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. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Design Hubz Monday

Finished!  One neat fun curved log cabin flimsy.

The thing is about 68" square.  Perfect for me to cuddle under.  The Hubz, aka the design wall man, is over 6' with a big wing span.  So you get the idea on the size, which is about as big as I ever want to make anything.

I loved doing this.  Clearly strip quilts and log cabins are where I live.

And here is the first block on Miss R's quilt.  Yet another strip quilt.  I cannot tell you just how much I love making these!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Good Grief!

I've been MIA for over 1 1/2 months!  All those grandkid visits and then the MN birthday visit, and the Hubz' business trip, etc, etc,  - I just didn't have time to blog.  I'm back now, at least for a little while. 

So, here's the I Spy quilt all tied and crinkled and already loved by the little guy.

I didn't want to quilt this one, so I tied in in all sorts of embroidery floss.  Tying takes almost no time at all, and I thought it would be fun for a little guy.

The little guy loves to sit on it, and his family is playing "where's the doggy, etc" with him.  His mom is impressed with all the work, but I told her that it was actually a very easy quilt to make.  I love picking out fabrics and deciding where they will go.  I do NOT like knowing what my quilt will look like before I make it.  I'm the same way with knitting.  I love the surprise of when it all comes together.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Curved log cabin

Here's what's on my design floor, couch, pressing board.  A new curved log cabin.  White strips are Kona, the gorgeous reds/pinks/oranges are Kaffe and company.

The block will get another set of white and another set of colored blocks.

Here is one possibility.

You get the picture.
So now I'm playing with layouts.  Every time I do a couple of blocks, I have to play with them.  I swear this is my favorite part of the process.  Well that and picking out the fabrics and deciding where to put them.

And all the colored strips were cut by my new Shape-cut ruler.  Yay!  Look, Ma, evenly-cut strips!  The whites are from a Kona honey bun.

Tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, of course.  Jenny's approach is clearly the one for me.

Friday, June 27, 2014

What's on my needles Fri, June 27

Socks in progress.  I'm almost at the back or the heel moment.  My very favorite part of sock knitting, other than the leg, is that little short row turn of the heel.  I just love doing this.  Not there yet, but will be shortly.

The short row scarf is progressing nicely.  This is such a delight to do.

Almost at the end of the 2nd ball.  This is not going to be very long, but it will be wide and squooshy, so very comfy to cuddle up around my neck.  I can't wait to see how it blocks out.  All those garter raised portions will smooth out, I hope.

My charity scarf for Chabad House is getting there.  I'm using the same technique on both this and the mitered scarf above, but look how different they look.  This one is all garter stitch; the one above has a stockinette and garter pattern.

And a sweater that I didn't show last week.  It's just mindless stockinette at this point.  Yawn.  The sleeves will be worked up in stockinette also, and then joined to work the yoke.  The yoke will have stranded color work on it.  I haven't knitted an Elizabeth Zimmerman sweater (other than the Baby Surprise Jacket) in a very long time.  It does look small, but it's the right size (36" in circumference) for me.

And that's it.  Well there are a couple more WIPs, but I'm not working on any of them, and may frog them. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's in my frame Wednesday

Pretty piece.  Not the greatest instructions, however.

Yep, I can read that chart.  I've done this stitching a gazillion times.  OK, the last time was about 15 years ago, but it's in my blood, my memory and my fingers.

So what's the problem? 

First row is OK, I think.  Second row is my mistake.  The instructions clearly state that there is one thread between each of the ladybugs.  But take a look at the 5th row.  It doesn't end where it should, and if I do another repeat, it will then be too long.  If you look at the cover, which is hard to see here, you will notice one thread between each of the repeats in that 5th row.  But that is only visible in the bright colorway, not in the pastel one, and I'm doing pastel colors.  Nowhere does it say to do this. 

Now I'm on the 6th row, but I just discovered that single thread.  Sigh.  I'm not ripping it out.   So, I shall have to put a little charm (it came with 2 charms) to the right of the 5th row to make it come out somewhat even.  The sixth row I'll do also from the right and then compensate with the middle repeat.  Piffle.  Not that it's such a big deal, only that I wish the instructions had mentioned the single thread.  Sigh.

I did skip the row with Bug Collector on it because I didn't like it, and will probably skip the ant row, too.  Or not.  I really haven't done any stitching in many years, and have to get my head around it again.  Plus, and it's a big plus, I now need extra light and magnification, which I didn't need way back when.  Still, I am enjoying the motion and the slowness of the embroidery.  So I'll finish this and just chalk it up to general wonkiness.


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