Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Little pink pig is finished!

Hello everyone - Lynley here in Australia. That title sounds awful, as if I'm ready to truss it up and send it off to be made into bacon. Not so! Here it is, quilted and bound.

This well-travelled little quilt has been to Samoa and Sydney, and I finally finished the binding at the daytime quilters meeting last week. I finished it in time for show and tell - Canberra Quilters don't really go in for gasps of delight but I did get a few chuckles at the words.

No matter where I am I can still put my foot in my mouth though. I was explaining the quilt-along concept to the woman next to me and that it included adding words, and said something like "I don't like using serious words, it seems a bit silly on a quilt, so I just put this" ... she nodded politely and showed me the "faith, hope and love" she'd spent the last year beautifully appliqueing on her very very gorgeous quilt. Why do I say these things, especially to the only woman with words in a room of 90 quilters?

And here's a close-up of my dodgy quilting. As predicted, I went with straight lines in the border because I wanted it finished!

Vernies Amish Pyramids

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Color of Fruit

AKA: Tutti Fruitti

Erin here. I thought I should show some of my quilt in progress -- well at least the words -- before I get the top together. I worked on the words first to be sure that the center of my quilt would be big enough for all the words. I was going to put "Tutti Fruitti," my name, town/state and Liberated Amish 2010 in the borders, but as you can see I changed my mind.

papaya, grape, mango, citron, plum, mandarin, raspberry, blueberry, pomegranate

The only thing I might change is the "r" in mandarin. Otherwise, I'm quite pleased with them -- even plum and blueberry which are a little dark against the black. They will be like a surprise in the borders you'll notice when you're close enough to read them.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Don't Give Up on Me Yet!

Hi, debbi dw here. Though I have not posted yet, I have two LAGT quilts drawn up on paper (only the ideas, of course, liberated piecing to come). These fabrics are the start of my "Global Change" quilt, a liberated version of the Chinese Coins quilt (which is online, but not in the book, go figure). At least one top by the start of June - hold me to it!
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Making Progress

I 've been so busy working on the challenge, I've forgotten to post an update! So, here goes. . . .

Here's my progress as of yesterday, May 10th. I've gotten the center of the quilt all sewn together. I'm working on my letters/word, and then I'll be ready to add the border. I'll have another opportunity for creativity with the borders, as I don't have enough of any one fabric for the border.

As I was looking at the challenge quilt hanging on the design wall yesterday, I thought the top was billowing in the breeze. And then I realized that the wonky 9-patches are creating an "Op Art" effect! They look like they're bending or bowing out, due to the off-centered-ness of the blocks. That was a fun surprise that I never expected!

Monday, May 10, 2010


This is what I have so far, (it was stitched on the train) I'm thinking a  cable design on this small first border,
what do you think?  any other ideas?
Happy Sewing, how is everyone coming along?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Fan-tastic Finish

Waste Not Want Not is finished!

Woo Hoo!

You can see more photos of the quilt (including the label on the back) here.  Chris even used purple thread for the gorgeous Baptist Fan quilting.

Thanks, Tonya ~ this challenge has been a LOT of fun!