Posts Tagged ‘Quilting’

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35.7 Dancing Ribbons corner quilting not turning out

June 24, 2014

Okay I have been living with some darker fabrics next to my dancing ribbons quilt, trying to make the fabric decisions on what will work best for the corner blocks.

dancing ribbon fabric choices 2

And then on a whim this past weekend, I decided to start cutting up and using an even lighter fabric for the corner fabric, making my lightest color fabric on the left in my picture above now become the darker of the 2 blue fabrics.

Then I have everything cut out, and all my sets of pieces cut out, sewn together & trimmed.

dancing ribbons corner blocks trimmed up ready to piece.

This means all the paper pieces are trimmed and all the fabric is sewn together in groups of 2 trimmed.

But you know the old saying “Measure twice, cut once”? Yeah, I don’t think I did that.

dancing ribbons first too small corner

See how much smaller my completed corner is from the size of the quilt? I forgot to double check my measurement of my quilt block before printing out the EQ7 paper piecing.

I had put in the center block to being 20 inches instead of the 23 inch finished size. I was hoping to go large and then cut back, not the other way around. :(

Sad trombone.

Also, seeing exactly how bright I went with the brighter fabric now this “way lighter” corner thing looks really out of place.

If I manipulate the one corner I have done in photoshop to see the quilt as it may appear (with the too small corners) it will look kinda like this.

dancing ribbons first too small corner copy

I don’t mind lighter corners, but this seems too light. I think I may rethink this redesign. I may go with the original darker fabric to tie it better to the original colors. I was “this close” to using the darker fabrics Saturday, but then “on a whim” (which sometimes works) I said that I liked this lighter fabric too much and I wanted to use it.

Since I have to redo the corners anyway for being too small, I will switch back to the darker fabric & purchase more of the ‘medium’ I have in this piece.

The dark from the corners of this piece will become the light in the next part of the fabric. The time I spent working on this quilt, there were limited hours for in-person fabric shopping. So this quilt will sit another week during the thinking stage.

The yellow bright corners may be too bright for this quilt, I have a duller version of the yellow. Possibly, I am going to rethink the actual corner colors.

I did have a thought about adding borders to the corners to make them fit better, but I don’t really want to try to mess with that.

I don’t mind too much about this setback. I DO really like the four corner colors that I have created.

So much that I decided to complete the four corners as a small quilt of its own. With a minor change with the inner star which I will highlight with the quilting stage.

blue faded star four corners

This is a cute little happy blue quilt. I will have a quilt plus the reverse of the same thing in the corners of the Dancing Ribbons quilt. With different colors.

Just not destined for this quilt at this time. Very pretty!

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35.6 Golden Card Trick Quilt

June 22, 2014

In my “year of FMQ” I have sat down and finally quilted this card trick quilt that I have had in the works since April of 2009. Making it my oldest UFO.

I do realize that there still needs to be one small line I missed on the card trick block itself and the corners aren’t tacked down – said I would get to them later & forgot that I never finished them until after I put my FMQ foot away for the day.

card trick showing the quilting full

The card trick & square in square blocks are quilted on the top with a golden/orange contrasting thread.

card trick straight quilting in orange brown thread

But the threads on the straight lines in the ditch around the blocks are much lighter – a light taupe for some of the straight lines.  For the swirly details I decided to pick a color in between the lighter taupe and the golden/orange, and use a golden yellow color thread for quilting.

card trick quilting ring around diamond in square fmq

Quilting is swirls and long feathers in a box around this section.

And circles and a pinched block for the middle of the blocks.

card trick quilting in between the tricks quilting

This quilting went rather well, and is the largest thing I have pushed through my Janome Magnolia machine. Not too hard to do, but too much bigger would be harder than this.

A small amount of success for finishing the quilting. I have been weary of “overquilting” this quilt, but I think this one plays nicely with some curves and some straight line free motion quilting. I have basic straight lines in the borders.

straight line border quilting

I could alternate with fills, but currently they are left plain, which is fine with me at this time.

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35.1 Non-quilting art and scrapitude on MDSI weekend

May 26, 2014

I have been having a blast during this Memorial Day Sew In (#MDSI on twitter) weekend – aka Memorial Day weekend for quilting muggles.

It has been wonderful to have a balance of online and offline experiences this weekend, which just makes everything so much rounder & more in depth than one or the other – which usually happens.

I got a few things done around the house, but nothing major or specific to the holiday except for yesterday when I went crazy for a snake found in our yard – no sign of him today – thank goodness.

The long weekend time was well deserved off.

I spent time on Saturday getting ready to see my friend and then spontaneously we decided to go downtown to see some stuff!

The first thing was this strange 3D installation at the Art Center. There was this large wire structure and various arrows and numbers, but the colored blocks in this were all fabric. Solids, and I saw the selvage on a piece or two, but the fabric was wrapped around the wire. So 3D quilt type thing?? Not exactly.

artfabricmetal3d

And there was an interpretive set of pieces in the next room, one of which looked like feathers.

artworklookslikefeathers

 

And there was a nice technique that I really liked in this watercolor/wax creation.

watercolorandwax

 

Which I wonder if it would translate to fabric dying? I like the pooling of darker colors at the bottom of the piece and the shiny way this works and reminds you of 3D pieces on a 2D space.

And then we went to this ceramics place where they make all the ceramics, and charge a fee for customers to come in and paint on the various types of ceramics and then you get to keep a personalized piece after they fire it!

So many choices at the ceramics shop! And examples to look at.

teapot2

Some other pieces that were finished from other customers.

finihsed pieces

There are stamps in addition to stencils.

stamps

And I could take my own design (*cough* quilt block *cough*) and recreate it in pottery and always look at it for ever & ever. Now to decide on the design, I have a half off coupon which expires at the end of summer.

And I just love looking at the pieces, finished and not finished.

watermelonbowl

And after all this fun, we went back to my friend’s house and LynAnne finished a quilt top that just had a few more rows to sew together!

lynannequilttop

And I worked on applique pieces, sewing them down to the background. Currently (monday afternoon) I have 4 left to sew down out of 16. Not exceedingly exciting and I’ve shared it somewhere in the previous post.

Then Sunday was my 5K distance walk/run training / regular workout.

And more hand sewing & twitter.

Then this morning, we decided to go fishing and I at least caught one.

darlacaughtafishmemorialday2014

And this afternoon, I finally finished all the straight-line stitching on soft scrapitude and now have to fill in more on the FMQ.

scrapitude straight lines complete

I have yet to completely decide on the larger triangles, but I think I am doing vines in some of the ‘v-shapes’.  And I don’t do feathers often, but I do do pearls.

scrapitude pearls in boxes

I am trying to make myself find designs that are not just in the piecing. I like using the piecing for my ‘custom FMQ’, but branching out into the negative space is nice too. I have a lot of quilts that could benefit from some FMQ marathons.

And the other day, my friend opened up a small modern quilt fabric shop in the neighboring very small town, and I went to the dollar store afterwards and found this strange colored headband that reflects either pink or blue depending on the light. This is strange fabric and may have to find a place in one of my quilts one day.

Please excuse the strange top of head shot to follow.

strangeheadband

 

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35.0 Month and a Half Spring 2014 Report (picture heavy)

May 18, 2014

It was never my intent to be ‘blog silent’ for a month & a half. I am starting to let the blank page intimidate me. Excuses are easier to come by now, if I don’t write now, panic may set in and another week will go by without a post.

That aside, I have had an interesting month & a half since we last spoke.

1) I got my friend’s Sunshine quilt finished.

The week I sent it off, she was away for a few weeks out of state getting treatment. I finally saw the message she left for me two weeks ago, up until now I wasn’t sure if she had gotten the quilt or not.

She said it brightened her day. Which brightened my day.

So hugs to her.

I treated the quilt to an outdoor spring tour before sending it off to her. As a symbol of some of our outdoor bike adventures to this place called Cottonmill, the mall etc.

So it went to the park bench,

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And sat in the middle of the gazebo in the park,

sunshinegazebofrontquilt

And then in the prairie,

sunshinequiltprarieclose

And by a stream,

sunshinequiltbystream

And on a bridge over a stream,

sunshinequiltbridgeeast

And then it was sent away to my old friend!

2) Also missed in the last month, it was MayDay and Christmas all at once, I worked on these projects for me (the hair bows) & for the quilt boutique for the massive multi-guild show happening next June in Kansas City!

christmasstockingandmayflowers

Someone was tossing the embroidery in the trash and I decided to save it, and make a stocking pocket out of it. I hope someone will buy it.

Here’s another look at the stocking in different light.

stockingpaislychristmas

The ribbon flowers never showed up well in photographs. I am learning how to make individual petals & sew them together. I have a few more sets ready to sew, and then I sew them to a set of alligator clips I had already purchased.

3) I sent out my 1.5″ squares and I got some back!

1andahalfinchsquareswap

4) I worked on the center of my round robin quilt, going in the theme of pinks & purples.

center for round robin quilt darla

I put like everything in baggies for my next round robin partner and wrote a lot in my journal.

darlas round robin box before sending off

5) I received Daisy’s round robin center. I have already prepared a small snippet for you to see what I am heading toward. I forgot that my applique points aren’t as perfect as they could be, but this was the design I kept thinking about. As a result of on points in EQ7 and some form of block that is cut in pieces, but looks pretty cool in this context.

smallsnippetdaisy

At least I think it’s cool. It’s of a modern feel, that’s for sure. All these fabrics except the background are from my own stash and I used the focus fabric and fabrics she already had in place for the center to pick the right fabrics to add.

6) I started FMQ on my soft scrapitude. I am working in some shiny metallic thread on part of the quilting for the first time.

metallicthreadonsoftscrapitude

7) And I decided to make some orphan blocks into a table runner. I don’t have a lot of green based projects, so this was nice to work on!

greentiltbasted

So …. one and a half months of projects, 7 different types of things to work on during that time. Lots of stimulation.  A couple of bad days of panic about not posting, but if I waited much longer this list would be 5 times more. I hope you enjoy!

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34.8 March A Long 2014 – Report In for YOU

March 30, 2014

March A Long 2014

It’s after the last full week of March, and I wanted everyone to have a chance to check in for their March-A-Long progress.

March-A-Long (#marchalong on twitter) is a commitment & encouragement to sew or make some progress towards a quilting goal for 15 minutes a day during the month of March.

Great job to everyone sew far in getting their quilting goals to build discipline during the entire month of March! It’s all for fun and/or progress and/or skill building!

lake in march

DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES (*cough* camera-batteries *cough*) I am unable to get the video for this week recorded today. I do have off April 1st so I will have time on Tuesday to record & post a video for this blog.

I will wait & describe my fun I had with my FMQ in the blog post I will make on Tuesday. A large portion of it is already written.

But: Feel free to comment here about your week. I know it’s late in the game, but I am considering giving away a few items to one lucky person who has been generous enough to play along & report in their March-A-Long progress. Or maybe one item to 3 different people.

That will be revealed more on Tuesday.

For now, see a picture of my quilt backing for my card trick quilt. I pieced this together with sorta random fabrics from the quilt retreat I went to a month ago.

backing to card trick quilt

Love to hear what you’re all up to. March-A-Long Post #1 & #2  & #3 & #4 & #5 for 2014

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34.7 March A Long 2014 – Week 3 Report in

March 23, 2014

March A Long 2014

It’s after the third full week of March, and I wanted everyone to have a chance to check in for their March-A-Long progress.

March-A-Long (#marchalong on twitter) is a commitment & encouragement to sew or make some progress towards a quilting goal for 15 minutes a day during the month of March.

Great job to everyone sew far in getting their quilting goals to build discipline during the entire month of March. It’s all for fun and/or progress and/or skill building!

Love to hear what you’re all up to. What am I up to??

Monday/Tuesday, I decided borders for this quilt, and then I got the top all sewn together Wednesday!

blue sunshine quilt top complete in sunshine

And then I decided to make a little “internal sunshine” (Kati’s input on the name) on the back.

blue sunshine quilt back pieced

The quilt is basted and ready to be ‘ditch quilted’ (almost said ditched).

I called this: Mandy’s Blue Sunshine on Threadbias.

I also went vintage hat shopping. And some of you saw my hats on twitter.

several hats

Just for fun, I blinged up one of the kinda boring hats.

hat bling

I recap with my sergeant & my marching ants in the video below.

For those of you who like the voice & the ants.

In the video, I share my scrap management system with you all, with many baggies & cubbies.

March-A-Long Post #1 & #2  & #3 & #4 for 2014

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34.6 March A Long 2014 – Week 2 Report in

March 16, 2014

March A Long 2014

It’s after the second full week of March, and I wanted everyone to have a chance to check in for their March-A-Long progress.

March-A-Long (#marchalong on twitter) is a commitment & encouragement to sew or make some progress towards a quilting goal for 15 minutes a day during the month of March.

Great job to everyone sew far in getting their quilting goals to build discipline during the entire month of March. It’s all for fun and/or progress and/or skill building!

Love to hear what you’re all up to. What am I up to??

I missed the first Monday of the week as I got in 14,000 steps by going on two very long walks during that day since the weather was so nice.

Then on Tuesday, I cut scraps, but also Angela Walters visited my guild for a talk since she’s pretty local.

Boy is she funny! Her quilting is amazing. Loved to hear about her husband’s grandpa and how she thought she was the best quilter ever and her adventures in getting the long arm.

Here is one of her quilts! She said we could take pictures. But only heavily photoshop ones of her (joking, but funny).

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Her daughter was there helping to hold the quilts. Our guild got a reminder about how heavy the quilts were and to rotate out help for holding quilts and here is this little 8 year old just helping out as many times as she could! How sweet! And Angela herself held several of them as well.

The main majority of the week I was finding any excuse to get back to Hulu to catch up with the soap opera to cut scraps. I have lots of little baby pieces and started a string bag.

cutting dow n scraps

I am still working on my leaders & enders quilt seen below in blue & white.

mandys blue and white sunshine quilt

I have been showing all the pretty colors on my ‘Crazy Daisies’. Flowers for National Quilting Day held yesterday (third Saturday of March).

crazy daisies

I recap with my sergeant & my marching ants in the video below.

For those of you who like the voice & the ants.

I share pictures of my scraps, the technique I use for the 1/2 square triangles for this quilt, and a lighting solution from a fishing store.

March-A-Long Post #1 & #2  & #3 for 2014

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