Saturday, October 13, 2018

Getting Modern

I've been a member of the Modern Quilt Guild for a while, but I just recently got around to joining the local branch.  In September I visited the Rocket City Modern Quilt Guild (what else would you call the group in Huntsville, Alabama?) and decided to become an active member right away by jumping into some of their current projects.

When the half-square triangle piecing papers were passed around I grabbed a few to take home, found a few 10" squares, and made some half-square triangles to take back with me when I go to the meeting next week.

I also brought home one of the partially made round-robin quilts the guild members pass around hoping the quilts will grow as volunteers add something.  Once they reach a suitable size they're made into charity quilts.  I chose the bag with these fabrics .....

..... and this partially made top.

I was drawn immediately to the print and the fact that someone had fussy cut it for the first block.  I wanted to use that somehow.

I wanted to bring in more greens so I came up with these blocks.

That print makes my blocks look a lot more complicated than they are.

That was fun.  I'm looking forward to seeing this top come together!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Playing Catch-Up - Two Finishes

Recently, I was updating my spreadsheet where I document all the quilts I make (yes, I am that nerdy) and realized I've had a few finishes I had forgotten to share with you.

The first finish was in July.  I had blogged in 2013 about the disaster of working with a badly cut kit.  You can read about it here.   The whole thing was so frustrating I put it away for a while.  A long while, actually. I picked it up again in 2017 and got a handle on how I could make it into something acceptable.  You can read about that here.  

A few months ago I added a few of the leftover pieces when I put together a backing, quilted it, and called it a keeper.  I like this one so much I don't think I could give it away.

The second finish is a baby quilt to put back for the great-grands, one of my current projects.  I started it and shared about it in this post.  This quilt didn't sit around very long. It was done in about 6 weeks. I just forgot to share my finish with you!  

This one is hand quilted.

Finished, washed, and ready to use.  One day.

I guess I have been very busy this summer, but that doesn't mean I'm not getting things done.  I just need to sit down once in a while and tell you about it!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

AJ's Quilt

When my son's friend, AJ, told me he had never been given a quilt I decided that was a problem that needed to be remedied, and the sooner the better.  I knew I wanted to make him something with a geometric design so I searched online and found a free download for "Love Squared" by Lindsey Wright.

Pinks and reds were definitely out.  I thought (and so did my son, my new quilting advisor) the only option for AJ was blacks and grays.   

The white would become black, and the pinks would be shades of gray with the red becoming the very lightest gray.

I've changed patterns a lot to make them my own so just changing the colorway would be super easy.  Right?  OH! Brother!

It wasn't at all difficult to make the blocks.  

But, for some reason working with the layout nearly made me crazy.  Simply assigning each shade of grey a number corresponding with the numbered shades of pink should have simplified it enough.  I drew up a graph of the layout which should have made it even easier.  I even had a color photo with the pattern to use as a guide.  

I don't think I have ever arranged and rearranged a quilt more than I did this one.   I finally said, "Enough!  I like it."

This photo taken outdoors makes it easy to see that I didn't use a solid black but onyx Grunge by Moda instead. 

Some extra blocks for the back because it needs to be cool, too.

Machine quilting with a basic meander .....  

.....and instead of a label just a little stitching.

Then a trip to Seattle to deliver it in person.  

Now AJ has a quilt, and I feel better.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A Quilt for Joan

I met Joan when I joined my first guild, The Flower Valley Quilting Guild, about twenty years ago.  More than fifteen years ago we both joined a small daytime group started by a mutual friend we fondly dubbed "Day-Quilters".  So I've been to many meetings, lunches, field trips, and retreats with her, and she is a dear friend.  Here she is with a paper doll of herself; we were each asked to make one for a 50th Birthday Party/Quilt retreat we were graciously invited to a while back.

Sadly, Joan is losing her vision which means she has to give up quilting.  When I saw her a few months ago at Day Quilters she asked each of us to take what we wanted of her fabrics and UFOs.   I came home with this scrappy little 35" top.  

She thought I could make it into a doll quilt, but I decided to turn it into a "Joan Quilt".  Scrappy it began so scrappier it would become.  I just grabbed some scraps .....

..... and black & white prints, then kept making borders until I thought it was done.

Of course, it definitely needed Scottie dog fabric on the back because Joan really, really loves Scottie dogs.

It finished up about 53" square and pretty cute, I think.

Now it's washed and dried and has that comfy, crinkly look every quilt looks better with .....

..... which means it's ready to mail.  I hope it brings up a lot of sweet memories for Joan when she uses it.  I know it did that for me while I worked on it.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Another Doll Quilt

I shared with you in this post the doll quilts I was making for A Doll Like Me.  I recently needed a quick project to work on ( I just had to spend some time in my sewing room) so I decided to make another one - yellow this time! These little quilts are so fun to work on.  

I gathered some squares from my oh-so-organized pre cuts, found a sashing and backing in my stash, and got busy.  I was surprised these two fabrics went together so well considering two different people "donated" them to my "collection".  One was perfect for the border, and the other was destined for the backing.

It didn't take any time at all to put the blocks together, quilt it with a simple meander, and attach the binding.

How cute is this!?!

Even cuter with a baby leopard on it.

I think he's distantly related to the baby lion that served as the model for the last two doll quilts.

Maybe I need to make enough quilts to show off all the stuffed animals my boys left behind when they grew up!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Dotty About Nora

I wrote this blog in July of 2017 and apparently never published it.  I just found it in the "Drafts" section of my dashboard.  Enjoy!

Nora Kate was born a few weeks ago and made our friends grandparents - again.  Her big brother (Grampa's Little Genius) is two years old, so he was probably ready for a baby sister.  And, naturally, she needs a quilt. 

I had a "Just A Speck" layer cake by Moda that I thought would be fun to work with.   I used all the squares with white dots to make a disappearing four-patch.  The Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial was all the pattern I needed!

I started by cutting the 10" squares into 4 pieces each and making four-patches with Kona white.  

Once I cut up each of the blocks .....

..... and put them back together in a different arrangement they looked like this.

Nothing in my stash worked for a border, so I had to make a trip to my Local Quilt Shop (poor me!)  I found a great dotted print in a dark pink. 

At least I thought it was dark pink until I got it home in a different light.  Now I'm thinking it might be red.

Either way, it works.  

Last but not least, some clip art and hand embroidery, and a label is made!