Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WIP and Crayons

Tess has been quiet the last two days, as a class and other commitments have taken up my time.  But when I last left her, this was where she was on Diamond Chips.
Just about halfway done.  To see more about the creation of this quilt, check out this post, Diamond Progress.  This afternoon should see more quilty progress!

Yesterday, I attended another member sponsored quilt class, this time on using crayons on fabric.
These are morning glories colored with regular Crayola crayons on a plain white fabric, then pressed between paper to remove the wax. Unfortunately, I have no art training to have colored these in an awesome manner, but they turned out pretty nice.  I liked this technique because it was fun and easy!  Now, how it will wash up, I don't know.

And today I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  If you haven't checked out this linky party, do so!  There are so many creative posts to check out.  Have fun!

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tulle--My New Tool

Yes, tulle is the newest tool in my quilting arsenal.

Plain, fine tulle is what I used to transfer the panto design to an odd shaped area.  I knew I couldn't do the design from the back of the machine and get it to stop and start where I wanted, nor could I do that from the front.  So, I bit the bullet and decided to transfer the design with a washout marker.
Yes, a washout marker.  Don't worry, I tested it on a scrap, letting it stay there for a week, and it washed right out.

To get the design on the tulle, a black sharpie was used to trace the design, with a piece of tissue paper between the original paper panto and the tulle, so that there were no stray marks on the original.  And two layers of tulle were used, so that I could see the design.  I had discovered on another project that one layer was not enough to see the markings.

Then using that washout marker, I happily marked away. Took maybe an hour, but the quilting was so easy!
If you look real close, you can see the faint blue line in with the stitching and without. Haven't washed it out yet, and I'm not worried.

And here's a picture of what I'm doing around the diamonds.
More diamonds!  With stippling as the fill.  I don't know about you, but I like stippling.  Some think it's old fashioned, but it really serves a purpose.  And when I was cake decorating, this fill was called Cornelli lace.

Sue Daurio asked about the swirl hook freehand design that was used on Scrappy Doo, wanting my drawing to get the idea of it.  Here it is--Enjoy!

Have a wonderful day quilting!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Scrappy Doo!

Scrappy Doo, my improvisational scrappy baby quilt is done!
And Winston kitty is trying so hard to be a good model!  This is a better picture of him than it is of the quilt, so here's a flat one.
Amazing how a few small (we're talking small!) pieces of fabric turned into a decent sized baby quilt.  I used up just about all of the light/med blues, yet the bag and bins are still stuffed.  Oh, well, a challenge for another day!

I wanted freehand quilting on this, so I chose swirl hook, a design I've had trouble wrapping my brain around. Angela Walters recently did a video on it, which helped quite a bit. After practice drawing it on several pieces of paper to get the flow of it, I put my skills to the test.

There are a few weird spots, but as Angela would say, it's quilted and done.

And waiting on the frame, is this one from a couple months ago, Diamond Chips.
I've been procrastinating all day, just not eager to jump in. Aside from the quilting challenge I've put on myself, the top is not my favorite, making it really difficult to start.  We all have those, right?  Okay, I've delayed long enough....

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Book of the Month

Time keeps marching along, and it's now September!  Where has this year gone?  I feel I haven't accomplished all I've wanted to this year, but when I look back, I've done a lot. I'll continue working towards my goals, with one of those being to make something from all the quilt books I own.  With that, I'm introducing the September Book of the Month, Sizzling Quilts from a Simple Block by Anita Hallock.
It was a tough choice this month, but eventually I'll get to the other books than were second choices.  I'm hoping to use up some of the older stash this month--it's bogging me down.  

As are the scraps.  How is it that they just keep growing?  I think I've used some up, but the pile doesn't get any smaller! Ugh!  But at least I got the scrap quilt top done.  
I tried setting them on yellow, which could have worked, but it was just okay.  Then I found this dark blue fabric with the same blue blocks on it as mine,
and thought, perfect, time to use it up!  And that I did.  This is all I have left.
More scraps.  Such is the life of a quilter!

To make this top a bit bigger, I added a frame around each scrappy block.  
If I were to have planned this out better, I would have used a darker blue in the center of each scrappy block, instead of white.  But it's done now.  And the top measures in at 45 1/2" x 45 1/2", a good baby quilt size.

Now to get it on the frame today for a freehand all over design.  Quilting pictures to follow!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Banishing the Blues

The last two days have been spent banishing the blues.  No, this is not a post on how quilting can help alleviate depression!  Instead, it's about using up the blue scraps. Specifically, the light blue scraps.  Now, keep in mind, this is still a work in progress, as I need some blocks for the corners.

Had to take this picture on the floor, as the design wall still has Sunny Lanes on it.  But this is the block placement I'm thinking of.  See what I mean by it needing some corner blocks?

I got on a bit of a role from making the 15 1/2" blocks for my small group, and thought I'd do some more.  Pulling out all the light blue scraps, I did the stitch and flip method again on phone book paper.  The piles of narrow blocks at the bottom of this picture shows them still with the paper, and needing trimming.

Those will be cut down to 3 1/2" by either 8 1/2" or 10 1/2", so that they fit with the four rectangle blocks, which measure 8 1/2" x 10 1/2".
The 3 1/2" width was just because I had several blue pieces in which that was the longest side.  This is another one of those random let's-see-what-we-have-to-use tops.  It's a process that's seems to work for me (see Random Acts of Blue).

Still haven't decided what the sashing color will be.  White? Done that.  Medium blue?  Maybe.  Dark Blue?  Yellow?  Any ideas??  Keep in mind that this will ultimately be a baby quilt. And hopefully I won't fall in love with it and keep it!

Happy Quilting this weekend!