Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I am going to add these to the January finishes in my sidebar, but first off to work and to get taxes done. Yuck to both.
Update. I should have referenced the pattern for my son's quilt. It is noted in this blog entry here.
It is called Cabin Tracks from a Quilter's Sampler Magazine. I will add the issue and the shop name.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Since the blocks are rather on the thick side, I need to pin them. I love these ultrafine pins from Fon's and Porter. They have glass heads, glide through the fabric and usually don't cause a broken needle, although I have had my share of mishaps.
I also use a walking foot due to the thickness of the blocks so that they stay nice and even. I sew rather slowly on these, and go right over the pins.
This is the setting I am playing with. It is hard to tell from the photo, but the sashing is a pale yellow. I like it so far, but need to put another row together before I make a final decision. The plan right now is for a layout 6 blocks x 8 blocks.
I have one more seam to sew and then the Double Delight will be put together also. I am still trying to decide on borders.
Friday, January 16, 2009
These are some vintage types. I love the bright cheerfulness of this stack. I think this would look good with some white Kona cotton and have several pattern ideas in mind.
This is an older bundle from Valori Wells. I had some pattern in mind when I bought it, but for the life of me have no clue now. I think this is called Mariposa.
Finally Strawberry Lemonade from Me and My Sister. I love their fabric and have one top completed waiting to be quilted from their first line Cookies and Milk. There fabrics are fun to work with.
That is all of the stash posting for now. Pulling all of these out has kept me from impulse purchases on line, but I am going to Prescott tomorrow for my daughter's cheer competition and my aunt wants to go to the quilt store there. It may be too tempting for me.
I have been working diligently on Double Delight. It is really taking me a long time to put the rows together, but I like how it is turning out. Maybe somes pics next week if I can figure out the border.
Finally I have made at least 100 string blocks this week. I do not know why, but I have this overwhelming need to deplete the bucket of strings. It is actually about half gone now. I will have pictures of the blocks and the bucket later as well. It has been no small task, but oddly relaxing. It would probably make a non quilter think I am crazy though. All this new fabric to work with, and I am obsessed with scraps!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
This is the Chez Moi stack. I actually unpacked it for the first time tonight to take a picture. The colors are so pretty. It is kind of weird but I never unpack the bundles and look at each fat quarter until I am ready to make a quilt. I know that this is very backwards, but it is how I always do it. Finally this is Flutterby by Tula Pink. There are some great prints in this bundle. I am tempted to buy the Nest bundle to coordinate with this, but I really don't need to since there is plenty here.
There is a least one more round of pictures to go to show all the fat quarter bundles. I don't buy jelly rolls or charm packs. The rest of the stash is loose fat quarters for the most part and some 1 and 2 yard pieces. OH and LOTS of SCRAPS! I have started to use Bonnie's Scrap Users System and you can see in my sidebar that I have a few scrap quilts going. I will show some pictures of these soon.
The Double Delight is coming along very well. All of the trimming is done and I am assembling the large 9 patch blocks now. Next step is to cut the setting triangles. I am going to use a new Fons and Porter ruler I bought for this. I hardly ever set quilts on point, but this one sure is looking great.
All for now,
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
This is one of the Funky Monkey bundles. I am not even sure which one. It was at a 50% off sale so I bought it. My son actually loves monkeys so it may end up as a throw for him.
This is a Buggy Barn bundle that I got as a birthday gift last year I think. I don't have a vision for this one yet.
This is the Fresh Squeezed collection from Sandy Gervais. I have seen lots of quilts in blogland made from this and really admired them. I picture this with white sashing, maybe a simple log cabin or rail fence even.
I have another bunch of stacks on the shelf to photograph next. I think this will help me to put thoughts in order for 2009. After all it is no fun just to finish projects and not start anything new is it?
Finally my progress on the Double Delight Mystery. I have all of the 9 patch strips sewn together and have begun the block assembly. I still have lots of trimming to do. UGH!
I am looking forward to see how all of these blocks look together. I am sure I will cheat and make a few more blocks before I finish all that trimming.
All for now.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
These are some of the skinny little 1" strips sewn together to be cross cut into 2.5" strips for sashing pieces.
These are the finished blocks. They are 8" square and are four different layouts.
This is what one of the finished blocks will look like. I am working diligently, but it kinda makes my eyes cross, so I decided to take a break and start the Quiltville Mystery.This has been lots of little pieces too! Do not look further if you are working on this one and do not want to have the later steps spoiled. I have skipped ahead without finishing one step at a time. Step one blocks are finished and about half are trimmed.Step two blocks are 80% done, with only a few trimmed.The trimmings are cute.
Step 3 and 4 are in process. I wanted to see what one of the cute little 9 patches would look like. Here is the step 4 block put together correctly.......
And here it is put together incorrectly. I wish now that I had used a lighter value where the blue is so that the star would pop better, but that is the danger of a mystery. I think it will be fine when it is finished, but probably not what Bonnie envisioned for her pattern.
Have fun with the mystery everyone. I will not be sewing until the end of the week since I go back to work tomorrow, but it has been a fun weekend.
I have to decide which of the many challenges in blogland to participate in. Lots of stashbusting and UFO finishing challenges!