Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Made fabric, now what?

     First of all thanks to Preeti, I was able to meet her on her visit to Buffalo which was thrilling for me. You can checkout her post. The color of the sky in the first photo is so Lake Erie. I grew up here and saw the Lake almost every day until college and grew to love all its shades and formations and colors.
    Second, due to Julie's post about the Scrap Vortex quilt, I pulled  all my made fabric and arranged them out to see and maybe figure out a scrap quilt not as pattern-less as the Scrap Vortex. I love making scrap made fabric and have it in all sizes. When I laid it all out, I still cannot figure out where to go with it. Yikes, which way do I go? Lots of questions. Got any answers?
2 1/2" Strips. Four sewn together as blocks. Bleh.
2 1/2" strips. Set of threes. Made originally when Bonnie Hunter was making them,
but she never revealed what they were for.

2 1/2" Strips. Set in columns, skinny space between? 
3 1/2" Squares. How to set or what. Was thinking possibly center square with thin triangles around

6 1/2" Squares. How to set or what.
6 1/2" Squares set on diagonal. Doesn't do anything for me.
Lots of made fragments, not any shape yet.
Big fragments. Cut up smaller or add on?

Quarter log cabin made fabric set in square.

Quarter log cabin blocks on point?
Red made pieces. Keep going, trim all one size, assemble a small quilt?
Blue made pieces. Same questions as above.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Blocking it out

     I cannot help it. I have tons of ideas and I make sample blocks of them. Then I can see whether I want to cut it all out and pursue the quilt or use the sample block for a comfort quilt. I can appreciate those who work on one quilt at a time, I would melt down. 
     Taking a cue from Bonnie Hunter who "kits up" a whole quilt for when she travels or has limited time, I have started to kit a whole quilt so I can just sew when I have a chunk of time. I cut all the pieces (minus border and binding), put the pattern and the pieces in a bag and label it. 
      I have made the MSQC's Disappearing Hourglass before, but I tried it with a Kaffe layer cake of reds and a script print. I loved the block- so all the HSTs are cut up, trimmed and in the bag ready to be made into the hourglasses and then further cut after to make this.
      I was a sucker for a Kaffe jelly roll from MSQC and found this pattern I had from Cluck Cluck Sew called Basket Case. I made the sample blocks from two strips and then cut up all the strips into pairs and all the white squares that go with it. Also in a bag with the pattern I bought.

     The last sample block is from a quilt I saw in a quilt show in April. It did not list the name of it, and it wasn't a great job, but it had this wonderful quality using florals and black, which I rarely use. I took a photo with the phone, drafted the block, and made a sample block. I made sure I used florals that had some saturation and not too light like the one I saw. The effect I was hoping for, a floating of the florals, I think is happening. I cut almost all the pieces, using the Accuquilt for the HSTs, pairing right sides together. I don't know what to call it. I looked for one like it online to see if it was a commercial pattern, but could find nothing that resembled it.
Example from show, floral blocks too light in places
Poor lighting, phone photo, inspiration quilt

My version

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Isn't June gorgeous?

     One thing I love about being a retired teacher is that I get to experience June. I am able to garden and literally smell the roses. This year, thankfully, gratefully, the back yard is getting put back together after last year's garage addition, tree removals, and wall destruction. The pond still needs replacing. The wall was all rebuilt, a columnar oak planted in place of the pine, a couple of tall arborvitae, and groomed. The front yard is blooming different things at various times, the way I like it. 
Last year

Wall all fixed all around
      The deck is all adorned with flower containers which makes outdoor dining great.

     The front yard is sporting the first phlox, astilbe, the last of the foxglove, and other little gems.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lots of trys

     One thing I cannot show that has taken much time is the mystery quilt I designed for our guild. I have most of it sewn but the border and I can't show it in case some guild member looks at my blog. It uses green and blue batiks and a white on white print. I have to tweak the last clues and type them out. They get the next clue in September. By then they should have everything cut. 
     I have been adding to the quarter floral log cabin and it is growing slowly.

     There are scraps from my last OBW and I tried them in a wonky star, but I think it is too much. I am trying to sew them in 2 corners of white squares to make a butterfly effect next. The scraps are too beautiful to throw out, but a weird shape.
     I don't often buy kits, but I saw this at Fort Worth Studio for under $50 with gorgeous fabric and the Big Star pattern from Hunter Studio. I was so surprised to see the super cool way it was sent- plastic bagged with a treat of lemonade, guitar buttons and a thank you! Makes me glad I bought it!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Next squares explosion

     I hurried to finish quilting this exploding squares top as a comfort quilt because I received a phone call from a friend whose daughter in law has breast cancer and had a double masectomy Wednesday. She has two young children. I was able to finish it in a couple days, pack it up in the bag with a book and card, and get it mailed to Winston Salem, NC by Friday. I used Graphite Glide on top and prewound Cream PremoSoft in the bobbin. 
In the sun
In the shade
The back

Back detail

Sunday, June 10, 2018

One monkey off my back

     It is no secret I have many quilts in line to be quilted. What made it worse, is I loaded a quilt in February on the longarm and had a heart attack two days later. It seemed an insurmountable task to work on it. Besides fatigue, stamina, and not knowing if I could do it, it sat and sat and nothing else could get done. I had to do the baby quilt for my daughter, so this quilt, Split Decision, had to be completed. I said a lot of prayer, girded up my loins (Biblical reference) and gritted my teeth. It got done in time to do the baby quilt I delivered last week.

    Finally, I was able to take it outside to photograph because there was some sun today. I need to bite the bullet and buy lights and do it properly inside. I have the stand.
Also- Blogger has been unkind lately to comments. I just got a lump of them. It strips out the email addresses. I will be more vigilant to search and answer. I have the email addresses of those whom I know, but if you are a non-frequent commenter, please leave your email. This has been very hard as you, my readers, are my quilt community!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Curtains are not Quilts

     Quilts I can make- curtains, who knows? My daughter asked me to make curtains for the baby's room and picked out the home dec fabric. I had to press my friend, Elizabeth, into service to help me. She had worked professionally making curtains and upholstery. She guided me oh so many weeks through each step from all the measuring and assembling. I also delivered them the same time as Sidney's quilt. 
    One big tip- always have the rods when you are making curtains. My daughter had the rods in PA and I'm in Buffalo, NY. The back rod of the double rod was a bit higher than the front, so the blackout curtain on tabs, was slightly longer and shows behind the bottom edge of the curtain. They are done and hung and I hope I never have to make lined curtains and blackout curtains again.
    Sorry for the poor photos as the sun was bright outside and the room was not.