Thursday, May 18, 2017

Zigzag

Progress has been slow lately. But one of the things I like about quilting is that even a little progress now and then adds up, and eventually you get a finished quilt. Unlike some other activities, like, say gardening, where letting things go for awhile means needing to start over.



On this lap quilt, I wanted to use up some fabrics in colors I don't often use. I had quite a chunk of the yellow print and paired it with various red prints. That print also came in a blue colorway, with splashes of purple and green. I used it as the main fabric in 2 different quilts, and still have a little left over.


The back used leftover pieces from the front plus a large piece of gold ombre fabric.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Early or Late?

This is either too late for last Christmas or really early for Christmas 2017. But I just finished putting the binding on last night.


It was my first try at using the Quick Curve Ruler, which really does make piecing curves easy. It takes a little getting used to cutting in the ruler's slot. This is adapted from the Abacus pattern. I used a set of fat quarters and I wanted to make the most of each, so I cut the bead portions wider than the pattern called for. 


The prints feature a lot of pinks and lime green, so I made the background out of Kona Cerise, and the bars linking the beads a light green batik.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Seeing Squares

Finished this at last. The pattern is Seeing Squares, by Empty Bobbin Studios. The pattern is very clear and easy to follow, but I got very bored doing all the cutting and sewing of small units before any blocks went together. As a result, I put it away several times (over a few years) before finally committing to getting it done this fall. And at the end, I put on a solid border, interspersed with a few four patches, rather than do another set of blocks.


The color scheme was chosen to coordinate with the backing fabric. Probably not my favorite combination of colors, but I wanted to use up the fabric. The quilting was done the same way Angela Walters did the quilt in the pattern. It was pretty easy and quick to do, until my thread started shredding and breaking every couple of passes. That extended the time as well. 


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Dyed Quilt

Finally, another quilt finished! This was made with hand-dyed fabrics (from previous years, not this summer's ice dyes). And quilted as a mandala or medallion. I found it very tricky to do different patterns in a circle. But it looks ok if you don't examine the quilting lines too closely :). The border quilting came out nicely though. I did angled ferns there.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Few More

Since I do my fabric dyeing outside on the patio, the days are numbered for this season. Here are some pieces from last week. All are fat quarters. I dyed a few bigger pieces this year, but as I was exploring ice dyeing, there were just too many folds and dye combinations I wanted to try. As it is, I dyed a total of about 30 yards this summer.