Monday, February 09, 2009

I Still Quilt, Encore

So, the quilting action here at studio5000 continues to be mostly focused on the scrap/recycled "StormQuilts," which is good because my mother unloaded another zillion yards of scrap fabric from her collection earlier tonight. I'm going to have to keep making StormQuilts just to keep liveable space in the house, tucked in among the fabric storage.

Some of you were interested to see what would happen with the complementary squares I cut for SQ6&7. Well, here's SQ7 (I think), which has three borders and is rectangular. It's a little hard to see the edges, but the lighter blue is actually the batting, in this case a beat-up old child's blanket.

And here's SQ6, which I think is fairly handsome for a piece made from salvage materials. It reminds me of VERY old-school quilts -- not 100, but 200 years ago. It is pinned out and ready for quilting, but I have no idea how I'll tackle that.

I HAVE been quilting on SQ5, though. It is all green, and I thought I'd get brave and experiment with free-motion. I feel pretty positive about the results, at least on top; there are some really ugly tangles underneath that I choose not to show you at this juncture.

But how 'bout them leaves? I'll go back at the end and double or triple the main "vine," so it doesn't look so scrawny compared to the leaves.

Meanwhile, inspired by this post from the Libster, I turned a purge of my closet into raw material for QS10 (or thereabouts). Quilty says that working with knits wasn't so hard after all, so nine ratty old t-shirts went under the knife. I'll let you see how that all works out.


Rebel said...

And quilt well! I love your leaves. Not super fond of the fabric - it doesn't look like cotton but I can't tell what it's supposed to be. I guess it doesn't matter for a pratice quilt.

Bridget B. said...

SQ6 is a very handsome quilt indeed - well done!

Debra said...

I especially like the first 2!

Serendipity said...

Oh, nice! These are looking very good. I too like the leaves. Elegant!

Libby said...

You kind of seem to be suggesting that quilts made from salvage materials are naturally unattractive... handsome for a salvage quilt indeed! I think they both look great.

I actually just basted that t-shirt quilt, so I may soon have more to report on the manageableness of the fabric when it comes to the actual quilting.

How many quilts do you estimate you will get out of a zillion yards of fabric?

The Calico Cat said...

very pretty!

jovaliquilts said...

I'm with Quilty -- salvage doesn't have to mean ugly. Yours are interesting, and some are even quite lovely.
I keep thinking I'm going to take the FMQ plunge, but haven't screwed up the courage yet. Yours is lookin' good.

LegalMist said...

Wow, I am so impressed. I think they are all lovely. I've always wanted to try quilting. I saved some of my kids' old clothing (their favorites, that were too worn to pass on to others, but did still have some portions of fabric that are in good shape), hoping that I can eventually make quilts for each of them from the fabric. Someday. When I have time... and space to spread things out...

I am inspired.

And amazed, that you find time for all of this, plus all the cool blog contests.

Just, wow.

A Lady's Life said...

Salvage quiting really interests me. Recycling is something we should all be doing. I also love knitted blankets.
I made 5 king sized ones from Alpaca and sheep wool mixes and they are wonderful
Warm and cool at the same time.
Keep up the good work! :)