Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Toy!

So as quilters, we all know that notions = toys. I had a whole bunch if credit card rewards that I can now link to Amazon. I had been eyeing a Quick Curves Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful for quite some time, but it's hard to justify a $25 ruler; that becomes much easier when it becomes only $1.87 out of pocket. 

Last night to inaugurate sewing curves - my first time when it wasn't a 3D object turned out well. It helps that they have a series of YouTube tutorials to explain how to use the ruler correctly. 

If you'll remember to late June, I posted about a pink block I made for a charity quilt going to a cancer center in Grand Rapids, MI. Rather than just make blocks that would never be used, my practice blocks (that were good enough) were made in the pink theme for Anna to add to the quilt. 

While I was sewing, I had company from Pippa, who is as I write becoming less of a lady at the Spay Spot - friendly reminder it's actually bad for female cats to have repeated heat cycles without having kittens, it can cause major hormonal imbalances leading to cysts and other health issues. But as always, she was my supervisor. She probably won't be jumping quite that high for the next week or two.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Slow times...

It's been nearly a month since the last post. I got to the end of night shift, but since I had gone on vacation in the middle of the 10 weeks for my college reunion, I got thrown into that jet lag feeling again and just wasn't feeling the draw to the sewing room.

I'm back on days now and have sunlight for working. I'm plugging along on the Framed quilt with 48 blocks done. Only 30 fit on my design wall at a time though! This was on the dining room floor, but they've since been transferred to the wall. I'm thinking of making it 86x98 instead of the full 98x98, which was the original intention.
My other project yesterday was making a scrub cap. I've started shadowing CRNAs (Nurse Anesthetists) in the OR at work in preparation for submitting my grad school paper work through the Navy. I had to wear the lunch lady mesh hair net, and decided that wasn't my thing. I went on Etsy and bought a great, simple pattern for $4 and had this made in under half an hour. It even has elastic in the back. The ones for sale there were all $12-18, which just seemed like too much for something I knew I could make easily. And the moose are so cute - it was a novelty print that I've had in my stash for a while. I will definitely be making more of these. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

For Pinks Sakes

Welcome to the For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop!

This blog hop is being done by many quilters across the country. Each person is making at least one block for a charity quilt that will be donated to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI, where Anna Gering's Mother-in-Law, Tina, has been getting her cancer treatment. (Fun fact, I'll be going out to Grand Rapids in August with my rowing team for USRowing Master's Nationals). 

If anyone wants to get involved and repost about the blog hop, donate a block, or contributes to the Go Fund Me campaign there is a give away that will happen on August 2nd. Find more information by clicking on the button above which links back to Anna's blog, Life Sew Crafty, which has all the details. Anna's MIL has been very upbeat throughout the whole treatment process, but the one thing getter her down has been the medical bills, so if you've got the resources, think about donating. 

The block I created was a simple HST 16 patch. I love all the different patterns one can make with HSTs. This is a pink fabric that I've had in my stash for quite awhile, and now it's going to an excellent cause. I paired it with a pale pink solid from Art Gallery. The block is 12.5" square. I started with 4" squares of each fabric, drew the line down the middle, sewed my 1/4" seam on either side and cut. That's my favorite method of making HSTs. I like bold, geometric designs and the strong diagonals was the winner of the several layouts I auditioned. 

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

New Quilt

This quilt is going to be a big one because in my head I was thinking each block was 10" rather than 12" square. So 98"x98" it will be. That said, I'm totally ok with that since I'm a big fan of all the fabric in it. The inspiration came from a snippet of a photo on pinterest, where this quilt was in the background, but it was easy to discern the pattern.

The original fabric that made me choose the others were from Riley Blake's Madhuri line then I added in Kate Spain Garden Party, Thomas Knauer Frippery, and Terra Australis.

The quilty math where I realized it was 12" rather than 10" that'd I'd had in my head (which is the size before the second sashing with colored rectangles). 
 All the center squares plus sashing rectangles. 
 The first two blocks done. I made these with regular piecing, the rest will be chain pieced, but I wanted to make a couple samples to ensure that they'd finish to 12.5" (and they do, perfectly!)
And Pippa because she was climbing all over while I was cutting and assembling. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

All petals ironed

As a follow up to the first post about the MQG Fabric Challenge, I finished ironing down all the petals to the background fabric. There were a good number of extra petals since I couldn't make more full circles in either direction due do space limitations so I added a border all the way around.
 Pippa then decided she wanted to help me as I was working on my next project of the weekend.
 The innerds of another Sew Together Bag and Pippa who monitored my progress.
 The completed bag with binding and external zipper.
 And the full exterior - patchwork fun. The colors aren't showing up perfectly here, but the swirly pattern is green which is why I added the green polka dot as the binding.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Michael Miller Challenge

The Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) parent organization of the DCMQG, has fabric challenges to highlight certain designers several times a year, and currently it's Michael Miller. Each participant is given a stack of fat eighths and one can add any solids and any other Michael Miller prints to their quilted piece - it can be a bag or a quilt or really anything as long as it's quilted. Based on one of the fabrics which is the orange peel design, I decided to make a petal applique quilt. Since I just switched back to night shift, I have a decent amount of time available for sewing since the rest of the world isn't really awake on my off days (nights).
Several months ago during one of the bigger JoAnn coupons/sales periods, I got an entire bolt of WonderUnder. This evening, I ironed that onto the fat eighths and then cut out the petals and started arranging. Based on the picture, that background looks black, but it's really a deep brown. I didn't add any extras beyond the prints from what were given out. 

Pippa kept trying to get in on the action and was standing around my feet most of the time while I was ironing, and then she finally jumped up once I finished adding the second row of rings. There will be a few more rings. I think I will quilt it with a light colored thread to really make it pop on the dark background. I'm also thinking that I will only quilt the background and leave the rings to puff up a little bit with the battings. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Done but for the binding

Dots dots dots and pebbles pebbles pebbles. I felt that the appropriate quilting for the dots quilt was large pebbles. And I definitely think I made the right decision. So the top is fully quilted and trimmed just waiting for binding, but as things typically go with my quilts that'll take several months since it's my least favorite part of the quilting process. Also pictured is my new way of basting. I got 2x4's and wrapped the quilt top and back around them with the batting floated between the two. Those and pinmoors let me baste this quilt which is just shy of 70 inches square in under 45 minutes (one episode of House). It was quilted on my home machine, a Pfaff Ambition with 50wt Aurifil thread.
 While quilting:
 Fully quilted and trimmed:
 The back:
 It's easier to see the pebbles on the solid parts of the back.