Monday, August 13, 2012

Small Quilts of the Month

This past week has been the week of little quilts.
I belong to a Yahoo Small Quilt Talk group, and this year we are making a small quilt of the month. The patterns are all from Kathleen Tracy's books.

August Small Quilt of the Month
This is the August small quilt - Charming Coins from the book "Remembering Adelia".  There are 72 different fabric "coins" on the quilt. I used Hobbs Heirloom bleached cotton batting - it is nicely crinkled after washing. It is about 18" x 23".

I am trying to "step out of my box" with these little quilts, and for this one I used fabrics which I normally find difficult to use - ones with stripes, odd patterns, etc.

I also tried free motion quilting with 35 weight thread for the first time. I have never had much luck with FMQ using heavy threads, but the single hole throat plate for my machine really made a difference. I also lowered the top tension (the tension number is increased for my Husqvarna machine), and used a #90 Titanium needle.

I used this beautiful Valdani hand quilting thread.

The design was made with a stencil, and iron off quilt pounce.

I also caught up on the other small quilts of the month -

February Small Quilt of the Month
This is my version of the February one. It is Broken Dishes from "Prairie Children & Their Quilts". I used Hobbs silk batting (nicely crinkled too). It is 16" square.

July Small Quilt of the Month
This one is my version of Indigo Blue and White quilt from "American Doll Quilts". I wasn't going to make a blue and white quilt, but I had a FQ of the border fabric that I didn't know what to do with; it turned out to be one of my favourite little quilts. It is about 20" x 26".

Here are the 8 quilts of the month so far. My plan is to put them all together on a wall in my sewing room at the end of the year.

The group is lots of fun - thanks to Kathy and the other members of the group for making it so enjoyable and informative.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Jocelyn said...

All of your small quilts are very very pretty.

Betty Lou said...

Your small quilts are all very nice, love Kathleen Tracy's books and quilts, have all but Prairie Children. Wish I had started in January, maybe she will do another in January.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

I have been a fan of Kathleen Tracy's and her books from the very begining! I attended Kathleen's quilt workshop this past Spring at the Grout Museum in Waterloo, Iowa for 3 days lot's of fun!

Your small quilts are treasures!

:) Carolyn

Betsy said...

Your projects are wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us today. I too love making little quilts.

Bonnie said...

What lovely little quilts! I've completed 1, have a top done for another. I've started the coins. You must be tickled to have all 8 done. Good for you to try new techniques too.

Raewyn said...

They all look so good Joanne and a great opportunity to try new threads, etc,'ll have a very colourful wall at the end of the year!

Linda said...

Your small quilts are simply amazing!!! Gorgeous Joanne!!!!

Eileen said...

Joanne, those quilts are awesome! I think putting them up in groupings on your wall is a great idea!

SueB said...

Thanks for sharing Joanne, they are adorable.

Needled Mom said...

Nice work, Joanne. It looks like you have been busy.

Shasta Matova said...

These are all so cute, and they look so pretty together. I am definitely going to have to get into shape and make some of these.

Jan said...

What a pretty pile of minis!

Sylke Feldhusen said...

Your quilts are beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Deb said...

Wow What a thrill to see all these gorgeous mini`s you really are keeping up well! I have up till June done but hand quilting them.
Your machine quilting is perfect!! and those quilts are just lovely little darlin`s they are, they are! just love them!

Elly D said...

Congratulations on getting caught up with this challenge. Your little quilts are all beautiful! Well Done!!
Thank you for the tips on FMQ. I have trouble with the thicker threads too. I have a Bernina 153QE.

Lucy said...

What a lovely collection of mini quilts. Love all of them :-)

Judy said...

Wow. What a nice collection of miniquilts!
Enjoy your week,

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