Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas... I need a nap!

I can't believe I finished all the Hudson quilts in time for Christmas!  I put the final stitch in the binding on Katie's Hunter's Star quilt at 10:45pm on Thursday night, so it made a trip through Mr. Washy and was dry at 12:15am on Christmas Eve.  The Jumbo Vacuum bag from The Container Store worked like a charm, with all five Hudson quilts and a half dozen shirts compressing down to the size of a medium suitcase!

I do have the two Columbus quilts to finish (each one needs the binding sewn down), but we won't leave for Columbus until New Years Eve, so I have five days to finish two quilts -- compared to the mad dash to get two quilt bindings sewn down in two days, finishing these two will be a cake walk.  Update:  All quilts are finished for Christmas, 2010!  Everyone loved his or her quilt, and here are the pictures to prove it.  Okay, well to be honest, Greg wanted to wait to open his present till we get back, but we know he'll love it!

So, here are some pictures of the Hudson quilts:

Mom and Dad's Amish Steps Quilt

Mom and Dad's quilt is made from batik fabrics, and the quilting is "stitch in the ditch" two inch squares with a medium meander in the outer border.  Mom and Dad insist this quilt is the most beautiful quilt ever made.

Jenny's Zen Quilt

Jenny's Zen quilt is also constructed from batik fabrics using one of our favorite patterns from Blue Underground Studios.  The quilting uses the "Wondrous Waves" template (# HW31) across the main quilt.  With a fairly dense quilt, the 2" finished border is unquilted, save from quilting the year and my initials.  Jenny insists this is the most beautiful quilt ever made.
John's Hunter Star Quilt

John's Hunter Star quilt uses two different batiks for the background, each one with red kanji on a black field, and two guilded gold prints for the star points.  The inner border is a gold-on-black print, and the outer border is a chinese knot pattern.  The backing fabric has large, red kanji characters on black and small black kanji characters on gold.  The stars are quilted using a free-motion "stitch in the ditch", and the squares were quilted using the "Celtic Square" template (# DAY15), although when quilted on this fabric, the motifs look more like chinese knots than celtic knots.  The border was quilted with a large meander and included my initials and the year it was quilted.  John absolutely loves his quilt and was extraordinarily pleased to have a "ninja" quilt, complete with throwing stars.  John insists that this is the most ninja-est quilt ever made.
Katie's Hunter Star Quilt

I started Katie's quilt at a Hunter Star class, and the instructor was quite concerned that the fabrics I had selected were too close in hue, value, and saturation to work effectively in a Hunter Star quilt block.  By the end of the workshop, I had my first square constructed and enough pieces to layout one star, and she was quite happy to see how unfounded her fears were.  Of course, I never had any doubt.  This quilt uses the 6" blocks, so there are 80 blocks; each block is comprised of 8 pieces of fabric, and Katie was properly amazed with the 640 pieces of fabric in her quilt.  The interior diagonal lines running through the stars were quilted "stitch in the ditch" using the walking foot; the outsides of the stars were quilted "stitch in the ditch" with a free-motion technique.  The squares were quilted using an interlocking hearts/flowers template (# HH42).  The borders use a medium meander, including my cursive initials and the year.  katie absolutely loves it and insists that this is the most beautiful quilt ever made.  
Robert's Arcadia Quilt

Robert's quilt top is pieced from civil war reproduction fabrics that I bought in his home-town of Danville, Illinois.  Everyone who knows Robert (or has seen his wardrobe) immediately recognizes these colors as very "Robert" colors.  The backing fabric was tea-dyed, and upon washing the quilt, I discovered some noteworthy fading of the color.  Under other circumstances, I'd be quite upset; but in this case, I'm delighted with the fact that the color faded far less (or not at all) underneath the stitching and far more so elsewhere, bringing the quilt stitching into a much stronger contrast (as can be seen in the last two pictures).  The large squares were quilted with the "Flowers & Curves" template (# HH2), and the four adjacent squares were quilted using the "Elegance" template (# HH54) in a 4.5" size.  The borders were quilted with a smallish meander, including my cursive initials, the year it was quilted, and special message (and inside joke).  Robert was quite taken with the quilt (and especially loves the secret message / inside joke stitched into the border quilting), and he insists that his quilt is the most beautiful quilt ever made. 

The Columbus Quilts:

Greg's Amish Steps Quilt

Greg's quilt is a second "Amish Steps" quilt, using many of the same batik fabrics as the one I made for Mom & Dad.  His borders, however, feature a leafy batik that we've dubbed the "Marijuana" print.  I used a "stitch in the ditch" technique with a walking foot to outline each rectangle with a fairly tight meander for the outer border, including my initials and the year.  Greg hasn't opened it yet, but he will insist that it is the most beautiful quilt ever made (at least if he knows what's good for him).
Haley's Six-Pack Fat Quarter Quilted Tote Bag

Haley's tote bag is made from six fat quarters; the pockets are quilted with a meander tight enough to qualify as stippling, and the rest of the bag is quilted "stitch in the ditch."  Haley hasn't opened it yet, but no doubt she will insist it is the most beautiful quilted tote ever made.
Kathy's Arcadia Quilt

Kathy's Arcadia quilt was made with the Hungarian Blues collection fabrics.  The quilting of the motifs (large and small) are identical to Robert's Arcadia, but the borders on this quilt use a "Feathers and Curves" template that rather resembles a leafy vine.  Kathy is a big fan of blues and paisley, and she insists this is the most beautiful quilt ever.
Colin's I Spy Quilt

Colin's quilt is comprised of 63 charm squares (5" finished size), with three squares cut from each fabric, except for the Oreo cookies, of which there are nine squares (because his nickname is Cookie).  The outer border is genius for an I Spy quilt with the eyes looking out of the jungle, and everyone loves the backing fabric as Colin will no doubt spend hours driving cars over the roads.  The quilting is very simple:  Sitch in the ditch around the charm squares and the borders, with additional parallel lines quilted at 0.5" intervals on either side of both borders.  Colin insists his is the coolest quilt ever, at least we assume that's what he's saying with the "gup" in his mouth.

I know I could add a new post to add the new pictures as we exchange gifts with the Haab family, but my OCD side wants all the Christmas, 2010 quilt pictures in one post.

1 comment:

  1. All the quilts were absolutely breath-taking BUT if I had to pick (and I know that no-one is really asking me to) I would pick your mom and dad's as my favorite. Great job Matthew!