Saturday, January 07, 2017

rainbow scrappiness

This month's color is purple...

I started a set of blocks in purples and blues last year, but never made enough to do anything, so I've picked them up again.  Here are a bunch of new ones:

And I took some more purple scraps and made a set of coins -- I don't know what these will end up being.  There's a cute crayon pattern I saw on a blog recently, and it's a good bet this will end up as part of that quilt.

For 2016, I finished my quilt top of Fancy Forest animals -- you can find it on my last post, here.

Now I must go and clean the batting on my design wall.  Yikes!

Monday, January 02, 2017

a few 2016 finishes...

I thought I'd start the new year by posting photos of the last few things I finished up last year.  The first 2 are tops that I had quilted by Tami at The Quilted Lemon.  These were done with pantographs she adjusted to the size I wanted, and she is always helpful and does a lovely job!

First is a free pattern on the Cloud 9 Fabrics site -- with nice big pieces, so it was a quick project.


The next is an old Atkinson Designs pattern called "Fire Escape" that I did in batiks.


Finally, my Rainbow Scrap Challenge project -- now all together with the borders. This is from Elizabeth Hartman's "Fancy Forest" pattern, with my own arrangement, and using mostly hand-dyed fabrics from Vicki Welsh.  This is pretty much the only quilt I've made with a white background, and I love the way the colors pop!


I also finished a cotton blouse that has been in the works for so long I can't remember -- either 6 or 8 years.  I dug it out of the closet a few months ago and had to re-invent what my plan was, since it seemed to be cut out in a variety of random sizes.  Then it sat for a couple of months more, just needing the sleeves hemmed!  

Finally, an up-to-date photo of Lucy and Linus.  They've developed an appreciation for quilts and quilting -- I now have to throw a sheet over anything on a flat surface that isn't meant to be a cat bed...



Saturday, December 31, 2016

part of a rainbow

It's the last day of this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge and I decided I'd better get my act together and finish one of the tops I started...  the rest are just little piles of blocks.

Edited to add: the top is all put together now, except a white border all the way around!  The pinks look a bit orange in the photo,and I could have spent more time arranging the colors...  but I try not to obsess too much.


This top is nearly done.  I didn't make it all the way through the rainbow, but it's big enough for me. The fabrics are almost all from the set of  Vicki Welsh's hand-dyes.


I just need to make one more butterfly for the space above the green fox (because the first one came out way too small for some reason!), and then add a few strips for fill-ins and sashing. I'm planning to finish it up this afternoon. Since the new butterfly will be purple, maybe I can make that count for January, too?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

it's that Cotton Robin thing again!

The weather has changed to "sweater" so it must be time to start up a new round of the Cotton Robin...

See this post from last year for basic rules, and send a comment or email me if you want to join in. The more, the merrier, right?  This year's official announcement is here and last year's Big Reveal is here.

If you've participated in the past and want to invite a friend or two with some quilting skills, please do.  Having said that, of course we're trying to avoid quality control issues!  It is expected that you can cut and stitch a straight line (if you're making something that requires straight lines!) and have familiarity with the various parts of making a quilt... 

And, I can't let you go without a few recent pictures of Lucy and Linus:

 Linus in his favorite spot -- the bucket that he barely fits into
 Lucy watching the world through the porthole
Lucy's on top this time -- an unusual occurrence!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

mad bunny?

A while back I posted a photo of a bunny block for my "Fancy Forest Rainbow Scrap Challenge" project -- I said I didn't really like the bunny because it looked sort of menacing...  or maybe just alarmed?

I pulled out the project to finish up last week, and along with a bunch of other blocks, I decided I needed one more bunny.   When I made the new block and put it up on the wall, I realized something didn't look right...  on the first block, I had placed the nose & mouth upside down -- the bunny should actually look like this:


NOW it looks like a mild-mannered fellow and so much better!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Grrrr...

I bought this super-cute Moda panel (Thicket, by Gingiber) to make a quick baby quilt for a sort-of relative (step-sister-in-law's ex-husband's new wife's baby!)

 I soaked it in warm water for a minute or two and then tossed it in the dryer with some other laundry -- and it color-transferred all over itself! You can see owl feathers in the space that's supposed to be blank. 

I have never had any luck getting this kind of thing clean, but maybe there's a process I don't know about?    (I'm going to zigzag the edges so they don't shred, and try washing it once with a color catcher -- but please, please let me know if you have other ideas about how to fix this.

Julie

Saturday, September 17, 2016

meager red sighting...

I've been AWOL from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge the last few months but decided to try to catch up a bit... so far all I've accomplished is this big scrappy star block:

and a handful of Barn Door blocks for this month's Block Lotto:

Other than that, I've been tech-editing a book of bags & pouches and made a few samples that I can't show yet, and pulled together this quilt top from a pattern called Ribbon Box Quilt that I found on the Cloud 9 website -- they have a bunch of interesting free patterns:

In cat news -- Lucy and Linus have discovered sewing!  I walked in on this scene a few mornings ago -- it's the first time I've seen them take an interest.

I found a fun book at the library called Cats in Hats by Sara Thomas and pulled out some yarn leftovers right away. My guys would never sit still for hats, but I found a couple of semi-willing subjects at Cat Town. Here's Jamie sporting a punk faux-hawk:
and Sinatra (he's got fabulous blue eyes!) in his party hat:

(no cats were harmed in the making of these photos...)