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COG & WHEEL : QUILTED

Karyn's Cog & Wheel

Quilting by Eileen Quilts
Quilting Pattern : Signature

Finishing a quilt is a true labour of love. Most people think that you sew together a bunch of fabric into patches and there you go, a quilt. Oh NO. A quilt is about twenty times more work than that. There is the back of the quilt (for me, often improv pieced), basting the quilt, quilting all the layers together (this is where most people get stuck) and then sewing on binding. Don’t forget a quilt label too! To anyone who has ever finished a quilt, I applaud you. It is a long road to finishing even the most simple of quilts, but it is so worth it in the end. To be honest, I would make quilts all the time, every day if I could. I finally feel like I have worked up to understanding how to finish the quilts that I start. This has meant getting over my fear of machine quilting and starting to explore free motion quilting. But it has also meant sending off my first quilt to a long arm quilter.

It’s a scary proposition, sending off your quilt top and back to someone else to have them quilt all over it. Amanda uses Lindsay to do her long arm quilting. Lindsay quilted her Halloween Swoon quilt with the coolest spiderweb pattern. A recommendation for a long arm quilter is a MUST. I also got to meet Lindsay at the Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City. She is a sweetheart and even though she lives in Virginia, I felt really good about sending away my Cog & Wheel to her.

I wanted a swirly pattern, so Lindsay sent over some options of designs she suggested. I chose one that is called ‘Signature’. I liked that it appeared to be more random. I think it looks really good with the Cog & Wheel design.

I know some people who always send their quilts out to be quilted. This way they can enjoy the patchwork process and finish more quilts. I will probably try to do the quilting on my smaller quilts and have Lindsay work on my larger bed-sized quilts for me. It is really exciting to receive a box in the mail, open it up and have your professionally quilted work all bundled up inside.

I cut the binding last night and I’m looking forward to spending some time sitting under the quilt while I hand stitch the final step.

p.s. Happy New Year! I’m picking out my first blocks to start my Farmer’s Wife Sampler this week. I’ll post about it soon.

Karyn's Cog & Wheel

Karyn's Cog & Wheel

Karyn's Cog & Wheel

Karyn's Cog & Wheel

Karyn's Cog & Wheel

Karyn's Cog & Wheel

Karyn's Cog & Wheel

Karyn's Cog & Wheel

Karyn's Cog & Wheel

QUILTING PROJECT LIST

Quilting Project List

I thought it would be helpful/scary/interesting to dig up all my quilt projects that are in progress and do a bit of a status report on them. I’m curious to see how many I have and of course, it would be great to finish off a few of them. (so that I can start new ones!)

1. Double Wedding Ring Quilt, approx. 60″ x 60″
I am about a third of the way through hand quilting this. I am happy that I am still in love with this quilt every time I take it out to look at it.

2. My First Quilt, queen-sized
I am about a third of the way hand quilting this quilt, as well. That’s actually much further than I thought.

3. Plaid Quilt, approx. 40″ x 60″
This is a gift for a friend. The quilt is basted and I started machine quilting it on the weekend. I am trying to finish this quilt before Christmas. Especially since I started this for LAST Christmas.

4. V&A Quilt, queen-sized
This is going to be a bed sized quilt made from a pattern I created on the V&A Patchwork Pattern Maker. I spent hours and hours cutting out all the little squares and have only sewn together a small corner section. I’m dying to work on this quilt top. Hopefully after the holiday rush.

5. Grey, Brown & Orange Sampler, unknown size
I have four blocks made for this sampler – Road to California, Schoolhouse, Log Cabin, and Dresden Plate. I should try to make at least one block a month for this quilt.

6. Green Log Cabin Quilt, unknown size
I made four log cabin blocks, with the intention that this was going to be for my brother. I’ve decided that this is not the right quilt for my brother, so I’ve been looking for a new idea. Hopefully I’ll be able to incorporate these blocks somewhere into the new quilt. When I get a brilliant flash of inspiration. Quilts for guys = tricky.

7. Shoo Fly Quilt, unknown size
I fell in love with the shoo fly block when I saw the cover of ‘Color Your Cloth‘. I decided to use my French General ‘Rouenneries’ Jelly Roll to make a quilt using just this block. I only have four blocks made so far.

8. Grey + Persimmon Hexagons, unknown size
This english paper piecing project is probably going to be a wall hanging of some sort. soonish.

9. NY Subway Map Whole Cloth Quilt, 14″ x 14″
I’m actually very close to finishing this project. I’ve quilted the New York City subway line using a vintage map that I found. I’d like this to be a wall hanging and I’m just debating displaying it in a wooden hoop or if it should be a square with a proper binding.

10. Cog & Wheel Quilt, twin sized
As I mentioned in my last post, this quilt is basted and ready for machine quilting. I’m unsure of how I’m going to quilt it, but I’d really like to finish this before the end of the year.

I’ve updated My Crafty List of Things to Do with this detailed quilt project list, including quilts I want to make, quilts in progress and completed quilts. Okay, so ten quilt projects on the go. A bit more than I thought, but hopefully I’ll knock three of these off the list in the next month. There is exactly one month of craft time left before December 25th. EEEEK!

Quilting Project List

Quilting Project List

Quilting Project List

Quilting Project List

Quilting Project List

Quilting Project List

COG & WHEEL TOP + BACK

Cog & Wheel Quilt

I started the Denyse Schmidt Cog & Wheel quilt earlier in the summer. I was planning ahead to make this as a wedding gift for a dear friend. The wedding arrived rather quickly and then passed in September. Last week, I finally finished assembling the blocks together. This is going to be a twin size quilt. With all my leftover scraps, I put together this scrappy-style backing.

The Cog & Wheel was pretty fun to sew together. The large scale curves are actually not too hard once you get the hang of it. They just require lots and lots of pinning. This was my first quilt made from a commercial pattern and now I have a few others, I want to try out next.

I spent a couple hours basting this quilt last week, so it is ready for machine quilting. I’m so tempted to send this to a long arm quilter, but I also want to do it myself. Perhaps a long arm machine is in the workroom’s future??!! I am setting a goal of finishing this quilt + another basted quilt before the new year. This is so I am able to start on my Quilt Sampler 2 with a lighter load.

I’m going to pull out all my ongoing quilt projects and do a status report this week. I have a feeling there are about 6-ish quilts in various states of progress right now. This seems pretty normal, but I’d like to move a few more to my ‘finished’ pile.

Cog & Wheel Quilt

Cog & Wheel Quilt

Cog & Wheel Quilt

BUZZ SAW QUILT

Buzz Saw Front

I had technically finished my buzz saw quilt a little while ago, but had dilly-dallied in completing a label for it. In the few quilts that I have completed, I’ve made sure to carefully label them. (you know, for quilt historians 100 years from now)

This ‘ode to green’ quilt is absolutely perfect for our couch. It worked out to be just the right length. For the backing, I used a large swath of Denyse Schmidt’s wallflower in piney woods green. I just love this vintage-y print! I also used scraps from the front to create the stripe down the side. To echo the buzz saw points on the front, I cut the scraps on an angle. I machine quilted it with two different Valdani variegated threads and echoed the buzz saw pattern about a half inch around the inside and then the outside. I really like the effect this gives.

The binding is also made from scraps from the quilt. I find this most satisfying when I get to the end to use up leftover bits to make the binding.

For the quilt label, I hand embroidered using the dark variegated thread I used to machine quilt. To make the label a bit more interesting, I did a teeny tiny bit of patchwork and attached it to the end. Cute! I think I will always do this for future labels.

Yay! I can finally cross something else off my finishing list. Which is perfect timing because tonight I’m starting to make the Cog & Wheel quilt!

Buzz Saw Back

Variegated Valdani threads for machine quilting

Buzz Saw Detail

Patchwork Quilt Label