RWB Star Crossed Rainbow

I finished putting the Star Crossed Rainbow top together on Saturday.  Once the blocks were together it went rather quickly.  My 1/4 inch seams must be generous, because my blocks measured 1/4 inch too small.  I think it was because of the pinked edges on the strips.  I “should” have done a test block and measured it, and realigned my sewing line accordingly.  Since all of my blocks were the same size I simply altered the size of the solid colored blocks.  Everything fit together well in  the end.

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I used Myra’s (Busy Hands Quilts) free pattern “Star Crossed Rainbow” from her  Etsy shop .  Instead of forty different colors I used twenty, and made two sets of them.  I hope to have this quilted and ready to go by the end of the month.  It is to be a gift for some very dear friends on the occasion of their anniversary, which is on July 4th.

I’ve ben plugging along on the True Blue quilt.  *Note to self: 8 inch wide end to end patterns can look just as nice as 6 inch wide ones, especially on a king size quilt.  Each row takes about twenty minutes to sew.  This quilt is 100 inches long, which means sixteen and a half rows, which means about six hours of continuous quilting.  That doesn’t take into account, thread breaks, bobbin changes or operator errors.  If I had made the rows 8 inches wide instead, I could have reduced that time to four plus hours.  Its a learning process 🙂

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Linking up with Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday today.

Stars and Bubbles

I finished up the Bubbles top Wednesday afternoon.  I am pleased with how it turned out.  I think I’m going to quilt it with wavy lines to give the illusion of the bubbles rising.  I have a complimentary piece of turquoise fabric for the backing too.  IMG_2623

The pink around the edges is my design wall showing.

I started on a new top today, something for 4th of July.  I found this free pattern on Busy Hands Quilts, it’s by Myra and called  Star Crossed Rainbow lap quilt .  Check out some of her other patterns as well, they are well written and can be scrappy or color controlled.

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Instead of rainbow colors I am using a RWB jelly roll and a tea dyed muslin for the background.  These blocks are for the center of the star and the corners.  I used a pigma pen to number the strips, I used 20 different colors.  The quilt shown above uses 40, things can get out of order quickly if you don’t have the strips marked.

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I loaded a quilt on the frame last week, and I can’t remember what I named it, the pattern name or anything about it other than I made it some time after finishing Hampton Ridge.  I has a lot of scraps in it from that quilt.  Maybe the pattern is from a book, I don’t even have any photos of making it. Hmmm. Ah! I have it. It’s True Blue by Carrie Nelson.   The backing is a 108″ wide civil war type print that I got on sale a few months ago.  I’m using a pantograph that came with my machine, it is loops and leaves.

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

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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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