Category Archives: Improv quilting

Finishing Some Old Tops

I got a new Janome 8900 last April and have been practicing machine quilting on some old tops I had in my “to do” pile.  The large throat on the machine makes it so much easier!     I love hand quilting and always have one or two quilts that I am doing by hand.   But I also realize that I’d never get all the tops done in my lifetime.   I did straight line quilting on both quilts and am happy with how they came out.   Most surprising–no puckers in the backing.   I layered and pinned the quilt as I would for hand quilting and it worked well.

Our Mt. Battie MQG meets once a month and we have a traveling quilt going on right now.   We started around March 2017 and keep the quilts we are adding to for two months.   I think we have 2 or 3 rounds to go and our quilts will return home.   We do get to see them when they are passed on to the next person.   There are some gorgeous quilts in the making.   Can’t wait to see the finished product.

These are a few of the blocks that have been made for my quilt.   My theme is neighborhoods  and I made the block with the 3 houses.   The talent in this group is amazing and I love all the blocks I have seen so far.   I prefer that the blocks not be joined yet–I will find a background for sashing and filler blocks and put it together myself.

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MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

I belong to the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild and took the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge offered by MQG.   Participants received 5 fat eights of  fabric and were challenged to make a quilt using some of these fabrics and any MM Couture solids.  I chose to do improv cross blocks, something I really enjoy making.   My finished piece measures about 24″x24″ and I machine quilted it on my Janome 8900).   Best thing of all is that the challenge quilts will be displayed at QuiltCon in CA in Feb 2018!!!    This is the second challenge I have participated in with MQG and I have enjoyed both.  This is called “Cross Roads”.

The top quilt is from the first MQG challenge I participated in and it is called “Flying Geese Breaking Formation”.   If I remember right, this was done with Riley Blake fabrics and participants received a selection of 6 fabrics to work with.   Another fun project!

MQG RIley Blake challenge hand quilted Breaking Formation.DSCN0009