Sunday, January 8, 2012

I Want to Ride My Bicycle Quilt

One of Ian's favourite things to do is ride his bicycle. His favourite bike trips include visits to Prince Edward Island, France and Amsterdam. He is also a city planner and loves the big cities. Over the years I have picked out fabrics that might work for a quilt for him, however recently He asked me to make him a quilt. I was thrilled to do so and knew I wanted to somehow combine his love of cities and biking.

Kate of Bike Swim Quilt had sent me a lovely mug rug that was a graphic representation city map that started me off on the inspiration trail.

I did a google search and flickr search of bike quilts but surprisingly there were not too many. But this one from Krista stood out for me and the idea of linear layers with different quilting styles took hold. >a

Then I added roads and embroidered the words of the Queen song. The back I pieced from left overs and added some batik hugs and kisses. Binding stumped me for awhile but black KONA did the trick. I ALMOST had this ready for Christmas but was slow at the hand sewing of the binding so a few days later I gave it to Ian - He was thrilled which warms my heart. But its not done yet - I want to embroider some little bicycles and put on a label and I was a few inches short on the binding. For christmas I got some lovely binding clips which really helped me out and did not stick into me like pins do - Thanks Matthew and Dawn!

This project is my submission for the VMQG UFO challenge - hopefully I can get these last things finsihed by the time of our meeting.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

WIPs and UFOs watch out!

Rhonda is hosting a quilting finish incentive program see:]

What a great idea and boy do I need the help. The idea is that you post pics of your works in progress or unfinished objects at the beginning of the quarter and then post pics of your finished projects at the end of the quarter. There are even prizes!

Here are my UFOs and WIPs

1. Ian's quilt - "I Like to Ride my Bicycle" - just needs a label, a bit of binding - 10 " or so, corners mitred, a bike embroidery and quilting of the sunflowers - ohh and a good wash and dry.

2. Cynthia's quilt - "Fassett Flower Garden" - top needs piecing finished and squaring up, back needs a piece, then sandwich and quilting and binding and label and washing and drying

3. Red and Aqua - "Pinwheels" - I have been in two swaps and received only half of the blocks buts its time to bite the bullet and do something with them. I need to take stock of what I have, make a plan/layout, probably make a few more blocks and piece the top. I have quite a few options for backing so need to narrow that down and piece the backing - then square up, sandwich, quilt, bind, label, wash and dry

4. Dresden Block - from Lily's quiltalong - need to redo some of the quilting, maybe a border change???, bind, label, wash and dry

5. Green and Pink Pinwheels - redo quilting - bind, label, wash and dry

6. Raw edge applique - may need to reglue some pieces - quilt, bind, wash and dry

7. Halloween quilt - piece backing, fix border on front, square up, sandwich, quilt, bind, label, wash and dry

8. Christmas wall hanging - finish quilting and binding

9. Baby quilt - finish hand quilting, bind, label, wash and dry

10. Flower Applique quilt - cut my losses - sash blocks to finish top, decide on backing, sandwich,

11. Matthew and Dawn's quilt - "Falling Hexagons" draft pattern/plan,

12. Aqua Circles - take out basting stitches, re sandwich, quilt, bind, label, wash and dry