Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Still more tops!

I'm on a roll -- I finished another top last night!  This one used a Moda charm pack called "Gypsy Rose" -- not at all my usual thing, and I have no recollection of buying it... but I love how it worked perfectly with that half-yard of Kaffe Fassett as sashing. (this was adapted from a pattern called "Jumping Jacks" by Sue Pfau -- in a book called Quilts from Sweet Jane)

And this one was a  bit of "stunt sewing" a couple of months ago for Sam Hunter -- her new pattern is called "Faster 14" -- once I put a border on it, it should measure about 54" x 68". I'm not thrilled with my mishmash of 14 FQs, but the pattern was quick and fun to do.

Next up ... cherries!

do I hear a robin?

It's beginning to feel a lot like another Cotton Robin... for 2015.  I'm thinking there should be a little more challenge to it this time, so here it is: 

I challenge you to start with a color theme that you haven't used before -- could be something monochromatic, or "low volume", or all neutral, or just a combination or color that's out of your comfort zone.  Of course the borders will then follow along with what you've started!

So who's out there, and who's ready to play?  Check out the cottonrobin blog for updates.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

another top

I figured that since I was going to box up a couple of quilt tops with backing to send to Quilts Beyond Borders, I might as well whip up a third one -- I'm all about trying to reduce my stash these days...

This was from a pattern called "Giggle Box" (where do designers come up with these names?) from a year-old issue of Quilty magazine.
Super quick to put together! I made this a bit smaller than the original; it measures about 48" x 58".

I don't really like the "tone" of Quilty -- it's a bit too adolescent and cutesy for my taste -- but it does often have a pattern or two that catch my eye.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

more tops...

I've been working on some oldies -- scraps & stash -- and have 3 new tops to show for it!

First up is a little top made from a charm pack labeled "Fresh Squeezed" -- so I'm calling this quilt "Citrus Heights" (which is a city in California, and probably a few other places). It came from a pattern on the Moda Bake Shop blog a while back. It's about 38" square.

This next one started with a raid on my box of 2" squares -- the blocks are 7x7 pieces and overall the quilt measures about 48 x 65. I recently discovered a group called "Quilts Beyond Borders" and this is going to be donated to them.

Last but not least -- this top includes a little set of batik dragonfly squares that I bought at least 10 years ago. When I was in Hawaii in July, I saw a log cabin-type quilt made with another little set of squares in the middle, and it reminded me that I'd never done anything with mine.  It took me quite some time to figure out where they were stashed, but now I have the basis for a baby quilt for the next one that comes along.