Monday, November 28, 2016

En Provence - And So It Begins

For the fifth year in a row, I am jumping into Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery quilt. Bonnie provides this mystery for free to her blog readers to thank them for being loyal followers. The inspiration for this year's mystery is Provence - specifically the lavender fields of Provence. The colors are yummy - purple, green, yellow, lilac, magenta and neutrals, of course. The first clue was posted last Friday. We are to make 221 scrappy neutral four-patches which finish at 3 inches. I was able to complete this clue by noon Sunday. This photo shows 90 of the blocks but rest assured that all 221 are finished and "in the bag." They are just more of the same, so I didn't pull them all out for the photo.

If you would like to see what others have made, head on over to Bonnie's blog for linky Monday.

I haven't blogged in a while, as several of you have noticed. It's really nice that someone actually notices. Nothing amiss at this end, just busy and frankly a bit lazy. Our guild's quilt show is fast approaching in March and the deadline for registering quilts for the show is mid-January. I have been busy doing mundane things such as sewing quilt backs, and making labels and hanging sleeves.

In addition to that, I began another double wedding ring quilt ala Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Again, it has a Halloween theme. I belonged to a block exchange group for several years and literally have a large box full of blocks in themed sets of 13. I pulled out the best of the Halloween ones and set to work incorporating them into the quilt as the centers of the rings.I could make at least a dozen others with blocks ranging from coffee and tea cups with wedges of cake to flowers to various animals. Should I choose to do so, that is. This is partially sewn together but will not be as elaborately finished as the first one, i.e., no piping around the outside and probably no border either.

I took another class in Paducah in October with Katie Pasquini Masopust. We used photographs for color inspiration and placement within the small wall hanging we made. I finished the binding on mine this evening.

I still am working on figuring our where I am going with the Dresden plates I started so long ago. I have decided that they need a lot more color. More of the yellow for sure and some brighter turquoise.

There are also two challenges to be finished for the quilt show. They are so unformed at this points that there is no point in showing a photo.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sew Day Quilt #2

I had 11 more of the made fabric blocks. I made one more and cut 12 blocks of blue circle fabric and voila! Sew Day quilt # 2. Quilt #1 has been quilted and bound.

Sew Day

Our guild had a Sew Day yesterday at Janie Lou Quilt Shop. We  used Victoria Findlay Wolfe's made fabric technique to sew 6" blocks for our Comfort Quilt project. We are making small quilts for Nurses for Newborns, a local non-profit. Some of the members didn't want to make an entire quilt, so I took the "leftovers" and paired them with a neutral fabric to make this small quilt. I used my treadle and will sandwich it and quilt it today. using one of the kits we made up from fabric donated by Janie Lou. The neutral squares are from Brigitte Heitland's Zen Chic line. I found a black and white striped binding on the free table at the last guild meeting, and may use that to bind this quilt. Or I might use a purple fat quarter that was in the kit I picked up.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Victoria, What Have You Wrought?

I no sooner finished the quilt top from Victoria Findlay Wolfe's workshop in Paducah, than I started another. I am using blocks exchanged in a guild activity years ago. Lo and behold, there were a bunch of Halloween themed ones  in the box! Enough to make another double wedding ring quilt.This one will be a bit less involved - no pieced outside arcs. All the arcs will be orange and all the melons will be black. This is a pick-it-up-off-the-floor-and-cut-it quilt. Oh, Victoria, what terrible path of obsession have you led me down?

In case you are wondering about the first one I made, the top is now finished and will be resting while the quilting makes itself known to me.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


I had the most fantastic and inspiring three days at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY with Victoria Findlay Wolfe. She posted a video about the workshop on Double Wedding Ring Quilts at her blog.

My quilt has a Halloween theme and is almost all sewn together. At the bottom center of the quilt, the orange polka dot arc will be replaced with a cheddar and black striped arc to make the border uniform around the quilt.

If life had not intervened today, this would have been completely sewn together.  It will have a tiny purple flange all around the outside edge and will be sewn down onto a gray and black striped outer border. It will have to be mitered, which normally I avoid like the plague, but I don't want anything visually to mar the outer border, such as cornerstones, so I will suck it up and miter the border for the effect.

Victoria is an excellent teacher. if ever you have the opportunity to take a workshop with her, jump at the chance! The classroom at the Quilt Museum was excellent and overall the experience was 100% positive.

Monday, September 5, 2016

School Bus Block

I don't Have a lot to report. I made this block this afternoon for my guild's monthly optional block activity. The choice of fabric to put in the windows was up to us, so I loaded up the bus with a crew of happy Trick-or-Treaters.

I have begun packing up for a trip to Paducah on Wednesday. Virgina Findlay Wolfe is giving a class on her Double Wedding Rings at the National Quilt Museum there. Two friends will be with me as well as the other students that I hope will be friends by the end of the three day experience.

For something to do in the evening while watching television, I dug out this oldie moldy hand applique project. It is a William Morris pattern and all but two of the center blocks were finished. I have since finished one of them and am partly through the last block. The setting and corner triangles have scroll work applique in them. Not really keen on making 8 identical setting triangles and four corner triangles, I may resort to fusible in the interests of moving this thing forward to completion.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

One Step Forward....

The Fancy Forest baby quilt is sandwiched and ready for quilting. I am planning on a free motion wood grain design. A bit more practice and I will begin the process.

Some progress has been made on Bonnie Hunter's 2016 leader/ender challenge. The challenge for me is keeping ahead of the process by having the fabric cut and ready to hand. I probably could have had the top and bottom green borders and the next round of neutral blocks done by now while piecing Fancy Forest if I had been prepared.

Sunday I took a short workshop on how to finish up this project that I started ages ago. I had initially decided on an aqua background, but surprisingly it wasn't doing anything for the Dresden plates. With the help of the teacher, I settled on a taupe-ish background. I am so not sure this wallhanging will be a winner; the colors are no longer speaking to me. The smallest block in the bottom left hand corner was a lot of work for the dog it has turned out to be. I will salvage the teal segments and possibly reuse them somewhere else. Or maybe not. The yellow plates are giving it a bit more punch and I will make more with that color in them. The plates are fun to make except when they turn out ugly. The one lightish one with the rick rack trim may also be saying bye-bye. Maybe if  it gets a more vibrant overlay it is salvageable. I tell you, the design wall is a double edged sword. Can't live with it and sometimes you just can't live with it either. Or at least what you put on it..