This week we got a bit of snow here in the South, enough that some schools got out early on Friday and school was cancelled on Monday. The temperature has stayed low, keeping the ice on the roads from melting in the shady areas, so better safe that sorry since we don’t have a lot of de-icing and snow equipment in Atlanta.
With that, I managed to finish up a couple projects as part of the Snow Day Sew In (#SDSI on social media). First up was the paper piecing unicorn portrait, “Vinnie Does Beyonce”, after my mascot for The Stitch TV Show.
It was also time to finish up the En Provence mystery from Bonnie Hunter. Rather than use all the blocks in a single (huge) quilt, I took 4 of the blocks to make a donation version through my guild. Since that was smallish, it got whipped up rather quick and is now finished:
And, of course, I also worked on the BIG version. So big I had to baste it in my kitchen, where I have the biggest hardwood floor space available. I think this is around 84 x 65?” Roughly twin size, anyway. Here it is being basted:
It’s now quilted, but my arms are killing me, so I’m going to wait to bind it until tomorrow evening. Whew! Check out other quilters’ versions of En Provence on Bonnie’s link-up Monday!
Used this week: 4.25 yards
0.75 yd for Vinnie Does Beyonce mini quilt
3.5 yd for Small En Provence
Used Year to Date: 4.25 yards
Added this week: 0 yard
Net Used YTD: 4.25 yards
YTD Used for Charity: 3.5 yards (82% of total used)
I had a bit of a panic this weekend as I realized I’m travelling for work this week but wanted to get a new shop sample done for Red Hen for our You Spin Me Right Round quilt. It turned out great, and I really love the look of the unplanned scraps compared to the more rigorous planning of the first version on the pattern cover.
Used this week: 7.5 yards
6.5 yd for You Spin Me Right Round v2.0
1 yd for storage bag
Used Year to Date: 295 yards
Added this week: 0 yard
Net Used YTD:179.25 yards
YTD Used for Charity: 106.75 yards (36% of total used)
In the absence of regular posting because I’m focused on The Project That Ate September, here’s a quilt a finished a couple weeks ago!
This is the Hipster Kitten quilt, so named for the fabric (which you can’t see) that had kittens wearing chunky glasses and bow ties. Rather than meander all over, I went for a cross hatch design for the quilting design. The rest of the fabrics came from my scrap stash to make a nice soothing palette.
Well, finally here is the finished Kaffe Fasset quilt I made for Lynn. If you’re not familiar with my “quilt number” concept, it’s a number of a perfection scale of 1 to 100, where 100 is a perfect quilt, like you would enter into a show. Each project I work on has a target number – how well my piecing seams align, evenness of quilting stitches, quality of binding, etc.
Not that I wouldn’t love to give Lynn a 100 quilt, but I wanted to give her something to celebrate the one year anniversary of our show, The Stitch.
The quilt is a one-block quilt design carried out in two fabric arrangements to make the design. Sewing corner to corner is not my favorite (or most efficient method) for piecing, but it was a necessary evil in the instructions for the longer pieces.
The end goal was met, though, and Lynn loves the quilt, so all in all it’s a successful project!
I started this draft as the launch party was winding down at Red Hen and we were gearing up for the onsite taping of the July show. We’ll have even more exiting news that will come out in the episode (releasing July 28th), but for now… here are quilts that my nerdy little hands personally made from our pattern launch:
This is one of my designs, inspired by my Ted quilt from a couple years ago. I love the fabric palette here, and still love the technique of sewing all the scrappy bit together to make the accent border.
We had a spirited discussion whether “tablerunner” is one word. To me it is, but Webster is a tricky old devil and disagreed with me, so I lost that fight. Since we have instructions for four table runners, Lynn and I divided and conquered, making two each. I got autumn and winter, so I designed a leaf applique and a thread painting design.
And now I’m busily working on the next pattern for hard copy release, as well as another for online, plus customer service and various other business responsibilities. Whew! I’ll talk more about the launch party on this week’s podcast, and the awesome cake we had, because what is a party without cake?
Lots of panicky sewing this week as we continue to get ready for the launch party on Saturday, and I managed to squeeze in a finish to donate through my guild, too. Rather than do a full quilt of all 12 blocks from the 30’s Saturday Sampler program, I opted to make 2 lap quilts with 6 blocks each. Since we’ve finished 7 months in this program, I was free to make use of the first 6 blocks!
The sashing and cornerstones are cut from 5″ strips to make sure of some of my scrap stash, with two extra stars pieced onto the interior cornerstones. With an extra side border, that made the quilt about 48 x 58″, which is a good size for the target recipients (elementary school kids).
Used this Week: 12 yard
2 yd for two 1-hour baskets
5 yd for pattern sample
5 yd for 30’s Sampler Quilt
Used Year to Date: 200.25 yards
Added this Week: 4 yard
4 yd for border and backing for pattern sample
Net Used YTD:99 yards
YTD Used for Charity: 64.25 yards (34% of total used)
Just in time for Christmas in July, I finished my Vintage Holiday Quilt (in June, but am slow in posting pictures, as usual).
I made this from two layer cakes of Dear Mr. Claus by Cosmo Cricket, plus some yardage for the border. Borders were needed to make it king sized, plus it gave me an opportunity to get some fancy shapes on the border from my long-armer.
After having been operating slower than normal in the past two months thanks to the end of the school year and vacation and business travel, I managed to finish my project from Bonnie Hunter’s Blue Ridge Beauty workshop within a week. It’s worth noting that her pattern is written for a queen size quilt, and my mine is lap-sized, with only 56 blocks.
I’ve named my version “Inside Out Penguin” because my color choices reminded me of the grade school joke “What’s black and white and re(a)d all over?” While “a newspaper” is a milder answer, I could only think of the inside-out black and white animal answer. Welcome to my 9 year old brain!
In picking out my scraps, I ended up including about 5 different Star Wars prints, on top of all of the other random fabrics included from the scrap bins. As a result, there are a couple Death Stars lurking about in the quilt.