Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mama Gypsy Quilting! Final Post!

It has been fun posting about my Mama Gypsy, and the QAL that y'all participated in. It has been so great to see the projects and finished quilt tops in my Mama Gypsy Group

The above photo is a picture of the bonus HST quilt that I made with the leftover half-square triangles from Mama Gypsy top. I had a lot of fun putting the scraps together and creating this fun design.  I also loved quilting it as well. 

I free-motion quilted my feather swirl design using So Fine white thread. This is one of my favorite quilting designs.  I do have it available as a digital design, but I also shared it as a tutorial a few years back, you can see that here.

I have been enjoying my Mama Gypsy quilt folded at the foot of my bed, so I apologize for the fold marks in the pictures. I hope you will enjoy the pictures despite that. LOL

I had a lot of fun quilting this top.  The large floral prints don't lend themselves to a lot of detailed quilting, and that is okay because I wanted the prints to be showcased as is. A simple one inch diagonal cross-hatch was perfect for that. 

The accent blocks were fun to quilt up with the 1/2 inch square borders. The free-motion swirl pebbles were fun in the center.  I love the texture that it brings to the quilt. 

Each of the blocks/sections were framed with a 1/2 inch line and then had the added texture. The center motif is my favorite though. 

I wanted to play in the dark background of the quilt with a free-motion feather filler design.  I absolutely loved playing with this design.  It is freeing to quilt without thinking too much and enjoying the motion of it. I used a cool grey glide 60 wt thread for the quilting in the top as well as the bobbin.



The simple X in the border blocks is a perfect balance between the dense background - this helps to set the border blocks apart.

My Gypsy backing is perfect for this quilt. It shows off the quilting quite nicely. 

This is a nice shot showing the border blocks being showcased perfectly within the dense quilting. 


Ahh, isn't this texture amazing? 

I love it so much. 

As far as quilting goes, this backing has to be my favorite. I love being able to see my work on both sides of the quilt. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Tillie Revealed!! All New Pattern!!

Oh my word!! I am so excited to share Tillie with you!  Isn't she darling?  She's been in the works for months - it's one of those quilt patterns that takes time, but is so worth it in the end.  I used several fabric lines from Moda designers in this quilt by pulling fat quarters from my stash together. The result is this fantastically happy colored quilt. 

So, each one of these blocks took me roughly 5 hours to complete.  There are a lot of pieces.  I love the detail though and I am so happy I took the time to piece all 16 blocks.  The quilt is put together using traditional piecing methods.  The pattern is fabulously written and in full color. I hope you will have as much fun as I did making it.

When the top was finally all together - I breathed a sigh of relief, then got it on the quilting frames.  I wanted to custom quilt it because I had spent so much time on the piecing - it deserved time spent on the quilting. 

The goal was to have a "simple" custom quilting job.  I think I achieved that.  If you know my quilting style, this is "bare bones detail" compared to my other quilts. I wanted the quilting to emphasize the piecing and not to take away from it.  The piecing is the detail that needs to be shown off.  I was able to play a bit more in the border though, and it looks beautiful. 

I used two layers of Hobbs 80/20 batting to get the plush or puffy look. I think my favorite time to quilt is at night when I have my lights on - the texture is dreamy and it makes my creative heart happy. 
As far as the quilting design, I just winged it, as they say.  I played with lines from the piecing in the quilt and this was the end result.  I wanted the blocks to be showcased, this border design helps with that because I created a 1/2" border mimicking the pieced block lines. 

 You can see above that the simple lines show off the shape of the piecing. 

I used HabandDash glide 60wt white thread for the quilting. I also used my favorite purple marker for drawing on my quilt, my Quick Mark Ruler, as well as my A1 ruler. I did not bury threads, so these Karen Kay Buckley scissors are great to cut right at the thread point.

I didn't keep track of the hours on this quilt, but my best guess is that it took me 25-30 hours of quilting.  That is great timing for me.  Clint was out of town this last week, so I took advantage of the nighttime hours to finish this a lot faster than I normally would. 

It is such a happy quilt - I am so thrilled with it. 

It's hard to pick a favorite block, but the above one is probably it.  I love the arrow affect in the border design as well. 

Okay, I lied - this one is my favorite. 



The corner is so beautiful, I love it. 

I hope you have been able to notice my enthusiasm for this quilt.  I put my heart and soul into all of my designs.  I want the quilt to be a journey, one that teaches patience and satisfaction.  I felt both of those things as I made this quilt and I cannot begin to tell you how amazing it was to finish this quilt.

The back is so much fun.
So, I have the pattern available for an introductory price of $5 - not for long though, so be sure to grab yours.  I have it available in PDF form now and paper patterns will be shipping next week.

This quilt can also be a show stopping solid quilt - I think I know what I want to make next! I can't wait to see your quilts.  Be sure to share your process and your own Tillie quilt by tagging me and using the hashtag #tilliequilt

Friday, August 30, 2019

Mama Gypsy QAL Week 4 - Final Row & Border!!

(Block 13)
Week 4 and final assembly of your own Mama Gypsy should be happening - if not, no worries!  Keep going at your own pace. It has been fun to see the progress on so many darling quilt tops.

(Block 14)

(Block 15)

(Block 16)

When you are ready to piece the top - I like to piece 2 rows together, then piece the two halves together.  It is easier to maneuver that way.

My border for this quilt had to be pieced individually and not strip pieced.  You will find in my directions in my pattern that it doesn't explain strip piecing options, but you can certainly do that if you would like to make it easier. There are sixteen color choices I used - they came from the accent colors from the blocks.  I wanted to have the corners of the quilt go from light to dark, a bit of a rainbow affect.

You can see how these border blocks come together so nicely.  It gives the final finishing touches for Mama Gypsy that just look so amazing.

Stay tuned for next weeks post about the quilting.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Mama Gypsy QAL 3rd Row!!

It has been so much fun seeing all the progress on your quilts!  They are being shared in my Facebook group here and on Instagram using the #mamagypsyquiltqal - be sure to check them out.

You can still join my QAL - get your paper pattern here, or the PDF pattern here

Don't forget to be cutting and squaring up your bonus HST's so that you will have the blocks needed to put together a darling HST quilt.

(Block 9)

(Block 10)
(Block 11)
(Block 12)

The blocks come together quickly - some of you may be ahead of schedule or some of you have just started.  Either way I hope you are enjoying the process and having fun with it. Next week I will share the last 4 blocks, but also talk about my design decision on the border blocks.  I had a lot of fun with the border on my Mama Gypsy. So, stay tuned, enjoy!  I will have a winner for a prize from Moda sometime next week.