Monday, April 27, 2015
I am finally caught up with my Nesting Robin...........now that is such a good feeling. The next clue will be revealed next Thursday so this can rest till then. The clue for April was to "repeat". My repeat is more flying geese. This time around the little landscape. They are half scale to the ones around the word, so only 1 inch by 1/2 inch. They are indeed tiny and took just as long to make as their larger version. I love the precision of paper piecing but do not really enjoy the process, especially pulling off the paper at the end.
Now that this is caught up I need to focus on some projects for a few challenges. This quilt has really pushed me back into daily working so I am now focused and rearing to go with the first challenge that I designed a few months ago. I just need to take the design and make it into a finished quilt. The design is really a huge step in the process so now to just do the work.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
I also made a freezer paper template of the complete flower to use for placement. I pressed this to the fabric where I wanted the flower and marked around the outside with the white clover pencil. You can see all the flower parts ready to go.
When I got to the top of the flower I decided that since there were so many seams underneath that I would stuff it so it would look nice after the piece is quilted. I appliqued the around both sides and the top and then stuffed some poly fibers inside and appliqued the bottom. I am really happy with how that turned out. I did not take a close up of the finished flower but will once I do a final photoshoot of the finished quilt.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
I have chosen to deviate from the "border" with each going all the way around the center and think I will be making components which I will set together in the end. The progression will follow the clues for the Nesting Robin though.................hey its my quilt so I get to make the rules.
I am a huge fan of needle turn applique. I learned to quilt (all by hand) in 1984 or thereabouts. Back then the use of a sewing machine was frowned on. I took a little quilting class from a lady who was teaching the ladies in her church to quilt. I met her in a fabric store (there were no quilting stores at the time). I wanted to see the quilting fabric and the sales lady showed me the one display of a few dozen nice calico prints and introduced me to the lady also looking. Well she invited me to take her class. In that class I learned how to make templates out of cardboard, mark seam lines with a pencil, cut things out with scissors and sew it all together by had. We did a grandmother fan which was the introduction to applique. Then I did a beehive block and did some needle turn leaf shapes...............Never in all the years since then have I ever found an applique method that I like better and I have tried many. I have no idea where that kind lady is but I owe her a lot of gratitude for being my first introduction to the quilting world. I don't even remember her name.
At this point I pinned the head back and appliqued the beak.
Once the beak is finished then I resumed applique around the rest of the head and down the front of the body till I got close to the feet.
Voila! There he is finished. You can see how little and detailed those feet are by using the penny as a scale. I think Lincoln is impressed there! Not sure what happened to the lighting in that photo but the green is washed out. Now you can go back to the top and see the bird all finished.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
I have been sucked into the Focus quilt project and spent all morning working on the second round. I made my paper templates last night so that was even more time spent. I love Flying geese so that is what needed to go next as Round 2 needs to be triangles. I used more greens and introduced blues. Then I decided that there needed to be some rebels so I put a couple of bright purples and one subtle purple in the mix. I found a very subtle plaid that had a navy background and subtle greenish blue for the background of the geeseless (that is now a word). The background of the geese is the same blue I used in the center around the word. I am really enjoying this piece so now need to figure out Round 3.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Here I am with my improv circles.................I just did not love them.............ok I did not like them. The color palate just did not work any more and the circles were to square. Alrighty then what to do.
How would the blocks look if you only saw half of each one. Humm..........better.............but that golden tan just was not playing well with the rest of the group so with the help of the rotary cutter, and the seam ripper all of the fabric was left by the wayside.
Now had I tried to think of this quilt from the pile of fabrics I never would have been able to get here from there!
Sunday, April 12, 2015
An allover feather meander is not really that hard if you like to do feathers. Just think of a giant stipple pattern (you can adjust the size from very small to really large depending on how big you want your feathers). There really is no right or wrong just make a giant curving line that is about the same distance from the other parts of the line or the lines next to it...........with some variation for interest.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
This project was all about color and purging...........ok how do those two things go together? Well I need a quilt for the bed in the new RV. I really like this pattern because it is more about color than the fabrics used in it and I love green and purple. I also wanted to use up as much fabric as I could that I am not fond of. Now don't get me wrong there are many fabrics in there that I do indeed love. I began by pulling everything out that was purple and green that I was not fond of and started cutting my strips. Then when I ran out of those I added in other fabrics that I am more fond of. In the end I used a ton of fabric which includes lots of stuff I don't have to look at again and wonder what to do with.
Hopefully now that this is in a pleasing layout I will have my flimsey sewn together in a week or two. I could play with it forever and not get it perfect............and that is not what this quilt is about anyway.