Saturday, July 24, 2010

Finished! Little Red House in the Tall Green Grass Under the Gwenny Stars!

First of all, thank you to Tonya for hosting such a great get together! I love seeing all the projects in all the various stages. It took me a long time to get inspired. Life got in the way...I just can't think after a long day at work or too much going on in the family. How about you?

I have been trying to get to this project forever. It took me several months but here is my finished project. I also quilted it on the Handiquilter. Fun times!

Wish the black showed up better. I will be teaching Gwen's star method on September 24th at Morning Star Quilts in Paradise, California. I am excited to share more liberated techniques with other quilters! Hope you are all having a great summer with sewing to keep you happy!

xo Pam in Chico

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tutti Fruitti

Erin here. Yes, my top is done. I should have tried harder to get this posted before I had some house sitting jobs without internet access but I didn't. My mother has declared it to be the ugliest quilt on the planet. [Yes, the woman is a beacon of love and encouragement...] I don't really value her opinion very much any way. My oldest daughter loves it though and has to pet it on the design wall every time she comes in my sewing room. Her opinion I do value and not just because she likes my quilt. LOL I like it and that's all that really matters in the scheme of things I suppose. This is my original design idea based on the photo of my "inspiration quilt."

I think I successfully "liberated" the color palette and the setting. Except for the piano key border, it doesn't even look that much like my original design idea let alone the original quilt. Tee hee. I blogged a bit about the process of deciding on the center setting here and here.

The particulars:
Name: Tutti Fruitti
AKA: The Color of Fruit [from a line in the BBC production of Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South which I have watched w-a-a-a-y too many times of late...]
Finished size: approx. 61" x 61"
Fabric: Krystal by Michael Miller Fabrics
Quilting: I'm going to start hand quilting it with black perle cotton as soon as I make the trek into Las Vegas to buy some.
Batting: I haven't decided whether to stick with cotton or try some wool. I live in the desert. I'm afraid I might melt under wool batting.

No Longer Wordless

Hi, Chris D here. I've been hooked on Tonya's Free Pieced Letters since the first time I saw the idea. When she blogged about this challenge I just had to play.

My quilt top is finally well underway. From the beginning I knew exactly what phase I wanted to use. Deciding on the pattern to use was the hardest part. There were so many gorgeous patterns to choose from in "Amish Abstractions" book!

I love Amish quilt patterns and color pallets. My favorite fabrics to work with are batiks and hand dyes. These fabrics can be so vibrant and allow more flexibility.

I plan to make a few changes to the colors I am using in my blocks but hope to finish this top by the end of this weekend.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Introducing Myself

Hi, my name is Millie! I was so excited to see a Liberated Amish group. I absolutely love Amish quilts. I had leftover scraps from this wave runner quilt so I decided to use them for my first liberated amish quilt. The first pattern that came to mind was this log cabin quilt I made.

Later I decided to make a Roman Stripe quilt. I've made 16 blocks in two days.

Thank you so much for letting me join this group. I can't believe how many wonderful Liberated Amish quilts are on this blog.
Happy Quilting,

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Backside of Triple Nine Patch

This is the backside of Triple Nine Patch. Some people wondered how it was constructed. It measures 22 by 23 inches.........

I hope this helps............Linda

On the Edge

debbi dw here - nothing like a deadline to get me going! I shifted from my planned Global Change (which I will do someday) when I got too close to the deadline to tackle the circles in my other plan. In this layout I have a twist on chinese coins/bars and bricks The coins in this one are on edge, and the stacks are on the edge of the quilt too. I hope to do something fun with the quilting in the big empty space. My words will go on the back and will be "On the Edge" - tricky to put the letters on the back so I could finish, hum? One of my favorite things about this top was running out of the green for the borders and using a similar shade pieced in - just like I've seen in Amish quilts! Tried to show in the photo below (sorry - the lighting at 11:30 isn't great!):
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