Bubbles

This week I was itching to make something quilty.  Not too complicated, not very big, but it had to be colorful.  I got a bunch of this fabric a few years ago, it’s an ombre fade from dark to light to dark again.  I thought it was time to use some.  I had made four of these blocks a while ago but they got pushed to the side for something else.  The Bubble fabric is called Effervescence by Robert Kaufman the colors compliment each other.IMG_1677

I didn’t take notes on sizes or cutting methods for the above blocks, and I was impatient to start something.  I recalled a recently seen quilt that was made up of dots formed by drunkards path blocks.  The blocks were set on a solid background to make them float.  That’s how I came up with “Bubbles”.

I used a 4 inch finished acrylic template kit from Bloc-Loc to make the 40 blocks.  The kit comes with the two pieces to cut around and then once you sew them together, the Bloc-loc template to square them up.  The finishing template has a routed out channel that the seam fits right into, there’s no ruler rocking and the blocks come out close to perfect. Take that curved seams.  I want to add that using a smaller diameter rotary blade is a must to cut the inside curves.  Here’s a good tutorial about making D.P. blocks at Red Pepper Quilts

Next up for this top is figuring out the background squares.  I think I’m going to do a mix of 4 and 8 inch blocks to get a final size of about 40 x 48″.

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for “Can I get a Whoop Whoop?” and Judy H. at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday this week.

Can you believe its been 40 years since Star Wars hit the screen?

Thicket Two

I had a productive week this week.  Early morning sewing seems to be the key for me.  Once my DH leaves for work, I’m free to stitch away an hour or two.  I finished the pinwheel border around the triangle quilt.  I have not thought of a name for it yet though, “Triangle quilt” is rather generic.

While surfing quilting blogs, I came across this one by Thelma at Cupcakes ‘n Daisies .  She made a smaller and different version of the Thicket quilt I made last year, in this post Thickets and Butterflies .  I had a fair amount of left over pieces from this quilt, including the panels with the large animal pictures.  I liked her idea of adding a bit of color.  I added a dark purple with black and white daisies to the mix of black and white.  I had a bunch of already made 4 ½ inch blocks, so I kept with that size and made more.  It went together quickly, and I think I’m going to use up the remainder of the background I used for the first Thicket quilt. The white dots and stripes will fill in if there’s not enough and be binding.  Also I can retire the rest of the left overs to the scrap bin, as there are very few, yay!

I’ve been knitting every night on my Fairy Hill Shawl, up to row 60 or so, about 25% done.  About to start into the more lacy section.

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I get a Whoop Whoop? this Friday.

60 degree Triangles

This past week I broke out the Baby Accuquilt Go and a new die for 60 degree triangles.  I have two baby quilts to make this year, down from four in 2016.  I don’t know the genders yet, although I know one couple is having a gender reveal party soon.  I think I have a fifty-fifty chance of getting at least one girl.  This quilt is done in soft peaches, tan and white with a bit of yellow for excitement.  I have not decided what to do for borders yet.  I have a bunch of HSTs that I cut from the scraps off the Go die.  I thought I would use them around the edges, but first I have to square up the top by adding in some half triangles.  I have some white Kona that matches nicely, may just do that.

In knitting news, I broke down and started a new project.  Judy at Patchwork Times posted about a new Ravelry club in  On the Needles ,  The Shawl Society ll, Curious Handmade, by Helen Stewart.  I found two skeins of Madeline Tosh Merino Light in my stash to use, the color way is Whiskey Barrel, the pattern is called Fairy Hill.  So far I have 29 rows done, after one sitting.  This pattern is written differently than what I am used to, but I like it.  It’s more like a table or spread sheet, and at the end of each row, there is a stitch count.  I have done lace knitting before, but it frustrates me to no end not knowing how many stitches I should have on my needles at any given row.

 

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork times today for Design Wall Monday today.  Since this is a post mostly about baby quilts, I’m linking up with Michelle’s Romantic Triangle for “Let’s Make Baby Quilts” too.

It’s a Forest

My Friday finish this week is the Fancy Forest top.  It’s from a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, and I used all the fabrics in her ‘Pacific’ and ‘Rhoda Ruth’ Robert Kaufman lines and Essex linen for the backgrounds, borders and sashing.  The assembly of this top stretched out over a year a so.  There were a lot of interruptions, but the instructions are so well thought out and explained, starting it up after a hiatus wasn’t difficult.  This top measures about 70 x 90 inches.  Good twin size, I think I am going to hang it up though, once it is quilted that is.

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I have a fair amount of scraps left from this, I may make another few animals for a small wall hanging.  The toughest one for me was the fire-fly the whole mirror image concept never fails to throw me off.

Next up for me is to bind my El Camino quilt.  It has been quilted for a while now, but I was so upset with myself over the turned sashing strip that I put it away.  I think if it took me months of looking at it to actually see the mistake, then the average quilt admirer isn’t going to see it unless I point it out.  See that post here El camino .

Then, I may start piecing something new.  The fabric for the Labyrinth quilt isn’t here yet, so that may turn into a summer project.  I think that I finished up most of my current tops.  I should go look in the closet before I say that, LOL.  The “To Be Quilted” pile is falling over.  You wouldn’t know I was a Long-armer!

Linking up with Sara at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I get a Whoop Whoop? today.  She has some good ideas for memory quilts using ties and shirts.

A little bit of this and that

Vacation was nice, I think I needed to get away.  We went to London, England.  The weather was okay, we went to some of the tourist-y  places and lots of pubs.  Also I made my DH go with me to Liberty.  It was an interesting place, a department store actually, but in a tudor style.  I could have spent a few hours there, wandering, through the housewares, clothing and even jewelry.  There were stairs at one end and a central opening on each floor that looked down to the first.  Fabric was on the fourth floor along with the haberdashery.  All the bolts were on shelves on the perimeter of the large space, and there were smaller rooms, through doors, that surrounded the large space.  Big comfy husband chairs were strategically placed about too.  The smaller rooms had yarn, notions, patterns, and quilting cottons.  In the main area there were lawns, wools (oh so pretty) silks, upholstery and cottons.  All beautifully colored and printed, it was hard to make a choice.  I got two meters of a lawn print that I hope to make a summer shirt out of.  The fabric was cut for me, then wrapped in tissue and placed in a lovely purple bag.

Back at home, I’m recovering from the eight hour time difference, and sewing.  I made the borders for the Farmers Wife’s quilt, 2 ½ inch squares sewn together and the solid green outer ones.  It looks like its done to me, and ready to go to the “TBQ” pile.  I also got the Catkin quilt borders straightened out.  The wavy ones were about three inches too long, now they lay flat.  I am hoping to get to quilting it this week.

Next up is a quilt for my eldest DS.  He got new furniture for his bedroom this past year, in teal and dark wood.  The quilt I made for him when he first went to Boston, is too small for his bed.  He liked the pattern “Stair Bender” by Christopher Florence.  The same designer who made the “Labyrinth Walk” pattern.  I’m planning on making it in teals, white, grey and black.  It’ll be A-“mazing” lol.

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This weeks goal is to finish the Fancy Forest quilt top.  Got the Allie Owls finished up yesterday.  They look angry to me, or intense, I may have to add some sparkle to them,  happy eyebrows, or white dots to the eye.

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I left the thistle blocks for last, they seem the easiest.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for design wall Monday.

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The Last Monday of March

This past week I got my 1930 Farmer’s Wife blocks sashed and put together.  I used 97 of the 99, as the layout I made worked out that way.  One of the two, I didn’t particularly like, it was a simple nine patch. I think the other one will go on the back.  Each of the quilt blocks took an average of an hour to foundation paper piece.  These 6 inch finished blocks  were interesting to make, as each one is different, and some more intricate than others.  A few have over eighty pieces, yes, 80.  I can’t decide on the borders.  I thought one 8 inch wide in the green would be nice, but then I thought about an inner border of assorted  2″ squares (more scraps of 1930’s fabric).  The center part measures 68 ½ by 78, with the addition of the two borders it would finish at around 78 X 98, queen beds are 60 X 80 that would give it a nice side drop.

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I am leaving on a vacation today, and won’t be able to finish it until I get back.  It will stay on my design wall for a bit longer.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday today.

 

Working on a project for me

I am working on finishing my version of The Farmers Wife 1930’s quilt.  The blocks have been done for months (8/16), the sashing fabric has been bought and stowed, and the idea of how to put it together has formed.  I started it yesterday, and I like it so far.  The Apple green solid is very refreshing in-between the blocks.  I am having fun with the little corner stones and setting blocks, in picking out one that doesn’t match the block it’s near.  This quilt is for me, I don’t particularly like the thirties fabrics or pastel colors, but there is an appeal for me.  The setting that is shown in the book is with white setting triangles and a border, too many bias edges for me.  My blocks are on point, but the sashing stabilizes them, and all those edges and seams have a place to lay flat.

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The top is on the left, so my blocks will face the right direction.

For the past two months I’ve been working on three commission quilts.  They are for a company in NY, and will hang in their conference room.  Its been a good learning experience for me, in a good way.  I got the confer with architects and building designers, plus branding designers.  So much goes into the making of an office that once was an open space in a large old building.  It made me feel like a professional too.  I had my first ever conference calls, I was shipping out samples and proposals, and having people genuinely interested in the quilting process.  Phew, art can be a lot of work.  The quilts are done and ready to ship, just waiting on the final word from the designers.

 

Before I quilted the commissioned pieces, I wanted to finish up my Catkin quilt.  I was doing a digital motif in the blocks and a ribbony thing in the sashing and borders.   Simple enough, it was looking pretty good too.  I got to the last advance and the backing was too short, not an inch or two, but a full ten inches.  I don’t know what was going on the day I sewed that backing together, it’s a square, so I didn’t mount it wrong.  I took it off the frame and added more to the backing.  Luckily I had some of the same gray I used originally.   So that’s going back on soon. That quilt is on my finish pile this year, it was a Scraptastic mystery quilt that I participated in May 2015.  I think I’m going to fix the borders before I go any further with the quilting, looking at this picture, they are a bit wavey.

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Lastly, this guy is growing like a weed.  He’s five months old today, and just over 50 pounds.

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Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for “Can I get a Whoop Whoop?” today.