Hi, my name is Ruth and this is my blog to show & share my quilts that I give to family & friends.
Simple designs that may inspire you to make one too.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Black & White Accuquilt Tumbler (#26)

10 different black and white fabrics were cut using the Accuquilt tumbler die and 'trapped' in a border of Kona jet black.

13 tumblers wide, and 12 rows long ... the backing is black dimple dot minky - and binding is Timeless Treasures Sketch black. A layer of JoAnn's bleached muslin is the middle layer between the quilted top & minky back.

Quilted with Gutermann's Sew all grey on top and black on the bottom, following the tumbler shape and going across the rows as well, using the large broken zig zag stitch.  
The pictures don't exactly capture how black the fabrics are - but they are elegant and classic... like a LBD  (little black dress).

April 2014
Size:  57 x 72"

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tim Holtz's Eclectic Elements Quilt(#25)

Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt from Ye Olde Sweatshop

I fell hard for this Eclectic Elements fabric collection by renowned paper crafter, Tim Holtz.  Tim is the Creative Director for Ranger Industries and all you have to do is go down an aisle at a Michael's or JoAnn's and see walls of his wonderful product creations.
 Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt from Ye Olde Sweatshop
This is his first fabric collection, and it comprises of 3 design categories:  Documentation, Labels, & Melange.  In order to retain all the good scrapbook/grunge/steampunk vibe - I used my trusty pattern:  Easy Bake from Cluck Cluck Sew.
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt
It was not easy to find the entire collection (24 fat quarters total) and I wanted to use every bit of it. After making the bulk of the quilt -  I measured the remaining fabric and found that 4" square gave me the most pieces.  These squares were put on the front sides and back.
Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Quilt from Ye Olde Sweatshop
My first time making a quilt with a cotton top, traditional batting & a cotton back - (used Warm and Natural batting  / pre-washed and dried before quilting).  The back is Michael Miller's couture cotton in Nite -  which comes in 85 colors - and has a wonderful soft drape -  (while it looks rather bright in the pictures, it blends well overall - another option could be the Midnight Blue which is darker).

Quilted top and bottom with  Aurifil 50 wt. ( light sand #2000 & dark cobalt #2740).  Spray basted (and ironed to fuse them even more), I had a few hiccups (and 3 rows to rip out) as the bottom tension went all wonky - but a few turns on the bottom bobbin case screw worked fine.  Each time I re-loaded the bobbin - I had to make minor adjustments. 

April 2014
Size:  60 x 72"

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Gypsy Caravan Tumbler (#24)

 A beautiful chic quilt featuring Amy Butler's Gypsy Caravan, cut with the large Accuquilt tumbler die.  12 tumblers across by 12 rows down with a 3" border on the sides in matching periwinkle.  

  Binding in periwinkle and backed with vanilla dimple dot minky.  The middle layer is JoAnn's bleached muslin, prewashed and all layers spray basted.  I usually pin and spray baste - but had success with spray basting only and ironing the layers together, pressing on the cotton top portion and totally avoiding the minkey - it melts!
Quilting was a smaller broken zig zag going across the rows and following the tumbler shapes from top to bottom.
I used Aurifil beige 50 wt. for both the top and bottom with a No. 12 universal needle and it was smooth  and consistent. 
Size: 57 x 71"
April 2014 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sabby Chic Accuquilt Tumbler (#23)

The goal was to make a shabby chic quilt. Using different 6 fabric patterns, including Paris Flea market by 3 Sisters and Petal by Tany Whelan - this quilt is all that.  
The photos don't capture  how well all these colors & tones meld and harmonize with the blush minkey dimple dot - which photographs like a salmon color - but in real life they look great together. 

Using the Accuquilt large tumbler die, minkey back and muslin in the middle so you can't feel the seams - I quilted it using Gutermann pinks with the broken zig zag stitch following the tumbler shapes from top to bottom - and across the tumbler rows from side to side.
Size:  57x72"
April 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Buried Treasure ... Again (#22)

Using the rest of the Buried Treasure fabric and cutting it into 5" squares - I made a colorful middle (11 across by  11 down) - and filled in the rest of the space with Moda's Countdown to Christmas in black.
Binding is Marmalade stripes and zig zag stitches quilt the layers in a gold Gutermann sew all thread.  The back is JoAnn's aqua minkey (which doesn't shred as much as Dimple dot, but its not as plush either).  To compensate for the thinner minkey, the middle layer is a Robert Kaufman flannel.  
Size: 58 x 69"
April 2014