Monday, May 15, 2017

Weather Quilt ... 19 weeks down!

It's been a few weeks since I've posted about my weather quilt, so here's a quick picture update.

This past week was a landmark week for the quilt: the first orange fabrics (90° days)!

The quilt top is getting bigger, so it's getting harder to take a quick photo of the whole thing at once ... So here are 2 pictures: 

left side ... 


and right side ...


Already, it's fun to see a bit of the seasonal change in temperature ... Lots of highs in the 80°s (yellow) lately, compared to almost none early in the year. 

I'm collecting my red scraps for the many inevitable 100°+ days coming up this summer!!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Raggedy Ann ... From the attic!

Occasionally, my husband's parents find fun things in their attic that they don't still need. If they think I might use them, they pass them along. A few years ago, they gave me a couple of preprinted Raggedy Ann doll/dress sets ... the kind that are preprinted on fabric. I kept thinking that one of these years, my girls or I might sew them. 

I finally took the time to finish up a Raggedy Ann doll!


I had some extra sewing time one weekend, and worked on that orange quilt project leader-and-ender style, in between getting this Raggedy Ann doll and her clothes sewn.


I had fun trying out a new tiny-rolled-hem presser-foot for the hems on the little clothes ...


It's about a 20" Raggedy Ann doll, so it was small, but still, I was surprised to get so much done in one (long) sitting!


What fun! My baby daughter got this Raggedy Ann doll for her recent birthday.


I got this much done in that one (long) sewing session: (the doll + clothes, but no yarn hair) while also assembling this much of the center of that orange quilt top.


A couple weeks later, I stitched in the yarn hair. 

Black hair on a Raggedy Ann doll? Yes!


When I was little, my sister and I had a giant Raggedy Ann doll, made by our great-aunt. The doll's yarn hair was black. So, of course, decades later, when my sister made giant Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls for my older girls, she made them with black yarn hair. And, so, it only made sense, that the newest little doll have black yarn hair, too.



Weather: a month in quilt

The weather quilt is coming along! One of the nice things about this project is that it's easy to catch up if I get behind!

I've been keeping a daily high-temperature list, and translating that into fabrics, usually a week at a time. (See my previous posts here, here, and here about this quilt.)

Here are the first 5 weeks of the year, temp-quilt style. (The rows are supposed to be horizontal, but the photo came out better this way.)


Here's the basic rundown - each day's color is based on that day's high temperature:

30°s: Purples
40°s: Navy Blues
50°s: Blues
60°s: Turquoises
70°s: Greens
80°s: Yellows
90°s: Oranges
100°s: Reds

Using a basic color for each high-temperature range lets me use a variety of fabrics (scraps!) that I already have (yay!) AND has the advantage of making this look "scrappy" and "quilt-y", which is just what I want.

Here's the quilt all scrunched up for a close(er) look.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

UFO or WIP ... Whichever!

This quilt block set has been in the works for a while ... see posts here and here ...




So, the orange nine-patches and the orange triangles are becoming the middle of a medium-sized quilt.


I worked on it, leader-and-ender-style, during another project a few days ago. (More on the other project another day.)


As I may've said, this one has been sort-of in-progress for quite some time. I guess that makes it a UFO (un-finished object) ... I've been trying to get some more of those finished up!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Weather Quilt, Week 2

Here's week 2 of the weather/temperature quilt ... (See last week's post for week 1, and the intro post for my inspiration.)


Again, the quilt is going to be kind of huge ... Actually-Queen-size (instead of kind-of-Queen-size, which is my usual), so that's good.


To help me stay on track, I made a chart that I can fill in and color-code. (This should help me avoid accidentally stitching rows upside-down!?)


In case anybody else ever wants to try a similar quilt design, and needs a chart, here's a link to a (.pdf) download of the chart I designed. It's probably not exactly to scale, but it's close(ish). And it's printable, and free. And it fits on a page. 0


I'm liking that this will be a big quilt top, easily made during just a few minutes each week, in some pretty fabrics that are way better in-a-quilt than on-my-shelf!

Below is another (maybe clickable?) link to the chart. (If you try the links, leave a comment and let me know if/how they work; I'm new at the embedded-pdf thing ... Thanks!)






Saturday, January 7, 2017

Week 1, Temperature Quilt Style

The first week of the New Year, in color!
(See my first post about the Temperature Quilt ...)
So far, so good.
I'm still debating about whether it was a good idea to make it 80-something inches wide ... mostly, I think it's a good idea ... Just a little difficult to photograph!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Christmas Stocking Ornaments

(We're still within the 12 Days of Christmas, right? I can still post about Christmassy things ...)

Last month, I made some super-cute Christmas ornaments ... Inspired by a Pinterest idea that I pinned ages ago.
Scrappy on the front, felt on the back, straight-stitched and raw edges, topped with some white fleece that I found with my felt.


These were a fun, quick project, and it was nice to have a few to give away. I always intend to do things like this, but always run out of time.


This year, I happened to see on someone else's tree an ornament I'd made for them in the past ... nothing fancy, but it warmed my heart to see it there. It reminded me that the effort doesn't go unnoticed.

It makes me want to get some little Christmas ornaments made ahead of time to include with Christmas gifts and cards next year ...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Welcome, 2017

There are so many great things about a new year! While I try not to set unrealistic goals, I do appreciate the feeling of a fresh start!

In my never-ending quest to use up more fabric, I have a fun project I'm going to try this year: a Temperature Quilt!

Inspired by this lady's temperature afghan, my mom decided to start a temperature afghan for 2017, in crochet. She suggested I try something similar, and I was intrigued. Since I'm not likely to crochet a whole row of an afghan daily right now, I decided to design a temperature quilt.

My quilt design involves a horizontal quilt row for every week, made of 7 "bricks" (which can be precut and handy in a variety of colors). If I keep track of the daily high temperatures (or look them up online after the fact!), I can put together a week's temperature bricks pretty quickly.

Here's my color/temperature scale:

100s - Reds
Upper 90s - Dark Oranges
   Lower 90s - Oranges
Upper 80s - Golden Yellows
   Lower 80s - Light Yellows
Upper 70s - Darker Greens
   Lower 70s - Lighter Greens
Upper 60s - Turquoises
   Lower 60s - Teals
Upper 50s - Lighter Blues
   Lower 50s - Medium Blues
Upper 40s - Dark Blues
   Lower 40s - Deep Navy Blues
Upper 30s - Light Purples
   Lower 30s - Dark Purples


Here are some of my initial fabric choices, although I've since decided to take out the pink and brown and add in more blues and purples:

ProsperityStuff Temperature Quilt Initial Fabric Pull

My color scale gives me some freedom to make the quilt scrappy, pretty, and use a variety of fabrics, so that I can mostly use what I have. I figure, even if the high temp today is the same as tomorrow, I can use a similar-color-but-different-print, just to keep it interesting.


My design looks like this:

ProsperityStuff Temperature Quilt Graph Paper Layout

I spent some time looking at temperature quilt designs, and found most of them uninspiring. So I figured out my own layout. Long skinny rows for each week help to organize the randomness. Offsetting the rows and adding a border make it look neat. I'll probably do black prints (or black-and-white) fabrics for the borders, which should set off the colors pretty nicely.

I'm precutting a bunch of colors today ... bricks cut at 2¼" x 12½", and little black squares for the offset-border-edges cut at 2¼" x 2¼". The idea is to end up with a queen-size quilt (80-something inches by 90-something, maybe?).

I've started a daily-high-temperature list, and I might even fill in or color in my graph paper design as I go.

So, I'll try and include some pictures and updates as I make some progress!
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