Friday, April 17, 2015

Braid in a braid

Braid in a braid was another QDAD design.  I had been thinking about it for a long time in my head, but QDAD helped me flesh it out.


I put the scraps on the back in some green...I kind of like this side better than the official top.  So, besides the quilting, I didn't do anything that would make this the obvious back side so that I can flip it over sometimes.

I do like the end result of the braid in braid, although the larger braid isn't as prominent as I was expecting.

I had earlier done the "roll up the quilt to take a picture" shot (which didn't make the final cut) and my son wanted to do it too.  I like his imperfect roll.

And the flowers are just starting to show up!

I quilted it to try and emphasis the larger braids.  It is just a curvy wiggle to make some strings of beads.

I put it in its final home, on the cedar chest.  My son wondered why I put it there.  "To protect the top" I said.  "From kitty?"  "Uh, yeah.  From kitty"  and from duplo airplanes and assorted cars and whatever else feels like it needs to go on top.

(Do you see the corner of another quilt peeking into the picture?)

This is my April ALYOF.  Finished well on time for once!

Also linking up with Finish It Up Friday, LAFF,  and Whoop-Whoop Friday.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

QDAD

I made it into my first QDAD banner!

Here was the design.

And here is the banner.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

He is Risen!

He is Risen!

He has risen indeed!


I finished the quilt in time for Easter, as I was hoping to do.  The fabrics were given to me by my aunt, who loved the fabrics but didn't have the time to make them into a quilt.  So I'll be able to give it to her tomorrow.  It was my first time really playing with value and it was a ton of fun!  I will have to do it again sometime.


The cross is quilted in brown thread with a wood grain pattern.  There are lines (like sunshine rays) coming from the center of the cross (a gold metallic thread on the top and a red/orange/yellow varigated on the bottom) symbolizing the new life that Jesus gave us.  I had quilted a white cloth over the cross at one point too, but it didn't look right.  I think it would have been better to applique it on,  but since I've never done applique and had a deadline I didn't do it.  The cross is still empty - that's what matters.
There were a few prominent wrinkles in the back, but since it is so loosely quilted they aren't too obvious.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April ALYOF

1. Braid in braid.  For the April ALYOF, I decided to finish the runner.  I just need to bury the threads and bind, so it should be pretty easy to do.  I was debating doing something different because of that, but instead decided to just enjoy the rest of the month and perhaps flit from project to project.  Because sometimes that's fun too.



And the rest of the list, for reference.    (Dates are when they were started)...
2. scrap quilt.  Still working on blue, but making progress.
3. Baby quilt, unknown gender.  Not sure what I'm doing with this yet.
4. Baby boy quilt - using Urban Cabins.  I'd like to finish by July.
5. Baby quilt, girl.  I'd like to finish by August.
6. Baby quilt, gender TBD.  I'd like to finish by August.

7. Space robot quilt.  I made a bunch more blocks this month
8.  Pluses quilt.  April 2011.
9. Make the wall hanging for office.  June 2012.
10. Orphan rocket block  July 2013.
11. Pillow for family room.  August 2013.
12. Simply solids bee quilt.  August 2013.
13. Quilt nautical quilt  Nov 2013. 
14. Quilt Christmas quilt  Nov 2013.
15. QST.  Sept 2014
16. Orangy quilt.  Oct 2014 - This is about to go on the frame
17. Jeweled floors.  Not started
18. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  Not started
19. Winter quilt. Not started

Sunday, March 29, 2015

white cloth?

I'm getting close to having the cross quilt complete.  I had been planning on having a while cloth quilted around the cross.  But...the end result was different than I was expecting.  I don't like it as much and am thinking of picking it out.  However, I thought I'd see if there were any opinions first.

It is kind of hard to see on the front, especially on the light squares.  Not being able to easily see the full design is one of reasons I don't like it.  There are also a lot of tails because the thread kept breaking.

I think it looks ok on the back, but not great.

Note: there is a poll below, but I don't know how it will show up on assorted platforms.

Should I keep the white quilted cloth?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A hard finish

I just finished Baby V's quilt.  I had timed it so that it should have been finished about a week ago.  However, the binding acted up on me.  It was terrible and almost made me miss the March ALYOF goal (#70 from the begining of the month).  But maybe I should start at the beginning...

I started this quilt by finding the fabric, which I rarely do.  Then I used a few QDAD sessions to figure out exactly what I wanted to do.  The first quilt came out like this, and while I love it I also knew it looked nothing like what I was going for.




So here was the next try - completely different, but what I wanted (although in different colors).

Here's the finished product. 

Since the print squares go between colors, there were a lot of T-seams.  It was fun to figure out the best way to make it in order to have a miniumum number of pieces and have it not be too hard to make.  The T-seams really weren't too bad though...maybe one of these days I'll be ready for Y-seams.

Her brother also had his blanket pictured on the wood pile.  We got rid of the wood pile, but the wood holder has been a nice prop for quilts.

I really enjoyed quilting this one.  I put a different design in each color and matched the thread...so the back looks pretty cool too.

Grid play in the pink and wavy lines in the orange.

Clam shells in the yellow and wood grain in the green.

Woven cross-hatch in the blue and loops in the background.

So...back to the binding.  I like to use the pre-made satin binding.  I had to go to two different stores to get the two packages I needed.  (And that is after leaving the first store empty handed once because the line was so long and not moving.)  I've been feeling that my bindings are getting a lot better lately, so, of course, I tried to switch it up and make it better.  It didn't work, and I ended up unpicking a bunch of places.  But it's on and when you don't look too closely it looks fine.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March update

1. Baby girl quilt.  This is my March ALYOF goal.  I actually got pretty far on in during February, which is good because I won't have a ton of time in March.  I still have to quilt two of the colors and the background and bind.


2. Braid in braid. Once the quilting got going, it was fast. I still have to bury threads and bind.


3. Aunt's throw. The rays are finished.  Next up is to put it back on the frame to do a bit more quilting.  I'm still hoping to finish by Easter, but we'll see what happens.

4. scrap quilt.  Still working on blue, but making progress.

And a whole bunch of quilts that I didn't touch this month.  (Dates are when they were started)...
5. Baby quilt, unknown gender.  Not sure what I'm doing with this yet.
6. Baby boy quilt.  No progress. I'd like to finish by July.
7. Baby quilt, gender TBD.  No progress. I'd like to finish by August.
8. Baby quilt - urban cabins. No progress
9. Space robot quilt.  No progress
10.  Pluses quilt.  April 2011.
11. Make the wall hanging for office.  June 2012.
12. Orphan rocket block  July 2013.
13. Pillow for family room.  August 2013.
14. Simply solids bee quilt.  August 2013.
15. Quilt nautical quilt  Nov 2013. 
16. Quilt Christmas quilt  Nov 2013.
17. QST.  Sept 2014
18. Orangy quilt.  Oct 2013
19. Jeweled floors.  Not started
20. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  Not started
21. Winter quilt. Not started