Sunday, September 10, 2017

Weekend stitching

Every now and then, the weekend provides extra time for creativity!

Here's the latest ...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday sewing ...

This quilt has been my Sunday afternoon project for the past couple of weeks. I'm just finishing up the quilting on this beauty. It's been in progress for a long, long time. I wasn't the one who started this quilt, but I'm pretty happy that I get to be the one that finishes it! More details later!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Another crumb quilt color

I've been working on another color of crumb-quilt piecing on adding machine tape. As it turns out, I've got lots of blue scraps!

I'm thinking about using yellow, blue, and red to make a primary-colors version of Jo and Kelli's Rainbow Connection quilt. It's in their book Country Girl Modern, that I got in a giveaway from their blog, which is, hands down, one of my favorite quilt blogs.

This long strip of crumb-piecing would also be great as a border around almost any sort of quilt ...

There are so many possibilities!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Another week of weather!

I've added another week to the temperature quilt!

Lots of 80° high temps (yellow), and 90° high temps (orange).

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Crumb quilt beginnings

Not long ago, one of my favorite quilt blogs mentioned a scrap-quilting technique that intrigued me: using adding-machine paper tape as foundation paper for long strips of crumb quilting. The middle of the post in the above link talks about it, and references this post from QuiltedTwins which explains the process simply and well.

So I've been trying it! Fun! So far, I've got 155 inches of yellow crumb quilt roll, and it's about two-and-a-quarter inches wide.

In some ways, I'm on a quest to use up more fabric. (In other ways, using fabric seems to convince me that I should definitely buy all fabric that's bargain-priced ... so that's kind of a problem.) :-)

Anyhoo, this is a fun way to use up a bunch of random scraps. While I suppose this sort of "border" is more time-consuming than some, it's also lots of fun.

The paper gives a nice stability to a piece of "made fabric" that would otherwise be impossibly skinny. (Like other blocks that are "foundation-pieced" on paper, the paper will get taken off in the process of completing a quilt, but for now, the paper is great.

In between seams on the paper-piecing, I used my Christmas trees as Leaders and Enders (see Bonnie Hunter's awesome explanation here), and so now, I've got another 50 trees almost done.


So, check back in a few days for more on what I'm doing with this crazy adding-machine tape foundation pieced crumb quilting. (Can you tell I don't know what to call it?! Haha!)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Kaleidoscope Roses

I love rose print fabrics turned into kaleidoscopes!
This was a long piece of fabric from my mother-in-laws's attic.

When I was trying to figure out how to use this fabric, I realized how long it's been since I've made kaleidoscopes.

To make hexagonal kaleidoscopes, six layers of fabric are laid with the printed design exactly matching, and then 60° triangles are cut, so that six identical triangles result.

I gave myself permission to be not-quite exact, knowing how hard it is to get exactly identical triangles out of fabric that might have shrunk, or stretched, or printed funny. I've discovered that perfectionism on kaleidoscopes is time-consuming and frustrating, and isn't necessary for a pleasing result. :-)

So, this has been a fun project.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Weather, 25 weeks in ...

This weather quilt has been lots of fun so far.
Each horizontal row represents a week, and the color of each segment is determined by that day's high temperature.

This is 25 weeks of weather, quilt-style, out of the 52+ weeks in a year. 

So far, it's been fun to watch the weather "trends" as illustrated in fabric. Lots of teal and blue and green early in the year; lots of yellow and orange now.

Since a variety of fabric is fun, and since I have (and occasionally purchase) lots of random bits of fabric, it made the most sense to use a color range (rather than one specific fabric print or solid) to represent each temperature range. 

I've cut a bunch of fun reds ... for the 100°+ days that are sure to come in July and August. That kind of weather is not my favorite, but I am looking forward to the interest it will add to the middle of my temperature quilt!

My original calculations had this quilt ending up longer than it is wide. But from the looks of this part of the quilt (almost half a year), it's looking like it'll be about 90" square when it's done. Not a bad size. But I may add some tall borders to the top and bottom (maybe a black piano key border?) to give it another 10 or 12 inches of length. We shall see ...

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