All posts by Pam the Head Rhombus

About Pam the Head Rhombus

I like quilts, cats, math, and science fiction. Not always in that order.

Sunday Stash -One Bad Mother

Although not finished quite yet as of this posting, I will put the final stitches in the Americana quilt (formerly known as the “Charlotte Agnotti class quilt”) for my mom tonight.  I have maybe 30 more minutes of quilting to do on it, and then binding.

My next project will be a “palette” cleanser project so I can make myself a new purse. Also, that’s so it’s something I can finish within a week!

  • Used this Week: 6 yards
    • 6 yd for Americana (f.k.a. Charlotte Agnotti quilt)
  • Used year to Date: 14.25 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2015: 43.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 55.75 yards (49% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 226

This week I talk about feeling under the weather, quilting feathers, and whatever rambles around in my brain.

Sue Nickels feathers - behold the beautiful uniformity:

Sharon Schamber feathers, preview video with no sound, but you can see the process:


Quiltus Interrupted - Finished!

In the Atlanta Modern Quilters Guild, we do a swap called the Brown Bag Swap.  Participants put five fat quarters in a brown bag and swap anonymously so you don’t know who you’re sewing for.  For the five FQs you get, you can add up to two fabrics of any amount to create a final project, and you have to use all five FQs in some way in the final project.  You’re free to create anything you want, from a quilt top to a totebag, to potholders or fabric baskets.  Everyone had two months to finish their project and bring it back to our meeting last Sunday.

The five FQs I got were all big prints from different designers that sort of went together from a color perspective.  Lots of pinks, purples, blues, and some green.  Last time we did this swap I made a Sew Together bag, but I wanted to do something different.

I had the leftovers from a Bella Silver Honeycomb pack that had been burning a hole in my stash, so I thought they’d be a perfect complement to the various colors.  As it turned out, the hexies were perfect for the recipient, Melinda, who teaches the Hexie Club at Tiny Stitches.

Mine aren’t paper pieced, though, but rather call back to the Attack of the Hexies technique Jaye and I did together a few years ago.

Now, five FQs seem like a lot, but when you cut them up, you get some random cuts and half hexies and whatnot.  I had enough to make a full hexie flower from each of the 5 FQs with a blue fabric added in for the centers.  I made 3 partial hexies flowers for the edge (some of those hexies on the edge are pieced together from scraps!).

Quiltus InterruptedThe weird triangle cuts that were leftover got pieced together for a partial border on two sides, making it look like I just chopped off the quilt top.

Quiltus InterruptedThere are four different quilting techniques - hand-quilting with Perle cotton in the flower centers, swirl flowers in the petals, a meander in the gray background, and straight line on the partial border.  Gray and FQ scraps went in the binding.

For the back, I used more of the blue with a couple of the leftover pieces from the hexie cutting, since a modern quilt needs a modern back!

I named it “Quiltus Interrupted” for the chopped off look on the front, and had my fingers crossed that the recipient got the joke (and wasn’t offended!).  I think she liked it since I’m pretty sure she said, “I got a Pam quilt!” when I gave it to her.  I’m just glad she recognized her fabrics- part of the fun of the swap is the people who question whether the fabric is theirs or not!

WIP Wednesday - Featherful

This week I’m working on quilting my mom’s quilt.  In theory it’s a Mother’s Day present, but I’ve already sent off the IOU since I’m not sure the shipping will cooperate with the Sunday deadline, but I think I can get it finished by Sunday.

The wool batting is super dreamy and easy to work with.  I always take a deep breath before starting feathers in the quilting, but it seems to be going okay (I’m my own worst critic!) . In the four patches and other units, I’m doing some orange-peel looking quilting.  Not sure of the technical name, but you can see it in red four patch in the upper right of the photo.

See other WIPs on Lee’s blog!

Sunday Stash - Lurve

It was a fun week this week, with the last block for Bonnie & Camille, the next one for Solid as a Rock, the Harry Potter block and the Brown Bag swap for the Atlanta Modern Quilters Guild. First up, the blocks:

Harry Potter block. Weasley's Wizard Wheezes!  Bonnie and Camille block 12
The navy dot fabric I bought this week is the same as the background in all the B&C blocks since I’m planning on doing some applique for the setting I’ve got planned.

For our guild swap, I’ll do a separate post for the quilt I made (and logged into this weeks finishes), but here’s what I got back:


It’s about 21″ square, and those little swoon blocks are 8″ each (which is 1/3 scale from the original Swoon pattern!). I think the only thing added was the white background fabric, and I love it so much! It’s already hanging up in my office.

  • Used this Week: 5.5 yards
    • 0.5 yards for two placemats
    • 5 yards for Quiltus Interrupted
  • Used year to Date: 108.25 yards
  • Added this Week: 7 yards
    • 2 yd navy pin pot for Bonnie and Camille Saturday Sampler quilt
    • 5 yard of lime grunge
  • Net Used for 2015: 37.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 55.75 yards (52% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

One Block Wonderful - Finished!

So… finished this on a couple weeks ago, finally took pics, then stalled again in getting them posted. Whoops!

One Block Wonder(ful)

I used 7 panels to make this quilt - 6 for the blocks and one on the back to show what the original was.  It ended up being a twin size quilt, which will be perfect for a tween girl or someone thereabouts. Here’s a close up of some of the blocks:

One Block Wonder(ful)

Here’s the (totally modern pieced) back for reference, with the original panel in the middle:

HtbaS - Episode 225

I talk about the sociopathy of motherhood, hair plopping, how awesome you guys are, the mystery project I’ve been working on (and can reveal on Sunday), and some vague forecasting of new things I’ll be doing as part of my “2020 Vision”.


WIP Wednesday - Fame and Fortune

Can’t really show what I’m working on this week since it’s a secret until the guild swap reveal on Sunday, so instead, here’s a picture of my feelings after traveling last week (as portrayed by Fred)…

… and the promo video for the East Cobb Quilters Guild show in June!  I’m the one doing all the street interviews in the pink shirt, and in the blue and black paisley shirt sewing on the featherweight.

Ga Celebrates Quilts 2015 Promo from Ty Towriss on Vimeo.

Sundayish Stash: Pottering Around

No usage this week due to travel, although I did get caught up on my Harry Potter blocks!

Harry Potter POD blocks

  • Used this Week: 0 yards
    • Sad trombone!
  • Used year to Date: 102.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 2.5 yards
    • 2.5 yards of FQs for stash
  • Net Used for 2015: 39 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 55.25 yards (54% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 224

A surprise Sunday episode! I talk about my trip, meeting Jaye, and thoughts on my future in podcasting and how I want to adapt.

Jaye and I posed for some selfies: