Monday, May 22, 2017

mini quilt

A friend of mine had a miscarriage recently.  I made a tiny quilt to remember the tiny baby.

I made the eternity knot.  (I saw it here originally.)  Well, I mostly made it.  The top HST is rotated, but I didn't see it until it was way too late to fix.  I also decided that although I love how it looks, I might not ever want to make a quilt out of them.  In fact, I should probably not make a mini out of them again either.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nautical quilt - quilted!

I've had this quilt sitting around for a long time.  It was in a large stack my mother-in-law gave me, but she said she didn't care how long it took to finish.  So it probably took close to two years, when the rest of my quilt tops had all been taken care of.


In the main portion, I used a grey thread.  On the sashing I made a rope (from Angela Walters) and in the blocks I did a bunting that matched two of the fabrics.  I made some waves around the border in a dark blue thread.  I originally did the waves in the swimsuit quilt and it was nice to have something already worked out for a water theme.


The back was a solid, so you could really see the quilting well.  At first I was rather nervous about doing the bunting, especially with the solid back where you'd be able to see all my mistakes.  I knew there'd be several because the design calls for some travel over already sewn lines, and I just don't do that very well.

However, if I take a step back it looks fine.  Even better than fine.  I like how the bunting turned out. 



Friday, May 5, 2017

April progress

1. Woodlands quilt.  My goal for April is to get the top finished.  I'm about half way done, so I don't think it'll be too much of a stretch to finish it.  It's nice to have some easy months and maybe I'll even be lucky and get it quilted! 

2. Temperature quilt.  I neglected this for most of April, but when I looked in the bag I did have March all sewn together and a few days in April, so I much have worked on it near the beginning.  Although it's now May, I've finished April and am all caught up again.




3. Quilt nautical quilt.  This is all done, but it needs a final post.

4. Scrap quilt. This has been waiting for some time for me to finish quilting it.  A while ago I took it off the quilter, and then decided that I needed some quilting in the colored sections too.  Several thread trials later I "gave up" and used matching colors for each strip.  I now have a million thread ends to bury.  But I think it was worth it.

                           
Other items still waiting aroundMy numbers finally went down!

5. Meshing solid HSTs.
6. Rainbow log cabin.  
7. Simply solids bee quilt.   
8. Sunset wall hanging. 
9. scrap quilt #2. 
10. Orphan rocket block. 
11. Jeweled floors.
12. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
13. Winter quilt.   
14. fabric from Christmas.   
15. A pillow with green/purple fabric.
16. green/white hourglass quilt.
17. Trying to fit in - left over triangle quilt. 
18. baby quilt - possibly pair with another idea TBD
19. Another baby quilt

Monday, April 24, 2017

Scraps: a blog hop

Scraps.  Everyone has them, right?  This blog hop, hosted by Jen of Faith and Fabric, focuses on scraps and how they are saved, stored, or used.

I will be concentrating on how I store my scraps.  I feel like it is a little bit different than many other people that I've seen.

First off, I keep anything that is larger than 1"x 1".  I don't applique, so anything smaller than that probably won't get used.

Secondly, anything that isn't currently in a planned project is considered a scrap.  Yes, that means I have some very large scraps.  Any fabric in a planned project goes on a special shelf so I don't accidentally use it and everything else goes in bins.  I separate my solids from my other fabrics, but besides that I sort by color.

So here is my non-solid green scrap bin.  Until there is the tiniest amount left, it all stays folded together.  The little pile in the lower left are the pieces that don't have enough to fold together anymore.

Here is one of the fabrics I pulled out, but all the fabrics look similar.  

Inside that fold I have all the smaller pieces.  They aren't ironed.  They aren't trimmed.  (These all ended up as rectangles, but I often have triangles or other randomly shaped pieces.)  But they are all together, and I've found for me, that is the key.  I can easily tell if I'm going to have enough of the fabric for whatever project I'm working on right away.  If I'm doing a pure scrap quilt it's fun to go through what I have and rediscover some of the fabrics.

I never know what size of fabric I might want so I don't precut.  I don't iron because (if I do iron) I like to do it right before I sew.  If I end up never using this fabric again, I won't have wasted time on it.  So that's it.  That's the whole system...keep same fabrics together.

Check out the others in the blog hop!
Faith and Fabric
Swoodson Says
Vicky Myers Creations
Quilting is More Fun than Housework
The Cloth Parcel
Hilltop Custom Designs
Lulu & Celeste
made by ChrissieD
Fabric Engineer (you're here!)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Triangles Here, Triangles There

I finished my Riley Blake challenge piece called "Triangles Here, Triangles there.

It's a bit hard to see, but besides the obvious large triangles all the background pieces are triangles.  (The quilt was made in triangle blocks too).

It's a loose play on how there are all sorts of different people in the world; there are all sorts of different triangles too.  Large triangles, small triangles, equilateral, isosceles, and scalene.  There are double triangles (that one is shown above...since there aren't lines dividing the larger triangle blocks this one didn't come out quite as well.)  There is also one triangle that is missing part of itself.


I started feeling like I was running into the deadline to finish, and so I did a quick triangle stipple.  It was much faster than I expected and two days later it was done.  I never finish quilting that quickly!  I did not quilt over the dark orange triangles, making them pop out a bit more.

Some of the random stuff...the binding is in RB neon blue because that is the only RB solid my LQS had.  I had been hoping for orange, but I really like how the blue looks.  A happy problem!  I also ended up going with this design after taking a picture a few months back and realizing how much the orange stood out from all the other low volumes in the bundle.  I had to scrap an idea that was forming in my head and change it completely.  Lastly, the bundle image that they said they were going to send us included two solids.  I do love my solids and the colors match a wall in my house, so I figured I could make a wall hanging.  (Not shown, as I want to hang it up on an angle and haven't figured out how to do that yet.)  I was rather disappointed not to have any solids come with the bundle.  However, it worked out.  I like the final product. :)


This was my April goal.  I'm also linking up to Finish It up Friday.

Monday, April 3, 2017

March recap

1. Riley Blake Challenge.    My goal for March had been to finish piecing this.  I wasn't too far off, but I also wasn't all that close.  I'm not all that surprised by this; March was rather busy.  However, that means that now my April goal is to finish it all up.  I don't think it'll be too hard.

2. Temperature quilt.   I did spend one night in the middle of March getting up to date on this.  I now have January and February all put together and the days for March 1-17 put together.

                          
Other items still waiting around. I keep adding baby quilts...hopefully some of them can combine with other things. :)

3. Meshing solid HSTs.
4. Quilt nautical quilt.  
5. Rainbow log cabin.  
6. Simply solids bee quilt.   
7. Sunset wall hanging. 
8. scrap quilt #2. 
9. Scrap quilt.  
10. Orphan rocket block. 
11. Jeweled floors.
12. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
13. Winter quilt.   
14. fabric from Christmas.   
15. A pillow with green/purple fabric.
16. green/white hourglass quilt.
17. baby boy quilt - possibly pair with another quilt on the list.
18. woodlands quilt.
19. Trying to fit in - left over triangle quilt. 
20. baby quilt - possibly pair with another idea TBD

21. Another baby quilt

Monday, March 6, 2017

February progress

There are only two or three less days in February than the other months, but it felt so much shorter!  Anyway, here's some of the progress from February and some of the plans for March.

1. Riley Blake Challenge.  I have the idea drawn out and ready to go.  My goal for March is to (start and) finish piecing this.  It's a busy month, so we'll see how it goes.



2. Meshing solid HSTs.  I have the HSTs all sewn together and the background on some.  The picture below is a few of the rows.  (After taking the picture I put it all away.  After my big clean three weeks ago my area is still clean!)


3. Temperature quilt.   I'm half way through February, although only January is shown.  The months go rather quickly, so I'll probably catch up sometime soon.


4. Quilt nautical quilt. The quilting is done and I just need to deal with loose threads!
                          
Other items still waiting around
5. Rainbow log cabin.  
6. Simply solids bee quilt.   
7. Sunset wall hanging. 
8. scrap quilt #2. 
9. Scrap quilt.  
10. Orphan rocket block. 
11. Jeweled floors.
12. Lost piece (almost whole cloth quilt).  
13. Winter quilt.   
14. fabric from Christmas.   
15. A pillow with green/purple fabric.
16. green/white hourglass quilt.
17. baby boy quilt - possibly pair with another quilt on the list.
18. woodlands quilt.
19. Trying to fit in - left over triangle quilt. 
20. baby quilt - possibly pair with another idea TBD