Saturday, February 03, 2018

Recent projects...

First up, I have a finish for the Purple (and blue) months of the Scrappy Rainbow Challenge -- I think I started these blocks in 2016 and made a few more last year... and finally got them put together and quilted in January.

The pattern is Prismatic Echoes and it's free on the Robert Kaufman website; I made the same blocks but set them together in a completely different way.

Next is a little quilt made from a kit I bought on Craftsy a while back -- they called it a colorwash quilt, but I don't think it really is colorwash.  It's all Kaffe Fassett fabrics and the kit was horrible -- squares cut wonky and not on straight grain, etc.  (I complained; they blamed it on Westminster Fabrics, which does the Fassett lines, and I declined their offer of another of the kits)

 And this top is from a Hunter Designs pattern called Fourteen on Point using (mostly) a FQ pack of Mini Mochi fabrics -- very quick!


Monday, January 29, 2018

The Cotton Robin is starting again!

In case you haven't been following it, the Cotton Robin is an annual round robin project where 4 people contribute to making a small quilt.  Once person makes a center block; two people add borders; the fourth person quilts and binds it, and then it gets sent back to the person who made the center.  This will be the seventh year!

All the details are here:

We have had participants from around the world -- Norway, New Zealand, UK, Canada and all over the U.S.  Leave a comment (make sure your email address is available!) or shoot me an email if you'd like to join.

Here's a link to last year's "big reveal":


Saturday, December 09, 2017

Rainbow Wrap-up

Well, I did sort of get a couple of things  done (I consider it done when the top is finished) for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

First up is an actual finished quilt -- it's the Fancy Forest I started last year, using mostly hand-dyes from Colorways by Vicki Welsh and beautifully quilted by Tami at The Quilted Lemon.  The hexagon background you see is actually the backing fabric coming through because of the bright sun behind the curtain, and the quilt inspector is Ivan.

And, I finished my Circle of Squares rainbow, at least the top, which was a 2017 project.  I really love this block!

For some reason, the scrap bins are still full -- so I'm looking forward to some new ideas for 2018!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Just in Time Orange

I've been slacking off on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge for a couple of months, but decided to get into gear and make some ORANGE STUFF at the very last minute!

It's just my usual "circle of squares" and an orange coin/crayon strip. But it's something!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's time for the annual virtual quilt festival, hosted by Amy's Creative Side.   I'm lazy this year so I'm only entering one quilt -- the one I just put binding on this afternoon!

This is all batiks from my stash, except for the border.  It's a pattern called Sea Glass by Kim Brackett, from one of her scrap-basket quilt books. I used a similar, but slightly darker, color scheme.
It was quilted beautifully by The Quilted Lemon.

And it wouldn't be a post from me without an element of cats.  Here's Linus acting out "the prince and the pea" on the quilts waiting for binding.

Ivan is helping me with some paperwork...

 And Zoey has recently joined the family because I wanted a girl! She's been here about 3 weeks  and seems to be acclimating and holding her own with the boys pretty well.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A few recent things I've made

First, the really big news -- after living here for 16 months (and being coached by his companion, Ivan the Terrible for the last 4) Linus has FINALLY become a lap cat!  I was squealing when I took this photo a couple of weeks ago.  Now, every time I sit down on the sofa he's right there.  He still won't climb in my lap if I'm in a chair, but we'll get there eventually...

When I was up in Seattle visiting my youngest brother in March, his wife asked for a pink quilt for their oldest daughter. She has many disabilities and I had made her a pink, weighted quilt years ago that got used until the poly pellets started to leak out.  So, I pulled out everything pink in my stash -- this is the result.  I'm definitely "over" pink for the foreseeable future.  It's been finished and delivered!

This top got started as part of the rainbow scrap challenge last year (I think) and I decided it was enough.  It needs to be quilted and donated...

 Finally, I decided to try out a ruler I'd bought a while back -- the Quick Curve Ruler.  This is a pattern called Dancing Churndash that was quite easy to make, and uses my favorite Grunge as a background fabric. Not quilted yet...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Make Linus Famous!

I decided that Linus needs his 15 minutes of fame, so I've entered him in the "Pets on Quilts" contest.
You can vote for him here.

Isn't he adorable?