Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Quilting

No sooner said than done, my freshly modified desk and machine were delivered back this evening and I am already quilting away!  The triangle quilt along quilt is first up on the machine.

I'm going with the traditional straight line quilting on this one, outlining the seams. I will also be leaving the zig-zag edges rather than trimming them.  I'm also working on the Rainbow Waves quilt bit by bit.

This pic is from when I basted it (of course Wilson was helping).  I am planning a simple stipple but it is such a large quilt that it will be a real bear to quilt.  Here's to a happy day's quilting!

Linking up to Lee's WIP Wednesday

No Quilting (For Good Reason)

Not much quilting been going on lately, and I have to admit my fingers are getting itchy.  You see, I have finally begun to long hoped-for process of converting my computer desk to more of a sewing desk, complete with a recess for the machine so the bed will be level with the desk.  A friend is converting the desk for me and had to take the machine for a couple of days to fit it.

Every time I think of something I want to do, then realize I have no machine, I just have to remind myself that it's for a good cause.  So that this (pic above) isn't the case anymore.  Can't wait to get my machine and new desk and get back to quilting.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Strings and Robots baby quilt

A fun small finish to show this week!  This quilt was made from the leftovers bits of strings from the Sidewalk Puddles quilt.  I shared a WIP shot of this quilt when it was a top and I hadn't added the red yet. I decided to tear it apart and added the 1/4" red strips and I am sooo glad, because I LOVE it!

The quilt measures 31"x36" and uses the same aqua string scraps and Moda grey as the Sidewalk Puddles quilt.  I'm not sure of the name of the red solid I used, but I adore the modern look it gives this little quilt.

I quilted a stipple in the string sections, stitch in the ditch, and a ribbon candy wave in a couple of the grey areas.

The little red lines are just a quarter inch wide, but add a major punch.

The backing is this fun robot fleece I got on sale ages ago that's been waiting for just the right quilt. I used batting AND fleece, so the quilt is extra soft and cuddly.  It's machine bound with the same red solid used in the top.

I haven't ever used fleece as a quilt backing before (at least that  I can remember) so I was afraid quilting it too densely would make the back not as soft. Turns out I didn't need to worry, the backing stayed nice and fluffy.

Label in place and all ready for a little one to love.  This quilt is listed in my Etsy shop.

Linking up to Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

More Triangles and an Awesome Hat

Progress is coming right along on the Triangle Quilt Along quilt.  All 12 rows are now sewn.

While I sewed my rows together I had a movie day.  On the suggestion of a reader I watch "Last of the Blonde Bombshells" (excellent!), then I watched "RAGE" (Jude Law in drag!), then I watched the first two "Hobbit" movies.  (If you enjoyed the first Hobbit movie you really need to watch the extended edition which is out now, some great stuff added back in!)

Now, I have to make a detour here to give you some background knowledge. See, I love hats.  Really. It's the only item of clothing I have a problem with buying more and more of.

This one is my favorite.

Hard to beat a good beanie.  Sadly I lost this one.

Lost this cap, too :(  

Anyway, some of you may see where this is going by now.  I've decided to make myself Bofur's Hat!  One of the dwarves in the Hobbit movies has this fabulous hat that look a little bit like a bomber hat with more eccentric ear flaps.

This is prototype 3.0 made with cheap suede and polyester fluff from Hancocks. I have a nice piece of leather sheep's hide (wool still attached) coming to make the final version.  The best part is the hat is totally functional. Those ear flaps flip down and can wrap around my neck and the back of the hat extends almost down to my collar. It ought to be very warm.  My leather should be here in a week or so, I can't wait!

Linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and the Triangle Quilt Along.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Triangles on the Wall

My design wall is a bit of a blank slate today, awaiting the rest of the Triangle Quilt Along rows.

I'd better get busy!

Linking up to Judy's Design Wall Monday.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Splashin' in Sidewalk Puddles {String Quilt & Tutorial}

I finally made a list of all the things I need to blog about, and realized how behind I am! March just got the better of me, it seems.   Partly I spent a lot more time at work than I normally do, and blogging was what go dropped out of the schedule. I have been quilting like a fiend, however! (I quilt as a stress reliever, so the more stressed I get the more I sew!)

This quilt I named Sidewalk Puddles got done a while ago.  I even posted the tutorial, but I waited so long for a sunny day to take pictures, that I forgot to ever post the finish.  This cute little scrap quilt was made with all the aqua strings from my scrap bin and Moda's dark grey solid (it looks similar to Kona Coal.)  It finished at almost 50" square.

The design uses easy (no pin) curves and a method similar to a stack and slash quilt.

I quilted wavy lines in the string pieced sections and outlined the horizontal seams all with light grey thread.  The horizontal lines reminded me of the cracks in a sidewalk. 

The binding is scrappy, an aqua solid, a textured aqua, and a little bit of a grey polka dot.

For the back I used some leftover bits from other projects.

Of course it got one of my new labels, still loving these!

The quilt is listed in my Etsy store.  If you'd like to make a similar one, check out the tutorial here.
Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Working on Wednesday

Today is my one day off for the week (through the weekend).  You might think I'd be sewing like a mad woman, but it's a lazy sort of day. Wilson isn't helping.

I did make a folding lunch sack, complete with waterproof, washable PUL fabric lining. I also quilted it onto some leftover batting to add insulation.

These patchwork squares were cut from the scraps made when I cut my triangles for the Triangle Quilt Along. I love how they look together.

What I am mostly working on today is sewing together the rest of the blocks for my Rainbow Waves quilt. Maybe I will finish the top?

Linking up to WIP Wednesday.