July 26, 2010

A Tutorial For ZuZu...

I received the comment from Zuzu of A Cottage In The Woods, after I finished the lavender quilt top last weekend.

said...It's gorgeous! What wonderful times these lucky little ones will have snuggled up in their quilts! I am very interested in how you finish your quilts, Donna. I made a quilt top years ago, but never finished it, because I just don't know how to. If possible, could you share how you pin the layers together & finish them? I'd love to learn! :)

Zuzu, dear, this is for you and anyone else who wants to know...I'll post a few photos here, but anyone who wants to know more about how I finish my quilts can get all the steps and processes by clicking on my Flickr album here. I don't have room to do large quilts in my studio, but these photos will give you an good representation of how I do the stitching on my own smaller quilts. I do my pinning on my antique oak table in our dinette area. (And, if I had more room, I'd certainly follow the same procedure for a larger quilt.)
In addition to the items I have on hand to do the quilt assembly (shown in this photo), I also used 100% cotton batting and bull dog clips (clamps). I machine quilt, so of course, Prissy got busy yesterday afternoon, too! (I couldn't do it without her or Miss Ellie. I have a nice, big quilting table surface attached to my Espire (quilting) sewing machine (nicknamed Prissy), so she's my go-to gal for these projects.
Here's what the "quilt sandwich" looks like after it's pinned and ready for sewing. Remember to decide on how you want your stitch pattern to look and then pin the pieces together so that you don't stitch over them when you're actually sewing the layers.
You can see in this photo that I have everything assembled, pinned, rolled and ready to quilt. The first photo is my finished "stippling", also called "meandering", pattern. I was lost in the movement of the fabric under the needle in the afternoon and time just seemed to fly. I haven't tackled the binding yet. My plans are to finish stippling the other quilt top and then doing the binding on both on the same day.

I hope you enjoy looking at the album (sort of a tutorial, I guess). Thank you, Zuzu, for the request. Anyone wanting more information from my posts, should know that you're welcome to ask me anything, anytime and I'll try to accommodate you. I really appreciate your comments and like to help whenever I can.

ps. I'll post the balance of this tutorial when I trim the quilt edges and add the binding in the next day or so. Then the tutorial will be complete.

14 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Lady Farmer said...

Everything you do is just so lovely! Mmmm! I am just lovin' that little quilt! I get all 'giddy' inside seeing that pretty plaid backing ~ it is just perfect!
And I wanted to tell you 'Thank You' for the ATC. I received mine in the mail today! Too sweet!

Carol said...

Thank you Donna.
My 13 year old grandson has a quilt that I made when he was a baby. Its pretty raggety now. I asked if he would like me to repair it, since he will not part with it. He said no, he wanted to try. So he has been patching it by hand. (he had a sewing class last year in jr hi. How nice that they introduce boys to a needle and thread. He made a stuffed animal that looked like it came off the shelf at Scwartz). Anyway, I asked him if he would like me to make a new quilt. Yes, he'll use it with his old one!

I'll be sure to check you flickr site when I do!

Meri Wiley said...

Dearest Donna,

The quilt you show in this post is devine. It's so vintage, soft, sweet coloring, soft, yummy, did I say soft? This one really appeals to me, as it looks old now, especially with that wild quilting on top. Someday when I'm rich, I'm gonna' ask you to create one of your yummy confections for my bedroom.

Love ya'

Shirley said...

Hi Donna, I enjoyed your previous post. I tried to leave you a message, but blogger didn't like me part of the day. I love the quilt that you gave us a tutorial on. I helped my mother quilt a long time ago by hand. She taught me so many of the skills that I have today. I know she would tell me to try to make the stitches smaller if it got a little big. She had a lot of patience where I was concerned. Our relief from the heat was very short lived, high 90's with triple digit heat my index. Have a great day. I need to get to work. Your Missouri Friend

Rebecca said...

Your work is just beautiful my talented friend.

I want you to know my Momma came over yesterday and I showed her the strawberry you sent to me. She just about flipped out. Said your work was impeccable! :) I wanted to tell you someone ELSE thinks you are over the moon wonderful!


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Donna! Your work is so beautiful and I am thrilled that you are sharing the "how-to". It doesn't look as difficult as I thought it would be, and I LOVE your "meandering" pattern! I am off to visit your flickr album - and do a quick post of this wonderful tutorial on my blog!

Thank you!!! :)

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

It's so gorgeous, Donna!
Although I don't know a thing about the technique, I sure do know pretty when I see it. :-)

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Kathy said...

Lovely Donna...
Nice work!
I posted my friends quilt shop in Gaylord Mich. Yesterday...
You might enjoy looking at all that eye candy!
Right up your alley!
Have a wonderful week,
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Karen said...

Oh it's so pretty. This took me down memory lane, sitting around a quilting frame with my grandma and my aunts and my Mom. Boy! The technique has sure come a long way huh?
I love the curly cues . . . do you just push a button on your machine and it does a specific pattern?
This was a wonderful post!
thanks for sharing!
have a great day!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I love the simple quietness of this process and the plaid background! Gentle colors and gentle thoughts stitched together and ready to cuddle and love. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Oh, I've done this many times, made the quilt sandwich. You gave great instructions!

Nancy said...

Donna: You are such an inspiration. I wish I had your "stick to the project at hand." I flit from project to project and seldom get anything done, unless I have a deadline, such as a swap. I received your wonderful ATC today. Thank you so much.

nancy huggins said...

Thank you for sharing Donna. I used to use a quilt frame years ago but have quit quilting for a while. Maybe I can get back into it this winter after we have moved. I got my little card from you a few days ago and just wanted to say "Thank You Very Much" for all the work you did to make suce pretty little cards.

Elisa said...

Donna - Thank you so much for posting this! The flickr images and directions are very useful! I've always wanted to do this type of quilt, but have stuck to straight lines on the top. I will have to try this next. Is it true that the thread on the top should never overlap, or end? I think that is what intimidates me the most.


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