Saturday, November 14, 2015

Vivienne's baby quilt

Our hearts are heavy this weekend with the tragedy in Paris ...

We spent 10-days in Paris last year as John ran his first marathon for his 70th birthday ... it was an amazingly warm and beautiful city.   Our hearts to Parisians and the French people today.

One thing I do love about quilting is how it takes my mind away from everything else.  This weekend, is no exception ...

Vivienne Skye was born on June 29th ... such a big name for such a little beauty!  I am finally getting to her quilt.

Disappointed that it has taken me so long ... but excited to have started it.  Vivienne's mom is a designer and picked out the colors ... I think part of my challenge was choosing a quilt design that was worthy of a designer!

There will be some additional work on these blocks as I cut them up and create a simple, modified version of a bento box quilt.

In the interim, I wrap up my final 2 months at work before retirement.  John's been busy out here at the cabin moving us in, getting unpacked, honing his construction skills by building  shed for the kayaks and other equipment and getting started on a quilting studio for moi!

The Kayak Shack comes together 
The beginnings of a quilting studio!

Looking forward to sharing pics of that as we make progress!

All the best,

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Scraps to Quilt

You know how good it feels when a quilt takes you completely by surprise?

I keep all of my solid scraps in plastic bags based on color.  Late last year, trying to whittle down those bags a little I started with the more mundane colors (blogged here).  Grays, browns, beiges ... I cut various size pieces in to 1.5" strips.  I randomly put those strips together and created three groupings ... one ~10" wide and the other two just under 6" wide.

Last week I decided I wanted to pull a quick quilt together for my sister who we will be staying with next week as we visit my parents.  Last time I was there, I noticed that the quilt I made her for Christmas in 2009 was starting to wear (YES!!!  Love a quilt that's used!!!), so I wanted to bring a replacement for her.

I trialed both off-white fabric and Kona Ash and decided that, while it popped a bit more with the off white, I preferred the more subdued outcome with the Ash.  The rest was simple.  Just a little piecing between the rows of strips ... and I had a generous lap quilt that was ready to quilt.

The back was equally simple.  The stripped pieces were a little long ... I really didn't need to make a 73" quilt ... so I trimmed them back and pieced those along the back for a little visual interest.

The quilt by the numbers:

Dimensions:  48" x 60"
Fabric:  Solid strips (1.5" wide by various lengths).  Back and main quilt solid = Kona Ash.  Binding = Kona Chocolate.  Batting = 100% Cotton.

I was delighted to see it come to life so quickly and it has turned into one of my favorites!

Hope all is well out there in quilt land!!!

Have a great week.

All the best,

Friday, September 11, 2015

Vintage Airplane Baby Quilt

It has been way to long ...

What has happened since February?
  • We spent 3 weeks wandering around Ireland
  • Sold our Seattle house
  • I resigned from my job
  • We moved to our cabin on Hood Canal
What hasn't happened?
  • Quilting
That has now changed!

Vintage Airplane Baby Quilt
This is for Gavin.  I work with his mom and she commissioned me to make a vintage airplane quilt and bunting for his room.  

You guys may remember this from my post in February when i was trying to figure out how to do applique.  Then so much happened and it kind of fell by the way-side.

The challenge was in keeping the quilting loose enough and doing a straight machine stitch on all the raw edges instead of trying to use a zig zag stitch.  This picture isn't as good, but you can see the quilting on it better and see how keeping it light and broadly spaced helped.  

Here's the back.  The little green spot mid-quilt on the right is a smaller replica of the airplanes on the front of the quilt.  Gavin's full name and birthdate are on this mini airplane.  Mom had gray chevron elsewhere in the room, so tried to tie it in with the back here.

I am not normally a fan of borders ... but this quilt was so simple and with vast amounts of white space, it needed a bit more punch.  

This is a not-so-great picture of the bunting that I made for Gavin's room as well.  It's hard to take a picture of bunting ... but I was able to get it against an off-white background in the guest room at least.  Making the bunting was actually far easier than I had anticipated!  The trick was to create a light-weight cardboard template to put inside each piece to help get 11 even-triangles.  

While I resigned from my job in March, I agreed to stay at work until the end of the year.  So I am not quite ready to quilt full time ... but it's getting closer and I am getting back into it.

Hope you have all kept well and I look forward to posting more and getting back to reading more about what YOU have been up to!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Grand Daughter Quilt

John has a new grand daughter ... Rowan Jane was born about two weeks ago ... this is for her.

I had John look at some of the inspiration quilts that I have saved on my solids board in Pinterest and he chose this one which is was my inspiration.  I believe that the Denyse Schmidt quilt is a square of patchwork ... rather than a rectangle.

I used a solid piece of Honey Comb by TulaPink for the back.

I wish I could tell you what I used for the binding ... because it's cute ... but there's no printing on the selvedge ... kinda strange ...

I was really, really happy with how this turned out ... it's bright, it's light, it's fun and the back really adds some warmth!

Final dimensions = ~36" x 45".

Happy Birthday Rowan Jane!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Help Please!

I have had a colleague who has asked me to make her a quilt with some vintage airplanes on it ... I found some clip art on Etsy which I purchased, traced onto Heat & Bond and then appliqu├ęd onto some red Kona Cotton.

 This first image is after I have appliqued and done all the perimeter stitching on the plane ... quite liked it here.

Then I stitched around the plane about a 1/4" of an inch with straight stitching and then did fairly tight meandering quilting around the plane on the white.

As you can see, the plane doesn't look quite as crisp when I am done.  I don't prewash any of my fabric, so I don't know if that would help or not.  Or is it simply what happens when one quilts?

I am going to take it in to show the mom to be tomorrow and get her input before I try to make the quilt in earnest.

Any thoughts are sure welcome!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Today we started training

Two slightly overweight girls ... training for my next half in Edinburgh, Scotland ... May 31.

Not bad for a woman who never ran further than 100 yards until she turned 49 ...

More to come on this challenge I am sure!

Baby boy chevron

OK ... well it only took 11 months to go from design table to finished quilt ;-).

I started playing with this baby back here and here.

I was trying tome new things and was quite happy with how it came out.  I ended up with two different versions.  This is the 2nd, the first one was a completed quilt which I posted here.

This one the first one (the time consumer one) that I started with.  I like this one slightly better than the other.  And almost always like a quilt that's been done with tighter meandering quilting than a casual one with more spaced out straight line quilts.

This one is made from all Kona solids on the front and measures 40" x 49" now that it's been quilted and washed.

The back is a single piece that I picked up my LQS ... it has just enough detail in it to give it a little life without needing any additional piecing.  The binding is from a bit of material (unnamed) that I picked up as an end-of-bolt from the same store.

This one is in the  new shop on Etsy.

All the best


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