Sunday, December 10, 2017

In The Hoop: More Than Three Sheets to the Wind

I finally have a big quilt (84 x 96, I think)  pin basted and in the hoop.   
I'm doing some big stitching with pink perle #8. 
I'm just stitching and not marking. 

This is a VERY SCRAPPY string star quilt. Most of the strings came from the trimming of quilt backs.  Some  Most of the scrappy stars lack symmetry but I don't see that as a problem.  My goal was to use strings and make some stars. I'm definitely seeing stars. 

A lot of the quilt backs were sheets.  So I call this quilt More Than Three Sheets to the Wind. 

I'm also using a nice soft pink silky feeling sheet from the thrift store for the back of this one. You can't really see it here but the sheet is embossed with roses. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Little Gifts

I made a few potholders for Christmas gifts.  For these I used Insulbrite and cotton flannel inside.   The one with mushrooms is for my daughter who loves to forage for mushrooms.  This is one side. 

This is the other side. 

And to go with the potholders...dishtowels, crocheted dishrags and crocheted scrubbies.  I usually use old embroidery transfers and embroider on the towels but this year I added a strip across the bottom of the towels that matches the potholders.   Looks like I'm a scrubby short but I probably have one in my "gifty box".  I try to keep a box of things like these so I have gifts for any occasion but it looks like that box is getting low. 

I made a special set for my good friend who claims she is an African Queen.  (It's a harmless delusion so I play along). She is the complete opposite of me but other than that she is exactly like me. Won't she have a good laugh when I give her some African Queen potholders.  (She gives me gifts suitable for a bonnie Irish lass - my harmless delusion). 

(She doesn't know I have a blog so I can show her gift. I don't want her here visiting. She'd go overboard with gushing even when things aren't really gushworthy. Ah, friends!)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Playing Along

I'm playing along with the Bonnie Hunter mystery makers and making the units called for in Bonnie's clues but making them for one of my UFOs instead of the mystery. 

I had Flying Geese day at my house last week and made a bunch of Flying Geese for several UFOs. And, then, Bonnie's clue 2 called for Flying Geese!  So I got busy and  made more - 192 more. I need about 720  little Flying Geese for sashing for my Blind Man's Fancy quilt.  I think I'm at the half way mark. 

Even though I don't have all the sashings with Flying Geese made yet...

...I had to try some out. Row 1 is assembled. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Tale of Birds in the Air - Chapter VI - White Bird Flimsy

White Bird 
It's now a flimsy! 
76 x 88

I was a Block Lotto winner of several of these Birds in the Air blocks in January 2016.  The challenge was to make them all work together nicely since not everyone stitches the same 1/4 inch seam.  And I'm all right with that. I made a lot more blocks to add to the winnings so I could have a bigger quilt.  While researching layouts I found one I liked that was even in similar colors but in reverse from the blocks I had.  I made some Flying Geese for the borders. 

This White Bird is the second of three different Birds in the Air quilts I've been working on. 

Chapters I - V of  A Tale of Birds in the Air 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

More Bohemian Roosters Join The Flock

Boho Rooster #3 

These are 20 inch blocks and are not yet attached to any background fabric. I'm just auditioning some when I take photos.  I'm going to make all 16 blocks first before I add the pieced backgrounds. 

Boho Rooster #4

Instructions for making these Sunburst blocks can be found in Kathy Doughty's book Making Quilts. (My version is a little wilder, I guess).    I'm fussy cutting my rooster centers from Susan Winget fabric named Bohemian Rooster Click. 

I found these roosters eyeing those Speedy Chicks over at Sally's coop.   I might be forced to follow the tutorial and manufacture some to keep these roosters happy. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gallimaufry and Thingamajigs


It's no secret that I'm inspired by a lot of vintage scrappy quilts.  I tried a few 4 inch blocks after I was inspired by a quilt for sale at Rocky Mountain Quilts.   I love all of the secondary patterns that can be seen in the quilt.  I'm not interested in buying - just interested in making my own. And so I think I have the little blocks figured out and now will continue to make more.  Nann at With Strings Attached suggested a few weeks ago that Gallimaufry would be a good name for some of my scrappy concoctions because that's what came to mind when she saw some of them.  Nann is a librarian so she knows all those fancy words but I didn't know if she was giving me a compliment, making fun of my quilts or just thought I could use a little learnin'. I had to look up the word so I could remember it longer.  Thanks, Nann. That's a good name for this quilt wannabe. 

I made a couple more of these Thingamajigs inspired by vintage blocks I saw on Flickr.  After screwing around trying to figure out how to make the block I decided they were just an Ohio Star variation. But now that I look back at the photo I'm not so sure these blocks are connecting quite the same as those in the picture. But that's okay. I'm going to continue on like this. 

The plan is to use my 1.5 inch scraps to make these blocks.  After I use a scrap for each block plus make Rainbow Scrap Challenge rail fence and Whatchamacallit blocks  if there is any left of the piece  I'm going to put it in the Spider Web quilt box so I can continue on with that quilt. 

And that's how really scrappy quilts are usually made around here - one scrap goes into many quilts. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Homespun Fun

I really like the Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilts. I've made a few of them but haven't made any the last couple of years. I thought this year I might join in but the more I thought about it the more I decided not to. I love the color scheme this year but don't have enough of those colors in my stash and I'm not good at changing colors unless I know what the final quilt looks like. I don't want to buy more fabric until I use a LOT of what I have.  I also don't need another UFO to add to my list.   So...  I do know that the Bonnie Hunter mysteries involve making a lot of individual units. I told myself I'd make the units she calls for in  each clue but make them for one of my UFOs in order to move a UFO forward. 

Clue 1 called for 50 nine patches.   I made 60.  Her clue called for 3 inch nine patches but I made six inch.   I used homespuns and muslin.  That navy on top is fabric left over from curtains I made for my youngest son's room when he was in high school and he's 33 years old now so that fabric has been around quite awhile. 

Long ago I participated in a Friendship Star swap. Stars are made of homespun fabrics with a muslin background.  I have thirty eight stars so will have to make a few more.  I'll use the fabric scraps left over from making the variety of nine patches. 
I will combine the nine patches and stars and move this UFO forward.