Saturday, September 12, 2015

Dapper Canon Top Finished

Dapper Canon baby quilt top is finished. Now to sandwich and quilt. This afternoon I am meeting my daughter and two of her friends at the dressmaker's to pick up her wedding dress and learn how to bustle the train. Six days and counting!

Welcome to two new followers - Feathers in My Nest and Sujata!

Friday, September 11, 2015

This, That, and the Other

I am kind of all over the place right now. My daughter's wedding is in a week and while there isn't a lot for me to do, there are a few things that need attention. I will have a house guest and while I have someone to clean the house early next week, she is not allowed into my sewing room. So, the task of getting some order in there is high on the priority list. My husband has a beautiful new suit for the occasion, which he mail ordered. I am very pleased that he got such a wonderful dark grey with chalk pinstripe suit. The downside is that I have to hem the trousers. Not a difficult task, but it needs doing. Sooner rather than later.

Number 1 on today's list is to get another of these lap quilts for veterans pieced for this evening's September guild meeting. They were string pieced on my treadle. The second one, though, is being pieced on my modern machine just for time's sake.We have found that members like a visual on how to work with string pieced blocks. Seems like a no-brainer to me, but there you have it. Again, not a difficult task, but I have to get to it. Also have to print out several sheets of labels for sewing onto the backs of the finished lap quilts.

I finally got around to  piecing a baby quilt for my house guest's granddaughter. The colors are actually quite soft and pale, unlike the photo which I darkened a bit so the colors and patterns in the fabrics were more visible. It is a sweet line of fabric, "Story Time" by Kate & Birdie Paper Co. for Moda. I have made this pattern twice already before which is very unlike me for two reasons. First, I don't usually do the same pattern twice and secondly, I usually don't use all the fabrics from the same fabric line. This pattern goes together very quickly, though, and the fabrics are so sweet. I don't have to think about does this fabric go with that one, etc. The two previously made have been very well received by the mothers, so I am hoping that this one will be a hit as well. It needs to leave when my house guest does, as she will carry it with her when she leaves here to visit her son and family in Ottawa. It will be pieced this weekend and I will guilt it myself as I have the other two. if I don't carried away with anything ridiculous, like quarter inch matchstick quilting, it should go quickly. Famous last words, huh? Oh, yeah, the pattern is "Dapper Canon" from "Simply Retro" by Camille Roskelley.

And, as if I don't have enough to do, I have decided to make a doll quilt from the half square triangle cutoffs from the baby quilt. The "baby" is now over a year old, so a doll or teddy bear quilt seems to be in order. If it gets done, fine. If not, it can't be so expensive to mail such a small item to Canada. (More famous last words?) I love making these little doll quilts. This will be the fourth in a series. Here is number three:

It is made with leftover pieces from the first Rail Fence quilt I made ala Sujata Shah's "Cultural Fusion" book.

Okay, enough procrastination. The lap quilt is calling.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

August Hexie Block

Gyleen Fitzgerald, author of "Polygon Affair" among other books, was a guest at our guild in June. I have been following her ever since, primarily on Facebook. She has begun a BOM for those who have signed up with her. This is my block for August. Done in the nick of time. It was not easy. Somehow I lost her butterfly seam approach and got lost in a welter of X, Y, and yes, even Z seams. It's not my best effort. The middle isn't too good and usually I can nail that. I probably should not have tried to make this on a treadle machine. I am not that proficient with it yet. I have been making oodles of string pieced blocks with the treadle and got cocky. It occasioned a goodly amount of reverse sewing before I could go forward again, using a modern machine. Plus the zig zag fabric could have been positioned better. But I hate doing the "f" word thing. You know - fussy cutting. It shows. September's block looks easier. Onward and upward.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fall is in the Air!

The days are getting shorter and the nights are noticeably cooler. Can pumpkins be far behind? I have always loved this time of year and the fabric lines are putting out ever more sophisticated Halloween designs - if Halloween can ever be called "sophisticated." This is a smallish collection of fabrics from  Tidings of Great Joy by Timeless Treasures purchased at eQuilter. I am getting ready to submit another order for more fabrics along this line. What to make...what to make....?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Looking Better

I have added in two more blocks made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I think this is going to help a lot. Between the added texture and the introduction of the turquoise there is much more interest.

The rest of the afternoon I am going to work on my treadle machine and make some string pieced blocks for the guild's QOV project.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Singin' the Blues

I started Peppermint Pinwheels and decided on a monochromatic, subdued color palette. To my eyes it looks rather dead. I am rethinking this idea. Any suggestions? (The upper right block is not yet sewn together, so it looks "off" anyway.)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Off and Running

 Cultural Fusion quilt #3 started! The background - white and black print - is from the Architextures line. The purple dotted fabric will change with each block but remain in the blue/violet/purple spectrum. I have never made three projects from one book. I think I have hit my stride.

Rail Fence #2 is almost finished. Still needs some tweaking. There is one block for sure that I will replace. Two more blocks and then begins the process of deciding on the final setting. The quilt in Sujata's book has 30 blocks in a 5 x 6 setting. I originally thought I would also make that size, but have changed my mind and will settle with a 4 x 5 size. The blocks finish at 16" square, so it's still a fair sized top.