I am feeling green these days! I pulled these fabrics this morning.
I sell some of my quilts on Etsy.com as Dot’s Quilts. Here is a sample of my listings so you can see some of my finished quilts. I name each quilt I make.
TARTAN SQUARES – flannel, machine quilted, queen size
SPRING GARDEN – queen size, hand-quilted
This is just a sample of my potholders which will be on sale at Alexandra’s bread on Main Street in Gloucester. They are made with extra batting so your hands will be safe. Machine washable. Many colors and designs to choose from. AND they make excellent Christmas presents!
Sometimes when I am close to finishing a quilt, I start thinking about the next one. It’s kind of like how I have to find a new book to read before I’ve finish the old one. I start by thinking about the color palate and I go into my sewing room and start picking out fabrics. From there I build piles. Each pile represents the colors that will go into one Log Cabin square.
Here is what going to go into the next quilt:
Once I have the top of the quilt finished, I move on to making the border to frame the pattern. I typically draw upon the fabrics in the quilt to make the border so there is a balance, but sometimes I make other selections to jazz it up.
I take strips of the fabric and then cut them into squares and sew them to the background fabric, which in this case is light and white.
I then sew the color+white blocks on the bias to form a strip.
Next steps are to tack the batting and hand stitch the trim that links the back of the quilt to the front of the quilt.
When I am building a quilt, I need to tack it on a wall and see how the pattern emerges and how well the colors work together. I have hung a piece of batting on a wall and the quilting squares stick to it very easily. The log cabin pattern in my favorite because there are many ways to arrange squares within the pattern. This style with the radiating diamonds is called “Barn Raising.” I will use up to 40 different fabrics and it is fun choosing different ones based upon their colors and patterns. I will keep building it out by adding more squares to the perimeter. Once I have it all set, I will sew the squares into rows and the rows into one sheet.
Welcome to the first post of Gloucester Quilter. I have lived in Gloucester for only 10 years but I grew up on the North Shore. I live in town with my daughter Rebecca. This blog and webcam was her idea and she will be doing most of the writing. Joey of GoodMorningGloucester was our main inspiration and we hope you like my quilts and enjoy our view of Gloucester Harbor.