Friday, August 22, 2014

starts and finishes

These days, I pretty much consider something "finished" when I get the top done... quilting it is a bonus!  So I'm please to report a bonus this week:

This is "Canyon Dance" from a pattern by Tracy Trevethan.  It's Starr hand-dyes and a couple of African prints, all purchased at PIQF a couple of years ago. It's quilted with a spiral that expands gradually from the circular motif in the middle.

And I have a finished top to report -- this one was started up in the mountains a couple of months ago, and I finally got the borders sewn on.  It will probably reside in the flimsy closet until I figure out who gets it...

And finally, a new project that's  actually further along than this, now -- and you can see that I'm all over the map as far as color palettes go in this post!

This one already has a name -- A Squeeze of Lime -- and the blocks have now been sewn into columns.  I've been looking through books that have been on my shelf for a while, and picking out things to try with color combinations I haven't used before, or whatever else strikes my fancy on that particular day.  I have a ton of fabric on the shelves, and it's weighing on my brain -- so I expect there will be a few donation quilts in my near future, just to have fun and clear some physical and mental space...

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Blocks and Tops

It's been a while...

Hubby Al did the sailboat race to Hawaii again -- 3rd time, and he came in 2nd this time! -- and we spent a very "chill" week on Kauai. We played miniature golf at a course that is also a botanical garden, swam a bit, read a LOT, and of course I had to visit my two favorite fabric shops...

While he was gone I actually did very little sewing,  but I did finish up another scrap top:

This is from "Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework", and it's one of Cynthia's Scrap-a-Palooza patterns -- although I changed the setting around a bit.

I also made some progress on my Tula Pink blocks -- more of these coming soon!

I've been absent from the Block Lotto for a couple of months, but I like the August choice a lot and decided to raid my little box of 5" squares and jump in:

Finally, I saw a little quilt that Kate made recently and found the book she used, online, for about $1.50 so had to have it!   This is a different quilt from the same book -- it's Wonky One-block Quilts by Marlous Carter -- using some random brights from the stash.

Next up: crazy hearts, a binding project, and maybe quilting up a few of the smaller tops that are cluttering up my closet...

Monday, July 07, 2014

the robin is revealed!

Be sure to check out THE BIG REVEAL on the Cotton Robin blog here!

Here was the little block I started with:

and the super-cute quilt that came home to me!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Progress report

I've managed to finish up a couple of flimsies recently, although it's taken more than a week to drag the camera out for photos of them...

This is from a pattern called "Quodlibet:" that I found at a shop in Madison WI last fall. All the other versions I've seen have darks where mine has lights, and vice versa -- I just had to be different.

And this is the Crayon Box top I made from a Bonnie Hunter pattern while on retreat in the mountains last month; I think it came together pretty well!

Last but not least, an actual finished object. This was the Planet Patchwork Christmas
Mystery from last year (not much of a mystery, in my opinion) that was quilted most beautifully by Alethea Ballard.  If you look at the black triangles and the border, you'll see the yellow chrysanthemums she scattered everywhere. 

  I have another quilt that Alethea did that's just waiting for binding and then I'll show it off...

Saturday, June 14, 2014

2 graduates, 2 quilts

In keeping with my tradition that all my real and imaginary nieces and nephews get a quilt when they finish high-school -- I have two finishes to report.

First is for a "real" nephew -- this quilt has been mostly done for quite a while, but the binding just got added last month and the label went on yesterday.  It was made with him in mind, since for a while he was thinking about the air force (he already has his pilot's license).  I named it "Wild Blue Yonder" and it was quilted by Margaret Gunn.

For the second graduate, I was planning to give the wonky trees quilt that I've shown before, but after having it quilted I decided it was a little too whimsical for this young man... so I pulled out a sampler top made from Friday Block Party blocks and did a quick, minimalist spiral quilting job on it. Bound, washed & labeled, and will be gifted this evening!

One more finish, for me -- another pair of socks, made from Miss Babs in her "Perfectly Wreckless" colorway. I tried the "fish lips kiss" heel for the first time; I'm not sure if I like it yet, because it's been way too hot for wool socks here lately.


Friday, May 30, 2014


This is the last evening of my retreat in the mountains -- it's been a lot of fun, and insanely productive!  I think I've done about 2 months worth of sewing in a week...

Here's a new almost-done top -- most of the Rocky Mountain Puzzle blocks came from a birthday swap in
 2012; I found the layout in the "layout library" in Electric Quilt and then made 5 more blocks to make it all work.  It is eventually going to get a sawtooth border, but I want to sketch it out first to see how it will fit in.
 Do you remember what my box of 2 1/2" squares looked like before?  This it how it looks today; I've used up a ton of them, and plan to keep playing with them this evening to see how much more of a dent I can make in the yellow/blue/green/purple stacks.
 And what have I been doing with the squares? Making these 9-21-49 patch segments for what I think might become a new quilt for my bed. If you enlarge the photo, you'll see there's quite a variety of color within the blue and purple sections especially, but I love the way it all seems to come together.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

scrappy retreat

I took my box of 2 1/2" squares and a big bag stuffed full of 2 1/2" strips up to the foothills for a little quilt retreat with a couple of friends this week. (and a couple of other projects, too...)  We're staying in Arnold, which is a pretty sleepy town now that Memorial Day has passed.

My first order of business was the strips -- this is the "Crayon Box" pattern from Bonnie Hunter's wonderful site. It measures about 48" x 60" right now and will get a border or two once I'm home with my stash.  It used up almost all of my strips!

One of my "real" projects is the "Red Centre" pattern from Kathy Dougherty's book Making Quilts. I had cut the strips ahead of time, and it is going together really quickly -- the print fabrics are all Kaffe Fassett and friends.

 Somewhere around this point I used up the last of a big cone of Aurifil thread -- time for chocolate!

Today, in between sewing the other quilt together, I'm attacking the box of squares, which I've sorted by color now.  I'm going to do a version of "Growing Up Odd" which I found as a tutorial at Wedding Dress Blue.  I'm starting with larger squares, and each of the units will be monochromatic.

 My friend Catherine has been rotating between components of several projects, but this is the beginning of a Burgoyne Surrounded wallhanging that's on the design-batting this morning. I love red and white quilts...

And Kathleen was only able to stay for a couple of days, but look at what she accomplished!  (She did have almost all the pieces cut ahead of time)  This is a variation of "Soul Searching", also from Kathy Dougherty's book linked above.  She hung it from the balcony early this morning for photos.

Finally, lest you think we're all quilt and no play -- we did a hike in Calaveras Big Trees State Park yesterday and I had to do a selfie under one of the big trees! (Catherine, Kathleen, and me)