Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Finally A Post!

Computers are wonderful tools, but when they don't work, it's hard to resist the urge to chuck them!  Mine decided it didn't want to connect to the internet over the last five days.  My other computer connected, but it wouldn't upload the camera's SD card.  Geesh, what's a computer challenged girl to do???

Finally, hubby did come to the rescue, but I'm not convinced the problem is solved.  So, I'm trying to get this post written before I lose my connection again.  Let's get to quilting!

Last week, I finished up the piecing of my scrap flowers, adding the border yesterday.
I'm really happy with how this turned out, after I made a few changes of course!
All through the weekend, the pieced work hung on the design wall, and there were a few spots that bugged me.

See the arrows on the left?  Closeup, they look fine.  But from a distance, the darker greens blended with the teal bud, so it was hard to tell what was in that area.
So, yesterday, out came the seam ripper, and my collection of greens.  Yes, I had to cut into some yardage, as all my other lighter green pieces were gone.  But at least I used them up!

Replacing those three pieces now gives the bud better definition,
even from a distance!
Wish I would have paid attention to this when I first pieced it, but at least it was an easy fix, and well worth it!

Don't be afraid to rip some seams to improve your design.  I know I'd rather have something I'm happy with versus always wishing I'd taken the effort to fix it. 

For a tutorial on piecing this, check out my post, Playing for More Than 15 Minutes.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Black and White with a Bit of Red

Another finish!
This is a commissioned quilt, for a lucky lady who's retiring.  In designing this, all I knew was that she wore a lot of black and white, and sometimes red.  And of course, cost came into play, so that's why there's not a lot of small detail, or heavy quilting.
The stars have radiating lines out from a swirl center, and the background has an arcing all-over design that I just really love!
Sorry it's a bit hard to see because of the white Glide thread on the white background.  Here's a drawing to show this easy all-over design.
The design is composed of short arcs, 1" to 1 1/2" in length, with changes in the direction of each arc.
Creates a really nice texture.

Such a simple design with awesome results! Hope she likes it!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Playing for More Than 15 Minutes!

I've had so much fun creating the last two days!  15 Minutes of Play has stretched into hours!  Here's what my burst of creativity has produced so far.
My design wall has very little free space at the moment, as there are lots of projects in the works!  The flowers got tacked over the diamond quilt, as I'm still pondering coral and sea life for that one.

My cutting and sewing tables are in an even bigger mess, with scraps everywhere!  I can barely get to the computer!  But it's all necessary when creating.

Here's a quick little tutorial on sewing these scraps.  
Start sewing the first piece to a stabilizer.  I used the pages from an old phone book--they add just enough stability and are easily removed.
Don't worry about marking a block size--just start sewing pieces on, knowing that additions can always be made to increase the size.  Remember, this is playtime!

For my design, I like jagged edges on the flowers, meaning I don't want the petals all the same length.  This means that the petals need some green attached to them before they are stitched to the stabilizer.
Notice I'm not worried about pressing or trimming!
Now this piece is ready for stitching.
With the excess seam allowance now trimmed, it's flipped over, ready for the next piece.
The next pieces get a preview, checking for size, color, and pattern.
The green and teal are stitched together, then stitched down.
Trim the seam.
And flip.
The last piece was treated a bit differently.  I didn't want a bunch of rays from the corner, so I added the petal, then stitched a green piece along the top.
The result is a more jumbled background instead of one that flows outward with the petals.
The blocks all got trimmed to 6" x 6".

This was my flower on after the first day.
Then, after digging through my stash looking for more green, I found fabric with beetles on yellow.  So, I replaced one of the center yellow pieces, and now have a beetle on my flower!
Too much fun!!  This playtime has really helped my quilting mojo!  Give it a try and you'll see how much fun it is!

Happy Quilting!



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Scrap Busting

My scraps are overflowing!  And I'm running out of room to store them!
My last top, with the diamonds, generated a LOT of scraps!  Now, some of you would call this mess crumbs, and maybe just throw them away.  But if there are pieces big enough to be sewn, to me, they're usable.  It's really hard to throw away a 2" square!

So, for this month, I'm going to play!  And I've got the book 
15 Minutes Play--Improvisational Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe as my inspiration.
I've gotten a small (very small!) start, using the triangles from the diamond quilt
but not sure if I like light sewn to dark to make new diamonds.  I'll have to try some light to light and dark to dark to see how that looks.  Goodness knows I've got plenty to experiment with!  And then again, I may go in a totally different direction once I sort through the rest of the scraps.

Is your scrap bin overflowing?  Come scrap bust with me!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Black and White with a Touch of Red

My latest project, a commissioned quilt, is black and white, with a bit of red, of course!  Here's a few of the blocks
I really love the look of the small black on white prints, 

but turns out I didn't have enough in my stash.  So, off to my two LQS (local quilt store) where I found four more prints.
Here's the new prints in strip sets ready for subcutting.
 and here's one ready to be sewn into a block.
I've still got several blocks to go, and I'll post when the top is done.

And announcing the winner of the Craftsy class giveaway!  Craftsy had twenty nine entries, and randomly selected #20, Beth S.  Congratulations Beth!  Hopefully you have received a Craftsy email with the link to your free class.  Enjoy!

Happy Quilting!