Friday, February 7, 2014

Celtic Solstice


At last, a day with sunlight so I can get a picture of Celtic Solstice.   Here's the front.


I think the triangle in a square border is great, even though I had to do quite a bit of creative piecing to get it to fit!  I'm getting more confident using the Easy Angle and Companion Angle rulers and look forward to making more blocks with them.

The backing is pieced from leftover fabrics and extra blocks.  At this point I was just wanting to get rid of some fabrics!


The on-point blocks bordered in yellow were pieced with the cut off half square triangles from making the chevron units.





I basted this quilt with a home-made basting spray I read about on someone's blog and it worked perfectly! For quilting, I used a pale green Aurifil thread in a free-hand swirly design.  My free-motion quilting always comes out too dense, making for a thread heavy quilt that's hard to maneuver in the machine.  It also makes my swirls less than perfect.  This quilt washed up fine and doesn't seem overly heavy to use though.  Oh!  Now I see I also quilted a hair into the swirls.  Oops!  Unfortunately, it's already boxed up and shipped to it's new owner.   I don't think he'll notice.

I failed to get a close-up of the binding but it's made from old shirts in various small blue checks.  It was supposed to be the binding on a blue and white quilt I made a couple of years ago but I couldn't find it when I needed it.  I thought it was just fine for this project and I was happy not to have to piece a binding.  I was ready to get this quilt over!

I'll be linking up with Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery Link-up Finale  and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.




Friday, January 17, 2014

Birthday Card!





I painted this card for my husband's birthday.    I think he liked it.  He posted it on the refrigerator, but that may be because it reminded him of a child's refrigerator art!  Hope not. 



 


I went over my drawing with ink and used watercolor pencils for coloring it in. 

Drawing and painting are so hard!  I want things to look like they do in my head without having to work at it.  Funny how that doesn't happen!   I was really interested in Leslie Saeta's Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days challenge and this what I've done so far....by day 17!

At any rate, I'm trying to discipline myself to at least draw for a while every day and I'll see how I get on with that.  

Oh, and since I'm posting I'm going to go ahead and link to Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  It may not be a quilt or even fiber related, but for me to actually do some art and post it is surely worth a whoop.




Friday, November 15, 2013

Ten Little Things....Three Little Things

My nephew and his wife adopted two brothers and then promptly got pregnant with yet another boy.  I have yet to acknowledge even the first two children so I've been in the baby quilt business.   I ordered two fabric panels of Ten Little Things by Jenn Ski and then shamelessly stole the assembly idea from  Seams Crazy (who has lots of other lovely quilts as well) who adapted it from the Moda Bakeshop pattern, Jungle Path by Jessica Kelly at SewCraftyJess.   I wasn't familiar with Jessica's blog till I started putting in these links and I see she must be very, very busy now with a sweet little newborn!  Congratulations Jessica!  If you don't already read her blog, do check it out for a picture of the baby and the wonderful nursery Jessica put together for her. 

Anyway, here's one of the two panel quilts I made.  Just one picture.  The other is virtually identical.


I'm still in the midst of quilting the quilt for the newborn and hope to finish it in the next few days.  I've gone way overboard on the quilting part and it's taking longer than it should.

Now I'm going to go link up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and look at all the other quilts and things.  Happy Friday!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Star Surround Flimsie Finish

I kill myself.  Somehow, I was under the impression that Friday (yesterday) was the last day to get this finished.  I sewed like a mad woman, forsaking all household duties and responsibilities.  Finished the last stitch, ran outside and flung it over the deck railing for the photo shoot just as big fat rain drops started falling.  Snap....got it!  Made the deadline.  Back inside to the computer to post and take a last peep at the instructions.  Oh.  Never mind.  Here it is anyway.

The colors are pretty washed out in this picture, kind of a good thing considering how retina searingly bright it is in real life.  Lots of the fabrics read as solids too, though there are no solids in the quilt.  I like the block and enjoyed learning Melissa's technique for making flying geese.  Don't think I really care for blocks this large though.  Mine is 16 twenty four inch blocks and it's huge!  Now to find nine yards of backing fabric that I can buy and still keep food in the house.

Linking up to Melissa's blog for this portion of the QAL.  Thanks, Melissa!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Star Surround Blocks

Posting a quick picture of my Star Surround blocks this morning.  I decided late to join in on this quiltalong and had to rush selecting and cutting fabrics before heading out to spend a couple of weeks with my mama.  Here are my blocks laid out on her front porch.




Mama thinks my blocks are really pretty, especially the two pink and yellow ones on the top left.  She likes pastels.  I like that I'm using stuff thats been in my stash forever.  I think the blocks are prettier than the picture looks.  I enjoyed learning the method for making the no waste flying geese but have to admit I'm a little worried about how they'll fit with the star centers as they were definitely not perfect.  We'll see how it goes.  I'm home now with lots of clean up to do after leaving hubby unattended for two weeks!

Forgot to mention that I've linked up with Melissa at Happy Quilting...of course, since it's her quiltalong!  And Judy's Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times. And WIP Wednesday, while I'm at it!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Another Little One

Another Friday, another little finish!  I'm really happy to have this one done.  The fabric is a Sandy Gervais line that came out right about when I started quilting and I thought it was wonderful.  So I bought three charm packs, put them on a shelf and looked at them for four years.  For some reason I felt like I had to make a quilt with nothing but those three charm packs.  Guess I didn't get the concept of adding other fabrics.  Slow learner.  So this is it.  From a pattern by Moose on the Porch.  


The full-on shot.


Another drapey shot showing some of the backing.


And all folded up on the bed.  I love the binding and I'm loving using Sharon Schamber's binding with glue method.


Yes, that's a bare mattress.  The sheets are back on now.

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Slow going here.  My main, or most active wip is still the behemoth log cabinish quilt that I'm hand quilting.




I'm enjoying the quilting even though the size and weight make it hard to maneuver on my lap.  A floor frame would help, but I don't want to sit at attention while I quilt.  This is my down time, slouchy, relaxing in front of the tv with hubby project.  The thread color I chose, a subtly variegated yellow to peachy orange, was only available locally in a DMC #5 floss and that's a little harder to needle than a #8, I think.  









































So, that's it for now.  Linking to WIP Wednesday on a Thursday.
Oop!  I see I missed the linking deadline.  Oh well!

So, I was looking at the other WIP Wednesday offerings and came across another WIP linking opportunity, Esther's Blog, which I've never seen before and which looks wonderful so I'm linking there as it's still open.  Now, I'm off to spend hours clicking on all the gorgeous thumbnails there!