This week I finished up the other two Sew Together bags, my Harry Potter block, and a small quilt at my daughter’s request.
First, the Harry Potter block. I went with Harry’s wand in a wood grain fabric. I forgot to check the sizing when I printed, so my block came out 3/8″ too small and required some spacer background pieces to bring it to the right size. Alas! Fortunately this is a fairly forgiving block for this sizing issue, so it wasn’t too bad.
My daughter’s “doge” quilt is based on an internet meme that started with a captioned photo of a Shiba Inu using the Comic Sans font. It is her current obsession, and she desperately wants to go to Japan as a result. I’ve tried telling her that you don’t see Shibe’s frolicking in a field right when you get off the plane in Tokyo, but she is so far undeterred. She’ll have to settle for her doge quilt in the mean time.
I found a vector art file of the doge face and traced the big chunks onto paper backed fusible, using 5 different fabrics for the face. She specifically wanted the face on 4 squares, so I stuck to simple piecing and quilting and finished this in a day (but didn’t tell her it was done until after I showed it at my guild meeting this morning!).
- Used this Week: 3.25 yards
- 2.5 yd for 2 Sew Together bags
- 0.75 yd for Doge mini quilt
- Used year to Date: 95 yards
- Added this Week: 0 yards
- Net Used for 2015: 35.75 yards
- YTD Used for Charity: 55.25 yards (58% of total used)
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At last! Pictures of the finished Chevron Baseball baby quilt!
This is a bespoke quilt for a friend’s pending grand-nephew. The guidance I got was nursery colors (blue and grey) and that the dad likes baseball and his favorite team is the Detroit Tigers. I added in an orange stripe to complement the team colors and liven it up.
I had pinned this quilt on Pinterest a while ago, but I thought all that white was impractical for a baby quilt. I kept the element of a giant baseball, though, and I think it works out pretty well.
The stitching lines on the baseball are fused down and then quilted for extra security since this will likely be washed quite a bit. It may have been 8 years, but I still remember how messy (and leaky) babies are!
Rather than use the HST method of making the chevrons, I used my EZ Companion Angle to cut the flying geese looking pieces and sewed them together as rows. I left a big hole (in terms of piecing) where the baseball is, and then stitched the baseball on top of the hole (after glue basting it). After the baseball was appliqued down, I went back and trimmed any chevron pieces from behind the baseball so it wouldn’t show through the white fabric.
Of course, cutting my chevron pieces left some weird angled bits from my fabric, so I pieced those into the back with a Kaufman polka dot fabric.
I finished up this baby quilt over the weekend, although I need to stitch the label on quickly before shipping it out. The diamond chain/beaded curtain blocks are from Daisy’s Gypsy Beads pattern that I tested. It will be for sale soon, so keep an eye on her Craftsy patterns to see when it comes up. The elephant applique is my own sketch, which you can download as a *.png file by right clicking here and saving the file.
The quilting is pretty simple mock-straight line; that means that straight line quilting would be awesome, but I inevitably end up with wiggles when I do it, so I used the diamond outlines as a guide and straightened out the lines the further away from the shapes I got.
It took quite a bit of effort to keep the cats off of it while I photographed it, and now it’s safely stored away until the label gets stitched on!
… in that an elephant never forgets and I almost forgot to post WIP Wednesday! Whoops!
Anyway, I have the Elefun baby quilt sandwiched and basted and am quilting it currently. It’s pretty small so shouldn’t take long, but it sure is cute with those little elephants!
I think things are returning to normal finally. I’ve been able to get serious time in the sewing room and get my sewjo back, and cut out all 2,880 pieces for the center of my parent’s king size quilt (plus about 5 extra in case I miscounted). I also got the cutting done for the pieces for the Snowflake Garden wallhanging (pattern shown to left of giant mound of cut pieces), which is for my in-law’s. I also got the wool applique pieces cut out and fused together into two large sections.
I am prepared to sew! I also got the finishing instructions for Jingle this week, and am going to fancy up the setting triangles for the center medallion just a bit to give it a little more interest, and just need to draft those out. Then I anticipate having a pile-up of epic proportions.
The cats approve of sewjo and sunshine. And cuddles. LOTS of cuddles, particularly at night when I have a bank of cats snuggled against me in bed.
At last the Berry Siege of ’13 is OVER!
But first the final pieced block, complete with the sort of weird lighting you’ve come to expect from this blog.
And finally, here are final three applique blocks:
I swear I will raise one of my kids to be a botanist and genetically engineer food so they develop a berry with legitimate corners we quilters can applique without shame! In the mean time, I’ll settle for drinking a lot of eggnog around Christmas while this quilt is displayed so I either won’t notice the semi-pointy berries due to blurry vision or just won’t care due to being drunk.
I’m looking forward to the finishing directions, although might take liberties with the setting triangles for the center piece so they offer a little more interest.
Picture heavy post!
Tra la la! I finished stitching the binding down during my guild meeting yesterday, and trimming all the threads this morning (nothing like taking pictures of a thing to notice all the flaws in it!).
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No finishes! Everyone clutch your pearls in horror. Meanwhile, the last two blocks are finished for the Beachwalk Quilt (picture quality is crap as my camera is apparently disintegrating before my eyes):
Next week should see the finish of the signature quilt for my daughter’s teacher as I take a step back from these intense applique blocks.
- Used this Week: 0 yards
- Used year to Date: 144.5 yards
- Added this Week: 0 yards
- Net Used for 2013: 76.75 yards
- YTD Used for Charity: 69.5 yards (47% of total used)
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