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 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