This sweet little quilt seemed to take forever, but that’s likely because I pieced the units as leaders and enders while making other projects.
Apologies for the weird sun stripes – we take our exterior shots where we can around here.
Given all that negative space, I put a giant dahlia in the setting blocks and triangles, as well as in the middle of the blocks.
The pattern was adapted from Scraps, Inc, so check that out if you like the modern(ish) aesthetic and are a scrap quilter.
Of course, mine is totally modern because it has a pieced back (inside guild joke).
Once we find out what the pending family baby is, I’ll decide if this is getting donated or given as a gift. Until then, it’s into the cabinet to stay (relatively) cat hair free, with final washing just before it heads to its new home.
Finally a break in cold and rain! And found the camera AND remembered to take pictures of quilts. Baby steps!
Anywho, here’s the finished second Grand Illusion quilt; this one sets the blocks without Bonnie’s sashing, and then uses the checkerboard sashing as 1st border. There’s a 1″ border of black, then Bonnie’s outer pieced border, and finally “regular” border of a single fabric.
The finished size is somewhere around 72×72″, I think. Nothing too fancy in the quilting since I stuck with a simple meander in all but the outermost border.
I’m almost done with all the pieces from this monster mystery – there’s one more quilt to finish with some of the elements. And three placemats. It’s the mystery that won’t end!
Well, another exciting week! And by that I mean, it’s Sunday and I’m staring around wondering where the week went. Anywho, I finished the Frilly quilt Saturday night, which may get added to the charitable column if the anticipated family summer baby is a not girl. I promise as soon as this post gets published I’m taking a stack of finished quilts outside to photograph since I’ve got 3 that have finished but not photographed. I’m hoping I can find the good camera, too, since one of them is a show(ish) quilt.
No purchases or intake this week, which is just ominous since next weekend is the Super Bolt sale at Tiny Stitches, and I typically blow out the net usage for the year in just an hour’s damage in the sale room. Oh, the anticipation!
I also whipped block 3 of the Project of Doom – rather than the plain book cover or the Dark Mark, I made a book on Quidditch with a golden snitch. I made my snitch wings sparkly with another tulle overlay and sandwiched some Angelina fibers in between the layers for some sparkle.
- Used this Week: 4.25 yards
- Used year to Date: 40 yards
- Added this Week: 0 yards
- Net Used for 2015: 34.5 yards
- YTD Used for Charity: 15.25 yards (38% of total used)
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This week it’s all about fame and glory! From the quilting podcasters’ mention in Generation Q magazine to presenting to the Quilters Guild of the Southern Crescent last night, I try to stay humble while also talking about the glamor of motherhood and pet ownership. Now with 50% less pickle juice talk.
Also, I do talk about quilting.
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It’s rare that I do an overtly “girly” quilt for a number of reasons: I’m not overly girly, my daughter isn’t super girly, and I’m conscious that in charitable quilting, boy quilts are often not as “cute” as girl quilts. As a result of not doing girly quilts, though, I still seem to have a pile up of pinks and purples pile up in my scraps.
To use up some of these in a not-too-cutesy quilt, I made a number of these blocks from the book Scraps, Inc. It’s worth noting my background corners are slightly bigger than the pattern calls for because of the sizes I keep my scraps in, and thus my petals are “pointier” than originally called for.
They’ll be set on point with alternate spacer blocks in some of the same whites, and thus I will have one of my first charity quilts for the year!
See more WIPs at Lee’s blog.
YOU GUYS. I just have to put the binding on Lone(ly) Rainbow and it’s done! I finished what I hoped was the final bit of straight-line quilting on the outer parts last night and posted a picture to Instagram asking the #twilters if I was done. I had contemplating adding another row of straight-line quilting in between (the lines are 1″ apart now, and was contemplating making them denser at 1/2″ apart instead), or maybe doing perle cotton hand-quilting in between, and everyone responded that I was DONE. So I just need to bind it and it’s done, and I’ll get that done today so I’m being optimistic and including it in this week’s finishes.
I’m going to do a “palette cleanser” charity quilt next (so called because I can mindlessly piece and quilt it without getting angsty over how to design or make it), and then move on to finally getting back to the Dresden Garden quilt.
I also whipped up 6 journal covers for Wellspring Living this week, but donated them before I could take pics, so that’s in the usage as well. While I was helping my friend Crystal organize her fabric yesterday, so gave me some patriotic fabrics to use for some Quilts of Valor, which is great since my red and blue stashes are a bit low.
- Used this Week: 7.25 yards
- 1.25 yd for 6 journal covers
- 6 yd for Lone(ly) Rainbow
- Used year to Date: 35.75 yards
- Added this Week: 1.5 yards
- 1.5 yd patriotic novelties
- Net Used for 2015: 30.25 yards
- YTD Used for Charity: 15.25 yards (43% of total used)
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I run down current sewing, the Scrapitude mystery, pickle juice problems, and some book reviews.
Here’s my Scrapitude Scrap in a Box Step 1 progress – my colors are reds, browns, blacks, and grays with scrappy creams for the background.
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I’m sure what happened to me yesterday than a swirling vortex of anxiety and “hurry up and wait” at work. End result: all is fine, but it was stressful and waiting on execs to officially decide on something about a product I work on.
Anywho, I finished the first two blocks of the Harry Potter bookshelf quilt, done under the “Project of Doom” moniker from Fandom in Stitches. In just pulling scraps I liked for the various elements, it seems I’m really going for saturated jewel tones, which, as it turns out, I really like. Huh.
It’s hard to see in the photo, but I put a silver tulle overlay on my crystal ball fabric so it’s got a bit of shimmer. I’m off to work on the Scrapitude Scrap-in-a-Box Step 1 tonight at my guild sew-in.
Welp, again, the slight break in cold and rain afforded me the opportunity to take pictures of one of my 2015 finishes! Here’s a baby size version of the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery quilt – rather than using all 25 blocks, I used 9 blocks plus her checkerboard sashing to finish at 63″ square (I always assume babies will grow, hence the larger size). I also simplified the outer border with a single fabric rather than the pieced border because it was a bit busy.
I suspect it has more to do with my color choices (including business of some of my black fabrics) and how close I was to it with the construction. From the pictures taken from far away, it comes together a little more.
Here’s a close-up of one of the corner blocks.
I did an overall meander in the center, and some straight line quilting on the inner and outer borders.
I’ve since finished a larger version (pics to be taken after the next break in rain and cold!), and have plans to use up the rest of the leftover border and sashing pieces in a 3rd version.
We finally got enough of a break in the rain and/or cold for me to go outside and photograph Mum Medallion, which was my last finish of 2014.
The finished quilt is around a full-size, but we don’t have a full size bed in need of a quilt in my house currently; my daughter’s bed is full size but these are really her “colors”. I think it will end up as a Family Couch Quilt in the living room, or as another layer on my own bed since I love the colors.
I went with an all over design of meandering with some leaves in the center and some loops in the burgundy border. It was my first time branching out from the standard meander on the long arm, so it’s not quite my finest work. Oh well. It will still keep us warm!