Thursday, March 23, 2017
Next step - figure out what to do with these little leftovers. 8 12" blocks won't make much of a quilt on their own.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
It didn't really work for me, because the large heart was not as visible as I had hoped it would be. But I liked hte idea, so I did some playing around on EQ with alternatives.
I spent the past 2 weeks making 9 more border blocks, 50 neutral 16-patch blocks, and 46 neutral 8-patch blocks (for the outer border). I wasn't sure I'd ever finish, but strip piecing is your friend and I managed to get everything done. I'm pretty happy with the result. Now it goes into the pile to be quilted - and to find a backing for this 96" square quilt.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
These are my blocks from one of the guild mysteries. The dark is my background, and the light is my accent colour - so I keep having to remind myself to switch the dark and light in the instructions.
As this quilt progressed, I realized that my choice of fabrics was somewhat unfortunate. The light grey has dark grey in it. The dark grey has light great. And the red has both dark and light grey highlights. I did some fussy cutting, to try to minimize the overlap between the greys. But in the end,I think my blocks look a bit mushy. However, I did decide to go with the original layout, with no border. That makes this another perfect donation quilt, and I'm sure someone will love it. It's all sewn together now, although this picture doesn't show that. Added to the pile for quilting.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
However, I should have finished the math on this before I started. I just wanted a 50x70" lap quilt, to donate to Victoria's Quilts when it's done. Simple enough, right? So I pulled out my 2.5" strip bin, cut a bunch of fabric into sets of 5 squares for the pluses, and started piecing it together. Then I thought about where this was going. 50x70", at 2" (finished) for each square = 25x35 = 875 squares. Oops. And, 5 squares per colour means I need 175 different fabrics (actually a few more, because there are partial pluses on the edges of the quilt)
I did manage to finish the quilt, complete with almost 175 different fabrics. And finally this weekend I am going to put it on the longarm and have some fun with it. As is typical, it does not feel as though I made even a dent in the pile of 2.5" strips in my scrap bins.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
New project, ready to go!
Friday, February 24, 2017
I just finished a 2 day in-town retreat with about 35 women from one of my quilt guilds. The beauty of an in town retreat is that we got to leave our machines setup overnight, but went home to sleep in our own beds. I took a couple of projects to finish, my 150 Canadian women quilt to catch up on, and a couple of projects to think about starting if I got that far.
It was a very productive two days. This is my scrappy pineapple quilt that I started back in 2015. I've been working on it as a leader /ender project and finally finished all the blocks. So I took advantage of the retreat to put the top together. All it needs now is a border.