Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Stars & Crowns

So, I didn't intend to make a commemorative Olympic quilt this time around......but I did.

Here is liberated Stars & Crowns -


The agony of the bleeding.  One of the blues ran :(
I have worked on it, but it is not coming out.  I had 2 color catchers in the wash, but it folded on itself before the spin cycle.

It started with an idea and a 5 minute sketch.  I had thought I'd make just little quilt.  I wanted to showcase the US and GB since we both have RW&B flags.  I bound it in gold which I thought looked great, which surprised me.


Here you can see how I visually worked out the 2, which I thought was the toughest shape.


Here is a close up of the liberated elements.  I machine quilted it in a diamond pattern.


Making these letters was easy and fun -


I rearranged the continents from a panel that I had to fit as many as I could.  My daughter called it "mom's Pangea".


Simple label -


I used YLI Kimono Silk Thread and a Microtex 70/10 needle with Hobbs 80/20 batting.   I'm still making fabric balls after trimming the edges.


This gives you an idea of size.  It's more like a banner.  In this photo you can see the blue bleed before the 2nd washing and oxi-clean, etc.


Happy Summer 2012 Olympics everyone - See you Rio!

Now what are we going to watch?




25 comments:

  1. Wow that was fast! Very cool and I love that you used liberated stars and crowns. I can't see the blue that bled.
    Hobb 80/20 has become my new favorite batting.

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  2. Love it. Sorry about the bleeding problem but it's not that noticeable from this distance. If it bothers you, stick it back in with some more color catchers. Cute quilt. Love the crowns!

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  3. Love it, Barb! Your quilting spontaneity is inspiring.
    Do you use Hobbs 80/20 all the time?

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  4. So cool Barb. Heavens knows what you would have produced if the games had been in Th US of A.

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  5. You are so prolific! I love this idea of a small commemorative quilt. The backing is perfect. I hardly see the bleeding. LOVE it!

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  6. What a great commemorative quilt, its perfect in every way! I couldn't see the bleeding blue, too busy looking at all the other wonderful features of the quilt.

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  7. That is so cute! I can't see where the blue ran, but I'm so sorry it did!!

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  8. great quilt! love your creativity.:)

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  9. Wow!! Where did you find the time to whip that one up!! Congratulations, its wonderful!!!
    Love the backing fabric too.

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  10. I find it interesting that you make quilts to commemorate things you like to remember such as the Olympics. The diamond quilting design a good choice as it represents precious stones and I am sure the Queen has plenty of those.

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  11. Aren't you just the craftiest person?? Love this! And my DH just said the same thing - what are we going to watch now??

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  12. How CUTE - you're so clever. I've squinted and everything, but I can't see the bleed!

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  13. Wow, I think this quilt is worthy of a gold medal! And possible a 2nd one for the speed of the quilter! hee hee! Super job - I love that you made a commemorative quilt.

    Really, the blue bleed is NOT a problem. If it really bothers you, try washing it again with a color catcher basted on the running area. Maybe that will work?

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  14. I can't see the blue bleeding (or should that be the bleedin' blue?) either. Too bad you weren't inspired sooner. Your quilt should have hung at the games

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  15. I can't see the bleeding blue either - call it "blue blood" in honor of the royals. I'm amazed that you got this together so quickly. Pieced letters - aren't they fun??

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  16. Your quilt is a great commenorative for the Olympics. I especially like the wonky stars. Sorry about the blue bleeding. From the pictures it doesn't look too noticeable.

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  17. What a fun quilt! Start to finish - you are so fast! I don't think the bleeding is very noticeable - but very frusterating I imagine!! The simple quilting looks great!

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  18. Great quilt! It's funny how they just sometimes happen. The gold binding gives it an extra perky touch.

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  19. Barb, I was only kidding when I asked about your Olympics quilt for this year! This is beautiful, and so fast. The gold binding adds a special touch. I love Judy's idea - call it blue blood. I couldn't see it either.

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  20. woohoo, really fun. if you're ever using that blue again, baste color catchers over the offending fabric - that works wonders. Seems like I'm having more problems with blue these days too. congrats on the fun quilt!

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  21. If you have not purchased it, RETAYNE is fabulous! I ALWAYS use it. I believe in it so much so , that I don't sweat over prewashing most of the time. I just put a tiny little cap full in the washer with a bit of cold water and detergent and it's good to go. Love your quilts!

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