Monday, September 15, 2014

Design Table Monday


I'm boxing my stars.  

Here are some more.





 I just ordered yet another book on quilting as you go.  I really don't like the process of making the quilt sandwich.  What I want is to make the individual blocks, then make a mini-sandwich of backing, batting and block, quilt it (either by hand or machine) and then join the blocks as I go along.  I've been looking at various techniques and am still searching for the perfect one.  Which I may never find.  



At any rate, these guys will all be joined up.  A white border, and that's it.

Have I told you just how much I love making these?


Friday, September 12, 2014

No more inept quiltarian.



I'm still in starry heaven.  Who knew that flying geese could be such fun?  Way back when I started quilting, I did a couple of Schnibbles, and one of the patterns included tons of flying geese.  So, being brave and dumb, I made tons of the geese.  I used Carrie's method, which works for most people, but not for me.  This time, I made rectangles with folding corners, and I can do it!  By golly, I'm a real quilter!  Like knitting, the quilting world has lots of ways to make the same object. And one of these days, I'm going back to making Schnibbles!



I boxed in one of the stars and I like how it looks. I have 4 different fabrics for the boxes.  This star is my first star before I got those points correct.  I'll keep it just to remind me of how far I've gotten.  Besides, I like the color.


And i am no longer an inept quiltarian.  Well until the next time something messes up.  Eh, who cares, I'm learning and having fun.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More Stars.

I think I'm a star-crossed lover.  I love making stars.  Yes, I know what the original phrase means.  But I like making stars and then arranging them, and crossing them over each other.  Sigh.





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Stars again



Yay, stars!  I did it!  I conquered flying geese and folded corners!  Wow, does this ever open up possibilities for me.  

I really struggled with these two elements, until I realized that moving the needle was the way to handle them.  So I move the needle to the right 2 clicks (I have an older Pfaff without the gazillion needle positions), and then my sewing line is a pinch over the actual sewing line.  And it works!

There are many quilters who can handle that scant 1/4" seam naturally without having to resort to playing with needle positions, but I'm not one of them.  So, my scant 1/4" seam is 3 clicks to the right, and now my geese and corners are 2 clicks to the right.  

I made a note and stuck it onto the machine, 'cause you know I'm going to forget this.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Design Floor Monday



Stars in my eyes.  As a somewhat inept quiltarian,I need to work extra hard on flying geese blocks.  But I think I'm getting the hang of it.  First star on the left has cut-off points of the stars, but the other two are much better.  Yay, me.

The plan is to make 25 stars, and border each one with a print fabric.  I initially wanted to use the white in the blocks, but I don't have enough fabric, whereas I have a lot of pretty prints that will match.  5 blocks across and 5 down.  I make square quilts.  I like the symmetry of  square quilts.

And that's all the quilting news of the day. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What's next


Another string quilt.  These are my go-to, relaxing, mindless quilts.  Cut up a bunch of strips in varying widths, sew them diagonally onto Missouri Star Quilt Company's neat 10" papers, trim and that's it. Beyond mindless.  The best part is that you get to make choices of which fabrics to put next to each other.  My kind of patchwork.




The blocks are 10" square,  and they are easy peasy to assemble.  When Miss R visited us for her week, she picked out the fabrics to go with her newly painted bedroom.  The colors on my monitor are pretty accurate.

So now I need to sew them together, then the strips, and then I'll have a pretty flimsy.  It's got to wait in the queue, because I have 3 other flimsies spoken for.

So what to do next?  I'm thinking another log cabin but this one with 2" strips and not curved.  I found tons of fabric that's calling me.  Hmmmm.

So, a question for you quilters out there:  What do you do with your quilts when you have too many of them.  I am making for family and friends, so I'm not at that point yet, but it's coming.  I'm thinking donations to charities.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My 10 quilty little secrets, OR, Whoa, am I opinionated!

This is starting to make the rounds in the quilting world, so I thought I'd add my 2 cents.  

BTW, just because I don't like something, doesn't mean that I don't admire it in other quilts.  It's just that some of these things are just not for me.  So, don't take any of this nonsense personally.

13 Spools 


1. I don't prewash unless I'm working on flannel.  I do use 2 color catchers in the first wash, however.

2.  I'm not fond of the quilting aspect.  I love the piecing, but not the quilting.

3.  I admire professional quilting but will not use it.  These are my quilts and I don't want someone else's work on them.  I also don't want fancy quilting to take away from the color work and the piecing.  And I kind of like tying quilts.

4.  I don't like templates except for EPP.  I don't measure the logs on a log cabin quilt, and I don't measure the strings on a string quilt. 

5.  I do not like reproduction fabric or Civil War quilts.  I also don't like basket quilts.  No good reason; they just seem boring.

6.  I love batiks, Kaffe and Co fabrics, and florals. 

7.  It's all about the color for me.  Forget the teensy-weensy little pieces.  I admire, but will never do a quilt with a gazillion pieces in each block.  That's way too much work for me, and I'm not accurate enough.  And anyhow, it's the color, not the amount of pieces that moves me.

8.  I hate the grey background used on lots of modern quilts.  Greys come in lots of variations, and in most of these quilts, the grey just doesn't go with the rest of the fabric.  Plus, I think that a white background really makes the colors pop, as opposed to that dull grey.  And it is a bit precious to use grey just because everyone else is using it. 

9.  I can't do a scant 1/4" seam.  I figure that if I'm consistent with my 1/4" seams, then that's all that counts.  And sometimes, my seams are off.  That's why I like string quilts; my wonky seams are just fine.

10.  I don't measure for the borders.  I just sew together my fabric strips, lay them on top of the quilt, pin a lot, and then sew.  I figure that if there is a bit of stretch, it will all work out when I've quilted it (with much grumbling) and washed and dried it. 



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