A View of My Quilt Life

Friday, May 22, 2015

Parts and Pieces

While there is still no sewing happening in the studio, there has been activity going on.

Un-Sewing!
 

You remember this, don't you?  I got all giddy with the HST units and rushed ahead, sewing the blocks together.  Resulting in a very busy, dizzy quilt top.  Something had to be done!

Small sharp scissors to the rescue!


Careful un-sewing of some of the seams and I have these parts and pieces back on the design wall.

The new planned layout (shown here in a sides-chopped-off version) has open, mostly plain space to balance out all the tiny triangle madness. 


It will increase the size of this quilt to about 76 inches square - large lap / couch nap size. The exact fabric for the open space needs to be addressed before it can be reassembled. But I will be moving forward with more sewing restraint - if I have any, that is.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2nd Entry - Bloggers Quilt Festival

Thanks to Amy's Creative Side for hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2015  

This is my first time participating in the festival.




I decided my second quilt entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival will be:
Fifty-Eight Nines


I chose to enter this into the Original Design category.  This quilt was a finalist in the 2015 New Quilt from an Old Favorite: Nine Patch contest. 


It is made completely from batiks that were gradually collected over a two year period, building quite a deep stash along the way! The quilt was assembled using a quilt-as-you-go method, on my home sewing machine and measures 52"x 54".

Take some time, check out all the quilt entries in the different categories and vote for your favorites - there are wonderfully quilty bloggers showing off their work and prizes to be won! 

Thanks for visiting - I'll hope you'll stay awhile and take a look around.



Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2015: Connections

Today I'm taking a break from my planned posts to participate in something new!


Thanks to Amy's Creative Side for hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2015  

This is my first time participating in the festival and my first entry is in the Applique category .


Connections


Based on the Traditional Double Wedding Ring pattern,  it's hand appliqued and made from Cherrywood hand dyed fabric. The arcs and corner stones were made the old fashioned way - I drafted the pattern full size on graph paper, and glued them onto cardboard to create templates.  Each piece was traced around, cut out by hand and the edges hand basted down. 





Measuring 34" x 43", Connections was quilted on my home sewing machine. The different curves on the opposite corners was done on purpose, following the layout of the 'ghost' rings. 

Take some time, check out all the quilt entries in the different categories and vote for your favorites - there are wonderfully quilty bloggers showing off their work and prizes to be won! 

Thanks for visiting - I'll hope you'll stay awhile and take a look around.


Rainbow Fabric Pull

Back to the studio!!
It's time to work on the first color of the 'Focus Through the Prism' challenge.  I chose green for the Monkey Wrench block this month and headed to the green batik drawer to pull fabric. 


And then decided - what the heck - let's pull all the batiks to go with the hand dyes for all 7 months now so they can be stored together. 


I noticed a severe lack of purples in the stash. Shopping is NOT an option.  The plan is to move some fabric out of the stash on this project.  Hmmm, a bit of a dilemma. Oh, but wait!!  When I was down in Paducah, I pick up some Bali snaps on sale.  

YES - The Kool Aid color pack should fill in any gaps in the purple range!!  

And I have the Breakers (blues), Taffy (greens) and Red Hots (yellows to reds) Bali Snaps to fill out the other colors.


All of the fabrics have been pulled and stored in one small bin ready to go each month.  I need to draw up some paper foundations for the Monkey Wrench block and start stitching!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Before Dawn Binding

FINALLY!!!  I have been sooooo bad about finishing the binding on the Chirp, Chirp quilt.


Not sure what the roadblock was but the deadline to get this done for the charity auction was looming ever closer.  I don't mind hand stitching bindings - it's actually very relaxing, so I guess it was plain old procrastination rearing it's ugly head.  I was up at 4:00 am today since I have a ton of things to do before work, and got the stitching done before I wrote this post. Glad it's done and ready to be on its way.

In the meantime, I've been chewing on the 'Focus Through the Prism' challenge of this month.  


The block is Monkey Wrench and the color I've chosen...... 

(insert drum roll please!) 

is GREEN!  


I am jumping right into the middle of this challenge.

Well, now that that huge decision is behind me, I can figure out what on earth I am going to do with this block for my quilt. Enough with the hemming and hawing - time to get a move on!  This weekend will have me pawing through the green fabric drawers.  I have more than enough fabric on hand for a 100 of these challenge quilts.  

Hope your weekend includes some fabric time!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Coming Apart at the Seams

I have made the decision to un-sew the triangle top.


It is just too busy for me.  It needs to have some quiet areas added to give the eye a place to rest.  I used PowerPoint to mock up the layout that's been rolling around in my mind.  This is not to scale, and no quilt math was employed -  I'll get to that soon enough.


The white areas will not necessary be cream nor whole pieces but they will definitely be calmer.  And I don't have to make any additional blocks, as I had one left over when I sewed the top together! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Triangle Triumph!

This giant pile of 4 patch HSTs 



eventually became 8x8 blocks.  



I had 4 of them made before this weekend.


By the end of the Sunday, using every HST I had, gave me 21 blocks.  Twenty of them sewn together looks like this:



In order to balance this layout into 5x5, I need to make 4 more blocks.  256 more HSTs to go! Once I get them done and added to the top, it will have 1,600 HST units in it.  I may even do some un-sewing and add some sashing. Or I may just leave it as it is right now - in all its busy triangle-ness.

We'll see.

Either way, I'm no longer intimidated by triangles!