Saturday, May 11, 2013

Los Angeles County Lifeguard Quilt

A while ago, my cousin gave me a bunch of clothing that was worn out from his lifeguard work and asked me to make some things for him. I made a couple of pillow covers and had in mind to make a quilt.


The quilt only took a couple of years to be made. In the end, I went for a very simple design. The red is fleece and the white is knit. The problem that I did not anticipate is the different drying time for the two materials. The fleece dries lickety split, not so the knit. The backing is a white dimpled minky - the quilt is definitely not for summer use; it's heavy - and so dries as quickly as the fleece. So either the quilt has to be blasted so that the knit can dry in the dryer or it needs to be taken out with the knit still quite damp. Lesson learned about mixing materials.


With some careful cutting, I was able to salvage some of the patches. Everything is sewn with a half-inch seam allowance and then secured with a zig-zag stitch.


The quilt is a decent size finishing at around 80" x 56".

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Curio Quilt

The quilt blocks below are Century of Progress from The Farmer's Wife Sample Quilt. I felt a need to use up the rest of my Curio layer cake and liked the block's design - how depending on the placement of color, the compass-like star is at the forefront or recedes.


With a bunch of quilt blocks but no final quilt layout in mind, the next step was trying to figure out what to do with them all. Although the end result was much simpler than originally envisioned, boy, did finalizing the quilt take a lot of time. The blocks sat on the floor for months in various formations.

final version

an option

another option

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