Friday, October 28, 2011

Today, I'm happy to be sharing my entry in the .......


This quilt was the topic of my very first blog post back in May.  Seems like forever ago!

Chain Link is a pattern from the book, Link to the '30's  by Kay Connors and Karen Earlywine.  I loved working with the bright colors and learning the partial seam technique, even making the prairie points, although ironing them all was a bit tedious.  Most of all, I enjoyed free-motion quilting all those feathers.  They aren't the greatest, but all washed and crinkled they look just fine and I've spent more than a few afternoon naps under this puppy!  This was my second quilt with thirties repro fabrics so I think I've got them out of my system now, just not out of my stash!

Hope you enjoy this and all the lovely entries in the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  Thanks, Amy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Little Progress

I've completed just a few blocks so far of the Spaghetti Junction quilt.  I may wind up regretting my fabric choices but have to admit I love the magenta and red combination.  Crossing my fingers that the thin red strips will bring it all together. 

 The pattern is made up of two alternating blocks and the other ones look like this.

Next, is a little progress on my hexagon star quilt that I've named the Hexabomination quilt.  Two of the diamonds are sewn together and I'm working on the third.  This would be over quickly if I did it on the machine but it's reserved for mindless TV sewing.

Please note the small dog snoot on the floor to the left.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday.  Enjoy!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Design "Wall" Monday

Today I have two things to share.  The first is my hexagon star:

Yes, the hexagon project has grown to such proportions that it requires a design lawn.  It's also the only place I could get enough light.  I'm aware this has become something of an abomination, but I just couldn't stop sewing those little boogers together.  Planning, must remember planning!  I guess the next step is to add a solid fabric between the star points.  I have no idea how to measure for that or how to go about it or what color to use.  Any ideas, insights, suggestions would be appreciated.  Please be gentle.

Next up are the practice blocks for Heather Mulder Peterson's "Spaghetti Junction" from her book, Living Large 2.

Click here  to see how the finished quilt is supposed to look.  The patterns in the book are for large scale prints and it seems that I've accumulated quite a few that I'll be combining with a fat quarter bundle of Sandi Henderson's Secret Garden fabric in the Sunset Garden colorway.  I hope it works.  I'm using the rust colored chicken wire print where the pattern uses brown dot fabric. I plan to add a narrow inner border of that fabric as well.  The block on the right finished out pretty much perfectly at ten inches.  The one on the left is off in places almost a quarter inch.  Back to the machine with that one.  Accuracy is the absolute bane of my existence!

Check out what others are working on at Patchwork Times.  Have a great week with lots of quilting!