Row Quilts

Show and Share at the Ucross Quilt Retreat was spectacular again this year.  So much talent!  This row quilt was completed by several friends combining their time and skills.

This is another row quilt completed by the same group of friends.  It’s called “Just Horses.”

And now for yet a third one from this group of friends.  I need to get in on one of these projects sometime!

 

 

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Beautiful Views

The Ucross Quilt Retreat had some beautiful days again this year.  Here are a few to show you  how pretty the area is.

The friendship is great too!  Here’s another game of Left Right Center, with fat quarters as the prize!

Finished NYB

Over three years in the making, I finally finished my New York Beauty quilt.  Now all these quilted blocks had to be sewn together, partly by hand, and it was a daunting task.

I had sketched a plan for sewing them together, and Sarah happened to be home and was able to help sort them out.

It was a horrible job sewing them together, because of the thickness of the pre-quilted blocks.  I also accidentally stuck my fingers with pins over and over again.

Once they were finally sewn together, I cut off the edges so I could sew on the binding.

Here is the finished five-year quilt!

Here is the full pic — I shared it with friends at Ucross.

 

New York Beauty

Here are more examples of blocks for my New York Beauty quilt.

You’ll notice that I was quilting each block as I completed it (four at a time).  This was a real challenge for me.  I used free motion quilting, specialty stitches from my machine, and straight lines with a walking foot.  My quilting is far from perfect — I refer to it as “folk art quilting,” because it isn’t meant to be perfectly aligned or formed into perfect shapes.  It’s free form and I’m OK what that; at least I was learning and developing confidence and creativity.

 

 

New York Beauty

One of the most fun quilts I’ve completed is one called a “New York Beauty,” from Karen Stone’s book.   The fabric is paper pieced, which normally causes perfect points to form. I love paper piecing but this project took three years to complete, because I’d decided to make 49 intricate blocks.  Sometimes the project was set aside for weeks at a time, because it required so much focus and attention.

It began with a class — the teacher taught us how to organize the various colors and keep track of which fabrics have been used. For the first time, I kept a whole three-ring binder for the project, which did help a lot.  She also taught us how to make various arcs and how to sew them together, and how to add outlines to some of the points.

All my fabrics were categorized into various colors and labels.

Watch for more beautiful examples on my next blog post!