Thursday, May 26, 2016

Progress Report

A few more blocks are done for "Cobblestone Lane" and I'm having fun. Here are the blocks and the next picture is my work table. Foundation paper-piecing is a favorite construction method, probably because I'm anal about accurate piecing. 

These blocks resist taking a photo. The backing on the design wall is doing the same. It looks bluish on one side and the right color on the other. The blocks don't even look the same size, but they are. I've five more to make, two of which are applique.

I work in strips most of the time rather than cutting pieces for each space in the pattern. However, sometimes a spot just calls for a fussy cut.

On a personal note, I have A-fib, which has been fine more than four years, but this month it decided to act up. My heart rate fluctuates all over the place, but I feel okay, just slow and sleepy. I didn't get into the ER soon enough for a quick fix, so am on a blood thinner to ensure no clots. That takes a month, so my 'fix' will be June 9. :-( 


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cobblestone Lane, sales, and wildfire

Response to my nativity pattern has been a nice surprise. Sales are brisk. I'm hoping that everyone who bought the pattern is busily making the quilt! It looks difficult, but is more time-consuming than hard to make.

I'm working on a pattern purchased who knows when. It is one of those "I'd like to make this" projects that I'd collected all needed fabric but stuck in a box and forgot about. At the beginning of the year, I picked twelve such projects, numbered them, and asked my hubby to pick a number each month. The funniest thing happened with this one. I had the main instructions for the sashing, etc. but thought I'd lost the block patterns. So I drew them using EQ7 as foundation paper-pieced blocks... then I found the patterns. Actually, that was a good thing. I love FPP and they are going together easily that way rather than cutting all those squares and triangles.

Here are three of the blocks so far. The reds are too dark in the photo. They will finish at 12" and the sashing is 9-patches with strips in the same colors. It looks a bit like an Irish Chain.

We are downwind of the wildfire in Fort McMurray so have some smoke in the air now and then. This has been a horrible event in our province, as you've seen on the news. People are making quilts, yet the greater need has been basics like toothbrushes and underwear for the 80,000 people who had to leave that city. Some homes have burned and this week, several simply exploded, even though the fire has moved away. It is still not a safe place for those waiting to go home, even to find out if they have a home to go to.The fire is immense and still out of control.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

One of these things is finished...

This quilt, "One of These Things is not like the Others" is finished and ready to give away. It is washed and that helps too... much more cuddly. 

It is just not my colors and that print is not a favorite either. However, I'm so glad this fabric is used up, except for a few bits. I can't use the word 'hate' lightly, so will say that I really don't like this quilt and yet I know that someone will like it. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Christmas Nativity Quilt Pattern

THE BEST NEWS! As of April 8, 2016. I've managed to secure worldwide, exclusive copyright to use this design in a quilt pattern... so this pattern is for sale again. Please check my Etsy Page for details!  

This pattern is 36" wide, and can be enlarged. It uses batiks, fusible webbing, and raw-edge applique on a black background. The larger one shown was made in three panels. The smaller one is the actual size of the pattern. 

This quilt is not difficult but takes time and accuracy to place all those pieces. I've been told the big one is "jaw-dropping" but the little one looks great too. 

Prices and more information are on my Etsy site. You can order there using PayPal, which also supports most credit cards. Shipping is added. I'm also working on a digital version, which saves shipping but adds printing costs.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

One of these things...

What do you do with fabric that is just not your thing? I decided to make a charity quilt with it in a pattern I'd wanted to try, realizing that someone would just love this old fashion tiny flowers in purple and pink.

I tried the layout two ways and decided to go with on-point. 

That meant I needed another block, so instead of making one like the rest of them, I did a simpler version.

The name of the quilt is: "One of These Things is not Like the Others." 

After the top was done, I still didn't like it, but after a few rows of quilting, it is starting to look better. As the book says, quilting does make the quilt.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Blue & Cream Sampler

This one is finished, quilt #189. Just need to sew on the label and find a home for it. Lezley, thanks for your comments. You always encourage me!

Now I have to peel potatoes etc. for Easter feasting with some of our family. This is the most significant holiday for us. We are so glad that Jesus died for us and is now alive!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Blue and Cream Sampler

This top is now ready to sandwich and quilt. Of course the quilting part is always a big decision. It will likely be something simple!

The photo was taken in dull light, so the contrasts are sharper than they appear here. Also, the yellow isn't the first thing the eye notices.The blues, whether light or dark, are muted. So are the creams, with the sashing being the very lightest value. 

It is about 61" square. Originally, I'd planned another border, but am happy with this. I'll put a dark blue binding on it.