Archive for October, 2008
I’m having so much fun piecing these blocks. I might have made some good progress on this quilt this week, but Suzannah’s friend’s mom is borrowing my machine to sew a dalmation costume. My eye twitches a bit when I look over at my sewing table. Not to fret too much, it will return to me tomorrow. I’m calling this a bullseye quilt, and it’s very fast because the circles are appliqued with a raw edge. You stack one 9 inch, one 7 inch, and one 4 inch circle on top of each other and then sew as close to the edge as possible. Then, with nerves of steel, you must cut through at 90 degree angles. Ok, it’s late and I’m not describing it right. Here is the tutorial here… http://whitneyjdavis.blogspot.com/2008/04/circle-quilt-tutorial.html She explains it much better and with pictures too. I’m totally in love with the green and white fabric in this one. I have enough circles to make a quilt that is 5 across and 6 down. The squares are 12 inches across, so that’s one nice and big quilt. More pictures as it progresses.
The other quilt I’m making is slower going. Mostly because I’ve been hemming and hawing over fabric choices. It’s been painfully slow. There’s just something so special about the greens in some of the fabrics, that I cannot accept anything less than perfect complementary fabrics. Here’s what I have so far.
These are predominantly fabrics from the Urban Chicks ’Swell’ line, which I adore. On the left is one lone Amy Butler fabric and there is a darker green, a sort of Jade color, in Kona cotton. The pattern for this quilt is the disappearing 9 Patch and so I need 2 more fabrics before I can start piecing. I am loving how the small bits of red help break up and complement the greens and blues. I’m very excited about this quilt.
Also, after these two quilts, I have designed in my head two very stark and modern quilts to give for Christmas. They involve dark color blocks, with bright hits of color. Confetti-like with lots of quilting in long, intertwining lines. Just thinking about all the color and design excites me.
Thank you for following along…
This was my first BIG quilt – a twin size, low loft qulit made for my cousin who has whisked herself away to university in Beloit, Wisconsin. ACK! It’s cold there.
I don’t know about you all, but I am totally in love with all things Denyse Schmidt. These are fabrics from the ‘Katie Jump Rope’ line of fabrics. This is a self-designed pattern, strip pieced with a polka dot border and coordinating binding. The pictures aren’t great – my cousin said the dormroom lighting is horrible. But, now I have my fab new camera and so all pictures from here on out will be much better.
Next post: Works in progress and the stash reveal, afterwhich I promptly will begin attending FA (fabrics anonymous) Because after you see it, you’ll all be staging an intervention.
I found out about Juliette’s fabric swap in the nick of time. http://chickpeastudio.typepad.com/ is where you can find more pictures and information on this great idea.
I really wish I had taken a picture of the fabric I sent in, but I’ll totally be taking a picture of the fabric I receive and the qult I make from it. I am finding a wonderful community of craft and quilt bloggers.
So, as I get back in the bloggy swing of things, look forward to pictures of my works in progress, the ever-growing stash, and other sewing crafts.