Friday, April 7, 2017

April Optional Block

This is my version of the Optional Block for my guild's meeting tomorrow night. Maybe I will win all the blocks for once. I have good luck winning the fabric raffle, but despite the small pool, I have never one the optional blocks.

I promised to post photos from our recent quilt show, which, by the way, turned out to be successfully in many ways, including financially! Here's a couple to whet your appetite.

This is one of the six I entered. It is from a free BOM published by Gyleen Fitzgerald on her Facebook page.

This quilt is by Dolores Keaton, or featured quilter at the show. This quilt is on my bucket list; it's a pattern by Piece 'O Cake and was our raffle quilt  several years back. This is a duplicate that Dolores made.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Options and Challenges

Besides sewing labels and hanging sleeves on the six quilts I am entering in our guild's quilt show weekend after this one, I managed to finish the February optional block, Due to the weather, the January meeting was cancelled, so this block, meant to be turned in last month, was not picked up until then. There was a block for March, but I didn't bite, because I figured there was enough on my plate already.

There are three challenge opportunities that will be exhibited at the show. One, the Spring challenge, I didn't do. I made two for the Seasons challenge - a winter and autumn. I will show you those after tomorrow night's guild meeting when we vote on them. The third challenge was "Hot Hexies" given out by the quilt show chair. Anything having to do with hexies she said, The sky's the limit. Use your imagination. So I english paper pieced this number and fussy cut a little bit. The outer edges of this small quilt are black. It is on the design wall on top of something else. No other place to put it for a photo. 

It is minimally machine quilted, primarily along the seam lines. There is no binding. The edges were finished by trimming the batting away from the edge by a healthy quarter inch. The backing was then folded in over the batting and the quilt top raw edge was folded in over that.Then I whip stitched the edges together. I was thinking that I would then edge stitch a quarter of an inch in from the outer edge all the way around to simulate a binding. But now I'm not going to do that. It's done. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spinning Wheels

I have finished (maybe) piecing "Spinning Wheels", an english paper pieced project by Piece o' Cake. This is the small size, 36" x 38". I say "maybe" I am finished piecing this. I don't like the left border - too light. I am using up yardage purchased for this quilt and it was the only other piece left that was long enough for the border without piecing it. Perhaps tomorrow I will swing by the quilt store and see if there is yardage remaining of one of the darker fabrics. It will be a simple matter to change it out.

I have pulled out a hand appliqué pattern that has been resting in a drawer for at least a decade. It is "A 'Maizing' Southwest" by by Arlene Walsh Designs. I bought the pattern at  Southwest Decoratives in Albuquerque, NM quite a long time ago. The copyright on the pattern is 2003, and that probably is around the time I bought it. The upper left and lower right elongated figures are the Corn Maiden,, a Zuni harvest goddess. It features a pueblo, drum, Zuni sun (as seen on New Mexico license plates), feathers, Kokopelli, and more.

I need to have a hand sewing project to keep me occupied while watching a program or two in the evenings on television. Since Spinning Wheels is finished, this will be the next project. I am using similar colors as shown in the pattern above. I ordered three packets of Cherrywood fabric - the four pack teal, mahogany, and ocher medleys. Other fabrics I have selected so far are several batiks from Batiks Plus. I intended to use a harvest corn fabric for the Corn Maiden figures, but cannot now find it anywhere, so on to plan B! 

Originally there was an embellishment kit available with beads and fetish pieces. The kit is no longer available, but there is a list of what was in the kit in the pattern; I feel confident that there will be suitable materials available at a local bead store or online.

There will be any number of bits and bobs to fill in here and there from stash. I am eager to get started, but before I allow myself down this particular rabbit hole, there are three quilts that need hanging sleeves for our upcoming quilt show. My goal is to finish at least one today. I am entering six quilts into the show and three are ready to go. Three down, three to go!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Modern Broderie Perse

Yesterday I was lucky enough to take a workshop with the very talented (and local!) Casey York. Author of two books, her work in applique has a modern vibe rooted in the traditional. See some of her work here. Trained as an art historian, she brings a special perspective (no pun intended) to the quilt world. Besides talented, Casey is a wonderful teacher. Also she is cute as a button, which has nothing to do with anything. Just sayin'.

The workshop was my introduction to Broderie perse, a centuries old technique updated for today's aesthetic, tools and technology. This is my start on the project which I completed in the class. The center motif is already sewn down and I will be working today on sewing the motifs in the first completed corner. The background is a piece of pink Grunge and is cut approximately 42 inches square.

This type of work is where my :new" Bernina really shines. It takes the Superior Mono-poly without hesitation and I can also use it in the bobbin with absolutely no tension problems whatsoever.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Halo Medallion Month #2

Month #2 of's BOM Halo Medallion. Lots of paper pieced half square triangles. Onward and upward. Waiting for March 1 for month #3 instructions.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Baby Quilt Finished

This turned out not too badly after all. I love making these small quilts. They finish up quickly and I can use fabrics from my stash. 10 Minutes worth of hand sewing this evening to affix the label and I can call it done!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Collection Quilt Finished

I started a new baby quilt, piecing the easy string blocks on my treadle. I love to treadle, but frankly I am not that accomplished on the treadle and string piecing is about all I can manage with any degree of skill. I borrowed a recent idea from Bonnie Hunter and cut the clocks diagonally to insert a contrasting strip. Had I been thinking ahead on this, I would not have used the white prints within the string pieced blocks so as to afford better contrast with the blocks when the white strips were added. Other colors didn't look quite right, so white it is! It will make a satisfactory little quilt for a boy.

I finished the Collection quilt by Carolyn Friedlander. It is hand appliqued and machine quilted. I love that she is doing patterns for applique in a modern style. So much of what I used to do in applique now looks Victorian to me or cutesy whimsical. Neither is a style I like very much. Or at least not enough to stick with finishing a project that has so much handwork in it. One of the small lozenge shapes in the orange section near the bottom of the quilt is way too small. Not sure what happened there, but I can easily remove the offending piece and applique another on that is the correct size.

I seem to be in a bit of a Carolyn Friedlander "rut" these days. I am working on her paper-pieced "Local" quilt which features houses. There are also two projects from her book, "Savor Every Stitch", that are in process. I also can't seem to stop myself from buying her fabrics at the LQS. Not a bad rut to be in, methinks.