2 From 1 Continued

A few weeks ago I posted about a top I had made from a pattern called Piccadilly Circus.  I had made smaller Dresden fan blades with the “between” pieces of the strip pieced base as I cut for the PC top.  I was searching Google for a way to use these resulting plates when I came upon an antique Mennonite quilt image which used the fans in arcs surrounding a whole one.  The best part was that I figured out I could use the five fans I had made along with some of the 10″ squares of coordinating fabric I had.  I ended up with a very scrappy looking top (center), a full fan/plate for the backing and only two fan blades left over.

 

This week I finished quilting the red and white Storm at Sea I had been working on.  I still need to trim and bind it, I can’t decide whether to use red or white for the binding.  I was even thinking I may use black or grey, I feel it needs something to confine all that motion.  I got four more quilts bound this week too, YAY!  Machine sewn binding is my preferred method, I seldom do hand stitching on the back.  I don’t mind hand stitching, but these bindings would have taken days rather than hours.

In other news I got the robotic system for my long-arm this past weekend.  I spent most of yesterday updating my frame and installing the mechanisms.  Today I am hoping to get the PC up and running and all the wires and connections done.  Usually this is done by the dealer, however I got a good deal, and it didn’t include installation.  I totally understand why they charge for installation, as it is a very involved and a step by step install.  At one point I had the whole thing dismantled down to the bare frame.  The dealer was telling me “if you can make a quilt, you can do this.” Hmm, I think my years of experience assembling Swedish furniture was more helpful.  Maybe I should tell him “If you can clean up your whole sewing studio, then dismantle a quilt and put it back together sucessfully, you can do this.”

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RW&G

I started another top this week, I’m trying to use up holiday fabrics.  This is a free pattern called “Joy” by Kate Spain for Moda.  Simple 4 inch HST and 8×4 rectangles with a HST on the end.  It needs a few small borders to complete it, maybe later today.img_2156

Last night I set Bertha up for embroidery mode and got a pillow top done. this is from Kimberbell designs.  I used fabrics from the quilt to make it, I’m thinking I may use the bonus triangles from the quilt to make up the backing.img_2157

I’ve been plugging away on my red and white Storm at Sea quilt.  It needs a “real name”, Sailors Take Warning keeps popping into my head. From the old adage “red sky at night sailors delight; red sky in the morning sailors take warning.”  That may be a bit harsh for a bed quilt though.

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I went with straight lines and cross hatches in the diamonds where they intersect.  Not too sure what I’m going to do in the borders yet.  I have two more rows of center to go.  I’m using bottom line in a cream color to match the Moda Bella snow.  At least I think it’s snow, I would have to pull out my color card to be sure.  There are so many shades and tones of white out there, but I am thankful, because the wrong one can really throw a quilt’s coloring off.  My current favorites are Snow(tan tone) Feather (grey tone) and Bleached (very white).

This week I am going to try to finish up STW and not start another top.  I want to get the piccadilly quilt on the frame, I got a cute horse-shoe and star pantogram to use on it.  After the 10 thousand or so straight lines of STW, it will be fun to do some swirls and stars.  I should get a backing together for it first.

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Almost finished

I still need about fifteen more Hexagons to finish this quilt.  Every day I’ve been sewing more on to it, thinking I will finish it that session.  But no, because most of the hex’s have six seams, six seams that need to be done individually.  Line up patch, pin it, flip top to correct side, carefully place needle at previous seam line, sew four stitches, back track, sew seam, carefully to next seam line, back track, cut threads.  I’m a chain piecer, this constant stop/start stuff is hard for me.  I will persevere though, and I know that it’ll be finished today. Looking at it now, it needs a bit of pressing too.

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Another top I finished this week was the Mayflower block quilt.  I have not thought of a name for it yet.  Plus, I’m not sure I like it that much.  There is something about the green that bugs me, it’s too yellow maybe.  I am going to try, with the quilting, to bring out the “circles” that are optically formed by the HSR combos.  I may even try metallic thread…

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In other news this week I attended PIQF.  I went on Friday with a non-quilty friend, it was her first show.  I think she liked it too.  My favorite comment of hers came when we were going towards the exit.  We walked down one of the vendor aisles, and she asked “Do people buy fabric here too?” I laughed a bit, and answered yes.  I managed not to buy anything that day.  Saw some very nice quilts too.  I particularly liked the Post Modern collection.

As usual the international entries were lovely too.   There was one that had a blue ribbon (first place, traditional) on it, a red and white mariners compass medallion type quilt. It was made by Keiko Ike, called “American Spirit”, that was particularly appealing to me.  Here are a few iPhone pictures of it –

Look at the way she used machine embroidery stitches to SID around the pieces.  It really added to the look of this quilt.  The piecing is impeccable too. Some of the white and red piping looked like it was applied after the quilting, see how the daisy (so cute) flower stems are under it? I think if you click on the pictures above they will enlarge.  It was truly a work of stitching art.

I returned on Saturday to take a half day class and do some retail therapy.  Yes, there was fabric and thread acquisition.

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Hexagon flowers

I bought a few bags of pre-cut solid color hexagons a few months ago.  They were on sale, so I figured I would find some thing to do with them.  I came across the quilt Mae’s Bouquet at Denyse Schmidt’s web site, and decided to make my own “bouquet”.  The quilt in the picture is folded, so I don’t know if there are other “flowers” in it.  I wanted to add a few more, as I had left over hexies.  This top is being machine pieced, and it is going together quickly.  I also found a few tutorials that helped me to figure out just how to piece them together.  This one at Tall Grass Prairie Studio is very helpful.  I had a chance to meet Jacquie Gering at Asilomar last year, she’s very nice!  I’d like to take a class with her one of these days.

I still need about a hundred more white hexagons, the precut ones are 2 ½ inches on each side.  I was hoping to use the Accuquilt cutter, but I don’t have that size die.  I had to resort to painters tape on my JayBird Hex ‘n More ruler.  It works pretty well, and I can cut up to four at a time.

I really need to get quilting, the tops are piling up!  I didn’t get to the Boy Quilt this week, it should be done by now.

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A few finishes and starts

I’ve been busily working on things to sell at our local Crafters fair that happens in the beginning of December.  Its sort of a juried fair, as many people sign up for tables, but there is limited space available.  Last year I missed the application due date by two weeks, this week I mailed it back the day it came to me.  I still don’t know if I got in yet, a bit aggravating, because of all the prep work that goes into this.  Vendors also donate 10 percent of their profits to the local schools.  This year they are trying to showcase more handmade items.  I attended last year, and there were many jewelry makers, and painters and photographers.  I just hope I don’t get a place next to the crochet pot holders LOL.  There is another Fair held at the local high school, but its not as up-scale.   They aren’t as selective either, last year they still had tables available the day before.

I finished the Piccadilly top, and I found a great pantograph to quilt it with.  Its got tossed horseshoes and stars connected with loopy swirls.  This is a heavy top, the double fabric of the dresden plates and appliquéd circles makes me wonder if I should use a poly batt.  I did just get a “deal” on some wool batting, but I bought it for the Fire Island Hosta quilt.

I want to finish the little boy quilt I have on the frame now, I have one more row and the borders.  I am doing simple lines around the inner spaces of the shapes.  Lots of starts and stops, but I think it adds some interest to the over all quilt design.img_2108

I started a holiday quilt last night, using my newly acquired creative grids ruler for triangles in a square. I’m making thirty six 12 inch blocks with four fabrics.  It gives the illusion of curves and secondary designs.  The blocks are similar to “54, 40 or Fight” blocks, except that they have a half square triangle in the four corners instead of a four patch.  While looking for examples of “54, 40 or fight” blocks I came across the history of the name for these blocks.  I wonder if there are any blocks named after the 1840 presidential slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler too”.  Yep, the Ohio star block is also known as T&T2.

In 1818, the United States and the United Kingdom (controlling British Canada) established a joint claim over the Oregon Territory – the region west of the Rocky Mountains and between 42° North and 54°40′ North (the southern boundary of Russia’s Alaska territory).

Joint control worked for over a decade and a half but ultimately, the parties decided that joint occupancy wasn’t working well so they set about to divide Oregon.

The 1844 Democratic presidential candidate James K. Polk ran on a platform of taking control over the entire Oregon Territory and used the famous campaign slogan, “Fifty-four Forty or Fight!” (after the line of latitude serving as the northern boundary of Oregon at 54°40′). Polk’s plan was to claim and go to war over the entire territory for the United States.

 

 I think I’m going to change out the dark green for the lighter green stripe.  According to the pattern (seen on left of photo 1) this block is called “May Flower”.  No political affiliation on this one.

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