A View of My Quilt Life

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tangled Threads

Happy Thursday!  

Umm, okay?  But - Why I am so happy today?

1. Tomorrow is the start of a 3 day weekend, celebrating Independence Day;
2. The side effects of the meds are subsiding (Thank the Universe!);
3. The sun is shining - I swear it rained every single day of June!

And maybe, just maybe, I'll get the energy to do some sewing!

The pink binding is still in the one-side-pinned-down stage, so that needs to be my quiet time task this weekend.

I have managed to tangle some threads together in the last few days.

This is beautiful, subtle, hand dyed cotton floss from Artfabrik.  This skein was included as a free gift with an order I placed for some heavier cotton thread. 

Wild Cherry needed a vintage-looking thread spool doily. 

 I looked at a lot of different patterns for these and in the end decided to just wing it. 

And, I have enough of this floss left to make another one for Dot - the black FW.  I may even be able to manage this by tomorrow and that's one more thing to make me happy today!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pinking the Edges

The Pink HST project (still nameless) was ready to be bound. This is a before picture showing the binding next to all the different pinks in the quilt.

Deciding to go with a narrow 1/4" binding, meant 2" strips - which was fortunate as there wasn't a whole lot of the deep pink scattered seed print batik left for this. But it worked the best color-wise and I squeaked it out.

Binding's stitched down to the front.

I just rolled one edge tot he back, pinned it, just to see what it would look like finished. Liking it so far!

Nothing sewed on the back yet. More S-L-O-W progress from the weekend!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cream Rising to the Top

I started machine quilting on the Pink HST project.  I have at least 4 or 5 different pink threads that would have worked well on the project - if I would have wanted the pink parts quilted.


I have to quilt in the cream pieces.  So what, you ask? 

Well, I'll tell you - I was completely out of the cream thread that matched this cream batik.  ARGH!!!  I have natural, light golden cream, variegated tan/cream, buttercream, tan, etc., but no plain regular cream! Not entirely sure how that happened.  

No, that's not true - I used it all and didn't replace it! 

Bad Quilter! Oh, and second empty spool? I was out of black too! Really Bad Quilter!  Who doesn't keep basics on hand at all times?!

This quilting happened in s-l-o-w motion.  There was very, very little push in my sewing speed over the weekend.  The new meds I am taking are causing some interesting side effects, previously unknown to me, so it's kind of a crap shoot until we figure it all out. 

That most likely means I miss out on the June Focus Through the Prism project, and I haven't finished my May FTtP project yet either!  Sometimes a quilter can only do what she can! 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pink, Pink, Pink and Some Cream

Zipping right along on the Pink HST project!  Wish I could say the same for the Focus Through the Prism project - more on that later.  Because it's about the Pink today.

I squared and sewed the 4 blocks. After some consideration, I decided on a cream border without a pink flange, to frame the blocks and keep it light.

The binding was a bit trickier. I auditioned six of the seven pinks I used in the HSTs before picking the medium deep with the lighter scattered seeds print. The binding has been cut, pressed and is ready to go.

In between work and doctor appointments, I got it layered and pinned.  Not a huge accomplishment, as it's only 21 inches square but I'll take it as progress.

Maybe now I can be inspired to move back to the Prism Project this weekend.  Hope you all get some stitching time, too!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Introducing...Summer Splash!

Deadlines are my friend!  The plan all along was to dedicate Sunday to machine quilting 'Summer Splash'.

And what a wonderfully, peaceful day I spent in the studio, doing just that!  Sure, I could have pushed harder and finished earlier in the day but didn't - I took lots of breaks, enjoyed my snacks, walked around outside, and just took my time.  And I still finished!

Introducing 'Summer Splash'!

Drake was by my side, as usual, all day - but decided not to show his cute face for the camera. 

Since this is a utility quilt, I chose to machine stitch the binding down.  The binding is made from the gray-toned strips from the pre-cut pack, that I originally excluded from the quilt.  I trimmed them down to 2 inches, pieced the strips into one binding - alternating colors, pressed them in half, attached it first to the back of the quilt, brought it to the front and straight stitched it down.  

Summer Splash has already been chucked in to the washer and dryer!

Love the softer look of the early evening pictures, after washing and I caught Drake in this one.

Crinkled up and ready to use!  Good thing - I need it tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Quilting Start on Summer Splash

Summer Splash needed to be quilted this past weekend, due to a special deadline on this Thursday.  I had to find a backing.  I didn't want to bust into the brown 108" wide backing for this small quilt - it's only 48 inches square.  Digging into my other backing drawer, I found this.

The colors blend well enough and I had plenty to piece together, so the choice was easy.

I couldn't run out to Michigan to use the tile floor, not to mention crawling around on said floor is completely out of the question right now.  I had to use my sewing table for layering. 

I'm not 100% happy with the tension I achieve using the table but it will be fine in the end.  Here's Summer Splash all ready for machine quilting.

Stay tuned for quilting progress.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Trending Now...Triangles

There seems to be an emerging trend in my studio.

A few months ago, while making Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion mystery quilt, I ended up with this.

A bin of bonus half square triangles.

Which led to the explosion of blue and cream HSTs, that became this.

Until I did some un-sewing, that is, which gave me this on the design wall.

Those parts are still hanging there,waiting for me to figure out the new setting layout. Which led to the other night when I needed some non-thinking sewing machine time.  And that's when I decided to pull out the bin of black, turquoise, pink and cream HSTs.  Which now looks like this

Where did all the pink ones go?  Into these!

Not sure where this new triangle trend may lead but I'm  going along for the ride!