Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cool Kaffe HST asymmetrical

     A while back I got suckered into buying some Kaffe charm packs (MSQC got me again). I made HSTs with Kona Ash Gray. All trimmed with the Bloc Loc ruler. Played around on the wall until I found an asymmetrical design that appealed to me. I had another urgent request for a comfort quilt for a woman whose cancer came back aggressively after a short remission. Her whole family is having a crisis of a time. So, I thought this waiting in the wings quilt would make a good choice. I thought of one friend who always drafts things out, so I used graph paper to get an idea of where I was going because working to work on long diagonals, I needed to know where I was when rolling the quilt. All the Kaffe prints got the same curved ruler treatment. 
    I did use a lot of ruler work and to be honest, I don't like holding those circle and oval templates down. It gives me neck fatigue and sore shoulders. I need to find something to be grippier on the bottoms or forgo rulers. I was very happy with the quilting. The first photo is before washing and the others are after. I always wash my quilts after quilting before giving them away. They get packed in a nice tote bag with a book and card and pocket quilt. This package went out Sunday.
Washed, more texture

Back after washing

The diagram plan

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thinking hard, looking for a pop

     I finished the side triangles for the double hourglass. They are light blue, which does not show up well in the photo. It has been very gray here, and even with the lights in the house, it does not show up well. White was too stark and darker values took away from the diagonal play in the blocks.

     I participated in a batik star block swap with the Treadleon group. I made eight extra stars so I could make a 4 x 5 quilt, 12" finished blocks. My blocks are at the top and bottom and one is covering a very green star. My original 20 on the wall looked fine because the backgrounds were light value batik, but this grouping of stars needs some help. So I have been thinking of maybe skinny dark blue batik sashings, or not putting them all together. Just don't know what to do to make the stars pop. Again, poor lighting.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Another quilt, another home

     Finally, I quilted the Maybe strip quilt that I did a blog tutorial on,
     There was a time crunch because I got a request for someone undergoing treatment now. Although I had the backing sewn and batting cut, I was working quilting a king size quilt which was a favor for a surprise gift that seemed like it took forever. As soon as that big hummer was off the frame, I quilted the Maybe quilt, put the pocket on the tote bag, made the card, washed the quilt and packaged the whole thing up in my last XL ziploc bag. It was delivered to Brenda and now I have a second quilt loaded that is also a request. I had to take the photos inside due to rain, so they are not as good as they should be.

I love the pieced backing 
Quilting detail on back
Quilting detail on front

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Always seem to need more cards!

     Of course, there were occasions and I needed cards. My son and his wife's anniversary, a couple of birthdays, a baby girl, and thank you. I cannot make the same card twice- it is some kind of sickness I have. These used heavy wt interfacing, the Crafted Applique mod podge technique, and batik scraps. Just a little sewing for cohesion of design. Then double stick tape to cardstock. I already need more.
Anniversary card

Birthday card

Abstract fun

Monday, November 14, 2016

Just those pesky side triangles!

     The double hour glass layout is done, but I can't think what color the side triangles should be. I like on point quilts, but choosing the sides and sewing together is always a bit tricky. Have to do more thinking, but I really need that wall!

No turning back, it is sew time!

     I did a whole lot of layouts but decided on this one for the OBW and did the value check on it also. I have to work with the blocks that are, not what I might think I would like. I only had two half pieces left over. Four rows are all stitched together.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Love the OBW!

     One Block Wonders- can't get enough of them! They seem like magic- each one different and gorgeous. The trick is to find the right fabric- a big repeat (I like 24"), not a ton of background, and distinct, varied areas. Takes me a long time to find the right fabric. This is the fabric I used- bought in Meadville, PA at Fox's Sew and Vac: 
    After sewing the triangles, these are the first attempts at arranging. Got a long way to go moving things around.