Friday, April 18, 2014

The cross

Today being Good Friday, my family and I celebrated the death of Jesus.  So tonight I thought it fitting to work on the cross quilt.

The fabric was given to me by an aunt, so I thought I'd turn it into a quilt for her.  She has decorated her house with many items to remind us of God's love, so the symbol is fitting.  (It is also easy enough to put into a quilt based on value.)


After looking at the B&W version I realized the right side had a few more light squares than the left.  Besides that it is good enough...not perfect, but there is contrast as needed.

I currently have all the pairs put together and am starting four-squares tonight.  As long as the cat doesn't mess it up too much...she seems to think that fabric on the floor is for her and only for her.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sarah's quilts

Sarah gave me the privilege of quilting two quilts for her again...and she was very understanding as it took me some extra time due to sickness.

The first one was her mom's.

The middle part was quilted with meandering stars.  Below was my favorite square.  This song kept running through my head while I was quilting it.

The outside border was a normal stipple and was my son's favorite part of the quilt.  He's into stars lately, since they are one of the two shapes that he knows.


I called this the blue quilt, but I guess there is a lot of white and green in it too.  Anyway, I loved the color combo...this picture doesn't show it well because I finally gave up waiting for a sunny day and took the pictures on a rainy day.

The quilting is wavy lines.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Hearts?

I received a quilting stencil for Christmas and finally tried it out.


It's supposed to be hearts.  But, as with many heart pantographs, I see something else completely.  And once I see it, I can't unsee it.  So I'm picking it out.

(If you can't see the problem, that's awesome.  I'm not going to spoil your day by telling you what I see...you can just move on.)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

green coasters - finally done

After about two years, I finally finished the silly green coasters.  They were my first attempt at paper piecing and making coasters and it shows.  I think the idea is still good, but execution was lacking.  They have a huge bump in the middle making them only good for mugs, bottles, or other drinking things with a concave bottom.  But they can just stay on my desk and I'll enjoy them.


Since there are three colors there ends up being six color combinations.  The coasters are reversible, allowing all the combinations to be in three coasters.

It's fun to see how just flipping over one or two can completely change the look.

And they work!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Goals

Well, I've still been a bit under the weather which is why I haven't been posting much.  It's so much easier some nights to sit like a lump and watch TV than to sew.  But...I have made some progress.  I've come to realize that this year might not be a great year for getting things done, so while I wanted to add some goals to my list I won't be.  I wanted to add several baby quilts for friends, to do reverse applique, and to learn to do curves.  Instead I will just be adding one quilt and apologizing to most friends.  And I'll plug along, getting done what I get done.

But since this list shows up so often, I thought I'd try to get a few more pictures than normal.  My plan was to take these this morning, but in order to do that my son had to take pictures of them at the same time...so he ended up in several.

1. Finish quilt #1 for Sarah.  I only have a few more threads to deal with and than this will be done!  My first finish in quite a while. 

2. Quilt #2 for Sarah.  I'm hoping to finish this by March...and with spring break in the middle of March I'm hoping it will happen.

3. Baby girl daisy quilt.  This is for my new niece.  She's been here several weeks, so it's overdue.  But the quilt I was planning on giving her is too boyish.  

4. Finish the picture quilt.  This was a Christmas present.  It is partially quilted, but isn't quite square so I'm having some trouble with it and am not feeling excited to finish it.  It might also end up being a father's day present at this rate. :s


5. Baby paper airplane quilt.  This is for a baby that's been around a while too.  I think I will see her in August, so that would be a good time to have it finished.


6. Baby quilt.    Not started or planned.  No fabric purchased.  But ideas are running through my head.

7. Work on the T-shirt quilt.  I messed up one of the shirts but am getting another.  It'll be finished sometime.

8. Quilt a doll quilt This shouldn't take much time, I just need to do it sometime.


9. Aunt's throw.   I'd like to lay this out now that I have pairs and make sure the values are still ok.  Then continue to sew them together.

10. Baby quilt - urban cabins I was so close to finishing and ran out of blue.  Then I decided it was more of a boy quilt than a girl quilt.  (I had been hoping the navy would act as a neutral but might not be dark enough.)  So I got fabric but now it is just sitting again as there is no person to give it to at this point.

11. Quilt mint green baby quilt.  Yup, it's all ready just needs to be quilted.

12. Quilt nautical quilt  All ready just needs to be quilted

13. Quilt Christmas quilt  All ready just needs to be quilted. :)

14. Pillow for family room.  I ran out of scraps before it was big enough for the pillow.  So now I either need to make scraps which seems ridiculous or wait until I use the fabrics again or something.  It's been a leader-ender project that I periodically plug away at.

15. make the wall hanging for office.  I won this bundle a (long) while ago but since it's for me it doesn't always get priority.  The purple matches the office perfectly though, so I still want to get it done.

16. Simply solids bee quilt.  I still love this layout and want to get it finished, but since I only sort of have an idea of whom to give it to it has stayed on the back burner.

17. {pretend to} work on scrap quilt.  I actually worked on this a little bit!  It was fairly mindless.  I don't have many red scraps, but they're now all in a roll and I'm working on orange.  The final layout keeps changing, but I figure I'll make something work with whatever I have done.

18. Orphan rocket block  This would probably take less than an hour to finish, but I have no real motivation to work on it.

19. finish green coasters.  These also would finish up pretty quickly, but due to the very lumpy middles they are impractical for use so I've been putting them off.



20. Jeweled floors.  I have some of the fabric for this, but it's been put on the back burner
21. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  I've thought about this a lot but haven't done anything.
22. Winter quilt.  I have fabric but haven't done anything.





Sunday, February 2, 2014

Fractured 2

I gave my dad a fractured quilt for Christmas (originally created by Charlotte at Displacement Activity).  I managed to finish it before Thanksgiving, and I was pretty proud of that.











He often mentioned how much he liked my green fractured quilt.  It was a lot of fun to make, so I made one for him too.









I made it in our college colors, expecting that he would put it up in his office.  He ended up putting it in his house. :)


 




I quilted it the same way I did the first one...with flames of different colored thread. 




The colors in where mostly of Kona: tangerine, orange, appx. Mango, lt. Parfait, snow, cloud, candy blue, appx. Surf, royal, nightfall

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Still alive!

I'm still alive!  I haven't done much sewing or quilting (or really, anything) for the last month due to illness.  So if you left me a comment and I didn't respond I apologize.

This past weekend I had a few times when I felt better so I got some stuff done!  I quilted a row on the picture quilt.  I started making a red stripe out of my red scraps.  I organized my scraps into bins.  Not a lot of progress, but it's a beginning.

Hooray!