Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Out of the Bag

     Finally, I emptied all the bowtie blocks from a block swap hosted by Barb  that I received last fall. I had made about 25 extra and all the blocks were in a big zip lock. I got the urge to get them all up and see what I had after all these months.
     The first round up I realized I wanted more columns, so I had to make about 20 more. It was hard to scrape up more grays.

      I added all the blocks except duplicates I had made. I only pulled out one block from the swap that no contrast in the color to gray combo- it looked like one piece of fabric.

      For a couple days, I messed around trying to get the lighter ones evenly distributed so they were not all lumped together. I did try lights going to darks, but the busyness of the pattern fought with it. 

I had to just end it and get it down from the wall because I needed it for another quilt. So, I numbered the columns with painters tape and clipped them by columns, Wanda style, and will sew the columns together, then the rows. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

More bound finishes

     Two more quilt finishes. They are already gone. The first is You've Got Mail. The quilt was so big that I split it in two. The warm color one has been gone for over a year. I just quilted the cool one and it is making its way across the country to a 17 yr. old being treated for leukemia. 
     The binding was also done for the second on that is going to Hands2Help Challenge. 
You've got Mail with binding 
Binding on

Border decision made

     After sewing all the Kaffe HSTs into a web, I ironed all the seams, making sure each row went opposite, and then sewed the rows. As hard as I tried, I am still off in some corners. I trimmed, pressed, matched and am still off. I guess I still have a lot of improvement to make sewing.
     I decided on a 1 1/2" dark purple (Frond Plaster of Paris) inner border and the Kaffe fabric that had none left to spare, 2/12" finished border. I guess when I quilt it, I will like it more. I wish it had more pop.
Rows sewn

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Guest blogger today at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!

      It is a great honor to be a guest blogger at Confessions of a Fabric addict on how to make the Maybe Quilt. Go check it out and tell me what you think!
The Maybe Quilt

Friday, April 22, 2016

Holding my breath on the pieces

     I have been for months making made fabric from scraps to cut up in spoke shape for the flowering snowball quilt. I had made about four trial blocks and decided to go ahead and cut all the spokes for all 56 blocks - 4 in each- (finish under 10" in size). Now that I have the investment of time in it, I sewed up more blocks and put them up to see if it was going to be chaos or fun. I stepped back, snapped a photo and decided I like it. Good thing. 
     There is something so satisfying to me about sewing curved blocks. I don't use any pins except the two when I sew the black center piece to the two semicircle  parts. Lots of fun!
Pieces and more pieces
Trying it out on the wall

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Kids Exploding Squares

     I finished quilting the B&W exploding squares kids quilt. I am going to send this to the Hands2Help Challenge in May. It needs binding yet, but it seems very happy. I did not use the ruler on the square spirals as I thought the quilt could hold a little line wonkiness.

Wonky line diagonal center

Those Kaffe HSTs

     After a nice trimming job using the Bloc Loc on the HSTs from the Kaffe charm packs, I decided I wanted a diamond layout, but asymmetrical. I tried a number of combinations and settled on one that sparkled most to me. Then, I numbered the columns with painters tape and clipped each column, Wanda style, ready to sew in a web method. I have not decided on the borders yet. I did pull some fabric to try, but will wait until it is sewn together.

Final choice