Showing posts with label Bowtie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bowtie. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bowties Quilt--Final Chapter

My mom sent me the photos from my brother's birthday party and the quilt presentation.  For those sick of seeing this quilt, look away!  But I promise this is the last of the posts on Tyler's Bowties.
My mom said it was hard to get a photo of just the quilt and us because there were so many people in the room!  That's Tyler's son Joey getting the first cuddle in on the end of the quilt.

Happy quilt owner.

Perusing the label.  His son Christian in the striped shirt reading the writing on the backing fabric--he immediately identified it as by Mark Twain, which was pleasing!

All smiles! 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival--Tyler's Bowtie Quilt

Once again I am participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival by Amy over at Amy's Creative Side.   Welcome Festival visitors to my little blog.  Hope you look around and enjoy your stay here. 

The quilt story I am sharing is of my most recent quilt and the first one I have ever designed myself.  About a year ago my second oldest brother told me he was entering his 50th year and wanted me to make him a quilt for his 50th birthday.  He told me to keep in mind that they have a king sized bed.  Funny guy.  I told him there was no way that was happening I would make him a good sized throw.  I asked him all the usual questions about colors and themes.  He's a traditional guy so I chose a traditional block, a bowtie.  I played around with the idea, combining it with another block, wanting a bit of a modern look to the layout.  I looked at lots of photos of bowtie quilts online, and saw none that really grabbed my attention. So out came the pencil and graph paper.
My design included fifty 6" finished bowtie blocks alternated with double four-patch blocks and solid squares in what turned out to be an asymmetrical layout.  I love a scrappy look so each bowtie was to be a different fabric, mostly from stash and scraps. 

The plan for the background originally was to have it all the same.  But it was boring!

Some cream and white jazzed it up.  The quilt was officially a WIP and began to age as a lot of other projects jumped to the front of the line over the next few months...

...but by August I was finished with all the cutting and began to piece in earnest.

50 bowties ready for assembly into the top.

The completed top was 60" square.  Too short for a couch quilt, plus I'm not that fond of square quilts so it was back to the drawing board for what to do to make it longer. 

A whole lotta 2" squares later, I had top and bottom borders.

Originally I wanted a plaid flannel for the backing but settled on this unique Tom and Huck cotton fabric with phrases from Mark Twain's book.

Hours of straight line machine quilting followed in grid fashion. 

I completed the quilt by the deadline of October 23, 2010, sewing the label on in the car on the way to the party.  He had requested no gifts but of course knew his quilt was coming.

All four corners somehow ended up with red binding.  I liked it!

My brother liked it too.  Happy 50th Birthday, Tyler! 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Birthday Gift

Family, a birthday party, seeing old friends, and quilting---all the ingredients for a wonderful weekend in my book! 

Finishing the quilt took most of Friday night:

The spacer strip got some curves to contrast with all the straight line crosshatching.

Resting the accordion folded binding in my desk's door trays worked great.

I machine sewed it from the front, catching the folded edge on the back. 

Finished quilt, 60" x 72". 

Though totally unplanned, each corner of the quilt ended up with red binding!  We had a lovely drive south (it takes 7 different freeways to get to my brother Tyler's city from here but traffic was not bad at all through L.A.  Nick drove and I sewed the quilt label on.  The final name was "50 Bowties of Many Colors My Sister Made for Me".

My brother Tyler, being sung Happy Birthday to. 

It was a job to blow out the 50 candles on this yummy Texas Sheet Cake.  I gave him his quilt right after the cake eating but those pics are on my mom's camera so will come later.  He was very happy with the quilt and appreciated all the work that went into it.  We had a good time at the party--there were some old friends to see and lots of nieces and nephews to hug. 

The darling daughters and wife of my youngest brother, standing at the rear and not looking the camera, who asked me at the party to make HIM a quilt.  Fortunately I have years until he turns 50!  

The Temecula Quilt Company quilt shop excursion was a worthwhile trip which I'll post about separately.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Feverish Friday

Yep, you guessed it, I'm down to the wire on the Bowtie quilt--the birthday party is tomorrow.  It has been a very busy week work wise and then last night was Bunco and I was bushed when I got home---at 10:20 PM!  Wow, the Halloween Bunco was too much fun and my plans to sneak off early fell by the wayside.  Yesterday I got the binding all made, though...

I just love red for a binding!

This morning I spent some quality time tying off threads and burying them. My slightly blurry photo doesn't show the easy threading needle too well, but it was the perfect choice for this chore.  Okay, now I'm off to feverishly attach binding! 

Tomorrow we're heading down south earlier than originally planned because there is a quilt shop in Temecula that I have wanted to go to for a year and a half--and that is not open on Sundays, darn it.  Glad I found that out before the weekend!  My SIL Laura and I will hopefully get to leave all offspring at the hotel and play by ourselves at The Temecula Quilt Company. I've drooled all over their website and can't wait to pet all the C.W. repros in person.   Full report to follow...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bowtie Madness

I spent a great deal of time yesterday machine quilting on the Bowties quilt for my brother's 50th birthday next week. 
For the 4 patches I just eyeballed across the 1" squares but used quarter inch masking tape as a guide for the bowties and larger open spaces. 

The patchwork borders also were completed, grid style.  The last thing I did last night was move the rest of the pins for finishing the channel quilting one direction. I had to move almost every single darn safety pin Mom and I placed in order to do the machine quilting!  Not having a plan when you pin is a *P.I.T.A.  Lesson learned.    The quilting lines are 2" apart so I won't need any pins once all the same-direction quilting is completed. Then I'll start the cross hatch the other direction.  Still have to come up with something for the spacer band but it will be something simple for sure!  *Pain in The Arse.

Finally, a shout out to my dad, who celebrated a birthday last week.  He doesn't usually like most photos of himself, but this one he did.  I like it too!  Taken in 2008 at Rosslyn Chapel on a once in a lifetime trip my folks took to Ireland and Scotland.  He even rented a car and braved driving the narrow lanes of Ireland.  Happy Birthday, Dad!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Design Wall Monday--Oct 11, 2010

There is no piecing happening at my house but there is still quilting to do.  On my Design Door today is the Bowtie Quilt for my brother's 50th birthday.  I now have less than two weeks to finish up this project and have reached the quilting stage.  While I plan to do some simple crosshatching in the top and bottom pieced borders and the four patches, and probably stitch in the ditch around the bowties, the empty spaces between seem to call for a motif. 

My mind is a blank. 

Maybe I'll just crosshatch the whole thing and call it done!

This is the backing--a line from Moda called Tom and Huck, with just a few lines from Huckleberry Finn.  Being a WORDS kind of girl, it struck my fancy and had the right colors.

While not exactly Fall colored, Mini does have some orange on her and fits into the tableau on the lawyer's bookcase.  Plus she likes it up there.   Go to Judy's blog to see the other Design Walls this Monday.

P.S.  Yes, that's a Darth Vader Mr. Potatohead

Monday, September 13, 2010


Despite some frequent interruptions today, by the auto body guy, my son, my daughter, the auto body guy, my husband, the auto body guy, the dog, the auto body guy, I was able to get one of the border sections pieced.
Looks a mile long, doesn't it?  That's 40 four patches.
Apologies for the slightly blurry photo.  This is the way I drew the design, butting up to the center, but I think it needs a spacer strip of the background, probably 3" finished.  Otherwise I like it.  Since I was home, I took a little garden patrol to snap some photos.

In about a month or so this plant will be covered with red bracts that will last until February--I love my poinsettia! 

A friend gave us two Plumeria plants about a year and a half ago.  These blooms are on the larger plant and smell heavenly.  Of course I always think of my time in Hawaii when I smell them.  The blossoms are frequently used for leis and the plants tree-sized in landscaping there.  Our plant is about three feet high now and the other about a foot and a half.

Our next year's crop of Hass avocados from our dwarf tree.  There is ONE other fruit! Very disappointing, as the last crop we had was about 25 fruits.  There you have it, border/patrol!

Design Wall Monday--Sept 13, 2010

Actually this week it's a design table....
Pieces and parts for 80 four-patches to use as a border on the bowtie quilt, which now has all rows sewn together, yay!  This quilt has well over 100 different fabrics in it given all the scraps I've cut up.  I'm home sick today--a lovely cold which has had me run through about a box of tissues since Friday--so I'll get to work stitching the border up.  Yesterday included a visit to a fabric shop to get additional fabric to flesh out the backing to Erica's quilt, and I also completed the backing to the Rick Rack Road quilt (the one in my header photo), so I'm getting closer than ever to making sandwiches.  Progress is progress!  Go to Judy's blog to see more Design Walls. 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Design Wall Monday--Aug 30, 2010

Layout of all the Bowtie quilt pieces commenced late this evening so no Switcheroo portion of the process happened.  Here's the first go:
I can already tell a lot of Switcheroo will be happening: too dark at one end and I don't like the disappearing bowtie in the center which is of too low contrast.  Overall I am liking my plan and trying to imagine how I am going to quilt it.  Go to Judy's blog to see all the other Design Walls!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday's Orts--8/23/10

How is it that suddenly the end of August is nearly here?  Time for another edition of Tuesday's Orts, things that float around my head all week and land here.
  • As a Medical Transcriptionist typing for the hospital's physiology department, a lot of the patients are elderly.  But last week was the oldest yet--I typed an echocardiogram on a patient who was 104!  Astounding to imagine that she was my age in 1953, 57 years ago!  As a quilter, I am picturing the kinds of fabrics she would see by the bolt in the stores, to make her dresses and household goods.
  • Today the patient worklist included, one above the other, an O'Hara and a Butler.  I often quote dear Scarlett, "I can't think about that today, I'll go crazy if I do.  I'll think about that tomorrow!"  I have read Gone With the Wind about 10 times.  Love that book.
  • The ladies at work are trying to turn me into a Chica.  In high school there was a club called MECHA that the Mexican-Americans joined.  I started to joke that they would induct me into that club but couldn't think of the name MECHA.  All I could come up with was La Leche League, but knew that wasn't right!  We all got a laugh.  I shared my favorite story about the only La Leche League meeting I went to, when Nick was about 5 months old and I was having trouble getting him to nurse.  Another new mom was expressing her difficulties with having all of her attention on her new baby and how guilty it made her feel that her husband now came second.  One of the group leaders, a mom of three, laughed and said, "Wait till he's 5th!".  When I came home from the meeting and told that story to Grant, somehow he did not find it as funny as I did!
  • I have a new cousin I just learned about but have not yet seen.  He was born at 24 weeks gestation and underwent heart surgery at 4 days old, stayed in the hospital for four months and just got to come home a week ago, slightly after his due date of August 8th, now weighing almost 7 lbs.  Modern medicine can work miracles, even on babies born at 1 lb 9 oz.  Welcome, Baby C!  May you grow fast and stay healthy.
  • I sewed on the new desk last night for the first time!  What a pleasure that was, to be able to rest both my arms on the surface and not have them hunched at the shoulder, and even have lots of room to spread out my project on the same surface.  I also had a friend to sew with.  Tanya brought her machine and this time there was an extra desk for her to use.  What a fun time we had!  Tanya worked on a 9 patch while I finished the last of the bowtie blocks for my brother's quilt--50 bowties for his 50th birthday.
Next, finish all the double four patch blocks and then it will be time to play Layout and Switcheroo, one of my favorite games. 

Happy Tuesday all!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Design Wall Monday

On my Design Wall are more bowtie blocks.  I need to cut a lot more background squares in order to put together a bunch more already cut out, but I'm up to more than 3/4 of the 50 blocks I need. 
Also a lot of cutting got done for piecing the backing of Erica's quilt.  She is begging for it to be done! I still have not figured out how I am going to put it all together but bought more of the cream background, all my LQS had.  I may end up buying yet more yardage to fill out for the 93" square backing needed for this queen sized quilt! 

The backing so far is just her initials, E O.
I considered using some of the purple suede to frame the initials but decided it is too soft and drapey to be a good frame.  On to the next idea!  Go here to view all the other Design Wall Mondays on Judy's blog.  See this to participate in my little giveaway for my 200th post.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A plan and some shamrocks

My older brother is turning 50 this year and asked me to make him a quilt.  Of course I agreed, since I made our other older brother a quilt in his 50th year too.  My brother Tyler is a traditional guy and requested traditional colors, nothing loud or girly.  He also mentioned he has a king sized bed.  I told him I am NOT making him a quilt that size, however, it can be a good sized throw.  I cast about for a simple, traditional pattern and decided on bowties, a la Finn.  I chose 6 1/2 blocks since I knew I wanted to have 50 bowties, each a different print--for me, scrappy is best!--and these are easy to cut from leftovers.  But what to do for the setting?  Hmm, pondering.  Graph paper and pencil came out.  I tried some of the more traditional settings, but in the end this plan appeared (ignore my poor picture taking skills, yet again)
I liked the asymmetrical setting but still ending up with 50 bow ties.  I thought the double four patch blocks added a bit of interest.  My original plan was to use background fabric throughout.  I made a mock up of the double four patch blocks and laid them out.

Ok, b-o-ring!  Some whites and creams should liven it up, scrappy again.

Yes, better.  But which way to lay them out?  That's where I need some input.  Should the lights be on the diagonal like this:

Or do they stand out too much and overpower the bowties?

Here the colored squares are on the diagonal.  It may take some further mockup to test this out, but I'd appreciate some chatter.

Shamrocks have been forming under my rotary cutter and sewing machine.  I made this one for me, to hang on a mini-quilt frame I won at a quilt show silent auction a couple of years ago.  It will be 12 inches square. 
Some of these fabrics I have had a long time in my stash.  The colors are brighter IRL. Haven't decided how to quilt it yet but it will be bound in the brighter green.  The stem pieces are vintage--the bias tape came from my mother-in-law's workbasket and is probably decades old! 
These three are for a giveaway at work:
Since this pic I've added the side sashing in the same cream with cornerstones in the top and bottom corners.  I'll probably do a stitch and turn as I did with the other wallhanging I made last month for Valentine's Day.  Next they'll be clamoring for a May basket!  Hmm, I love baskets...