Monday, January 20, 2014

All kinds of bits and pieces

      I have not made significant progress in any one area. In the crumbs, I have now 40, 6.5" crumb blocks. I don't want to do just a sashing (boring) or another attic window pane. I don't know what to do. Someone at the WNY Modern Quilt Guild meeting mentioned doing skinny strips of black like stained glass and offset the rows. Hmm, I am not sure.
     The other crumb strips are 2.5" by 8.5", paper pieced on newsprint. Bonnie Hunter showed them on her quilt cam, showed a block made out of four, and then I never heard mention of it again. I jumped on it because I can use all the tiny pieces left over on these. So, now I have these nice strips and no ideas. I don't want to set them all against each other because it would be too jumbled to the eye.
6.5" Block pile all done on the Singer Treadle

2.5" x 8.5" Strips, 2 whole blocks, sewed on the treadle.Where do I go from here? 
This is all I have left after my crumb blocks. I don't throw anything out bigger than this.
     I am also continuing on my wonky quarter log cabins. I finished another 4 quarters. I did not sew any of them together yet, so I can rearrange when I get all of them done. I am planning on 3 complete big blocks wide by 4 blocks long to make it a comfort lap quilt. These also sewed on the Singer 15 treadle. I am telling you, the treadle is real relaxing and comforting to sew on.
Two big blocks arranged, the quarters are 8.5" unfinished,
so the big blocks will finish 16"

First big block trimmed
     Finally, I took the plunge and am cutting out my daughter's wedding present quilt. It is going to be loosely based on Circle Dance by Elisa from Backporch Designs. A little while ago, I bought the 7" template and thought I could make the 3.5" one. Nope, I broke down and ordered it yesterday. I did start cutting out the batiks that Ria picked out. I am going to have to at least make 70 sets of the quarter circles and about 35 sets of the small circles. Well, at least I started. I am planning to sew them together with my Curvemaster foot that I bought.

Cut with the 7" Crazy Curves template


Dre_in_PA said...

Hey Linda,
Want to drive yourself crazy? Why not lay the strips so that a same color hue lines up vertically, and the other fall where they may. It will give the appearance of stripes of color running the other way, yet still be jumbled.
Yeah, I don't know much about quilting, but I know that this is hard to do conceptually.
Love, a

Linda Swanekamp said...

So all the same color strips would be long top to bottom, and the shorter non same color ones would fill in under it? Or would the same hue ones be staggered with non same above and below? Something like a jelly roll race?

Peg said...

For your 2.5" x 8.5" Strips - I like them better as individual strips than as 4 strip blocks. How about something like the Aurora Aura quilt with horizontal solid color strips between the long strips and that same color for the vertical strips. You could vary the widths of the solid color strips so it wouldn't look like a grid.

Linda Swanekamp said...

What a great idea! I would have to figure out a good color, as all white or all black are too stark for me.

Peg said...

Or maybe something like this

Linda Swanekamp said...

Great site! Love her fabrics. I bought some grey fabric at the Local Quilt Shop Saturday, so maybe I could do this minus the red fabric.