Saturday, January 30, 2016

Blue Rainbow

I decided to try to keep up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year -- I think it's been 2 years since I last did -- and talked myself into buying Vicki Welsh's set of hand-dyed fabrics to go along with the challenge...  That's not really scrappy, I guess, but I might manage to make some scrappy stuff, too.

And, I decided to use the hand-dyes to make a rainbow version of Fancy Forest, a pattern from Elizabeth Hartman.  Her patterns are so well written!

Well -- they're well-written as long as you read them and follow the instructions.

I cut out pieces for 3 different blocks and sat down to sew a hedgehog...  and made every possible mistake.  I sewed diagonal seams the wrong way for all the spines... Fixed those.  Then I sewed the face together completely wrong.  And since I had already trimmed one of the diagonal seams I had to cut all the face pieces over again.  Grrr.

Took a little break and tried again.  Double-check everything before sewing.  Check it again before trimming the diagonals. And now I have a hedgehog and a coordinating thistle for this blue month.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

alive and well...

But really falling out of the blogging habit... 

I figured the least I could do -- and it may end up mostly being a way to keep track of things for myself -- is to post photos of finished projects.

Right now, much to my surprise, I have 3 babies needing quilts.  One showed up a few weeks early, but the others are still to come.  I decided to quilt up some of the many tops I've stacked up (to create room for more) and here are the first two.

This one was my first real foray into solids; it's a pattern called "Dash in the Box" by A Quilter's Dream.  I hated making it --  the fabrics (mostly Kona Cottons, as I recall) were really shreddy and it seemed to be impossible to get anything sewn in a straight line.  You will see it the boxes are definitely wonky... but I've ended up liking the finished quilt.

The second one is a made-up pattern that used up a little packet of batik squares I'd had forever -- they have dragonflies on them.  The color in this photo is a bit bluer than reality.
 This is better color -- a close-up of one block.
I'm hoping for lots more to come soon -- more quilts as well as some knitting projects that will be gifted in February.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Am I Crazy or What?

Call the men in the white coats... I'm getting ready to launch the 2016 Cotton Robin!

Check out the blog. Send me a comment or an email if you're interested in signing up, and feel free to enlist your quilty friends if they have the "chops" to play along.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Very productive retreat

My friend Catherine organized a sewing retreat to celebrate a big birthday, by renting a cottage in beautiful Pacific Grove for a week. Unfortunately I can't stay the whole week but I've had a great 5 days! I brought a couple of "kits" and my stack of Tula Pink blocks and here's the result:

Sunday, September 20, 2015

It's Tops!

Periodically I get annoyed/distracted/obsessed with the mounds of scraps I've accumulated and feel compelled to DO SOMETHING.

(I sort of loosely follow a mashup of Bonnie Hunter's and Joan Ford's scrap management programs, so I've ended up with shoeboxes of 2", 2.5", 3", 3.5", 4" and 5" squares, as well as 2" and 2.5" strips.)

So I rummage around in books, magazines, and websites, and make myself a bunch of "kits".  Sometimes it takes a year or more to actually assemble them, but that's okay, right?

Recently, I've been on a roll, though, and here are three quilt tops I've finished up. (disclaimer -- I prefer to do a good pressing just before a quilt them, so I don't knock myself out pressing them if I'm pretty sure they'll sit in the closet for a while...)

First up is "Picnic" from one of Kim Brackett's books -- this one is all dots:
Next is a Scrappy Bargello, one of Bonnie Hunter's classics -- I've made 3 so far -- an excellent use of 2.5" strips:
And this is one I found somewhere... I'm embarrassed that I didn't make a note of it, but it was a fun use of 5" squares:

I've made 0 progress with my "Inked" fabrics, but I do have ideas!  Just trying to get a few more things done before cutting into them.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Quilty Orphan Adoption Event!

Quilting is more fun than Housework

I'm joining in with the Orphan Adoption event on Quilting is More Fun Than Housework  -- here's what I'm giving away:

Several (many) years ago I was in an online birthday swap, and my request was for fabulous house blocks. I did receive fabulous house blocks but I've never been able to get excited about doing something with them...

So, I am giving them away to someone who will create a lovely finished project for a charitable purpose.
There are 9 - 12" blocks and 3 - 9" blocks and the fabrics are all batiks. A couple of the blocks have some beads or other bling as embellishment.

The event ends on September 20 at 9 p.m. PDT and I'll use the random number generator if I get more than one request. This is a give-away -- no charge to you -- but I would like to limit my postage expenses to the U.S. only.

Check out the event website for more orphan opportunities!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I've been inked!

Well, not in the sense of getting a tattoo...  I'm just not quite in that frame of mind!

But I did receive my bundle of "Inked" by Lynn Krawczyk -- just look at these lovely prints:

I'm ready to get the quilt-along going, and my plan is to do a medallion-style quilt.  I recently won a copy of The Modern Medallion Workbook (Janice Zeller Ryan and Beth Vassalo) which has lots of inspiration, but I also found a couple of older books on my shelf that have great border ideas: 60 Pieced Quilt Borders (Judy Laquidara) and The Border Workbook (Janet Kime)

Here's a little medallion quilt I made from a box of scraps a few years ago -- it's still one of my favorites: "Yello Kitty!"

So -- the "rules" for the quilt-along will be very simple:
- I set up a facebook group: "inked quilt-along" -- just ask to join and I'll let you in.
- you don't have to use the Inked fabric (although that's what sparked this)
- everything you do can be whatever size you want to make it
- you don't have to mail anything to anyone
- make a center block, or a center piece of some kind and post a photo
- then add borders and post photos as you go along
- that's it!

I'm planning on 2-4 weeks for each step, for my own schedule. If you want to work faster or slower, it's up to you!  I'll start posting encouraging words once there are a few participants.