Posts Tagged ‘periodic quilt’


31.8 I come back to this quilt periodically

August 1, 2013

After a year of off and on only stitching the border around my Periodic Spiral quilt, I finally joined the ends the other day.

A couple of years ago, I started off on a journey of tiny hexagons, sewn around batik scraps collected by some of my guild members.

I was inspired by an online “maybe it’s abandoned program” which no one from the program contacted me weather it was okay or not okay to talk about their website in a blog/podcast.

I mean the Periodic Sprial quilt from the diagram on the “Periodic Spiral website“.

I have podcasted about it, blogged about it when deciding my trims, and then mentioned it again when showing some of the embroidery I did for it.

I printed out the PDF from the website onto some Printed Treasures paper.

periodic spiral website on fabric

And then I cut out the group names that I had previously embroidered.

rough layout of periodic quilt trim start

The previous photo was taken about a year ago.

Last weekend, I arranged the periodic table group name labels close to the groups in question.

trim complete periodic spiral embroidery layout

I am planning to outline each of these with trim of some sort (hasn’t been decided yet which trim). And then I am going to embroider a line from the name to the group area.

I remember making one mistake design element two years ago when setting up these hexies into blocks. I never separated non metals & metalloids, the traditional ‘staircase line’ that follows most versions of the periodic table.

So I will have to embroider it in place.

And have I shown you about the shiny fabric???

I had really prepared for this quilt last year, as the letters I made were cut out with fusible on black batik already.  And then the shiny fabric was cut to make a perfect ‘border’ around the black fabric letters.

periodic spiral with letters layout

So this year, I decided to transfer the previously cut and made letters onto the previously cut shiny fabric, after adding fusible webbing to the back of the shiny fabric strip for stability.

I referenced the Tip Sheet for Metallic & Sheer fabrics for a rough idea on how to handle this. Although I currently don’t have it sewn down yet, I think this will be a nice idea.

Really there so far, doesn’t seem to be much to it. A fusible webbing heat set onto the back of the fabric, one of those two sided ones that you have to peel off later.  And then I have my applique pressing sheet to make sure it happens okay. I don’t use the pressing sheet often, but good for me for having it & using it.

Now it is going on my wall, or rather on the front door to my sewing room, and I know I’ve been tempted by the lure of shiny fabrics in my past, but I’m not making the same mistake with this one. I made a pillow out of similar fabrics while in high school, yes it was shiny and cool feeling, but you woke up with face sparklies and for a few days didn’t know why.

The shiny fabric above leers on the edge of “gaudy” or “tacky” but as a silver background, it pops out nice with the forground colors AND evokes all the METALS that can be found as natural elements.

And so what’s probably next for this quilt is to get back out my box of trims (there are more than this) and decide what’s going around all the group names.

box of trims

I still like the black braid outlined in white that I thought about using for the whole center outline, but I have to figure out where to use it that it will go, but not attract too much attention away from the hexagon ‘star’ middle of the quilt.

For now I am contemplating that braid around the key, and maybe a black with silver beads around the group names, and maybe the same black around the words “Periodic Spiral”


26.3 A little rest from the heat

June 21, 2012

SINCE this past weekend we’re having AC problems and problems with phone tag with landlords, and landlord in the ICU of the hospital (please send good wishes/prayers his way), and generally misery in the main part of my house most of the time.

Until today.

And TODAY ONLY it appears looking at the projected temperatures of the upcoming weekend.

Finally the temp inside my house has broke below 85. Before this week I forgot how stressful, headache causing, nauseating, and draining just sitting in that sweltering heat can become. 83 now seems “cool” inside. Tolerable.

Which thanks to a single day cool front has lowered temps quite a bit for one afternoon.

So I’m enjoying today, and telling you that until the AC is fixed, I don’t have any energy/desire to post/podcast/ or do anything cooking / sewing / blogging related. Pretty much don’t want to do anything except give a weather report of the inside of my own house and sometimes have the energy to read back through other people’s tweets.

And drink water / tea. lots of drink.

And the one day I actually went away to a) sew, and b) get away from this mess of a house, was the one day that there was a possible connection & time for the person to come look at (and possibly fix) the AC. And I wasn’t home. Figures. Sux.

What makes it worse is that at work I am near several several machines that run at 100-300 degrees all the time and our lab re instituted that we all always have to wear lab coats even though the samples we deal with are all contained in vials with caps. Last summer I could periodically at least walk around without the lab coat for a while. Hot at home. Hot at work. No escape lately except for sleeping.

But today … cool …


Sunday morning I finished the last of my embroidered pieces on my periodic table quilt while I was out of town.

The group names of the periodic table for which I plan to applique a single hexagon to the side as a key to the groupings.

I will also have to cut up these names and rearrange them so that they can be appliqued to the front of the quilt top.

Here’s a slightly closer picture showing some of the variegation and the different color shades of threads I stitched together.

I tried to be random for which sides got which color grouping, and I tried to pair a light strand with a dark strand.

I already miss the easier portability of this embroidery, as I currently have the rest of the quilt top back in my purse, sewing down the one trim that I decided to use (well it’s probably getting paired with a 2nd trim outside of this).

Here’s the trim I chose. A round ric rac style of trim.

I am/was/am/maybe pairing this trim with another black trim that has spiraled gold pieces. If I do decide to put the 2nd trim on the quilt, it will lay over the top of the ric rac of the trim and be on the outside of the diagram. Double layer would be double work tho.

I DO NOT like the pins I have to use to keep the trim on while it’s in my purse. Because I fold this quilt up into a ball (or sometimes fold it) to move it around and then the pins poke back out at me.

Earlier I mitigated that problem with roxanne’s glue, but this time, I don’t want to use that glue to tack the trim down.

And I am appliqueing this trim down through the narrow gaps in the trim (provided already) and doing it all by hand so that the applique stitches aren’t really showing up at all! 😉

The only other piecing I’m doing right now is some paper piecing on my dancing ribbons quilt. This has 18 pieces for the circle, and today I realized I am one piece shy of having 9 done. But here’s a picture of 7 I took earlier today.

As you may see that the paper is still on the back and will be until these things are sewn together in a big ol circle.  So I’m not exactly half done (there are other parts to the outside as well) but I am pretty well close.

These blocks are mindless and it’s fun to think of the end result, even if all it is, folding, cutting, pinning, sewing clipping threads, ironing, repeat. And each ‘block’ has so many little pieces.

Two things of note here:

Now my dark purple is too dark but since I ripped out 2 blocks for the dark blue background, I am not ripping the blocks again, the dark purple will just have to stay dark.

And this picture shows a lot more ‘yellowing’ than what the colors actually are. Problem with not using a flash earlier and the ambient light etc.

These strips actually alternate with 9 other strips that haven’t been sewn yet.

Mind numbing. But this will be great when done. But I couldn’t paper piece 8 hours a day for several days straight w/o going a little nutzo.  (hmm, gretchen, familiar?)

Anyway, I don’t know when my AC will be back to normal and I can stop obsessing about the temperature in my house. I don’t know how long it will be until I have another perfectly perfect day to be able to sew or come talk to you again.

So if it’s a while, stay safe, drink lotsa water!