Thursday, April 28, 2016

Interlocking triangles

The baby is here!  He showed up a bit early, but is doing well.

So obviously he needed a quilt.  I was going over to my parents' house and thought it would be fun to get some pictures there.  It's amazing how many fun backgrounds there can be even just going to a different house.

The design is an original.  I found out that they had this rug on their registry from Crate and Barrel.  Then I used the Play Crafts' Pallette Builder to get the colors.  I ended up changing the yellow and orange a bit so that the quilt would be a bit brighter, but am curious to see how well the others match.  My design also plays on the triangle theme, but isn't too similar to the rug.

I went back and forth on the pink...the gender was not found out until the baby was born, so should I keep the pink?  There is pink in the rug.  I decided to do it.  There isn't too much pink and it seems silly that boys shouldn't be able to have a bit of pink too.

This is my favorite picture.  It is a rock pathway that is really only about five yards long and goes no where.  But it made a great background.  If you look closely you'll notice that inside the triangles is a light tan (Kona Putty) and outside is white (Kona white).  The only reason is that I ran out of putty and was didn't want to order more.

Quilting - the triangles have a wood grain in a matching color thread while the background is stippled.

I used a flannel on the back.  I don't like it quite as much as minky, but I couldn't find the right color in minky.  The quilt is bound in red sateen.

The other colors I used were Kona Bluegrass, Mushroom, Stone, Straw, Primrose, Sunny, and Rich red.  And an orange...I can't recall where it is from.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April rollover

1. scrap quilt #2. This is on the quilter now!  I still am loving it.  My goal for April is to finish it up.

2. A triangle baby quilt. I'm just waiting on the gender and I'll bind it. 

3. Scrap quilt.  Some quilting is done.  It's off the quilter while I'm working on other things though.
4. bee hive scrap something.   I trimmed some HSTs, but that's all.  Progress, but not much.

5. The bee hive quilt.  All put together.  It still needs a back and to be quilted.

6. Baby quilt (girl).  I decided on a rainbow HST quilt.  It's been fun, but I have pieces strewn all over the place so a good picture is a bit out of the question.

7. Wedding quilt.  Fabric has been received.  After getting the fabric I decided a few design changes were in order because the grellow didn't contrast enough with the sand.  But the design is still close.

Other items still waiting around. 
8. Sunset wall hanging. 
9. Simply solids bee quilt.   
10. Rainbow log cabin.
11.  Pluses quilt.
12. Orphan rocket block.
13. Quilt nautical quilt. 
14. Jeweled floors.
15. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
16. Winter quilt.  
17. fabric from Christmas.  
18. Kids' quilt.   
19. A pillow with green/purple fabric. 
20. Baby quilt (unknown)
21. Baby quilt (boy)
22. Aunt's quilt

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Space robot pillow

A week or so ago I finished the space robot pillow.  It is made out of the extra flannel that is the backing for the Space Robot quilt.  I'm not overly excited about how it turned out, but it will work.

I just sewed two pieces of flannel together and cut up batting scraps for the filler.  I was wondering how it would turn out.  It turned out kind of lumpy, to be honest.  But it will work for my four year old.  It's still soft.

It has made me think about if there is a better way for using up the batting scraps for the middle of a pillow though.  Maybe I'll try another way some day.

Monday, March 7, 2016

March rollover

I decided that I don't want to have a goal this month.  I'm not really sure why, but nothing is "due" too soon so I'm just going to work on anything.  The only plan is to switch out the scrap quilt from the frame and put the triangle baby quilt on...about mid-month.

Here's the progress from last month:
1. A triangle baby quilt.  Top done, ready for quilting. 

2. Scrap quilt. Started quilting.  There's no rush on this one, so I'm just going to work on it when I can.

3. bee hive scrap something.  I have a ton of scraps from the bee hive quilt.  I've made them into HSTs and am ironing and trimming them.  Then I'll have to figure out a layout.

4. scrap quilt #2. Done!  It's ready for quilting.  It's larger than I thought it would be, but oh well.

5. Space robot pillow.   The outside is made and I'm cutting up extra batting for stuffing. 

Other items still waiting around.  I increased from last month again. :)

6. The bee hive quilt. 
7. Sunset wall hanging. 
8. Simply solids bee quilt.   
9. Rainbow log cabin.
10.  Pluses quilt.
11. Orphan rocket block.
12. Quilt nautical quilt. 
13. Jeweled floors.
14. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
15. Winter quilt.  
16. fabric from Christmas.  
17. Kids' quilt.   
18. A pillow with green/purple fabric.  
19. Baby quilt (girl)
20. Baby quilt (unknown)
21. Baby quilt (TBD)
22. Aunt's quilt
23. Wedding quilt

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Bee quilt - question

I'm finally putting some of blocks from my bee quilt together.  However, I didn't specify that I wanted scrappy blocks, and some of the non-scrappy blocks had a lighter grey background instead of a medium grey.

I think two or three of them especially stand out in the quilt.  So here's the question...leave them as is because it adds some interest or take them apart and incorporate their quarters evenly throughout the quilt?  I'm torn.

(Note - this isn't the final layout.  Just an in process one before I started joining the extra quarters that I've made together.  Obviously, I need 11 more.)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Plus Plus finish

Plus Plus is finished!

I won the pattern last year through ALYoF from Meadow Mist Designs.  It took a while before finding just the right reason to make it up; an old friend was having another baby.  We didn't find out about the baby until just a few months before he was born, so I was looking for something that would go together pretty quickly.  Not only did it go together well, the pattern was also excellently written.

I started with the same fabrics as Matrix and then sort of changed everything.  I added yellow.  The colors got changed to solids.  I decided to use the greys that I already had on hand for the rest of the pluses.  So while the overall color feel is similar, there ended up being many changes too.

I took the pictures in the middle of a snowstorm.  So even though some of the fabrics might looked speckled with white, they're actually all solids.  The snow was coming down quickly.

I used my normal minky with sateen binding.  I love the combo.

For the quilting, I used Plus Quilting.  (There's a tutorial here.)  I love how it turned out and how it echoes the pieced design.  And it is an all-over pattern, so it quilted up pretty quickly too.

This was my February goal for One Monthly Goal.  I'll also be linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday and Finish it Up Friday.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Plus quilting

In advance of the upcoming Plus quilt finish, I thought I'd share with you how I did the quilting.  I like it since it matches the quilt piecing design so well.

1.  I'm showing the steps after doing a few pluses, but it would work at the beginning too.  For the example, we want to go to the left.  I apologize for my paint skills...who would have thought that I'd be better at quilting perpendicular lines than drawing them on the computer?  I left it as is though, because I didn't want to make it too perfect.
 2.  Go a little bit past where you want to turn (the red line).
 3. Travel back on the line you just made and then when you reach the place where you want to make the turn go the opposite way of where you want to go.  (Blue line)
 4.  Travel back on the blue line and continue on in the way you wanted to turn. (Purple line)  Continue as desired to fill the space.
 A. Sometimes you get a little stuck, but you can just add an extra cross. (Green line)
 B. Travel back on your original line and turn off, making one of the legs.  (Red line)
 C.  Travel back on that leg, going beyond the main line.   Then travel back on that little leg to the main line, turn onto it and travel back down it. (Blue line)
 D. Once you reach a place to "escape", turn and go the wrong way, then travel back on that leg and go the correct way.  Continue on as desired. (Brown line.)