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36.3 You can take quilts outside?

October 21, 2014

I was able to visit a new experience for me last weekend – an outside quilt show at the arboretum.

It was labeled as a Quilt Walk, which was a show without vendors or quilt boutique/garage sale.

There were two sections of the park which quilts were tied to fences by zip ties and binder clips. It was a lovely fall day, with fall splendor colors splaying out for all to see.

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The smaller quilts, which seemed more like me than the larger quilts, I found a quilt artist I contacted who is local who has a style of quilting that I admire.

I kept seeing Trisch Price’s quilts (author of Accentuate the Negative) and thinking how much I really liked her quilts.

Fibonacci!

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And she did this technique that I am trying to decide if it is double applique or “magic binding” around the applique pieces, where the applique pieces is slightly outlined by another color pop, which I really admire and will show up in one of my quilts one day.

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I like hats, as you may have noticed before if you have seen a picture of me lately. Cool hat quilt. – Mary Strege

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And the larger quilts were also impressive.

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Sometimes flapping in the wind.

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Or hung over the rocks – these quilts were like the featured quilters’ quilts – very impressive!

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And I saw 4 bed turnings! The first one was someone I have followed on flickr for a few years, that saw me at the only one meeting of the modern quilt guild meeting I’ve ever attended, and had the courage to talk to me, and I had the courage to talk to her at the show just before she did her own bed turning.

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Bed turning was a table, layered with several quilts. We got the story of each quilt, an abbreviated story, like a mini trunk show. Which was so fantastic!

It was nice to see each artist and what they chose to display & talk about!

The quilts were even nice from a distance.

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I wonder how many people who were there to visit the Monet garden got to see similar colors in the quilts!

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36.1 Asymmetric Inspiration

August 29, 2014

In the last month I really kicked it out working on Tami’s Round Robin quilt.

The colors: Orange, green, black, beige, white (grey), yellow.

Here is what I believe is Tami’s original center block – forgive me if I missed a small border here.

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As you can see, very asymmetric, several colors going on, and YES textures & tucks.

So much inspiration from this piece – and from Tina & from Daisy who had the quilt before me.

The little green triangle things are sticking out from the fabric center, there are mock cathedral window things on the right hand side, and I don’t know what it’s called with the tucks that are sewn down flat that migrate in and out on the grey-white piece on the bottom.

Well.

The interplay of the fact that – hey – I have never made a quilt in this color pallet before – not really – the green / yellow / orange color pallet together is an interesting and inspiring combination for me.

I have started a whole fabric folding pinterest page in preparation for making my portion of this quilt.

I got really excited because several of my own batiks could be used in the making of this quilt too. This was a few of the initial ideas I had for this quilt.

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The instructions for this round were to use the focus fabric in this round.

Tami had a plethora of fabrics and colors and textures of her own for this quilt.  Her focus fabric I took to be the dark fabric with the large wide red/green/orange flowers on it.

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There was already a strip of the focus fabric in the quilt in another twilter’s round.  But this focus fabric really took my ideas and directed them.

I think I tweeted Tami about 15 times the first 2 weeks with different ideas and techniques I wanted to do with her quilt. But then trying to figure out how to play out this bigger print was giving me a little more thinking than I planned.

I tried one folded fabric very cool applique technique while sewing at my friend’s house.  It was moderately successful, it could have worked, and if I hadn’t gone another direction.

And then I thought about weaving fabric with even a different technique I saw with a new book.

That idea lasted for a while, but if I wanted to do weaving, it would have to be with a specific side, and I couldn’t get the focus fabric in that idea either. There were several possible techniques and books to draw info from these techniques from.

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I kept looking back and forth one of these books specifically. Where I finally got my direction from with my section of the quilt.

The book is Machine Stitched Cathedral Windows by by Shelley Swanland.

I was intrigued by several different patterns in the book, I tried to make the design from a general quilt to a border style.

So I read & figured out what Shelley was describing. It took reading & rereading and finally a light-bulb clicked on and it made sense.

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Unfortunately, there was an error / typo in this printing of her book, and staring at the corner pieces, looking at the required pieces to make this border the way I was considering was a little confusing.

I did get her FB page, and she sent me her email and we had a few lovely chats about the corner pieces.

In the meantime, while waiting for one of the emails in the email tag, I figured out the error in the foundation pieces and tried it, and sure enough, I got the thing to work.

And, this will come as no surprise to you if you know me, but she said that only maybe a handful of people even tried the isometric grid that I was working on. (A grid based off of 60 & 30 degree pieces — ie hexagons and equilateral triangles). So that made me feel swell.

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And then I was drawing out color schemes for the pieces, and then as I was coloring the diagrams in preparation for sewing, I decided that the edges didn’t really need to be all the way windowed as they would just be this impossible to see pieces with the dark focus fabric.

So I asked for her help, but didn’t need it anyway. It was sure nice to chat with Shelley anyway.

I did – and still do – plan to get a picture tutorial of how I worked on her pieces however, But since there are elements on this quilt that I am not going to show you yet, I will wait to work that out.

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And in the meantime, I started forming a vision.  I did another drawing.

And then slowly the pieces started falling into place. One idea made another, made another and another.

And before I knew it, I had a really really wide border on one side. Of dark focus fabric.

I stretched this over to the top to make it a modified “L” color scheme – which had already been done with the previous two rounds of the quilt.

Oh I wish I could show you all the colors here. A quick too close up view of a corner should be good.

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I tied the oranges back to the left side (already heavy on the right), the black, dark on the left, I wanted the light green from the original block to show back up on the right side.

But the left side was big. So one border is 12 inches, and the other is like 2 or 3.

I pulled yellow on three of my four sides to mellow it all out some.

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I repeated elements of 3 on 3 of the four sides.

I did put the isometric grid pieces in the quilt, but appliqued them as separate elements.

I also machine appliqued three other pieces down that I was originally just going to keep – throw-offs from mistakes in making the bottom side. I had just set them down on the top of the quilt to get them out of my way,  and they grew on me, and I threw them on the quilt too.

Whoo! There are lots of pieces. One design element was when I had ran out of focus fabric that was precut & I didn’t want to cut any more, so I added extra color And I like that happy mistake too.

Some of my fabrics threw elements of purple and elements of red that are not highly present in the fabrics that Tami sent. But they work.

The work as a whole, remains balanced in color (in my opinion) I also honored the general flow of clockwise that started of in the middle that was carried on by the previous two Round Robin twilters.

Here’s a cool cross section spanning one of the horizontal sections of the quilt from left to right showing here as top to bottom. (rotated)

horizontal cross-section of tamis RR quilt

And yes the previous cross-section shows elements of the other twilters’ pieces of the round robin.

I don’t even want to say how many elements I have in this quilt.  About 20. Ish.

Now for the journal, and then figuring out how to stuff this back into the box.

I will be sad to see it go.

 

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35.8 Tina’s Colors and Round Robin unexpectedly finished

June 29, 2014

Let me preface this post first and foremost in saying this is not meant to complain about my round robin experience. Just in case you get the wrong idea later.

One of the BEST things about quilting is the differences you meet in styles.

I have yet to ‘really ever use’ a focus fabric, much less several, in determining a quilting color relationship.

Perhaps this makes my quilting color choices less successful than others.

Tina has 2 different but very similar focus fabrics.  She included wonderful fabrics in her round robin box in addition to the focus fabrics. A light yellow, a light pink, an olive green/brown tinted fabric, and the focus fabrics.

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Daisy, being the first recipient of the round robin included a fabric that has a hint of grey.

The original block was a cute little paper piecing/applique (in portions) of a sewing machine, and a project being quilted.

tinas original center block

Daisy added a border (no spoilers except for the fabric had a hint of grey).

And my task is to add about a 4 inch pieced border that matches & frames the quilt so far.

These fabrics are so much fun, but they are just slightly different than the fabrics that I have in my stash.  I have been picking & pulling fabric off of my shelf, putting them next to Tina’s box, her start of her quilt, and her chosen fabrics.

Tina’s fabrics are great, but I am finding it a challenge and a blast to see if I can add to the quilt with fabrics of my own.

And yes, I know it did turn out well in the end. I trusted myself enough for that, and I did make a finish on my portion and I am so in love with it so far.

What I love about this project is that even if my fabrics are more saturated than Tina’s, that I can either find fabrics I own that match her style, or I can purchase a few other pieces to match the fabrics in this quilt project as well.

I did purchase 3 different fabrics of the same color scheme/design, one yellow, one grey, and one turquoise. It was a WONDERFUL excuse to get some more modern style fabric from a quilting friend Caitlyn at her very new shop “I Don’t Do Dishes“.  3 fabrics from that shop are in this quilt. :)

Here is the first small snippet.

darlas fabrics used in tinas quilt

It’s been very fun trying to match & compare the colors of what I have, seeing what concessions could be made, seeing how subtle the differences in olive green can be.

I have been playing around a version of borders from Judy Laquidara’s border book. It’s larger than the specified pieced border, but it is very Darla-like. And very symmetrical. So I am using it.

I am dreaming of windows when thinking of this border. Like what you would look through when sewing. I had another idea, but this one kept coming back to me. Windows. Is a generic hint about the border.

Here is some of my sketch made this morning trying to fit everything together. VERY small snippet here, too much farther away gives the border away.

sketch tinas small snippets

I decided to make the darker color grey to tie in with Daisy’s border instead of going with the dark brown suggested by the focus fabrics. But it’s the right shade of grey.

It’s very dark, but the darkness is pretty narrow. I used all 3 values in this border, and I had to repeat a motif in the middle of the top & bottom borders to get it to fit exactly.

Here’s an in-progress shot from this afternoon. Also a very small snippet.

small snippet of tinas fabrics in process

I started off this AM thinking of putting animals through the windows, not knowing when I would work on it. But today I decided to move on against the idea of animals, I got the whole border is completed today, not wanting to make any more decisions on this portion of the quilt.

Progress helped along with a great audiobook in the background.

Now I just have to finish writing in the journal. And send it off when ready. I can’t believe I am ready early. I am SO ready to be done with the 1 month due-dates and to slip back to the 2 month due-dates. Now that we are caught up with the 5 person group, that will happen. But then it will be put off until 2 weeks to go as well, because that’s how it is with me.

I mistakenly thought this was going to be a short, quick, easy round, and I do like what I did, and it was basically done in one day, but there are a lot of pieces here and so now back to my other projects. The lots of pieces are a main reason I decided to skip the animals, there is already SO much to look at on my round.

Sorry I can’t show much more here. I do hope Tina will like it and that it doesn’t detract the eyes too far away from the other parts. I may send along the dark grey fabric to help complete the quilt, but first I need to make absolutely sure I don’t need it in another project or that I can get my hands on more of it easily in case I do.

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35.3 Starting to plan Dancing Ribbons Options

June 7, 2014

The quilt that has been finished f or a while – I recorded the end of January of 2013, is playing up in my mind for updating with a medallion setting.

I haven’t got incredibly far with options for this quilt, but I am thinking a couple of things already.

First I have a psuedo-star option which I like – don’t worry about the fabrics being a little busy, I will take care of that later if I chose this option.

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I may need to go in and edit this block a little bit to make it more intricate. I don’t really like the off-balance I am attempting to do with the light & dark of the magenta, purple, and turquoise in the corners, but I think this may play off well with the alternating blues on the edges.

I do like this next design as well, which sorta mocks the dahlia look of the center ribbons quilt.

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I like the circular look of the turquoise border, and there is a good color sense for the thin strips against the dark blue background, but maybe the points in the corners are not my favorite either.

The next design to share uses my good old friend applique in addition to piecing. And I haven’t found the right color balance with it either.

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But it’s kind of cute. A cute way to frame the quilt without going too overboard. And I could always double ring the applique with a lighter or darker frame as a form of a shadow, which could give a different look.

Or I could do this pretty nice balanced block in the corner, but again struggle with how many of each of the 3 colors hit each corner.

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Something to think about.

What I might do is to do some sort of celtic knot in the corners instead. I have a couple of books on celtic knots, and perhaps that will give me more of the look I am dreaming about for this quilt. Need to research & plan and design & think about it.

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In other somewhat related news, my first round of a round robin was sent off to the next person on our round robin today. I am happy with my portion of the block I received and I hope Daisy will be too. Of course when Daisy sees it, it will look completely different than it does now.  I am curious to see what I am getting next, but I am so far, deciding to avoid my “Round Robin Flickr group-A” because I am uncertain if I want to see my block progress or not. DON’T click the above link if you want to see your block and you are in the same group.

In other news there are two other groups as well. Group B & Group C. The idea of this round robin is fun. I hope the other two groups get more pictures up – currently there are only 3 pictures and 6 pictures. I just put my hand on the screen to be able to post the link to group A, so I don’t know for certain if there are more pictures or not, but I know a few weeks ago we had 6 or 7 and I just posted one more (without looking). Hoping to see the progress in the other two groups I am not part of, but it’s slightly early for this round as of this time.

I really liked the inverse of the block I created, it would have also been a really cool applique center of a round robin quilt. See? (sorta) – small snippet only is available for you.

small snippet of inverse of daisy round robin

Was going to post the entire inverse block here, but that would be too revealing to what I actually made. Or it could be. And of course these don’t actually line up, I wasn’t being incredibly accurate when placing them down on the sides of the block as those sections are in actuality on the opposite corners of the quilt.

It’s a darn good thing I have weekends to sew. Not getting a ton done the rest of the week. Having a happy time sewing & designing today!

Take care!

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33.9 New Project Limbo

January 21, 2014

I just spent a bunch of time testing something and I am going back to my original methods of posting here.

I am going to see if the pictures from the test work out ok or not. We will see after this posts (a little wary of that right now).

I am in ‘project limbo’. I have a LOT of UFO’s, my new projects aren’t grabbing my attention, but neither are my old projects either.  Here are some samples & some explanations of some things that – yeah, someday I should finish, but currently haven’t ran to get stitching on.

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I was cleaning out my basket of UFO’s over the new year, going through & sorting things out. This little quilt-let I found the center with the hearts, birds and flowers all dolled up with my fancy embroidery stitches that I found over on NeedleNThread.  I also saw some of the pre-made pieces that didn’t’ make the original design – the red birds, the center red flower.

Well some weekend in the past 3 I added the green and then outer dark grey border, and elmers glued the extra applique pieces. Last Saturday, I glued & prepared the violet tulip pieces and everything is currently ready to stitch down. But, I have little desire to complete this beyond this. Right now. Perhaps I’ll take this with me & work on it outside of home.

Another thing I worked on during the long week I was sick (finally feeling closer to normal) was the idea of a jeans quilt.

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I have a lot of the dark blue, I bought that denim off the bolt, and I have a lot of the medium denim too. I really like the idea of this design, but I don’t think I am as in love with the design for my jeans quilt.

The stained glass feeling from the dark strips are supposed to break up the stiffness of the denim & keep the seams lighter. I have such a narrow stained glass strip that I have decided to paper piece these blocks to get them to look right, and that method is a mistake when it comes to denim – too many seams, too hard to cut down in between the narrow stained glass pieces.

Not that a basic stained glass quilt won’t work with the denim, but not in “this design”. Not now anyway. Or not without modifications.

The last thing I have looked at & found / re-found was a 4 block set I purchased at the local quilt show.

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Ok, so I did add the bright orange border on the blocks just today, but I am looking at this, I didn’t make the center block, but I could see this being an interesting base for a round robin quilt.

I’ve never done a round robin quilt. I wonder if I am unstructured enough to be able to enjoy joining a round robin. I think this would be easy for me to “let go” since I didn’t make the center block, but I would love a quilt built around this block.

Coincidentally, there is a round robin that is starting up with our #twilter group on twitter (of which I am a sometimes participant, but sometimes lurk & see all the fun the twitter quilters are having). Maybe that’s a good time to start a project, something I didn’t make myself, I have Judy Laquardia’s book on borders, have created a pinterest board with round robin quilts.

What do you think? Talk me into it? Daisy is hosting and has been chatting w/ me on twitter about joining up.

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32.9 Driving to and from SkyVue Lodge in Winslow, Arkansas

November 17, 2013

A week ago I was getting home from a relaxing retreat in Arkansas.

arkansas mountains

We were there about a week or two after the peak leaf-viewing season or so.

Some retreat experiences out of the norm.

On the way, we went to a quilt shop with consignment – Village Quilting in Bentonville, AR.

village quilting consignment area

The ladies had cards they were sending out to the service men & women. So I signed one.

letters to soldiers

And they had a completed small version of the quilt I was SO SURE I wanted to work on at retreat when it turned out that I didn’t have enough fabric (haven’t posted it yet).

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And those of you who know me know I would love making that quilt, and I will some day.

The quilt shop lead us to a great local Bentonville cafe, The Station. Yum!

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Yummy sandwiches & they serve kolaches (didn’t get one, but kolaches are from my past) & pies. And license plates.

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And then we were in Winslow Arkansas at a wonderful bed & breakfast called the Sky-Vue Lodge. Where they go out of their way to be nice, help with bags, feed us well every day & night, love on us, & let us love on them back!

We have our normal sewing room.

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With lots of natural light, where we have to play with the window shades in the morning.

We had show & tell somewhere in the middle when I was still awake!! And I was very happy!

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And we heard about Moore, OK & El Reno, OK tornadoes a week apart from Kaye (who brought the minibar/shop)

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Saw this quilt being put together all weekend.

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And this one “sew stinkin’ cute!”

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… using a fabric called “cuddle” which is a softer, lighter less textured version of minke fabric. So it was “sew stinkin soft” too.

And there were a few off/road adventures which I readily welcomed as part of my “vacation”.

The arts museum across the street had different items on display.

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Complete with yarn bombed poles & trees!

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And on Saturday, we adventured to the craft show at the fire station. These handbags I loved & thought about getting.

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And this sweet doggie hadn’t really been inside much before.

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I bought three knitted hats from the lady who brought the doggie! (pictures on other device)

And on the way back, we went to an inside sale. Basically an ongoing garage sale inside some lady’s house (never been to one before). At the inside sale, we saw a couple of old ruined quilts, one of which was over quilted on a completed quilt.

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Beyond repair.

She had pretty linoleum flooring though. Quiltworthy flooring.

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Up in the wonderful mountains.

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Another top from someone else’s finish!

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And we all got T-Shirts from the lady who does the massages who has some form of PT training as well. She apparently knows her stuff and so I am glad to help her advertise with the far-out shirts she gave out!

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And here is what I was working on, the King’s Puzzle.

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32.8 Preparing for Quilting Retreat

November 6, 2013

Hey all!

I have been busy on the weekends preparing for my now ‘annual’ Arkansas quilting retreat. With an online swap group that doesn’t really talk anymore, and doesn’t really swap anymore either.

But the ladies have been coming for many years and now I have been coming since 2010.

A little sad because the fall’s fearless leader passed away late last fall/winter.  And it will be hard to imagine the retreat w/o her spirit.

But also happy to reconnect with some of the other quilters I have gotten to know over the years.

To prepare I made my own style of pincushion & thread catcher bag.

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This doesn’t have stabilizer like I had planned, but oh well it’s just a pincushion bag.

The pincushion is an offset square pincushion.

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The name for the pincushion shape is Biscornu and is traditionally done with pretty embroidery/cross stitch patterns on the top.

I used two 5 inch offset squares  to make the pincushion. I stuffed it with walnut shells.

Then went searching around all of creation (aka Kansas city quilt/fabric shops) for the perfect button for the top. I think the resulting button is from Joanns, the last place on my list that day.

I used the tutorial from Merriment Design for the basic bag, self modifying the size of the liner material & outside bag, in addition to adding the Velcro strip to the bag and base.

The base is actually a small square of wood, covered with batting, sewn with a cover (also made with two 5 inch squares).

This would work a tiny bit better with stiff stablilizer sewn just under the top rim of the outside lining.

The Biscornu pincushion sits on the top and provides the weight for the combo even though the actual pincushion is not attached.

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Retreat plans (pre-retreat)

For retreat I am going to start ‘two’ new quilts. One I wanted to try to start last year but didn’t like the color values / amount of fabric I had for the color. I am going to retry to start this project up again.

I also am planning to sew the final quilt top together on the hexadaisy plus quilt, the larger, slightly modified version of the small hexadaisy quilt I started this spring.

I have two bindings to attach, one from the strip twist swap blocks from way back in 2010 or so.

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This was my first long arm quilt that I only got 3/4 of the way through, and as you can see ‘ol’ blue worked its way to finish the rest of the quilt.

The last section of quilting is not exactly to my liking or standard of the long arm stuff, but at least it is done & just needs a binding.

And a few blocks here & there to work on as leaders / enders – a black version & a white based version.

I had desires to make a twister block pattern I purchased this year, but didn’t have enough fabric for the quilt I wanted to make, even the special dyed fabric I bought for it.

So that fabric will be repurposed and some other time I will make the twister block quilt.

But then this morning (hours before retreat mind you) I was trolling around my own pinterest board this morning & came up with a new variation of a design I have been wanting to do since 2010, a God’s Eye quilt.

Quilters cache has detailed instructions for doing a 20″ God’s Eye block. I had seen the block done w/ HST’s in my 1000 quilt blocks book a long time ago.

So a short time later in EQ7, I created the god’s eye (didn’t see it in the library) & a good alternate block.

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If the quilt works out, I’ll consider writing up a pattern for this with HST’s.

The God’s Eye block has a lot of parts to it, but I like it. I know it reminds me of the trumpet block for my Exothermic wonders quilt, but I love the play of these two block sets together.

And with that, I have to commence packing. What’s left is all the extra parts I will need to create these wonderful quilts.

Glad I was able to create the idea for something new.

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