A place for me to journal and post pictures about my quilting adventures.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Medallion quilts I’ve made, or where the red scraps come from

This is the first picture I’ve been able to take of this quilt made 9 years ago for my daughter’s wedding. Sorry for the light and windchime in the way, there’s no place inside to take the picture without obstructions. DGD#2 decided she needed to be in the picture.
I made this from a picture in one of Joen Wolfrom’s color books. I did contact the original maker, who graciously gave me permission to copy it, but she had no directions. She had actually appliqued the red border on the black background. I diagramed it out and pieced it. It is a king size, about 114” square. There are probably 100 different fabrics in this quilt. I collected for nearly a year before I made it.
Fast forward to 2006, DGD#2 is expected. I bought a few more fabrics in red and white, but used a lot of the leftovers of the above.
jessicas tribble
This is still hanging in DGD#2’s bedroom even though she changed to pink Hello Kitty after Christmas. DD says she likes to lie on DGD’s bed and look at this quilt, it reminds her of hers. DD posted a picture of the wedding quilt on Facebook tonight – she takes a better picture – I guess all those years of paying for her degree in Photography paid off.
Reminder: New Scrap Squad postings start at Quilty Pleasures tomorrow.
Happy Quilting,

Monday, January 28, 2013

JoAnne's design wall Monday 1/28/13

My friend, JoAnne, just finished her Bali Stars top. It is a Judy Niemeyer pattern. She asked me to post it for her and to ask for comments (she doesn't blog). Her approach to setting the colors is different from the pattern. Do you like it? Thanks for visiting. See other walls at Judy's

Becky for JoAnne

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Design wall Monday 1/28/2013

Label making: label
Turning the binding on the Scrap Squad Project by hand – why did I start this? I made a label for the last corner, if I ever reach it.

A little back art from leftovers for the small quilt project I’m doing from the same blocks as the scrap squad quilt. I’m in charge of the small quilt sale at the Guild’s Quilt show in September, so I need to finish some up.

I’m playing with the leftovers and cutting some blocks with a template set I’ve wanted to try. The curved piecing isn’t bad.

Happy Quilting,

Friday, January 25, 2013

I’m creating a new quilter

Last Wednesday I was ready to bind my Scrap Squad project. I planned to use blue diagonal striped fabric for it. There it was on the shelf in plain view, I thought.
Oh, no, it’s black, not blue, and I didn’t put enough black in this quilt to get by with it. Okay, let’s find something else. I went to the stripes box, and the Americana box, and all I found was these two slightly less than half a yard pieces of regular stripes. Cut on the bias, that would be an awful lot of joins for this 72” square quilt, if it would even yield enough. I didn't want it to have straight across stripes.

The blogs had been advertising visit your local quilt shop day, so that’s what I decided to do. I pick up DGD#2 on Wednesdays, so I picked her up from school and asked if she wanted to go to the quilt shop with me. Well, what she really wanted was a kiddy frosty from Wendy’s, but then we could go to the quilt shop. After our Wendy’s stop, she began asking me if she could have some fabric. I said as usual she could have one fat quarter. Okay, you know from the frosty part of the story that this Grandma’s a soft touch. This is what we came home from the quilt shop with:IMG_2111
One piece of striped blue fabric for the binding, and 4 fat quarters with hearts on them – in her OWN bag. Those ladies sure know how to make sure we return! We even made one block before it was time for swimming lessons.
Happy quilting,
Becky (and DGD#2)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Design Wall Monday–progress report

Batting hung out on long arm for the night to “stretch out”; backing cut, squared, washed in Synthrapol; top finished, pressed, ready to go. Circle Lord Spirals on Black Bart – it’s time to QUILT the Scrap Squad project!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Scrap Squad Beginnings

I’ll have to figure out how to get one of those neat flashing buttons for Scrap Squad. We received our first assignment.
The quilt in the article uses this block  borrowed from Block Base), called Double X 2. You can color this a variety of ways to make “layers” – some lines within it more prominent than others. I’ve just finished a Craftsy course with Joen Wolfrom, and she challenged us to create a project with layers. That was my original thought, but remember, this is supposed to be made out of scraps.

My plan was for this to be a Quilt of Valor, so I pulled out the Americana box. Note it is very small. I found some more scraps and fat quarters in the blues box, enough for darks, but I needed toned blues for the diagonal background, and background. I remembered that I cut most of the blues up into a Winding ways king and a braid king, and cut the rest into 2-1/2” strips. I found that box, and was in business. I found medium blues, but very few of them were toned. There were shirtings to use for the rest of the background. 

I’ll never be out of red scraps (see this post), so I was set. IMG_2041IMG_2042
I ended up not using the lower fabrics in the blue, as they had lights in them and would blend with the background too much to have crisp star points. (In case you wondered, that yellow orange in the blues is the “real” complement of blue, rather than the red we so often see and use. Sometime I want to try that combination.)

I cut for a while, using 2-1/2” and 4-1/2” strips and engineered templates. I’m using HSTs as leaders and enders as there will be plenty of them in this quilt.

I finally have my first block. I think I will have fun playing with these.

Happy Quilting,

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Projects

It’s January – usually my time for working on Charity projects until I can get my act together to plan a new project – but wait – I already have one, no two! Both have a lot of blue! I see stars in my future. Who am I kidding, I always make stars, just look at my header.

I’d better clean up this place so I can begin. I need to clean off the table, and the design wall. Don’t you just hate it when your body doesn't cooperate with your plans! Kleenex, fluids, and breathing treatments are part of the setup. I've learned to rip and press while using the blue thing, but I haven’t tried actually running the sewing machine at the same time – I value my fingers too much!
cleaning for new project2
I guess I need to clean the machine, too. I don’t neglect this part, I’ve been sewing fluffy polyester and it builds up quick.
I’ve installed my DH’s Christmas present. I showed him a picture of the thread holder butterflies, but said it was too expensive. That was months ago. Isn’t he wonderful to remember? (I know, I’m spoiled.)

I have good news. After reading about Bonnie’s adventures with the Scrap Squad, when Quiltmaker asked for volunteers, I did, and I was chosen! That means I have to actually finish – as in quilted and binding on –  6 quilts this year. My personal goal is to make them all without buying any fabric, at least for those projects. Can I meet these goals?
Happy quilting,