Monday, 22 September 2014

Design Lawn Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

 I've spread my current project out on the lawn, so I can get a good picture of it, spread right out, in good light. Currently, it is measuring 71 inches square, ot at least it will once I get the blue border on the other two sides. I am really enjoying the churn dashes and friendship stars that show up here. I am thinking of using up some of my abundant 2 inch strips, and making a wide piano key border. I want this one to be fairly large, to cover us up during those crisp outdoors nights.
 I think I am going to name this quilt "Camp Out", for fairly obvious reasons. There are tents and trailers and campers on the blue fabric in the top. And then, I have this marvelously soft and cozy and warm flannel, covered in trailers, for the back.

 I'm going to use a thicker batt than usual when quilting it, and it will be perfect to take camping with us next year. 
I'm linking up to Judy's Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Stash report, week 38, 2014

If I'm not back into positive numbers, I should be awfully close. I did a lot of cutting and piecing on a UFO that ate up some stash, and I also made another quilt back, for another UFO. Slowly, they are getting done. However, if I do end up back in positives, it won't last long, because I ordered in some more diagonal striped fabrics for bindings, since I love the look of them, so much.

Used this week:                         6.3 yards
Used this year:                          88 yards
Added this week:                       0 yards
Added this year:                       91.5 yards
Net added:                                3.5 yards

Oh well, still not back to net used numbers, but since I only do this out of curiosity, I'm not stressing about it too much. I haven't set goals to use so much or only buy so much, I just find it fun to see how much comes in and goes out  over the coarse of a year. I do know I've bought a lot less this year than other years, but that's mostly due to a decrease in cash available to spend on fabric, and some of what I would have used for fabric in other years, has gone on some of that lovely wool I've been knitting with this year.
This is what the backing was for. It's a quilt 
 called Summer Rental, a pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt co. It's been hanging in my studio since Nov. 2011, according to past blog posts. It is totally different than a lot of quilts I've done lately, so I thought I'd load it and see if I can get it done in time for the quilt show. Tomorrow should finish it.
I've decided that this afternoon is a play afternoon. I'm going to work on the Nine Patch Churn Dash and see if I can't get it all put together.
I'm linking up to Judy's Stash Report.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Maria's Bunny Quilt

This is Maria's Baby Bunny quilt. The fabrics in this one were so very very soft, a lovely high quality flannel cotton. I had a lot of fun on this little quilt doing different stuff in the borders.
Maria wanted the Animal Crackers pantograph in the centre of the quilt, and hearts in the borders, and I was very happy to oblige. The reversing hearts motif in the gold and blue borders is the same as the motif in the bunny fabric border, just re sized. It's one of my favourite border designs to do. It's quite versatile. It will be a very blessed baby that gets to be wrapped up in this lovely softness.

Friday, 19 September 2014

On my needles, Sept. 19, 2014

I'm continuing to work on my On the Grass sweater. I have come to a realization, after picking up the stitches around the second arm hole....... I don't like doing sleeves like this..... picking up the stitches and the doing short rows to form the top part of the sleeve. This is the second sweater I've done with this technique, and I really don't like it. I'm going to have to start looking for patterns that don't have this type of sleeve, or, I'll have to totally love everything else about the sweater before doing it again.
Anyway, having said that, I love the rest of this sweater, the wool, the colour and the double seed stitch texture. Better yet, it's almost done.
I'm linking up to Judy's On the Needles

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Micki's "I Spy" quilt

This is Micki's baby I Spy quilt, which has to be really far up there on the cutest thing ever list. The bright, fun fabrics are fabulous. And I love the wide open white spaces as well. It's such a quick and simple design that is so very effective. I quilted it using the Animal Crackers pantograph, which fit in so well with all the fun fabrics.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Project Progress.....

I've made quite a bit of progress on both of the projects I'm currently working on. I made four more of the underground railway blocks, to give me nine now. I think I'm aiming for sixteen, which will give me a square quilt measuring 65 inches, before borders, and will use up 80 of the nine patches. I'm thinking I could do something with the rest of the nine patches for the borders, maybe off set two rows of nine patches to form a checkerboard on the top and bottom and then a single row down the sides so that it's rectangular, rather than square, although I don't mind square quilts. I'll have to let this simmer for a little while yet. I'm working on this one down in the apartment, since it doesn't need a design wall.

I'm working on the Blooming Nine Patch in the upstairs studio, since it needs to stay up on the wall       This way I can take the pieces off the wall and sew them in the right order. If I were to bring it downstairs, there isn't anywhere to lay it out, and there would be a huge risk that I'd get the pieces out of order. When I first started adding in those black squares, the first reaction was that I didn't like it. But the more of them I put up, the more I began to really like the effect. It turned it from a little girl's pastel quilt, into a more mature look.
I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at The Needles and Thread Network, a link up for Canadian bloggers, and also at Freshly Pieced. Then it's time for supper, and some more underground railway blocks. I wonder if I can get the last seven done tonight?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Karen's Floral Quilt

This is Karen's Spring Florals quilt. The colours are absolutely yummy!! This one was done back
  in the early spring, before any of the flowers in the gardens were up yet, so it was so lovely to see
these flowers in the studio.


All this quilt needed to finish it was some textural quilting. Karen's idea was for something florally, which was a perfect choice. I did a free hand all
over floral motif, with leaves and swirls thrown in. It was so much fun to do.