Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Concentration?

What concentration?  What can I say ... I saw this fabric and it spoke to me and I just had to start playing with it.
I just cut the fabric into squares to make a basket weave effect.  So effective and so easy, it is almost like cheating. 
Have I abandoned my other projects?  Nope,  they are still in my face and they are still being worked on.  This one sort of sneaked in!  :o)

However, I did stay focused long enough to finish two borders on my Gumball quilt.  Only one more to do and three circles in the centre section.

Some of you have wondered if it is a Baptist Fan that is being used?  Yes ... but cut off.  My blocks finish at 12" and the fan design is alternated every 6".  Makes for a total different look.  Again, at first, I wasn't sure if I would like this or not.  YES.   I'll definitely be using this design again.
Have a great day!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Just feeling good

The nights here are still cool and that has enabled me to continue hand quilting.  My Gumballs quilt is making progress.  Only 4 circles to be done and what do you think of my border?
At first, I wasn't sure if this border would do .... but seeing it like this ..... I heart this very much!  :o)  So, 4 circles and 3 borders to go!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Did the shuffle ....

Hubby and I were wondering what it would look like if we moved a piece of furniture and changed things around a bit.  All my wall hangings  just seem to overwhelm this piece of furniture.  So, without further ado .... this sideboard was moved ...

to this side of our dining room.  It looks way better here and we can enjoy the workmanship
that went into making it.
Now, it frees up space and we can get around our dining table easier.  Also, my wall hangings will show up better.   I'll be making some larger quilts for this wall.


Now, back to quilting.  A few more circles got quilted on this quilt. Can we say yeah!!  I finally figured out what to do with the borders.  The rest of the hand quilting will go quickly now.
Ummm ..... well, ummm .... I did get side tracked with this girly project.  It only took a few days to get this all put together.  Then, the decision was made to make this quilt into a bed size, so two sections will have to be added onto the length.  I haven't figured out yet what they will be, but it will come to me soon enough.
Finally, this porcupine stayed around our hill for two days.  He was in our pine tree and hubby and I climbed through the ice and snow to get a better look.   This was as close as I wanted to get.
Have a great day!

Friday, April 3, 2015

My Kaleidoscope

Since my last post, my task was to continue working on my hand quilting and to finish up two quilts that were started.  I chose to finish my kaleidoscope quilt.

There were three borders left to do.  Then two.  Then one.  Suddenly, I was trimming the outer borders.  Wow .... that went quickly.
The binding was sewn on and then I was on a mission to get one side done and then another until it was all done.
Even my label was made and ready to be sewn on.
After washing and blocking ..... my quilt was done!  Oh, happy, happy days.
In the navy blue negative area, this is where you see my machine quilting.  A very tight meander.
A  close-up of my hand quilting.  One tip for you if you ever make a kaleidoscope quilt .... in the very centre, cut away a bit of the batting and the bulk of all those seams will sink into the hole and you won't have any puff up centre.  It worked for me.  Mind you, this is a wall hanging and that is why I did that.  When I run my hand on the backing, I can feel the centre poking through the hole. 

Finished size: 52" x 52-1/2"
Source:  Ricky Tims "Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts"
Quilting:  Both machine and hand quilting
 
Have a great day!

Friday, March 27, 2015

In the same quilt

What in the world am I referring to?  Well, machine and hand quilting together in the same quilt.  Recently, a friend asked if it was OK to combine both in the same quilt.  Well, why not?  It is my quilt and I will simply do whatever I want to.

In this close-up, you can see my straight machine quilting.  Straight lines I do just fine.  Circles by machine are another matter.  Why fight it?  Hand quilt those circles. 
In this photo (below), can you see the effect of straight line quilting and circles?  Very nice together.  I have come to the realization that if I want to see my tops quilted up, then I have to do something about it.  Some of my tops will go out to a LAer.  Most will be done using both machine and hand quilting in the same quilts.  If I can handle it, then they will be done by me.  These quilts will not be show stoppers, they will be cuddle quilts for family and for the cottage. 
Here is a pile of quilts that have been pulled off the shelf and onto this quilt rack.  I'm hoping to have a few of them done by the end of August.  Two are getting there .... only if I concentrate on finishing them.  One top will be sent to a LAer to be quilted up as a donation for our upcoming quilt show in 2016.   It will be so nice to see this photo diminish in quantity as time goes on. 
I'm using this quilt rack as an incentive.  When I first started my blog, I had a large quilting frame that was used ... not for quilting .... but to hold tops/projects for me to focus on.  They got done ... one ... after .... another.  They were in my face.  I saw those projects each time I stepped into my studio.  That was my incentive.   The quilt frame is long gone (we didn't like each other).  Friends are encouraging me to finish my tops.  So, whatever incentive I can use, it will be helpful.

These two photos were taken back in April 2007 in my Toronto studio.  That was a long time ago and a different city.  How times have changed.



Have a nice day!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

This week in quilting

At my last guild meeting, I was asked how the renovations are going.  Very well.  The tilers have been and gone.  Eleven doors got painted (closet doors included in that tally).  It is now up to me to finish painting door frames.  We want to bring in the plumbers next week to get the toilets and taps installed.

But .... some quilting sneaked in.  I do need my play time.  :o)

On my Kaleidoscope quilt, only 3 borders to go.
This is what is being hand quilted in the borders.  Just a simple design.  Simple goes fast.  I like that!
Also, machine quilting got started on this quilt.  Stitch-in-the-ditch for the rows.  Then there will be some diagonal quilting and then some hand quilting.  Again, simple, simple, simple.
Just to keep me focused ... my pile of painting supplies within easy reach.  Got to get cracking on that painting.
Have a great day!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Oh stars ...

It was time to bring out my trademark stars again.  It has been a while since I played with them!

In my last post, I hinted at a new design and here is what it will be.  Initially, a design was sort of doodled, but it changed as soon as pieces started being placed on the strip of neutral fabric

With the addition of one piece after another ....
.... my idea is definitely taking shape.
Yep, I think this it it.  Or it may change .... we'll see.  Right now, all the pieces are just pinned in place.
Still adding some more pieces ...
... and this is it.  I do like this a lot.  This layout will be repeated again in the white space that you see below.  Yep, I like this!
This week, we had snow shoveled off our roof.  In places, it was waist deep.  That is just too much.
With all the noise going on with the renovations, Miss Ashes seems to be taking it in stride.   :o)
Have a great day!