Friday, December 12, 2014

The Cotton Robin: start your engines!

Here's last call for the Cotton Robin. It's not too late to join in, so shoot me an email if you want to participate. I won't do my spreadsheet until sometime towards the end of the month, possibly with assistance from some eggnog.

Here are the basic instructions; relevant dates can be found at the Cotton Robin blog:

  • You will make a center block, which may be square or rectangular. It may have maximum dimensions of 9.5" x 9.5" or 8.5" x 10.5" (unfinished dimensions) 
  • The challenge this year is to use color in a way that you haven't tried before or which is out of your comfort zone -- for instance, "low volume", monochromatic, new combination of colors, all solids, etc. 
  • You will send the block to me with $2 in cash or stamps or chocolate to defray my postage costs for the next mailing.  (I'll be sending you my mailing address)
  • You may include a very small amount of extra fabric (no more than 1/4 yard), a quilt label, and/or some words about your likes and dislikes -- all of these are optional.
  • I will then send you someone else's center block,to which you will add a pieced border, following the color clues from the center block and any notes the maker may have provided.
  • You'll then mail that block-plus-border to someone else.
  • You will receive another project in the mail;  to this you will add a second border. 
  • Then you will mail the block-plus-two-borders to another person.
  • You will receive a final project in the mail.  You will add batting and backing and quilt this and bind it.  It’s nice to include a hanging sleeve as well.  You will mail the finished quilt along with the label (if there was one) to its original maker.
  • Please keep in mind that the finished quilt shouldn’t be bigger than (approximately) 20” x 20”, so size your borders accordingly, and remember to leave enough “space” for a second border when you are constructing the first border.  You can include plain strips if needed or desired for sizing or decoration, but the main borders should not be plain strips!   
  • Please do not add any embellishments (beads, etc) to the borders – you may add them when you’re doing the quilting, if you wish.  
  • Please do not use any fabrics in the borders that cannot be washed and ironed or that are especially prone to ravelling ... we've had issues!
  • You will not post any photos of your center block or borders here or elsewhere -- but you may post "teaser" photos of the borders without the center block showing, or with color changes, etc.  Please email me a photo of the finished quilt before you send it "home".
  • You will email me or post to the blog when you send something and when you receive something, so that I can keep track!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Still more tops!

I'm on a roll -- I finished another top last night!  This one used a Moda charm pack called "Gypsy Rose" -- not at all my usual thing, and I have no recollection of buying it... but I love how it worked perfectly with that half-yard of Kaffe Fassett as sashing. (this was adapted from a pattern called "Jumping Jacks" by Sue Pfau -- in a book called Quilts from Sweet Jane)

And this one was a  bit of "stunt sewing" a couple of months ago for Sam Hunter -- her new pattern is called "Faster 14" -- once I put a border on it, it should measure about 54" x 68". I'm not thrilled with my mishmash of 14 FQs, but the pattern was quick and fun to do.

Next up ... cherries!

do I hear a robin?

It's beginning to feel a lot like another Cotton Robin... for 2015.  I'm thinking there should be a little more challenge to it this time, so here it is: 

I challenge you to start with a color theme that you haven't used before -- could be something monochromatic, or "low volume", or all neutral, or just a combination or color that's out of your comfort zone.  Of course the borders will then follow along with what you've started!

So who's out there, and who's ready to play?  Check out the cottonrobin blog for updates.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

another top

I figured that since I was going to box up a couple of quilt tops with backing to send to Quilts Beyond Borders, I might as well whip up a third one -- I'm all about trying to reduce my stash these days...

This was from a pattern called "Giggle Box" (where do designers come up with these names?) from a year-old issue of Quilty magazine.
Super quick to put together! I made this a bit smaller than the original; it measures about 48" x 58".

I don't really like the "tone" of Quilty -- it's a bit too adolescent and cutesy for my taste -- but it does often have a pattern or two that catch my eye.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

more tops...

I've been working on some oldies -- scraps & stash -- and have 3 new tops to show for it!

First up is a little top made from a charm pack labeled "Fresh Squeezed" -- so I'm calling this quilt "Citrus Heights" (which is a city in California, and probably a few other places). It came from a pattern on the Moda Bake Shop blog a while back. It's about 38" square.

This next one started with a raid on my box of 2" squares -- the blocks are 7x7 pieces and overall the quilt measures about 48 x 65. I recently discovered a group called "Quilts Beyond Borders" and this is going to be donated to them.

Last but not least -- this top includes a little set of batik dragonfly squares that I bought at least 10 years ago. When I was in Hawaii in July, I saw a log cabin-type quilt made with another little set of squares in the middle, and it reminded me that I'd never done anything with mine.  It took me quite some time to figure out where they were stashed, but now I have the basis for a baby quilt for the next one that comes along.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Bloggers' Quilt Festival

It's time once again to head over to Amy's Creative Side for the virtual quilt festival. If you follow the link and scroll down the page, there are links to all the separate category pages and information on how to vote for your favorites. 

Here is my entry -- it's from a pattern called "Quodlibet" (which can be defined as "a whimsical combination of familiar melodies") that I happened upon the last time I was visiting my in-laws in Madison, WI.

I'm really not sure what category to put this in -- so I think I'll just go with"small quilts" -- it measures about 45" square and the top is all batiks.

 Here's a detail of the straight-line quilting on the back:

and a bonus shot of the sunset a couple nights ago -- damn that telephone line!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Festival Giveaway

Another edit -- we have a winner, and it's Lisa Marie.  (I've sent an email...)

Edited to add another reminder: if you are a "no-reply" blogger, please be sure to give me your email address in your comment, or you can't win! (Dianne, this means you...)

Vicki is having a week-long giveaway on her site (but don't go there, because I want to win!) so I thought I'd join in...

Today's prize is this Amazing Radiance quilt pattern:
I bought this on a trip to Seattle a couple of years back; it's paper-pieced, and includes all the papers, untouched.

To be entered for the drawing on October 22, just leave me a comment, and make sure I have a way to contact you.