the border. Patsy Thompson's excellent December tutorial gave me the courage I needed to attempt this. On the first photo you can see the line I drew (using a bendable ruler as guide) to create the spine of the feathers. No, the feathers aren't perfect--far from it, but they are coming along. On the back side you can see the overall effect.

I have also played with another design of Patsy Thompson's that I want to use in a quilt sometime soon. I really enjoy quilting this one. It is on her website in her free downloadable designs, and you can buy the DVD where she demonstrates this one and many others.

'Gathering Patches" is the current SAL on quiltsbycheri blog. She is making three mini quilts from nine patches. I opted to only make the first two, which she has now posted. I followed the directions for the first one, but when it came to the border, mine just didn't look put together right. I know there isn't a "right" way, but I should like it, shouldn't I? So this is my flimsy--just added a narrow border before the outer one. So many of my fabrics were dark. Just thought it needed a bit of something to lighten it.
Don't cringe, but I think I will bind it with a red that came from my Homestead Hearth scrap bag. I have the second little "Gathering Patches" quilt on a design board, ready to sew together. I'll save that for another time, because I want to show you this...

I played in Kool Aid with my wool again on Wednesday. It is so fun! I left some of them bright for now (though the camera flash makes them appear brighter than they really are). Who knows, I might actually use some of it that way, but I really like creating a color and then making it "muddy" for a vintage look. Now I need to get busy and use it!

 I have made some progress (quite minimal) on Easy Street, and have almost finished hand quilting  Abundance. By next time I hope to have my Rancher's Daughter QAL blocks ready to link up with John'aLee at The Scrappy Appleyard.
So much fun stuff going on! : )
Janet O.




40 comments:

  1. All of your little quilts are great and your quilting is wonderful! I used the Terry Sally twist on a quilt quite a while ago and it was pretty easy. I need to use it again as it looks really good. Love your border feathers! What a wonderful pile of wool you have!

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  2. love the little quilt from Cheri's pattern I am working on that one too, how could I not its nine patches!
    love the wool , wow, happy colors!
    you have been busy, busy, busy in all good ways!
    always fun to see what your working on and using what you have I am impressed.
    Kathie

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  3. What a fantastic post...oh I love your Temecula Quilt...love the way you made it yours! Your little hour glass quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Your quilting is amazing!

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  4. You have been getting some quality quilting time. Your quilting is looking great. The wool dying looks like fun, I have yet to try it. Some Ladies in my area have started a wool piecer's bee and we are meeting twice a month. We are sharing what we know and I think it will be fun. Also love the snow pictures.

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  5. You know, I like your sashing and cornerstones better than the vertical strips. ;-)

    And I like the Counting Down the Hours quilt ... your feathers in the border really finish that quilt.

    A red binding on the little 9 patch quilt won't make me cringe ... I like adding a little pop of color with the bindings. ;-)

    Wow, look at all that wool you've got ... can't wait to see what you do with it all.

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  6. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! I can see that February was a very busy stitching month for many of us!!!! I always think I'm doing pretty good with my FMQ and then I look at yours!! Gorgeous!!!! You keep me inspired!!! Maybe someday feathers for me too!!

    Blessings sweet lady!

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  7. I'm tired just reading about all that you are getting done. Then I laugh about all that great wool! All from the one who, a few short months ago, would not even touch the stuff! Look at you go! I absolutely love what you are doing with this. How do you get them muddy? And where are you finding all this great wool?

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  8. Wow, you have accomplished a lot lately! Your dye projects look like such fun - something for my 'someday list.' And your FMQ on that little hourglass quilt is perfect. I loved the Patsy Thompson tutorial too, and feathers are one of my favorite quilting motifs - yours look great!

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  9. Mercy, your quilts are lovely! And your quilting is stellar. So is it done on the conventional machine? I'm gonna have to check into that DVD you mentioned. I followed the FMQ challenge for about three months! And then my less than zero attention span veered off elsewhere!! Haha

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  10. Janet all your quilts are beautiful. I love how you finished your Temecula SAL. I was planing on doing mine the same way. Your little Cheri quilt is adorable. I made mine last night and plan on hand quilting it. I really enjoyed this post with all the wonderful eye candy. Hugs

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  11. You are an Energizer Bunny! The gorgeous projects keep on coming!! I adore them all.

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  12. Girl, you did a fabulous job with your little quilts, the quilting that you did on them, and I am seriously in love with your dyed wools. Just gorgeous---you are going to keep on until I have to pull my Kool-Aid packs and witch's cauldron out, aren't you. :P

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  13. I didn't like the SAL setting for the quilt either. I'm going to steal your setting idea, and perhaps this quilt has a chance of getting finished.

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  14. Those wools look so delicious! The dying in Kool Aid sounds like fun. Such pretty colors.
    Wow! Your machine quilting is fabulous!~ Love the twist pattern.
    I haven't seen what the Temecula SAL is supposed to look like but I love yours. Something about the sashing with cornerstones - it works so often.

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  15. Your quilting is gorgeous Mom! I love both of the little pieces you pictured. I love all the little sew a longs that you're doing too :)
    Can't wait to see what you end up doing with your wool.

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  16. Gorgeous quilting Janet! I love the back of the the one with the Terry Twist and the feathered border!

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  17. Wonderful Temecula quilt... I like yours better than theirs! And wow, you have been a busy lady! Thanks for the info on the FMQ DVD... will have to look into that! Your kool aid wool is fantastic... what can we expect to see made in the future???

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  18. Beautiful little quilts and your quilting is fantastic. I would DEFINITELY go with a red binding on the Gathering Patches quilt. I think it will sing!!

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  19. Wow Janet - You're getting quite a lovely assortment of wool now! Can't believe how successful that kool aid dyeing has been for you! (ps - Easter egg tablet dyes work too - stock up after the holiday) All your quilt projects are so much fun to look at - your pictures are always inspiring!

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  20. Putting your own twist on a quilt is part of the great joy of creating! Glad you played with the sashings and borders until you were pleased. Your feathering and stencil quilting look wonderful! I really need to break out of my stippling and loops rut! Glad you are enjoying yourself with all this quilty variety :)

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  21. Very cute finish, love the t.t. on the inner section with the feathered border, excellent job!

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  22. I like your setting with light sashing and cornerstones! I have not decided yet how I will do it.

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  23. Your quilting is lovely and sashing with cornerstones seems to be my favorite one to go to. I love your dying wool with koolaide tip, one I am definitely going to do. One of the ladies at a club meeting generously gave us wool pieces from her stash of finds and I'm going to try this out on them.

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  24. Love your quilts and your wools! I did some wools the same way recently, but yours look much better than mine! I must ask, how do you muddy them when using cool aid? I purchased more today to do some more...can't wait!

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  25. Your quilting is wonderful! I may need you to quilt for me! All the quilts are just too good aka perfect for me!

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  26. Your SAL top looks terrific. I love the border fabric and the lattice. Your quilting on the New Years quilt is really stunning! I love the boarder feathering. Thanks for sharing the back.

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  27. JANET! The wool is beautiful!!! I had to pull up the 'before' pictures and show them with these 'after' pictures to my husband. I'm totally enamored with the process, now!! And your Temecula piece is darling! I love your *personalized* version!! And nice nod to Judie using her fabric for the border! I think your 'Gathering Patches' tops is darling and will look terrific bound in red!! :)

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  28. Nice little quilt - way to make it your own. Your machine quilting is lovely!!
    I've dyed cottons but not wool - looks fabulous - great projects are sure to some from that!!

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  29. I like the way your Temecula Quilt worked out. When the quilt talks to you, you have to listen, even if it was the shortage of CW stash. Cute little 9 patches. I love your quilting, from the back it looks perfectly fine!

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  30. Love that wool!
    Your QAL turned out really cute. It makes it yours when you don't follow the setting exactly.
    Lovely machine quilting!!

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  31. It's always such a pleasure to view your little quilts Janet! I just love each one! I think your sashing and border treatments are right on the money, and I definitely agree that the Gathering Patches quilt needed that lighter inner border to lift it up - it's perfect!

    Your quilting is gorgeous!!! You should be so proud of how accomplished you have become - your hard work is definitely paying off! Those feathers are wonderful :*D I went over to Patsy's site for that quilting design but there are a lot of them there. Do you remember the name of this one? I really like it and would love to practice it!

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  32. I absolutley adore your feathered border - I *do* need to try that on something ASAP!

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  33. Dear me! Why Janet, your quilting is just breath-taking on that precious little piece. Please silence that harsh inner critic and bask in some well-earned self praise. Some modesty is mis-placed.

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  34. So happy to "see" what you've been up to. Of course we wouldn't expect you to follow instructions :) Love the quilting designs, it looks like you've been quilting forever. The wool looks wonderful!

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  35. Oh, wow!!!! Your Temecula quilt is fabulous!! And your hour glass quilt is darling - I love the quilting - on both pieces!! Can't wait to see how you do it!! Mmmmmm, more Koolaid!! Yum!! And I LOVE your bright colors!! So much fun stuff!!!

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  36. Wow Janet...you have been a busy girl...the quilts and quilting look amazing and the dyed wool...bright just in time for Easter...lovely
    Mary

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  37. They turned out lovely. Your quilting is amazing! I'll have to start sending my quilts to you to be quilted. :)

    Have a wonderful and Blessed day
    Kristie

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  38. Your quilting is absolutely GORGEOUS, I love Sally Terry's techniques too. The kool-aid enhanced woolens are scrumptious; well done, Janet!

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  39. Way to go with the machine quilting!
    It looks fabulous!
    And from one quiltalongaholic to another...I love that you are actually finishing the projects! LOL

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  40. I read somewhere about a Judie R tribute wish I could think of where. Has to do with a special event in her life. You might look into it because I think your project might count. Maybe you'll win something fun. Your quilting is advancing more and more each time you share. Amazing that someone would come up with the Kool-Aid idea. Nice post Janet! Sandi

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