Borders Added!

I had to stand on the top rung on my ladder so I could get a better shot of the quilt. Honestly, I have no idea how I’ll be able to get a full picture of it when it’s finished. Our clothesline isn’t high enough to prevent the quilt from touching the ground.

As you can see I have four borders. Black, batik, black, wider batik. They measure 1.5 inches, 3 inches, 1.5 inches, and 4.25 inches. When I had the binding the last border will be 4 inches. It measures 81.5 x 65 inches, but it also hasn’t been quilted or washed yet. When it’s done I estimate it will be around 79 x 63 inches.

I need to purchase fabric for the backing. How much fabric? Five yards. That’s a lot, especially seeing as the fabric will likely be $12-$15/yard. Ouch! I’m going over options with my mom (she’s a fellow quilter with over 30 years of experience) and I may purchase more of the batik fabric on the top. Have it cut in one yard sections, sew a strip of black between each yard, and it’ll have a similar feel/look as the top. I’ll still need at least five yards of the batik though. I’d rather have too much fabric rather than barely enough.

Quilting will take at least two weeks.

Overall, from start to finish, it will be a couple hundred hours of work.

I’m estimating the price to be a minimum of $650, but it will likely be closer to $750. Cost of fabric, labor cost, and the amount of time it takes to make this are what bring it to that price.

Here are a few extra shots to show off the prints.

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Stained Glass Quilt Progress Report!

It took a lot of rearranging and input from my mother and husband for me to figure out how to arrange the blocks.  Today I finished the blocks and have them taped on my sewing room closet door to get a feel for the final arrangement.  Needless to say…I’m liking it.

Here’s the challenge from last night’s rearranging.

Oh, I know they look A LOT alike, but there’s enough subtle difference that, when finished, it’d be very much noticed.

Here’s today’s final look.

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Painter’s tape is my friend.

Between each block will be a 1″ finished strip of black, a 1″ finished strip bordering this, then a 6″ finished border (I haven’t chosen the fabric yet), and black binding.

It looks like crayons blossomed on my quilt.  I’m loving it.  Quilting will be the challenge because of the colors and and number of pieces.  My mother suggested using black thread instead of colors.  I was considering using a rainbow variegated thread, but with the colors and print it would feel like too much.  I’m leaning towards black, and will be quilting the small and large squares…I think.  I’m still undecided.

When finished the quilt will be posted on my Etsy page.

Stained Glass Quilt WIP

I’m absolutely loving the progress I’m making on this quilt.  The instructions for the pattern were a bit confusing, and frustrating, but it’s now a much smoother ride.  The fabric is by Boundless and it’s their Botanical Blenders line.  It’s so smooth!

Each fabric is the same print but different colors.  I’m also using a light and dark version of each color.  The yellow does have a lighter version but it’s too close to white.  I want to avoid using white in this quilt.

I’m still debating on whether or not I want to have the same colored squares in the same block.  After I’ve finished attaching the black to the thin half I’ll lay these out and decide.

If all goes well I could have the blocks together by tomorrow evening.  After that it’s a trip to the quilt shop for outer border and backing fabric.  I’m not sure on what I want the border to be.  I’ll take this with me and set it next to various prints before I make my final decision.  I want the backing to be colorful but with black in there as well.  A looser version of what the top is.

After I get it all together I’ll make the quilt sandwich, set it up on my quilting frame, and get to work on the hand-quilting.  The instructions call for stitch in the ditch, but I don’t fancy doing that.  I’m thinking stitching inside each square with rainbow variegated thread or thread that’s of a same or similar color.  So many decisions!

Holiday Sale!

I sell my painting and photography prints on several sites, but the one I favor most is Fine Art America.  The reason?  I set my markup price.  The site sets their price and I add an amount to it that I want to be paid.  The site takes no cut and I lose no money!  Very few sites offer this and instead take from the artists, as much as 80% of the sale.  Ouch!

Currently I have a discount sale active on Fine Art America.

Use coupon code GRJALA  for 50% off your total purchase.  No minimum amount for the purchase.

My FAA page is located here.

They ship worldwide!  You can have my work printed on shower curtains, various towels, and even yoga mats!

As a show of thanks to everyone who has supported me I’m offer a 60% discount on all purchase of $30 USD or more.  It’s for all listings, old and new!  The sale will run from November 20th to December 20th.

Where you can you take advantage of this fantastic sale?  Right here at my Etsy shop.

New listings will be added as I make new items.  This includes jewelry, quilts, home decor, and original artwork!  The discount will be applied automatically to your cart when you checkout.  No coupon code is required.

Thank you!

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Here’s a kiss from me and Jasper!

Making Progress on my Projects

I decided to scrap the place mats and make them into coasters instead.  More economical that way.  They’ll be sold in sets of six with six colors each.  I have 36 coaster.  Currently all I need to do is quilt them, which I’ll do with my sewing machine because it’ll be faster.

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I used a log cabin crazy quilt block design and made these using scraps.  I did have to purchase fabric for the red and orange because I don’t generally use those colors.

The rainbow fabric is from Time Treasures, and it’s absolutely PERFECT.  I have some left after cutting the amount I need for the backing.  Each of the coasters are six inches, the backing is ten inches as is the batting.  The batting I’m using is 100% polyester and really fluffy, but the quilting design I plan on using will keep the fluff from getting out of hand.

I should have these finished by this weekend, washed next week, and listed on Etsy next weekend.  Yay!  It’ll be $60/set of coasters.

I’ve also just finished the top for a table mat!

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It’s made entirely from batiks.  The purple strips will be the binding.  My sister gave me a charm pack of batiks and they made for the perfect little table mat.  After making this I’ve decided I’ll never make this block again.  It’s called the Cross Block and it’s so incredibly tedious.

Currently I’m waiting for my mom to reply to me regarding who in the family will love this.  I like getting ahead of all the holiday gift-making.  Less stress for me.  If she can’t figure out who would love this I’ll list it on Etsy next weekend.

Pride Place Mat Set

I’ve been working on these since finishing Picnic Tea Party.  The weather, and throwing my back out, have made things a little slower than I like.  I’m feeling much better now, and my sewing room doesn’t feel like an oven.  Getting things done while I can!

I’ve finished the top for purple, the blocks for blue, green, and yellow, and currently working on orange.  Then I’ll need to get to work on red, get some bright rainbow fabric for the backing, and practice free-motion quilting.  I’m debating on using my quilting foot instead because I don’t really need too much practice, I can go in spaced out diagonal lines corner to corner, and it’ll be faster.  I want to get some variegated rainbow thread, quite a bit of it actually, to do the quilting.

All this has been done using the crazy quilt style I love to bits.

When the set is finished I’ll have it listed on Etsy at $120.

Have any of you created something to celebrate Pride?

Picnic Tea Party is finished!

This adorable and beautiful quilt is machine sewn and hand-quilted by me. The fabric is cotton and batting is polyester. I made this with the idea of a picnic or tea party in mind. The backing is a green batik fabric with various shades of green and a fern design. Grass stains won’t show up. The thread is variegated; photographs don’t do it justice.

Because of the polyester batting the quilt is also very lightweight and fluffy. Great for warmer days and nights when you really want a blanket but everything else makes you too hot.

Not only is it great for picnics and warmer nights it’s also fantastic as a small bed quilt!

It’s 60.5 inches x 60.5 inches.

Machine wash cold and tumble dry low or hang dry to give the quilt a longer life. It won’t fall apart in warm or hot water, but it will have a shorter lifespan, much like clothing. The batting and fabric are 100% cotton.

*I live in a cat-friendly home. One of my cats insists she is very helpful and likes to sit on my cutting table. I’ve set up a bed for her there, and she tends to sleep in it, but sometimes she wanders. Even though this is pre-washed there is a chance it may contain some cat hair. If you, or the person you give this to, are allergic to cats I recommend washing it when you receive this.*

You can purchase this here on my Etsy page and see it in better lighting here on YouTube.