Monday, July 24, 2023

Halo, Modern Double Wedding Ring, and Baby Moose Quilts

Hey there, Quilter Peeps!  Behold, my Halo quilt top is finally nearing completion:

Center Blocks Sewn Together, Border Blocks In Progress

I hesitate to set personal sewing goals with actual deadlines, but doesn't it look like I could get this quilt top finished by the end of this week?  Now that I've said that out loud, my house will probably be carried off to Oz by a tornado.  Or my sewing machine will blow up.  I'm not even sure which of those scenarios would be more catastrophic -- that would depend on how backed up my Bernina dealer is for repairs, and whether or not there are any good quilt shops in Oz.

For those who haven’t seen this one before, Halo is a pattern by Jen Kingwell that is sold in the pattern booklet Jenny From One Block, available on Amazon here.  (This post contains affiliate links).  If you’re local here in Charlotte, North Carolina, the QuiltPatch shop in Matthews has been offering classes for this quilt (taught by the fabulous Teresa Raleigh), but if you’re already comfortable with curved piecing you will do just fine on your own with the pattern as I did.  The Halo acrylic template set is optional but really helpful for accurate cutting of these shapes, along with a 28 mm rotary cutter (the standard 45 mm rotary cutting blades don’t work well along curved edges).

It never ceases to amaze me how much smaller a quilt gets when the blocks are actually sewn together compared to how big it looks when the individual blocks are stuck on the design wall side by side.  All of those quarter inch seam allowances really add up.  Or rather, they really “subtract up” from the size of the quilt top.  So much work for such a relatively small lap quilt!  I think this is supposed to finish at 66” square.  Well, thank goodness I wasn’t trying to enlarge it to King size this time!

I always enjoy making blocks more than sewing them together, for whatever reason.  Maybe I’m just impatient by the time I’ve finished making enough blocks.  Still, these went together without too much trouble, just careful pinning where the seams need to match up.

Making Blocks is More Fun Than Sewing Them Together

So now all 36 Halo blocks have been sewn together into the main body of the quilt top and I'm just working on those rectangular pieced border blocks.  Which, by the way, is an interesting design choice from pattern designer Jen Kingwell -- the border blocks complete the half circles that would otherwise land on the outer edges of the quilt, deemphasizing and obscuring the block construction in favor of rings and squares that seem to float on a scrappy pieced background.  The borders also enlarge the quilt to a more useful size and create outer edges that can be easily bound without fretting about losing any triangle points or turning rings into flat tires.

That’s about all I have to say about Halo for now.  So let’s have a glimpse of the most recent client’s quilt fresh off my long arm frame:

Tara Faughnan’s Double Wedding Ring for Cheryl

Now, you only get a sneak peek at this one, because this quilt is still on a UPS truck headed back to my client Cheryl in Minnesota.  This is Tara Faughnan’s Double Wedding Ring pattern, and Cheryl’s version is a massive king size made up in Cherrywood hand dyed solid fabrics.

Glimpse of Cheryl's Double Wedding Ring Quilt

I just love the color palette Cheryl created for this one!  This quilt is truly magnificent in person.  I used Hobbs Tuscany Cotton/Wool batting for Cheryl’s DWR and quilted it with YLI 40 Tex cotton thread in variegated Pastels.  Pattern designer Tara Faughnan was new to me before Cheryl sent me this quilt, but I checked out her Instagram and her online shop and I really like her work.  

Pat’s Baby Moose Quilt

And then, in a completely different vein, we have my client Pat’s very sweet and snuggly baby moose quilt!  Pat used the free moose appliqué block pattern from Wendi of Shiny Happy World for her baby quilt.  

Pat's 45 x 57 Baby Moose Quilt with Carpet of Leaves E2E

I used Glide 40 wt trilobal polyester thread in Warm Grey 4 for quilting because Pat had used a similar machine embroidery thread for her machine appliqué.  I picked this color because it was the best blender across the various fabrics Pat chose for her little moose faces.

Baby Moose Detail: Glide Thread in Warm Grey 4

Also, because I am dorky and this is what dorks do, I googled “what do moose eat” and then went looking through my E2E designs for leaves that looked like willow, aspen or birch leaves…  And that is how we selected the Carpet of Leaves quilting design from the many leafy patterns in my digital collection!  The batting on this one is Quilters Dream Cotton Select loft.

PSST!!  I'd Love to Quilt for YOU!

By the way, if you or any of your quilty friends has a quilt top or two that needs quilting, I'd be delighted to quilt for you!  I am currently scheduling quilts for completion in late August/early September of 2023.  Click here to learn how easy it is to book a quilt with me!

Hey, Come Sew With Me at 4 PM on August 2nd!

Last but not least, if you are local to Charlotte, North Carolina and you are a quilter or you have even the slightest interest in learning more about quilting, I am personally inviting you to come and check out the Charlotte Quilters’ Guild on Wednesday, August 2nd.  

Starting with our August meeting, the Charlotte Quilters' Guild will be hosting a social sewing afternoon right before our meeting begins, open to guild members and visitors alike.  It’s totally unstructured and informal, just bring whatever project you’re currently working on, your machine and any other supplies you might need, and pack a snack if you need one.  We'll have irons and ironing boards to share, and if you don't have a project of your own, you can work on one of our free, beginner-friendly donation quilt kits to make a cuddle quilt for a NICU or PICU patient. Arrive as early as 4 PM to beat the rush hour traffic and leave whenever you need to, or stay for our meeting that begins at 6:30.  Our guest speaker for August is giving a lecture on how to get better photos of our quilts using just our smartphones.  

And that is the end of today's plug for the quilt guild.  In the interest of full disclosure, I should warn you that the Charlotte Quilters' Guild went and elected me President this year, so you will definitely see me if you show up for one of these events!  Please introduce yourself to me and say hello.  😄

I'm linking up today's post with the following linky parties, and then I'm off to make a few more of those Halo border blocks!  I'm also going to link up with To Do List Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal, now that I've cursed myself by setting a goal of finishing my Halo quilt top this week.  Y'all should place bets now on whether I finish that quilt top or my long arm machine lands on the Wicked Witch of the East...  Happy quilting, everyone!


Peacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and More

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts

Off the Wall Friday at Nina Marie Sayre

Beauty Pageant at From Bolt to Beauty

 TGIFF Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday, rotates, schedule found here: TGIF Friday


Frédérique at Quilting Patchwork Appliqué

Oh Scrap! at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts  


Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter


Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation  


Janita Goldman said...

Hey, Rebecca congrats onbeing elected president of the guild!

Sara said...

Halo is really fabulous! Of course all of Jen Kingwell's design's are intricate, but beautiful. Your clients' quilts are sure eye candy too.

Ramona said...

Your Halo is so beautiful! I'm really wanting to make this quilt, but do not have the variety of fabrics needed in my stash. I will have to continue to ponder it, though.

Sandy said...

Congratulations on being elected president of your group! And how tantalizing of you to tease us with that glimpse of the lovely Double Wedding Ring -- I hope we'll get to see more photos of it after its arrival home. That moose quilt is *adorable*, and your leafy choice is perfect for it. :)

Kathleen said...

So pleased to see how far you have come on Halo. Congrats on being the president of your guild; they are lucky to have you. Both your client quilts are fun...can't wait to see the whole wedding ring. I love that you researched what moose eat to choose the quilting design - perfect!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

congratulations on being elected president of your guild, you will certainly be even busier now then you already were! a nice variety of quilts that have been keeping you busy it looks like

Lodi said...

I am just smitten by the Halo bug! (Or is that bitten?) I am trying to be a reply blogger, as opposed to my previous "No reply" blogger status. I adjusted my Blogger info. Did it work? (If not, mm srygley at gmail dot com.) Congratulations on your presidency! Do you have a platform? Such as "Quilt the World"? Just wondering!!! said...

May you have no unexpected issues with the finish of this top now that you are so close! I did chuckle about your thoughts though!!
I like the moose quilt. . .how cute it is! Congratulations on leading your guild as the president! May there be lots of helpers and doers that step up to make the year run smoothly.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

I'm sure you will achieve your goal of getting the top finished, you are so sew close now. And what a super quilt it is, so many little snippets of colour to look at. And congrats on being elected as president!

Preeti said...

I was so impressed with Halo, looking at all the prints and low volume fabrics, admiring the neat piecing and then I saw the fabulous quilting on that DWR and I forgot about Halo till I noticed the Moose. Sorry, what were you saying? :-D Wishing you loads of success in your upcoming class.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Lovely quilts as always. Can't wait to see your Halo quilt finished as it sure is pretty now. The sneak of the wedding ring quilt is tantalizing and the moose quilt is adorable! Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Congrats, Rebecca, on being voted in as pres of your guild! I'm sure you'll have great ideas. Love the panto on the double wedding ring!!! Your JK quilt is really coming along!

Kate said...

Halo is really gorgeous, full of scrappy goodness! The moose quilt is really fun and I love how you picked the quilting motif. Hopefully there are no catastrophic events this week and you can finish Halo.

viridian said...

Thank you for visiting my little blog. That wedding ring quilt is a stunner.

dq said...

The Halo quilt just gets prettier and prettier. I am still so inspired by it and hope to use the templates and pattern I bought at some point (hopefully when I get some other things done). I hope you truly do get it done this week.

Your machine quilting on the double wedding ring all solids quilt is so nice and wonderfully creative. I would have never thought of that design but it is perfect!

The deer quilt is so beautifully different. Wonderful quilting choice again! Your clients are so so lucky!

If I were any where near Carolina, I would come meet you. Good luck with your class!

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty said...

I ALWAYS prefer sewing the blocks to assembling the quilt. It's easy to think, All the blocks are sewn; I'm in the home stretch. But the reality is there's so much sewing to do still. (So. Much. Sewing!) That being said, it is most satisfying to see your Halo quilt come together in all its glorious scrappiness. Keep the updates coming -- we're rooting you along!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

You have done a wonderful job on you Halo quilt. I admire you for your tenacity! I backed out on this one. Enjoying just “doing” whatever. Like the Moose quilt! Great job and congrats on being voted in as President. I will send you a bottle of “Tylenol” for any headaches that might come your way! Hugs and take care!

Karin said...

Wow...outstanding. Really like that Halo quilt. You must have a lot of patiecnce to piece that together. Great job!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Well Hello Madam President!!! that is too cool!!! You will be an amazing Pres!!
LOVE that halo - i really like watching it come together!!!