USING PRE-PRINTED QUILT TOPS

Using pre-printed quilt tops as a pattern for quilting is wonderful. I used the Feathered Pineapple pre-printed top for the Amish Bar Quilt. Plus it saves hours of frustration marking a quilting design onto fabric.

USING PRE-PRINTED QUILT TOPS
Source: my photo

Steps to success:

The first thing is to purchase the top  – I get mine from The Stencil Company  either on-line or at the quilt show at Paducah, KY. Do not pre-wash these tops.

The next thing is to decide which top you already have, or make one to fit the size of the pre-printed top you bought.  I like my quilt tops to be about 2″ bigger all the way around just so I am sure they will fit together.

Next is to make your quilt “sandwich” like always – if you are going to hand quilt it then you will want to baste it  really well.  Use the batting of your choice (I use wool from Hobbs).

When I use the pre-printed tops, I put the pieced quilt top on the bottom, then the batting, then the pre-printed top. I will be following the marking on that top to make the quilting design of the quilt.

I am hand quilting these – I imagine the process would be similar if it is machine quilted.

When you put the quilt “sandwich” in the frame, make sure that the pre-printed top is what you see. Until you complete the quilting – the backing is the top so the marked lines can be followed. 

Marks be gone:

Once you have completed the quilting the quilt can be washed to take out the lines, or lay the quilt outside on a dry sunny day.

Method 1:

Lay a king size white flat sheet on the ground, lay out the quilt pre-marked quilt top up, and then lay another king size white quilt on top. By late afternoon, the marking has pretty much faded. 

Method 2:

I have 2 methods to wash quilts depending on the weather or my available time:

One way is to put a white sheet in the bottom of the bath tub, put the quilt loosely bunched up on top of the sheet and put in warm soapy water.  Let soak a couple hours. Drain water and push as much of the water out by hand. Then run in more warm water and let set another couple hours to rinse. Drain really good – usually another couple hours.  Hang up over chairs or wooden drying racks to dry. 

Do not hang on the wash line as the weight of the quilt will damage it.

The second way to wash a quilt is to take to the laundry mat. Use a large front loading machine  that does not agitate on the gentle cycle.  Then throw it in the dryer for one cycle and take home to hang up over chairs or wooden drying racks.

Conclusion:

Using pre-printed quilt tops allows you to spend the time quilting, instead of marking the top. I find it very enjoyable to follow the printed lines and relax with the rhythm of the quilting. Here’s another pre-printed top I used to make a quilt.

USING PRE-PRINTED QUILT TOPS
Source: my photos
Make today amazing.
Source: Bing clip art
PLEASE NOTE: 
ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

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QUEEN ANNE’S STAR WHOLE CLOTH QUILT (hand quilted)

I love to hand quilt. However I am choosy about which ones I spend the time on to hand quilt. I found the pre-marked top, Queen Anne’s Star Whole Cloth quilt, and knew it would be worth the many hours to complete with hand quilting.

Blue hand quilted Queen Anne's Star Whole Cloth quilt.

The finished size is 92″ x 100″.

About this quilt:

Queen Anne’s Star Whole Cloth quilt has a medium blue linen top, wool batting, and the pre-printed muslin back. I put the pre-marked side up in the quilt frame so I can see the design to do the hand quilting. This one only has 5 spools of quilting thread in it, unlike the Welsh Beauty (https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2009/09/welsh-beauty-wholecloth-quilt.html) which had 7+.

Package label for Queen Anne Star whole cloth quilt.
Packaging with pre-printed top

I used Hobbs wool batting (http://www.hobbsbatting.com/products/hobbs-tuscany-batting/hobbs-tuscany-100-wool-batting/ ) for this quilt and it was so easy to stitch. This batting still has the lanolin in it, and even with the extra weight of the linen it quilted so easy.

Binding is the same blue linen as the top (2.5″ strips). I folded the strip in half and ironed. It was then sewed down by machine on one side and finished by hand on the other. I also hand cross stitched tag gives my initials, place, date (2009) and sewed it to the muslin back at a corner.

I have a quilt frame that is in the living room (wonderfully cozy in winter as the wood stove is in the same room). My kids were teenagers before they realized that a quilt frame is not standard living room furniture – it had always just been part of their life.

Look at the beautiful design and quilting:

Quilted feathers on Queen Anne's Star whole cloth quilt.
Feathers from blue linen side.
Muslin side that was pre-marked for Queen Anne's Star whole cloth quilt.
This side was pre-marked – beautiful design.
White muslin side of Queen Anne's Star whole cloth quilt showing hand quilting stitches.
More of the hand quilted design
Quilted feathers in Queen Anne's Star Whole Cloth quilt.
Quilted feathers
Queen Anne's Star whole cloth quilt hanging over laundry line.
Looks and feels wonderful.

I love the look and texture of hand quilting. Just as good is a beautiful and useful finished quilt.

Another whole cloth project that I did:

https://indianaquilter40.com/queens-crown-1/

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW & ROAD TRIP

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW & ROAD TRIP – The corona virus is getting to all of us it seems. I love being home and able to do things here. But after a week of “quarantine” even I needed a change of scenery this past Tuesday.

My husband had the day off and so we decided to do a road trip to see if we could see any barn quilts. I also thought it would be nice to take along some quilts and stop at a state park to photograph them.

Most of our trip was in Vigo County, IN. The first thing of interest was a round barn.

Round barn on road trip

We also found two barn quilts. They actually seem to be getting more common and I watch for barn quilts now when I am driving around.

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP
Barn quilt on brick wall

Our road trip goal was Fowler Park, which has several things to do normally. We walked around the Pioneer Village and used it as a backdrop for taking photos of the quilts. The day was cloudy but warm and dry. The park had only a few other people walking around, so we could safely do the current status of “social distancing” while enjoying the outside.

Christmas Scraps

The first quilt to be shown off for my personal quilt show was Christmas Scraps. See more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/10/christmas-scraps.html

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP
Another photo of Christmas Scraps
Toile backing of quilt
Toile backing

Autumn Color

I love autumn, in fact it is my favorite season. This quilt was super easy to make. It makes me happy every time I look at it. For more info see: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/12/autumn-color.html

Autumn Color quilt

Queen Anne’s Star Whole Cloth Quilt

I love to hand quilt. It is so very relaxing. The beauty of the stitching and the quilting texture is very visible in a whole cloth quilt. I have shown this one off before on this blog so will simply refer you back to that post: https://indianaquilter40.com/queen-annes-star-whole-cloth-quilt-hand-quilted/

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP

Simply Squares

I saw a similar quilt on Pintrest and thought this would be a fun and easy way to use up some more scraps. The quilt top is done now except for the border. For more info: https://indianaquilter40.com/staying-busy-thursday-03-19-2020/

Simply Squares quilt top

Scrap Bonanza #1

This quilt started out as a Birds in the Air quilt, but I was not happy with how the blocks looked laid out that way. So after moving blocks around and combining them with more of the same blocks, I came up with this design.

Once the center was done, it needed a border and nothing solid really grabbed me, so I used more scraps by making a “piano key” border. See: https://indianaquilter40.com/staying-busy-thursday-03-19-2020/

Scrap Bonanza #1 quilt top

Homespun One Patch

This was a fun and easy quilt to make of 8″ squares. Made during 2010-11. Here is more about it: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/07/homespun-one-patch.html

Homespun One Patch quilt

Teapots

This quilt was really fun to do. All the teapots are different. The tea cups around the border just give it a nice “finished” look. It was hand quilted. After looking at it again, I am thinking about making another one. For more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2010/06/teapots.html

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP
It looks so nice hanging on the village church.
Teapot quilt

Irish Chain

This quilt is hand quilted. The fabric choice was unusual because the red is linen. The blues are cotton scraps. Look here for more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/08/irish-chain.html

PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP
Close up of the hand quilting
Backing of Irish Chain
Backing

Maine Ocean Waves

The colors in this quilt remind me of the ocean on the Maine coast – purples, blues, greens, and grays. Scrap quilt. In the photo, it is hanging at the front of the village mill. Here’s more info: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/09/maine-ocean-waves.html

Maine Ocean Wave quilt
A PERSONAL QUILT SHOW &  ROAD TRIP

And so I come to the end of my PERSONAL QUILT SHOW & ROAD TRIP for this time. It was a nice way to spend a few hours outside and exploring an old pioneer village.

My Challenge to You

I know that right now we all need to be careful to stay healthy and avoid situations that may spread corona virus. However, part of staying healthy is exercise and sunshine.

Quilts look different outside in natural light. Usually the colors are brighter and the quilting design is more visible. Even if you don’t want to take a road trip, try taking a quilt (or quilts) outside and getting some photos of it (or them). Wash lines, tree branches, fences, and porches are also great places to display quilts outside.

Sometimes a change of scenery can be inspiring and encouraging. A new perspective can lead to new ideas.

Have fun and stay well.

Clip art - girl with quilt and sewing machine.

Please note that all the quilts in this post are mine. I also took all the photos. You are welcome to use the photos, but please give proper credit. Thank you.

QUEEN’S CROWN #1 (Small quilt with beads – hand quilted)

Most of us don’t think of embellishing quilts with beads is very practical. But I really wanted to try my hand at beading for embellishment with hand quilting. This pre-printed square was the perfect choice for this experiment. It is the Queen’s Crown #1 (small quilt with beads – hand quilted). I would later make another mini quilt using the same technique.

Queen's Crown #1 - Small quilt with beads.  Green solid with gold beads.
Front side. The beads really embellish the hand quilting.

Supplies:

  • One pre-printed 18″ block from  https://www.quiltingstencils.com/ 
  • 22″ piece of muslin for backing
  • Batting to fit (I used a leftover piece)
  • Glass beads in your choice of color (I used gold/yellow)
  • Quilting thread (I used dark green color)
  • Binding fabric (I used dark green cotton)

I found that thread basting this very closely in a bright thread that would not blend in to the background was easier than safety or straight pins.  It was easier to roll the fabric up in my hand then to use a hoop or small frame. Start the quilting in the center and work on it in quarters. I used shorter lengths of quilting thread (about 15″) than normal because it was easy to get the thread caught in the beads that were already quilted on.  

QUEEN'S CROWN #1 (Small quilt with beads - hand quilted)
Reverse. Notice how even the stitching is…..even where the beads are.

The beads are quilted on – every time the needle came up through the top, I put a bead on the needle tip and I then completed that quilting stitch. Time consuming, but makes for a beautiful finished project. The texture as I run my hand across the top is a mix of soft and hard.

The binding is solid green that matches the front of the small quilt.

When I completed the small quilt, I washed it by hand and laid it between two dark towels to dry flat.

Queen’s Crown #1 small quilt has been part of my Christmas decorating for many years.

Lesson learned –

Don’t be afraid to try something different in quilting. I get many, many compliments on this mini quilt. However, it appears to be unique to me and that is just fine.