Monday, August 31, 2015

Which Way to the Chocolate?


It's just a top. Not a finished quilt. Might not be a finish for awhile since I'm not sure how I want to quilt it. 


I had a lot of chocolate fabrics.  Some are scraps left over from my Crazy Cravings quilt.  I still have some bits and pieces left over after this quilt so I still see another chocolate quilt in my future. 


The geese finish at 4 x 8.  I had the brown fabric in my stash. I would have preferred something a little darker but I wanted to use what I have. I wasn't sure I would have enough of the brown so I pieced it whenever I could.  It was in the sale bin at Hobby Lobby earlier in the year.  I forget which color it is but it is a Kona Cotton at about half the regular price.  I like a good sale almost as much as I like chocolate!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Still Hand Quilting


I'm about 1/4 of the way through hand quilting my Petunia quilt. 




Inside the octagons I quilted alternate wedges with lines going across the wedge or lines going down the wedge. 



I'm quilting with regular hand quilting thread on cooler days/nights. 


In the stars between octagons I quilted around each quarter section and then one half of the quarter section gets stitched around twice.   

It's all kind of difficult to see on these busy fabrics but it makes for some nice texture. 

Doing any slow stitching? Or other hand work? 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dresdens and Spools


Indigo is really the color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge but short of that we can substitute black and gray. 

I've been making Dresdens each month  in color of the month, color of month with b/w, color of month with w/b and color of the month with it's complement.   Since I'm substituting black and gray for indigo it kind of made it difficult to make four blocks according to my usual plans but I did my best for substitutes. 

Above is the b/w with white. 


And here we have gray with b/w and w/b and w/b with black. 


I've been making these 3 inch spools for a couple of years and have plans for a very large quilt with no borders. I think I need 783 and have 564.

Got scraps?
Join us each ScrapHappy Saturday - linky for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It Wasn't Supposed To Be Like This


I made blocks 2 and 3 for my Follow That Butterfly quilt. 

These are large 18 inch blocks and the pattern is actually called Follow the Sun and is from Kathy Doughty's book Adding Layers. You can see a couple of versions of the finished quilt on her blog. 

Maybe I shouldn't make two blocks at the same time. 


After I added the rick rack to the circles and appliqued them to the backgrounds I noticed I mixed up backgrounds between blocks.   The block I showed in the first photo was supposed to go on this background. 



And this circle was supposed to go with...


...this background.  

I'm not going to redo the blocks.  In the end it will all work out. 

 I have to admit that I don't even usually pull fabrics for a whole quilt before I start making it.  With this quilt I was looking for something to use a pile of butterfly fabrics I have collected over the years.  I found a large piece of big flowered multicolored fabric left over from my Rainbow of Favorite Things quilt (August 2013) backing so thought I would try it as the block background in this quilt. I know I won't have enough for all of the blocks but I'll cross that bridge of what to do when I actually do run out.   And, as I make each block I just go pick out three flowered fabrics (2 for circle and 1 for star points) from the flower stash box that I think will go together with the butterfly fabric.  One block at a time and little by little a quilt gets made.  

In the end it will all work out. 


And speaking of rick rack...I was going to try to use some of the old stuff I've picked up from thrift stores over the years but they are not very colorful.  Notice the prices? 13 cents, 15 cents, 39 cents...
I wanted to try to use these so my kids won't have to cart them all back to the thrift store someday.  This is only part of the old trim collection. 

It's Wednesday so I'm going to go see some WIPs on Esther's blog where WOW=WIPs on Wednesday. 

On Friday I'm at:

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mother Goose Quiltie So Far


Rows 1-3 of 5
1920 Mother Goose Quiltie Pattern by Ruby Short McKim as published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
Martha at Q is for Quilter has been releasing a block a week. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Snakes and Snails and Sugar and Spice

Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails and sugar and spice and everything nice - that's what this quilt is made of (as well as scraps, scraps and more scraps). 


72 x 90
Wonky Logs
From scraps
For my grandnephew



I quilted it on my plain Jane Janome.   I quilted it with a loopy design going one way on the light sections and the opposite way on the colored sections. 


The blocks were made last year and this year as one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects.  I made four nine inch wonky log cabin blocks in scraps of the color of the month and then joined the four blocks into eighteen inch blocks. 

I started each block with the traditional red square. 


I used extra wide muslin for the backing.  I don't think that red bled through...I THINK it is just showing through out in the sun.  I used three color catchers in the wash. 


I thought I had enough of that striped fabric for the binding but I accidentally used some in the potholders I've been making...ooops...no matter...I filled in with a couple of polka dot pieces.  (Don't mind the "shaky hand" quilting. It really only shows up in close up photos which I shouldn't take).  


And since I used lots and lots of scraps I'm going to link up to Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework.   Isn't it? 




Tales from the Dark Side


The color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is indigo. Short of indigo we can use black and gray.   And so I have made 6 eight inch kaleidoscope blocks from 2.5 inch scraps.