…and almost a full month slipped by with lots of visiting family and not much sewing. But I am back with what caused my “writers block” . I made some fish scale pillows and loved them so much I expanded the idea to a baby quilt.
All that top stitching was a total pain. The half circles puckered like crazy even with everything stabilized with heat-n-bond. I admit giving up a few times and in the end all that stitching took me weeks to finish because I was so annoyed.
And then the terrible happened. I washed it blithely thinking it would fray just a bit here and there. But sadly, tons of fraying and I think it will fall apart completely if it is washed again. Wall hanging I guess. Disappointment.
I pieced the back with some of my favorites. And now I am moving on .
Time to start some new projects. Gotta start fresh. One month until Christmas so I will whip up some presents. sigh.
I got a request from a far away friend to make the orange fish scale again. Here are the pillows I made this summer. After I cut out an enormous number of orange prints, we chatted about the colors in her daughter’s room. None of which were orange (HA!) and I worked some pinks in.
Last time I used the efla circle cutter to cut 7″ circles and then I cut them in half. But this time I went big and bought the circle die for my new Go Baby Accuquilt fabric cutter. I got it for my birthday (after emailing the exact model I wanted to my ever-so-loving-hubby) and I am addicted. I used the 5″ circle die and then lay them in a row just inside the 2.5″ strip die and they were cut exactly in half, 30 at a time!!
It is measuring at 36″ x 40″ right now. Currently this is heat-n-bonded to a piece of muslin with no stitching yet. I plan on top stitching the whole thing.
I am making excuses to keep this hanging on my project wall. I truly love to look at it!
I thought that the gorgeous morning light would show my newly finished kaleidoscope quilt beautifully. And so did this little girl. She is turning into quite the ham, not that I mind.
This poor quilt just needed it’s binding for weeks. I dropped in on unfinished projects night at Cloth and Bobbin last night and managed to finish it up before bedtime. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I am ignoring that it doesn’t match my bedroom at all. It might just be time to repaint so this quilt looks even better.
Admittedly I got distracted by my cutie girl and didn’t get any really good pictures. There some pictures of this quilt in progress here with more detail.
**added 2/27/12** I finally got a good day to take a nice photo!
I was so excited about this quilt. So SO excited. I have been hoarding this pink and red stash for a while.
I spent a lot of concentration on lining up the point in the 8 piece square. I was pretty pleased with them…
And then I pieced the blocks and something went wrong. Very VERY wrong.
I pride myself as a quilter who can see a quilt and figure out how it is made. It works 9 out of 10 times. With crystal clear hindsight I have done a little research and found the tutorial that might have helped me at Don’t call me Betsy . It doesn’t address the problem I created but I thought I would offer it up if any of you like this quilt and want to do it… better… *sigh*.
I still love it. It is a lot more wonky than I would like, but it reminds me that sitting on the beach and cutting triangles with scissors on my lap will not give me the best start. As nice as it is to cut fabric with my toes in the sand…
I will hopefully get this quilted soon and then I can start this pattern again as the baby clothes quilt I have in mind for a friend. So, I have another chance!
In other news;
My father-in-law is currently building a boat, which is coming along quite nicely if you ask me. He commissioned the boat design more than a year ago and had the design named after his only grand baby (my daughter), Darcy Bryn. He thinks Darcy Bryn is an excellent name for a boat, and I can’t help but agree. Follow his boat building here.
I have been collecting a rather sizable stash of red and pink prints for a few years now. And it has been at least 4 years since I made a quilt for myself. I am ignoring the fact that my bedroom is painted the most perfect blue and that I cut out way too many of these triangles to make this quilt any smaller than a queen. I am so in love with this quilt pattern that it was impossible for me to get it out of my head and that paired with my much loved red and pink stash is making me adore this quilt even in the early stages.
It is a tough one, I am fighting with getting all the points to match in the center. It is HARD to get those points to match! As evidenced by one block in this picture that I will have to redo now that I see how bad it is!
Now that my husband’s work schedule has picked up again it has been ages since I have been able to get to a quilt meeting or quilt store. I was feeling a little lonesome without someone to chat about fabric goodness. Then out-of-the-blue a costume designer friend started asking me about quilts and we picked up 2 other sewers and we are doing a floating sewing night once a month and since there are so few of us we can work it around everyone’s schedule and oh, it has been a joy. I wish I had thought of it myself! But there is something to be said about the camaraderie of a bottle of wine, a good iron and lots of sharp scissors.
And because we are never spinning enough plates, my hubby has started his own etsy store.
He is a camper (I am not). He is interested in survivalist training (I like to point out we have a perfectly good bed to sleep in). And he has a cute way of traveling with 15 feet of rope (you would never need rope if you just stayed home where there are hot showers). If you know a camper or survivalist, send him the way of this little store, maybe they will even strike up a little camper group or something. He claims I don’t like camping when I disparage tent-sleeping, I can’t imagine what he is talking about.
I used the Outside the Box pattern from this book; The Modern Quilt Workshop. I had marked a similar quilt as a flickr favorite a long time ago and spent a while tracking down the pattern. In the end I just re-did the math myself to accommodate some very precious scraps I was trying to keep in the quilt.
The bride and groom had requested orange and purple. um. well. how to say this gently? They would not have been my first choice? It turned out alright? I don’t totally love it? I like the pattern and the fabrics but the end result, eh. And before you ask, I am 101% sure the bride and groom don’t read my blog.
I finished it in the wee hours of the morning the day before the wedding. And gave up sewing earlier than I should have. I didn’t quilt the big purple squares and because I was using cotton batting, the batting disintegrated. Big clumpy batting balls inside those purple squares. Yup. So, there is some fixing to be done. I gave it to the couple for the wedding, but I will take it back to repair at the end of the month.
and that there is Petunia. Who is very excited about snow. And wanted more than anything to sit right in the middle of this photo shoot. Luckily she is very obedient.
There was some creative design on the backing because I refused to go back to the fabric store again. But it is simple and different and I rather like it.
For the first time in a long time I remembered to put on my tag. I ordered them ages ago (from here) and only remember half the time so they are bound to last a while longer.
It feels like it has been a million years since I have been able to say “I finished a quilt” . Maybe that is why I forgot to take a good picture of the whole quilt top finished? Ah, well- here is the picture before it was finished, and it didn’t change that much. The rest of the pictures are from the finished quilt. Look close and you can see Eiffel towers in those little blue squares… hence Paris of ” Pirates and Paris”.
This little quicky was so satisfying to work on, and the recipients loved it!
however, the velour backing from Ikea was a terrible idea. It stretched like crazy and I finally just did little tiny button shaped stitching to tie it off. It was bunchy and puckery and was a true mess. Cozy and soft. But a mess.
One perk to the backing was the pre-embroidered design, that I think is just so sweet. Live and Learn, stretchy velour = mess.
A quicky for a Christmas present. I have scraped the bottom of the red barrel with this one. I have very little red in my stash left, which means time for shopping! I started this last week and have been managing an hour or two every night after baby’s bedtime. Didn’t get a chance to iron the seams yet but was so thrilled to have something new to blog about I couldn’t resist posting right away. I have an Ikea velour blanket for backing so it will end up being in the neighborhood of 40″ x 48″ when we are done. Here is hoping I can get it done before the big day.
what? you are asking about the orange and purple quilt? yes yes, I put it aside for a moment. It is almost done, but well *i kind of hate it* I have done the best I can with it, but have you ever had a quilt that you hate working on? I hate working on it. It will be nice to give it away, I do hope they like it… Was that mean? No, I really do hope they like the purple and orange that they requested. Oh well, pulling my foot from my mouth…
Do you like the random little pirates? I think it made it a little punky, and the recipient is just a little punky
Here we are. Moving forward slowly. This will be a wedding quilt for a New Years Eve wedding. I think I will be able to get it done, but that other quilt that was a Christmas present? totally not happening.
and just because she is fantastic- a pic of my little girl before Halloween;
I made the mistake once before of asking an engaged couple what colors they would like their quilt. It didn’t turn out so bad last time. It fact I really liked it by the time I was done. But this time? I am a more than a little fearful at the end result. Although, in the years since I last made an orange quilt for my brother in law there are much nicer oranges available… Or maybe I just grab them at every opportunity knowing how rare a nice orange fabric is…
oh wait! I just found another orange quilt I did. I loved that one. Sigh, why did I sell it?