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Washington State Quilters 2014 Raffle Quilt Block

I am a long time member of WSQ (Washington State Quilters-Spokane Chapter).  However, I live two hours away from the big city, so it is difficult for me to be a contributing member.

One way I can contribute to WSQ is by participating in the raffle quilt.  Each year I sew up a block (for the 2013 raffle quilt I made three blocks) for the fund raiser. 

Here’s one from 2008 (made in 2008; raffled in 2009).  The carousel theme was inspired by the Looff Carousel, built in 1909, in Spokane, Washington, by Charles Looff. 

WSQ 2008 Quilt Block

You can see a photo of the quilt here.   I wish it was bigger for you, but it is all I could find.

I found my inspiration from a children’s coloring book page.  The elephant is needleturn applique with a little bit of paint, beads, and embroidery embellishment. 

The next block is also needleturn applique.  The coneflower is appliqued onto a pieced log cabin block.

WSQ 2010 Quilt Block

It is in the center of the 2010 WSQ raffle quilt:

WSQ 2010 Raffle Quilt

You can find the pattern for the coneflower under the Patterns and Tutorials tab above my header.  The pattern does not come with instructions, but if you already know how to applique, then you will have no problems with the coneflower.  Nor does it have to be done with the needleturn method, as I did.

The theme for the next raffle quilt was solid brights.  I made my block in 2011, and the WSQ quilt was raffled in 2012.

WSQ 2011 Quilt Block

I drew the block with the help of my Electric Quilt software, and the block is made with fabrics that I hand-dyed.  It is machine appliqued.

You can see the 2012 quilt here.

That’s enough of the past.  Now I am working on my contribution for next year’s raffle quilt.  Again, I am using my Electric Quilt software to design the block.  It must be on point.

WSQ 2014 Quilt Block

And it must be red and white.

WSQ 2014 Quilt Block

I am using freezer paper templates.  I love freezer paper!  Sometimes I use it on the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric, and sometimes I use it on the top to help me shape, and needleturn the pieces.  None of the pieces in the above photo are stitched down.  All of them have freezer paper, but you don’t see that because of where I am using it.  Yes, I do remove the paper from all of the shapes when I don’t need it anymore.

I love to use WonderFil Invisifil for my hand applique work.  It is so fine, yet strong.  It melts into the background.

WonderFil Invisafil Christmas RedThe block is all stitched.  At this point, I am deciding whether I want to embellish or not.  If I don’t embellish this block, I may make another one, just for me, and certainly add embroidery to it.

WSQ 2014 Quilt Block

I used that gorgeous red thread even to stitch down the bird’s white head.  You don’t see it!

WSQ 2014 Quilt Block

I believe that if you are a member of a quilt guild, then you should be participating in a way that you are able.  In other words, be a giver, not just a taker.  The benefits are wonderful, but it is volunteers that make those benefits happen.  Many hands make light work.  And it is more fun too.

Free Motion Quilt Challenge – January

I am taking the Free Motion Quilt Challenge over at SewCalGal’s blog in the hopes of honing my machine quilting skills (And do they ever need honing!).  I am excited about this challenge; SewCalGal is packed full of helpful tips and information.  She has also gone to the effort of procuring a terrific lineup of expert free motion quilting teachers.

January’s teacher is Frances Moore.  She has given us a leaf design to practice free motion quilting.  Her video can be found here.

And yes, I’m posting at the end of the month.  What can I say?  Better late than never…I’ve been busy…life in the way…dog ate my homework?

I divided a fat quarter into thirds to practice this design.

I think I am practicing hearts, not leaves.  LOL!

On the back, I like to write what needle size, tension, and thread I used for practice.  I don’t remember what I’ve done, so I keep my practice pieces for reference.  I’m the only one with this problem, right?

Leaves (in my case, hearts) with a spiral twist.  Cute!  They are more exciting to me; they dance!  I do need  to pay attention…there is one heart without a spiral in it (don’t strain your eyes…I didn’t capture it in the close-up).

The back looks better here!

Leaves on a stem.  These could be lots of fun; I need to practice with these more, and change the shape.  My brain wanted to make fat leaves, but they would look cool if I elongated them.

The back looks good here too.

I would’ve tried a size 16 needle (just for reference) but didn’t have one.  Also, I am using Schmetz denim needles (for the curious need-to-know).  After looking at the back, I much prefer WonderFil InvisiFil 100wt. or Aurifil 50wt. over Bottom Line with the heavy 30wt. YLI.

Machine Quilting

I am sneaking in some time (slacking off from garden and kp duties if you really want to know) to work on the baby and doll quilts.  I’ve pin basted, so it is on to machine quilting.

I am using my beloved machingers quilting gloves, denim sharp needles (in this case a 70/10 will do), and a Little Genie Magic Bobbin Washer.

Yes, I know I could use a new pair of gloves. But hey…you can see how well I like them by how worn they are!

Since I am going to begin by stitching in the ditch, I don’t need decorative thread.  I’ve chosen 100 wt. WonderFil Invisifil 103 for the bobbin and Sulky Premium monofilament for the top.  These are fine threads that won’t add weight to the quilt and will virtually disappear in ditch quilting.

I stitch in the ditch for two reasons.

  • I can remove safety pins while stitching, which in turn, removes some of the weight of the quilt, and removes obstacles when I get around to free-motion quilting.
  • Since I am quilting on a domestic machine, as opposed to a long-arm, I feel the need to stabilize my quilt sandwich for free-motion quilting.

I am using a walking foot to evenly feed the layers as I stitch.

I like to begin by bringing up the tails.  This is habit from free-motion quilting, and it isn’t absolutely necessary for ditch quilting.  But it does make it convenient to cut off the tails later.  I lower the stitch length to zero and gradually increase it to the length that I prefer, about a 3 on my machine…you may prefer a different length.  There are no quilt police to say that I am wrong and you are right.  (Lucky for me!)

Here’s how the stitching looks on the front of the doll quilt:

And on the back of the doll quilt:

And then I realized how silly I was for using the monofilament at all (You never do silly things, do you?), so I switched to the WonderFil Invisifil for both the top and bobbin threads to work on the baby quilt.   And I was silly, just in case you were asking yourself this ever since I gave my thread choices, because the Invisifil thread is so fine that it is all that is needed.  Duh!

So here is how the baby quilt looks after stitching with Invisifil thread:

Oopsies…missed the ditch a little bit!

Had I had my thinking cap on (which is almost always missplaced these days), I would’ve switched to black Invisfil for the bobbin thread.  Why?  Because the backing on the baby quilt is black.  Lucky for me, it worked out anyway.