Sunday, September 23, 2012

Productive weekend

Big joy! I'm caught up on my UFO challenges for the year, and nearly there on the rainbow scrap challenge, too!

This month's UFO task was to assemble an old set of batik swap blocks, and here's the result:
 I agonized quite a bit about the border -- trying hard to work from stash, but I just didn't have enough of anything that looked right.  I don't have any particular plans for this top, so it might go off to "Blankies for Grownups" one of these days.

The September color is ORANGE and I did put together a knot block for my rainbow quilt.  I got both blue and turquoise done last month, so I'm only a couple blocks from being done.  The yellow squares are already cut -- but what will the 9th block be?  I've thought about solid black, or solid white, (both too stark!) or a knot made of black and white prints, or all shades of gray...  your vote?

Saturday, September 22, 2012


I was up in Portland for a couple of days for work and managed to sneak in a quick trip to the Quilt Expo there -- I had never been before and there were some interesting quilts and some not so much...

The set-up was odd: alternating rows of quilts and vendors rather than the more usual sections of quilts and sections of vendors.  The vendor aisles were spacious, but many of the quilt aisles were narrow and crowded, and it was hard to step back to get perspective.

This was one of my absolute favorites -- it's Oregon Grape 
by Jill Hoddick of Portland.

 And this is Blue Jay by Sonia Grasvik of Seattle

the construction of these feathers is amazing!

 Here is Danse Arabe by Marie Spadoro of Centerville, MA

And  Raspberry Pie by Hedda Wright of Battleground, WA.  Yum!

The quilts seemed to be arranged according to which guild the maker belonged to; my overall favorites were from the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, although that display was all jammed together as though it was hung last and the crew had run out of room!  This is a sampler called Graphic made by members of the Portland Modern, from a set of solids provided by Michael Miller Fabrics -- definitely the coolest and most interesting sampler I've ever seen.

All in all, I'm happy to have gone, but not sure I'd make a special trip up there just for the show. 

Monday, September 03, 2012

UFO progress report

I'm trying to keep up with the UFO challenge this year, and to that end I finished up the August project only a day late...

 This is a baby quilt made from a set of color blocks from a swap, maybe 5 or 6 years ago?  I filled in with a few solid colors; there's wonky stitch-in-the-ditch stitching around each block and then a floss tie in the middle. I think it will look even better once it's been washed.

September's UFO is another old set of swap blocks -- this time they're batiks with black.  I got ambitious today and have the top almost assembled, so there might be another finish to show off before too long.