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?

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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.