Sunday, June 17, 2012

March's Small Quilt

 I finished another Small Quilt of the Month from the Yahoo Small Quilt Talk Group.

This is March's quilt (I joined the group in April and have one more quilt to catch up). It is Civil War Baskets from the book "Remembering Adelia" by Kathleen Tracy

I used reproduction fabric that my husband bought me when he was in California last year. I wanted to try a very monochromatic quilt with just a splash of colour (red - my favourite colour), and I am pleased with how it turned out. I have said it before - mini quilts are a great place to try something new.

I used a Hera marker to mark quilt lines. I thought the above picture shows how well the marker works - it just makes an indentation in the fabric and doesn't leave any thing that needs to be removed later (the fabric fibres will bounce back after a while if the marks aren't covered by stitching). The Hera marker is probably what I use the most to mark quilting designs, especially since it works on every colour of fabric.

After quilting the lines (the above 2 photos are closer to the actual colours of the fabrics of the quilt).

I added some micro stippling around the baskets, and like the contrast with the cross lines in the basket handle area (thanks for the tip Wendy!).
This quilt was all about Hooked Feathers  - they are in the basket and the border.
The sashing idea came from Janet (Cariboo Crossing Chronicles - such a lovely blog!) when she sent me a link to her Friendship Mini Sampler Quilt - thanks Janet!

A close up of the back of the quilt showing the hooked feathers border (more about hooked feathers on later post). I made the borders extra wide so that I would have lots of room for quilting.
The quilt is 19" square. I used wool batting, and 100 weight thread for the quilting.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Amy said...

Beautiful mini quilt! I liked the hooked feathers. I bought the book but haven't gotten brave enough to try it yet.

Valerie said...

What a gorgeous little quilt, the quilting is wonderful! Love your feathers :)

Lesley said...

Such an adorable little quilt! I didn't know 'till now what a Hera marker was explained it and showed its use perfectly. Thank you!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Gotta get me one of those Hera markers!

Kathie said...

great quilt , wow I love the fabrics you chose, love red too so that was a fun punch of color
what I just am sitting here admiring is the quilting
I have still not tried a hera marker
guess I should. I use tape :)

Teresa F. said...

Wonderful mini quilt. The quilting is awesome. I love it.

Raewyn said...

Brilliant!! You have done beautiful work here Joanne. Love all the detail you give us in your post - very inspiring :-)

Jan said...

Your little quilt is great; mellow low-contrast quilts look nice and old. Great quilting, too!

Ruth said...

Such a darling quilt! Your quilting inspires me as usual.

Barb said...

great looking little quilt and the quilting is absolutely gorgeous!!

Deanna said...

Darling! The crosshatching is great. I have never seen that type of marker and will have to look for it.

Linda said...

Gorgeous!!!! The quilting is exquisite!!!

Anonymous said...

I love this quilt and your quilting is fantastic, wonderful thank you for sharing

Carrie P. said...

Lovely little quilt.