Thursday, October 29, 2015

Swimsuit quilt

I finished quilting the swimsuit quilt for my mother-in-law!  It took a while before I figured out how I wanted to quilt it.  I thought about doing a beach scene, but wasn't thrilled with the idea.  I was looking around some of the blogs I look at for quilting inspiration when I saw some waves from The Inbox Jaunt.  It still took a bit before I decided to use them; my first efforts at drawing them didn't work very well.

But after looking at several other things that just weren't working for me I decided to go with the waves.  Mine don't look quite as nice, but for the most part they turned out fine.  One thing I should have done differently though is to figure out the best way of quilting ahead of time.

I had tons of starts and stops!  And then I decided the swimsuits needed to be tacked down a bit more, so I did a bit of stitch in the ditch.  If I had realized that ahead of time I could have saved myself so much time.  Oh well...not a big deal in the end though.

I also stitched bodies in for the bikinis.  It just didn't feel right putting water on top of invisible bodies.

It was rather cold the day I took the picture above...definitely not swimsuit weather.

Finishing this means I met my October ALYoF goal (#35)!  I'll also be linking up with TGIFF, Whoop-whoop Friday, and Finish it Up Friday.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival: Large quilt

For the Bloggers Quilt Festival, I'd like to show He Is Risen

My aunt, a long time ago, had picked out all the fabric.  She gave them to me a few years ago after she realized she'd never do anything with them, along with a book on art/value quilts.

I wasn't quite ready to do an intricate layout, but thought a simple value layout would be nice.

For quilting, I did a wood grain in the cross and rays out from the center of the cross, like sun beams.

"For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life;  Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning."  Psalm 30:5

For more information on the quilt, please see this post.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Original design

For the Bloggers Quilt Festival, I'd like to show you an original design, Random Triangles 2.  (However, I spent a lot of time randomizing these triangles, so I'm not sure the title is accurate.)

All the triangles are one half the size of the next largest triangle, so that makes them a bit easier to fit all of them together.

There are also no unbroken seams across the whole quilt, and that is what makes this one tricky to put together.

I quilted it using a varigated thread so that the lines were perpendicular to the hypotenuse of the triangle.

For more information about this quilt please see this post.  To see the Random Triangles 1, see this post.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Space robots: pairs done

After months and months I finally finished all the blocks for the space robot quilt two nights ago.

Then, in about a half hour, I managed to sew them all into pairs.  I'm hoping the rest of the construction goes quickly, although after that I'll have to take out the paper.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October rollover

1. Quilt swimsuit quilt - for my October ALYoF (#35), I'd like to finish quilting the swimsuit quilt.  I'm doing waves on the white part.  I'm about half way done with the quilting, but there are a lot of stops and starts (should have thought of that earlier) and so a lot of threads need to be buried too. 

2. Baby girl top - The top of my stack 'n whack is done.  I really like it.

3. Sunset wall hanging.  I finished quilting the actual sun in shiny thread and am now doing semi-cirles around it.  I didn't end up working on it as much this summer as I was expecting, but I hope to continue to slowly work away at it.

4. Space robot quilt.  I almost have all the blocks pieced!  I'm about half way done with my last five.

5. Scrap quilt.  I finished this at the end of last month,  but as I was taking a quick picture something just didn't seem right about it.  Maybe it was all the negative space just being intimidating.  So I put it on the bed to check the dimensions.  Over all it's pretty good, but I think I'll add some from the bottom to the top.  I had forgotten that pillows often cover up the top bit and don't want them to cover the stripes.  So I guess nothing has actually been done, but there is a plan.

Other items on which I didn't make progress last month...
6. Rainbow log cabin.  
7. Simply solids bee quilt. 
8. scrap quilt #2. 
9. map wall hanging.  
10.  Pluses quilt. 
11. Orphan rocket block 
12. Quilt nautical quilt   
13. Quilt Christmas quilt  
14. Jeweled floors. 
15. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt). 
16. Winter quilt. 
17. Baby quilt. 
18. A door stop. 
19. The bee hive quilt - make sample blocks for November